erik & melissa | wedding at the hyatt harbor side, boston, ma

This wedding is near and dear to me…not only is it a fellow Foxboro graduate, but he is from my time at FHS!  I have known Erik and his friends for many years now, and I had the pleasure to get to know his whole family when I shot his sister’s wedding in June! My first time meeting Melissa came during our first meeting, but since then I have spent a bit of time with her! We can even say that we traveled to Marco Island ” together” (not on the same flight:) for our friend’s, Nick & Haley’s wedding! August 18th rolled around, and it was finally their turn for their day and I couldn’t have been more excited for it!

We had a whole plan mapped out for the day, so that I could physically be with them and not following in my car! It worked out perfectly! I started with the guys at the hotel and was greeted with this view of Boston from their room…

undefinedundefinedLoved the cuff links:)undefinedLOVE this shot and it happened naturally:)undefinedThis one, not so organically….it was my idea…can you tell?! undefinedundefinedundefinedLove the Ray-BansundefinedundefinedWhen the guys headed to the church, I hopped in with them and they dropped me off at Melissa’s house on the way! I walked in to this….dress being put on, flowers being delivered and slight hum of organized chaos!
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedJust before we started some pictures of Melissa and her girls, her mother helped to put a special pin on her bouquet!undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedOne of the little touches that I loved was that the church was in her parent’s neighborhood and we all WALKED to the church!! When Melissa described it, she said it was only a five minute walk but that was actually an OVER-estimate! I think it was literally 3 minutes at MOST (and I loved every minute of it….so cool!)!undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedOnce back on the limo-bus, the party began!undefinedundefined
A light sprinkle didn’t deter us from getting some bridal party pictures outside:)!undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined
undefinedAs we wrapped up those pictures, the rain really started to come down….clear umbrella to the rescue (thank you Ashley Roy:)!undefinedundefined

undefinedundefinedundefinedAfter the speeches, it stopped raining, so we took a few minutes to step outside the tent and grab a few more pictures without an umbrella:)!undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedAs soon as the dance floor opened, Melissa’s mom was one of the first people out there leading the way:)!undefinedundefinedWhen the sun peeked through, we quickly headed back outside for a couple of sunset pictures!undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedPeople were outside enjoying the sunset and inside inside filling up the dance floor!undefinedIf you are from Foxboro you may recognize these guys from the class of 98!undefinedThese are Melissa’s friends from Allston too (I actually don’t know what year she graduated though:)!undefinedThe dance floor was full for the entire night…there are SOOO many crazy dancing shots…I don’t think I have ever included this many in a preview and I had to cut back before posting it:)!undefinedundefinedThere are quite a few skyline pictures in the post too! It looked so different throughout the day, so I had to include them! It was also the main reason that Erik and Melissa chose this venue and I know it was important to them:)!undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined




Vendor Info

bridesmaid dresses | Alfred Angelo
hair | Center Salon Brighton MA
make-up | Emily Kristenson
florist | Centre Pieces Design Brighton MA
ceremony | Saint Anthonys Allston MA
reception venue | Hyatt Harborside Boston Harbor
cake | Konditor Meister Braintree MA
dj | DJ Shyne – Jeff Mader Boston Eventworks Medford MA


introductions | Parents – Queen “Crazy little thing called love” Bridal Party – Flo Rida “Wild Ones”, Bride and Groom – Standells “Dirty Water”
first dance | Adele – “Make you feel my love”
father/daughter | Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris – “Love and Happiness”
mother/son | Jimmy Buffet – “Lovely Cruise”
cake cutting | Dave Matthews – “Oh”
last dance | Dave Matthews Band – “You & Me”

Bride/Groom Questions

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Dancing with all our family and friends around us to the last song and an amazing sunset!

What was your favorite detail?

Having the reception on Boston Harbor we both love being by the water.

Any advice for future brides/grooms?

Don’t worry as much as you plan everything won’t be perfect but that’s ok, rain or shine it will be a perfect day.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

Great dancing! I would call it more phenomenal than funny.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Wedding dress bustle broke a couple times.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Hawaii in February