Laura + Brian – The State Room, Boston, MA

Laura and Brian are the perfect example of mixing steadfast traditions with their personal beliefs. Just one example of this is the recessional song. As any of us who have been to a wedding would know, typically the recessional song is classical in nature or an “oldie” about love. Laura and Brian decided to go with “Drunk in Love” by Beyonce. These little details went a long way in determining the type of night the couple would have: highly personalized and memorable. Laura is chatty and petite, a perfect match to Brian’s tall and quiet demeanor. The two joined in marriage in November at The State Room, overlooking all of Boston.

They each got ready for the day at the nearby Longwharf Marriott in adjoining rooms. This made for a difficult time surprising Brian with a first look, as we had to guard the hallways so he couldn’t glimpse Laura rushing to the elevator bank in her gown. Equipped with 14 bridesmaids dressed in black and gold, and 7 groomsmen, the two took pictures outside the hotel before heading over to The State Room. Many of the wedding guests were staying in this hotel, so Laura and Brian hired Boston Trolleys to taxi the guests from here to the venue. A stylish way to ride, and much better than walking on this foggy blustery night! The two said I do with 178 of their closest friends and family in the audience, a bank of chairs set up to resemble a large C facing the old State House. What a view! Guests even lined up at the at the windows towards the end of the night to view the Christmas Tree lighting below!

Gorgeous photos of Laura and Brian lined the halls of the Great Room and the space came alive for the reception with towering white blooms and candle centerpieces with touches of white and gold. The couple’s first dance, set to “One Dance” by Drake, lead into a brief dance set with a lively band crooning the classics from Frank Sinatra to Prince. After a nonchalant cake cutting and the opening of the photo booth, maids of honor and the man of honor each gave touching toasts, complete with a cutout of the Groom’s head! Laura’s parents and Brian’s mother seemed elated and danced with the couple all night long, especially after flip flops were passed around so ladies could take a break from those heels! The personality reflected in this event was astounding and I am so glad I got to be a part of it. Best wishes, Laura and Brian!

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Event Coordination: The Day Of

Venue: The State Room

Hair: Beauty PaRLR

Makeup: Katrina Hess

Transportation: Brush Hill Tours/Beantown Trolley

Transportation: Boston Coach

Officiant: James H. Griffin

Cake: I Dream of Jeanne Cakes

Ceremony, Cocktail & Reception Music: Murray Hill Talent

Photographer: George Street Photography

Videographer: George Street Photography

Florist: Flou(-e)r

Lighting: Gemini AV

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

Photobooth: Pix-el-ate

 

 

Phoebe + Matt, Private Residence, Gloucester, MA

Phoebe and Matt were married on Labor Day weekend. They live in Connecticut but love Gloucester and wanted to have a fun, laid back, beach destination location for their wedding day.  So they rented a house overlooking the beach and did just that!

They have to be one of the most laid back, cool and calm clients I’ve ever worked with because their plan was to get married outside, without a rain plan (gasp), well, at least for me.  The pessimistic planner told them all the reasons this wasn’t an ideal plan but they assured me that they were ok with it…rain or shine!  Lucky for them they had the most beautiful day.  Sunny with a gorgeous breeze off the beach. I mean it seriously couldn’t have been more perfect.

Their style completely reflected them, comfortable and casual. But that doesn’t mean it was easy! It was a great deal of DIY so they spent the week prepping,  such as stringing lights over the patio, accepting mid-week deliveries and bringing in all their own beverages. And of course we picked up where they left off the day of the wedding.

Before ceremony, guests gathered on the patio for cocktails while soaking up the end of the beautiful summer day.  Once the ceremony began, they moved down to the backyard lawn overlooking the ocean. Phoebe and her dad walk down, the long rock formed stairway, as their family and friends stood by their side.  Phoebe and Matt were lucky enough to be married by a close friend which was comforting and meaningful.

Phoebe looked gorgeous. Ethereal, graceful and stunning!  Being a beach wedding didn’t mean her dress had to be. However, she did change her dress to something a bit more casual once the sunset!

Following ceremony guests returned to the patio for cocktail hour where they enjoyed, impressive and delicious, chartruitery trays designed by Phoebe’s mom and aunt as well as an oyster bar, a nod to the beach wedding.  After cocktail hour Roxy’s Grilled Cheese food truck arrived for dinner.  Once everyone had dinner, Phoebe’s brother gave the sweetest toast bringing most everyone to tears, and Phoebe and Matt’s cake cutting and first dance.  Cake was cut and placed out for all to take while dancing the night away under the stars and a fire was lit for s’more to end out the night.

We absolutely loved Phoebe and Matt and their wedding day!

 

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Event Coordination: The Day Of

Location: Private Residence in Gloucester, MA

Photographer: Paula Gabriel Beltz. Instagram: @pb_creations

Raw Bar : Island Creek Oyster Co.

Food Truck: Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

Staffing: A Happy Hostess

Rentals: Be Our Guest

Florist: Celia’s Flower Studio

Hair and Make Up: Beauty Entourage

 

Emily’s Bat Mitzvah – Congregation B’nai Shalom, Westborough + The Verve, Natick, MA

Emily became a Bat Mitzvah this past June at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough.  The celebration continued with a Kiddush, immediately following the services and then continued in the evening at The Verve in Natick.

Emily’s family and friends are self proclaimed casual partiers!  When we first met, at the end of December, they were just beginning to think about how to translate that into a nice affair; not too casual and certainly not over the top.  At the time, they were considering a tent at home, but as the conversations evolved, so did the location.  The perfect space turned out to be just 20 minutes down the road at The Verve.  They opened up to my idea of using Stardust, a unique space typically used for concerts and cocktail hours, for a reception!  What does that mean? A really fun party with an informal vibe, great food and drinks and lots of dancing!

Once the menu was selected and the DJ and photographer were nailed down, it was time to move on to what we’d do with this space!  Emily really wanted to keep the decor as casual as the party.  First, we decided on the color turquoise, her favorite color!  Then we moved on a fun logo adding her own spunky signature on touches throughout the party;  cupcakes, cocktail napkins, a sign in board, scrapbook and lamp centerpieces.  Emily’s own special touch were the cork boards of pictures throughout her life, that she personally created.

Northern Lights DJ kept the energy up with dancing and games throughout the celebration.  A few evening highlights included Emily’s introduction, her candlelighting with her sister Casey as candle bearer, and a toast from her Dad.  Everyone had a blast with our Polaroid booth!  Props, a Polaroid camera and a scrapbook, resulted in a wonderful keepsake of photos and special messages from all of her guests.  The kids were so excited to dig into the candy bar at the end of the evening!  We set out a Emily’s favorite blue, white and silver wrapped candies and blue logo mason jars…a pretty sweet way to end the night!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day, Emily!
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Event Planner: The Day Of

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

Decor: ECI Events

Photographer: Evolution Media

Reception Music: Northern Lights

Cake: Icing on the Cake

Venue: The Verve Crowne Plaza

Temple: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Kiddush Caterer: Franklin Caterers