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Boston, MA wedding & engagement photographer who loves to tell the love stories of couples head-over-heels in love, educator, workshop host, flat lay stock photography artist

Blog - Lynne Reznick Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer

Boston and New England wedding days and engagements, and wedding photo planning tips shared by photographer Lynne Reznick Photography.

Venue Highlight - The Villa At Riddler Country Club

Lynne Reznick

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The Villa at Riddler Country Club is a wedding and event venue south of Boston located adjacent to a golf course in East Bridgewater so it’s surrounded by a lush green landscape. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing both an event and a wedding there and will be back again in May for a wedding and I’m excited to share some of my favorite things about the venue with all of you. Here are the top three reasons why I think The Villa is a great option for engaged couples:

1) The people! The Villa’s team is full of friendly people who love what they do, want to make your vision for your wedding a reality, and they’re nice to your other vendors.

Just look at that group of smiling fabulous people below! Every person I’ve worked with at The Villa, from their marketing department to the event coordinators, have been so friendly, calm, and positive. They truly seem to enjoy their jobs and that translates into incredible service and a positive experience for you and your guests. The chefs regularly update, add to, and tweak the menu. In fact, during the Spring event they rolled out some brand new options for people to try and sought feedback on them. The deep fried pickles appetizer were one of the new crowd pleasers! They also worked closely with my bride Liz over the summer to bring her elegant and glamorous vision for her wedding to life. You’ll see some examples below and can check out my full blog from Liz and Nick’s wedding here. They also worked with Liz to bring in hundreds - literally hundreds - of homemade cookies that were put out as an amazing dessert bar and favor for guests to sample and take with them. The cookies are a bit of a family tradition and the fact that The Villa honored that and helped create a beautiful cookie bar for Liz and Nick and their guests is just one example of how they strive to exceed couple’s expectations. And on a personal note as a vendor I can tell you that not every venue treats you well, but The Villa certainly does. They reached out in advance of the wedding to make sure I had any questions answered and on the day of they showed me some great options for sunset photos to make sure Liz and Nick made the most of golden hour. They checked in and made sure we were taken care of, just like they made sure the couple and their guests were taken care of.

2) The Villa is really thoughtful about light and ensuring every outdoor ceremony site and portrait location on their property has great light and a beautiful setting for saying your vows and having your photos taken.

As a photographer, one of the ways I see the world, especially on a wedding day, is the light. And so naturally one of my favorite things about The Villa is that each ceremony spot and portrait location have great afternoon light! For example, the pergola where Liz and Nick had t heir ceremony is positioned to be beautifully back lit by the sun during an afternoon ceremony. This means gorgeous lighting for the couple throughout the vows and first kiss and a warm glow on guests. Similarly, the spot we were in for photos was meticulously landscaped and beautiful, offered a diverse set of photo options all within one area, and offered both shade and direct sunlight to work with. It was a beautiful and inspiring spot for taking photos!

3) The three reception spaces are each beautiful and unique - so chances are one of them will match your style.

The Madera Ballroom offers vaulted ceilings with exposed beams for a more rustic feel. The room has not one, but impressive fireplaces that bookend the space and make for a cozy and intimate feel. The Spring event utilized one end of this room for a more intimate talk with the guest speaker and the fireplace set the perfect tone for a smaller group setting, even in the large room. The Grand Ballroom is modern and chic with a sleek fireplace built into one wall and new modern crystal chandeliers. It has an elegant vibe and a neutral palette accentuated by gold accents that will allow you to bring your unique vision to life in the room. Last but not least, I got to peek into the tent over the summer and it has a lovely draped ceiling complete with chandeliers for the perfect outdoor reception. Each room is unique and has it’s own dedicated cocktail hour space.

The Villa is definitely a great spot south of the Boston to consider if you want a beautiful and worry-free wedding day with a wonderful staff to guide you throughout the process!

Fall Wedding at Belle Haven Club - Joanne & Scott

Lynne Reznick

Fall Wedding at Belle Haven Club Bride and Groom First Look

Joanne and Scott held their fall wedding at Belle Haven Club last month. They had one of those rare perfect fall days where the air is crisp but the sun shines through the clouds a bit and warms everyone up perfectly. Their wedding included so many of my favorite things because it was all about the love they share and the new family they were becoming. It was an intimate affair with 75 family members and close friends in attendance. There was no bridal except for Scott’s three daughters and Joanne’s niece, ages 6-10, who served as flower girls in the perfect cream dresses with bows, flower crowns, and sparkly shoes. Scott and Joanne gave each of them a silver heart necklace to wear on the day. They were vibrant, silly, and happy little girls and they made for the sweetest little bridal party you’ve ever seen. Scott’s oldest in particular was so attentive to Joanne – she carried her train in between photos and after the ceremony to ensure it didn’t get dirty.  

Joanne’s father passed away a couple years ago and it was important to honor him and feel him near her throughout the day. So she wore a charm bracelet that he gave her in remembrance. He was a pilot and each of the three plane charms on the bracelet represented planes he flew during his career. I love that she decided to wear it and keep him close in that way throughout the day.

Joannes and the ladies had their hair and makeup done by Beauty Entourage and then her mom and sister-in-law helped her get into her Augusta Jones dress that she got from Kleinfelds. They each took turns almost crying and valiantly holding back happy tears to avoid smearing their makeup! Joanne then had help from the flower girls in putting her shoes on before heading out to see Scott.

First Look on the Docks at Belle Haven

Joanne and Scott opted for a first look so that they could spend every second of their cocktail hour with their guests. Joanne loved that Belle Haven is right on the water, so we did their first look and formal portraits with the girls down on the docks. She and Scott both instantly relaxed and cracked huge grins when they saw each other for the first time. They hugged each other and kissed each other and drank each other in. And then we brought the girls down for portraits as well. Joanne and the girls carried simple and elegant bouquets by Green of Greenwich.

Belle Haven Ceremony on the Lawn

The ceremony was lovely with the flower girls walking in pairs down the aisle before Joanne was escorted by her Mom. Joanne was so excited as she held onto her mom’s arm that a huge grin came across her face as she waved to all of the guests on her way to marry Scott. Like the rest of the day, the ceremony was full of moments of laughter, smiles, and Joanne and Scott catching each other’s eyes often. Oh, and the view was pretty spectacular too!

Belle Haven Reception - Cocktails on the Patio & Dinner and Dancing

Wedding days always fly by, so I love that they went for the first look and savored every moment with each other and their friends and family. Their cocktail hour was outside on the patio right next to the water. They had a jazz duo playing music throughout the hour and they noshed on all the amazing apps passed before dinner. It was laid back and relaxed and so fun to see both of them get excited every time one of their guests came up to congratulate them for the first time.

Joanne was so thoughtful about every detail. She had a monogram that incorporated a nautical knot designed and it was placed on the invitations by Social Alchemy, the menus, the favors, and the cake by Black Forest Pastry Shop. The floral centerpieces were lovely and the whole room glowed with the bistro lights she had strung across the ceiling to add intimacy and warmth to the room. Dinner and dancing took place upstairs at Belle Haven and the night allowed for all the doors to stay wide open, welcoming in a breeze and letting guests flow out onto the patio to relax and chat or dance inside to the music provided by the amazing band. And let me tell you – Joanne has some serious dance moves! She was busting a move for most of the evening on the dance floor! At the end of the night, they guests lingered on the patio as they didn’t want to celebration to end. The newlyweds exited in style, waving goodbye to their guests as they snuggled up together on a boat that whisked them off into the night. How’s that for a magical ending to a perfect day?!

The Villa Summer Wedding - Liz & Nick

Lynne Reznick

Liz and Nick’s summer wedding at The Villa was truly an elegant affair. Liz loves a bit of glamour and the Villa provided the perfect setting for the wedding she and Nick were dreaming of. These two are an amazing couple, are ridiculously sweet together, and have an incredibly strong love. I saw it from the very first minute I met up with them for their Plymouth engagement session - check out those photos here! They were introduced by a mutual friend when Liz was in her senior year of college. It wasn’t quite love at first sight - but almost! They became fast friends and started dating and it soon evolved into a strong love. Liz described how they et and fell in love in this way: “I can’t say there was an exact moment in time where I knew I loved Nick, rather, I think the spark was there the second we met and that spark eventually turned into a fire.” Nick’s in the military and spent about a year or so of their first few years together stationed a plane ride away from Liz. So they figured out how to make their relationship work, even in the face of some challenges, very early on as they navigated long distance. They credit that time as the opportunity that really strengthened their relationship.

Boston Engagement: Their Snowy Proposal Story

When it came time to propose, Nick worked with Liz’s Mom to have Liz’s grandmother’s diamond reset. So her engagement ring is not only beautiful, but incredibly sentimental as well. Nick took Liz out for a night in Boston. They went to dinner together and enjoyed each other’s company. After dinner they strolled through Boston Common as it started to snow. They made their way to the top of the hill, where there is a large statue on the Common and Nick got down on one knee and popped the question! Liz was thrilled but the surprises didn’t end there. Nick had arranged for their families to be in on the surprise and they were waiting at home to celebrate with Liz and Nick when they made their way back from Boston later that evening! Although the snow was romantic, they opted for a warmer season for engagement photos and we had a great time on a warm evening in Plymouth.

Getting Ready

Liz got ready with her girls and her mom. She had her mom and her maid of honor help her into her dress. Her Morilee gown from was fitted and beaded with a flair at the bottom. It fit her like a glove and wait until you scroll down - she was a stunning bride! Like I said, she loves a touch of glamour, and her makeup with a bold lip, and side-swept loose curls accented by a sparkly headpiece definitely delivered on the glamour thanks to Cristina Mastro! Meanwhile, Nick and the guys enjoyed a toast together as they got ready and helped Nick prep for his first look.

First Look At The Villa

Liz and Nick opted for a first look so they could take care of photos early and spend their full reception enjoying with their guests. And they really wanted to see each other before their ceremony and spend more of their day together - which I can totally relate to because Scott and I opted for a first look for the same reasons! And their first few moments together at The Villa did not disappoint! Liz turned Nick around and they were both instantly smiling from ear to ear, holding hands, kissing, stepping back to take each other in, and filling each other in on the day of getting ready before they saw each other. They honestly could have stayed there all day I think just being incredibly happy together - but I had to jump in and get them moving for photos! We did couples portraits and then bridal party portraits and ended with family photos before they took a break and Liz hid for the ceremony. The Villa has beautiful grounds and I was pretty much in heaven capturing Liz and Nick with their friends and family. They were all so lovely and fun and positive!

Outdoor Ceremony at The Villa

Liz and Nick incorporated family into all aspects of their day and their ceremony was no exception. Liz’s sister-in-law officiated the ceremony and told sweet and funny stories for the most emotional and lovely tribute to the Liz and Nick’s relationship. Two family members did readings and Liz’s brother sang a song in the middle of the ceremony. He has an amazing voice! They also had beautiful instrumental music by The Trillium Trio. The ceremony was perfectly back lit and the white draping framed them perfectly - it was a gorgeous day and the venue really allowed that day, and the bride and groom, to shine. And ummm, the first kiss?! Epic! XO

Party Time: Grand Ballroom Reception

Liz and Nick created an elegant glam vibe for their reception in the Grand Ballroom with silver candelabras and lush florals by Perro’s Flowers, and textured shimmery linens. They also had the amazingly talented Matty B Entertainment keep the dance floor packed! Both the Maid of Honor and Best Man gave sweet and funny toasts before Liz’s dad got up to toast the couple as well. And later in the evening Liz’s mom led all the guests in a traditional dance around the room and out into the cocktail space. And the final sweet reveal - Liz’s mom and family members baked dozens and dozens of cookies for a cookie bar the likes of which I have never seen! It accompanied the delicious cake from Just Desserts Bakery & Cafe. And it was great fun to capture it all alongside Artistic Impressions Productions and Mark de Silva a he painted a scene from the ceremony throughout the evening.