Finally! That’s the word I heard most on the day of Craig and Michael’s wedding, from them, from their family, from their guests. Because after 21 years as a couple, it was really more of a formality and a celebration of their already beautiful and loving partnership. And this was a celebration for the ages!
Craig and Michael are warm, hilarious, fun, welcoming, engaging. They blended their two cultures- Craig’s Scandinavian/Christianity and Michael’s Judaism- to create a very personal ceremony lead by one of their dearest friends. Following this, guests enjoyed cocktails around the aquarium and then a dinner and dance party under a perfectly designed tent.
There are so many favorite moments from this day, but probably my favorite image is actually two images. The first I captured of Craig and Michael at the spot where they first met. The two are snuggling into each other so sweetly. The second was actually of two penguins at the Aquarium in the same position. Together they make me giggle, especially as their graphic theme for their wedding was penguins.
Congrats to Craig and Michael and many thank yous to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony Location: New England Aquarium / Reception Location: New England Aquarium/ Planner: EFD Creative / Photography: Allegro Photography / Caterer: New England Aquarium / Flowers: Orly Khon Floral / Cake: Cakes to Remember / Ceremony Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players / Lighting Design: Groove Events /Band/DJ: Groove Events / Transportation/Limo: Rockstar Limo / Invitations: Invitations & Company / Save the Dates & Program: Invitations & Company/ Draping & Chandeliers: DesignLight / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited
Liz and B.J. found each other via the water. Both competitive swimmers. And when water is such an integral part of your life, it also becomes an element of your relationship and ultimately your wedding. So it is perfectly fitting that they got ready for their day at the Intercontinental Hotel with views of the Boston Bay and selected the State Room’s Great Hall with views of city and the water for their reception. We ultimately chose to do their first look behind the hotel, along a dock leading to the water. Though friends and family were above looking on, it felt isolated. It felt calming. It felt right. The perfect start to the next chapter of their lives together.
Congrats to Liz and BJ and many thanks to all the professionals who made their day so special:
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Victories Church / Reception Location: The Stateroom / Photography: Allegro Photography / Flowers: Lotus Floral Events/ Wedding Planner: Janie Haas Events
Enjoy their wedding with a glimpse of all the different pieces- the getting ready, the first look, the ceremony, and their super fun party!
We first met Kristin at one of our favorite weddings, that of Andrea and Eric. She was one of the bridesmaids who sang her toast to Andrea during dinner. It was amazing!!! So when it came time for her to tie the knot, we already knew we were in for really good times. From their engagement session to their wedding celebration, Kristin and Tim found so many ways to share their love of each other and their love of the outdoors.
Choosing a winter wedding in New England for many would be a daunting option. For Kristin and Tim it was perfect. These two skiers couldn’t have had it any other way. And of course, we were all hoping that the weather would cooperate with just enough snow to be beautiful, but not dangerous. Thank you, New England Weather, for accommodating this time!
Congrats to Kristin and Tim and many thank you’s to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony Location: First Church in Wenham / Reception Location: Willowdale Estate/ Photography: Allegro Photography / Cinematography: Nedd Media / Flowers: Karla Cassidy Designs/ Hair: Axle Color Studio / Ceremony Music: C-Zone Entertainment / Band/DJ: C-Zone Entertainment / Invitations: Over the Rainbows / Save the Dates & Program: Willow and Sass / Cake Design: Silvercloud Cakes
And now for the exuberant joy, the rustic beauty, and the winter warmth, Part 1….
Blending cultures and families in an intimate gathering. Sophie and Mehmet focused on the special traditions of each of their families- hers Chinese and his Turkish. The incorporated the Chinese Tea Ceremony complete with traditional clothing as well as Turkish music complete with lively dancing. They brought together their ideas of what a perfect ceremony and celebration would be and created many of the elements themselves, and the DIY element worked perfectly for them. Their goal was a beautiful day that spoke to who they were as a couple. They were spot on.
So we begin with part 1….
Congrats to Sophie and Mehmet and many thank yous to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony and Reception: Fairmont Hotel Copley Plaza | Hair and Make-up: I do Wedding| Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss| Cake: Cakes to Remember | Lighting Design: Boston Sound and Light | Transportation: Boston Limo Service | Invitations: Paperless Post | Rentals: Boston Rustic Wedding Rental
Working with Donna and Dan was a blast from the initial meeting to their engagement session in Charlestown to the rehearsal dinner and, at last, the big day itself. Donna has a laugh and smile that is absolutely infectious and Dan has a warm easy way about himself. Though I knew Donna and Dan pretty well by their wedding weekend, the toasts of friends and family both nights were such fun and full of enlightening stories. These two have just the right chemistry – yes, that’s an awful pun based on the Museum of Science backdrop for the wedding reception and, no, I am not sorry :) – to endear themselves to everyone they meet.
Congrats to Donna and Dan and many thank yous to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s – St. Catherine of Siena Parish / Ceremony Musician: Daniel Sauceda of St. Mary’s / Cocktail & Reception Musician: First Class Band / Florist: Jeri Solomon Floral Designs / Lighting: SociaLight / Rental Company: Be Our Guest/ Transportation-Guests: Black Tie Limo / Transportation-Bridal Party: Old Town Trolley / Reception Location: Museum of Science / Planner: EFD Creative / Photography: Allegro Photography / Caterer: Wolfgang Puck / Makeup: Ciao Bella / Hair: Fringe Salon / Photobooth: Photobooth Favors / Favors: Cookie Creatives
If you choose a holiday weekend for your wedding celebration, you know your guests will already be in a festive mood and ready to party. If you choose the weekend following Thanksgiving, you also get the added bonus of getting extra time with family and friends. If you plan a destination wedding that spans two days, you know that you will all be relaxed and immersed in the beauty of the occasion. And so when Sally and Dave spoke to us about their wedding- first an intimate ceremony reception the night after Thanksgiving and then a larger blow-out party the following evening- we knew it would be magic. Not to mention that Sally and Dave exude warmth with their whole beings; you just instantly feel welcomed and embraced by them. And so we began as lucky photographers to Day 1 of this amazing celebration….
Congrats to Sally and Dave and many thank yous to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony and Reception Location: OceanCliff / Planner: EFD Creative / Photography: Allegro Photography / Flowers: Flowers by Semia / Cake: Something Different Cake Couture / Band: Nightshift Entertainment / Cinematography: Ready Set [Film] / Makeup: Jane Sincere / Hair: Jude Supplice of Safar Boston / Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Invitations: Invitations & Company / Transportation: Rockstar Limo
Probably the moment of Tracey and Joel’s wedding that will always stick with me is her expression when she walked into the Wharf Room and saw the amazing-ness created by Gregory and his team at Flou(-e)r. She had wanted floral magic and she got it. She had these ideas about the guest card table, something about a flower hedge, and he made it happen. And then there was this crazy cool chandelier of flowers over the dance floor. It was all truly stunning. And when Tracey walked in I could see how everything was exactly what she had dreamed of for her special day.
But let’s begin at the beginning….
Congrats to Tracey and Joel and many thank yous to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Holy Cross / Reception Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel / Hair & Make-up: Salon Monique / Gown Designer: Amsale from L’Elite / Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from L’Elite and The Wedding Library / Groom’s Attire: Paul Stuart / Groomsmen’s Attire: Baldwin Formals / Caterer: Boston Harbor Hotel / Cake: Boston Harbor Hotel / Florist: Flou(-e)r / Lighting Design: Boston Lighting / Band: Flipside / Ceremony Musicians: Cathedral of Holy Cross / Transportation: ALimo4-U / Invitations: Bella Figura / Save the Dates: Love Vs. Design / Other Printed Materials: The Write Way
Details, details, details. Oh and lots of delicious food.
The perfect pair welcomed their guests with a delicous bite of fruit.
At each setting a menu with their brand.
The reception flowers had a more vibrant hue- deep pink, purple and green.
Guests were seated in multiple spaces throughout the mansion.
One couldn’t forget that fall was in the air when stepping outside on the Grand Allee.
Did I mention the food? Tables of Content did an outstanding job with presentation and taste. A few morsels from the cocktail hour.
The Crane Estate itself offers inspiration and beauty at every turn. The grand staircase.
Dinner is served.
Even in darkness the house is a beauty.
And time for dessert.
For their favors, Mollie and Matt gave a donation to 3 charities and in honor of those, offered their guests a sweet treat in 3 different colors.
Can’t forget the band. This party was a ton of fun. Mollie even mentioned that the funniest moment was, "The Maid of Honor having a dance off with the band’s lead singer." What a great crew!
One last image before I go, I have to admit I can’t blame this young man one bit.
Couldn’t have done it with out these pro’s:
Wedding planners: Megan Whithed from Linnea Tangorra Events
Church: St. Williams Church, Tewksbury
Reception venue: Ashley DiCarlo from The Crane Estate
Caterer: Tables of Content
Wedding cake: Jenny’s Cakes
Make-up artist: Dani Wagener
Hair: Derek Yuen and Aurora Salon and Spa
Wedding gown: Pronovias at L’Elite Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Vera Wang at L’Elite Bridal
Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen’s tuxedos: Classic Tuxedo
Bagpiper: Murray Hill Entertainment
Band: Unity Band
Floral designer: Tony from Paul Anthony Designs
Rolls Royce: Phyllis at Le Limo
Guest transportation: Black Tie Limo
Rental Furniture: Seacoast Tents
This past September, I had the pleasure of working with Mimosa on a table top design they created for Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine. I arrived early to help determine the best spot for the table with regards to lighting. So I was able to watch Teresa Fung and her talented team work. Oh my! What a treat. They are such artists, only instead of painting with oils or watercolors, they paint in three dimentions with flowers and plants, with linens and tableware. As they were working, I observed and I documented; I was captivated.
Teresa had already prepped some of the floral before she arrived. In particular, the very time intensive work of attaching orchids to willow branches.
Some pieces had to be assembled on site. I was fascinated by these clear gelatinous balls that are nearly clear when you add water.
They allowed plants, such as these succulents, to appear as if they were floating in a glass vase.
Teresa is very hands-on. She would look at the design from every angle and make adjustments to the flowers or the linens or the glassware, seeking perfection.
Even the tiniest details were thought of. These miniature flowers were strung around tall vases.
Pinks of all shades.
Love the burgundy calla lily on the square plate. (Idea for Valentine’s Day?)
Gorgeous. Gorgeous flowers.
Even the linens had a floral feel. And Teresa had two options so that she could see how the whole look came together- one lavender and one this deeper fuchsia color.
Another look as the pieces are coming together.
Sometimes it just takes four hands to get the flowers to cooperate.
And finally, everything is complete. Simply magical. Love the arch and how it frames the candles and softens the wall in the background.
The vision. I couldn’t get over how beautiful this was. I know I would feel immensely special eating a meal at such a beautiful table.
Many professionals contributed products and services to bring this look together. Special thanks to all those involved:
Venue: Mistral, Boston, MA
Table and Floral Design, Glassware: Mimosa Fresh Flower Design, Boston, MA
Linens: Wildflower Linen, Buena Park, CA
China, Flatware and Chairs: Rentals Unlimited, Stoughton, MA
Vases: Tommy Wholesale, Boston, MA
Thank you to all of our colleagues!
If you loved all the varied uses of pinks from Maren and Steve’s "Special Touches," just wait til you see their flowers. All of the texture and softness and beauty. Plus, I am adding a bonus to spark your appetite with some of my favorite food images.
Part 2- Flowers and Food
First the flowers, pinks perfect for a summer wedding.
Loving the lushness of our bride’s bouquet. And check out our groom’s boutonniere.
The walk down the aisle was just perfect with these flower baskets hanging from the seats.
Sweet flower girl with her soft pink roses bouquet.
They brought the pails from the ceremony to place on the cocktail hour tables.
The dinner setting was just perfect. Some tables had tall centerpieces, some with petite centerpieces, all set off by the crystal chandeliers.
One of the tall centerpieces. The use of greens and whites add depth to the arrangement.
Along the fireplace, the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets were placed in glass vases tied with pink ribbons.
And now for a few sweet, yummy morsels. Maren’s caterer- Blue Rocks Catering- was fantastic. The food both looked and tasted (what we were able to enjoy) amazing!
Oh and her beautiful cake. A perfect combination of the food and the flowers!
And one last favorite, which I think shows how perfectly her floral choices fit with the grounds of the Glen Manor House…
More thank you’s to their amazing team of experience professionals:
Ceremony and Reception Site: Katie Wilkinson from the Glen Manor House
Getting Ready location: Kate Jenkins of the Pelham Court Hotel
Caterer: Ingrid Martins of Blue Rocks Catering
Cake: Kate Repko from Cappuccino’s
Floral Design: Sayles Livingston of Sayles Livingston Flowers
DJ: Sidney Posey of DeeJays Etc.
Ceremony Musicians: Crystal Pascucci and Quartetto Vivo
Hair and Make-up: Wavelengths Salon & Spa
Wedding dress designer and salon: Simone Carvalli; Maria Spyridopolous of Sabella Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses and salon: Watters & Watters; Cheri Amor of Perfect Bridal
Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank
Groomsmen’s tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse & Tuxedo
Invitations, place cards, save the dates- aka the full design suite: Steve Reepmeyer