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Southern New England Weddings magazine is an annual wedding magazine that provides inspiration for those looking to wed anywhere in Southern New England including: Rhode Island and Newport, Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Coastal Connecticut and Eastern Massachusetts. We are delighted to see the real wedding of Simin and Nick in their most recent issue.

Simin & Nick – Milton, MA – by Stacey Marcus: When Simin Lee and Nicholas (Nick) Bodnar tied the knot in a beautiful backyard ceremony and reception at the bride’s parents’ home in Milton, Massachusetts, guests enjoyed the flavors of the couple’s Persian and Jewish heritages sprinkled with the sweetness of pure love. The couple originally met in Beijing at a Chinese immersion program in 2008 while undergraduate students at Harvard University. It wasn’t until they were both graduate students at Harvard Medical School that their love blossomed. “It was a nice time to start a relationship,” says Simin, who recalls studying for 12 hours straight an then cooking together or enjoying take-out.

The couple delighted in an inside joke about enchanting chocolate shop in Cambridge called L.A. Burdick Chocolates where girls huddle to drink hot chocolates and couples canoodle and share a little slice of romance. Simin and Nick said that they were not yet on “Burdick’s level” and never made it to the chocolate until Nick suggested they visit on a snowy night during the historic 2014 wicked winter. “It was a very sweet surprise when Nick dropped to one knee and proposed,” says Simin.

Family played a major role in the ceremony with a trio of officiants: Dr. Andrew Bodnar, father of the groom, and Fereydoun Nazem and William Lee, uncles of the bride. Simin’s father, Dr. Thomas Lee, gave a toast about how the couple’s sweet story illuminates the power of destiny. The breaking of the glass was particularly significant to Simin and Nick, who come from different cultural backgrounds and broke barriers to create a union of love, peace and understanding.

View more of our featured work in Southern New England Wedding magazine


Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Planning: Nicole Simeral – Simeral & Co.; Catering: Off the Vine and Fiona’s Catering; Tent: Sperry Tents; Rentals: Rentals Unlimited; Florist: Winston Flowers; Gown: Monique Lhuillier; Bridal Accessories: Matina’s Bridal; Shoes: Jimmy Choo; Bloomingdale’s Jewelry; Bridesmaids Dresses: L’Elite; Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren; Hair: Jessica Holt and Gina Penna of Salon Capri; Makeup: Kathy Genchi of Julien Farel Salon; Stationery: Inviting Company; Rings: Hamilton Jewelers


Southern New England Weddings magazine Real Wedding feature of Simin and Nick with Simeral & Co.

Hot off the press – The premier issue of Southern New England Weddings Destination Edition! We are thrilled one of the features is the Person + Killian Photography Cape Cod real wedding of Lauren & Alex.

Lauren and Alex Carabelli – 6.4.11 -Chatham, Massachusetts – by Celia Parsons for SNEW

Cape Cod weddings are known for casual seaside style, but Lauren and Alex Carabelli wanted to exchange their vows in black-tie elegance at their favorite beach destination. “I’ve always loved urban glamour, but we also love the Cape’s laid-back feel,” says Lauren, who has summered in Wellfleet since she was a child. She first brought the groom to the Cape while they were dating in college. “He fell in love with it the same way I did,” she says.

With two large families and an extensive group of mutual friends, the couple looked for a location that could accommodate all their guests without losing a sense of intimacy. They chose the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Chatham, overlooking Pleasant Bay, for it beauty and flexibility. “We wanted our wedding to be fancy, with everyone dressed up and looking great, but we didn’t want it to be traditional or formal,” says Lauren. “They [the resort] were very amenable to tailoring it to what we wanted.”

Unique touches made the ceremony meaningful. Aviator sunglasses, a trademark from the couple’s college days, were offered to guests from a basket signed, “You may be blinded by our love.” A close friend, ordained for the occasion, married the couple, while a “bridesman” and “groomsmaid” stood by at the altar.

Following a “no seashell, sand or lighthouse rule.” The couple drew inspiration from sea glass hues of blue and green for the reception. “It was a beach wedding without being too literal,” says Lauren. Sparkling chandeliers and stately arrangements of while calla lilies were a dramatic counterpoint to the coastal backdrop, while a menu of “lobster fillet of filet and lobster” were classic Cape Cod.

Throughout the evening, guests wrote well-wishes on Cape postcards and dropped them in a vintage blue suitcase, a nod to the Cape’s vacation vibe. For favors, hand-painted aprons from Blue Water Fish Rubbings of Chatham carried one of the groom’s favorite seafood recipes tucked into the pocket.

The weekend celebration also included a rehearsal dinner that the Wayside Inn in Chatham and a Sunday brunch and clambake at the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club in Wellfleet, both captured by wedding photographer Jill Person. “It was wonderful to spend three days with the couple and guests,” says Jill. “They all became so comfortable with the camera, which comes through in the photos.”

And photos weren’t the only tangible memory this couple walked away with. Naomi Raiselle of Generations Cinemastories was there to document their day on film, and collect comments on camera for the new couple. “Since friends brought the couple together, friends were the central focus of the wedding,” says Naomi. Everyone had comments to share about the couple, which will make the wedding film so meaningful and rich in the years to come.”

“We had the best time, with so many moments that were special in their own way,” says Lauren. “There are so many rules with weddings, but you can still have a wedding that is personal and speaks to you as a couple.”


Venues – Rehearsal Dinner: Chatham Wayside Inn; Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club; Post Wedding Brunch: Chequessett Yacht & Country Club; Day of Planner: Francie Dorman of Tangorra Wedding Planning; Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Band: Boston Players; Ceremony Musicians: Intermezzo Chamber Players; Florist: Lilacs Florals; Hair: Demiche Beaute; Makeup: Dani Wagener; Transportation: Cape Destinations; Cake: Delicious Desserts; Video: GENERATIONS cinemastories; Draping/Lighting: Ormonde Productions; Rentals: Be Our Guest; Dress: Monique Lhuillier – The Bridal Atelier; Invitations/Paper Products: Lauren Brown Studio; Save the Dates/Wedding Signage: Ice Cream Social; Favors: Blue Water Fish Rubbings


The Cape Cod Real Wedding of Lauren and Alex is featured in the premier issue of Southern New England Weddings Destination Edition. Photographs by Person + Killian Photography. Person + Killian Photography is located in Boston’s Back Bay on Newbury Street. Jill Person and Laurén Killian can be reached via phone at 617.236.1662 or via email at [email protected], [email protected]

What a thrill to see our photographs from Carissa & Andrews Liberty Hotel wedding grace the pages of the knot Boston. One of the top wedding resources filled to the brim with real weddings, inspiration and ideas!

A big thank you to our dear friend Chad Michael Peters for referring us to this lovely couple!

To see more images from Carissa and Andrews “Prisoner of Love” wedding and rehearsal dinner- click here.

The details…..

The Reception: For a “red-hot reception,” the couple had bright red linens and seat cushions.

The Cake:The round windows and façade of The Liberty Hotel inspired the cake’s design.

The Escort Cards: Replicas of original jail keys from the venue were tagged to escort cards, which assigned guests to their cellblock numbers.

The Gown: Carissa wore a formfitting lace gown by Monique Lhuillier and added a matching lace bolero.

Their Wedding Style: To reflect the venue’s history (it’s a former jailhouse), Carissa and Andrew went with a “Prisoner of Love” theme, which they rounded out with a red, white and gold palette.

The Ceremony Décor: LED-lit pedestals topped with white flowers lined the aisle, while a chandelier with hanging votives created an ethereal atmosphere.

The Table Numbers: Each table was labeled with a different “cellblock” number.

The Signature Cocktail: The couple served a mix of prosecco, pineapple juice and St-Germain to toast their “golden future.”

The Place Settings: Menus embellished with Swarovski crystals and bright-red napkins rested atop clear and gold glass chargers.

The Bridal Style: For the reception, Carissa removed the bolero and accessorized with a crystal and feather hairpiece.

The Guest Book: Friends and family signed in and were fingerprinted- a fitting guest book idea.

The Bouquets: Carissa carried a white bouquet for the ceremony and switched to a red one for the couple’s grand entrance for the reception.

We were thrilled to see Erica & Michael’s Boston Public Library wedding celebration grace the pages of New England GALA Weddings. The magazine is a new resource that guides newly engaged couples through the first stages of wedding planning, and  features a directory of New England’s Top wedding professionals and venues. Whether you’re having a New England wedding or not, this 2011 issue is filled with inspiring ideas and gorgeous photographs!

“Both with long standing family connections to greater Boston, Erica and Michael found the right setting within the dramatic, cavernous rooms of one of the city’s most iconic and time-tested buildings: The Boston Public Library.”

Below is a link to the eMagazine, a great way to check out the entire issue: http://ebrochure.hawthornpublications.com/go/GalaWeddings


To see more images for Erica & Michaels Boston wedding click here:

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.

The 2011 issue of Newport Wedding magazine is hot off the press. Person + Killian Photography is thrilled to have the Real Wedding feature from Meghan and Chris’s Fort Adams wedding included.

We loved working with this great couple and are so happy to see their story shared with others on their one year anniversary! Thanks again Meghan and Chris for taking the time on your wedding day to let us photograph all around Bristol and Newport with you and your fabulous wedding party!

This post was written by Jill Person and filed under Newport Wedding Photographers, Real Weddings, Fort Adams, Tented Weddings and Newport Wedding Magazine

Person + Killian Photography is happy to report that a wedding we shot earlier this year was recently featured in the latest issue of Brides Boston Magazine! The couple, Cindy and Bern, had a charming spring wedding at the Sudbury Wayside Inn in April.

We want to thank Brides Boston Magazine for selecting this couple as one of their ‘Real Wedding’ stories. We also want to thank Cindy and Bern for trusting Person + Killian Photography to capture their special day!

For the full scoop on Cindy and Bern, check out our original blog post about their beautiful New England wedding here!

Person + Killian Photography is thrilled to see Heather and Nick’s fall wedding featured in the latest issue of Boston Magazine’s- Boston Weddings Magazine (Fall/Winter 2010 issue). This “East-meets-Westwedding took place in the beautiful grand ballroom of the Taj Boston Hotel with formal photos of the couple taken in the Boston Public Garden.

Heather (who is Jewish) and Nick (who is Indian-Pakistani), knew they wanted to combine their traditions in one ceremony. The couple kicked things off with a mehndi, a traditional Indian party, at the restaurant Mantra in Boston. The next day, a justice of the peace married them in a ceremony that incorporated Jewish, Islamic, and Hindu traditions. – Stephanie Soong (Boston Weddings)

A special thanks to Boston Weddings for featuring this fabulously fun and colorful wedding!!

*This post is filed under Boston Wedding Photography – Indian, Pakistani and Jewish Wedding Traditions

Person + Killian Photography was overjoyed to see Marsha & Brian’s elegant ballroom wedding at the Mandarin Oriental featured on Boston’s newest wedding resource site, Beantown Bride.

Beantown Bride, is a resource for brides-to-be planning luxury weddings in and around Boston.This fantastic site is filled with tips and trends to help brides and grooms create beautiful events that represent their style as a couple.

Author: Andrea E. McHugh
Photography by: Person + Killian Photography

While Beantown is littered with luxury hotels, Marsha Epstein, 29, a business analyst, and fiancé Brian Woldow, 32, a lawyer, put their mid-June wedding deposit down on the not-yet-opened Mandarin Oriental on Boston’s illustrious Boylston Street. “It is one of our favorite line of hotels, is known for its exceptional service, and everything would be practically brand new for our wedding,’ noted Marsha.” “We also love the modern- Asian inspired decor in the Mandarin hotels.”

The two planned their modern aesthetic around a white, crème, pale yellow and pale pink palate, starting with the floor-length tulle Badgley Mischka bridesmaids dresses in buttercup hue. For Marsha, all plans for a strapless wedding gown went out the window when she laid eyes on a stunning white lace gown with halter straps, a sweet- heart neckline, and ribbon detailing by Monique Lhuillier. “I had tried on many gowns and when I tried on this gown showed it to my parents, we all knew it was ‘the one.'” she says. Her equally chic groom donned a black tuxedo by Calvin Klein with a black vest and white paisley tie.

As they were welcomed into the ballroom, guests marveled at the white hydrangeas, light pink peonies and pink roses highlighted by pink spot lighting and contrasting overall amber hue produced by specially staged up-lighting. The menu of seared filet mignon, crispy Anna potatoes and red wine sauce, or vanilla-scented Chilean sea bass with braised tomato and baby fennel, Yukon potato puree and lobster roe butter pleased even the most discerning palate. A martini bar added a classic element and kept spirits high as the dance floor rocked to the highly-touted band, Beantown. In lieu of wedding favors, a donation was made to the Robert J. Woldow Memorial Scholarship fund created in memory of the groom’s father. The couple looks back on the day fondly, reflecting, “I do not think there [is] one specific memory, but I think Brian and I were in awe of how everything came together perfectly.”

A big thank you to Beantown Bride for featuring our work and telling the story of Marsha and Brians beautiful beantown wedding!

Wedding Details: Invitations: Invitations & Company/Gown: Monique Lhuillier/Florist: William Mizuta/Cake: Cakes to Remember/Venue: Mandarin Oriental/Music: Beantown

*This wedding blog post is filed under: Person and killian photography, Mandarin Oriental Boston weddings, Boston Photograhers and Photography, Ballroom weddings, Beantown Bride

 Boston Wedding Photographers featured in Boston Magazine’s Boston Weddings 2009:

Person + Killian photography is so excited to have the“ONE LAST SHOT” in Boston Magazines, Boston Weddings  Fall/Winter 2009 issue. This is Person + Killian’s 3rd season being selected for the “LAST SHOT,” a photograph that depicts a funny story from a wedding and is a message to Boston Brides that if something happens at your wedding, the day can still be a success.

Even though the day was rainy and humid, the amazing Chad Michael Peters kept it all together. Nothing could take away from this spectacular event. The tent was filled with CMP flair.  Everything from the event – the flowers, linens, décor and cake… – was simply unforgettable!

“The rain started days before Elizabeth Murray and Paul Crage’s September ceremony-and didn’t stop. By the time they arrived at their Fairhaven, Massachusetts, reception site, the backyard tent was three inches deep in mud. Undaunted, Elizabeth hiked up her dress, pulled on galoshes, and proceeded to have the time of her life. Guests followed suit: Shoes came off and the dancing didn’t stop until police intervened at 2am. “A family friend slipped and tore her dress, went home changed into jeans and came right back.” Laughs the bride. The monogrammed, four-tiered cake, unfortunately didn’t share that verve. – Our planner told us right away it was drooping from the humidity.” Says Elizabeth, a registered nurse. “ But that seemed insignificant when the place was flooded and chairs were sinking into the ground. -Besides, the newlyweds were having too much fun to stop for dessert. After postponing the cutting ceremony, they ended up slicing the wilted confection late in the evening. Elizabeth swears it still tasted delicious: “ One guest even said she thought is was supposed to look like that!” BRIGID SWEENY

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