This wedding was so special that it needs to be shared in two parts to fully convey the love and sentiment that went into this weekend. In July I flew to Boston and drove to Belmont to the home of Anja and Amitabh, where they would be hosting their friends and family for a weekend of wedding festivities. This four part weekend, most of it at their house, was one of the most heartfelt events that I have ever had the honor of being a part of.
But first, a little background to how we got here…
Anja and I grew up together in a very small county in Maine. She is actually a couple years older than me, but her sister and I are the same age and graduated from high school together. Our parents have known each other since before we were all born. When Anja reached out to me this spring to pick my brain about wedding photography, we had not seen each other, or even spoken, in over 2o years since high school. But I found out through our conversation on the phone that she has been following my work for the past decade, so when it came time to plan their wedding she reached out to me to get some advice. They weren’t even sure at first if they wanted a photographer. Everything was going to be done at home, very private, and with their closets friends and family. However, after a great conversation, and me giving her my vision for the weekend, it wasn’t a hard decision at all. Our visions matched perfectly, and before I knew it I was buying a plane ticket to Boston.
In part one of this two part post, I’ll share photos from their welcome gathering at their home the night before as well as the private vows that took place Saturday morning. The vows were witnessed by only myself and their dear friend who performed the ceremony, oh…and their dog, Tuuli. Having a private exchange of vows at home was something very important to Anja and Amitabh. They wanted to feel truly in the moment, free from all distraction, where they could be present and connect with each other and their surroundings. They read poetry, and buried a sacred stone in the back yard in front of their bench.
It was, by far, the most touching moment I’ve been able to witness. I am beyond honored that they allowed me the opportunity to give them these spectacular memories.
Next, I’ll share part two of this weekend where the couple then did an Indian wedding ceremony at home with their family in the afternoon, and then brought all their friends together for a private dinner at a restaurant in Cambridge.