Kara and Dana : 8.10.2013, Alden Castle

Alden Castle Wedding – Kara and Dana

So it isn’t every day we are asked before a couple is even engaged to photograph their wedding, but thats how we met Dana and Kara! Last year at one of our all time favorite weddings – Dave and Kirsten (also known as the Magic Mike wedding) Dana asked me “Do you do destination weddings? we are thinking of an Island wedding”… Lucky for both of us, we do lots of destination weddings so I was happy – and i mean really happy – to say yes. As it turns out, Dana took Kara to Puerto Rico for a little getaway…. On their hotel balcony over morning coffee, he asked her to have coffee with him for the rest of his life! Such a romantic proposal!!! After a Kara excitedly said yes… Dana said “Lets have JessFoto as our photographer”….. how incredible is that!!?!? I am so honored…. and Dana, you’re the man.

After  deciding on a Boston wedding at The Alden Castle in Brookline, the date they had chosen I was booked for…. SO sad…. but then, almost as if the universe planned it, the wedding I originally had scheduled changed their date and I was able to be a part of Kara and Dana’s day! Happiness!!!!!!

Here are some great pre-wedding shots of Dana and the guys… and Kara and the girls. They all got ready at The Doubletree on Storrow, which was a beautiful hotel to get ready at. Lots of great light and a roofdeck that was a fabulous photo spot!



Love her wedding day jewels – Dana, the ring you chose for Kara is crazy beautiful! You get an A+ for the four C’s of this sparkler!



We gave Kara and the girls a few minutes to get some things done and we checked in with Dana and the guys….



Quick trip to the roof for a ‘Vanity Fair’ photo. Check the purple socks!


Then we kicked the guys out and finished up with the editorial photos….



Loving the Pink and gray color scheme…



Matching Vanity Fair photo with the ladies!



Kara, you have timeless beauty!


Off to The Mission Church!


I now pronounce you Husband and Wife!!!!



Some yummy light poking through


CLASSIC beauty


Quick trip over to Alden Castle in Brookline, one of my favorite new venues. Beautiful landscape to do formal photographs!

One of my favorite series of photos to get – generations of the women in the brides families.

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Dana, the camera loves you… as do the bridesmaids 🙂

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a quick walk through the gardens… some romantic moments….

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Now on to the details at Alden Castle. What an amazing place to have an event. It is a LEGIT castle… in the heart of the city.. with modern touches.

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and a LOT of mirrors….


Fabulous guests at the Cocktail hour… and what party is complete without a steel drum band?

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Introductions.. first dance… toasts…

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Dana and Kara, knowing that  I was your first choice from the moment you got engaged is such a special gift that I will always treasure. I loved spending your wedding day with you and am so happy that the two of you have found eachother. You truly are soul mates and the kind of love you share is so rare in the world these days. Im honored to be your photografriend and to share these great memories from a perfect day with you!Kara + Dana,  Alden Castle Wedding, Boston, MA_0085

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