Denise and Stephen’s Lombardo’s wedding in Randolph was truly one of the most amazing weddings I had the honor of photographing this year. What’s most amazing was their love story. They met in college and had developed an inseparable friendship, as Denise described on her wedding website, “We started out as friends, but really, we both wanted it to be more. Our dorm rooms were right across the hall from each other, and my friends and Steve’s friends also became friends over time. We were all always together. We had many adventures in our college years and made lots of memories.” Denise and Stephen had known each other for over 10 years. Their friendship is the foundation of their love; they’ve been through a lot and it’s really an honor to be there to witness and document their love.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their engagement photos at Carson Beach.
We started off the day with Denise and Stephen’s getting ready at the Boston Stoughton Courtyard by Marriott hotel. While the girls were busy with their hair and makeup, the guys were enjoying the early quiet moment with a video game. We sneaked in a few minutes of bridesmaids photos in the courtyard before heading over to the St. Bernadette Church for their wedding ceremony. The church was beautiful, and the staff was extremely nice. He greeted me and showed me a few hidden photo spots, including the second floor balcony. And finally, everyone was excited for the reception at Lombardo’s, which was a short distance from the church. It was only early October and the sun had almost set by the time we got to Lombardo’s. Luckily, we had a very cooperative wedding party, we were able to get some outdoor photos. What I loved most about Lombardo’s is the gigantic chandelier that provided ample light for indoor photos. We finished the rest of the wedding party and family photos on the beautiful staircase under the chandelier.
Denise and Stephen’s engagement story:
“I graduated with my doctorate degree in Psychology, my family threw me an amazing surprise congrats party, which of course Steve knew about and assisted with….even if his sole job was to help keep it a secret and to coax me in to driving all the way back home to Lawrence to “assist Val with a wedding,” and giving a few song selection ideas. Hey, everyone that knows me, knows he had a fairly hard job! Little did I know that it was at the party that Steve pulled my mom and dad aside and asked for my hand in marriage. Without hesitation, he had their blessing. He was already their son, in their eyes. To add to all the excitement, the Friday after the party, we got the keys to our new home! We had gone over after work and started to move a few small things in, I was trying rush, because I had to drive back home to Lawrence that night to pick up my little brother John who would be helping us move in all weekend. I was getting ready to leave when Steve got my attention. He was holding the key….and attached to it an engagement ring!!!!”
What was your wedding inspiration?
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding celebration?
Seeing Steve at the front of the church for the first time
Funniest memory of the night?
Sean and Jared’s (best men) speech!
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Never let the fact that it is a celebration of your love get lost in the stress of planning.
Photographer: Ze Liang Photography
Getting ready: Boston Stoughton Courtyard by Marriott
Ceremony: St. Bernadette Church
Officiant: Deacon Tom
Reception: Lombardo’s, Randolph MA
Dress: David’s bridal
Tux: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding planner and florist: Denise’s sister Valerie Miller (Flowers by Val)
Cake: Konditor Meister