Stunning photography from Joe Gonzalez-Dufresne.
Callie and Dave’s intimate brunch celebration was incredibly special, and we’re so lucky to have been a part of it!
Stunning photography from Joe Gonzalez-Dufresne.
Callie began her day quite early by getting ready at the Marriott Kendall, getting the glam makeup treatment from Suzy Meek and her hair done by her very own regular stylist Meghan Moran. When all was ready, Callie slipped into her BHLDN dress. Even with a late morning ceremony, Callie and Dave savored every moment of that gorgeous Saturday in October by touring various sites and scenes in Cambridge on their way to Oleana. Callie met Dave for their sweet first look on a rooftop near Kendall Square. From there, they stopped by quirky buildings and parks, enjoying some quiet moments together before saying “I do.”
Cozy restaurant, Oleana, was the perfect urban oasis for this relaxed couple. Their ceremony was on the back patio, tucked away amongst trees and ivy. Guitarist Christopher James welcomed guests into the serene outdoor space for the heartfelt ceremony led by Nathan Everett Lane. After the ceremony, Callie and Dave took some time to enjoy their first moments as newlyweds while guests were treated to impressive mezze platters and brunch cocktails.
Soon after, Oleana’s indoor/outdoor dining space was ready for brunch. The space was adorned throughout with breathtaking, autumnal florals from Field & Vase and small touches from the bride and groom. The couple gave a toast thanking their guests joining them for this special day and invited them to enjoy a multi-course, family style meal full of vibrant Turkish and Middle Eastern flavors. The scent wafting out of the kitchen was seriously amazing! With four courses complete, it was time for cake! Callie and Dave shared a slice from their Delectable Desires cake, alongside various middleeastern pastries.
What an amazing way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Thanks so much for sharing your celebration with us, Callie and Dave!
Beatriz & John got dressed for their big day at the Boston Marriott Cambridge on a surprisingly "warm" day for February! Once ready, they met the talented Simi Rabinowitz outside for their first look photos with friends and family; the sun was shining and so were the bride & groom.
After photos with friends & family, Beatriz & John enjoyed a few private minutes alone before Beatriz walked down the aisle. Gentle harp music was strumming as Beatriz made her way to her groom in her beautiful silk gown by Sarah Seven. As family is very important to Beatriz & John, all of their siblings were involved in the ceremony, each giving a significant reading. Beatriz & John exchanged personal and thoughtful vows under a handmade arch by Field & Vase. There wasn't a dry eye in the house - including the bride who was handed a handkerchief by her now husband!
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to cocktail hour where they were greeted by a mariachi band - this was just the beginning of the dancing which went on all night! Guests enjoyed Spanish hors d''oeuvres which included empanadas & enjoyed the couple's signature Sparkling Strawberry Rose. While mingling & sipping took place, guests were able to admire displayed photos of the bride & groom, showcasing their relationship and engagement shoot.
As guests made their way to the reception space, Beatriz & John entered with smiles from ear to ear and both made their way to the dance floor where they shared their first dance to "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Lauryn Hill. The dance floor immediately opened - kudus to DJ Kyd who kept the energy going all night long! We heard toasts from the couple's friends and family which brought laughter and joy to all of the guests and the happy couple.
After dinner which included tacos and all of the accompaniments you could ask for, guests made their way back to the dance floor where they did not leave unless it was to grab a prop for the Hotshots Photo Booth and record a special video for Beatriz & John!
It was then time for the bride & groom to cut their cake...or should I say donuts from the one and only Kane's Donuts! They cut into their favorite flavor, chocolate glaze, and exchanged bites of this special treat. Other flavors included red velvet, honey glaze, and Maine blueberry!
Guests finished out the night dancing and singing to American Pie. Congratulations Beatriz & John! Wishing you all of the happiness on this journey together.
Rich with elegant colors, sweet details, and an overall warm yet moody aesthetic, Krysia and Kevin’s wedding day was a true testament to the magical beauty found in an autumn celebration. We absolutely loved working with this couple because they prioritized delicious food, a good time, and authenticity. All of their hard work and planning came together on a crisp and cool day, the photos by Lindsey Mae proving it was nothing short of stunning from beginning to end.
While the groomsmen got ready at the couple’s home, the bridesmaids were busy being pampered and having their hair done at Salon Luna. Later, they put their finishing touches on their ensembles at the venue, the charming Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass.
Dressed in a saturated emerald green gowns, the bridesmaids looked absolutely gorgeous accompanying Krysia around the streets of Cambridge for photos. Complimenting each bridesmaid were dark yet ethereal bouquets created by the talented artists at Foret Design Studio. The groomsmen had their moments in front of the camera as well. In classic groomsmen style, more than one photo captured their goofy and fun energy on the big day.
The sun quite literally broke through the clouds as the processional music began and truly illuminated Krysia and her father as they walked down the aisle. Wiping away a tear, Kevin greeted a radiant Krysia and the ceremony began, officiated by a close friend of the couple.
Sealed with a kiss, the two were pronounced married and the rest of the evening was all smiles!
Stealing away at the golden hour, Lindsey Mae photographed Krysia and Kevin in the ultimate autumn light. With a picture perfect setting of rich auburn brick sidewalks, freshly fallen foliage, and luscious flower beds around the perimeter of the venue, the formal portraits of the newlyweds illustrate their love and affection towards one another. A few dramatic shots also highlight Krysia’s fashion forward cape that accompanied her gown by designer Jenny Yoo.
Meanwhile, guests enjoyed a bustling cocktail hour in the venue’s art gallery. With delectable passed appetizers and hors d’oeuvres crafted and creatively plated by Forklift Catering, guests were happy and well-fed before the festivities even began.
Introduced into the reception space by the emcee of the evening, Rocca DeRosa of the band Do I Do, Krysia and Kevin made quite the entrance as they descended the master staircase. They moved swiftly onto the dance floor and shared their first dance to the song “Funny Little Frog” by Belle and Sebastian.
As Forklift Catering served a variety of entrees, including vegan friendly dishes, the toasts began. The father of the bride, maid of honor, and best man all gave compelling and emotional toasts. All of them were sure to take a moment to reflect on their relationship with the couple and give them their warmest wishes as they embark on their next journey together.
After dinner and the toasts, the band lit up the dance floor and the dance party began with full force! Stealing only a moment’s pause to cut the cake – four classily frosted layers by The Icing on the Cake – Krysia and Kevin were permanent fixtures in front of the band, leading by example and showing off their best dance moves.
As the night wound down, Krysia and Kevin were whisked away by a classic limousine driven by Black Tie. Meanwhile, guests found individual boxes of Union Square Donuts waiting for them at the door. An extra sweet treat to match the sweet romanticism of the night!
Congratulations again to you both, Krysia and Kevin! We wish you all the best as you embark on this next adventure in your life together.
Tate and Ian’s big day was truly a tribute to romance, joy and love – from the beaming smiles of the dapper groom and dazzling bride to the breathtaking reception design and sweeping first dance, this celebration was a stunning affair straight out of a fairy tale! The happy couple tied the knot surrounded by friends and family at the MIT Chapel and continued their festivities at the Harvard Club of Back Bay.
The striking images below are courtesy of Lisa Rigby Photography.
Tate prepared for her big day in the comfort of her family home with the help of a talented team of beauty professionals from Lindsay Griffin & Co and Dani Wagener Beauty. After donning her delicately embroidered, multi-tiered Lazaro gown, Tate was joined by her groom for a highly anticipated first look followed by an epic wedding party photo shoot at the nearby Harvard Club. Talk about a showstopper – from the classic black tuxedos and elegant evergreen gowns to the delicate bouquets and the bride’s regal fur stole, this stylish wedding party was the perfect complement to the historic space!
The day’s main festivities kicked off with a touching ceremony at the MIT Chapel officiated by the couple’s close friend Doris – the warmth and joy radiating from the happy couple and their guests was a welcome change from the chilly February air. Tate, escorted by her father to Gustav Holst’s Jupiter, was radiant as she processed down the greenery-adorned aisle to her smiling groom. To set the tone for the celebration still to come, the newlyweds recessed to the Dropkick Murphys’ timeless classic, Shippin’ Up to Boston!
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious treats in the stately foyer of the Harvard Club. To help Tate and Ian fill in their new family tree, guests were invited to add their signatures to the couple’s evergreen-inspired guestbook.
The breathtaking reception space was truly a sight to behold – from the blown glass candelabras with flickering faux tapers to the dramatic custom lighting and lush floral accents, every element of the décor added a sense of magic to the evening. Thanks to the creative collaboration of the couple, the bride’s mother and the talented team at Marc Hall Design, the guests enjoyed a delicious feast in a setting fit for royalty!
Following dinner and heartfelt toasts, Tate and Ian took to the dancefloor in a graceful and sweeping first dance. In a Without A Hitch first, the groom and his mother performed an incredible mother/son dance to MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This that had everyone on their feet and ready to party to the musical stylings of Search Party! To cap off the evening guests were treated to a well-deserved ice cream sandwich buffet and a thoughtful favor of a handmade mulling spice kit in a custom mug!
Tate and Ian’s celebration was extraordinary – from the love the permeated every grand entrance and small detail to the quiet, knowing moments of joy we witnessed throughout the day, it’s clear that this celebration is one for the books! We are honored to have been a part of Tate and Ian’s wedding and hope that the joy that surrounded them on that momentous day continues for many years to come!
Sophie and Alex’s big day at Warehouse XI in bustling Union Square was an exuberant celebration of love, laughter and epic dance parties. Every element of the day from the moving ceremony to the thoughtfully curated décor to the surprise dance number was a testament to this joyful and fun-loving couple!
The eye-catching images below are courtesy of Meghann Gregory Photography.
Sophie and her bridal party kicked off the day’s festivities at the AC Marriott with the help of makeup artist Kerri Herlihy and hair stylists from Cut-Splice. Sophie’s regal updo, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn, was the perfect complement to her elegant Paloma Blanca gown and luxurious fur stole. A bouquet of textured greenery and winter white amaryllis further enhanced the bride’s dramatic look. The groom, donning a dapper green suit, was all smiles as he awaited the arrival of his bride-to-be.
The ceremony, officiated by a close family friend, was held beneath a draped archway accented by lush greens and sweeping candles courtesy of The Frugal Flower. Flanked by their stylish wedding party, Sophie and Alex pledged to love one another in a heartfelt ceremony full of laughter and joy. After a triumphant recessional (just look at those smiles!), the bride and groom were joined by their wedding party for a one-of-a-kind trolley photo shoot.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy delicious treats from Stoked Pizza. Custom “S&A” marquee letters and refreshing margaritas made sure the bar was a cocktail hour focal point!
The reception space, the creative vision of the bride’s design-savvy mother, was breathtaking. Ryan Design’s bistro lighting and romantic drapery coupled with natural green garlands and candle-laden tablescapes served as a visual counterpoint to the industrial space, lending it a warm and welcoming vibe. The gold accents, hand lettered signs and feature lighting woven throughout the space further enhanced the elegance of the surroundings.
Perhaps the most highly anticipated portion of the evening (after the ceremony, of course!) was dinner – a delicious spread of wood-fired pizza from the Stoked food truck. Following the toasts, the bride and her immediate family surprised their guests with a choreographed dance to Earth, Wind and Fire’s September, complete with lighting black out and confetti explosion! Thanks to DJ Sheldon of CZone Entertainment, the dance floor was packed for the rest of the night, with the exception of a well-deserved break to enjoy a delectable donut from Union Square Donuts
Sophie and Alex’s big day was full of many wonderful moments - from the first time Alex saw his bride walk down the aisle to the secret fork-free cake binge Sophie enjoyed with her close friends and family, it was truly a day to remember! We are honored to have been a part of their celebration and hope that they continue to fill each other’s lives with joy and secret confetti explosions for many years to come!
Sam and Brad tied the knot on a beautiful blue-skied September day at the historic Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in bustling Waltham, MA. This charming couple planned a heartfelt and joyful celebration – from the one-of-a-kind ceremony to the incredible surprise Irish step dance, it was truly an event to remember!
The beautiful images below are courtesy of Kissick Weddings.
Following a morning of pampering from Lamare Salon, the bride ventured to nearby Landry Park for a highly anticipated first look with her groom. If Brad’s smiling face is any indication, it’s clear he shared our belief that Sam was a vision in her flowing lace-detailed gown and elegant floral hairpin. After a few moments alone, the couple joined their wedding party for a laughter-filled photo session along the Charles.
Sam and Brad’s ceremony took place beneath a stunning rustic arch adorned with a lush floral spray from Still Flowers. The ceremony, officiated by musical artist May Erlewine, was particularly moving – the couple had attended one of May’s performances on a date and had both enjoyed her music so much so that they asked her not only to officiate but also to perform their favorite song during the ceremony. Between the moving personalized vows and the adorable flower girls and ring bearer who accompanied Sam and Brad down the aisle, there was no shortage of tears and laughter among the guests!
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to explore the museum while enjoying delicious treats from Cuisine Chez Vous. Throughout the cocktail hour festivities, guests created custom dog tags at the museum’s stamping table, left heartfelt notes for the newlyweds in their guestbook and “punched in” at the time clock escort card display.
The reception design was both elegant and whimsical – the pairing of classic linens and silver-trimmed china with vibrant floral arrangements and rustic garlands truly complimented the unique industrial space. Seacoast Events’s enchanting bistro lights lent a cozy and intimate feel to the large room. Small details like the bicycle-built-for-two cake topper and personalized koozies added a touch of humor to the celebration.
Following a delicious meal and heartfelt and humorous toasts from friends and family, it was time to get the party started. DJ Chris Paul from 617 Weddings had everyone up on their feet for the entire evening, with the exception of a short, though highly anticipated, break to enjoy dessert from Union Square Donuts.
As an added treat, Sam and Brad surprised their guests with an awesome traditional Irish dance. The bride, along with her sister and brother-in-law, dazzled the audience with dramatic leaps and intricate footwork – good thing Sam was prepared with fantastic gold sneakers! What the groom lacked in professional training, he more than made up for in enthusiasm and put a wonderful Irish spin on a traditional Macarena!
From their smiling faces to their fancy footwork, Sam and Brad seemed to radiate joy and love throughout their celebration. We are honored to have been a part of their day and hope their next adventure will be filled with as much laughter, love and, of course, donuts!
They say it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day – then in Erin and John’s case, their marriage will be overflowing with luck! The two got married during a torrential rainstorm that quite literally lasted all day. Despite the weather, the celebrations were in full swing until the very end of the night, when the skies finally cleared.
All photos are courtesy of Brian Keith Media.
Erin and John each got ready for the day at the Westin Copley surrounded by their bridesmaids and groomsmen. For the girls, the morning began with hair styling by Drybar and makeup by Charlotte Phinney & Co. Later, while the girls popped some bubbly in matching rose gold tumblers to get in the spirit of the day, the men each rocked unique pairs of socks and were full of smiles.
Early in the afternoon, Erin and John shared their first look in a private moment deep within the Westin Copley. With views of a misty Copley Square in the background, Erin showed off her gown with a twirl before they exchanged heartfelt handwritten notes.
The two were joined by their bridal party for formal portraits before they all boarded The Original Party Trolley to travel across the Charles River in time for the ceremony.
Guests dashed into the Catalyst Restaurant and shed their rain layers as they settled into the ceremony space. Assembled by the great team at Nature’s Design, a floral arch provided the perfect backdrop against Catalyst’s barn door façade.
Dense with personal touches, the ceremony included a family friend who lent her talents by playing the violin for processional music, charming ring bearers and the sweetest flower girl, and a handful of readings by family and friends.
Sealed with a kiss, the ceremony wrapped up and guests flooded into the reception space to get the party started with cocktail hour. The photo booth, provided by Entertainment Specialists, was a popular activity as guests snapped photo after photo for the guest book while the team at Catalyst expertly flipped the ceremony space and prepared for a plated dinner.
At dinner, each table was adorned with beautiful centerpieces from Nature’s Design, votive candles that illuminated warmth even though the rain still beat down outside, and most importantly customized table numbers with cartoons that reflected the stages of Erin and John’s relationship. They were made by Catana Comics, and were the most perfect detail of the night!
After the main course, guests heard toasts from the Father of the Bride, the Best Man, and the Maid of Honor. Erin and John sealed the evening with their words of appreciation towards everyone in attendance. Baked by Yum Bunnies Cakery, the two snuck away during the rest of dinner to cut their wedding cake in private.
Erin and John shared their first dance to “I Only Have Eyes for You” by Rachel Price and there was not a dry eye in the room. This was followed by John leading a dance with his mother and the emotions continued.
Not to be outdone, Erin and her dad changed the tone of the night and truly built up the energy with a well-choreographed dance medley. Smiles and cheers were aplenty. From that moment on, the dance floor was alive all night with the help a variety of jams played by DJ Martika. Guests only stopped to grab desserts from the selection of pastries set out by the Catalyst team.
Before they departed the reception, Erin and John braved the rain and posed for a series of stunning photos in front of Catalyst. These photos captured the electricity of their love for one another and they accurately represent the positive energy surrounding the day’s celebrations. Congratulations to Erin and John!
Lauren and Ben’s sweet and sophisticated wedding celebration took place on a perfect September day at Warehouse XI in the heart Somerville’s Union Square.
All of the memories of the day were captured by Madly Photo.
The morning began early for Lauren and her bridal party of three friends as they had their hair and makeup done by Alexa from ZenaRose in a light-filled Air BnB. The women each wore long black dresses of their choosing, a beautiful contrast to Lauren’s stunning Sarah Seven lace gown. Meanwhile, the men spent the morning at Lauren and Ben’s apartment, preparing for the day ahead.
Shortly before the ceremony, Lauren and Ben shared their first look in the park adjacent to Warehouse XI. They exchanged an intimate moment full of meaningful words and joyous smiles.
Guests found themselves arriving in the midst of the annual Fluff Festival. They all walked through the crowds in their cocktail attire, most of them laughing and enjoying the hustle and bustle filling the sidewalks. Some guests even chose to make a pit stop in the festival and grab a fluff-inspired snack to tide them over through the ceremony.
Hiding away in the next door restaurant Field & Vine, the bridal party had a few quiet moments to themselves before the day’s celebrations truly began.
Filling the room at Warehouse XI, the guests stood shoulder to shoulder and observed a ceremony full of both laughter and tears.
A delicate archway with florals from the florist at Wellesley’s Whole Foods framed the couple throughout the entire ceremony.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour complete with delicious appetizers from Stoked Pizza Co, music by Tim at Beat Train Productions, and a Polaroid camera for spontaneous photos to fill the guest book with. They even could opt in to a game of cornhole if they wanted a little competition.
Warehouse XI glowed in the early evening as guests began to sit for the reception. Twinkle lights were draped throughout the room, a hand-made tapestry of shimmering paper cones hung from the main wall to create a charming backdrop and florals in mason jars lined the table in abundance. Gold details adorned the space, tying everything together.
As Stoked served pizza after pizza to the room, guests listened to toasts from three special people from Lauren and Ben’s lives. Brian Cullen, Gordon Streeter (the best man), and Nicole Sklar (the maid of honor) each spoke to the crowd sharing memories and jokes about the couple.
Following the toasts, Lauren and Ben shared their first dance to the “Dark Side of the Gym” by The National. They were quickly thereafter joined by all of their guests who rocked the dance floor throughout the entire evening only stopping for an occasional donut from Union Square Donuts.
Congratulations, Lauren and Ben! We are so honored to have been able to be a part of your special day and wish you all the best for your years to come.
Molly and Brendan’s warm, heartfelt Cape Cod wedding was so special. It was so much fun to be a part of their Labor Day Weekend celebration!
Amazing photography from the talented Paul Robert Berman.
Family was at the center of Molly and Brendan’s wedding, which is why the Overbrook House cobblestone was the perfect location for them. The charming 8-bedroom house and sprawling property was buzzing when we got there; several generations were busy getting ready for the Big Day. In a quiet nook upstairs, Molly, wearing Jenny Yoo for BHLDN, and her girl squad got the glam treatment. Meanwhile, we prepped 3 distinct locations, setting out small, fun details like individual fern escort cards, and milk jars filled with baby’s breath from KJ Floral Designs.
Before the ceremony, Molly walked down a winding path to a footbridge, where she met Brendan for their breathtaking first look. Among the fairylights and greenery they posed for stunning photos as guests arrived to the property. Their ceremony took place on the lawn near the house as the sun filtered through the trees. It could not have been a more perfect summer day for their emotional yet lighthearted ceremony.
Next guests filtered down stone steps to a clearing for the cocktail hour and reception. B&M Clambake and Premier Bartending served summery BBQ fresh from the grill and refreshing drinks. After heartfelt toasts from the couple’s friends and family, the sun set and it was time to hand out flashlights to walk to our next destination - the Dance Hall! Back down the path, and over the bridge, DJ Carl Stenzel was ready to turn the cabin into party central! For those who needed a break from dancing, the patio offered a cozy area for guests to write notes for the quilt guest book or enjoy donuts from Blackbird Donuts and assorted desserts from Flour.
What a way to close out the summer! It was gorgeous Cape Cod wedding, that reminded us why we’re so lucky to be in New England. Thanks so much for sharing your special day with us Molly and Brendan!
Emily and Alex celebrated their wedding on the ultimate summer day at The Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock, Connecticut surrounded by 175 of their closest family and friends. The couple planned every detail to ensure the perfect balanced day – from a meaningful and emotional ceremony to a spirited dance floor that just would not quit.
All photos were taken by Fat Orange Cat Studio who travelled from Boston to capture their special day.
The couple spent the morning getting ready at the Bed & Breakfast on The Mansion’s property where they were staying for the weekend. Ever so charming and subtle, the B&B proved to be the perfect setting for morning activities as family and vendors began to arrive.
Emily was able to treasure some quiet and quality time away from the hustle of the day with her best friend (and also Maid of Honor!) while The Salon by Priscilla worked their magic on hair and makeup to make each woman feel beautiful inside and out.
Early in the afternoon Emily and Alex shared their first look in the gardens, the epitome of summertime in New England. They were full of lush greenery and blooming flowers, the ideal backdrop for the occasion as it truly highlighted the emotions on Alex’s face when he saw Emily in her dress for the first time.
As the hot summer sun started to wear down, guests arrived for a late afternoon ceremony. The music selections included songs by The Beatles, a favorite of the couple, and readings by family members. The ceremony, officiated by Honorary Peter Moulton, was full of both laughter and tears, and most importantly, genuine moments of love.
During the cocktail hour, guests were welcomed to try their turn at games of corn hole, bocce, and other lawn games while digging in to delicious spreads from cheese boards to Mediterranean-inspired platters.
The couple even managed to steal a few intimate moments to capture the perfect light for portraits during golden hour. Emily and Alex wandered around The Mansion’s grounds and found various nooks and crannies unknown to wedding guests.
Emily and Alex entered the room to big applause before enjoying a first dance and special parent dances.
After a full three-course meal and toasts by the maid of honor, best man, and both sets of parents, Emily and Alex spoke their own words of gratitude to their guests. Baked by Soleil & Suns Bakery and adorned with flowers by Garden Gate Florist, who also designed the colorful centerpieces and bouquets, the couple then cut their cake – of three delicious layers!
Meanwhile the party began with a lively hora, truly setting the night into motion! DJ Dakeya Christmas kept guests dancing all night playing hit after hit. The moves continued even as the lights flickered on and the perfect evening of electricity and joy came to a close.
Congratulations again, Emily and Alex! The entire Without A Hitch team wishes you all the best as you start your next chapter together.
We just had to do a feature on Matt & Sam’s wedding because they were the sweetest couple and had the most adorable details. They got hitched at the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge on a beautiful summer day. Photos below are all courtesy of the talented Leise Jones!
Sam and Matt started their wedding day getting dressed and ready to go at the Residence Inn Boston Cambridge. They met up with Leise before the ceremony to take some adorable couple and family shots. In the meantime, we were hard at work in partnership with many folks at the Dante Alighieri to get everything set up. Matt and Sam and their families arrived in perfect timing to start the ceremony at 5:30pm as guests gathered around. Each of the grooms walked in with his mother and then the sweet ceremony brought everyone together.
As guests left the ceremony to move into the hall for cocktail hour, they were greeted by the beautiful setup that Matt and Sam had been planning for months. Guests found their escort cards and the guestbook in the foyer and then were served food from Redbones BBQ inside. Extra staffing for top-notch service was provided by At Your Service. Cute flowers were done by Evans Flowers, a Northshore shop that Matt’s mom uses often. One of the most jaw-dropping sights was the dessert display. Sweet Spot Bakery had dropped off an amazing variety of items and guests could barely contain their excitement. Rentals were provided by PEAK.
Guests took their seats after cocktail hour to find beautiful centerpieces designed and built by Matt’s mom, as well as candy favors at each of their seats. DJ Spindler from Siagel Productions got the room pumped up and then the parents, bridal party, and grooms were introduced onto the dance floor. Matt and Sam shared a first official dance as husbands to “XO” by Beyonce, covered by Anna Elizabeth Laube. This was followed by one of our favorite traditions: the mother/son dance (times two!) where both of the grooms danced with their moms to “Child of Mine” by Carole King.
Guests enjoyed the BBQ buffet before toasts began. We got to hear from many of the grooms' friends before the two of them cut the cake and everyone could hit the dance floor. The guests and couple danced the night away. What a special celebration that we were so honored to be a part of. Congrats Matt and Sam!!
Kenda and Jimmy’s summery wedding was perfect for one of the longest days of the year. We’re so lucky to have been there to join in on all the fun!
Amazing photos courtesy of Carl Heyerdahl Photography.
Bringing all the details together on the big day was a family effort. While Kenda was getting the glam treatment by Regina of New Age Beauty at the Westin Waltham, the Charles River Museum and Landry Park were buzzing. In the park, her family built a beautiful arch of branches, adorned with garland and flowers designed by a close friend. Around the property, we arranged all the finishing touches from surf themed signs to adorable childhood photos of the bride and groom. The vibe at the museum was light-hearted, playful, and sentimental; it was a perfect reflection of their personalities. Our favorite details were the ones that highlighted Kenda’s Lithuanian heritage, like the “Jimmy and Kenda” labeled Lithuanian liqueur called "krupknikas" and a towering yet delicate traditional tree cake called "ragoulis" which was a real showstopper.
Meanwhile, outside on the deck overlooking the Charles River, Kenda and Jimmy had their first look. The couple spent some quiet time together before the ceremony, and Carl captured every sweet moment. Three generations lined up for the ceremony, including the couple’s young nephews who carried mini surfboards and toy station wagons down the aisle. The couple were married by a dear friend and neighbor in one of the most touching ceremonies; it was truly special.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to peruse the quirky, industrial museum while the family took a few more photos. Among the soaring exposed-brick walls and old timey cars, they enjoyed Spanish charcuterie spreads from Sensational Paella and beverages from Premier Bar Service. When it was time to head to the Jackson Room, everyone found their seat by punching time cards in the museum’s machine.
We love the fun and excitement of introducing our couple’s into the reception space but this time it was even more special as they honored a centuries-old Lithuanian tradition. Kenda’s family held up a woven sash for her and Jimmy to run under and draped it around both of them, signifying beauty, creativity, and a long life together. Kenda’s parents then performed a blessing, officially welcoming Jimmy into their big, loving family and we heard from several friends and family members with their toasts. The entire room celebrated by opening their spiced honey liqueur and toasting to the couple’s future.
The cross-cultural experience didn’t end there. Sensational Paella emerged with several jumbo skillets of every type of paella you could imagine, bringing a summery, Spanish flair to the reception. After dinner, Decades by Dezyne did what they do best and served up some great hits ranging from motown to “Uptown Funk”. They kept the party going well into the night!
Kenda and Jimmy’s big day was a testament to not only their love but to the love their friends and family have for both of them. We were so thrilled to be there as they came together to celebrate. Congrats!
Working with Dawn and David on their wedding plans and then being there to make sure it all came together was SO much fun. They had their priorities straight: they really cared about having a special event with their closest family and friends and a great party. The rest of the details were just gravy! And everything was awesome in how it all came together.
Photos shared for their story below by the talented Chris Paine of Todd Wilson Images. Check it out!
The morning of the wedding, Dawn and her closest gal friends got their hair and makeup done at Element Day Spa in Charlestown. The looks were classic and chic – perfect for an early summer wedding on the water. The girls then headed around the corner to the Charles Hotel for the final getting ready touches, including Dawn slipping into her Catherine Deane dress.
In the meantime, lots of friendly vendor faces arrived at the reception location, the Cambridge Boat Club. The Club is able to be rented out by anyone, but Dawn and David are members, so they had special insights into the historic building. The catering team at Cuisine Chez Vous arrived and started setup right away. The amazing floral team at Derby Farm placed the centerpieces and strung bistro lights above the dance floor to provide a warm and welcoming space.
As setup was underway, Dawn and David arrived for their first look. They took some emotional photos together and with their bridal party, before we all headed ½ mile up the road to the ceremony.
The ceremony location is truly a hidden gem in the middle of busy Cambridge. Friends Meeting is a Quaker gathering space. In the Quaker tradition, they open their doors to any member of the community, and it was the perfect space for Dawn and David’s nuptials. Reverend Heather Janules led the ceremony while friends and family sat on the benches around the bride and groom. Guitarist Jeremy Milligan played prelude music and then the processional. The ceremony was certainly emotional – Dawn had warned us at the rehearsal the night before that she might not be able to keep it together – and the laughter and tears led to an incredible warmth in the room. As the ceremony progressed, the sun popped out and shone right on the beautiful couple. Their personal vows were sealed with a kiss, and they headed out of the meeting house and started walking directly to the reception. Many guests chose to follow, as the sun shone down on their walk along Memorial Drive, while others hopped on the waiting LocalMotion bus.
At the boat club, everything was set up for a perfect cocktail hour, including the view overlooking the Charles River. DJ Seth Wolfman was spinning the tunes and the floral team moved the decorative hoops from the ceremony to make the perfect backdrop to the dinner room. Once everyone had a chance to grab a drink, it was time to start the party. Dawn and David opened with a dance to “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding, and then David shared a sweet dance with his mom to Louis Armstrong’s classic “What A Wonderful World.”
Everyone took their seats for dinner, and the sweetest toasts followed. We heard remarks from Dawn’s Maid of Honor and Dave’s Brother. David stood up to say a few words on behalf of the newly married pair as well. Cuisine Chez Vous swept in at the end of toasts to serve dinner, and guests happily enjoyed their meal. A cake cutting followed and then the dance floor was officially open and full for the rest of the night. Guests were served cake, but they mostly danced the night away.
What a beautiful day. View their wedding video, courtesy of Jennifer Palmer, here. Congratulations to Dawn and David!
Angela and Terrel tied the knot on a crisp January day and while the air outside was chilly, the atmosphere inside Arlington Town Hall was full of warmth, joy and laughter! This fun-loving bride and groom planned a truly spectacular celebration complete with hundreds of hand-glittered pinecones, an incredible pizza buffet and an epic dance party!
The gorgeous images below are courtesy of Hillary Letourneau of Emily Tebbetts.
The bride began preparations for her big day at the AC Hotel with the help of hair stylist Shauna DiCecca. After donning her stunning lace-accented gown, she joined her very dapper groom for a breathtaking and emotional first look in the balcony. The couple then spent a few moments alone before heading off to a family photo shoot in the historic Lyons Room.
Carrying unique handcrafted wooden roses made by Sew Envious Crafts and escorted by her father, Angela was every bit the beaming bride as she made her way down the aisle to an eager Terrel. The ceremony, officiated by Reverend Daniel Gregoire, was a moving tribute to Angela and Terrel’s love for and support of one another. Following a thoughtful and joyful exchange of vows, the newlyweds just about danced down the aisle to One Republic’s fitting Good Life.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to help create an adventure bucket list while enjoying tasty treats and refreshing beverages courtesy of Stoked Pizza Co. and Kappy’s Fine Wine and Spirits. The bride’s design ingenuity was another highlight of cocktail hour – Angela transformed a wooden pallet into a unique escort card display featuring tables named after workstations at the non-profit where the happy couple met!
Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the evening was the newlyweds’ entrance into the reception – their excitement was infectious! After a spirited and romantic first dance, it was time to get everyone on their feet! DJ Brian Plouffe of Champagne Toast kept the dance floor hopping until it was time for the much-anticipated pizza buffet from Stoked.
After thoughtful and humorous toasts from the Maid of Honor and Best Woman, the dance floor officially opened for the night and the guests only stopped dancing long enough to visit the Boston GIF booth and enjoy handmade ice cream sandwiches from Cookie Monstah!
Angela and Terrel created a celebration brimming with personality, joy, laughter and a ton of glitter! We are honored to have been a part of their day and have no doubt that they will continue to build a truly Good Life together.
Jane and David’s New Years weekend wedding was definitely a special one. The couple had a vision for a day that encompassed who they are. To accomplish that, they brought together their favorite people on the guest list and on the vendor list too. It was truly a collaborative vision and the result was a work of beauty.
All photos captured by Root Photography, who traveled up from Florida to be a part of the day!
Both the bride and groom started the day off getting ready at the Hotel Commonwealth, where they were staying for the weekend. It is the perfect epicenter of Boston life; right in the heart of Kenmore Square and near Fenway Park, the location allowed them to easily get to the church and the reception venue, and provided a stunning backdrop for some very Boston photos. Beauty prep was done onsite with hair by Katy Brown and makeup by Demiche. After a few great solo shots, the bride and groom met up for a first look and some snowy outdoor photos too before heading over to the ceremony.
The ceremony was located at King’s Chapel in Boston, a truly historic site that is over 300 years old. In fact, it is a stop on the Freedom Trail walking tour of our city – such a cool place to tie the knot! They have a few very distinct attributes, including a bell cast by Paul Revere that our groom was allowed to ring and a crypt beneath the building, the entrance of which was a perfect place for some creepy/romantic photos right after the ceremony. Guests cheered as Jane and David sealed their vows with a kiss, and then everyone made their way over to the reception by bus. The bride and groom and a few of their family members rode in style thanks to a luxury van from MBT Worldwide.
While guests made their way to the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham, we were putting the final touches on the reception space with the help of a very talented team. Café lights were strung by Seacoast Events, who also provided a glittery gold backdrop to the room. The terrific group at Forklift Catering managed all of the rentals (PEAK), liquor (Gordon’s), and bartenders, as well as the incredible menu and top-notch service, of course. Nicole from STILL was onsite laying out the beautiful centerpieces, lighting each votive, and delivering other hand-created elements like the table numbers and escort cards. And one of our favorite wedding bands was warming up: Ripcord. They were getting ready to set the dance floor on fire!
One of the most special moments of this wedding for us was the arrival of the bride and groom at the museum. They were ready to party, entertain their guests, and see the fruits of their labor. They walked into the completed Jackson Room, all set up for their reception, and were at a loss for words. It had come together exactly as they had hoped, and more!
With a snowy evening ahead, guests settled into the museum for cocktail hour, ready to party. Two bars were ready to serve and there was a fabulous raw bar on the 2nd floor gallery too, with the bride and groom first in line to have an oyster. Guests could sign the guestbook, a piece of art straight of the bride and groom’s homes before they lived together. Before we invited guests into the main hall for dinner, the photographers captured a whole group photo – one that is sure to mean a lot to the bride and groom as they look back on the special event.
Guests filtered into the Jackson Room and were just as wowed as the couple at the design. They were seated and ready for dinner, but before we began the bride and groom make a special whisky toast – that was a first for us and so special to the two of them! And then… a surprise for all of us: one of the guests works for the Mayor of Boston and presented a special proclamation to the couple in honor of their wedding day.
Forklift then began to serve the four-course meal. It was very clear that this couple cares a lot about food. There was a beet salad, choice of entrée, a cheese course (straight from their special “cheese” cake!) and a piece of funfetti cake.
We heard from a few special and heartwarming toasts before the dance floor opened; Jane and David’s siblings/friends Katie, David, Mary, and Eric all had words of wisdom for the newly married couple. Then, dancing began in earnest, starting with a special first dance between Jane and David with all of the guests to join them on the dance floor for the rest of the night. Towards the end of the evening, there was everyone’s favorite late night food, including “to go” containers for anyone who wanted a snack but didn’t want to leave the dance floor. It was the perfect way to end the evening, as the bride and groom made their way onto the last bus of the night with the rest of their guests.
Congratulations Jane and David! Boston certainly misses you, but you are making waves wherever you go, now as a married pair.
The incredible love of their expansive family was at the heart of Karinna and Nick’s emotional, elegant wedding. It was a truly special and memorable celebration, and we feel so lucky to have been a part of it!
Gorgeous photos below are courtesy of Shane Godfrey Photography.
For an entire day the spectacular Pierce House in Lincoln was theirs, and the beautiful touches throughout, from keepsakes to framed photos in every room, made the space feel like their home.
Karinna and her bridal party arrived from the Westin in full glam squad mode. They hurried upstairs to make sure Nick and his crew didn’t catch a glimpse as they took a few moments to enjoy the view from the beautiful bridal suite. Karinna zipped into her Lazaro dress, grabbed her bouquet from Bittersweet Gardens, and nervously awaited their first look, knowing that Nick would be waiting in the gardens outside for her.
Meanwhile throughout the house, we put the finishing touches on each room. We lined mantelpieces with beloved family photos, hung candle-lit mason jars among the oaks, and arranged the gorgeous tablescapes designed by Karinna’s mother-in-law. Every small detail added to the warm, welcoming ambience.
The clouds cleared away just in time for the heartfelt ceremony by the pond. Karinna’s brother-in-law officiated with a sincere sweetness, drawing laughter and tears from the guests. With his final words he ushered Nick and Karinna into their new adventure, and the group was ready to celebrate!
Drawn back to the house by the sound of the baby grand and saxophone, everyone enjoyed lawn games and the couple’s signature cocktail, “Loud Mouth Soup”. Capers Catering kept the delicious apps and drinks coming. Meanwhile in the tent, we lit candles and arranged herbs at each place setting, keeping with the casual, heirloom-vintage feel of Karinna’s decor.
As the mid-autumn sun began to set, everyone took their seats and awaited the couples introduction to “Love on Top." When the couple welcomed their loved ones to the reception, they toasted in memory of Karinna’s father, who they knew would have torn up the dance floor. And with that cue, the party was in the hands of Ripcord, who were every bit as lively as the family who couldn’t wait to show off their excellent dance moves.
Congratulations Karinna & Nick! Wishing you all the best as you start this journey together.
Sarah & Alex’s fall wedding was especially special to us since they were a “repeat” client! We had the honor of coordinating Sarah’s sister Ashley’s wedding just two years ago (their full blog post is here) and what an honor it was to hear from Sarah basically as soon as she and Alex got engaged that she wanted to work with us too!
We had the pleasure of supporting Sarah and Alex while they planned for the 20 months of their engagement, and it made the day finally arriving even more special.
The photos captured below are courtesy of the talented Eric Widor, who also shot Ashley’s wedding.
Sarah, Alex, and their families arrived at the venue on the day before the wedding to do as much setup as they could. The Chart Room in Pocasset is a seasonable business, known in the summer for their seafood and bar menu and unmatched views of the marina. The building itself is a converted railroad barge, which makes for some pretty interesting architecture. Because the wedding was off-season, we had the run of the whole building.
On the day of their wedding, both Sarah and Alex, along with their close friends and family, got ready for the day at the Sea Crest Hotel. The ladies' hair was done by Alice Cloutier and makeup by Nicole Plasse before Sarah put on her beautiful beaded Maggie Sottero dress. The couple did a first look at the hotel. It was rainy during the day, so they opted for an indoor photo shoot with each other and they even included their dog Esther! A bus from AAT Transport brought the couple and the bridal party and parents over to the Chart Room where they were able to take some more photos and get relaxed before guests arrived.
Despite the rain, everyone was in great spirits. When the bus pulled up full of guests, the skies dried up and the sun shone down, as bright as any summer day. Guests gathered around the free-standing chuppah, which Sarah & Alex had made themselves, and awaited the walk down the aisle.
The moment that Sarah stepped out of the restaurant with a parent on each arm, a gorgeous rainbow popped up behind her. It was a fitting moment for years of planning that led Sarah and Alex to this point and it brought tears to the guests’ eyes.
The ceremony, officiated by a family friend, was so personal to the two of them. It ended with both Sarah & Alex together breaking the glass, in the Jewish tradition, and sharing a kiss as a newly married couple.
Guests cheered as they walked back down the aisle and then everyone headed to the bar. Guests were able to enjoy the outdoor patio as well as explore the indoor space during the cocktail hour while the bride and groom took just a few more photos. Guests could order the signature drink of the restaurant, a frozen mudslide, at the bar and grab a favor, custom matchboxes.
There was also a specialty guestbook to sign: it was a bench that guests could write on that is now in Sarah & Alex’s home. The lovely centerpieces were handmade by the groom’s mom and included many twinkle lights and succulents in special jars.
Food for both the cocktail hour and reception was provided by an onsite wood-wired pizza truck, Fire It Up Flatbread. Service (including setup and cleanup) was provided by our favorite team at Caterstaff. Everyone was eager for the party to start so the band, Darrell and the Derelicts, helped us move everyone into the main restaurant space and introduced, for the first time, the Mr. and Mrs. They shared a sweet dance together, their first one, and it was followed by both a father/daughter dance and a mother/son dance.
The staffing company and the pizza truck worked together to set up the buffet which had so many options for guests, and the pizza just kept coming. Sarah and Alex stepped outside to do a non-traditional cake cutting… a pizza cutting! There were three types of dessert pizza: s’mores, sweet strawberry, and apple pie. Yum!
Guests gathered around for a few special toasts after dinner, including the father of the bride, father of the groom, the bride’s sister Ashley, and groom’s brother Evan. Guests ate, drank, and danced the night away in honor of the couple. This was definitely #OneForTheBrooks and we were truly honored to help make it come together. Congrats Sarah & Alex!!
Julie and Ben’s October wedding fits nicely into a trend we are seeing a lot of and want to do more: restaurant weddings! Having a wedding in a restaurant is the perfect fit when they have a great space, awesome food and service, and can accommodate a group of the right size. Loyal Nine in Cambridge fit all of those buckets, and they had an extra bonus outdoor area which was perfect for the ceremony.
Here’s the beautiful story of Ben and Julie's day, with photos provided by the lovely Oh Karina!
Julie and Ben both started off their wedding day getting ready at their home in Jamaica Plain. Julie had her hair and makeup done by Beauty PaRLR before slipping into her Jenny Yoo dress from Flair Boston. So pretty and flowy, the dress fit Julie’s personality perfectly.
She and Ben met up for first look right near their house and then joined their closest friends and family for some photos and to sign the Ketubah before they left the house. They made their way by car service to the Loyal Nine restaurant in Cambridge. When they rolled up, about 30 minutes before the ceremony was to start, we were working with the terrific vendor team to have everything ready to go!
The ladies of Foret were in charge of the beautiful flowers and chuppah. Bud vases lined the restaurant’s own tables, filled with interesting flowers and plants in soft tones. The florist also put up the chuppah outdoors for the ceremony and covered it in garland and buds. It looked like it belonged there! Loyal Nine set up rented benches under their romantic bistro lights, and with the ceremonial wine and glass to break under the chuppah, the ceremony space was ready to roll. Julie and Ben had prepared for the possibility of chilly fall weather by purchasing blankets for guests if they needed, but we lucked out with an unseasonably warm and sunny day.
DJ and talented musician Keith McEachern started to strum on his guitar and it was time for the ceremony to start. Lizzie, Ben’s sister and the ceremony officiant, started down the aisle first, followed by both Ben and Julie’s siblings and then the adorable nieces and nephews. Ben followed on the arms of both his parents, then Julie made her grand entrance with hers. It was a personal ceremony, made even more so by the fact that it was a family member who was performing it. To close it out, Ben kept with the Jewish tradition of stomping on a piece of glass, the guests yelled MAZEL TOV! and Ben and Julie had their first kiss as husband and wife. As the couple headed back into the restaurant, guests were greeted with food and beverages on the patio by the restaurant staff.
Guests mingled for cocktail hour while the bride, groom, and a few family members took some last formal photos. Guests were able to pick up their escort cards and look through the old family photos that were set out in the café/patio area. A polaroid camera was a big attraction and created an adorable guestbook for the couple to treasure.
The reception began as we brought everyone into the restaurant. It was standing room only since the patio area was being flipped for ~25 guests to dine outside, so everyone gathered around while DJ Keith introduced the newlyweds. They shared a first dance together to Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Can Change the Love I Have For You” and then the couple’s friends grabbed the mic for a personal performance in honor of Julie and Ben. We heard two toasts before dinner; both the maid of honor and the best man brought laughter and tears into the room. Then it was time for dinner, an incredible multi-course feast!
There was a final toast after dinner, given jointly by all four parents of the bride and groom. It was so sweet and they truly captured the room’s attention. Lastly, Julie & Ben got up and showed a bit of their own personality, thanking guests and informing them that they would be making a donation in lieu of favors to a cause close to their hearts.
The restaurant staff cleared out a table to make lots of room for dancing, which the guests were happy to join in for! After a yummy dessert, the night ended as guests and the happy bride and groom made their way to an after party.
Congratulations to Ben & Julie! Here's to many more nights celebrating under the stars!
Working with Alex & Ximena to plan their wedding last summer was somewhat of a dream. They had a rock-star group of vendors, a jaw-dropping event space, and so so so much love between the two of them. When we first met a few months before the wedding, they looked a little “deer in the headlights” with the amount of work they had left to do and questions to think about. They pulled it together flawlessly, with heart and personality.
Check out their wedding day below, with all photos from the talented Juan MacLean.
The sunny day launched with the bride and groom separated to get ready. The bride and her ladies got beautified courtesy of Nicole from Elsewhere Salon (Hair) and Makeup by Ashley Christine. The ladies and the gents met up at the venue, the Arlington Town Hall, for a very special first look moment. It was a private moment for the bride and groom and tears were shed and captured by Juan. The couple took photos together and with their bridal party and then snuck inside the hall for one last moment while guests arrived for the outdoor ceremony.
Music from East Coast Soul set the mood for the processional as the groom and groomsmen took their places and the bridesmaids walked individually to “Here Comes the Sun” – perfect for the sunny day! The little flower girl walked last, and finally it was Ximena’s turn with her dad. The ceremony was led by a family friend and was full of heart. The marriage was sealed with a kiss and everyone cheered as Ximena and Alex headed back down the aisle as husband and wife.
While the bride, groom, and their bridal party took a moment for a toast inside Town Hall, guests mixed and mingled in the gardens, enjoying food, beverages, and service provided by the award-winning team at Peppers Artful Events. The liquor came from Atlas and the Peppers team mixed up two signature cocktails for the couple: the Cuba Libre and the Chilcano in acknowledgement of Ximena and Alex’s Cuban and Peruvian heritages. After taking a few more family photos on the steps of Town Hall, the bride and groom were able to join their cocktail hour to mix and mingle with their guests before it was time to head inside for the reception.
As guests walked in, they were greeted by beautiful centerpieces from friends of the bride, Grace and Kate. The bride's friend Molly Burke coordinated the bouquets and large special arrangements. The decorations had a colorful, Peruvian touch. Guests found their seating assignment on a little llama stand, straight from a recent trip the couple had taken to Peru. They were also able to visit the Sharing Box, an inventive and fun photo booth with a handmade backdrop as colorful as the couple.
The bride and groom entered the space, and the band filled the room with dance music. This was going to be a party! Dinner was served and, at the conclusion, both the Maid of Honor and the Best Man stood up to make meaningful toasts to the newly married pair. Dancing continued and, in the final hour of the night, a surprise for all of the guests: La Hora Loca! Literally translated to “the crazy hour,” guests were provided with hats, glowsticks, noisemakers, and the band kicked up the beat of the songs. No one was ready to go when the party time was up.
Ximena and Alex, thank you for including us in this incredible day. We hope that life brings you many more reasons to celebrate together!
When you picture the perfect Boston wedding, Jamie & Mike’s Columbus Day weekend is exactly what comes to mind. Getting ready at a boutique downtown hotel, a ceremony in a quintessential North End church, photos at Christopher Columbus park, and then the reception at Longwood’s State Room, overlooking Boston’s harbor and skyline.
The video and photos from Mike and Jamie’s wedding day are all from the talented team at The Harris Company. Check them out!
The day of the wedding dawned bright and sunny. Perfect for a long day of celebrating these two lovebirds! The bride, groom, and the large bridal parties got ready at the Ames Hotel downtown. Jamie and Mike each only had three attendants, but they opted for a large 10 person House Party, a southern tradition where the bride is able to include many more friends and family in the celebration, plus 10 ushers on Mike’s side. That led to a lot of love (and wrangling) on the day of!
At the Ames, Jamie and her gals had hair done by Jen Tawa and makeup by Jana Lamas. The photography team was there to capture it all, including cards exchanged between the couple before they each got dressed. With the help of her sister, Jamie slipped on her Carolina Herrera gown just in time for the limo from Met Boston to arrive to head to the church.
Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church in the North End is a very large historic building and Jamie & Mike’s nearly 300 guests couldn’t even come close to filling all of the pews. As we lined up the ~30 people who were set to walk down the aisle, Jamie and her sister and parents waited in the idling limo, ready to jump out and walk down the aisle too. The church was decorated simply, with a white aisle runner, classic folding programs, and a few altar pieces (later moved to the reception) from florist Madison Floral. The string quartet, organized by the groom’s sister who plays with them, started the processional music and the flower girls and ring bearer were off down the aisle.
The ceremony itself, a full mass, was personal and traditional at the same time, thanks to officiant Pat Nolan, a Deacon who has known the couple for many years. Our job was to stand guard at the back doors, keeping the hordes of tourists from entering the building. It’s such an old church that there’s actually no bathroom inside, and guests trotted across the street to a nearby fire station if they had to use the facility during the service.
After a big kiss and a cheer, Jamie & Mike headed down the long aisle and out the double doors and right across the street for a receiving line in the park. Guests followed, greeting and congratulating them. Jamie & Mike were easygoing – Jamie exchanging her heels from some white flats so that she could walk the two blocks to the party bus, since it wasn’t allowed to drive on Hanover St. They took photos with their bridal party at the beautiful Columbus Park and then set off just the two of them for a walk by Quincy Market on their way to the reception. The result was some of our favorite Boston bridal portraits… ever!
Meanwhile, we headed to the State Room to work with the professional team there to get everything set up for a big party. The rounds were set out in the Great Room with an extra long banquet-style head table just in front of the breathtaking skyline. The florist put together classic, elegant centerpieces and, combined with the hunter green napkins, custom menu cards, and gold beaded charger plates, it was the perfect black-tie look.
Jamie & Mike enlarged some of their stunning engagement photos and lined the entry walkway with them, making the space truly feel theirs as guests entered the 35th floor of the State Street building. Guests could also sign the guestbook, a custom photo book, throughout the night and find their escort cards in the Great Room mezzanine during cocktail hour.
After some group photos, the bar opened and guests arrived to celebrate Jamie & Mike for cocktail hour. The band, Current Affair Music, set up in the main hall and welcomed guests into the reception space just as the sun was setting with a brilliant pink/purple/orange 180-degree view. The parents and bridal party were introduced, followed by the new Mr. and Mrs. Then came the first dance, to modern choice ”Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls. The bride’s parents gave a welcome after the first dance and Pat, the officiant, gave a short blessing. Dinner was served and Mike & Jamie cut the pretty white cake. A few toasts took place after dinner was served: both the best men (the groom’s brothers) and the maid of honor (the bride’s sister) spoke. A dance between Mike & his mom followed, then Jamie danced with her dad to the classic “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison and the whole dance floor opened up.
Guests kept the dance floor packed except for a brief break when the photo and video team gathered everyone for a same-day edit of Jamie & Mike’s video. People laughed and cheers and a few tears were shed. Then everyone jumped up to dance the rest of the night away.
Congratulations to both Jamie and Mike! We hope that as you start your marriage off in Texas, you have many Boston memories to take with you.
Getting the chance to coordinate Becky and KT’s wedding was truly an honor. Becky and our owner/founder Sarah worked together planning events at a Boston nonprofit for several years. Even though Sarah left her job there several years ago, Becky knew that when it came time for her to plan her own wedding, Sarah would be a part of it.
Enter KT, her pup Rex, a condo in Roslindale, and an engagement. It was especially fun to work on this one together not just because of the personal connection, but also because of Becky’s professional work in events and her incredible attention to every detail. Their day of timeline is no less than 8 pages long (which may be a record for us) and the day itself was organized and heartfelt.
The story of their special day, shared below, with photos courtesy of the insanely talented Analog Photo.
The morning started with getting ready for both of the brides at their Boston home. Hair and makeup for Becky was done by Adore Styling while KT packed the final, carefully organized details into their car and headed over to the venue, the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham. All of the vendors were there bright and early for this lunchtime affair. The caterer, Cuisine Chez Vous, started the room setup and all of the food and bar prep. They also provided all of the pretty floral centerpieces and the personal flowers and the birch chuppah and adornments. The band, Water and the Night Owls, arrived soon after the caterer to set up their equipment and do a sound check.
After we unloaded KT’s car the venue (she brilliantly brought a cart to make it super easy), Becky arrived in style in a limo from ATR and met KT for a “first look” and lots of great photos. KT's boutonniere, Becky's hairpiece, and the flower girl's crown were handmade by the brides themselves - so pretty!
As guests arrived for the ceremony, they gathered in the museum space. There were a few chairs for sitting, but most of the guests huddled close to the chuppah. KT and the honored chuppah holders took their place first, followed by the adorable flower girl, and then the radiant Becky. The couple chose a friend, Sarah Richard, to officiate the ceremony. There were a few readings from close friends and the exchanging of rings, which were handmade by local jeweler E.Scott Originals. It resulted in a very personal and sweet ceremony filled with laughs and tears for all.
After the end of the ceremony, and an uplifting recessional song to “Natalie Cole – This Will Be,” guests were ready to mix and mingle for cocktail hour, featuring yummy appetizers and sparkling mimosas. The brides took a few more photos outdoors before joining their guests.
When guests were ready to transition to the reception space, all of the details that KT and Becky had thought so much about were waiting for them. In the gallery space was a non-traditional guestbook. Guests could write on small pieces of paper and put them in the “bottle” for the couple to open on their anniversary. Photos were strung throughout the gallery showing Becky, KT, and their dog. And the escort cards were old fashioned time stamp cards, fitting with the theme of the museum. A sign explained that, in lieu of favors, a donation was made to the MSPCA in honor of the guests. The MSCPA is where KT adopted Rex from years earlier!
On each table in the Jackson Room were bright, pretty sunflowers. Perfect for a sunny brunch wedding. Each table also had a container of legos and jenga for guests to play but the cutest part was the table numbers: photos of Rex in little frames!
Becky and KT entered the reception space to raucous applause before starting their first dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Guests joined the couple on the dancefloor for the end of the dance and for a few songs while the buffet was set up. All of the yummy brunch food was served, and guests were so happy to have entertainment, food, and drinks.
A few speeches rounded out the lunchtime. Both Becky and KT’s sisters spoke, followed by friends of the couple Sandra and Maren. KT and Becky also stood up to say a big thank you to all of the guests for being a part of their day. The brides actually had two cakes: one was baked by Cuisine Chez Vous and the other, smaller cake was gluten-free and baked by their friend Maddy. Both were delicious!
A bit of dancing and mingling and more photos rounded out the party. Cleanup was simple – everything went back in their car – but to Becky and KT’s surprise, the car had even more decorations on it than they had bargained for, thanks to some eager friends.
Congratulations to these two lovebirds from Without A Hitch. We are so happy for you!
Set on the coast of Maine, Rob & Anni's Biddeford Pool wedding was filled with personal touches. It was particularly special to us as our founder, Sarah, has known Rob & Anni for many years through mutual friends.
Anni works in design for a living and her sister, Elin Krouse, is a visual stylist for Anthropologie, so you had to expect that the entire affair was going to be a great time, and also truly beautiful. They surrounded themselves with friends and family, not just as their guests but also in the vendor team that they selected.
Anni and Rob’s wedding day story is presented below, with photos from the talented Gina Elizabeth Photography.
The venue they selected was Hattie’s Sugar Shack in Maine. Hattie's was previously a restaurant that the bride frequented as a child, set right on the marsh with Biddeford Pool Harbor in the background. The amazing part about this space is that it can truly be transformed into anything the client imagines, and Anni and Rob dreamed up something special. They stayed at onsite accommodations for the week, so they were there to make sure all of the setup happened just the way it should. The sailcloth tent was done by Marshall Tent Rental, who also provided the chair rentals.
Anni and her gals got ready onsite in the morning, with makeup done by Lindsey Baptista and hair styled by Goldie’s Arrow. Anni opted for loose waves – perfect for her beach wedding. Her dress, as well as her sister and sister-in-law’s bridesmaid gowns, was from BHLDN, Anthropologie’s bridal division. In the Boston area, we have one in Chestnut Hill, and we always recommend checking it out for brides and their families who are dress shopping.
Anni met up with Rob for a first look on the marshes. They took some family photos before the school bus full of their guests rolled up to the venue. The beachfront access was right across the street from Hattie’s, about a 5 minute walk. While Anni & Rob took a few more photos, we put out a dozen chairs on the beach and cleared a space for the ceremony to take place, nestled in the dunes.
We were watching the skies the whole time – the rain plan was going to be difficult to execute if we had to. The bus riders told us that they had driven through a rain storm on the way over, but we watched as the dark clouds went directly around instead of over our space. The vibe as guests took photos on the beach, listening to steel drums played by Mango Groove, was peaceful and excited and incredibly joyous.
There was some maneuvering behind the scenes, as we drove the bride and bridesmaids across the street to the beach parking so that they could stay hidden. We lined up the rest of those processing down the aisle, including the adorable 2-year old flower girl and ring bearer. Just as Anni and her dad made their way over the dune and towards the wedding guests, two bright, beautiful rainbows came out. The father and daughter made their way down the aisle to the sounds of the steel drum band and with their shoes kicked off, toes in the sand.
Their ceremony included personal vows and was officiated by Susan from “I Do” Personal Ceremonies of Maine. It was short and sweet and so heartfelt, including a reading from the bride’s mother and a big kiss at the pronouncement of their marriage. Anni & Rob walked back down the aisle hand in hand, and led the way for all of their guests to follow them to Hattie’s for cocktail hour.
Guests feasted on food from Chill Catering and beverages served by Top Shelf Bartending. The steel drums relocated to provide more tunes during the mixing and mingling and as the sunset. But the most amazing part was seeing the guests’ reactions to all of the setup work that had been done to transform the cocktail hour and the tent space.
Inspired by indigo dyes and muscle shells, the vision for the event was built around the idea that the floral arrangements would pop against natural beauty of the marsh and tones of indigo blue textiles. The bride and her friends dip dyed two hundred napkins for the event. The bride’s dad and brother built 17 tables and the bar by hand, which perfectly filled the sailcloth tent. All the flowers were from the bride’s godmother, Anastasia Casale, in Sag Harbor, NY. The dahlias were grown on Anastasia & her partner Keith's flower farm, Pierpont Blossom Farm. The location was transformed into a curator’s dream, with help from the styling of East Olivia. It was filled with dip dyed accents, dreamy arrangements, batik table linens, and gold dipped muscle shells. The gold flatware and rimmed plates were rented through Savvy Event Rental.
At the cocktail hour, there were little “vignettes” or styled scenes everywhere you looked: an adorable seating area, an escort chart so guests knew their table assignment, a welcome table with the guestbook on it. And so many dahlias.
As guests transitioned into the tent for the start of the reception, the sun was setting in the most brilliant red/orange/yellow colors and Anni & Rob took a few more photos with friends and family, including one with their friend from Revel Revel, who designed the beautiful and unique invitation suite.
DJ Collin Spillane spun some music and introduced the bridal party, who all came in dancing, and that truly set the mood for the night. Anni & Rob shared a first dance, and then dinner was served, but guests could not be kept off the dance floor! Rob and Anni cut a small cake, which came from a friend of theirs, who also made some amazing Maine whoopie pies. The rest of the dessert table was filled with Rice Krispie treats in all flavors from Lady Krispie.
After dinner, we sat everyone down so that we could have a few toasts, including the bride’s father, the groom’s brother/best man, and the bride’s sister/maid of honor. Finally, Anni & Rob said a few words and made it clear that this was about to be a big dance party. Anni danced with her father and then Rob with his mom, and then once the guests joined them on the dance floor, there was no stopping the party until well after midnight.
The bride shared with us that she wanted her wedding to be the best party and most beautiful event their guests have ever attended. Anni and Rob, you achieved that, and then some! Congrats to you two!
Every single couple we work with has a special and unique wedding, but Jake & Helen’s was especially close to our hearts. Our founder Sarah grew up in the same community as Jake, and their mothers were business partners at one point. Sarah’s parents actually attended Helen & Jake’s beautiful wedding, which took place at Jake’s parents’ home in Westport, Mass.
All of the beautiful details of the day are shared below in photos from Olivia Gird Photography.
In addition to Jake’s parents’ home, the couple used the house door on the dead end street to have more space to spread out. Helen got ready there and had her hair done by Allison Barbera and makeup by Sherri Caissie. The ladies were styled to perfection while the gentleman got dressed, and then they all met up for a “first look” photo outdoors. The bridal party and parents looked on as Jake and Helen saw each other for the first time on their wedding day; it was so romantic!
After some group photos, it was time to head inside for the traditional Ketubah signing. The Ketubah was designed and printed by Jennifer Raichman. Officiant Rabbi Jaffe led the short remarks and the couple and their witnesses signed the Jewish marriage document. While this was happening, all of the guests were gathering outside at dusk, ready for the ceremony to start. The Jewish chuppah at the altar was hand built by Jake and his mother and under it was a ceremonial bottle of wine and cups to drink from.
The officiant and the couple's grandparents made their way down the aisle first, followed by the groom with his parents and the bridesmaids, and then the bride herself with one parent on each arm. The ceremony was thoughtful and so personal, since the officiant has known Jake since he was a boy. After a kiss and a big MAZEL TOV! the couple headed straight to the house for a private moment together as husband and wife. All of the guests and family members headed to cocktail hour in the yard area.
Snacks were ready to go from the caterer, Smoke & Pickles, and drinks from bartending service Garnish & Drink. Guests didn’t have to go far for the portable restroom trailers, provided by Elegant Restrooms.
Guests could grab their favors as they mingled at cocktail hour. The couple put together small jars of honey with the escort tags attached. The sign said “Find your honey – then find your seat.” So cute!
Finally it was reception time, under the huge tent provided by Chase Canopy. Guests were seated at tables/chairs through the rental company, Rentals Unlimited. The flowers and centerpieces were from florist Eva's Garden – they looked awesome!
And DJ Keith from Each Production took center stage, getting guests excited for the reception about to start. Each set of parents and the whole bridal party was introduced into the tent before it was finally Jake & Helen’s turn. They shared a first dance to the classic Otis Redding song “That’s How Strong My Love Is” followed by a rousing Hora that got everyone onto their feet while the caterer set up the buffet for dinner.
Before dinner was served, a sweet parent dance was shared, with Jake dancing with his mom while Helen was joined by her dad. Then, Jake’s parents made a toast to welcome all of the guests and Jake's grandfather said the traditional blessing over the wine and bread. After dinner, we heard a few more toasts from the Maid of Honor, the Best Man, and Helen’s mother. Each one was sweet and personal and brought the crowd to laughter and tears. Dessert was perfect for the early fall evening: apple crisp! Guests crowded the dance floor after Helen tossed her bouquet and then the whole party danced the night away.
Congratulations Helen & Jake! You two are just perfect together and it was so much fun to see the wedding come together from conception through execution. You did it!
There’s something extra special about an intimate wedding in historic Boston! We were thrilled to be a part of Lisa and Dan’s elegant and heartwarming celebration in August.
Spectacular photography from talented husband-wife duo Alex + Betty.
In love with their neighborhood, Lisa and Dan knew that Beacon Hill’s cobblestone and brick were the perfect backdrop for the day. Lisa got ready at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, zipping into a modern Maggie Sottero dress. Meanwhile, Dan and the boys suited up at the couple’s apartment steps from the Esplanade.
They met halfway for their first look in the Public Garden, the site of Dan’s proposal. They posed for stunning photos throughout the park, stopping by the Swan Boats and Make Way for Ducklings Statue. From there, the couple made their way to picturesque Acorn Street. On such a hot and sticky day, Lisa had to pull Dan up the hill with her to keep up with her pace. Silly moments like these lent to the day’s playful tone - no surprise since the groom is a former stand-up comic!
Last stop on their Beacon Hill adventure was Hampshire House, the venue for the main event. While the couple cooled down and spent some quality time with their families, we put together all the final, personal touches. This included duckling escort cards and wine bottles on which guests could write words of wisdom. Our favorite detail, though, was the cherished family photos nestled in the library shelves. Rachel Abbott from Mahoney’s completed the space with a dramatic mantle piece.
The intimate ceremony was filled with heartfelt moments and happy tears. The couple chose to honor their loved ones who could not be there and several family members read short, sweet excerpts and poems. It was a truly beautiful celebration of love! A passionate kiss marked the beginning of their journey as a married couple. Music from the cellist and violinist ushered the couple out of the library and straight into the party.
Cocktail hour took place on the third floor, overlooking Beacon St. and the Public Garden. Everyone was greeted by tiny rubber ducks in tuxedos to kick off the festivities. Downstairs, we flipped the library into modern and elegant reception. Bright peonies adorned the long tables and candles sparkled in the bookshelves. Once the sun set over the park, Dan opened the dancefloor with a high kick during his first dance with Lisa. DJ Paul Granata led the party from there, and guests danced well into the night.
It was a flawless wedding with gorgeous reminders of historic Boston. Thanks so much for sharing your special day with us Lisa & Dan!
The way Perry and Kevin describe it, they weren’t quite sure from the start whether or not they needed a coordinator for their wedding day. They (correctly) thought that they would be able to do all of the planning themselves, and they were nervous about letting go of the details on their wedding day. They and we are both so glad they did! The whole day flowed beautifully and we orchestrated their instructions just as requested. Learn all about their Arlington Town Hall wedding details below, with photos from the inspiring Paul Robert Berman.
Perry and Kevin got ready for the day separately, with Perry and the gals at the Homewood Suites in Arlington and Kevin and the guys at the couple’s apartment in Cambridge. The girls had their hair and makeup done by Essentials Salon (Belmont) and Perry donned her BHLDN dress (Meghan Gown). Both the bride and groom then made their way to Arlington Town Hall for a first look.
While the couple snapped some photos around the beautiful grounds of Town Hall, we were inside working with everyone to get the room set up! Perry and Kevin chose long, banquet-style tables from PEAK for their reception and they created their own floral arrangements using Blooms By The Box. Giant lit up “JUST MARRIED” letters were the perfect backdrop to the entire evening on the stage.
After some couple and family portraits, it was go time for the ceremony! Guests gathered in the garden area in front of a large fountain. The bridal party entered, followed by the groom with his parents, and the bride with her dad. There were readings and some wisdom shared by guests, and after the officiant presented the new Mr. and Mrs., everyone erupted in cheers!
The weather held out for a beautiful cocktail hour in the outdoor gardens, with food from B&M Catering and alcohol provided by Atlas Liquors. Afterwards, guests headed into the Town Hall to find their seats. They filtered in through the lobby, where their seating assignments were displayed. The bride and groom entered the room last and shared a first dance. Perry and Kevin opted to use a downloaded Spotify playlist for the night, and their friend helped with audio equipment.
After the first dance, there were toasts from Perry’s parents and bridal party members Mia and Paul. Dinner from B&M was served family style, on each of the banquet tables. Dessert was set up with cookies from Lyndell’s Bakery and Kevin and Perry cut a small ceremonial cake.
The couple and their guests danced the night away and celebrated this new union in the most joyous way. Congratulations to Perry and Kevin! You two planned a gorgeous and flawless day together. May you have many more!