Thursday, November 10, 2016

Eastern wedding

No really, the real east coast this time. It was my son who got married, and literally right on the coast.

We went several days early to hang out and do some tourism with Gene and Laura (his godparents). We stayed in an AirBnB apartment just down the street from Andy and Kristin's apartment. It was a really great experience and I highly recommend it.  We got there first, so took the opportunity for a pinhole photograph.

The first day we spent in central Boston.  We started at the Boston Public Library.  This is the central courtyard.

We went there to look at the Sargent Gallery.  I love the little streak in the far end where somebody looked at their phone for a few minutes.

This is tourism after all, so after picking up Andy at work, we went to lunch at the bar that inspired the television program Cheers, the Bull and Finch.  There wasn't any room in the original bar, so we were seated in the replica of the set they've built up stairs. (n.b. in case this doesn't look familiar, the only thing that's a replica is the bar itself.)

Andy went off to help Kristin with final preparations for the ceremony, and we set off on the Freedom trail. Our first stop was the Granary Burying Ground, nestled among the skyscrapers at the edge of the financial district.. There are three signers of the declaration of independence buried there,  John Hancock, Sam Adams, and Robert Treat Paine.  For such a rich guy, I was surprised Hancock's tomb was pretty non-descript. This particular tombstone was from the 1670's

Laura is an extreme Larry Bird fan (her vanity license plate is CELT33), so we had to stop at the Quincy Market behind Faneuil Hall to see his bronzed shoes next to the sculpture of Red Auerbach. Since we were right there, we stopped at the other replica of the Cheers set, and again, the bar itself was the only thing recognizable.

We stopped at Paul Revere's House, surrounded by the mostly early 20th century North End.

I didn't take many other pictures.  Laura and Gene's daughter, four months older than Andy, was also with us and I took her portrait as we waited for an Uber to take us to Cohasset.

Cohasset is about as iconic a New England town as you can imagine.  We had lunch at the Red Lion Inn, built in 1704. The weather was terrible and we spent a bit of time in this little coffee shop and bakery across the street as we waited for the rain to subside.

Cohasset harbor is about as archtypically New England as the rest of the town. That's the location of the wedding right across the harbor.

The official wedding photographers were a real professional team.  While the owner of the studio was documenting Kristin's preparations, her assistant worked with Andy.  I've been sticking a camera right in his face since literally seconds after his birth, so he's really an experienced and cooperative model.

I was careful not to get in the way, but I got this shot of Sarah and Andy while they posed for the pros.  I was holding the tripod against a railing on a floating dock and I was initially a little dissapointed when I first saw it, but now I think it captures some of the surreal nature of the experience.

The dock had been liberally decorated by seagulls, so they decided to move us all down the shore a bit to the Yacht Club.  I'm not sure, but I think this limo was there just for that purpose.  I love how the reflection of the buildings across the street show how shiny it was.

And then I ran out of film.  I reloaded, but somehow didn't get the clicker engaged, and didn't get a chance to fix it in the hustle and bustle of the rest of the night.  I was allowed to get one exposure of the couple with the Evil Cube, but it's still in the camera, and I'll probably post it to Facebook as an individual photo when I get that roll developed.

All with the Populist.  .15mm pinhole 24mm from 24x36mm frame.

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