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A Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel wedding: Meredith + Andrew
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People talk all the time at weddings about finding one’s perfect match. Because of their particular academic disciplines, Meredith + Andrew might have had it a wee bit harder than most. Meredith has a Ph.D. in Medieval Italian art. Andrew specializes in Renaissance literature. As the family friend and Jewish chaplain who officiated their ceremony joked, there aren’t many people in the world who have those narrow interests, which made it particularly beneficial that they hung onto each other when they met. With the help of event planners extraordinaire Lorin Kotz and Sharon Boerner from Celebrations (especially when Meredith was planning her wedding from afar while in school in Italy!), the couple was married in an absolutely beautiful Jewish ceremony at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel as the remnants of a nor’easter swept up the East Coast and a hurricane threatened the mid-Atlantic. Though it rained and rained in the days before the wedding, we enjoyed a brief break in the weather before their ceremony. It was just long enough to duck outside for some quick portraits. Meredith didn’t complain even once as the wind — which, to be honest, was still quite fierce — whipped her veil around. She just snuggled in a little closer to Andrew. What a good solution. Here are some of my favorites from their beautiful day: 002-RaucherSisson_00007bw-0004_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Meredith and her sister, Leslie, brought their darling pups with them to the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel for wedding-day preparations. They had great fun in their special bow ties, admiring the wedding gown and being doted upon by the bridesmaids.003-RaucherSisson_00031-0009_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 004-RaucherSisson_00073-0015_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 005-RaucherSisson_00176-0034_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 006-RaucherSisson_00101bw-0021_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 007-RaucherSisson_00241-0045_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 008-RaucherSisson_00296-0053_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 009-RaucherSisson_00312-0054_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 010-RaucherSisson_00373-0066_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Meanwhile, just a floor away, Andrew and his groomsmen got themselves ready for the big day. 011-RaucherSisson_00433bw-0079_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 012-RaucherSisson_00463-0084_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 013-RaucherSisson_00492-0095_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 014-RaucherSisson_00513-0100_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Meredith’s grandparents lent the couple their 50-year-old cake topper. What a lovely and sentimental “something borrowed.”015-RaucherSisson_00557-0108_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 016-RaucherSisson_00571bw-0113_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 017-RaucherSisson_00574-0115_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 018-RaucherSisson_00609-0124_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 019-RaucherSisson_00630-0129_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 020-RaucherSisson_00658-0136_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 021-RaucherSisson_00675-0141_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 022-RaucherSisson_00696-0147_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

The bride, looking absolutely beautiful. 023-RaucherSisson_00793-0168_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 024-RaucherSisson_00749bw-0156_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 025-RaucherSisson_00811-0171_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 026-RaucherSisson_00872-0183_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 027-RaucherSisson_00912-0192_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Meredith + Andrew chose to see each other before their ketubah signing and ceremony for photos. I love this next series of images of them seeing each other for the first time that day. 028-RaucherSisson_00942-0196_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 029-RaucherSisson_00961-0202_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 030-RaucherSisson_00968bw-0207_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 031-RaucherSisson_01015-0217_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 032-RaucherSisson_00986vq-0211_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 033-RaucherSisson_01028-0219_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 034-RaucherSisson_01037bw-0222_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 035-RaucherSisson_01092-0235_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Then, we ventured up to the rooftop gardens for a few photos. We alternated hiding from the wind and using it for some more dramatic photos. 036-RaucherSisson_01158-0253_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 037-RaucherSisson_01178-0260_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

The hard-working team from Zinnia Films did not shy away from the wet grass to get the footage they wanted! I soon hit the deck as well to get those nice tall grasses in the foreground of my photos.038-RaucherSisson_01207-0266_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 039-RaucherSisson_01213-0267_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Despite the overcast skies, we found some nice little pockets of light to play with for some beautiful photos. 040-RaucherSisson_01262bw-0277_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 041-RaucherSisson_01311bw-0289_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

So. Windy. But so pretty. 042-RaucherSisson_01330-0294_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 043-RaucherSisson_01354-0304_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 044-RaucherSisson_01366-0315_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 045-RaucherSisson_01391bw-0321_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 046-RaucherSisson_01416-0326_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

We went back inside for some family and wedding party photos. 047-RaucherSisson_01431-0330_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 048-RaucherSisson_01443bw-0333_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 049-RaucherSisson_01604-0357_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A few ceremony details.050-RaucherSisson_01898-0396_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 051-RaucherSisson_01932-0401_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 052-RaucherSisson_01957-0404_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 053-RaucherSisson_01970-0407_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Then it was time to sign the ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, before proceeding to the larger wedding ceremony. 054-RaucherSisson_02014-0417_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 055-RaucherSisson_02048-0429_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 056-RaucherSisson_02045-0425_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 057-RaucherSisson_02120-0445_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

I love capturing these little looks for my clients. Just look at the way that Meredith + Andrew are looking at each other as she comes down the aisle with her parents toward him. Magic.058-RaucherSisson_02179bw-0462_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 059-RaucherSisson_02200bw-0472_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 060-RaucherSisson_02286-0493_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 061-RaucherSisson_02301-0502_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 062-RaucherSisson_02309bw-0507_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 063-RaucherSisson_02312-0508_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 064-RaucherSisson_02344-0516_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 065-RaucherSisson_02378-0525_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 066-RaucherSisson_02388bw-0528_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Married!067-RaucherSisson_02435-0541_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 068-RaucherSisson_02465bw-0552_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 069-RaucherSisson_02495bw-0562_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 070-RaucherSisson_02505-0566_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 071-RaucherSisson_02555-0580_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A few reception details. 072-RaucherSisson_02577-0585_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 073-RaucherSisson_02639-0595_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 074-RaucherSisson_02660-0599_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 075-RaucherSisson_02671-0601_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 076-RaucherSisson_02677-0603_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 077-RaucherSisson_02707-0607_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 078-RaucherSisson_02748-0618_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 079-RaucherSisson_02806bw-0631_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

The newlyweds enjoyed a beautifully choreographed first dance. 080-RaucherSisson_02844-0639_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 081-RaucherSisson_02822-0634_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 082-RaucherSisson_02924-0662_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 083-RaucherSisson_02979-0676_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A quartet of toasts. The best man’s remarks may or may not have included reading a portion of one of Andrew’s academic papers. It made for some great laughs among guests.084-RaucherSisson_03093-0713_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 085-RaucherSisson_03166bw-0735_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 086-RaucherSisson_03207-0746_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 087-RaucherSisson_03244-0752_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 088-RaucherSisson_03257-0758_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A lovely father-daughter dance. 089-RaucherSisson_03346bw-0781_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 090-RaucherSisson_03431-0805_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 091-RaucherSisson_03463-0808_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A cake cutting — AND a special surprise cupcake to mark the groom’s birthday!092-RaucherSisson_03478-0815_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 093-RaucherSisson_03475-0813_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 094-RaucherSisson_03509bw-0828_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 095-RaucherSisson_03524bw-0834_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A rousing hora. 096-RaucherSisson_03540-0841_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 097-RaucherSisson_03555-0846_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 098-RaucherSisson_03558bw-0849_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

And lots and lots of fun and merriment!099-RaucherSisson_03584-0856_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 100-RaucherSisson_03658-0877_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 101-RaucherSisson_03408-0798_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 102-RaucherSisson_03725-0893_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 103-RaucherSisson_03750-0896_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 104-RaucherSisson_03815-0916_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Berger cookies awaited guests as they departed the reception. What a magnificent day, in no small part due to Lorin and Sharon of Celebrations. (They don’t even look tired!)105-RaucherSisson_03842-0923_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingMany, many congratulations, Meredith + Andrew! We had such a lovely time with you, your friends and your families.

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel

Officiant: Robert Weiner

Ceremony musicians: Concord Ensemble

Event coordinators: Celebrations LLC

Rentals: Select Event Group

Bridal attire: Stephen Birnbaum gown from Birnbaum and Bullock

Hair & Make-up: Up Do’s for I Do’s

Bridesmaids’ attire: Amsale dresses

Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss suit from Nordstrom

Florist: Crimson & Clover Floral Design

Cake: SugarBakers Cakes

Band: Night Song

Videographer: Zinnia Films

Invitations: Jenifer Sirkis Designs

 

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