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My other home | Jules Ko Photography

I’ve lived in Boston for 5 years almost exactly to date.  That’s long enough in this transient city to say I’m not new to Boston.  That’s actually longer that the 4 years I lived in the metro-Seattle area post college before I moved to Boston.  But this past week, as we traveled to the Pacific Northwest, I was reminded why, I still call it home.

Last week, Dan and I traveled for an unusual wedding weekend.  On Saturday, Dan was a groomsman, and I was the wedding photographer in the Bay Area.  Then the next day, we took the first flight out of San Jose to Seattle, and I was a Grooms-woman (don’t get me started, the gender role is yet another blog post), and Dan a guest at a wedding in Seattle.  And surrounding those events, we soaked in a few days of vacation after a long busy summer of medical emergencies and record number of weddings.  We played with nephews, caught up with dear old friends, got pampered, saw several pods of orcas swimming by in the wild, ate foods only found in the west, and fresh macarons to be the best outside of Paris Ladurée, and managed to gain 5 pounds in one week.

Dan’s brother is holding his second son, I met this little guy for the first time!   Dan a groomsman (got to see my man in a tux again~ Thank you Eddie and Eileen)Groomswoman had some people raise eye browsEven moss is beautiful at our friends’ back yard And this, is the San Juan Islands…. I am frolicking in a a field of lavender… harvested lavender unfortunately… There’s something different in the sunlight over the pacific northwest… We watched wildlife from this light houseThey are real! Madrona trees are unique to the region, they peel a thin red bark all year long , I miss even themSome island residents kindly informed us that several pods of orcas have been heard few miles off from where we were.  I’m praying for the orcas to come our way…. And they did! it felt like hours of awe… We were close enough to hear them blow air… Dan let me gawk, while he took the pictures…  it was a very good day… I’ve went on 4 whale watch cruises, 3 out 4, I didn’t see this many, or this close.This is the beautiful Wildwood Manor On the grounds More madronas And headed back to Seattle, into Pike Place Market Thank you for the lovely week in my other home.  It was marvelous…

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Jill - WOW jules!!! these look AMAZING!!!

Michelle S. - these are so beautiful! makes me want to visit the northwest! :)

Liz - Love these photos soooo much Jules! P.S. We had a Groomswoman too… actually she was the Best Lady.

lori - so beautiful jules! i’m so glad you got to take this trip. and the orcas! amazing!

Jenny - Great pictures of the Northwest, thanks for sharing…it was nice to be able to see those sights again…

Congratulations Nikki and Tom | Jules Ko Photography | Boston Public Library

The nice thing about late afternoon/early evening weddings are that the bride and groom has plenty of time to get ready, and hair stylists don’t have to be recruited at 6 in the morning, and flowers delivered at the crack of dawn.  Another good thing (or so we thought), was that on the day of Nikki and Tom’s wedding, the morning was just beeeaaautiful.  Blue skies, fluffy clouds, mild weather for a July wedding.  But just hours before the photography coverage was scheduled, it started to pour.  More rain then I’ve EVER seen fall, and I’ve been through monsoons, and Seattle. ;)  We parked our car, and strapped on our gear and had the full size umbrellas on us, but by the time we crossed one street to reach the hotel, we had waded through inches of water, and were soaked knee down.

But more importantly,  Nikki and Tom had a beautiful, simply elegant courtyard wedding at the Boston Public Library.  Courtyard ceremony, sound equipment, and rain don’t mix well.  But thankfully, few hours later, the rain turned out to be a flash flood, and the wedding was able to proceed as planned.

As mentioned in their engagement session, Nikki & Tom planned a long distance wedding.  During the engagement session, I had begun to get a glimpse of Tom’s occupation to be in collegiate education.  And then as small talk continued at the wedding with the groomsmen, all of a sudden, I was surrounded by professors.  For some strange reason, this felt a little intimidating, as if I was a student again.

The day started as Nikki and Tom got ready in separate floors of the Westin Hotel, just a street away from the Boston Public Library.

They were in constant communication about the weather updates. While the ladies were getting ready, the gentlemen were watching the World Cup. It was that rainy. Groom and brother. The first glance took place on their own in the privacy of the room. Tom entered the ceremony, hand in hand with his brother and sister Tom’s sister officiated the wedding beautifully and warmly And Nikki’s brother performed live as Nikki beamed on. The flowers and event was beautifully coordinated by Erica Jones of Events by Sharon’s Daughter and Orchids N Blooms. The siblings entered the reception with much fun and the father-daughter dance was followed by a groom-family dance.  This family pulled this off like no other could! Following the horah was the chair dance. And then brother of the groom, Mark rapped as Nikki’s friends sang chorus lineas the party cheered on

Congratulations Nikki & Tom, may you have a joyful marriage!

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Erica Jones - Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! Thank you for doing such an amazing job on this wedding!

Congratulations Nini and Yang! | Jules Ko Photography | Boston Harbor Odyssey

I don’t know Nini and Yang very well, but I wish I did.

They live in California, met through a gathering that Nini’s roommate was hosting, and their courtship started on the Santa Monica Beach.  Their DTR took place on a 4th of July Odyssey cruise on the west coast involving fireworks, and fittingly so, their married life began with fireworks on the Odyssey cruise on the 4th of July in Boston.  I know first hand what it’s like to plan a long distance wedding, but Nini and  Yang planned a 12+ hr day with fully blown Eastern and Western Ceremonies.

Nini and Yang had so many beautiful details, and such warm and loving interactions, I had a hard time narrowing down the images to post here.  And to appreciate them even further, their wedding party was recruited by the couple to keep guests from ‘getting in our way as we photograph.’  Gotta thank you for that thoughtful gesture!

The day began with the bride getting ready for a Bride’s family pick up/gift exchange/Chinese tea ceremony.

Hair and Make-up by Special Day By Carolina The groom’s party and family bearing traditional gifts Then we headed off to Boston Harbor Hotel for the wedding ceremony prep and formal portraits. Beautiful dress from Marylinn’s Bridal, Pasadena, CA sneaking up for the “First Glance” Yang RAN, I mean RAN to Nini… I was about to cry at the reactions…. one of my favorite images of the day, on the right. such beautifully thoughout details continue Gorgeous cake by Konditor Meister View from the ceremony deck on the Odyssey Wonderful DJ, Jim Scott Happy 4th of July~ Congratulations Nini & Yang, Yang, as a fellow immigrant, I loved your thank-you speech!

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Congratulations Diana and John! | Jules Ko Photography | BU Marsh Chapel

As two people packed up their lives to move away from Boston after completing many years of mathematical studies, their future became one in the heart of Boston.  As cultures combined and boxes were packed, Diana and John were married on a warm summer day at BU Marsh Chapel.

The bride’s purse provided a touch of the classic world for the rings. Aunt and Uncle executing a Lasso ceremony as part of the wedding Mother and Son

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