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    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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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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Vendors:

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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Vendors:
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.

March 30, 2016 - 9:49 am

DeCordova Sculpture Park Museum wedding – Catherine & Jeff - […] was one of the most beautiful and fun weddings I’ve ever photographed. We were introduced by Yin and William, a couple who I adore and photographed back in 2014; they were also the maid of honor and best man […]

South End Same-Sex Engagement Session in Boston: Adam & Jason

I’ve always loved the South End for its lovely coffee shops and friendly neighborhood. I met Adam and Jason months ago when they started their wedding planning; when we first met, I immediately knew they were the type of couple who were kind and awesome to work with. It couldn’t have been more true. We had an amazing engagement session. We started off at their wedding venue, the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge; we met with their wedding coordinator, who gave us access to one of their balconies with an amazing skyline view of the city. This was awesome because Adam and Jason’s house in the South End also had a clear view of the John Hancock Tower. I also loved their outdoor garden at the Hyatt, which is going to be used for their cocktail hour on their wedding day. Then we headed back to the South End and Back Bay Boston for the rest of the engagement session. It was such a friendly neighborhood; we ran into some of their friends and neighbors during the session and Adam and Jason were offered champagne. They have an amazing circle of friends, I know their wedding is going to be awesome!

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And that was a wrap for Adam + Jason’s South End engagement session, I’m really looking forward to their wedding in June. If you’re engaged and looking for a wedding photographer, please get in touch, I would love to chat over tea or coffee.

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DeCordova Sculpture Park Museum wedding – Catherine & Jeff

Catherine and Jeff’s DeCordova Sculpture Park Museum wedding was one of the most beautiful and fun weddings I’ve ever photographed. We were introduced by Yin and William, a couple who I adore and photographed back in 2014. Catherine and Jeff loved museums and we did their engagement session at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. One of my favorite things about this wedding is, aside from how wonderful it was to work with the couple and the wedding party, the reception toasts were absolutely hilarious. I loved hearing all the funny and embarrassing moments the bride and groom had together.

Here’s a little about Catherine and Jeff’s story I grabbed from their wedding website:

“Jeff and Catherine were both at UIUC in 2004 but they didn’t meet there. Post UIUC, Catherine moved to Boston and Jeff also moved to Boston a few years later but they still didn’t meet. 7 years later, they were both at the NAAAP Convention Gala in 2011, where Catherine walked every table to ask for donation. Nope they didn’t notice each other! So, it is very true that if you are not ready to meet the one then you don’t see him even when he walks right by you.

On a chilly February morning in 2012, Jeff and Catherine had their first date at In A Pickle for an early Sunday brunch. Catherine was super tired from the night before and seriously considered cancelling, but she decided to show up 20 minutes late with the just-roll-out-of-bed look. Being a gentleman, Jeff waited patiently. The most memorable first date moment for Catherine was that Jeff hit his head against the daily special menu board when he was standing up to offer Catherine a better seat. That moment was packed with genuine kindness and super cuteness. They had a tasty breakfast and great conversation, but their second date at the North End didn’t happen until a month later in March. On that second date, they stayed until the restaurant closed. They went on to develop a honest, supportive, and loving relationship with each other in the past 3+ years. Jeff and Catherine have this special connection that no words can adequately describe. It is true that when you find the one, you feel it.”

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What was the most memorable moment of your wedding celebration?

Our first dance and when we say “I do”!

Funniest memory of the night?

Groom’s poem reading at Pick-Up-The-Bride challenges and Best Man’s Toast

Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Inspire each other to try new things in life, always keep open communication, fight fair, and be ready to compromise.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Learn about life and grow old together.

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Will was trying to sneak in the door (where the bride is), but he was caught by the bridesmaids.

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After the pick-up-the-bride games, we proceeded to the Chinese tea ceremony.

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See this painting on the screen? It’s Jeff’s grandma’s work. It’s gorgeous!

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Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Ze Liang Photography
Venue: DeCordova Sculpture Park Museum
Caterer: Season To Taste Catering
DJ: Russ Carlton Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Minah Campos Professional Hair and Make up
Florist: My Personal Florist – Jody Palange Roffi
Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister
Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige Bridal Gown Blush Collection
Jewelry: Barmakian Jewlers
Wedding rings: James Allen
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dressy Bridesmaid Dress
Groom’s Attire: Indochino Custom Suit
Rentals: Peterson Party Center (Woburn MA)

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