Category archives: Rafanelli Events

Early this fall we had the pleasure of capturing Lauren & John’s Boston Symphony Hall Wedding with Rafanelli Events.  The lovely day began at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston where we found the wedding party readying for the day ahead. Lauren and her ladies put their finishing touches on while John and his groomsmen dressed nearby.

The couple chose to do their First Look on the historic front walkway of the Fairmont Copley. We love capturing this highly anticipated moment and this sweet and loving couple was no exception. Right after, we hopped on a trolley to head over to the ceremony location in Chestnut Hill. The couple was to be married at St. Ignatius Church on the campus of BC where the couple met!

Built in 1900, Boston Symphony Hall is a historic landmark and shooting events there is always remarkable. Lauren and John’s vision was brought to reality with a formidable design team. The space was washed in vibrant lighting which accented the architecture. The setting was balanced with modern decor pieces and divine white flowers in assorted arrangements throughout the venue. Full of energy with a busy dance floor and enjoyment all around, the celebration continued into the night.

We were fortunate to work with wonderful vendors including the talented team at Rafanelli Events. We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this day, capturing this wedding was an absolute pleasure and thank you again to Lauren and John and their kind and gracious families for having us there!

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Event Design and Production: Rafanelli Events; Getting Ready: Fairmont Copley Plaza; Ceremony: St. Ignatius – Chestnut Hill, MA; Reception: Boston Symphony Orchestra; Brides Dress; Ines de Santo /Bridesmaids; J Crew /Hair/Makeup: Salon Marc Harris / Darren Lee; Flowers: Winston Flowers; Lighting: Port Lighting Systems; Rentals: Be Our Guest, Inc., Peterson Party Center, Reserve Modern Event Rental, PBD Events; Catering: Gourmet Caterers; Linen: Nuage Designs, Inc.; Chargers: BBJ Linen; Cake: Cakes to Remember; Stationer: Cheree Berry Paper; Entertainment: Veronica Martell Entertainment; Videography: Boston Wedding Films; Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston; 3rd Photographer: Ken Marcou

This post is filed under: Lauren and John’s Boston Symphony Hall wedding with Rafanelli Events. Jill Person and Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography. Jill and Lauren can be reached directly through their site at www.PersonKillian.com or via phone: 617-236-1662. To see more beautiful events we have photographed with Rafanelli Events, please, click here.

To say we were honored to photograph one of our most recent events would be an understatement. We spent two days working alongside the amazing team at Rafanelli Events while photographing The Kennedy Forum. The days included the gala and national conference.

“Just as President Kennedy rallied the nation to dream big and set audacious goals 50 years ago, The Kennedy Forum seeks to set a new standard for the future of health care in the United States. Our mission is big, and the stakes are clear. We seek to unite the health care system, and rally the mental health community around a common set of principles: Fully implement the 2008 parity law, bring business leaders and government agencies together to eliminate issues of stigma, work with providers to guarantee equal access to care, ensure that policymakers have the tools they need to craft better policy, and give consumers a way to understand their rights.”

The Kennedy Forum

The Gala was located on the site of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and neighboring Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Speakers included an introduction by Mayor Marty Walsh and Remarks by the Forum Founder and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy. Martin Luther King III, Wayne Brady and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich all took the stage to speak about the state of the healthcare system in the United States and across the globe.

Day two was held in the Back Bay at the Westin Copley Hotel and included dozens of panelists and in-depth discussions. Speakers included State Senator Edward M. Kennedy Jr., Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III and former United State Surgeon General David Satcher.

Thank you to the team at Rafanelli Events for having us there to document such an important two days of events.

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The Kennedy Forum at JFL Library, EMKI Boston and the Westin Copley. Event Planning and coordination – Rafanelli Events – Boston Event Photography – Photographed by Person + Killian Photography – Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116

Person + Killian was thrilled to be able to photograph a destination Bar Mitzvah with Rafanelli Events in gorgeous Palm Beach, Florida!

The Bar Mitzvah took place at The Mar-a-Lago Club and was transformed into “Club Cole at Hotel CK” for the event. We had some time with the family to utilize the beautiful property for some formal photographs before heading into the Gold and White Ballroom for the traditional Havdala service.

Cocktail hour was held at the Poolside Casino and included motivators who took on the rolls of security guards, a pit boss lifeguard and shot girls who interacted with the crowd. An iPad sign-in-board was set up next to the Paparazzi photo shoot where guests could take home the photos at the end of the night.

Following the cocktail reception, guests were welcomed into the main ballroom “Club Cole”. The reception kicked off with the Hora, followed by a night of dancing and celebration. Before the night ended, the guests were treated to the surprise headliner of the night – a concert by Sean Kingston. After the concert, Cole and his family had a chance to spend some time with Sean Kingston and Donald Trump (owner of the Mar-a-Lago) for some one on one time and some photographs.

We would like to send a special thanks to Cole and his family for being so wonderful and to the team at Rafanelli Events for this great opportunity to photograph this gorgeous event!

Event Planning, Coordination and Design: Rafanelli Events; Venue: Mar-a-Lago; Cheree Berry Paper; Vali Entertainment; Atlas Rentals; Nuage Linens; Always Flowers; Open Eye Videography; Frost Lighting                                          __

Destination Event Photography – Bar Mitzvah at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach Florida by Person + Killian Photography

Last weekend Person + Killian photographed a spectacular Boston Bat Mitzvah with Rafanelli Events. Julia’s big weekend kicked off on her birthday at Congregation Or Atid in Wayland, MA. There, we were able to capture Julia, her parents and siblings practicing for the next day’s big ceremony. After some great candid and group shots we headed out to nearby Pine Brook Country Club in Weston for a formal family dinner.

The celebration began Saturday night at WGBH Studios in Boston. The studio was decked out in fun and interactive decor that the guest of honor along with her family and friends could enjoy throughout cocktail hour including the fun candid photo wall with Julia’s signature logo. We love that Rafanelli Events was able to customize the event with the logo in everything from walls, straws and even the cupcakes. After cocktail hour, guests headed into the theater for a special video created for Julia. Guests were wowed when the doors of the studio opened to revealed the dinner and dancing portion of the evening.

The setup at Pine Brook Country Club included some of the favorite family photos that added a great personal touch to the setting.

The main lobby of WGBH was the perfect backdrop for cocktail hour. The space was divided into a sleek and modern section for the adults and a modern interactive section for the kids.

We loved the props that the crew at Rafanelli Events put together for the photo wall. They were a big hit with the guests throughout the evening and we had the opportunity to take some shots of Julia and her family at the beginning of the night.

Julia loved her custom-made sign in board that adorned the wall for guests to sign on the way into the dinner.

Following the traditional blessing of the challah, candle lighting and a few heartfelt and emotional speeches by Julia’s siblings, the crowd danced the evening away with entertainment by Kupah of KLASS Universal Entertainment. There was dancing, music videos shown on giant circle screens on the wall, break-dancing and more!

After dinner, desserts were brought out to the cocktail area complete with a cotton candy machine and make your own sundae bar for the kids tables.

Event Planning and Design: Rafanelli Events; Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Entertainment: KLASS Universal Entertainment; Catering: MAX Ultimate Food; Lighting: Port Lighting; Rentals: Be Our Guest; Dance Floor and Stage: Peterson Party Center; Video: Boston Wedding Films; Flowers: Table and Tulip

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The Event Photography of this Boston Bat Mitzvah was photographed by Person + Killian Photography at WGBH Studios, Boston. This event was planned and coordinated by Rafanelli Events. Jill Person and Laurén Killian can be reached via email at Jill@PersonKillian.com and Lauren@PersonKillian.com or via phone at 617.236.1662 with locations on Newbury Street Boston and Newport, Rhode Island.

Person + Killian Photography recently had the pleasure of photographing The Charles Hotel Wedding of Thayer and Philip with Rafanelli Events. The night before the wedding, we were asked to photograph the rehearsal dinner at the Winchester Country Club. The evening was an authentic Southwest Texas BBQ (Philip and his family are from Texas) with a Mariachi band for entertainment.

The following afternoon, both the bride and groom along with their wedding parties and family all got ready at The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Cambridge where the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all took place.

When we asked Thayer and Philip the inspiration behind their wedding, the bride described it as “Springtime elegance with a whimsical touch set in Harvard Square, where the couple met as graduate students. The colors were a spring mix of blues accented with light greens that provided the inspiration that carried over from the invitations to the wedding party attire and into the ballroom.”

After a few getting ready photographs, we captured Thayer and Philip’s first look in the JFK Memorial Park.

We love that Philip and his groomsmen hopped up on the fountain for an impromptu group shot.

The ceremony, performed by the bride’s cousin, was a mix of the bride’s Greek heritage that included the crown ceremony along with the groom’s Jewish heritage with a Chuppah and the breaking of the glass.

Just one highlight of the day came at the end of the ceremony when all guests broke out in cheers with noisemakers, pom-poms from the bridesmaids and even Vuvuzelahorn blowing by the groomsmen. This was just the beginning of the celebration for the newlyweds.

The Charles Hotel Ballroom was designed by the team at Rafanelli Events and looked exquisite!

The rest of the celebration combined more of the couple’s family traditions with some Greek dancing and a Hora. Congratulations and huge Thank You to Thayer and Philip and your wonderful families for being so great to work with. We had a fantastic time photographing your fun-filled wedding weekend!

Venue: The Charles Hotel; Lighting, Decor and Design Coordinated by: Rafanelli Events; Hair: Studio 9 – Debbie Welch; Makeup: Katrina Hess; Invitations: Crane & Co; Dress: Monique Lhuillier – purchased at Kleinfelds NY; Tent: Peterson Party Center; Flowers: Winston Flowers; Cake: Cakes to Remember; Reception Entertainment: The Sultans of Swing; Video: Afterimage Productions

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The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA wedding photography of Thayer and Philip from Person + Killian Photography. Boston Wedding Photographers Jill Person and Lauren Killian are Person + Killian Photography and are located at 251 Newbury Street in Back Bay Boston, MA. They can be reached via email at Jill@PersonKillian.com or Lauren@PersonKillian.com or via phone at 617.236.1662.

Person + Killian Photography had the pleasure of photographing an amazing Boston Bat Mitzvah that was made possible by the fabulous team at Rafanelli Events. The morning started out at the beautiful Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline. The events of the day continued at The Ritz-Carlton Boston where the 2nd floor was transformed into one of Zoe and her family’s favorite vacation spots in Cannes, France. The guests experienced an array of surprises throughout the evening with everything from VIP style cabanas, a cotton candy dessert station and video montage all leading up to the highlight of the night.  Zoe and her guests were treated to a performance by “Status Quo” from MTV’s “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew“. It was such a pleasure to work once again with so many of our friends in the business from video by AfterImage Productions, stunning table arrangements by Spruce Floral and the amazing decor from ceiling to floor from Be Our Guest, PBD Events and Rentals Unlimited. A special thank you to Erin Palank, Julie Wolman and the rest of the crew at Rafanelli Events as well as Laura Fox and the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston for making this such a wonderful event to have been a part of. P+K are looking forward to capturing future Bat and Bar Mitzvahs with wonderful warm and loving families like Zoe’s. Mazal tov and Happy 13th to Zoe! Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Planner: Rafanelli Events Floral: Spruce Floral Entertainment: Upside, Eye2Eye, Bongar Biz – Status Quo Rentals: PBD Events, Be Our Guest, Rentals Unlimited Cake: Cakes to Remember Video: AfterImage Productions Lighting: Port Lighting

Person + Killian Photography are always delighted to be hired for a party planned by Rafanelli Events. We have had the good fortune to work with this amazing event company in the past and are always impressed by the seamless way they throw an over the top event. Saturday’s Bar Mitzvah at a private home in Chestnut Hill was no exception.

With the meticulous direction and vision of Rafanelli Events, stunning floral design by Marc Hall of Winston Flowers and lighting by Port, three Tents were morphed into spectacular getaways reminiscent of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Spectacular green plants filled the tent, decorated with matching green linens and accented by deep brown and white wicker lounge furniture.

The main tent, which was home to the morning Bar Mitzvah service, was transformed for the evening event into the “JD Hideaway”. Created for the guest of honor, the “hideaway” provided plenty of activities where the nearly 200 kids had a blast. The night was filled with fun food, games, custom-made airbrushed t-shirts, henna tattoos, dancers and more! P+K had the pleasure of capturing the details and happenings of the night along side the talented video team of AfterImage Productions.

Boston, Massachusetts Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Photographer and photojournalist

We welcome all opportunities to spend time with Boston event planner, Bryan Rafanelli.  Bryan is easy going and charming and obviously enormously talented.  Lucky for our portfolio we have had the opportunity to work with Bryan on many occasions and he never fails to deliver a beautiful event.  Person + Killian were delighted to welcome him into our studio for a mini photo shoot.

Person + Killian love the high fashion associated with photographing a bridal fashion runway show.  Bryan Rafanelli and his assoicates at Rafanelli Events created an amazing setting for the debut of the Spring Collections from Vera Wang and Lelite Bridal for The Mall at Chestnut Hill. View more of our portfolio under the events section of our website.