Category archives: The Charles Hotel

Last Friday we photographed the Harvard Square Cambridge wedding of Charlotte and Brian. This local couple loves the holiday season so December 23rd made for a perfect date for their winter wedding. The bride, a Harvard graduate, and groom chose The Charles Hotel for getting ready with their first look in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park just outside the hotel.

Since Charlotte had been a member of the Harvard Crew team during her college years, we were able to spent some time taking photos in the beautiful and historic Weld Boathouse on the Charles River. The boathouse and setting sun made for the perfect backdrop for some formal photos of the couple and their wedding party.

After finishing up the formal photos, we took advantage of the warm winter weather and walked along the river to the Swedenborg Chapel where the ceremony took place. Following the ceremony, we headed through Harvard Square (great for a few photo ops) to the reception at Upstairs on the Square. Congratulations Charlotte and Brian! It was an absolute pleasure photographing such a special day.

Getting Ready Venue: The Charles Hotel; Ceremony: Swedenborg Chapel; Cocktail Hour and Dinner Reception: Upstairs on the Square; Hair and Makeup: Corbu Spa at The Charles Hotel; Flowers: Bow Street Flowers; Dress: Camilla’s Bridal – Arlington


The Harvard Square Cambridge, Massachusetts Wedding was photographed by Person + Killian Photography. Jill Person and Laurén Killian are located at 251 Newbury Street in the Back Bay Boston, MA and can be reached via phone at 617.236.1662 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected]

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


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 [email protected] or [email protected] or via phone at 617.236.1662.