Zach’s Bar Mitzvah – Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA + It’s 2 Cool, Canton, MA

Zach became a Bar Mitzvah this past May. Each celebration is unique and I can’t stress enough the importance of choosing the right way to celebrate for your child.  Karen recognized this. She even changed the venue from a hotel ballroom when she realized that there would be a lot of boys. Zach’s friends had been to a number of Mitzvahs and she knew that Zach wanted to have more than just a dance party to engage the kids.  She wanted to recognize her son’s accomplishments in a way that was comfortable for him but also have a high energy party with dancing and entertainment that the kids, teenagers and adults would engage in. The solution was It’s2Cool in Canton.

Zach’s love for sports was reflected in his custom logo which was carried through on the adult centerpieces balloon base, sign in board and  the kids favors. The kids tables were decorated with custom runners and centerpieces of  Boston sports teams.

The evening began with an adult cocktail hour in the lobby, while the kids broke right into the activities, which come with the venue, such as inflatable jousting, rock wall climbing, a graffiti photo room, inflatable basketball, skeet ball lanes, electronic games and air hockey. Another unique feature of this venue is how incredibly it transform into a fun party space, which includes things like lighting, sound, AV to run their surprise video for Zach, and confetti drops!

At the start of the reception was a beautiful Havdalah service and a little later, a reminiscent video documenting Zach’s life was projected clearly on two walls.  Dinner and dessert stations kept everyone up and moving about throughout the evening.  Guests also enjoyed snapping pictures in the photo graffiti room, getting their faces painted with glow in the dark paint and leaving their mark on the sign-in board. The kids were thrilled with their sports performance long-sleeve shirt as a favor.  We were beyond thrilled to be part of another beautiful, and special celebration with the family and couldn’t be more proud of Zach on his accomplishment.  Mazel Tov, Zach!

A few words from Karen (Zach’s Mom):

Michelle at The Day Of came through for our family in a hundred “save the moment” ways.  She helped me plan a weekend of detailed logistics (Shabbat dinner, Kiddish lunch, evening celebration and Sunday brunch.)  Having been by my side for my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah three years earlier she was there to help with this one through the roller coaster of last minute changing the venue.  Moving away from a hotel setting meant we now had to take on a myriad of detailed logistics (from food and beverage to tables, chairs and linens… the list went on and on.)
Michelle worked her magic and helped with the details of pulling it all together.  She was by my side to handle all of the Saturday evening planning and logistics.  She is poised and doesn’t get thrown off her game — she is at her best in planning.  She was my rock during the evening, watching with a careful eye that the flow of events was fluid, which allowed me to socialize with my guests.
Thank you Michelle for pulling together an event that felt like us, celebrated Zach and allowed us to focus on his accomplishments.




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Event Coordination – The Day Of

Venue – It’s 2 Cool

Caterer – Margery Gussak 

Photographer – Happy Gatherings

DJ – Party Excitement

Balloons – Partners Balloon Design

2017 Color Trends

I always look forward to the launch of the 2017 color trends with such anticipation!   It’s always fun to speculate about color stories experiencing a revival and see what might be create inspiration!  After all, a color scheme is the foundation to an event!  So have fun with it, find something that you love, that inspires you and makes you feel amazing!

And…here it is…The Pantone Color of the Year for 2017…Greenery!


I have loved the color green for as long as I can remember. When my parents moved us back to Boston in the early ’80s, being the older child, I clearly remember standing in the hallway as my mother gave me the choice of rooms. The green or the yellow…mustard, not sunshine yellow. I still laugh because I CHOSE the green..which also happens to have been the SMALLER room. Do you still think color doesn’t matter!?

Green is clean, fresh, organic, rejuvenating and has a very solid connection to nature. It also triggers relaxation and symbolizes prosperity!  This is very fitting with upcoming trends, as wedding color swatches are looking very “back to the earth” for 2017. See below for a few ideas.

Below are some fabulous boards created by Elegant Wedding Invites.

Natural, White and Green are all colors found abundantly in the world around us, so what better way for the simple bride to show her appreciation? Pops of green with the rustic khaki and crisp white bring to mind weddings of old and have a relaxed but regal feel.


Mauve, gray and a neutral color (like taupe) tie everything together, as they are variations of one another, without being too boring or predictable. Mauve flowers are easy to find and photograph beautifully. As this is the brightest color of the bunch, relegate it to pops and let the gray and taupe act as neutrals. This palette is reminiscent of fairytale and romance.

Looking to amp the color up a bit? You don’t have to stray far from nature,  just get a little more fruity! Cranberry, orange and ivory are reminiscent of fall as the rich hue of the cranberry offsets the vibrant orange. Use ivory to dims the color pops while keeping everything cheery.



Pantone Color Swatch
Color Boards


Charlie + Russ – The InterContinental Boston

Charlie and Russ were married at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel Boston over July 4th weekend.  Charlie and Russ live in California so planning their wedding from a distance would’ve been much more challenging if it weren’t for Russ’ mom who lives here in Boston. Charlie is from South Africa. She’s as kind as she is gorgeous and a fashion designer.  With a bride like Charlie, and her laid back style, warm personality and exquisite fashion sense, I knew there wouldn’t be a detail left untouched.

The day of the wedding Charlie was so calm and in the moment. Anyone could see that she was clearly enjoying the day and her time getting ready with the girls.  Once hair and make up was complete, they moved up to her suite to get dressed.  Her wedding gown, designed by Berta Bridal, was dramatic, sexy with a delicate edge. And the gem shawl was unlike anything I had ever seen, elegant, glamorous and to die for! Leave it to the fashion maven to pull that one off!

While there were subtle nods to the holiday, such as the patriotic straws, cocktail napkins and drink umbrellas, seen at cocktail hour, the ceremony and reception showcased the couple’s overall style; dignified with touches of glitz.   Her bridesmaids each wore a different style and metallic gown, the mens kipot was glamorous metallic gold and the chairs were gold chivavari; just enough to lay the foundation. But the floral were simply elegant in shades of white and pink, creating the perfect balance.

The ceremony was romantic, elegant and emotional, especially seeing Russ’ face as Charlie walked down the aisle. The room was dimly lit and the traditional birch chuppah, dripping with orchards and plush greens was breathtaking.  I always love the traditional pole holders, which were present. But clearly the crowd favorite was the kiss with the dip followed by a South African tradition of everyone coming up to the bride and groom at the chuppah before the recessional!

We thanked our lucky stars it was such a beautiful day and guests were able to enjoy cocktail hour, on the lawn, overlooking the Boston Harbor.  After cocktail hour, and a quick room turn, guests were welcomed back into the ballroom when the new Dr. and Mrs. Kerbel were announced into the room for their first dance.  Immediately following was one of the most phenomenal horas I’ve ever seen,  including Russ being tossed in the air with a sheet (YIKES) and he looked like he was loving every second of it!  The parent dances and toasts were sweet, personal…there was a lot of love in that room and everyone could feel it.   Generation Events kept the music roaring and the dancing moving, and Charlie and Russ were clearly having the time of their lives.

A few words from Charlie:

Michelle was beyond incredible and easy to work with.  It was the most magical day of my life and Michelle executed everything flawlessly. I was so relaxed and calm on the day because I knew we were in the best hands, Michelle has prepared me and organized everything with sheer perfection. Michelle kept us on track and made everything so simple from far away. My day would not have been the same or come to fruition without her. I would highly recommend her! I missed working with her once the day was over but look forward to future magical events Michelle can help me plan!


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Event Coordination: The Day Of

Hair: Jana Rago

Makeup: DWBeauty

Officiant: Rabbi Yisroel Freeman

Cake: Cheryl Ann’s Bakery

Ceremony Music: Charles Segal

Reception Music: Generation Events

Photographer: Silver + Salt

Videographer: Summer Wind Wedding Films

Florist: Lotus Floral Events

Lighting: Advanced Lighting & Production Services

Rehearsal Dinner: Joe’s American Bar & Grill

Photobooth: Posey Pose

Marquee Letter Lights: Your Love In Lights