Kathy and Bob celebrated their wedding on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which meant that they were able to fill the room with family, friends, and loved ones. The wedding flowed beautifully; of course, it didn't hurt that there was a fabulous vendor and family team behind making the whole day possible. Check out the summary of the day below, with photos from Erik at Eskedal Expressions.
The day started with getting ready at home and the bride's hair and makeup were completed by stylist Marina Melnikova. The celebration kicked off in earnest when the bride and groom arrived at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation for photos. Because Kathy and Bob each each have two daughters, and each of their daughters has a significant other, it was a whole family affair. Kathy's sister joined in the group photos too before everyone headed upstairs for a toast before the ceremony started.
Crowds of guests gathered around as their officiant, Beth, led a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony that felt so personal to Kathy and Bob. Processional and recessional music was provided by Kiyoshi Hayashi from the New England Conservatory on violin. The bride and groom shared the moment with their daughters, including readings from a few of the girls. After the vows were sealed with a kiss, cocktail hour began with food from caterer Cuisine Chez Vous.
While guests enjoyed food and beverages downstairs, we put the final touches on the Jackson Room upstairs to prepare for the main reception. Floral centerpieces were done through Cuisine Chez Vous, as were the beautiful linens and furniture layout for the space. Guests filed upstairs to see the space and, once everyone was inside, the bride and grooms' families were introduced into the reception, followed by Kathy and Bob themselves. Before dinner could start, there were toasts from the groom's brother, the brother and sister of the bride, the daughters of the groom, and the daughters of the bride. Dinner was served buffet-style while Kathy and Bob visited with their guests, and then they cut the beautiful cake.
The dance floor opened with tunes from Beat Train DJ Nick Ferrington who filled the dance floor and kept it filled all night long. Guests danced the night away and Kathy and Bob basked in the glow of their new marriage with their closest family and friends. Congratulations you two!
Sam and Paul's Autumn Love Affair
There was no shortage of joy, laughter and, of course, love, when Sam and Paul tied the knot on a beautiful October day in the fall of 2015. Surrounded by friends, family and loved ones from near and far, the couple celebrated their commitment to one another in Boston’s historic Back Bay.
The stunning images below are courtesy of Ashley Plante of Analog Wedding.
Sam and Paul’s wedding day began with a moving ceremony in the awe-inspiring Lindsay Chapel of the Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street. The bride made her entrance on the arm of her father to a truly unique instrumental version of Beyoncé’s Halo, in a breathtaking full-skirted gown adorned with delicate floral embroidery and an elegant bow. Officiant and family friend, Joe Simpson led a heartfelt ceremony, including a final blessing for the couple before they departed for family photos in Boston Common.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a spread of Italian delicacies and signature fall cocktails on the rooftop deck of the Goethe Institut. A display of childhood photos, wedding portraits of the couples’ parents and grandparents, as well as a video of the couple’s many adventures were the highlights of the cocktail hour.
The delicious Italian fare was carried through to the reception where guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet of classic favorites courtesy of a family friend who runs his own restaurant. Guests also enjoyed a delicious pie buffet later in the evening, thanks to the talented bakers at Lyndell’s.
The reception décor echoed the beautiful and timeless details of Sam’s dress - from the hand-painted gold filigree signs to the stunning floral garlands incorporating red roses, hypericum berries and seeded eucalyptus, the overall effect was classic yet unique, just like the bride and groom! The venue’s many fireplaces were topped with collections of gold vases created by the bride’s mother and hobnail milk glass vases curated by the groom’s mother – the décor was a true family affair! In fact, the bride’s sister created a custom cake topper depicting the bride and groom and their two cats!
Sam, Paul and their guests enjoyed humorous and thoughtful toasts from friends and family followed by an incredibly touching father/daughter dance and a lively, and equally moving, mother/son dance. Once the dance floor opened officially, bride and playlist-master, Sam, aided by emcees Haley and Aileen, had the guests on their feet all night! One standout song of the evening was the Frankie Valli classic, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, during which the groom’s entire family danced around the newlyweds and sang along! The bride and her “Wellesley Girls” also took a moment away from dancing their hearts out to Madonna to snap a quick photo with the official Wellesley banner at the end of the night!
We are so honored to have been a part of Sam and Paul’s celebration! We truly hope their marriage is filled with as much joy, laughter and dancing as we witnessed on the dance floor that evening!
Stefanie and Jesse’s October wedding at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation was a true labor of love – over 25 friends, family members and vendors came together to create a one-of-a-kind celebration that beautifully captured the couple’s vibrant and fun-loving personalities!
The stunning images below are courtesy of Ben Schaefer of Silver and Salt Photography.
Stefanie and Jesse’s wedding day kicked off with a beautifully-orchestrated ceremony in sun-dappled Landry Park along the banks of the Charles River. Despite the chill in the air, the bride was radiant in her elegant dropped-waist gown, fur wrap and floral crown as she processed down the aisle escorted by her parents. Acting as officiants, friends Lesley and Colin led the proceedings with humor and grace, incorporating readings and personal stories from friends and family members in a unique and moving ceremony. Of course, the absolute highlight of the afternoon was the exchange of thoughtful, handwritten vows from the bride and groom!
The lofted reception space was a testament to Stefanie and Jesse’s creativity - from Seacoast Event’s amazing bistro lighting to the clever signs scattered about the room to the floral garlands created for each guest table by the groom’s family, no detail was overlooked! Beautiful place settings from New England Country Rentals were accented by napkins made by the bride’s mother and the custom table numbers featured photographs from the couple’s many outdoor adventures. Marquee letters were also used throughout the space to add additional personality to this unique celebration.
Following the ceremony, guests were treated to delicious sweet and savory donuts courtesy of Union Square Donuts while enjoying Stefanie’s favorite 90’s smooth jams among the museum’s antique car and steam engine exhibits. The make-your-own dog tag hammering table was also a huge hit during cocktail hour. After sampling a donut or two themselves, the bride and groom invited their guests to tuck in to a family-style feast from Blue Ribbon BBQ followed by a scrumptious pie buffet featuring Petsi’s Pies. Premier Bartending was on hand to ensure every guest had a cocktail and plenty of cornbread!
Before kicking off a lively evening of karaoke and dancing, Stefanie, Jesse and their guests enjoyed incredible toasts from friends and family, and perhaps most entertaining of all, a mic-dropping rap entitled “Blessed Union of Soul Mates” from an awesome bridesmaid!
Stefanie and Jesse did not stop smiling the entire day and we are so honored to have been a part of their celebration! We have a feeling these two will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with another karaoke bash!
Note from Sarah!
Life got too crazy to blog, but please enjoy these archives of some of our favorite past weddings.