Boston Wedding Photographer - Bailey Quinlan


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Boston Wedding, MIT - Madeline & Alex


I am still glowing over Madeline and Alex's wedding at the Samberg Conference Center at MIT in Cambridge last weekend! These two humans are the sweetest people I've ever encountered, and I am so humbled that they chose me to photograph their special day. Their friends and family were an absolute pleasure to work with, and I simply did NOT want the day to end! Also, I'm not shy about saying that their engagement session was my favorite I've ever shot to date. Check it out HERE. Really, these two are just so cute together, I would gladly photograph them for the rest of my life if I could.

Their wedding day began with the girls enjoying a simple breakfast at the AIRBNB they rented in Cambridge, while the guys got ready at Madeline & Alex's apartment. The girls kept it super low-key, having fun doing their own hair and make up. Then it was time for Madeline to get into her dress. It was so gorgeous- you'd never guess it was actually two pieces! The top was an elegant lace corset, and the skirt was so light and flowy- it caught the wind beautifully during portraits! I couldn't get enough of Esther's (one of the bridesmaids) reaction when she first laid eyes on Madeline wearing it- she has the most joyful, expressive face!

Once everyone was dressed and ready, we headed to a park around the corner where we did some quick bridesmaids portraits, and then we were off to meet the guys at HOPE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH. Their church is super important to them (they actually met through their college's Christian fellowship, and got to know each other on a mission trip), so they wanted to do their first look on the front steps and in the stairway inside. Madeline & Alex had plenty of practice being in front of the camera during their engagement session, so they knew just what to do, and they didn't seem nervous at all. Also, Alex has the BEST smile- you'll see it again and again in the photos (and it's actually one of Madeline's favorite things about him!)

Their ceremony was light-hearted and fun, with upbeat live music including guitar and canjon drum. The whole crowd got into it and sang along. The officiant was a dear friend, which always makes the ceremony more meaningful because they know the couple intimately. Later on they told me that their favorite part of their wedding day way seeing all of their friends and family there to support them and keep them accountable in marriage. My favorite part of ANY ceremony is actually the very end after the recessional when the couple embraces their friends and family for the first time as a married couple. It's such an emotional moment, and I do my best to capture it at every wedding.

After the ceremony was complete, we went outside for family and bridal party photos, which were goofy and spontaneous! And then we drove down to the Great Dome at KILLIAN COURT (also on the MIT campus) to get some more romantic bride and groom portraits. We weren't very far from where Alex proposed to Madeline actually! He popped the question (on her birthday!) on a bridge over the Charles River by Harvard, after which they shared a picnic breakfast. :) Killian is one of my favorite portrait locations in the Boston area. There's tons of natural light (even if it's rainy!) and the roman-style pillars make for a classic, show-stopping backdrop. Not to mention, it makes everyone feel like royalty. 

We walked down Memorial Drive to the SAMBERG CONFERENCE CENTER, where all the wedding guests were mingling at cocktail hour, waiting for our arrival. Madeline & Alex told me later on that the hardest part about wedding planning was picking a day and place! The Samberg Center was their #1 choice for a venue, and they had limited availability. So they ended up doing a morning wedding ceremony with a brunch reception, which was a dream for me- natural light all the way! You'll hear me rave about natural light ALL. THE. TIME. It's a total game-changer. It's ALWAYS more flattering (and natural-looking, obviously) for photos rather than using artificial light, or shooting in a dark place with available light.

Let me tell you- this venue is a gem- it's absolutely breath-taking. There's floor to ceiling windows, with an expansive view of the entire Boston skyline- best I've seen to date. As if that weren't enough, there's a door from the reception space that opens right to the roof deck- great for portraits, or if you just need to grab some fresh air. I cannot WAIT to shoot there again.

Madeline & Alex said if they had any advice to give couples in the midst of planning their wedding, it would be: "Plan out the details in advance to help guests have a more enjoyable time, and at the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is that you’re getting married! Try to slow down and enjoy it!" I couldn't agree more!

All in all, it was a magical day. Thank you again, Madeline & Alex, and I wish you two the absolute BEST!

When you get to the end, leave a comment and tell me which photo is your favorite- or just let me know what you think!


Venue & Catering - SAMBERG CONFERENCE CENTER, MIT - Cambridge, MA

Floral Designer - FIVEFORK FARMS - Upton, MA

Cake Designer - FLOUR BAKERY - Boston, MA

Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids DressesBHLDN 

Groom's Suit - INDOCHINO - Boston, MA