Mary + Hashem- MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts

MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, is one of the most unique and creative wedding venues ever selected, which is why it was fitting for such a vibrant couple like Mary and Hashem. MASS MoCA is located in a 19th-century renovated factory and houses a rotating collection of contemporary art. As the museum suggests, Mary and Hashem went for a modern approach to their decor, while continuing to incorporate some special traditions from Hashem’s South Asian heritage. The bride opted for a beautiful bright red beaded gown, and carried a blue feathered bouquet. Her hands were covered with henna, completed the night before. A fun tradition for the groom is to find his name hidden within the intricate pattern! Hashem accented his wife’s dress with a red tie and pocket square. The ceremony took place in a simple space with a magnificent yellow sunburst sculpture overhead. The ceremony was officiated by Renata, a close friend, which made it even more special. After the exchange of vows, guests greeted the newly wedded couple to the patio with a high five line! Everyone enjoyed cocktail hour out on the deck… we luckily had a night of perfect fall weather! Guests were encouraged to fill out Couple “Mad Lib” cards, creating funny fill in the blank sentences. The couple read these over on the first morning of their honeymoon and were able to relive some of the memories of their special night.

After the cocktail hour, the party moved inside. An intimate wedding of only 80, guests were able to interact amongst each other in the rustic reception space that displayed mill columns, exposed bricks, beautiful glass loggia, and wooden paneling. The room was brightened with a color scheme of blues, oranges, and reds. The newly weds were welcomed to the dance floor through a grand entrance way for their first dance, performed to Dolly Parton’s “Highlight of My Life”. But then the true fun began. As the first dance came to a close, guests were invited to retrieve scarves from the DJ for the “Dolly to Bolly” Bollywood dance. It was a huge success! Smiles and laughs were had by all as guests came together to celebrate Mary and Hashem’s big day.

After dinner and meaningful speeches heard by friends and siblings, Mary and her father took part in a Father/Daughter dance, followed by Hashem and his mother’s Mother/Son dance. The night ended with yummy ice cream sandwiches being passed around the filled dance floor.

Mary and Hashem’s wedding was creative, energetic, positive, and heartwarming. We wish them all the best and were so happy to be involved in their special day!

A few words from Hashem and Mary:

“Thank you for helping manage the show at our wedding. You were a joy to work with and we felt so confident that you’d take care of everything and understand us. It was a special night and we’re grateful to you!”

“We were truly lucky and blessed to have you as our coordinator that day. You helped us from the moment we chatted… we felt we were in extremely capable hands and with someone who really understood who we were.”

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Event Coordinator: The Day Of

Venue: MASS MoCA

Officiant: Renata Moreira

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches: Lickety Split

Caterer: Spice Root

Ceremony and Reception Music: Duane Harriott

Photographer: Keith Hitlin

Rentals: Carr Rentals

Makeup: Mary Green, the Aunt of the Bride

Hair: The Bride

Cristina+ Nick- The Manderin Hotel, Back Bay, MA

We absolutely love looking back at Cristina and Nick’s October wedding day.   As Cristina and her girls got ready at the Mandarin, Nick was in Charlestown with his groomsmen.  Thank goodness the expected rain held off allowing them to take both their first look as well as photos in Charlestown before the ceremony.  The couple met in the Mandarin’s courtyard for their first look before family and the wedding party joined them in Charlestown for some more photos.  The bridal party was all dressed in the ever-classic black.  And I especially loved how Cristina’s maid of honor wore a different dress and her flowers were a simple pop of fuchsia, a very elegant way to honor her.

After photos, the bridal party headed to the beautiful St. Mary’s Church for their ceremony. One of our favorite moments took place right before Cristina and her father walked down the aisle. They paused at the top of the top of the steep, dramatic staircase making for a very dramatic photo, especially with the long train of Cristina’s gown and veil!

As guests made their way back to the Mandarin, they were greeted with the most exquisite decor in the reception space!  Each table was covered with a unique linen which looked almost like spun sugar, gorgeous gold charge plates, lucite chivari ballroom chairs and lots and lots of candlelight.  We were completely wowed by the magnificant centerpieces featuring palm leaves and delicate orchids in modern glass vessels.  Guests had so much fun at the photo booth and enjoyed great music and dancing from both a DJ and a band (the couples favorite reggae band).  It’s safe to say that the dance floor was never empty!

We loved the elegance, simplicity, and uniqueness of this couple’s special day and were so happy to be able to work with Cristina and Nick.

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Event Coordinator: The Day Of

Hair and Makeup: Marc Harris Salon

Transportation: Old Town Trolley and SuperTours

Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church

Reception, Cake, and Linens: The Mandarin Oriental Boston

Cocktail and Reception Music: Beat Train Productions

Band: Concious Reggae

Photographer: Jesse Starr Photography

Videographer: ReadySet[Film] 

Florist and Lighting: Winston Flowers

 

Sarah + Jeff – Tosca’s, Hingham, MA

Sarah and Jeff were married, in a late morning ceremony, last October.  Tosca’s, set in a 1910 Granary Marketplace building,  just happens to be one of the bride and groom’s favorite places to dine (and drink wine!).   With two private rooms and the perfect sized guest list, there was never a moments doubt about where their celebration was going to be!

While the plan was for guests to arrive to a Hingham Harbor for a beachside wedding with pastries and coffee set on a wine barrel table,  the weather was a bit uncooperative.  Hence the importance of the often dreaded back up plan! And with an inclement weather plan established, not only was the ceremony was seamless but it took away the stress of making last minute decisions.  The bride and groom decided not to see each other before the ceremony.  So, following their very intimate ceremony of around 50 guests, the bridal party gathered for some fun photos before joining cocktail hour.

Following cocktail hour, guests moved into the incredible Wine Room, a warm space with exposed brick and deep mahogany wood tones.  The couple played on the Italian inspired restaurant, and the Wine Room itself, with wine cork place card holders as well as table numbers made from wine corks.  The tables were set with blue runners for a touch of color throughout and the flowers were simple shades of greens and whites, all adding just the right amount of  ambiance to the space.  Guests enjoyed an elegant three course lunch, with an entree of their choice, while celebrating the new couple’s first dance, parent dances and then dancing for everyone!  We absolutely loved working with Sarah and the intimacy of their wedding day. We feel so honored that we were chosen to be part of their very special day!

A few words from Sarah:

I contacted Michelle to help make sure I not only had all my bases covered but so that on the day of my wedding I could relax and not have to think about the details.  Meeting with Michelle during the planning process was like meeting with a friend, a friend that had great ideas and suggestions.  On the week before the wedding we were watching the weather pretty closely, and ultimately had to move to plan B due to rain.  Michelle and her team ran with it and got everything coordinated, so that there were no issues on our day.  I have had friends and family say that I was one of the most relaxed brides they had ever seen, and that was all thanks to Michelle and her team.

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Event Coordinator: The Day Of

Hair and Makeup: Fisher Experience

Transportation: JB Livery

Officiant: Personal Friend

Venue/Catering/Cake: Tosca’s

Ceremony/Cocktail Hour/Reception Music:  All Seasons Entertainment

Rentals: New England Country Rental (NECR)

Florist: Affairs in Bloom

Photographer: Amy Louise Photography

How to Display your Favorite Photos

After our blog about wedding hashtags, we got to thinking. What do you do with all the photos that you have collected from your guests? Here are a few creative ideas on how to tastefully display your wedding photos after the big day.

Create a wooden box: By adhering a photo to the outside of a wooden box, you can create a keepsake box to store your special items from your wedding day. Or, for a fun alternative, upright the box to turn it into a vase to place fresh flowers that remind you of your ceremony.

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Turn your photos into a calendar: Remember your wedding every month for the next year by choosing 12 of your favorite shots and sending them away to be turned into a calendar. Don’t forget to have the printing company include the date of your anniversary as a special holiday!

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Hire an artist:  Have an artist recreate one of your favorite memories on paper. Have them capture a solo shot of your dress, or a group shot of your entire bridal party. Having a wedding watercolor hanging in your house is an abstract way to remember your special day.

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Turn your photos into coasters: Every time you grab a drink, you’ll get to reminisce about your favorite memories with customized coasters.

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Stacey + Greg Mazur- The Four Seasons, Boston, MA

Today we look back at the beautiful wedding of Stacey and Greg.  They  live in New Jersey, but were married in Boston at Our Lady of Victories in Boston and held their  reception at The Four Seasons. So not only were they planning their wedding from a distance, but they had a great deal of out-of-town guests.

Greg and Stacey decided to see each other for the first time at the ceremony.  However, they didn’t want to miss all of their cocktail hour by taking photos.  So we created a plan where Greg and his groomsmen took group photos in the Boston Public Garden before heading off to the church, and Stacey and her bridesmaids took pictures in the Four Seasons. The bridal party and guests all arrived at the church by Old Town Trolleys which meant very careful planning and management of transportation. It’s such an important part of the day, getting everyone to the church on time, so we worked very closely with Stacey to ensure that this would run smoothly!  Stacey and her father arrived in a beautiful Rolls Royce (and it was of course for the bride and groom following the ceremony).

After the ceremony, everyone returned to The Four Seasons and soon after enjoyed cocktail hour.  Stacey, Greg and their bridal party used the time between the ceremony and cocktail hour to take their formal photos.  For couples like Stacey and Greg, especially those who don’t have a first look, we recommend they set aside a few precious moments to be alone.  So when Stacey and Greg returned from photos, they enjoyed a quiet, private moment with appetizers and signature drinks before joining their guests at cocktail hour.

Another favorite? The room reveal!  We love bringing the bride and groom into the reception before all the guests are invited in, so they can take in the beauty of the space privately.  Not that it was hard to miss with the room’s elegant candelabras, beautiful lighting (look how the centerpieces POP with pinspotting), clean white chivari chairs and crisp gray table linens which provided a beautiful contrasting backdrop for their elegant florals in shades of pink and ivory.  Greg and Stacey integrated some very personal touches into the reception as well.  They displayed family photos, used table names that reflected places and things that had special meaning to them such as where Greg proposed, the Amalfi Coast, the bride’s favorite football team, the Patriots, and the groom’s alma mater, Penn State.  They also had Stacey’s mother’s wedding dress made into a lace runner for the escort card table, which tied into other lace elements throughout the day.

With a night full of dancing, delicious food and a Venetian dessert bar complete with a decadent cake, the party didn’t end as guests headed into the Aujourd’hui Lounge for an afterparty!  The wedding weekend concluded with a brunch the next morning, at the Four Seasons, to recap the special night.

We were so happy to work with Greg and Stacey! We wish them all the best during their second year of marriage!

A few words from Stacey:

I absolutely loved planning our wedding, and really could not have done it without The Day Of. There are so many specifics that brides don’t even think of, but Michelle has it all covered. We worked so closely on so many details that I felt extremely confident I wouldn’t have to worry about anything on our special day. And I didn’t! Everything was amazing. Michelle was very helpful throughout the preparations as well, whether it was suggesting vendors, bouncing ideas off her, or trying to figure out transportation. Thank you so much for helping make our wedding so wonderful!

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Event Coordinator: The Day Of

Hair: Kenny Lombardo

Makeup: Melissa DiCecca

Transportation: Old Town Trolley and ATR Limousine

Ceremony: Our Lady of Victories

Cake: Cakes to Remember

Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Anima 

Reception Music:  Music Management

Photographer: Jill Markley Studios

Videographer: Well Spun Weddings

Florist: Flou(-e)r 

Reception: The Four Seasons Boston

Lighting: Suzanne B Lowell Lighting Design 

Rentals: Peterson Party Center

Lindsay + Adam – The House of Seven Gables, Salem, MA

We are excited to look back on Lindsay and Adam’s beautiful wedding day at The House of Seven Gables, a historical site in Salem, MA.  Lindsay and Adam were living in San Francisco while planning their wedding and loved the idea of Fall in New England, so they decided on this private location for their destination wedding.

The morning began with both bride and groom getting ready at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.  Adam and Lindsay departed for their first look by the Fort Pickering Lighthouse on Winter Island…what an amazing place to see each other for the first time!

As the bridal party made their way back to The House of Seven Gables, their guests, who travelled by Old Town Trolley’s,  were greeted to glasses of refreshing lemonade, water, and champagne, as they made their way to the outdoor ceremony overlooking the ocean.  An acoustic guitarist played while the bridal party walked down the aisle, and Lindsay was escorted by her grandfather, whom she affectionately refers to as her Ede. The day was overcast, but they decided on an outdoor ceremony, rain or shine.  And yes there were sprinkles, but that didn’t rattle this couple or their friends and family…they laughed when the rain came, and guests huddled under umbrellas while they said their vows!

After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed cocktail hour and guests had fun posing for photos with props and a Polaroid camera.  It was a huge hit and a great way to gather photos of everyone at the wedding! One very funny memory, which was found by Lindsay and Adam the day after the wedding, were photographic evidence of their real, true wedding crashers…who they saw at the wedding but each thought they were guests they didn’t know!

Placecards hung from frames and a wooden boat that we found in the basement of the venue.  The guest tables, inside the tent, were set with succulents, votives and a collection of vintage House of Seven Gables books.  And as the DJ invited guests to be seated in the tent, Mr. and Mrs. Binette were announced for the very first time! A great night of dancing ensued, but guests returned to their seats for toasts and a beautiful set of parent and grandparent dances. Lindsay and her grandfather danced to “These are the Days” by Van Morrison, while Adam and his mother shared a moment to “Land Slide” by Fleetwood Mac. With a delicious dessert bar and favorsguests left the celebration of Adam and Lindsay with happy hearts

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Event Coordinator: The Day Of 

Hair and Makeup: Beauty Entourage

Transportation: Old Town Trolley

Venue: The House of Seven Gables

Officiant: Reverend Jerrie Hildebrand

Ceremony Music: Music Management 

Cocktail and Reception Music: Beat Train Productions

Photographer: Forever Candid Photography

Tent: The Event Co.

Florist: Andrea D’Amelio Floral Design

Rentals and Lighting: The Event Co. 

Catering: Off The Vine Catering

Bar Supplies: Kappy’s 

2016 Color Trends

Twice a year, I get to write my favorite blogs…color trends!  There is something so exciting and rejuvenating that happens when these colors come out!  I know, it’s hard to believe that, as we approach the end of October, we are thinking about spring and summer of 2016, but it’s fun to dive into the depths of planning with fresh, new inspiration.

Besides, what’s the best way to be ahead of the trend? Looking to the fashion industry. They are always ahead of the game and laying the foundation of what we are going to see in the months to come. Not only in style but color!  Even if you aren’t a big fan of some of these colors, you might consider tying them (or your personal favorite colors) into your event.  It could literally make you stand out from all the other events and weddings you and your guests are attending this year.

Unique and personal events is a trend that is still very popular. Quite honesty, I see no reason for this particular trend to go out of style because really, who wants their event to look like everyone else’s?  So check out the Pantone color chart but also look at how elegantly these color come together for weddings.

My personal favorite is Lilac Gray. Gray is the new black…and it’s basically taken over my life, my wardroom and my home.  Some may think gray is boring (though I see it as elegant, shabby, clean).  But that’s why we have options!  I also happen to love color for it’s vibrant, awakening qualities.  Have you ever thought about how color translates a message? Here is my personal interpretation of this years Pantone colors.

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Rose Quartz – This beautiful shade of pink is the ultimate in femininity but with it’s saturated color, it’s very impactful.

Peach Echo – Dipping into the corals a bit, this is a softer, prettier shade of orange and a bit more “accessible” when it comes to entwining it into your color scheme.

Serenity – This shade of blue is not only calming but a beautiful color for the colder months…like the modern icicle!

Snorkel Blue – This color brings me to the waterside weddings of the cape and the islands with it’s oceanic inspiration!

Buttercup – Vibrant! Happy! Summer!

Limpet Shell – Crisp yet impactful and elegant. Brings me to Tiffany and Co.

Lilac Gray – A new twist on the ever popular gray. The hint of lilac brings in a girly quality but should still be ok with your man!

Fiesta – This color is full of punch and pizzaz and those who use it most likely do too!

Iced Coffee – A beautifully neutral color. Very earthy and natural, this color is a good transitional color moving into the Fall.

Flashy Green – This color is not for the faint of heart, but it also has some earthy, grassy qualities to it.

And true to form, Tulle and Chantilly has married style with these trendy colors and created these FABULOUS collages.  I feel inspired, do you?

 

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Pantone Chart: Haden W Pengine 

Photo Collages: Tulle and Chantilly

 

Jennifer + Travis – Lake Pearl, Wrentham, MA

Jennifer and Travis were married, on a beautiful afternoon last August at St. Mary’s Church in Holliston.  Since Jennifer and Travis decided not to see each other before the ceremony, it was a much anticipated moment. When their ring bearer, carrying s sign that said “Here comes the love of your life”, helped ease everyones nerves when their guests and awed and smiled at his pure adorableness.

Following the ceremony, everyone moved on to Lake Pearl.  While the bridal party took photos, and advantage of the beautiful and private setting.   It was a beautiful day, so they were fortunate enough to have their cocktail hour outdoors and take in the most beautiful lakeside views.

The celebration continued with their tented reception.  Every touch had a soft romantic feel with touches of pizazz!  A romantic, soft pink color palate set the tone.   They chose clean and classic white linens, white garden chairs, and shades of white and pink florals, for their table decor.  They decided to highlight their cake table (ohhh…that beautiful cake with the blingy topper) and their sweetheart table with a fun, yet elegant, blush sequin linen!  And of course all of the special, personal touches didn’t go unnoticed.  They had generations of family photos set out for guests to see, a Martha’s Vineyard map for guests to sign (this is where the couple met) and by showing their love and support of animals, in lieu of favors, they made donations to the Massachusetts Humane Society.  And check out their adorable seat signs! We SO appreciated all the details and well thought out personal touches they decided on.

Guests were invited right onto the dance floor as the bridal party entered and Mr. and Mrs. Travis Reed were announced for the first time!  There were so many special moment throught out the night…parent dances, cake cutting.  But when Travis danced with Jennifer’s grandmother and Jennifer danced with her grandfather, it was one of the most heartwarming moments of the night.  Jennifer is extremely close with her grandparents.  I absolutely love the multigenerational photo of Jennifer, her mom and her grandmothers hands.  Just beautiful.   After such an amazing night, Jennifer and Travis arranged for a “glow stick” exit… a fun (and safe) alternative to sparklers, that left guests with the endearing message of “Letting Love Glow”!

We hope Jennifer and Travis’ love has been glowing indeed!

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Event Coordinator: The Day Of 

Makeup and Hair: Stacey Frasca

Transportation: ATR Limo

Officiant: Father Mark Coiro

Ceremony Music: Juan Mesa

Cocktail and Reception Music: A Touch of Class

Photographer: Steven Kimball Photography

Videographer and lighting: A Touch of Class

Florist: Judy’s Flowers

Linen: Rentals Unlimited

Cake: Konditor Meister

Reception Venue and Caterer: Lake Pearl

Church: St. Mary’s Catholic Church

 

Nicole + Dana – First Parish Church + Atlantica, Cohasset, MA

Nicole and Dana began their wedding day getting ready in Nicole’s quaint, seaside hometown of Cohasset, MA.  The girls got ready at her parents home and the guys just down the street. Nicole’s dress by Pronovias was especially fitting with it’s simple elegance while Dana wore a suit from Suit Supply and the groomsmen wore JM McClaughlin suits, in navy, the perfect compliment to the girls gray JCrew dresses.  Nicole and Dana came together for an emotionally filled first look, followed by photos with the bridal party and family.

Transportation was a very important part of their wedding day. We worked out a very strategic timeline in order to use the trolleys to their fullest! There were many moving parts since they were used for the bridal party, moving guests to and from the Cohasset Harbor Hotel and the church, as well as for the bridal party after the ceremony!  There was also another wedding with another trolley so we made sure that we had Nicole and Dana’s guests getting on the right trolley!

Once all of the guests arrive at the 293 year old First Parish Church, the ceremony began.  Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring played on the organ for the bridal party, and Canon in D played while Nicole and her dad walked down the aisle. The ceremony was around 30 minutes long, and within that time their, Reverend Jill Cowie, shared their personally written vows.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the church.  Once the tissues were tucked away and the ceremony ended, the guests boarded the trolleys again to be transported to Atlantica for the reception while the bridal party went to Sandy Cove for some beach photos!

One of the many reasons we love Atlantica is the views that the wall of window walls provides.  During cocktail hour the sunset lit up the entire room and no matter where you were, you had a breathtaking view of the ocean.  Another special touch to the reception was a blessing from Dana’s uncle, Father John Pierce.  His blessing was humorous, yet very meaningful.  Since Nicole and Dana met at Colby College, it was only natural for CC touches such as a CC flag on their gift table, mentions in their toasts, and of course the memorable alumni group picture, to be incorporated into their wedding.  The night ended with a lot of dancing, laughs, and some late night snacks! But the fun did not stop when the reception concluded.  The next day the families hosted brunch, so everyone had a chance to gather together again to chat, reminiscence, and say their goodbyes before everyone headed home.

A few additional words from Nicole:

“Brides spend so long thinking of and planning the details for the reception, but aren’t there to oversee it all coming together. Knowing your team was there to oversee the set up and make my vision come to life was extremely important and comforting to me.  It took so much pressure off us on that day.  Thank you for all you did to make last night so special. You are amazingly talented and everyone we worked with was so on top of it.  My family woke up this morning saying you were the key to success for yesterday. We don’t know what we would have done without you! Thank you for making our wedding memorable. It was such a pleasure working with you!”

Take a look at Kat Hanafin Photography’s blog which showcases their beautiful day!

Event Coordination: The Day Of 

Ceremony: First Parish Cohasset

Officiant: Reverend Jill Cowie

Hair: Rudolph Adamo

Makeup: Blush

Ceremony Music: Sylvia Berry

Reception Music: Unity- Murray Hill Talent

Photography: Kat Hanafin Photography

Florist: Sue Chessia Floral Design

Reception: Atlantica 

Cake: Konditor Meister

Transportation: Kenny’s Coach

Elizabeth + Matias – Four Seasons Hotel, Boston, MA

Last September, Elizabeth and Matias married in an elegant ceremony at St. Julia’s Parish followed by a festive reception at The Four Seasons!  The morning began with both bride and groom getting ready at The Four Seasons Boston before heading out to the Boston Gardens for their first look.  The infamous Boston Common bridge made for the perfect backdrop for the couples reunion before their ceremony. After photos with the entire wedding party, the limo’s headed to the church, where Elizabeth and Matias were married, surrounded by family and dear friends.

We love working with Winston’s Flowers; their eye-catching arrangements never fail to take your breath away. Elizabeth and Matias’ florals were no exception.  As guests returned to the Four Seasons for the cocktail hour and reception, they were greeted by a remarkable arrangement of tall candelabras with draping flowers when collecting their escort cards. The stunning florals continued inside with a variety of pin-spotted arrangements on each guest table.  Guests were also able to sign a non-traditional guest book, a map showing a heart connecting their two homes (Argentina and Massachusetts), for Elizabeth and Matias’ memories.

With much Argentinean heritage within the room, Elizabeth and Matias brought some South American flair to their reception. Translation cards of the Best Man and Maid of Honor’s speeches were placed at each table so everyone could enjoy the heartfelt wishes. Towards the end of the night, guests were invited onto the dance floor to partake in the carnaval carioca. With bridesmaids handing out fun props and confetti, everyone joined the dancing to vibrant and lively music… what a great way to close out the night! Guests were invited to take a yummy blueberry “Jordan Marsh” muffin home as their favors.

Argentinean weddings are known for lasting all night and so everyone headed to the after-party to continue dancing until the early hours of morning!

We were so excited to take part in such a fun and festive ceremony and wish Elizabeth and Matias all the best!

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Event Planner: The Day Of 

Hotel: Four Seasons

Makeup:  Prettyology

Hair: Daryl Christopher

Transportation: Accent Limousine

Ceremony: St. Julia’s Parish

Cake: The Artisan Bake Shop

Reception Music: The Stingers

Photographer: Person & Killian

Videographer: Black Tie Video

Florist:  Winston’s Flowers

Favors: Montillio’s Baking Company

Reception: Four Seasons Hotel Boston