Lara + Jim – Residence, East Boston, MA

From my first phone call with Lara, one month before their wedding day, I could tell Lara and Jim were going to be an unfussy couple.  But there was a great deal of work to do.  They had ideas but nothing etched in stone, and they still needed to sort out who was catering, what rentals they needed, who was going to serve the food and clean up and exactly how they were going to use their home for their wedding day. During our initial meeting at their home, their wedding day began to come into focus as we talked through the many options, and how exactly this was going to all come to fruition!  For the weeks following our meeting, things continued to evolve as such in the planning process, only this was condensed into just a few weeks! Challenging but not impossible! While doing something at home seems simple, that’s not always the case. There was a great deal of work that went into the planning and execution of this more untraditional wedding reception but I am thrilled to say that it was incredible and I absolutely loved everything about it!  Plus, they just couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere but their cozy brownstone in East Boston with their loving pup, Ollie.

As the couple got ready, their trusty pooch was never far away. He even appears in some of the wedding portraits in his adorable plaid bowtie. Lara chose a column gown with gorgeous beading from BHLDN and no veil. Jim wore jeans, a blue checked shirt with a burgundy blazer and Chuck Taylor’s.

As luck would have it, it began to rain that first day in October (the best laid plans) and practically everything had to be moved inside. Thankfully, we had a rain plan discussion (which nobody ever wants to have but is imperative) and everything worked out perfectly!  The ceremony, originally set on the back patio, was moved into the living room.  Nearly 150 family and friends all crowded around (some even sitting on the staircase in the hallway to get a better vantage point).

Their home has a typical row house floor plan, with double parlors on the main floor and kitchen and dining room the floor below.  Once the ceremony concluded, guests enjoyed passed and stationary Greek appetizers of spanakopita and stuffed grape leaves from Greek Corner in Cambridge, tiding guests over as they indulged in the couple’s signature drink.  With lots of mingling, congratulating and celebrating, the reception continued with a buffet-style dinner served in the lower level dining room and under a tent on the patio.  People filled the house listening to the playlist created by the couple, a fun and recognizable mix of 80’s new wave and modern alternative jams. The couple, surrounded by best friends, danced late into the evening. Best wishes, Lara and Jim!

bc1014

_bc1051 copy _bc1246

_xmasprints

_ceremony1331

ceremony1353

Event Coordination: The Day Of

Photographer: Tiffany White Photography

Florist: Stapelton Floral

Appetizers / Dinner: Greek Corner

Dessert: Spinelli’s / Cakes and homemade Italian cookies baked by a neighbor

Rentals: Taylor Rental

Staff:  Food and Beverage Staffing