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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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Live Forever | Jules Ko Photography

Have you seen the beautiful commercial from Kodak?

I have no bias for Kodak, but I love the message in this commercial.

It’s not speedy, but I encourage you to watch the whole thing.

This is why I am a photographer.

This is why photos are my treasures.

And along that note…  she lives forever in my heart!

From 5 years ago as I left Seattle to move to Boston…


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Yon - The last part made me tear up too. Thanks for your lovely pictures, Jules.

Katy - This brought a tear to my eye, Jules – thanks for sharing the message! 🙂

Sukhee - That commercial was great. Still a great picture of you and your mom. Thanks for letting me be a part of that! 🙂

jules - Thank you for taking that picture, Sukhee!

Robert - That was an amazing commercial. Thanks for that jolt of inspiration.

Hair Dilemma

It’s been an ongoing tug and pull since college. I whack my hair off short enough to reveal the hair line at the top of my neck, and then many months later, when I get tired of keeping hair off my face, I grow it out long enough to put up in a french twist and then let it keep growing because going to a hair stylist every 2 months seem like a hassle. I never ‘learned’ to really style my own hair. When other teen age girls started blow drying their hair in high school, I didn’t know how to do acrobatics with my arms, and handle a blow dryer and a large brush.

So 2 years ago, shortly after the wedding ceremony, my hair was long enough to donate to Beautiful Lengths, where hair donations would be made into wigs for women cancer patients. That was very important to me, considering my mother’s history. I’m not sure what possessed Dan and I, but I let Dan cut my low pony tail off. Of course it was a rough cut with the biggest scissors we owned.  When I walked into the salon, the woman who’s been cutting my hair for 3+ years, hurried up to me from her current client in her chair and said in her strong accent, “What did you do to your hair!” I told her, and described what short cut I now wanted, and she said, “well, that’s all I CAN do with this hair, next time, don’t let your husband cut your hair!”

I had a good run with the short hair.  It was a mind relief to wear one style for 2 years, and not think about what my hair is going to do in the morning.   My hair is now barely long enough to tie back. But not all that legitimately.  In a few weeks, I’m in a grooms party, wearing a black dress, standing in front of a lot of strangers. Shortly after landing from a flight that I may not have time to get my self all that freshened up.  What am I going to do with this in-between hair length now?

I miss my short hair… but I miss being able to pull my hair out of my face, and going on with my life. Darn, what do I do now?

Boston summer skyline.


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Sang - Short hair is awesome!

jules - yes, especially if you can cut your own! =)

susan - I’m sticking to the long hair for now.. but it’s a PAIN to do my hair daily. And frizzy hair days like today don’t help!!