Jenn and Seth planned a wonderful Peabody Essex Museum Wedding this past weekend. These two amazing people were so incredibly wonderful to work with and we couldn't have had more fun shooting this wedding.
The bride got ready at her family's home in Peabody and the groom at the Salem Waterfront Hotel. With the church, Heaven's Gate in South Boston, being a bit of a drive away from the getting ready locations as well as the P.E.M, most of the pre-ceremony conversations revolved around which road to take to Boston. "Should we go 1A? What about trying to take 93? WHY DOES GPS ALWAYS WANT TO GO 1A?!" We all got to the ceremony on time and although we were a bit behind as we got back into Salem, Natalia at the P.E.M. extended the cocktail hour a bit so we could grab some photos around the property. Natalia is THE BEST.
The reception was held in the Peabody Essex Atrium which is fantastic room for a party. It's so open, airy and contemporary. Bearfight was the band and they played some fan favorites that kept the crowd rocking the dance floor until the clock struck midnight. This was an amazing wedding and we couldn't be happier for the bride and groom.
We also should send thanks and praise to the other amazing professionals that contributed to this greatness:
Peabody Essex Museum, specifically Natalia Laskaris / Vinwood Catering, the delicious food / Karla Cassidy Designs, the beautiful floral design / New Leaf Salon, hair and makeup / Bearfight, the live band / Tara Leigh Cakes
Below are some photos, enjoy:
Chris and Rebecca planned an elegant Peabody Essex Museum wedding in historic Salem, MA. This was a very easy going couple and their wedding was absolutely gorgeous. We had a great time photographing this wedding, but we say that every week. But seriously, Chris and Rebecca could not have showed us any more hospitality and kindness. We felt like we blended right into their wedding, which was perfect for our style of photography.
We started with a first look right across the street from the Hawthorn Hotel, and walked over to the Peabody Essex Museum for some portraits before the ceremony began. The East India Marine Hall at the P.E.M. is one of favorite ceremony venues ever. There is so much history, culture and individuality separating into a class by itself. The nautical paintings, sculptures and models make this room incredibly interesting. Photographically speaking, the light is always pouring into those windows and can make for some really dramatic light.
Cocktail hour and reception went off without a hitch, as usual at the P.E.M. Natalia and her staff are always a pleasure to work with and everything is always very well done. The music was killer with Eric -Jon and Now and the Forevers as the wedding band. We were really impressed with, not only the set list, but also the execution. This band is really tight, and it was evident that they knew exactly what the crowd wanted to hear because the dance floor exploded with action after dinner.
We had a great time with Chris and Rebecca and below you'll find some of our favorites from their day.
I met Sarah and Dan at the Peabody Essex Museum just days before their wedding. They live across the country and we hadn't had a chance to meet. I have a lot of respect for a couple that can plan a wedding from across the country, that has got to be an adventure. But as soon as I met these two I knew that their wedding was going to be incredible; they were really relaxed and prepared for a great day. We started at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and made the very short trek over to the PEM for the ceremony and reception.
This was our first time we photographed a wedding at the Peabody Essex, so we were impressed by the distinct environments that the museum provides for a wedding ceremony and reception. The East India Marine Hall, where Sarah and Dan chose to have their ceremony, has that New England maritime history; and the Atrium, where the reception was held, is marvel of contemporary architecture. Having two distinct environments to offer makes the Peabody Essex such a unique and inspiring wedding venue. Also, the staff does a fantastic job creating a great atmosphere for wedding party and guests.
Planning a late Summer wedding with an afternoon start time was an incredible decision. The light coming into the East India Hall during the ceremony was stunning. The image we've selected above, with the groom turned to look at the bride, is one of our favorites that show the beauty of the late afternoon light. Once we finished up with family and wedding party portraits, we still had plenty of time to take Sarah and Dan outside to create some portraits around the building.
If there was one word to describe the reception it would have to be "energy." There were a lot of family and close friends on hand so there was a lot of emotion and laughter pretty much the whole night. I have never seen more legit dancers on a wedding reception dance floor in my life. It was hard to keeping up as every new dance circle formed, no one sat down... ever. Gotta love this work.
Congratulations to Sarah and Dan on a fantastic wedding and a wonderful future!