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Nikki & Tom’s Engagement | Jules Ko Boston Wedding Photographer

It always feels like an extra treat when I have something in common with the bride and groom.  Nikki and Tom met the way Dan and I did, with changing times, scientifically~ :)

Though now they live in DC, they are getting married in less than a month at one of the most beautiful Boston landmarks.  I was grateful when the Bostonian weather held up so nicely for the one weekend they were flying to Boston together to take care of wedding business.  We traveled back to the scene of the crime where Nikki and Tom’s dating story unfolded, interlaced with the different alleys of the North End.

Thank you for being such gracious models, I look forward to seeing you both very soon to capture your big day!

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, I just love how they almost never stopped smiling during the entire session!  I think even Tom’s Puma’s are smiling~

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Congratulations Mary & Richard | Jules Ko Boston Wedding Photographer

Weddings come in all sizes and shapes, traditions, styles and expressions.  On this rare occasion, I had the pleasure of being invited into a private ceremony where the only people in the room other then the Bride and Groom was the Justice of Peace, and myself.  My self being on the quieter side, I appreciated their decision process to hold a private ceremony.  I remember how one of the most difficult part of the wedding planning was the guest list, rsvp count, and guest seating chart.

In all honesty, I was excited on many aspects.

1.  Mary and Richard approached me very directly, and shared about who they were, and why they picked me as their wedding photographer: and I liked all of the above.  I don’t recall needing to ‘sell’ my services to them, they picked me all on their own before we ever met!

2.  I wouldn’t be dealing with other guests’ camera flashes getting in way, or a demanding wedding day schedule.

3.  This was a unique wedding, different from most wedding styles I have covered.

4.  It was at the beautiful Fairmont Copley, in Boston.

5.  Mary and Richard wanted the photography to help their friends and family to feel like they were there.  So I knew the photo were meant to be shared.

6.  It was my first day of being a full time photographer!  (more on that later;)

Allow me to introduce Mary and Richard!

I’d share the story of how they met and so forth, but I’m going to respect their privacy~  =)

This is sweet Catie Copley.  She lives at the Hotel and can be walked by guests.

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Kar-mun & Steve’e Engagement | Jules Ko Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer

I invite couples to bring props to their engagement sessions.  Steve and Kar-mun brought the biggest one so far, a cello.

During the wedding consultation, I had already heard that they were classical musicians on the side of their demanding careers, but when they mentioned that they will be performing during the wedding reception, I knew they weren’t just hobbyists.  (Dan and I sang cheesy-may be, but true- “From this Moment on” at our wedding reception, and we weren’t about to embarrass our selves)

Now,  a lot of people around here have orchestra in their history, but Steve is the executive director of a chamber orchestra: Camerata Notturna… ! impressive… Kar-mun plays concert piano, but she also could pull off a classical piece on the cello, too!  Impressive, again.

We returned to the scene of the crime, where they first met in a chamber music class at Harvard, and dodged a rain storm.  Thankfully, during finals season, the campus was calm, and no one seemed to mind a little cello prelude in front of the library.

Congratulations Kar-mun and Steve, looking forward to capturing your wedding day tomorrow!

Inspirational engraving over the gate
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A New Leaf | Jules Ko Photography

For many years now, I’ve taken to growing house plants, herbs, and bonsai as if they were my pets.  I’ve named them quite colorful names in the past, like Aravis, and Noelle, and I’ve even dropped them off at several friends’ homes on occasions I traveled out of country to make sure my babies would be well taken care of.  Since Dan and I got married, Orchids have been added to the family, but they have yet to flower in our home.  Any tips?  I do give them orchid plant food, but just the greens multiply.

When I got settled into our new home 2 years ago, some of the plants that moved in with me couldn’t survive the  north west facing window’s sun exposure, and shriveled up and died.  I was saddened by the angle of the kitchen window.

Although I pot herbs we commonly use every spring, last Sunday, we found the one we’ve been searching for!  Thai Basil at Mahoneys!  In our excitement, unlike my usual habits, I came home and potted it right away, and even planted new seeds (cilantro) into new pots.  We’ve been staring at it daily to make sure the strong winds weren’t stressing it out too much, or if the recent warm weathers weren’t drying out the new soil.  But guess what I found last night!  The new seeds have germinated!!!  Here they come!!!!

Boston is claiming it’s arrival of summer, but in our balcony, it’s spring!

When a coriander sprouts, it is now a cilantro seedling!

Our Thai basil growing side by side with our sweet Italian basil *

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Ina - How exciting!!! I nearly died of excitement when I saw the first sprouts of our basil plant a few weeks ago! When space allows, I hope to have as many plants and herbs as you do!! :D

Angie - Jules,
My orchids only flower when I forget to water them for a few weeks. I don’t think that is normal. :|
Good luck with your orchid!

Amy - How exciting!!! I nearly died of excitement when I saw the first sprouts of our basil plant a few weeks ago! When space allows, I hope to have as many plants and herbs as you do!! :D