The Imbuement Of Shells Ceremony

After Coco and John’s wedding ceremony, they and their guests took part in an interesting and unique event that, I assumed, was part of Coco’s Philippine culture.  She had collected a variety of seashells and each guest took one, placed it against his/her heart and  took a private moment. They then threw the shell out over the cliff, upon which the Hammond Castle is built, to the ocean below. Here are Coco’s words about the ceremony.  “I thought long and hard about doing something that paid tribute to the beauty of the North Shore and, at the same time, honoring our dearly departed as we begin our new lives as family. It was also an opportunity for our family and friends to give us their blessings…. like an affirmative prayer. The act of casting them into the ocean sends those loving thoughts and energy out into the universe as a signal that will attract unto us those same loving positive energies. I called it The Imbuement Of Shells Ceremony.”


A Nod To da Vinci

At Coco and John’s wedding (see the related post below), I had five minutes to shoot the Hammond Castle’s reception room before the guests were allowed to enter. When I saw the setting around one of the tables, an idea came to mind. Many thanks to my ‘apostles’ for their cooperation.  Here’s to you, Leonardo!





A Regal Wedding

I had a great time shooting Coco and John’s wedding at Hammond Castle in Gloucester, last month.  Many of my favorite venues are ones with old architecture, but this one provided quite a unique ambiance.  Located on Boston’s North Shore, the castle is perched on the rocky cliff overlooking Gloucester harbor. It was built between 1926 and 1929 by John Hammond, an inventor with over 400 patents. Hammond used the castle as his home and laboratory. Now a museum, his collection of Roman, Medieval and Renaissance artifacts are still on display.