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