Quintessential Boston Wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

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Quintessential Boston Wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

One thing was clear when it came to Lisa and Joey’s wedding – they love Boston. After all, it’s the city they fell in love and started their life together in so selecting the perfect locale to celebrate made the Fairmont Copley Plaza an easy decision. We joined these two love birds as they were putting on their finishing touches just before the highly anticipated First Look.

It’s also clear why their First Look was a favorite moment of theirs from the day. Lisa remembered, “having that moment as a couple really solidified the rest of an amazing day.” It always feels like such a privilege to witness this one remarkable and tender moment. And how fun that they got to share it with some passers by!

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Saint Cecilia’s Chapel nearby. Lifelong and heartfelt vows were spoken and Lisa’s brother, Greggory, sang a stunning rendition of Ave Maria. Heading back to the Fairmont, an easy and fun atmosphere was widespread as the reception progressed from cocktails to dinner. The details of the evening matched the newlyweds lighthearted and effortless style. Romantic lighting, lovely lush flowers and of course, no shortage of Boston love everywhere you looked. Capping the festivities was a packed dance floor bursting with folks of all ages celebrating alongside these cuties. Heirloom Pictures is so happy to share with you Lisa and Joey’s wedding day highlights. Thank you for including us in this day- it was indeed a GREAT day. We know they are excited to relive their day again with their nearest dearest.

Thank you Lauren Killian of Person and Killian Photography for the beautiful cover photo.

Sweet Seacoast Wedding in Rye New Hampshire

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Sweet Seacoast Wedding in Rye New Hampshire

Karen and Corey were married on a July day in New Hampshire at the Rye Harbor State Park. When Karen and Corey envisioned their wedding day, being surrounded by their family and friends was paramount. The wanted a relaxed day where everyone could enjoy each other’s company against a backdrop of spectacular ocean views. The Rye Harbor State Park in New Hampshire fit the bill perfectly! This coastal location had everything Karen and Corey wanted and more. We started the day with Karen getting ready gathered together with family and bridesmaids; Corey was likewise preparing for the day ahead with his groomsmen. The bride was gorgeous in her strapless gown and stunning veil while the groom wore a crisp, gray suit and white tie.

The ceremony was seaside and literally surrounded by the ocean. Karen and Corey personalized their wedding vows and as they remember it, “the entire ceremony was such a special and sacred few minutes for us”. Their friends and family watched along as they made their life-long nuptials. Following the ceremony, the wedding party and guests made their way under the white tent to begin celebrating! The tent was soft and romantic full of whites with muted pinks and grays; a relaxed setting that matched the nautical feel. The afternoon was full of heartwarming toasts by loved ones as dinner made way for desserts and dancing. A grand time was truly had by all. We want to congratulate Karen and Corey one more time; Heirloom Pictures loved capturing your wedding day! We are excited to share the highlights from their day.

Cover Photo by: Rachel Halsey Photography

A Sophisticated Summer Wedding in Downtown Boston’s State Room


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A Sophisticated Summer Wedding in Downtown Boston’s State Room

Heirloom Pictures recently had the pleasure of capturing Lynne and Josh’s wedding day at Boston’s State Room. The Great Room at the State Room offers unparalleled views showcasing the city Lynne and Josh have come to love. They wanted a celebration that honored traditions and blending of customs in a fresh contemporary way. Beginning the day at the bridal suite at the Langham Hotel, the ladies were energized preparing for the day ahead. Surrounded by love, champagne, and pups, it makes sense that Lynne remembers this as one of her favorite parts of the day. The bride was just lovely in a gorgeous dress with lace and silk paired with a bouquet of phalaenopsis orchids accented with ivy.

The couple created an interfaith ceremony representing the couple’s faiths. They stood under a chuppah detailed with fresh flowers that framed the couple against the floor to ceiling windows overlooking Boston. One of the marvelous things about the Great Room is watching the space “flip” from ceremony to reception. During cocktail hour, the guests peak over as it develops while enjoying good company, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The details of the reception having all the makings of a chic black-tie affair. Lush, full floral centerpieces alternated high and low and popped off sleek, floor- length black linens. The bride used her grandparents cake topper from June 1945 and we love the detail that their wedding invitations were replicas of the bride’s parents and grandparent’s invitations. Lynne and Josh commissioned a painting of their first dance to be painted during the reception – creating a special keepsake. As the sun set, dancing and dessert made for some great moments to capture and a fun way to end the evening. Spectacular views were no match for the love this couple and their ‘world-class bond’ have; Heirloom Pictures was honored to be a part of their wedding day and we hope you enjoy Lynne and Josh’s highlights.

Cover Photo courtesy of Clement and West Photography

A Chic City Wedding at the State Room in Downtown Boston

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A Chic City Wedding at the State Room in Downtown Boston

Elysa and Keith exchanged vows on June 11, 2016 at the State Room in historic downtown Boston. Surrounded by history & culture, Elysa & Keith wanted to celebrate their marriage in the heart of the city where they met and live. What better location than the quintessential State Room offering sweeping panoramic views of the city they love. Elysa’s spent quality time getting ready with her nearest and dearest in preparation for one of her favorite moments of the day, the first look. She recalls savoring the moments leading up to and during the first look where they enjoyed the first glimpses of each other and a quick private moment. Reminiscing on the day, Keith confessed his most favorite part of the day was Elysa walking down the aisle towards him.

Their love for hosting was evident with a sweet and elegant ceremony blending cultures and families. Intimate candlelight complemented by walls washed in warm light made for a stunningly beautiful reception. Friends and family gathered to toast, celebrate, feast, and of course, dance the night away. They are especially excited to share the highlights with Keith’s Grandmother who was unable to attend the festivities. Truly a good time was had by all. Please enjoy the highlights as much as we did capturing this lovely June day!

Photography – Sweet Monday Photography – sweetmondayphotography.com

Welcome to Heirloom Pictures | Boutique Wedding Films for Boston & Beyond


Welcome to the new Heirloom Pictures blog!

Filmmaker Marcella Hoekstra has been creating wedding films since 2005. Heirloom Pictures is a small, in-house boutique wedding film studio that crafts unique and personalized wedding films for its clients.

What makes the experience “boutique”? Firstly, Marcella shoots first camera at every Heirloom wedding and edits all highlights films herself. Also, the Heirloom Pictures team communicates with its clients every step of the way from “Hello” to “Here are your films!”.

By keeping our experienced production team small and consistent, it allows for intimacy with each project that ensures quality and attention to detail at every stage.

Heirloom Pictures is delighted to offer couples the choice of multiple packages as well as additional a la carte items. Our goal is to provide the coverage you require, and the edits you love while personalizing our approach to shooting based on who you are as a couple. It is our privilege to work with you to preserve one of the most important and beautiful days of your life.

Please contact us to discuss your needs. We are excited to tell you everything that Heirloom Pictures has to offer. We will happily provide detailed package and pricing information prior to consultation.

For more information on HOW we create our films, please watch this short, three-minute video to hear owner, Marcella Hoekstra, discuss her shooting style and how she works with her team and other vendors on your wedding day.

We are looking forward to sharing our work with you!