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
Goofing around to ease the anxiety before walking down the aisle.
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.
It was nice having so many friends to support their marriage. By the way, the post-reception party was only for “the gays” (shhhh!)
Here is Steve and Xavier exchanging rings.
… and they’re married! Woo-hoo!
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.
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.
The cake cutting was undeniably the most hilarious part of the wedding.
This was originally just a photo of a couple people and everyone rushed in and “photo bombed” it.
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