Photography by Nikki Cole
The Best Wedding Planning Advice I’ll Ever Give
One of the things that separates me from other wedding and life event photographers in Boston is my previous wedding planning experience.  I was a wedding planner at Seaport Hotel for many years before starting my photography profession.  My brides and grooms often take advantage of my vast knowledge of wedding etiquette, customs, and trends.  Those conversations put me right back in planner mode and I love it!  I could talk for days about the best wedding reception timeline, ideas for specialty linens, how ballroom lighting affects your photographs, and the opportunities to save your precious wedding funds.  I hope to share a lot of this advice in the coming months.  But for now, I’d like to share what I consider the most important piece of advice I could ever give brides and grooms while planning their wedding day (or any other special event).   Before you start your planning (before the Pinterest Board, excel spreadsheet or three ring binder even make an appearance) sit down with your spouse-to-be.  I suggest doing this over a great bottle of wine, but it’s not a requirement.  If someone else is paying for your wedding, you may want to include them in on the […]
Benjamin’s Bar Mitzvah – Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Ben’s Bar Mitzvah was an absolute blast!  He is a truly great kid and a fantastic hockey player.  Both the service and the celebration were held at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in the Gardens at Elm Bank.  The gardens were a gorgeous setting for family portraits.  And the inside was transformed into a hockey lover’s paradise!  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Spring was just beginning in the Gardens at Elm Bank.  It was a beautiful (if a bit windy) early spring day.  And Ben was a real trooper during the formal photos.  He has a great smile and a quiet, yet confident manor. The service was held in a tent on the property.  Ben did a great job!  There is so much work that goes into preparing for your Bar Mitzvah.  And you could see just how much the Rabbi respected Ben’s hard work and enjoyed working with him. The celebration space was totally over the top.  The room was decked in Ben’s Briuns-esq logo.  The specialty white dance floor was turned into a hockey rink.  And each kid had their own cubby to stash their things…just like you would at the rink!  I […]
Ben’s Bar Mitzvah – ICON Nightclub, Boston
Ben’s Bar Mitzvah was an absolute blast!  He’s a great kid and he wanted the party to be more about his friends and family than about himself.  So they had a huge party at a fabulous nightclub in Boston called ICON.  It was a great opportunity to let loose after he had done so well during the service.  His hard work really paid off!  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   We started the day at Temple Isreal in Boston.  As is tradition, photography was not allowed during the service.  But they had a lovely pre-service in the light filled atrium of the temple.  It was wonderful to photograph.      After the service, we were able to sneak outside the temple for some formal family photos.  It was a beautiful Spring day!  We loved taking advantage of the gorgeous weather. The party couldn’t have been more fun!  The DJ and dancers managed to keep the kids playing games and dancing like super stars while the adults mixed it up in a separate bar. The adults were asked to join the kids for some very special speeches.  When the adults joined the kids on the dance floor, […]
Alexandra and Mark – Courtyard Marriott, Boston
When done well, Winter Weddings in Boston can be incredibly elegant.  And since Alexandra works in the business, she knows how to do it!  Alexandra and Mark’s decor reflected the coziness of your favorite winter wrap and the sparkle of fresh snow without overdoing the theme.  It was so fun to photograph!  We started the day getting ready at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Boston.  The wedding party braved the winter weather for a first look and formal wedding photos at the Boston Public Garden.  They were total troopers!  Then we all headed back to the elegant Boston hotel for a ceremony and gorgeous celebration.  Below, are some of my favorite images from the wedding day.   Alexandra and her wedding party had a ball getting ready for the big day.  Alexandra chose to skip the chilly matching silk robes and instead opted for cozy flannel shirts.  Perfect for February!  Her eyes sparkled as she put her dress on.  I’m in love with all the detail in her dress!  As has become the tradition, Alexandra and Mark traded cards prior to the first look.  Mark had too many words for the love of his life and needed a full page […]
Shereen and Bobby – Fifteen Beacon Hotel, Boston
Small, intimate weddings are a real pleasure to photograph.  It is an honor to part of a small group of people chosen to witness a couple’s marriage.  Shereen and Bobby planned their celebration to include their children and Shereen’s father.  Eight people total, including the bride and groom!  They got ready and shared a first look and family photos at Fifteen Beacon Hotel.  Then, we proceeded to the private wine cellar at the hotel’s restaurant, Mooo.  After the ceremony, the couple shared a first dance and some toasts prior to sitting for an amazing dinner.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Shereen has three gorgeous daughters and Bobby has two wonderful sons…who happen to be an absolute riot…and total hams.  I can’t remember the last time I laughed this much photographing a groom getting ready! The first look and formal photos took place in Fifteen Beacon’s beautiful lobby.  I couldn’t resist taking the gorgeous couple for a ride in the classic elevator for some fun photos.  I love the way they came out! Before the formal wedding ceremony, the family went back to their suite to sign the traditional Jewish marriage contract called the ketubah.  […]
Pamela and Jason – Blue Hills Country Club, Massachusetts
New Year’s Eve weddings make an already fabulous celebration, epic.  The energy and anticipation is always just a bit more heightened.  I was thrilled to ring in this New Year with Pam and Jason!  I felt like I was around my own friends and family.  In addition to Pam and Jason, I had no fewer than three former couples (including Jason’s sister) and one future couple in the room.  And I adored each one of them.  It was so much fun!  We spent the entire day at the Blue Hills Country Club.  Pam and Jason totally transformed the place.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.   Pam and Jason are members at Blue Hills.  They were so happy to spend their wedding day at a location that meant so much to them.  Pam shared a lovey first look with her dad before seeing Jason. Pam and Jason’s first look was in their ceremony space in front of the gorgeous Chuppah created by Designing Images.  I absolutely loved the simple elegance of it.  Both bride and groom shed a tear during the first look and it was so sweet! After a private Tisch, Bedeken and Ketubah […]
Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah – The Verve, Natick, Massachusetts
Sydney is smart, sassy, and simply spectacular!  See what I did there.  I had so much fun working with Sydney and her family.  They hosted a crazy fun Bat Mitzvah at the Crowne Plaza.  The ceremony and celebration were right at the hotel.  So I had the treat of being able to capture the entire event.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day. We started the evening with some formal photos of Sydney at the hotel.  The Crowne Plaza is a cool spot with all sorts of character in the public spaces.  We took advantage of all of it!  Sydney had me (quite literally) running all around the hotel to find some funky little niches. Sydney did an excellent job during the Bat Mitzvah ceremony.  I was so impressed with her poise and ease.  She seemed to actually have fun on stage! Sydney’s style was really evident when the ballroom doors were opened.  The room was decked in sparking lights, pink sequin table runners, white and light pink floral centerpieces and a fabulous pink stage.  It looked gorgeous!  Sydney was introduced into that fabulous room and went right into an amazing hora. Kids and adults alike played […]
Noa’s Bat Mitzvah – Brae Burn Country Club, Wellesley
Noa is a very special girl and I was so honored to spend the day with her on her Bat Mitzvah celebration.  Noa exemplified the spirit behind the Bat Mitzvah by sharing her celebration with her friend Olivia.  The two friends combined the ceremony and party with both sets of friends and family.  The combination made for a fabulous celebration!  We started the day at Temple Beth Elohim for formal family portraits.  After the ceremony, friends and family celebrated with the two girls at Brae Burn Country Club.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Noa and Olivia made sure to include both families in some combined family photos.  Everyone was so excited to celebrate the two girls!  Noa also included some of her closest girlfriends along with their moms for some “not-so-formal” photos. Brae Burn was decorated with a fabulous beach theme in sand and blue colors.  The kids had a special beach cabana room just for them.  The blue and white themed candy table was gorgeous.  And I loved the surf board Noa had for friends to sign! The girls were introduced into the party together and combined all of their formalities from the […]
Tamara and Chris
I first fell in love with Tamara and Chris during our Engagement Session when we photographed around Boston and finished our day playing video games.  I was really looking forward to spending more time with them on their wedding day.  We started the day getting ready at my home away from home, Seaport Hotel in Boston.  Guests hoped on buses to a beautiful ceremony at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Boston on Newbury Street.  After the ceremony, guests returned to the Seaport Lighthouse for a fabulous celebration.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Tamara started her day getting ready with family.  She, her mother, cousin and aunt filled the room with joy and anticipation.  Tamara wore a bracelet of her mother’s pinned to her bouquet to keep her close. Emmanuel Church was just gorgeous.  It was a small chapel which made the ceremony intimate.  But it had gorgeous, high ceilings which gave the ceremony elegance and grandeur. We used the iconic arches of the World Trade Center Boston and the city skyline as our backdrop for formal photos.  It doesn’t get better than that.  Tamara and Chris kept their wedding party small with a best man […]
Noah’s Bar Mitzvah – Needham, Massachusetts
Noah is a great kid! I had a blast with him on his Bar Mitzvah day.  We started the day at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham for some portraits and family photos.  Noah didn’t seem at all nervous for his big day ahead.  After the ceremony, friends and family headed to Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham for a celebration.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   I was so impressed with how calm Noah was before the ceremony.  He was a great sport taking lots of photos inside the temple and on the grounds. Noah and his friends had a blast with an indoor basket ball hoop and playing games with Northern Lights Entertainment. I’m a sucker for a good limbo session! After Noah was introduced into the room, Northern Lights ran the show with dancing, a fantastic hora and more games for the kids.  My favorite game was the mummy wrap contest.  Kids were broken up in groups of three and given lots of toilet paper.  They picked one of them to wrap like a mummy and decorate.  It was a riot! VENDORS Ceremony – Temple Beth Shalom Reception Venue – Newbridge on the […]
Holly and John – Granite Links, Quincy, Massachusetts
Holly and John’s wedding was, in one word, FUN!  It was obvious they made a pointed effort to make their wedding celebration exactly what they would enjoy on a night out.  It was filled with games, jokes, laughter and dancing.  We spent the entire day from getting ready to last dance at Granite Links.  It was one of those days where the photos totally reflect the path of the sun.  I love those days.  Here are some of my favorite, fun moments from their wedding day.   We had a blast photographing wedding details around the golf course at Granite Links.  It totally set the tone for the fun about to be had.   Their first look was right on the course.  John’s expression was just priceless.  We also got a fun trip down to the ruins for some gorgeous images. The ceremony overlooked the sun as it began to set.  A good friend of Holly and John’s officiated.  He had them laughing the entire ceremony! The games started during cocktail hour when the couple had arranged a putting contest on the putting green.  The fun and funky decor also helped set the tone. Before dinner, we got  a chance […]
Julia and Tom – Prowse Farm, Canton, Massachusetts
I had the honor of shooting Julia’s sister’s wedding years ago.  It was such a lovely wedding that her images remain on my website today.  Needless to say, I was thrilled to be included when Julia got in touch for her wedding.  And it did not disappoint!  Julia got ready at her family home surrounded by beloved family and friends…both human and furry.  After a gorgeous church wedding ceremony, guests had a break while we drove to get some fabulous city skyline photos in East Boston.  We all met back up at Prowse Farm for a fabulous tent wedding.  Happily, the weather cooperated for a lovely evening of lawn games and dining al fresco!  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   Julia wanted to be sure the smallest among her family were included in her day.  I was so happy to get some special photos with the children in the wedding party and her beloved furry friends.  Julia was totally fearless letting them all crawl over her!  I love it when brides and grooms decide to include their pets in the wedding day! I love the special moment Julia and her mom got while walking to […]
Meghan and Steven – Beauport Hotel, Gloucester, MA
Meghan and Steven were so much fun, I was sad to see the night end!  I had the honor to spend two days with this happy couple, their family and friends and I loved every minute.  The couple started their festivities with an amazing lobster bake rehearsal dinner at Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester and I was honored to be able to capture it.  It was a gorgeous night and set the tone perfectly for the weekend.  On the wedding day, we started at the Beauport Hotel to get ready.  The weather was a bit daunting with rain, but Meghan and Steven hardly noticed.  We captured a first look on the covered balcony of the ballroom and headed to the Saint Anthony by the Sea Chapel for a gorgeous wedding ceremony.  As luck would have it, the weather cleared right after the ceremony.  Just in time for us to catch a few beautiful images on the beach before heading back to the Beauport Hotel for a fabulous party.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   There were beautiful views all around at the Eastern Point Yacht Club and as much lobster as you could eat! […]
Acileide and Ed – Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
When I first met Acileide and Ed, Ed had me laughing the entire appointment!  They are a great couple.  I got the impression they were thrilled to be married to one and other, but refused to take the actual wedding too seriously.  It was truly about a celebration of life and love.  Acileide is from Brazil, which I think makes you automatically fabulous!  I had a blast photographing her getting ready at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  The couple enjoyed a first look right under the iconic arches of Rowes Wharf.  We headed to the Greenway for formal photos and returned to the hotel for their wedding ceremony and reception.  It was a gorgeous summer day on Boston Harbor and a fabulous time was had by all!  Here are some of my favorite photos from their wedding day.   I walked into Acileide’s suite at the Boston Harbor Hotel and was immediately surrounded by gorgeous Brazilian women!  There was glamor at every turn.  I am absolutely obsessed with Acileide’s wedding shoes! Ed drove his Rolls Royce under the arches for some formal photos.  It was such a treat!  But the gorgeous car couldn’t hold a candle to Acileide. The ceremony was […]
Nicole and James – The Palm Restaurant, Boston, Massachusetts
I love photographing smaller and more intimate weddings in Boston.  They somehow feel more relaxed and fun.  I had a blast spending the day with this happy wedding couple.  We started the day with formal photos and a very intimate wedding ceremony in Post Office Square.  Then, guests walked the few blocks from the park to The Palm Restaurant to meet more guests for a fabulous meal.  Those who were sill ready to party (rather than being in an understandable food coma!) walked a few more blocks to the Harborside Lounge on State Street.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   It was a gorgeous summer day in Post Office Square for formal photos.  It’s a great area for wedding photography because you can get so many different backgrounds.  You have the beautiful green park right next to the wonderful architecture of the city.   Only 30 guests attended the ceremony which made it super special.  The archway in the park made for a perfect aisle for Nicole and her dad. It was a lovely walk to The Palm where the guest list increased to 80 guests.  Still pretty intimate for Boston wedding standards!  Guests enjoyed […]