Itsy’s Bat Mitzvah – Tented at their Home, Weston, MA

Itsy is a sweet, kind, thoughtful young lady who happens to also be an outstanding ice hockey player!  She became a Bat Mitzvah on the rear patio of her home.  As guests arrived, they mingled and enjoyed a little pre-cocktail hour with fun foods like popcorn in take out boxes, sliders and fresh lemonade with mint.  The weather forecast was a little iffy so we ended tenting the patio which was set with NECRs beautiful weathered garden chairs (although the weather did hold out).

Following the ceremony adults enjoyed cocktail hour on the lawn near the patio while the kids ventured down to the beautiful Sperry Tent.  Two chalkboards on easels flanked the entry to the tent for table assignments (Hint: Have your calligrapher use the Bistro Chalk Marker.  It writes beautifully and mistakes can be erased…and…no chalk dust).   The big WOW came as you entered the tent.  The tent was so happy!  Yellow paper pom poms in a variety of shades and sizes hung from the top of the tent.  For interest, the farm tables were arranged in all different directions and configurations and set with walnut crossback chairs and natural table runners. The centerpieces were beautiful happy shades of yellow and creams in a variety of containers running the length of each table. In keeping with the casual atmosphere, the adult dinner was served family style.  Marinated seared wild salmon, classic fried chicken, chilled haricot vert with feta, macaroni and cheese with a ritz crumb topping, yellow beet and orange salad, quinoa cakelettes and chive biscuits and strawberry rhubarb muffins. YUM!

Lots of people do candy displays but I have to say this one was my favorite. On the outside of each candy jar was a sign indicating which family members favorite it was.  SO cute!  The favor was a deck of playing card and as a fun, organic keepsake, we set up a rock table where guests used paint pens to write Itsy personalized messages.

And as with any outdoor event, it’s the details that matter.   The reception tent was down in the lower part of their yard.  At the bottom of the steps were baskets with bug spray and flashlights and lanterns with candles lit the was up to the house.  Inside the house was a video of Itsy that ran all night long so if people going in and out of the house were able to enjoy.  Every last detail was well planned and was a family effort (they put together all those pom poms and stored them in their basement…did you see how many there were?).  This is a family who knows what matters and it was a pleasure to be part of this very special day!


(the photos in this blog were taken with my iPhone)


Event Coordination: The Day Of

Service and Reception: Seeman Residence

Caterer: Capers Catering

Tent/Lighting/Farm Tables: Sperry Tent

Rentals: New England Country Rental

Floral Design: Lindsay Norris

Photography: Joanne Cheng

Entertainment: Upside Entertainment

Valet: Ultimate Parking

Emily + Ben – Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, RI

Emily and Ben are just as adorable as they are kind!   It was truly an honor to be chosen to be part of this very special wedding weekend in Newport, RI for many reasons!   Emily’s parents, Steve and Cindy, own Siagel Productions Entertainment where I was an event planner for 2 years and had worked with them for many years before that on the client side.  So I had the pleasure of seeing Emily go from a young girl to a Bride.  In addition, my grandfather was Steve’s high school music teacher and Steve’s dad, also a musician, played ceremony music at my own wedding.  So we have a little history!

Emily and Ben got ready at the Hyatt and were taken by trollies to Rosecliff Mansion by Newport Trolley.  Their first look was in the Rose Garden, where they were surrounded by their parents and bridal party.   Since they had beautiful weather, they were able to take photos with their bridal party and family on the back lawn.  Once the photos were complete, and as guests began to arrive, they moved inside for their Ketubah signing.

Steve Siagel is a musician and an entertainer.  Cindy is an event planner.  So every last detail was scheduled as such.  As Emily noted…it was indeed a production.  But done so in a way that felt natural and intimate.  One point that Steve made was that they wanted their guests to hear music from the moment they arrived until the moment they left…which they did indeed.   A harpist played as guests entered through the Rose Garden to the lawn for ceremony and as they took their seats, the quartet played from beneath shaded trees.

The weather predictions in Newport can be a bit tricky.  As with all outdoor weddings, we kept a careful eye on the weather which showed rain at precisely the time of their ceremony. For all the right reasons, Emily wanted the ceremony on the lawn.   The planner side of me said we should move the ceremony from the lawn to the tent but the romantic in me was so excited when she gave us the “go” for the ceremony on the lawn (knowing that our only option was making a run for the tent if the rain came).  It was a great call!  The rain held off until guests entered the estate for dinner…no joke.

The bridal party processional began from the patio facing out to the ocean.  The groomsmen walked down the aisle with the most traditional Chuppah, a tallis attached to poles, which they carried and held up for the couple.   Immediately following the ceremony, cocktail hour began.  When the ceremony music stopped, the celebration began with food and drinks in the tent which was set as a lounge and on the lawn, another tent with food stations and the patio with the bar and Michael Dutra, a Frank Sinatra band, playing.  At the end of cocktail hour Emily’s grandfather said the hamotzie and guests entered the estate for dinner and dancing.   Or should I say dancing and dinner…because Beantown kept the dance floor packed the entire night!

Event Coordination: The Day Of
Ceremony / Reception : Rosecliff Estate
Photography: Steph Stevens
Pre-Ceremony Music: Harpist Maria O’Connor
Ceremony Music: Violinist Mimi Rabson – Arrangement written by Steven Siagel
Reception Music: Beantown
Event Decor, Design and Lighting: Cindy Siagel
Hair: Marisol Rivera
Makeup: Erica Sperberg
Transportation: Viking Tours of Newport
Bride and Groom Limo: Lands End Limo

Libby + John – First Lutheran Church, The Lenox Hotel, Boston, MA

Libby and John were planning their wedding from out of state, which is always a little more complicated.  It means that you have to be super organized, accomplish a ton when you are in town and then go home exhausted (but hopefully feeling like you got it done).  Before one of Libby’s trips home, she called me and I was lucky enough to be on her “to do” list.

Libby first hired me to work through some details and logistics with her.  To say we hit it off was an understatement.  She knew I was booked for another event on her wedding day but, after we met, she said she couldn’t imagine going without a coordinator on her wedding day. Thankfully, Melissa was available!

You know something has gained popularity when there is an abbreviation for it.  Yes, I am referring to “DIY” (do it yourself) weddings which, over the past couple years, have gained popularity.  Not only does it save you money, but it allows you to put your unique, personal stamp on your wedding day.  The one thing that most people don’t take into account is who is actually going to oversee what you have done.  This is where a “DOC” (day of coordinator) comes in to play.  All of the details that Libby worked so hard on were carefully looked over and executed.  In addition, we were there to make sure that transportation went smoothly for her guests as well as coordinate the ceremony.

Libby and her bridesmaids got ready at The Taj while John and his groomsmen got ready at The Park Plaza Hotel.  They were married at First Lutheran Church on Berkeley Street (which was just a short walk from the reception for those who wanted to walk).  Following the ceremony, the bridal party took photographs in the Public Garden and then joined the guests to continue celebrating their beautiful day at The Lenox Hotel.

After all of the planning, coordination and getting to know Libby, I never met John.  I was so excited to see this beautiful bride and wedding day come to life…and…to finally see John!

Event Coordination: The Day Of – Melissa Madden

Ceremony: First Lutheran Church, Boston

Reception: The Lenox Hotel

Floral Design: Bow Street Flowers

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

Entertainment: White Label DJ

Wedding Cake: Icing On The Cake

Hair: Will Charles Salon

Makeup: Dani Wagener

Lighting: Groove Entertainment