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Awesome Gay Wedding in Copley Square, Boston – L’Espalier: Steve & Xavier

November 7, 2013

I’ve always loved photographing at L’Espalier in Copley Square, especially same-sex weddings. It’s such an intimate yet elegant venue and I think a lot of same-sex couples would appreciate especially if they have a small number of guests. I’ve photographed there twice and I loved it both times. Julie, the coordinator L’Espalier, always does an amazing job at coordinating everything perfectly. I loved the fact that she let us use the lobby area to do family photos, I’m sure Steve and Xavier appreciated it. I also had another chance to work with the fabulous Rosaria Salerno, Justice of the Peace. The most impressive thing about her is that she officiated the very first same-sex wedding in Massachusetts, which means the first in the country because MA is the first state to legalize gay marriage in the US.

Anyways, oh my gosh, I had such a blast working with Steve and Xavier. They were such a happy and fun couple, which makes photographing their engagement session in Fenway and their wedding easier :p

Boston L'Espalier same-sex wedding

Boston L'Espalier same-sex wedding getting ready

Boston L'Espalier same-sex wedding getting ready

Goofing around to ease the anxiety before walking down the aisle.

Boston L'Espalier same-sex wedding

Boston L'Espalier same-sex wedding

Steve and Xavier hosted an after-reception party in a presidential suite at the Fairmont Copley Hotel. We walked pass the Boston Public Library and of course we would take some portraits in the beautiful courtyard.

Boston Public Library same-sex wedding

Boston Public Library gay wedding

It was nice having so many friends to support their marriage. By the way, the post-reception party was only for “the gays” (shhhh!)

Boston Public Library gay wedding

This was the second time I’ve worked with Rosaria. Justice of the Peace. The first time was at the Mandarin Oriental, which was also a same-sex wedding. She’s just fabulous.

Boston L'Espalier gay wedding Copley Square

Here is Steve and Xavier exchanging rings.

Boston L'Espalier gay wedding Copley Square

… and they’re married! Woo-hoo!

Boston L'Espalier gay wedding Copley Square

Cocktail hour was in the adjacent room to the ceremony/reception room. The first two photos below were family photos taken in the lobby, thanks to Julie, the coordinator, who allowed us to use the space.

L'Espalier wedding photography cocktail hour

Once everyone was in the other room during cocktail hour, the reception room was being set up. Steve took a peek and was pleasantly surprised by how perfect everything was.

L'Espalier wedding reception details

L'Espalier gay wedding reception

Boston copley square L'Espalier gay wedding

Boston copley square L'Espalier gay wedding

The cake cutting was undeniably the most hilarious part of the wedding.

L'Espalier gay wedding cake cutting

L'Espalier gay wedding cake cutting

L'Espalier gay wedding cake cutting

This was originally just a photo of a couple people and everyone rushed in and “photo bombed” it.

L'Espalier gay wedding family group shot

Vendors who made this wedding awesome:
Photographer: Ze Liang Photography
Venue (ceremony + reception): L’Espalier, coordinator: Julie
Other photo location: Boston Public Library
Justice of the Peace: Rosaria Salerno