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