What wonderful people Liz and Ryan are! Smart, sincere, considerate and clearly very devoted to each other. They’ve known each other a long time and were thrilled to finally be getting married this past Saturday, a rather hot but beautiful sunny July day.

Liz’s dress – nice and light to keep her cool in the heat.

This is Liz’s sister, Jen, who impressed everyone by doing her own hair. Her mom dutifully held up this tiny mirror – that was all the help Jen needed!Liz was beyond happy to finally be able to wear her beautiful dress. Once her dress was on, Liz’s bridesmaid Julieanne brought her a meticulously wrapped (and color-coordinated) gift from Ryan.Along with the beautiful gift was a note from Ryan, finally revealing the surprise of where they’d be going on their honeymoon. Liz is pleased!My assistant Katia Forero captured this image of groom Ryan and his groomsmen showing off their matching argyle socks.

After the ceremony at Saints John and Paul in Wexford, the bridal party drove over to Soergel’s Orchard for photos. Soergel’s is a great little market with a bakery, produce, lots and lots of flowers and all kinds of other groceries and gifts. In the fall, they have lots of pumpkin-related festivities. For Liz and Ryan Soergel’s is also the place where they worked many hours throughout high school and college. So not only was the apple orchard a beautiful and convenient photo location, it also had personal significance to them. I can’t say enough how much I love these photos! You have probably also noticed how gorgeous and fit these two are. Both Liz and Ryan spend a lot of time at the gym on the Cross Fit circuit. Photo by Katia. Liz and Ryan’s wedding day allowed plenty of time for photography, so we also made a quick stop on the North Shore. Also joining us was Nicki Dembski of Syncopated Pictures. Stay tuned for a movie! Once we arrived at the Carnegie Museum, the groomsmen changed into matching customized Converse All Stars. Liz and Ryan love to dance. They got a little last minute practice in right before the reception. No prettier place to do this than the Hall of Architecture! Liz and Ryan: beautiful, talented and brave: their first dance was a choregraphed salsa dance, full of energy and joy. Just one of many laughs during the three toasts – this one by Ryan’s Best Man.I expected some great dancing from the guys with those purple Chucks, and they did not disappoint. If you’d like, you can use the next three photos to play Name That Tune. If you post a comment with the correct song, Liz and Ryan will get a complimentary 8×10 print! Liz and Ryan – congratulations! I’m so very happy for the two of you and so glad to have been there to document your absolutely amazing wedding day. Thank you!


The Credits

Reception Venue:
Carnegie Museum Music Hall Foyer

Caterer: Parkhurst

Flowers: Reed & Petal’s, Beth Soergel (Reception)

Liz”s Dress: Chrystal Bridal Gallery – Claire Mansir

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston

DJ: JJ Dellaria

Cake: Parkhurst

Hair: Camille’s Salon

Cinematography: Nicki of Syncopated Pictures

Second Photographer: Katia Forero


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