la vita è bella - Janine and Ciro's Hampshire House Wedding
On June 7, Janine and Ciro were married with a ceremony and reception at the Hampshire House in downtown Boston. I love these two—we hit it off immediately. They live in NYC and love to walk around the West Village, and they both love jazz and NPR—like me. They chose to get married in Boston to be close to Janine's family.
Janine told me how she and Ciro met: "A friend told me about the best Italian pizzeria in New York. Since it was WAY uptown I thought I'd never go. On a sort of blind date my cousin set up, I ended up hungry uptown so I dragged this poor soul there. There were two Italian guys I knew having coffee. They introduced me to Ciro as we walked in. After a while, he asked my so-called date if I was his girlfriend. When he said we were just friends, he smiled. That night, he found me on Facebook and friended me. A few days later, one of the guys who introduced me to him asked if he could have my number to talk about my Italian meetup group. He started calling me and asking me to come up for coffee for about a month before I finally went up, and not long after that, we started this amazing love affair."
On the wedding day, my second shooter, Cris Llerena, and I met at this amazing old brownstone called The College Club of Boston. We photographed Janine and her friends and family there; then, Cris headed over to meet up with Ciro and his friends at the Hampshire House.
Their ceremony was intimate and very touching. Ciro speaks fluent Italian, so his vows were in Italian. After the ceremony, we headed into the Boston Public Garden for some formals before an amazing lunch, complete with a jazz trio entertaining the guests.
It is traditional in Italy for the bride and groom to take a stroll through their town after the wedding is over. So, keeping tradition alive, Ciro, Janine, and all their guests left the venue; we all took a walk through the Public Garden, and everyone hustled onto a couple of Swan Boats. I just loved photographing that.
Thank you, Janine & Ciro, for coming to Boston to get married! I'll be in NYC soon for a shoot, and I can't wait to see you again!