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The last wedding of the year took place at the Boston Harbor Hotel and was an elegant and infectiously fun celebration. Taylor and John chose lots of classic white throughout the day’s events, accented by greens, gold, and lots of warm candlelight for a perfect winter vibe.

Once everyone was dressed and ready for the day to begin, the bride and groom met harbor-side for a private first look. Taylor and John decided to share their personal vows here at the first look rather than during the wedding ceremony, which made for a very special moment between bride and groom (and so much fun to capture!). Taylor added a white fur wrap to her wedding dress to stave off the cold and we captured some wonderful shots of the couple out along the water and under the iconic Boston Harbor Hotel archway and around the property.

The sun set as we moved inside to the Wharf Room for the wedding ceremony which was officiated by a close friend of the couple. Gold chairs, towering greenery, and a flood of warm candlelight added the perfect ambiance to this winter wedding ceremony. While guests enjoyed cocktails following the ceremony, the Wharf Room was transformed for the evening reception. Classic white and soft pink flowers were interspersed with wintery green pine, with a sprig of pine adorning each place setting. Soft lighting and candles made the room feel intimate and warm even with the cold winter night outside — and the incredible love and laughter shared by all the guests certainly helped too!

We are so grateful to have ended our 2019 wedding season with such a wonderful couple at one of our favorite venues, the Boston Harbor Hotel. Special thanks to Taylor and John, and to Ted and his entire Boston Harbor Hotel team.




Taylor and John’s A Team – Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel – Ted Daniels; Hair: Michelle DeVoe – Demiche; Makeup: Makeup by Tracy – Tracy O’Donnell; Invitations/Paper: Inviting Company – Lynne Johnson; Dress: Lihi Hod; Flowers: Table & Tulip; Video: SH Videography – George Horemiotis; Cake: Boston Harbor Hotel; Lighting: Event Illuminations – Derek Wiles; Entertainment: Kahootz – Chris Cole

Ali (a Boston native) and Jeff (a New Yorker) celebrated their Fall wedding at the Royal Sonesta Cambridge. The entire day was modern and elegant, with just a sprinkle of city rivalry to add a fun personal touch!

The whole day’s events took place at the Royal Sonesta Cambridge, starting in the morning as the wedding party got ready. Ali and Jeff braved the unseasonably cold weather with smiles on their faces, while we captured their first look and some bride and groom formals on the boardwalk overlooking the Charles River. We met the rest of the wedding party back inside for formals in the ballroom foyer, then moved into the Skyline Suites for the traditional Ketubah signing.

As guests arrived for the ceremony, they faced their first test of sports allegiance. The custom kippahs featured a choice between the New England Patriots and the NY Giants, with a sign that instructed guests to “Choose Wisely”. Dinner and dancing followed in the Royal Sonesta Cambridge Grand Ballroom. The couple chose soft, natural florals and touches of gold for a modern, elegant look. Specialty drinks of the bride’s “Brady Bubbly” and the groom’s “Manning Mule” added another personal touch.

Above all, the guests couldn’t wait to celebrate this wonderful couple. The dance floor stayed packed all night, and the newlyweds were even serenaded by two friends who were in a high school band together! It was a fun-loving crowd and we were honored to be there to celebrate with them.

Special thank you to Ali and Jeff for being so wonderful to work with, and to the Royal Sonesta Cambridge for sending this couple our way!

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Event Team | Royal Sonesta Cambridge Coordinator: Sabrina Parsons; Day Of Planner: Gail Chancey; Makeup: Candy Bar Cosmetics; Hair: Nicole Barrera; Invitations: Vera Wang – Crane Company via Papyrus; Dress: Alyn by Rita Vinieris via Kleinfeld Bridal; Groom: The Black Tux; Flowers: Petal Pushers Floral; Cake: The Icing on the Cake; Entertainment: The Blake Band via Starlight Music; Video: Siagel Productions

“On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Boston Planner’s Dining Club launched at Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge. Founded by Tammy Golson of Tammy Golson Events and Sarah Glick of Brilliant Event Planning, Boston Planners Dining Club is a private group of some of Boston’s best wedding planners. The mission of The Boston Planners Dining Club is to foster community and camaraderie among wedding planners in Boston, while experiencing venues and vendors’ talents and services first hand.

Catalyst Restaurant not only showcased their gorgeous event space, but also delighted guests with an impressive menu created by Chef William Kovel. Marc Hall Design brought Spring to Boston with their bright florals inspired by Fete Collection’s watercolor design. This design was featured on the custom bar by PBD Events, as well as on the hand-stitched menus that Fete created. The live music by Speechless was the perfect soundtrack for the evening and Party Rental Ltd provided all of the rentals. The entire evening was captured by Jill Person of Person + Killian Photography and George Horemiotis of SH Videography.” – Boston Magazine

“As we enlisted the team of Boston wedding professionals for our first Boston Planners Dining Club,  we encouraged each team member to create something they were genuinely excited about. We challenged them to think big, be creative and deliver something never before seen, that would impress our seasoned and esteemed wedding planning colleagues. It was a collaborative process inspired by the original watercolor design Fete Collection created for the menu cards. Marc Hall Design pulled the oranges and yellows from this pattern for the floral design on the tables and Party by Design replicated this watercolor design and created our bespoke bar.

With accents of orange, a nod to the juxtapose of the spring we’ve had in New England, the big blooms were beautifully offset with accents of gray introduced in the linen napkins and smokey chargers. An underlined urban vibe was built by the use of industrial tables topped with white plexiglass and black flatware. The frosted votives were paired with the vellum overlay of the menus, which were hand-stitched with orange thread. The tiny gold salt and pepper shakers were a sweet compliment to the gorgeous gold on the hand-painted place cards marking each guest’s seat at our long dramatically long table.” – Tammy Golson of Tammy Golson Events and Sarah Glick of Brilliant Event Planning

A big thank you to Tammy and Sarah for including Person + Killian in such a special evening and to Sara and William Kovel and their entire team at Catalyst!

Venue: Catalyst; Planning and Coordination: Tammy Golson Events and Brilliant Event Planning; Florals: Marc Hall Design; Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Video: SH Videography; Paper: Fete Collection; Sponsorship: Boston Weddings; Entertainment: Speechless; Rentals: Party Rental LTD and PBD Events; #BostonPlannersDiningClub #BPDC

Ringing in the New Year is cause for celebration, and for taking a look back at another fantastic year of events. It always amazes us to see how much can happen in a year!

As 2017 comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on this memorable year. 2017 brought with it many Boston weddings, mitzvahs and everything from charity galas to surprise parties. We traveled near and far this year throughout New England from the cliffs of Maine to the mountains of Vermont and to destination weddings in New York City and sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Of course we are honored to have frequented our hometown throughout the year at greater Boston’s most prestigious and beautiful hotels, libraries and museums. We also had the pleasure of photographing some of the newest wedding and social venues from the historic JFK Presidential Library and Museum to the city’s newest upscale VIP nightlife destination – The Grand in Boston’s Seaport district.

As we look back on this year, we can say that we have had the chance to work with the most amazing couples and talented industry friends. You are all truly what makes what we do so special, memorable and what continues to make us love what we do! With sincere appreciation, gratitude and with a grateful hearts we say Thank You all for sharing your lives with us!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year full of good health, happiness and success in 2018!

All our best, Lauren and Jill

*** This post is filed under Boston Weddings. All photographs were taken by Jill Person and Lauren Killian. Person + Killian Photography is a Boston based photography studio located in Boston’s Bay Bay at 251 Newbury Street. Person + Killian photography can be reached via email at [email protected] or [email protected] They can also be reached via phone at 617-236-1662.

It’s officially wedding planning season and with that comes new issues of all of our favorite magazines on newsstands. We are excited to see the real wedding of Ashley and Brian in the latest issue of Boston Weddings Magazine.

Story by: Jule Suratt – “When the bride-to-be Ashley Swafford was searching for a photographer to capture her wedding to fiancé Brian Petruzzelli, she had just one request: a portrait in the middle of Boylston Street. “If you can make that happen,” she told shutterbug Jill Person, “you’re my girl.”

Ashley had always felt a strong connection to New England, but living in Las Vegas, it was hard to find someone who shared her affinity for the region. So when she met Brian at a mutual friend’s party, she instantly connected with the Dedham native. “He had that Boston swagger about him,” she says. “He was a tough guy with a soft side.”

A year and a half after they started dating, Ashley, who travels frequently for work, was grounded by a massive snowstorm in Springfield, Missouri. She eventually got back to Las Vegas – 12 hours later. Brian met her at the airport holding flowers. “I used to joke that the airport was the only place I could see her, that had to catch her either coming or going,” he says. So he did, getting down on one knee and proposing before a crowd. “I said yes.” says Ashley, “once I caught my breath. It was magical.”

Thank you to Boston Weddings for featuring this beautiful wedding and to Eric Czerlonka and his team at Czerlonka Event Design & Management for sending this lovely couple our way.

Thank you to this A-team for creating the wedding of Ashley and Brian’s dreams that we were able to capture:

Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boston; Planning and Coordination: Czerlonka Event Design & Management; Flowers: Marc Hall Design; Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design; Band: Night Shift Entertainment – Soho; Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang; Inbal Dror, Blush Bridal (reception); Calligraphy: Suzanne Telage; Invitations: Shopannabelle’s; Hair: Escape Salon Aveda; Makeup: Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue; Menswear: Tom Ford; Officiant: Father Kevin O’Leary – Cathedral of the Holy Cross; Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals; Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co.

Laura and Mike wanted to capture a winter wonderland for their January wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Little did they know they would have an actual snow filled day from start to finish. Because this was a destination wedding for the couple who live in DC, almost all of their guests were already staying in the hotel. This meant everyone could enjoy watching the snow from the comfort of the beautiful hotel as it fell in Copley Square. We were beyond thrilled when Laura asked us to take her and Mike outside for some photos of the two of them. We even headed back out with the wedding party who were all great sports so that we could capture some fun shots with the group and it was well worth it!

Laura and Mike chose to incorporate the gold throughout the venue and mix in blush tones for their color pallet. In addition, everything including the flowers, styles, food, venue was inspired by Laura’s love of France. The traditional Jewish ceremony took place in the Oval Room under a gorgeous chuppah designed by Lotus Floral Events and lit perfectly by Suzanne B. Lowell and her team at Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design.

Following the ceremony, guests continued the celebration into the night in the ballroom. Planner and coordinator Janie Haas and her team at  Janie Haas Events created the perfect look for Laura and Mike.  From Janie: “Instead of using whites and silvers on the round tables, we opted to use a heavy gorgeous silvery green/gray embroidered fabric on the round tables which were accented with creamy flowers with high white branches. While the fast falling snow outside cooperated with the look that we were trying to achieve inside, our goal was to bring the feeling of romance and dreaminess into the ballroom. Suzanne’s lighting was magical as it lit crystals in both the centerpieces and the stage.”

Congratulations Laura and Mike. We are absolutely thrilled to have had the chance to start off 2017 with such a fantastic group! A big thank you to Alice Fay and her team at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and to Janie, Maria and the team at Janie Haas Events!

Venue: Fairmont Copley Plaza – Alice Fay; Planning and Coordination: Janie Haas Events; Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Dress: Vera Wang; Floral Design: Lotus Floral Events; Linen: Table Toppers of Newton; Lounge Furniture: Reserve Modern Rental; Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design; Entertainment: Beantown – Wilson Stevens; Invitations/Paper: C’est Papier via Elyse Cherney


Fairmont Copley Hotel Winter Wedding with Janie Haas Events by Person + Killian Photography – 251 Newbury Street – Boston, MA 02116 – 617.236.1662 – [email protected] / [email protected]

We are always thrilled to see our work grace the pages of Boston Magazines- Boston Weddings. It is one of Boston’s best wedding resources and is filled with wedding inspiration. The magazine has great advice on wedding dresses, venues, photographers, cakes, florists and more. It truly makes for the complete guide to all things weddings, especially with a real wedding feature like this! We love knowing that our photographs of Anita and Rishi’s Indian wedding at the Seaport Hotel may inspire other couples!

 A big thank you to Boston Weddings for choosing our work to be featured in such a fantastic publication.

Below is the text from their Real Wedding Feature:

“Back Bay Residents Rishi Shukla and Anita Nathan needed a venue that could accommodate a full-blown traditional Indian wedding, not to mention 340 guests. They found it at the Seaport Hotel in Boston-big enough to house the huge group, and flexible enough to allow an outside caterer to provide top-notch Indian fare.

Like many Indian weddings, the Shuklas’ event was a multiday affair: The celebration kicked off Thursday night with a mehndi ceremony (in which a henna artist decorates the bride, family and friends) and ended at 1 a.m, on Sunday in the main ballroom. “ The whole Indian ceremony is like a play. There are so many symbolic steps to watch,” says Anita, who incorporated as many customary elements as possible.

Between Rishi’s grand entry to the ceremony (he rode in on a white horse) and a big party (called a sangeet) at Mantra restaurant the night before the wedding, the couple managed to bring a bit of India to Boston, and made it a weekend they’d never forget. K.C.”

Notes about the images:

(1) Gold elephants, a symbol of power and strength, topped the intricate wedding cake. (2) Anita traveled to India with her in-laws to design and purchase her wedding attire. (3) The couple, their parents, and the priest gathered on the mandap (Wedding platform) for the ceremony. (4) Rishi made his entrance to the ceremony on a graceful white horse. (5) Every detail featured brilliant color, from bride’s bangles to the vivid bouquet. (6) The tall, bright centerpieces matched the vibrant theme of the ceremony. (7) As part of the three-day festivities, Anita’s hands were decorated with henna during the mehndi.

To view more wedding photographs from the Seaport Hotel Boston, click here.

One of Person + Killian Photography’s favorite magazines is Boston Magazine’s Boston Weddings. It is a fantastic resource for New England brides looking for inspiration, ideas, resources and advice on weddings. A complete guide to the best in Boston weddings, event planners, dresses, venues, photographers, videographers, cakes, florists and more!

So, of course Person + Killian Photography was honored to be interviewed for Boston Weddings editorial coverage on wedding albums.

The current Spring/Summer 2010 issue features a full-page editorial piece, “The Haute Wedding Album,” on the true value of a custom made wedding album verses the same “store-bought album everyone chooses.” Person + Killian was delighted the editors at Boston Magazine think that the albums we provide our clients are editorial worthy, unique and well worth the investment!