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 […]
Kara and Nathan – Royal Sonesta, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Kara and Nathan knew exactly what their priorities were on their wedding day.  They wanted to be surrounded by friends and family.  And they wanted a smooth and fun day.  I think they got both.  The entire experience was at the fabulous Royal Sonesta, Boston.  They got ready in beautiful hotel rooms overlooking the Charles River.  Their first look and formal photos were by the river just outside the hotel.  And their ceremony and celebration were in the grand ballroom.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.   Kara was so calm and happy getting ready for her big day.  Just look at that beaming smile!   It was an absolutely gorgeous Labor Day weekend on the Charles River.  We had a beautiful sky and view of the city skyline for formal photos.  Nathan’s mother is a florist and created the most beautiful floral arrangements.  It was simply stunning.  I loved the bouquets! Kara and Nathan’s ceremony was so special.  They started with a private Ketubah ceremony which is the signing of the Jewish marriage license.  Rather than carrying her bouquet down the aisle, she chose to create another bouquet from flowers handed to her by […]
Jillian and Samuel – Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
Jillian and Sam planned a perfect wedding day!  We started the day getting ready at Beautique Salon and Blue-Inn on the Beach.  Jillian dressed in the bridal room of the gorgeous castle on Crane Estate here the ceremony and tented reception were also held.  It was a stunning day.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   The boys got ready at Blue, which is a gorgeous Inn in Newbury.  The ladies had a blast at the salon.  And they all gathered at the Crane Estate for the first look.  I just love how Jillian beamed when she got her dress on. The first look was at the Casino on the Estate.  It was the most gorgeous backdrop.  But I don’t think Jillian and Sam saw anything but each other.  Formal photos were a blast.  There were too many beautiful spots to choose from at Castle Hill. The ceremony was set against the rolling hills of the estate.  The bride and groom were married under a gorgeous arch.  It couldn’t have been more perfect. Jillian and Sam kept the decor totally elegant to match the gorgeous setting.  The cocktail hour was on the lawn of the estate […]
Taylor and Trevor – Inn at Pleasant Lake, New London, New Hampshire
Taylor had the wedding she always dreamed of!  She got ready and shared her first look at the lake home in Sunopee she spent time in since she was a little girl.  It was a gorgeous summer day for formal photos right on the water.  After that, the wedding party headed to the Inn at Pleasant Lake for a gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony and a fabulous tented celebration.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Taylor was beaming from the moment we arrived. Taylor and Trevor’s first look on the lake was idyllic.  He was so thrilled to see her.  And they were both just gorgeous! The ceremony was filled with special meaning.  The couple chose to have their rings passed from guest to guest so each could impart a special blessing upon them.  They also created a very special blending ceremony.  They chose to blend water from the lakes that each spent time on as children.  They   blended the waters with Taylor’s uncle performing in the background. Taylor and Trevor chose simple and natural decor for the tent.  It created the perfect feel for their outdoor, tented wedding. It’s so obvious how close Taylor […]
Christina and Christian – Seaport Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
Christina and Christian are a wonderful couple!  They were all smiles on their wedding day.  And it was a fabulous wedding!  The happy couple were married at Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Weymouth, Massachusetts and their celebration was at my old stomping grounds at Seaport Hotel in Boston.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.   Christian got ready for his wedding day surrounded by is groomsmen at the Seaport Hotel in Boston while Christina got ready in her childhood home in Weymouth.  It was so cool to photograph her dressing in her childhood bedroom (which was apparently the cleanest it had ever been)!   I love the first moments after Christina finished getting ready for her wedding day.  She was pure joy.  And her father was so excited to see his baby girl dressed in her wedding gown. It was a lovely wedding ceremony.  Check out the look on Christians face when he saw Christina for the first time.  He looked just as thrilled when the priest announced them man and wife for the first time.  These two were a blast to photograph.   And of course, the Boston Seaport is one of the best […]
Mary and Mark – Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
When I first talked with Mary and Mark about their wedding, they said it was either Fenway Park or elope.  I’m so glad they chose Fenway!  The ceremony was held right in the stands of the home of the Boston Red Sox.  After the ceremony, we had a blast running around Fenway for formal portraits.  Guests celebrated with dinner and dancing at the EMC Club.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   The weather on the wedding day definitely threw us for a loop.  When we arrived at the park, it was a beautiful, sunny day.  About twenty minutes before the ceremony, the heavens opened up.  The Mary and Mark’s wedding planners from Simeral and Co. did an amazing job moving the location to a spot under the grandstand leaving wedding guests perfectly protected from the rain and with a fabulous view of the park. Mary and Mark  decided to forgo having a wedding party, so we had lots of time for photos with the two of them in Fenway Park.  Thankfully, the sun came back out and it was gorgeous light for photos. Fenway’s EMC Lounge was a fabulous spot for the reception.  The room […]
Corinne and Tyler – Hellenic Center, Ipswich, Massachusetts
My little girl is all grown up!  I remember many years ago moving into my new home in my dream neighborhood.  I was lucky enough to move across the street from a family whose daughter was in photography school.  Instant intern!  In the past almost decade, I’ve seen her graduate, photograph her first wedding, and create a wonderful business.  So much has changed.  But the one constant in her life, was Tyler.  We always knew Tyler and Corinne were going to be married.  Corrine and I have been planning the wedding almost as long as we’ve known each other.  And of course, wild horses couldn’t stop me from photographing it.  We spent the entire day at the beautiful Hellenic Center.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Watching Cori get ready for her wedding was absolutely surreal.  She was just stunning.  Watching the bridesmaids see her for the first time was so fun!  The muted color palate she chose for the girls was gorgeous. The look on Tyler’s face when he first saw Corinne was priceless.  And it was a gorgeous day for outdoor photos in Ipswich. The ceremony was in the back of the Hellenic […]
Julie and Gabi – Temple Emanuel, Newton, Massachusetts
Ah Julie and Gabi!!!!  What an amazing day.  Ten hours of nonstop fabulous photography.  Julie and Gabi started the day getting ready at the Boston Marriott in Newton where the weather held off just long enough to get some gorgeous outdoor wedding party photos.  Then, we headed to Temple Emanuel for an epic Jewish wedding celebration.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day!   Julie and Gabi are proud, self-proclaimed geeks.  In other words, their my people.  So it was no surprise that we started the day announcing which Harry Potter house everyone belonged to.  One of the first geek-tastic elements of the day was Gabi’s Rebel Alliance pin on his lapel.   With the threat of thunder showers, we were able to pull off some gorgeous, outdoor photos on the banks of the Charles River.  Gabi prepared a special note for Julie in a private moment.  Whatever he said, it hit the mark!   In traditional Jewish Weddings, the cocktail hour happens prior to the Temple ceremony.  Three very important ceremonies happen.  The Tisch, the Bedeken and the Ketubah signing.  It’s a time for friends and family to congratulate, celebrate and offer words of advice to […]
Caitlin and Brodie – Concord Country Club, Massachusetts
Caitlin and Brodie’s wedding day could not have been more perfect!  They started the day getting ready in family homes.  Caitlin in her Aunt’s home and Brodie in his parent’s home.  The ceremony at Saint Mary’s of the Assumption was even more special as it was officiated by Caitlin’s Uncle.  It was a gorgeous day for formal family and wedding party photos at the Old North Bridge in Concord.  And we finished the day with a spectacular celebration at the Concord Country Club.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Caitlin’s Aunt’s house was the perfect spot for her to get ready.  It was almost as if she chose her home’s decor to match Caitlin’s wedding.  The first person I saw when I walked upstairs was Caitlin’s mom wearing a beautiful fascinator on her head.  I instantly knew it was going to be a great day! Caitlin and Brodie’s ceremony was one of the most fun I’ve photographed.  If Caitlin’s Uncle decided to not be a priest, he could easily be a stand up comedian.  As funny as he was, he always made sure the ceremony was about Caitlin and Brodie.  It was wonderful! It was […]
Kathryn and Augastin
Kathryn and Augastin had a gorgeous wedding day!  It was a perfect day in the Seaport when we started getting ready.  We started at the Seaport Hotel and were driven by bus to the ceremony at Saint Cecilia’s Church in Boston.  The two enjoyed a beautiful ceremony which included some lovely Indian traditions.  After the ceremony, we stopped at the Boston Waterfront for some wedding party photos.  Family portraits were in the Plaza Garden at the Seaport Hotel.  And, of course, we caught some fabulous images overlooking the Boston skyline and the World Trade Center arches.  The celebration was in the Plaza Ballroom of the Seaport Hotel which boasts gorgeous high ceilings and water views.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Kathryn and Augastin swapped gifts and cards prior to the ceremony.  It was touching watching them read these special messages before walking down the aisle.   Saint Cecilia’s Church is truly beautiful .  I love working there! It was a gorgeous day on the waterfront.  Kathryn and Augastin were blessed with lots of beloved friends.  So we took their big wedding party for a walk behind the courthouse.  I think they loved having some […]
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 […]