Gloria & Renny’s Modern Double Joy Downtown Boston Wedding


Gloria and Renny met on Match.com but after seeing their photos together, I could tell they were a match made in heaven… no, really! Just scroll down and you’ll see how happy they are to be with each other. They are both Chinese-American so they incorporated aspects of a traditional Chinese wedding — from the apple red bridesmaid dresses, to the dragon and phoenix on the cake and the double happiness symbols sprinkled throughout their details — into their modern city celebration. Lovely Gloria even changed into a cheungsam midway through the reception held in the elegant Downtown Harvard Club.

I rarely post traditional weddings here but the obvious deep connection between the lovebirds, their infectious happiness,  and of course the precious moment-captured photography by the talented Kristin Chalmers made me say yes to the wedding submission in a heartbeat!

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Boston city wedding

Here’s what photographer Kristin had to say about the day:

Renny and Gloria were not what I expected when I first met them. Our initial interview was pretty formal. But once I did their engagement shoot, that was not the case. They were fun, daring, silly and far from formal! They met online and I have to add, perfect for one another.  I was thrilled that the couple opted for a “first look” and they really had fun with it.  They were also very committed to the photography and were willing to really let their hair down, be vulnerable and trust me from the get go.

They were married on August 20th at the most insanely beautiful church at the Glavin Chapel at Babson College Campus. I was completely blown away by the church being that it was so modern and minimal.  From there we were whisked off to the Harvard Clubin downtown Boston to dance the night away. (My second shooter and I did actually get up and dance with them.)  Renny and Gloria approached their wedding as a team effort and did it all their way, and although their attire and location were more on the traditional side, their actual celebration was anything but that.  They drove themselves, together, in Renny’s little car (with me in the back seat), and wanted more formals of themselves than the big group stuff.  They were a true joy to work with and would now consider them friends for sure.

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Chinese American wedding

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LOL! Just how excited was Renny to marry his gorgeous bride?? 🙂

Gloria is here to share with us the super cute story of how they got together:

Renny and I met on Match.com but almost missed each other in real life. On the first date, I gave him the wrong address (unintentionally!), and on the second, he claims I preemptively stood him up when he missed my confirmation text. When we finally met on the first date, I thought to myself, “we’ll either laugh this off or this’ll go very badly,” and when he finally caught up to me on the second, it was one of the most romantic dates we’ve ever had. But the third date really sealed the deal when Renny surprised me with handmade sunflower cupcakes.

These two are so sweet! Let’s witness their first look before the wedding:

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Chinese American wedding first look

wedding first look

wedding first look

wedding first look

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One of my bridesmaids and I were ankle deep in dirt cutting fresh marigolds, snapdragons, mums and other beautiful blooms at a local flower farm the day before the wedding and just hours before the rehearsal. We used the flowers to add splashes of color throughout the chapel.

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Chinese American wedding

Chinese American wedding

The beautiful bride waxes nostalgic about their ceremony:

Renny and I wanted something romantic and magical, yet simple and understated and we wanted to find a space that would bring out that feeling effortlessly. The Babson Glavin Chapel was perfect for us, radiant in wood and bathed in natural light, and spiritual without being religious. Sounds just bounce off the walls. I walked down the aisle to a cello and harp playing Yellow by the Vitamin String Quartet, taking in the warm wood walls glowing from the sunshine. The music and the light were exquisite. I walked down the aisle to Vitamin String Quartet, taking in the warm wood walls glowing from the sunshine reaching through the glass of the Babson Glavin Chapel. I met eyes with Renny and I immediately reached for his hands at the altar.

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Boston wedding

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Boston Chinese American wedding

We borrowed the seven blessings normally found in a traditional Jewish wedding and requested the bridesmaids recite their own blessings during the ceremony. We named the blessings after some of our favorite things such as the Cupcake Blessing and the Bok Choy Blessing. Renny bought some beautiful gold card stock from Paper Source for us to handwrite both the blessings and our own wedding vows on.

Renny’s best friend, Greg applied for a one day license to marry us. We also got married at Babson College, where Renny had received his MBA. Our celloist is the wife of Renny’s good friend and manager. The ceremony had even more meaning to us because we had an existing relationship and connection to the space and to the people.

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Boston wedding

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Boston city wedding

We had our mischievous mini mashi with us from beginning to end. Regular mashi tagged along with us during our engagement shoot but all the kids loved our smallest bunny while all the adults used mashi as an excuse to be silly!

Chinese wedding in Boston

Boston wedding

Boston city wedding

We’re both Chinese-American and so we wanted our wedding to be a celebration for our parents, our friends, as well as for ourselves. For our wedding reception, we tried to recreate elements of a traditional chinese wedding within a modern context on the 37th floor of the Downtown Harvard Club. We sprinkled in double happiness signs on our place cards and we incorporated the pairing of the dragon and phoenix on our wedding cake. I changed into a cheungsam after desert. Renny and I incorporated gold and red colors where we could.

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Chinese American wedding

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Chinese American wedding

Chinese American wedding

Chinese American wedding

Chinese American wedding

Chinese American wedding in Boston

Renny and I made a lot of last minute decisions for the wedding. We designed and printed our own programs 3 days before the ceremony, I decided on the cheungsam a week beforehand, and we even re-learned the foxtrot and practiced turns before starting hair and makeup on the day of. Things just all came together in the end!

A huge thank you to Kristin Chalmers for the lovely images and congratulations and thank you Gloria and Renny for sharing your wonderful wedding with us! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of double happiness! 🙂

Photographer: Kristin Chalmers Photography
Hair Stylist: Darren Le of Mizu
Floral Designer: Beautiful Blooms by Kelly
Reception Venue: The Harvard Club Downtown Boston
Invitation Designer: H2cards
Dress Designer: Pronovias
DJ: Boston Event Works/BE Entertainment
Ceremony Location: Glavin Chapel at Babson College
Makeup Artist: Rose Fortuna

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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