Emily + Todor – Mass Horticultural Society, Wellesley, MA

Emily and Todor’s summer wedding was prime time at Mass Horticultural Society, a far cry from our winter and spring meetings!  One of the best parts about a beautiful day on this property is couples are able to utilize all the different gardens for different purposes, which they did.

The bridal party got ready at Hotel Indigo but with the plush and vibrant landscapes at Mass Horticultural, it’s no wonder that most of their photos were taken there (so glad we didn’t need to use our rain plan).  Emily and Todor met for a very private first look in Weezie’s Garden and then joined their bridal party and family for photos in the Herb Garden.

If I had to categorize their wedding style, I’d suggest it was something like shabby chic meets The Great Gatspy.  From the girls “getting ready” robes to Emily’s dress to the natural peach color scheme.  Emily has such great style and had such a fun and unique vision, which you will see in the details.

As guests arrived, they helped themselves to mint lemonade and rosemary water, which were set on an existing “welcome wagon”.   This was a fun and refreshing way {no pun intended} to quench their guests’ thirst on a hot, summer day.  It was set with gold paper straws, chalk board signs indicating the beverages, as well as bug spray and sun repellant, should anyone have needed it.  There were also wooden signs pointing guests in the right direction!

Their ceremony took place on the patio of The Manor House, overlooking the Italiante Garden.  They were married by a close friend under a driftwood arbor, from which a tallis from Emily’s family hung.  And to help with the heat, each guest was given a fan program, which definitely came in handy!  Following the ceremony, their cocktail hour was in Weezie’s Garden, a whimsical, playful and private spot for cocktail hour.

The reception was set with beautiful lighting, natural linens and rose floral arrangements.   In the tent that was attached to the reception space, was the bar, with “his” and “her” signature drinks, a photo booth and “dancing shoes” for the women when they were ready to really hit the dance floor.  And as a send off for guests, Todor’s grandmother’s homemade Bulgarian honey…YUM! 


Event Coordination: The Day Of

Ceremony / Reception: Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Entertainment: First Class Band

Hair: Wedding Tresses

Make Up: Emily Higgins

Photographer: Kellie Ryan and Haines Images

Florist: Enchanted Tomorrows

Lighting: DesignLight

Rentals: Peterson’s Party Rental and New England Country Rental

Caterer: Baker’s Best

Photo Booth: Photobooth Planet

Transportation: Local Motion and ATR Limo

Carolyn + Scott – ICA, Boston, MA

Carolyn and Scott were married at the ICA over July 4th weekend.  They are both teachers, committed to working teaching, Scott teaches high school science and Carolyn works with special education children.  So a summer wedding was the perfect choice for them to be able to let go really enjoy their day.  When we first started working together, the first thing that struck me was their laid back vibe.  Today’s wedding are all about the unique touches.  So when it came to the big day, I was impressed by how many details there were and how they reflected them as a couple and made their day so personal.

Carolyn’s antique lace wedding gown was first worn in 1923.  Since then, the gown has been passed down through her family and adapted many times to change with the times.  Carolyn was the 10th bride to wear the gown and it was perfect for her.  She and her mom found some lace remnants in the gown box brought it to Vintage In Vogue where they created her veil!  The bridal party got ready at the Seaport Hotel but headed over to the ICA for a private first look on the deck, in the same spot they were about to get married.  Their wedding programs were designed by Scott and included one of Carolyn’s favorite Seamus Heaney poems and the cover was a drawing by one of her students…a perfect homage to how much these kids love them and a great way to integrate how much the kids mean to them, as well.  Their wedding rings, were designed and created by their friend, and jewler, Monique Rancourt.   The texture is volcanic rock which was perfect for their Azores honeymoon.

Following the ceremony, they continued to take full advantage of the beautiful day and water views with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  One thing that I love about the ICA is how easily, and quickly, their elevator makes it to move guests.  This allows full use of the space, which they did.  When cocktail hour was over, guests were invited upstairs for dinner.  At the entrance to the room was a table with grass and baseball cards for place cards.  Everyone knows they are passionate about baseball, so this was no surprise.  Next came dinner and toasts.  Their toasts were the perfect mix of old stories, funny stories, and stories that would bring a tear to your eyes.  But what really got me here was the passing of the “eye”.  Carolyn’s sister told the story of how it came into the family and why it was now being passed on to them…another family tradition!

After dinner, guests were invited to the main floor of the ICA for the couples first dance, cake cutting and dancing.    The room was lit for dancing with a bar and cocktail seating.  On the reception desk (and I LOVE THIS) there were framed photos of all the brides who wore Carolyn’s wedding gown!  Their amazingly detailed Fenway Park wedding cake was a show stopper and their cake topper was made by Carolyn’s friend.   After their first dance, Carolyn went to change out of the wedding dress to help preserve it for the next bride and they danced the rest of the night away to a legit “old school” DJ playing vinyl records!  Before their guests left, they took bookmarks that were made by the students.  It was a fun way to validate their guests parking .  All they had to do was show it to the parking attendant as they left for the night.  A perfect way to end the night in a way that reminds their guests of who they are and what they are all about.

The question I will leave  you with is…did someone pull strings to get Jason Varitek to show at the restaurant where their rehearsal dinner was or was it lucky fate for these diehard fans?


Event Coordination: The Day Of
Ceremony and Reception: ICA
Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm
Photography: Doug Levy
Entertainment: DJ Justin Tiernan
Wedding Cake: Concord Teacakes
Lighting: ICA

Lauren + Chris – Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA

On Friday,  July 6, 2012 I was on my way to a work wedding when I received a call from Lauren’s mom, Celia, who lives in Virginia.  They didn’t have a date set yet but were considering the Friday of July 4th weekend in 2013.  They were unsure about the concept of a Friday wedding of a holiday weekend so we talked about all the reasons it would be a great weekend for a wedding – after all, great things have been known to happen in Boston on July 4th weekend!  We also discussed venues (it was a very productive first call!).  Exactly one year later, Lauren and Chris were married at the Boston Harbor Hotel!

The bridal party got ready at the Boston Harbor Hotel, and the ceremony took place in the ballroom in the light of the beautiful day!   The reason that I love the Boston Harbor Hotel is that the possibilities are really endless.  The water, the views, feeling like you are on the water when you are in the ballroom…  So on a hot summer day, this is a perfect venue for an indoor ceremony.   Most of my clients opt for a first look.  And there are many good reasons to have one.  But I have to say, it was refreshing and so beautiful knowing that when Lauren and her Dad walked down the aisle, it was the very first time they saw each other.  There is just something very traditional and different, by today’s standards, and it was amazing.   Following the ceremony, guests went up to the rotunda for cocktail hour.  Again, a very nice choice because the views are to die for!  And why suffer through July heat when you can take in the views from the rotunda!

From the get-go Lauren had her heart set on a color scheme of gray and yellow.   You have to start somewhere and selecting your colors is a perfect place!  The hints of yellow (such a happy color…good choice, Lauren!) against the gray made the flowers seem even more vibrant!   They also carried the color scheme into their programs and menu cards.  I was happy to help with their linen and chair selection.  And Jeri Solomon was able to bring Lauren’s vision to life with an elegant use of yellow florals.  Jeri was also there following the ceremony and helped make good use of the flowers they were “done” with.  The girls bouquets were tied to the chairs around the head table and the ceremony flowers flanked the door on the inside of the ballroom (which was especially nice when they were announced into the room) so guests saw the flowers all night!  District 21 never disappoints and they were incredible!  Congratulations to one of the nicest couples I know!

Event Coordination: The Day Of

Ceremony and Reception: Boston Harbor Hotel

Floral Design: Jeri Solomon

Photography: Photography by Nikki Cole

Videography: Black Tie Video

Entertainment: District 21

Wedding Cake: Boston Harbor Hotel

Hair: Kent Newton Salon

Makeup: Glow Body Work

Linens: Party Designs