Corey and Rafaela's Portuguese Wedding in Ludlow, Massachusetts

Corey and Rafaela were married at St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Ludlow, Massachusetts on April 27, 2019 and held their reception at the Ludlow Portuguese Club. It was a beautiful early spring day when all of the trees were just started to open up after a long winter. We did have to dodge a few rain drops but the overcast sky made for great photos.


Rafaela got ready with her bridesmaids at the MGM Springfield, while Corey spent the morning with his best friends and closest family at his Avo's house in Ludlow (Avo is grandmother in Portuguese). Both spaces were a dream to work in. The MGM was full of swank while his Avo’s house was packed with old world charm.

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They had a full Catholic mass for their wedding ceremony, led by Reverend Msgr. Homer P. Gosselin. Corey’s parents each did a reading and there was live music throughout the mass. One of my favorite moments from this wedding was the look on Corey and Rafaela’s faces when they saw each other for the first time. It lasted through most of the ceremony and I was able to capture a few of their loving glances.


After the ceremony, we went to Springfield City Hall to take photos of the couple and their bridal party. I used a super wide lens for some of these photos so I could really capture the size of the inside and out of this building. I love the staircases and the concrete steps outside. It’s really a classy location with a lot of variety to play with.


We returned to the Ludlow Portuguese Club for the reception. Corey’s father is on the board at the club, and Corey and Rafaela had their first date there a few years ago. We made sure to snap a few photos of the couple upstairs in the bar as a nod to that first encounter.

It was such a pleasure to work with these two and I’m sad that this wedding is over! Congratulations Rafaela and Corey, I wish you a lifetime of love, health and happiness.

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Church - St. Elizabeth’s Parish

Venue - Gremio Lusitano / Ludlow Portuguese Club

Dress - Q Look bridal

Make up - Dani

Hair - Rachel

Suits- Jeffrey’s suit rack

Florist - Flowers by Webster

Cake - Atkin’s Farm

Catered by - Tony and Penny's

Lighting / Decor - CJC lighting and production

DJ - Jesse Paulo


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