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Boston Seaport Engagement - Melisa & Jad


I met up with Melisa & Jad on a cold sunny winter afternoon for their engagement session in the Boston Seaport. Thankfully it wasn’t windy by the water and we tried to stay in the sun for as long as possible to keep warm! Their snuggles also helped, I’m sure.

How they met is quite serendipitous. Here’s how Melisa tells it: “It was the first weekend back from winter break and my friend and I wanted to go out to a bar. There were some doubts about going out that night, but we eventually decided to go. I remember agreeing with my friend that we would just turn back home if we missed the last bus. Luckily, we caught it just in time. When we got to the bar we found a little corner in the bar area. A couple of minutes later I felt a tap on my shoulder and I turned around and there was Jad. We just started talking and we hit it off from there. We talked all night and were one of the few couples who stayed till the bar closed.

I think it was luck that Jad and I met that night. We were strangers with no mutual friends. I think back about that cold winter night and wondered how different our lives would be if we never met.

Thankfully, I caught that last bus into town. There were so many chances that we could have missed each other. But luck was on our side that night and everything has been history ever since.”

A couple years later, Jad proposed to Melisa during a hiking trip to the top of MOUNT MAJOR in New Hampshire. He found a quiet and secluded area and got down on one leg and popped the question! She said yes, obviously! And now they’re planning their wedding at TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN, where I will be fortunate enough to photograph their love AGAIN, only this time surrounded by their closest friends & family.

The two of the them are just so sweet together, as you can see, and it was such a pleasure exploring around the seaport with them. It’s one of my favorite places in the city for portrait sessions- there’s so many cool spots to stop along the way. We started right outside of BARKING CRAB where there’s an old run-down bridge with long perspective lines that makes a cool industrial backdrop for portraits. We kept following the path along the water to FAN PIER PARK, and got some epic shots with the Boston skyline (which is also one of my favorite spots to do wedding party photos for city weddings). By that point we needed a break from the cold so Melisa & Jad changed into warmer clothes and we went inside to warm up at CAFFE NERO & GATHER, who were generous enough to let us use their space for a couple minutes to get some cozy indoor portraits. Then we ventured off into the cold again, and walked along a dock on the water, and climbed up a platform to get another great view of the city & BOSTON HARBOR right at sunset.

There’s so much going on in the SEAPORT neighborhood nowadays. I remember when I first moved to Boston (10 years ago now- WOAH!) it was basically a giant parking lot jutting into the ocean. I feel like the first thing to pop up to bring people to the area was the ICA, which I frequented as an art student at SMFA (oh how I miss those free admission days…) Now it’s a neighborhood booming with businesses, luxury high rises, boutique hotels, and swanky restaurants- and it’s almost impossible to find street parking, ironically. I’m not exactly into that corporate lifestyle, so my favorite part about the neighborhood are the public spaces and art installations that are accessible to anyone. Next time you have the day off, consider taking your boo, or the whole fam!

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