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  • Boston Wedding Photographer

    Hi, my name is Sam Liang. I'm a wedding photographer based out of Boston but I'm happy to travel anywhere in the world. I love all kinds of weddings; some of my favorites are multicultural, DIY, and same-sex weddings. I love getting to know couples from all walks of life. Let's chat, chat about your day, grab a cup of coffee. I'm very laid back and always up for spontaneous adventures; I enjoy people who are the same.

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Lombardo’s Randolph Wedding – Denise & Stephen

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.

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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.

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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!!!!”

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Lombardo’s Wedding

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What was your wedding inspiration?

Classic Elegance

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.

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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

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Gorgeous Wedding at Cohasset Harbor Inn: Yin & William

I’ve always loved photographing weddings at the Cohasset Harbor Inn. The venue is gorgeous. It’s perfect for couples who love having their weddings by the water/harbor. Yin and William picked the perfect venue for their wedding. I also loved that they chose to do their bridal party formals at the Scituate Lighthouse. For anyone who loves lighthouses, I was as excited as a fat kid on Halloween.

I posted this first image below as a preview on my Facebook page, and I’d like to explain the process of how I took this photos again because I’m just that proud of it :) On the day of the wedding, it was cloudy and windy; the two don’t usually mix well because of how fast the clouds passes in front of the sun, the lighting changes constantly. We had to be patient to wait until the sun was hidden behind a cloud to get this soft and diffused light. It also just happened that the wind was blowing on Yin’s beautiful dress. If I had to pick one photo to frame in my living room, this would be the one.

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The day started at Wellington Crossing Clubhouse, where Yin and William resided. We had a Chinese tea ceremony. And then we had a light meal, so no one would starve the rest of the day. This seems to be the norm at Asian weddings from my experience, which is good. After that, Yin changed into her Western wedding gown and proceeded to the Scituate Lighthouse for the first look and bridal party formals.

As a side note, we did Yin and William’s engagement session at Humarock Beach in Marshfield. Check it out if you haven’t. We had a blast. Yin and William were such a fun and awesome couple to photograph because of their quirky and laid-back personalities.

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Bow to the bride!

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What was the most memorable moment of your wedding celebration?

Yin: “One of the most memorable moments was sneaking up to Will for our “first look” at the lighthouse – it was such a beautiful setting! I also loved seeing all of our families and friends dancing the night away.”

William: “I have to say ” first look” was the most memorable moment that day. She look amazing in that wedding gown.”

Funniest memory of the day?

Yin: “There were so many funny memories that day…one of my favorites was during the tea ceremony games when Will and his groomsman serenaded me to Back Street Boys. I could not stop laughing! The second funniest memory was when we were exchanging vows. When it was my turn to place the ring on Will’s hand, I was so nervous that I tried to put the ring on his wrong hand!”

William: “She was so nervous that she to put the wedding band on my right hand.”

Any advice for future brides/grooms?

Yin: “Brides – Don’t sweat the small details, because somehow it all comes together and everything has a way of working out in the end!
Grooms – Help the bride with the planning and decision making. We all know the wedding is all about the bride ;) but you will have a much happier bride if she has your help every step of the way.”

William: “That special day goes by quick, enjoy and remember every moment!”

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Photographer: Ze Liang Photography
Venue & Catering: Cohasset Harbor Resort
Dress: Vows Bridal Outlet in Watertown, MA
Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Florist: Mahoney’s Garden Center in Winchester, MA.
The boutonnieres were purchased at Mahoney’s and the bouquets were arranged by the bridal party.
DJ – DJ Ron Furr from Entertainment Specialists
Lighting by Entertainment Specialists
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October 15, 2014 - 9:46 am

Mona - Beautiful photos! Such a good idea to use the lighthouse for pictures.

October 15, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Sam Liang - Thanks Mona :) The lighthouse definitely made for a fabulous backdrop.

Bristol, Rhode Island Family Session

Jolee and Chris’ family session in Bristol, Rhode Island was fun, colorful, and totally swoon-worthy. When Jolee contacted me about photographing their adorable family, I knew I would be in it for a great time. Their newborn baby boy, Flynn, was the most adorable creature ever. When you think about how good-looking this family is, it didn’t surprise me.

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I met Jolee about two years ago at Kayla and Mike’s Pierce House wedding. She was a lovely bridesmaid and I ran into her again at Chris and Matt’s Newport Yachting Center wedding this year. We caught up briefly. It was really nice seeing her and Chris. At the time, they had already picked a name for their new baby boy, Flynn. A few months later, we welcomed him to the world.

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Jillian couldn’t take her eyes off her favorite movie, Home.

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I really love candid family sessions like this where I get to photograph kids in their natural environment. Thanks Jolee and Chris for welcoming me into their lovely home. I love seeing your growing family over the years. Kids grow up so fast, I’m really glad you now have these photos to keepsake your memories :)

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Elegant Boston Park Plaza Wedding – Anthony & Scott

When Anthony and Scott contacted me about photographing their wedding at the Boston Park Plaza, I knew immediately that it was going to be beautiful. We met at the venue and did a mini walk through, seeing all the rooms for getting ready, ceremony, and reception, I got even more excited. On the day of their wedding, after the grooms and the wedding party finished getting ready, we headed over to the Boston Public Garden for some portraits. It was a short walk from the Park Plaza hotel. It was a quiet Saturday at the Public Garden because everyone thought it was going to rain, but lucky for us, it held off. I was so happy to create some wedding photos at the Boston Public Garden without a lot of people in the background.

Here’s a little snippet about Anthony and Scott I snatched from their wedding website:

“Anthony and Scott met in the summer of 2012. They share an interest of traveling, softball, great food, partying and other hobbies. Anthony enjoys hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities while Scott enjoys gambling, writing and reading. On their second date Anthony asked Scott if he’d like to go for a hike in the Blue Hills and Scott willingly said he would love to spend time in the great outdoors, so he didn’t seem like a curmudgeon. Three years later, they are much more honest with each other.”

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Here’s a fun fact: “On the first date at a quiet bar at the Ritz Carlton, they were having martinis and Anthony got up to use the restroom and loudly announced “Oh and by the way, if you are going to ruffee me, it takes two!”

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Another fun fact: “They once traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to see an aviation museum and when the flight back to Boston was delayed, they decided to fly to Las Vegas and showed up at Caesars Palace with no luggage.”

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We used the Georgian Ballroom for their wedding ceremony. It was a spacious room that could accommodate up to 500 guests, which was the perfect size for Anthony and Scott’s wedding.

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Boston Park Plaza Wedding Reception

The reception room at the Boston Park Plaza was gorgeous. We used the Plaza Ballroom, which was a bigger room, compared to the Georgian Ballroom. The theater curtain, the uplighting, the chandeliers; it was extravagant.

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The hora dance was really fun to photograph. They both had a blast. (Did you see Scott’s hand was on that guy’s face?)

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Anthony’s dance with his mom was beautiful.

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I had an amazing time photographing their  wedding at the Boston Park Plaza. This wouldn’t have been possible without Anthony and Scott being incredibly awesome from the beginning to end of the day. I loved working with them. If you know anyone who’s engaged and looking for a wedding photographer, please get in touch.

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Paint War Trash the Dress + Family Session, Boston Carson Beach

I love it when couples and families do something fun and non-traditional. Cassie and Heather celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary by doing a trash the dress session with an epic liquid paint war with the kids.I knew they were the cool parents ever since I photographed their amazing wedding at Colt State Park in Rhode Island where they incorporated DIY flowers, custom designed rings, and Converse sneakers as their wedding shoes. We had been talking about dong a trash the dress session and they wanted to do a paint fight, we had the option for do this session at Arnold Arboretum or Carson Beach. We ultimately decided on Carson Beach in Boston where they originally did their engagement session. It was so nice to so this with the kids, they were full of energy and incredible fun to photograph.

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The liquid paint they used was cornstarch based so it was biodegradable, hence we were able to do this trash the dress session at Carson Beach. It was a mixture of cool-aid and water so it was safe to  digest in case it got in their mouth. As soon as the paint hit the sand, the colors were barely noticeable, yay for less clean up. The colors retained their vibrancy on the white wedding dresses and t-shirts.Boston paint war wedding and family sessionliquid paint Boston family sessionliquid paint war family session Boston beachlesbian wedding paint war trash the dress BostonBoston paint war trash the dress family sessionfun lesbian wedding trash the dress paint war beach sessionpaint fight family session BostonBoston paint fight family sessionpaint war trash the dress family sessionfun paint war trash the dress family sessionlesbian wedding paint trash the dress Bostonpaint war family session Boston Carson Beachsame-sex paint war Boston family sesionBoston paint trash the dress beach family sessionfun paint war session Bostonliquid paint war family session Boston beachlesbian wedding trash the dress family session Boston beachlesbian family session paint war trash the dress Carson Beachlesbian family painting Carson BeachBoston lesbian family painting on beachCarson Beach lesbian trash the dress family sessionCarson beach family session painting

After the paint fight, we used the rest of the liquid paint on a canvas. Cassie and Heather loved making arts and crafts, I knew that because they painted a canvas during their wedding ceremony, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity for them to paint another one to celebrate their anniversary.

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Here’s a big tip for anyone who’s considering doing a paint fight photo session: pick a place that has outdoor shower, or at least a (drinking) water fountain. It’ll help cleaning up so much easier.

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This session went by so fast and we had so much fun. I really miss photographing the kids. If you or anyone you know is looking to do a fun or unique engagement, family, or trash the dress session, please put us in touch.

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