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Emily and Vadim | A Commanders Mansion Wedding

Meet Emily and Vadim, who fell in love when they met at Vadim’s 25th birthday party. They are a couple who truly live in the moment and roll with the punches. It was such a joy to be their photographer, and I have to tell you about their humorous engagement!

In the summer of 2015 they planned a trip to Provincetown, MA, and from the beginning Vadim knew he was going to propose... Emily had no idea. Vadim’s plan was to walk Emily out all the way down the breakwater at the tip of Provincetown, ask a stranger to take a picture of them, surprise her with a proposal, and then take her to their favorite restaurant for dinner. As it goes with the best proposal stories, it did not go according to plan! Emily had gotten dressed up for their big night out and had to take her heels off to walk down the breakwater. After about 20 minutes Emily asked if they could just sit down and enjoy the views. Vadim reluctantly conceded, and when Emily went to sit down she dropped one of her shoes in the water! Vadim, knowing it would ruin the entire evening, refused to let Emily jump in. He got down to his boxers, jumped into the water, swam out to get it, climbed back up the rocks and proposed in his underwear. He said “You know I would do anything for you”, and took the ring out of his sunglasses case, safely wrapped up and out of the water, and a completely surprised Emily gleefully accepted and they went to dinner and had an amazing weekend on the Cape. I can’t tell you how much I love this story! And wish I had been there with my camera!!

They knew they wanted to get married near Boston, the city where they met, fell in love, bought their first condo and still live today. But they also wanted it to be outside, and have a romantic garden feel. The Commander’s Mansion in Watertown had the perfect mix, there is an outdoor grape arbor where they held the ceremony, the beautiful inside of the mansion with its old glamour feel where they enjoyed the cocktail hour, and the tent which they adorned with leafy garlands, farm tables, and linen tablecloths for the reception. They loved that it was so close to the city, but felt like you were much farther away.

Their vows were exchanged in the Commanders Mansion garden, under a chuppah made by Emily’s father. The ceremony was officiated by Vadim’s lifelong friend and Rabbi, Rabbi Yossi Lipsker. Emily wore a gorgeous gown designed by Rue de Seine with her bridesmaids in a light pink/nude color palette. Vadim wore a tailored blue tux. They have shared with me that their favorite part of the wedding day was their first look as it was one of the few times during the day they were able to have an intimate moment and it felt like they were the only two people in the world. A moment they say they will never forget.

Everything went smoothly for their day, from getting ready, to the tisch and bedecken. Since Vadim is known for his love of dancing his best man honored him with a custom pair of dancing sneakers with their wedding date printed on them and their band, East Coast Soul, made sure the dancing didn't stop. It was a beautiful night and we were thrilled to document it.

Congratulations Emily and Vadim!! It was an honor to be there for you and we are so excited to share these images with you!  Cheers!  ~ Matt and Enna

Emily and Vadim's Wedding Team:

Venue: The Commanders Mansion

Planner/Caterer: BG Events and Catering

Band:  East Coast Soul

Make-up: Dani Wagener

Florist: Fiori Florals

Hair: Salon Monroe