I'm going to let you all in on a little secret...ever since we launched the Massachusetts blog I have literally been dying to get my hands on some of these amazing Bay state beauties. Perhaps it's because I live here and am partial, but I truly think Massachusetts brides have style for miles and this next nuptial by Kate McElwee Photographer is the perfect example. I love the location, but that's totally obvi at this point, I love the crisp blue and white hydrangeas, and I just so happen to think this couple is Adorable with a capital A. Join me in the gallery for even more!
From Kate McElwee Photographer...Patty and Nate had a beautiful but very laid back wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, MA. Patty's parents are Japanese and to honor her cultural heritage the couple chose some fun Japanese touches including Patty's bouquet (Japanese style, and topped with two white orchids) and Nate's boutonniere. Their florist was a Japanese florist based in Boston. Another cultural touch were Patty's red shoes and Nate's red socks, symbolizing good luck in Japanese tradition.
Patty and Nate chose Old South Church because it is a very liberal, open and welcoming Christian church. They know many gay couples and it was important to them that they marry at a church where their friends would also be allowed to marry. They were keen to ensure that all of their vendors were also gay-friendly. Their beautiful invitation suite featured original drawings of Old South Church and Boston Public Garden (location for portraits, and seen from reception venue The Four Seasons). When they exited the church, coordinator Fiona of Pink Orchid Weddings had guests line up and wave "yay" "hooray" and "married" flags while cheering the couple. Patty and Nate left for the reception in a white Jaguar, and guests traveled in trolleys.
Cocktail hour was held in the bar off the grand Four Seasons restaurant Aujourd'hui (site of the main reception) and guests were offered appetizers that included miniature bristol burgers, crab cakes, smoked salmon with corn griddle cakes, truffle parmesan fries served in bamboo cones. The dinner entree choices were fillet mignon or herb-crusted halibut. Guest favors were photo frames that were personalized with Patty and Nate's names and their wedding date. After dinner, there was much dancing in the main room (Aujourd'hui) and a photobooth in the bar area, complete with silly props such as mustaches and giant scissors (photos available on request!) The late-night dessert buffet was an impressive array of sweets that included triple chocolate brownies, mini fruit tarts, mini cheesecakes, lemon whoopie pies, vanilla creme brulee, chocolate raspberry almond tortes, and apricot shortcakes. In addition to this incredible dessert spread, the couple had a four tier lemon and raspberry wedding cake from Flour Bakery.
Wedding Photography: Kate McElwee Photographer / Coordinator: Pink Orchid Weddings / Ceremony Venue: Old South Church / Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel / Chair Rental: Tommy Wholesale / Floral Design: Hanaya Floral / Ceremony Musician: Harry Huff / Officiant: Reverend Doctor Ken Orth / Trolly: Supertours / Limousine: Excelsior Limousine / Hair: Jennifer Guerriero / Make-up: Veronica Shin / Wedding Cake: Flour Bakery / DJ: Beat Train Productions / Linens: Table Toppers / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG