Claudia + Mark – The College Club of Boston + Mistral, Boston, MA

From our very first call, I knew Claudia and I were going to have a blast!  She is smart,  eloquent and VERY funny!!!!

Claudia and Mark’s wedding was the most intimate wedding we’ve done but don’t let that fool you.  There was nothing small feeling about this wedding.  Every detail was carefully decided and looked after and was elegant from start to finish.

Claudia got ready at The College Club of Boston. The high victorian townhouse, at 44 Commonwealth Avenue, was built for a family around 1860.  In December of 1890 it became a club for women and continues to be the oldest club of its type in America.   The decor is feminine and homey.  I found the entire setting to be extremely calming and comforting, making it a perfect place to get ready…and get married!

Mark and the guys got ready at their home, but arrived to the club an hour before the ceremony to receive their boutonnieres and take photos.  Claudia and Mark didn’t see each other until the ceremony, but with this venue it was very easy, with the pocket doors and the gorgeous staircase, it all came down to timing! As soon as Mark walked down the aisle, we brought Claudia down for a very dramatic entrance when her ushers opened up the doors to reveal our beautiful bride!  Officiated by a close friend, the ceremony was warm and personal making it all the more special.

Immediately following the ceremony, guests were invited to stay for cocktail hour while the bride and groom took photos.  They also had the chance to fool around with a Polaroid camera and leave the new couple a note in their guest book.

Upon arrival to Mistral, guests watched the couple enjoy their first dance before joining them on the dance floor.  A blessing, a few toasts, a cake cutting (take note of Claudia’s dress and the cake) and DANCING…and lots of it!

From our perspective, there were a lot of moving parts.  To ensure the ceremony and transportation at The College Club went smoothly, and that everything was all set up correctly and ready to go at Mistral including guest valet and transportation to the ceremony, we literally had to be in two locations at once!  So…even with a smaller wedding don’t underestimate the need for a “day of” coordinator.  There is truly no difference when it comes to planning and coordinating, whether you have 30 guests or 130!  We really do the same job no matter what the size!  Overseeing set up, greeting vendors, coordinating the logistics and smoothing everything out is still required!  With us there you can destress, focus on you and enjoy your day!

Wishing Claudia and Mark the happiest anniversary! XO

A few words from Claudia:

I loved our wedding day. When my husband and I talked about the wedding the next day we realized that we both felt the same way; we were calm and happy, peaceful and excited, and surrounded by so much love and good energy that we cheesed thru the whole thing. We were so blessed to have a wonderful team led by Michelle from “Day Of”. A small wedding also means that there is a very small margin for error, but I wasn’t worried about a thing that day.  If something went wrong, I didn’t see it, or feel it, and to this day I remain happily clueless. Michelle was so much fun to work with and was essential to the success of our wedding day. We are so grateful for her calm and caring attention to our guests, to us, and the execution of our vision.

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Ceremony: The College Club of Boston

Reception: Mistral

Ceremony / Cocktail Hour Music: Marlene Jazz Ensemble

Reception Music: DJ Derrick Grist

Photographer: WF Wedding and Portrait Photography

Florist: Cedar Grove Gardens

Linens: Be Our Guest

Cake: Sweet Tooth

Hair and Make Up: Glam Rush

Guest Transportation: Local Motion

Bride and Groom Transportation: ATR Limo