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Intimate Boston Restaurant Wedding

I’m lucky enough to live close to the Boston Public Garden, but still stop and stare at its beauty every visit. Spacious and serene, it’s also one idyllic spot for wedding pics. Jen Ing snapped these lovebirds among the garden’s romantic trees – complete with pup in tow – before heading to their celebration at a nearby restaurant. From these pics to the restaurant’s chic style, we have a winner, hands down.

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From Jen Ing PhotographyLily and Andy held an intimate wedding at Cinquecento restaurant in Boston. With only six months to plan the wedding, they wanted to keep things simple and intimate. Lily and Andy are self-proclaimed foodies and their vision of a perfect wedding was to eat and drink the night away with family and friends. Thus came the idea to throw a large dinner party and indulge in a delicious meal together instead of having a traditional wedding reception.

The wedding vision was inspired by Lily’s Jenny Packham dress, which she found after trying on only four wedding dresses! Says the bride, “I loved how light and comfortable I felt and knowing that I would not have to fuss around with a big skirt on our wedding day. My favorite part of the dress was the delicate flutter sleeves. I limited myself to doing only a few DIY projects. Paper Source had some gorgeous invitations with gold-foiled designs which I used to print our table numbers, signature drink menus and seating assignments. Our favors were artisan marshmallows tucked into muslin bags with a custom stamp which I hand-stamped myself. I had the most fun working with our coordinator at Cinquecento to come up with our signature drinks. Mine was a mocktail called ‘The Blushing Bride’ and Andy’s was a gin-based cocktail called ‘The Dapper Gin-tlemen.’”

Lily and Andy included some romantic art deco elements in touches of pink and gold, an homage to the Gatsby era, and neutral florals which beautifully complemented the restaurant’s more masculine and rustic aesthetic of reclaimed wood, bricks, and leather.

Prior to the wedding, we got some lovely shots of Lily and Andy together in Boston’s lush Public Garden, always a favorite for portraits. The couple says doing their first look and portraits was their favorite part of the day, especially since their dog, Polly, got to make an appearance.

Photography: Jen Ing Photography | Floral Design: Mahoney's Garden | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Konditor Meister | Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Vanessa Bridal And Image | Favors: Malvi | Groom's Attire: Milton's | Wedding Venue: Cinquecento | Bridal Boutique: Allegria Bridal | Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players

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Traditionally Elegant Wedding Filled with American History

For starters, my Groom is a huge history buff. So, when this next slice of history landed in my lap I just couldn’t wait to share. Because not only did this darling duo wed on historic land graced with Poppy Floral bouquets, but the Groom also happens to be a direct descendent of an American Founding Father, John Adams himself! Straight from Sweet Monday Photography, it’s a gallery chock-full of history (like the Bride’s heirloom veil!) and you can witness it all here!

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From Sweet Monday PhotographyWe’re excited to finally share what was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for us as wedding photographers – the wedding of a direct descendant of John & Abigail Adams. The groom, Rett Adams, is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of John Adams. (8th generation from John Adams and 7th generation from John Quincy Adams.) Rett married his wife Leatha on June 14, 2014, at the Adams family property in Quincy, which is, of course, currently the Adams National Historical Park.

(Only direct descendants of the Adams family, through the male line, are allowed to get married at the Adams National Historical Park and it’s especially important to the ladies that run the museum that we mention this fact as they are concerned about fielding phone calls from non-Adams brides wanting to get married there.)

Professional photography is not usually allowed at the Adams House, however since Rett and his family own the property and lease it to the National Parks Services, we had free reign over the property and many of its artifacts (with strict supervision, of course!). The most stunning example is the heirloom veil that Leatha wore for the ceremony which was originally purchased by Charles Francis Adams in 1854 for his daughter Louisa’s marriage to Charles Kuhn. The veil was donated to the park in 1957 from Mary Ogden Abbott, who requested it be available to “descendants of Charles Francis Adams, the Ambassador to England, who might wish to use it at her wedding.” Leatha is only the fifth bride to wear the veil.

Rett & Leatha were married in the courtyard next to the Old House where John & Abigail used to live. Built in 1731, John & Abigail called the home “Peacefield” during their day as it was a refuge from the war & politics for four generations of Adams. Leatha made her entrance walking across the lawn past a white rose bush originally planted by Abigail Adams which she had brought with her from England (Rosa X alba, a simple white, single petal rose that the family called the York rose.)

We also took some portraits at the corner of the property near the black walnut tree which is attributed to John Quincy Adams, 6th President.

The reception took place inside the old Carriage House. Rett & Leatha had planned just a simple meal with family & friends but were surprised with a song and first dance by one of Rett’s groomsmen. Ending the night was another surprise…in honor of Flag Day, a park across the street had fireworks!

To the best of everyone’s recollection, Rett & Leatha are only the third couple to have a wedding at the Old House, the last one being in 1901.

We were so honored to be part of this uniquely historic event!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Floral Design: Poppy Floral | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sugar Plum Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Makeup Artist: Manda Carco | Hair Stylist: Amy Lynne Poirier | Venue: Adams National Historical Park | Custom Watercolor & Calligraphy (Seating Chart & Table Numbers): Damn Good Calligraphy | Dress Shop: Musette Bridal

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Classic Old State House Wedding in Boston

I love calling Boston my city. It’s got a cozy kind of charm with all it’s historic buildings and quaint cobblestone streets tucked into a gorgeous harbor. And right there in the middle of it, sits the Old State House where these two lovebirds said their beautiful I do’s—the Bride holding her sweet peach garden rose bouquet from Winston Flowers and the Groom looking dapper in gray. Kelly Dillon documented the day with these breathtaking images—see it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Leo and I met actually a few blocks down from the Old State House at Bell in Hand (Americas oldest tavern). After 5 years together Leo proposed to me on a train we were taking down to Florida. Every year we would take a sleeper car down the east coast from Boston to Florida together. It was a perfect place to propose!

I really wanted our wedding to be relaxed and intimate. I liked the idea of having our ceremony in a historic building, and when we saw the old state house we fell in love with the space. I wanted the decor to be modern but have a vintage feel since we were getting married in a historic building. We wanted things polished but not perfect looking to leave things a bit more informal. I also wanted people to leave with few tokens. I like the idea of handkerchiefs for ceremony that could be useful and also great for everyone. I asked Leo to design the logo for our wedding, we used this on the handkerchiefs and we played off of the coat of arms, lion an unicorn that is on the old state house. If you look at the time on these it is set to 5:30, the time of our ceremony. I also used the lions for the escort cards.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony: Old State House Boston | Ceremony Venue: Old State House Boston | Reception Venue: Mistral Bistro | Shoes: BHLDN | Makeup: Tryst Studio | Hair: Stacey Kuehn

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Rustic + Whimsical Berkshires Farm Wedding

Delicate papel picado and hand-printed paperie (that was designed by the Groom!) set a whimsical tone at this tented Shaker farm wedding, that was filled with personal details (like the travel stories printed at each reception table) and family-first moments (like the Groom’s touching tribute to his late father). Isabelle Selby Photography captured all the sweetness here, so take a peek and fall in love.

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From Isabelle Selby Photography… This was a truly special and spectacular event because of all the love, support and emotion that went into the day. From my first conversation with Persis I knew that she was going to invest much time and energy into the day to make sure it was the wedding of her dreams, and I believe that she succeeded. There were so many special moments throughout the day from Persis’ grandma reading from the Sikh Holy Book to a moment in honor of Ryan’s dad who passed away the Christmas before their wedding. They truly honored him during the ceremony and his memory was an important part of the day.

In addition to this the details were gorgeous. The setting of a Shaker farm was very important to the couple and they let the natural beauty show. Ryan, the groom, made all of the printed design details including the invitation and they presented photos on the card table with old photos of family members. The table numbers were locations that they had traveled to together since they are avid travelers and each table had a story from that location. The big tent for dinner had farm tables and Shaker chairs, Mexican papel picado banners strung throughout the tent with their names “PERSIS + RYAN” cut out so beautifully along with bistro lights and handmade signs throughout. All in all it was a gorgeous event and wonderful display of their love for each other.

Photography: Isabelle Selby Photography | Videography: Silvia Foz | Event Planning: Eutopia Events | Floral Design: Maryanne Gillooly Design | Wedding Dress: Shareen Bridal | Cake: Bake Me Pretty | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Savory Harvest Catering | Makeup: Sonya Heimann | Lighting: Rob Alberti | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Officiant: Grace Ceremonies | Hotel: Red Lion Inn | Venue: Hancock Shaker Village | Ceremony Musicians: Michael Nix | Paper Goods: Ryan Adair | Rentals: Classical Tents | Watch: Uniform Wares

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Romantic Boston Skyline Wedding

A stylish and cosmopolitan affair, this next celebration is one lovely tribute. For when planning their Big Day this pair wanted to honor beautiful Boston, the city they live in and love. From their fabulous first dance straight from the lens of Long Haul Films and every moment in between (including a few lightening bolts) it’s all waiting for you in the gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… When my husband and I got engaged we knew very little about weddings or wedding planning. I had only attended a couple family weddings and my husband a few friends, so we started this process with the naiveté it takes to either create something really unique or totally screw it up. Luckily, with the help of family and friends I believe we achieved the former.

We got engaged in March of 2013, one month before the Boston Marathon bombings. Both of us attended the marathon that day and our hearts ached for those directly impacted by what transpired. We also watched as people banded together around the victims and their loved ones and were so moved by the residents of the great city of Boston. At the time we were on our wedding venue search and when we saw the State Room and its views of the city skyline we knew it was the place for us. We owe Boston a great deal, as it is the city we met, the city we’ve made our home and the city we’ve built our careers. We wanted our wedding to be an ode to Boston and that was at the core of every decision we made.

Tributes to the city were included every detail; including our invitations, our rehearsal dinner (which was held at the Old State House) and through our color palette of gray, white and gold. In lieu of favors we made a donation to the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. I also decided to let my bridesmaids choose their own gray gowns. They are all so unique and I didn’t feel right putting them in matching dresses. Similar to buildings in a city skyline, the individual dresses looked even more beautiful when grouped together.

We also wanted our wedding to convey who we are as a couple even behind closed doors. An important part of that is dancing. Chase and I are not trained dancers by any stretch but we love it and tend to dance in that “pretend like no one is watching” way. Whether at other weddings or in our living room alone it’s important part of who we are as a couple so we really wanted to showcase this on our big day. We practiced for months and performed a dance to Phillip Phillips “Gone, Gone, Gone.” It was definitely one of the highlights of the day for us.

You can never predict the weather but we never thought it would be 100 degrees on our September wedding, of course it was. And as the ominous dark clouds rolled in we thought the thunderstorms and hurricane winds were going to put a huge damper on our day. Someone must’ve been looking out for us because we made it to the State Room just in time to watch a beautiful lightning storm from the very top of Boston’s skyline. What’s that they say about good luck and rain? There has to be some meaning behind thunder and lightning, right?

I could go on and on about our day but I wanted to share a post from our videographer as I believe she captured the day perfectly.

From Melissa Dowler at Long Haul FilmsI’m going to apologize up front, because I’m about to play blatant favorites. I know I shouldn’t but I can’t pretend. This was one of my favorite weddings of the season to film. In fact, this might have been one of my favorite weddings I’ve ever filmed. Of all time, hands down, drop the mic. BOOM.

The reason is because Jess and Chase are, well, pretty much awesome. In their business lives, Jess and Chase are creators, innovators, entrepreneurs, drivers of change in their community. On a personal level, they are two of the most authentic, funny, smart and high energy people you’ll ever meet. Just being around Jess and Chase gives you good vibes.

Full disclosure, before the wedding we already knew these two pretty well, especially Chase who is a commercial client we film with almost every week (not sick of us yet, are you Chase?) So we thought we had a pretty good handle on what their wedding day would be like. We knew it would be fun and light-hearted. We knew it would be stylish and cosmopolitan. We expected there would be a lot of epic dancing. All that was true, and then some (more blatant favoritism: BEST. FIRST. DANCE. EVER.). Beyond all of that, what this wedding also had, and what made it so incredibly wonderful to film, was HEART.

Jess and Chase, thanks not only for having us film your wedding, but for challenging us to create something different and unique, to reflect who you two are. We can’t wait to see you conquer the world together.

Photography: Zev Fisher | Floral Design: Fleur De Lis By Charlotte | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Cake: I Dream Of Jeanne Cakes | Invitations: An Elegant Affair | Ceremony Venue: The Arlington Street Church | Reception Venue: The State Room | Hair And Makeup: Nicole's Salon | DJ: Nuimage Entertainment | Video: Long Haul Films

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