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