I was so excited for a December wedding in Boston at the Harvard Club. It was a classy winter affair on a surprisingly warm day. If it had been cold enough, all the rain would have been inches of snow! But then again, bride Juliette and groom John wouldn't have been able to ride in style in the old Packard -- in mint condition -- from the beautiful ceremony at St. Cecilia Church. A few years ago, the church underwent a year-and-a-half long renovation. It is stunning and a popular Beantown place to get married- Juliette's grandparents were married there. There was even a 9:30am ceremony before Juliette and John's afternoon wedding! Reverend John Unni delivered a meaningful, refreshingly inviting ceremony, making everyone feel welcome in St. Cecilia, regardless of one's religious beliefs or choice to worship or not.
Juliette and John sat side by side during the ceremony. I caught John stealing glances of a radiant, giggly Juliette. She looked gorgeous in the wedding dress she designed! Fashion is, after all, this lady's forte, starting her own shoe company from the ground up called the Cape Cod Shoe Supply Company. I loved her forward thinking with her dress, creating a beautiful, yet removable, embellished lace top layer that she plans to have made into a short dress she'll be able to wear again. John looked dapper in his classic tux.
The rain fortunately stopped by the time the ceremony ended and we were able to grab a few portraits outside the Harvard Club. Lots of car horns beeping and congratulatory yells and yays were showered upon the newlyweds as I snapped away at the busy intersection of Mass Ave and Comm Ave. Two friendly gentleman playfully jumped into some of the photos and Juliette and John were great sports about it. Really, it was all smiles all day for these two.
Jennifer Sepulveda and her team at the Harvard Club did a wonderful job with the celebration. The venue is a busy place and when I showed up earlier in the day, it was decked out in balloons and kiddos for visits with Santa. With little time for turnover, I was amazed when I arrived post-ceremony and the place was transformed into an elegant wedding reception. The holiday hints around the Club were tasteful and I think put everyone in the wintry wedding spirit.
Cocktail hour was upstairs and the reception on the main floor in the grand ballroom. Guests enjoyed a multiple course dinner and sipped on red wine compliments of Rocca Family Vineyards -- friends of the bride and groom, they shipped all the wine out from Napa! Heartfelt speeches filled the room with love, reminding everyone how special a connection Juliette and John have with one another. As formal as the touches were to the wedding day, the event itself was laid back. Some traditions were honored like a first dance for the couple and a father daughter dance, but there was no cake cutting. Juliette and John just wanted to enjoy a memorable night with their guests on such a momentous day. Of course, there was dancing to a talented band, East Coast Soul, comprised of all Berklee or Boston University grads. Funk and soul, and they even belted out my girl Whitney Houston!
The band was so good, I had to convince Juliette and John to sneak out for a few portraits of the two of them before the night ended -- all too quickly, I might add! I didn't want the night to end either. Not only because of the killer tunes, but because it was sadly my final wedding of season made a little more sweet by seeing two emilie inc. couples there, Juliette's sister Katie and husband Chris, and Scott and Hillary (who just welcomed a bouncing baby girl! Congrats!).
Juliette and John, thank you again for allowing me to photograph your wedding. It was the best way to celebrate the end of the 2012 season! I hope St. Lucia brought you lots of continued celebration! Congratulations on getting married. What a way to kick off 2013!
How they met, in their own words:
In October 2010 Juliette was still adjusting to her new life in the slow lane on Cape Cod after 10 years spent roaming the canyons of New York City. She hadn’t moved to the Cape exclusively for the easier pace of life however. Nor was it for the Peanut Butter Blast at the Harwich Dairy Queen or the sweet, sweet sounds of Cape Country 103.9. No, she was there to start her own company – Cape Cod Shoe Supply – a Cape inspired fashion company. So in between consulting trips to China, she was full speed ahead on her company! The only problem – how does a gal who just moved to the Cape and takes weeks-long trips to China find a quality guy?
In October 2010 John was sailing the well-charted waters of his life in Boston. When he wasn’t traveling (when wasn’t he traveling?) he was picking up hoidy toidy Northeastern sports like squash and coercing his friend Pat to go to barbecue and wine pairings in North Cambridge. His job covering North America for a British investment company kept him busy and on the move, which suited him just fine because it helped him in his pursuit of the perfect burrito. He was exacting in his requirements – the right amount of meat, beans, rice, and pico de gallo. He was no less discerning in his search for the perfect woman. But how does a guy from Boston who travels constantly and is always busy find a quality gal?
Juliette and John had the same problem – what does it take for two busy people who travel a lot to meet and fall in love? The answer - $30. Yes, 30 bucks gets you a three-month membership to a well-advertised Internet dating site and, in this case, provided the catalyst by which our protagonists met. Juliette and John spied each other online, emailed briefly, and then met at the Franklin Café in Boston for drinks. Drinks turned into dinner, and dinner turned into more drinks, which turned into Juliette giving John the cheek when he went in to give her a kiss at the end of the evening.
Undeterred, John e-mailed Juliette the next day. Juliette’s response was warm and gracious, however she was writing while packing for another two-week sojourn to China! Whatever chemistry was generated the night before would now be at the mercy of time and distance. What emerged, however, was a remarkable 19th century-esque writing campaign over e-mail. They wrote each other every day of the two weeks that she was gone – covering every topic imaginable, from the boxed lunches they serve in factories in China to John’s incredible insight into particle physics and quantum theory.
These e-mails set the stage for an amazing reunion on Juliette’s return to Boston. We quickly hit our stride as a couple and never looked back.
photographer: Whitney J. Fox, emilie inc. photography • ceremony: St. Cecilia Church, Boston • officiant: Rev. John Unni • reception: Harvard Club, Boston • florist: Juliet Prenney, Flowers by Juliet • band: East Coast Soul • hair: Patrice Vinci Salon, Boston • transportation: Local Motion of Boston • gown: custom designed by bride, made by Anahit of Newton (617-795-1940) • invitations: bride and Nelia Designs (Canada) • honeymoon: St Lucia