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A Sparkly Spring Wedding in the City

August 30, 2017

Welcome to Vicki and Derek’s sparkly spring wedding in the city! Everything about this day was lovely and sweet, and that’s because Vicki and Derek are two of the loveliest, sweetest people you could ever meet. They make everyone around them feel special, relaxed, and most importantly, WELCOME.

Printed pieces are one of my favorite elements of a wedding. This is everyone’s first peek at the vision for your wedding day which sets the tone for the rest of your detail and decor choices.

Vicki and Derek’s invitation suite was created by Goosefish Press in the South End of their beloved Boston and reflected some of their favorite Copley Square and Back Bay details.

Modern calligraphy and classic letterpress is a yummy combo. It’s a great idea to have an envelope addressed to yourself for us to photograph along with the other pieces!

Vicki and Derek’s rings came from Toronto (Derek’s hometown) and were made by Derek’s extended family there.

Vicki’s Dress was Pnina Tornai from Kleinfelds and her shoes were Jimmy Choo.

Hair was by Beauty by Steph B and Makeup was by Stacey Frasca.

Derek wrote an emotional card to Vicki and then topped it with John Legend concert tickets, as their first song was “All of Me.”

Here’s Vicki being very sweet and equally sparkly handing out thoughtful pressies to her girls.

It’s a good thing, being friends with Vicki.

Meanwhile these handsome guys are getting ready nearby.

Derek and his mancessories…

Vicki’s dad gifted Derek with a watch similar to his as a way of welcoming Derek to the family. Now we know where Vicki gets her thoughtful gift giving skills.

Vicki and Derek had their first look on the rooftop of the Lenox Hotel.

Vicki reports she was glad they chose to do a first look because, “It didn’t take away from the magic of the moment when I was walking down the aisle and it allowed us to fit in lots of great photos.”

She added, “I was nervous and excited to see Derek for the first time. After eighteen months I couldn’t believe the big moment was finally here and I found myself thinking how handsome he looked and how lucky I was to be marrying him. Derek told me it was the best I had ever looked and he couldn’t wait to finally be spending time together on our big day.”

We took a stroll down to Commonwealth Ave for some fun bridal party photos.

This is a classic Trish bridal party arrangement … perfection. She’s the absolute best at cleverly arranging large groups and giving it the Vanity Fair flair.

This one was my vision. I like back light, sparkly backgrounds, love, and my telephoto lens.

The courtyard at the Boston Public Library has got to be one of the prettiest spots in Boston.

This was one of my favorite moments from the wedding. We posed Vicki on the staircase to take an epic bridal portrait, something she had been envisioning. What we didn’t know was that at the same moment, the jazz trio (outside in the courtyard) would start rehearsing the recessional song. Vicki got very emotional realizing that the next time she heard it, she and Derek would be married. In true chivalrous form, Derek, who had been standing at my side admiring his bride, rushed to wipe away her tears. It was an amazing, genuine moment and made for a really special photo.

The jazz trio was C-Zone.

Amazing veil photos, done two ways. 🙂

Derek loved Vicki’s dress so much he asked if she could wear it again by tailoring it to be a “regular dress.”

Vicki thought that suggestion was adorably clueless, but nevertheless was glad Derek loved it because it took quite a few train rides to NYC to get it tailored just right.

The FOB and his little Piglet have their big moment.

Love me a childhood nickname!

Vicki laughs recalling, “During our ceremony, our officiant had to pause because of a helicopter that flew overhead multiple times. In the silence before he continued, my mum joked that the helicopter was Derek’s escape plan. Thanks Mum!”

Don’t worry Vicki, it doesn’t look to me like Derek is trying to escape anything!

Mr and Mrs! So happy!

Vicki felt the gorgeous interior of the library required no attention to be stunning, but seeing the flowers and candlelight in Bates Hall took her breath away.

Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you


Vicki’s best hindsight advice?

“Picking 5 star vendors really takes a lot of the stress out the wedding planning because you know you can trust them without micromanaging. You got this! Also, this is cliche, but on the big day, don’t let the small stuff that inevitably goes wrong get you down – it really is the best day of your lives, treasure every second because it FLIES by!”


Photos left to right, clockwise:

1. Mariah and Jared of Stop Go Love on the roof of the Lenox during the first look. 2. Trish helps Vicki manage her veil and train. 3. Trish making sure Vicki’s portrait is perfection. 4. Trish organizing the family photos (how funny is that shot)! This is truly what this section of the photo-ing looks like! Controlled Mayhem! 5. The crew… The Stop Go Love Team and the Snap Team just slayed it, natch.


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