When I first stepped into the Atrium (aka Museum Pavilion) at the JFK Library, I immediately thought it was a perfect place for a wedding, particularly a ceremony. Given our climate, outdoor weddings are hard to make happen with any certainty. But here, I felt like I was outside, but with all of the comforts of the indoors. And the location is unbelievable- great views of Boston and amazing, unending water! Then I asked about weddings and at the time, the answer was a big ole “Nope.” They don’t do them.
Well, this year, all that has changed. Woohoo!!! Now it’s an amazing yes!!! You can have your first look just outside by the water. Then walk down the amazing staircase to your ceremony with a killer view. Cocktail hour can be outside on the back patio (aka Habor Side Plaza). And you can party back in the Pavilion or in Smith Hall. The thing about Smith Hall is that, when you go on an ordinary day, it can be difficult to imagine as a space for celebration. But think of it as a blank slate, because I have been to 3 very different events there. All of them amazing- from modern stylish blues, whites, silvers to romantic pinks and whites to red, white and blue (think nautical- or patriotic).
So here’s a taste of what can be done in the Pavilion and Smith Hall….
Classic white and gold, set for a cocktail hour designed by AE Events:
Oh and I don’t think I mentioned the food. Out of control goodness by Gourmet Caterers, the exclusive caterer for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. You get to work with Jeanne Spence, who is delightful in every way.
Arrive in style with vintage cars by Ocean State Classics.
Even the entry can be set up beautifully. Love the Red Carpet effect with lights.
Now our first look at Smith Hall with orchids in white, mirrored containers, blue linens and purple lights. Warm candles add a bit of romance. Oh and check out the silver chiavari chairs and the white leather banquettes (designed by Best of Boston wedding planner AE Events).
Seriously love these “chandeliers.”
Bring on the band. It’s party time!
Now for the romantic pinks and whites with more traditional chandeliers and mirrored tables, designed by Marc Hall Designs with lighting by Design Light. Plus this dance floor was set to the side so that guests could enjoy a lounge space (not pictured) by the windows.
And last for a completely different take on the location, a super cool and playful Nautical theme. Making the most of the water, AE Events brought in red, white and blue linens for a modern look at a classic color pallette.
I am especially fond of the navy and white linen.
Don’t forget the entertainment. These guys welcomed guests as they entered the JFK Library.
Arriving as the sun starts to go down with beautiful light.
More yums by Gourmet.
Guests couldn’t keep themselves from enjoying the view. #somanypics
And a few even visited the museum, which is incredible. An interesting walk to take during cocktail hour and a great conversation starter.
Just one little shot from Smith Hall again. AE Events had these super cute hats on every table. And they became the best props for our spontaneous photo booth. The guests had a blast with all of the photo ops.
Surf and turf for the seaside themed celebration!
Thank you to all of the people who worked so hard at these spectacular events.