Toni + Tad – Artist for Humanity EpiCenter, Boston, MA

Toni and Tad’s love story began poolside.  And I don’t mean sunny beach poolside.   I mean competitive swimmer poolside  (check out their swim parka photo).  Toni is a girl who knew exactly what she wanted and how to achieve it with poise and polish.  And I swear to you there was not a single detail left untouched!

The industrial steel, concrete and glass architecture of the EpiCenter is what makes its event space iconic, but these same unique details can also create a challenge for couples when envisioning a warm ceremony and reception. This bride had the vision for an impactful and beautifully elegant black-tie event inside a very cool, raw building.  Anchoring the space was key and I think that lighting was one of the wisest choices they made decor-wise.  The warm peach ceremony lighting helped to warm the environment, making it feel more intimate. Additionally, this space truly comes alive when its walls are washed with modern paintings created by the non-profit’s own in-house artists.

The bridal party got ready at the Seaport Hotel.  And since there was no first look, it took much strategic planning to be certain that the bride and groom never crossed paths!  As guests arrived at the EpiCenter, they were directed away from the typical street-level entrance.  The couple envisioned more of a ‘grand’ entrance, and instead had guests walk down to the courtyard level, directly into the ceremony space.  The outdoor pathway was marked with garland, twinkle lights, wreaths, large candles and signage to lead the way, making for a very dramatic entry to the venue (and yes we were PRAYING for a dusting of snow!).

We used the same space for the ceremony and reception so during the room turn, guests made their way to the venue’s third floor artists’ studio.  This is another very dramatic space that showcased large-scale paintings on easels, and is infused with subtle color thanks to the splatters of paint on the floor. Placecards were adorable polaroid photos of Toni and Tad, dispayed in frames with wire and mini clothespins.  The reception decor was clean and crisp.  The tables were elegantly set with silver chivari ballroom chairs, platinum romance linens, silver charger plates, simply folded silver napkins with Boston-skyline silver menu cards  and calalilly’s with branches in high glass containers (which helped compliment the height of the ceilings). The lighting was a beautiful touch.  There were uplights around the room, in a cool, winter blue, and mini chinese lanterns hung above the dance floor.  Their cake was the perfect expression of themselves, sweet and elegant.  They kept the cute, unique, well thought out touches going throughout the night.  Precious “he” and “she” cards at the bar shared personality traits about the bride and groom, an ampersand sign connected the chairs at their sweetheart table–which also included a photo of their precious pooches–and the painted mirror that displayed a mini timeline of when they met, got engaged and got married.  And last, but certainly not least, kudos to Night Rhythm who brought the house down!

So as I write this, not only do I miss this this couple, but I miss all their “people!” This was the third and final wedding I did for a group of 4 besties (one was already married before they got to me!).  But now I get to hear about the babies, house buying and career growth phase of their lives!  It was an incredible night of eating, dancing and celebrating this amazing couple….T&T!


Event Coordination: The Day Of

Ceremony/Reception: Artists For Humanity EpiCenter

Caterer: The Family Crest

Bartender: Butlers & Bars

Linen: Party Designs

Floral Design: Andrea D’Amelio Floral Design

Photography: Dennis Kwan Photography

Entertainment: Night Rhythm

Ceremony/Cocktail Musicians: The Washington Calvo Harp and Flute Duo

Wedding Cake: Christina Godfrey Cake Design

Transportation: ATR Limousine & Transportation Service

Transportation: Hair:  Lindsey Bieber of Jorgo Salon

Makeup:  Elizabeth Baeb