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Classic Wedding at the Boston Public Library

If a Public Library is good enough for Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City,” it’s definitely good enough for me. And this Boston Public Library is so good. For starters, there’s the Bride’s gorgeous Vera Wang gown and beautiful invitations from Paper Moss. Then there’s the personal touches like moonshine and bourbon to honor the couple’s West Virginia and Kentucky roots. I could go on, but I’ll stop myself because you can see it all from Joyelle West Photography in The Vault!

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From The Bride…When planning our wedding, we focused on food, family, and friends. Since our wedding took place over a three-day weekend we invited all of our guests to enjoy drinks and food at The Gallows. Working with The Gallows restaurant, we were able to coordinate an unbelievable and intimate family style dinner for our wedding party with hor d’oeuvres and drinks for all of our guests to end the night. It allowed us to spend more time with our guests and kicked off our wedding weekend. Most of our guests traveled to Boston for the wedding, so we made sure guests gift bags included a custom map highlighting where our events were taking place as well as classic Boston attractions. We also had a custom travel journal made by a vendor I found on Etsy, Cara of Print Stitch and Paste, who crafted several personalized pieces for our wedding.

Although the wedding took place in Boston, we wanted to pay tribute to our respective home states. Bobby is originally from West Virginia, and I spent the majority of my life in Kentucky, so including nips of moonshine and bourbon was a fun way to pay tribute. We also included chocolate from Hotel Chocolat because Bobby proposed during our stay at Bouchon, their chocolate plantation and resort in St. Lucia.

The ceremony was held at the Cathedral of Holy Cross. As guests entered the cathedral they were handed programs designed by the talented Lisa Hedge of Venamour, who also designed our gorgeous wedding menu and table numbers. Afterwards guests were transported to the Boston Public Library where the reception was held. As guests entered the library, they made their way to the beautiful courtyard where they were greeted by a jazz quartet as they enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For dinner guests were escorted upstairs to Bates Hall where the jazz ensemble continued playing throughout dinner. As guests entered Bates Hall they passed by the wedding cake, which featured a detailed custom cake topper designed by Concarta.

Going back to our roots, we also incorporated ramps onto the menu, a local West Virginia specialty that luckily was in season, and Graeter’s ice cream, a favorite from my upbringing. We also had charcuterie on the tables when the guests arrived so that guests had something to nibble on as they waited on each course. The sides were served family style, which gave the meal a communal and familial feel. We wanted the guests to enjoy the ritual of passing the dishes around the table and the conversation that inevitably flows. After dinner we danced the night away with our guests. At our request, the band ended the night with all the guests in a giant circle singing Country Roads, another homage to Bobby’s home state. As guests left we gave them a custom cookbook crated by May Designs that held some of our favorite recipes. The next morning, before most guests caught their flights, we held a recovery brunch at XV Beacon to conclude the weekend.

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Photography: Joyelle West Photography | Cinematography: Ready Set Film | Event Planning: Stone Event Planning | Floral Design: New Leaf Flores | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Flour Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Of The Holy Cross | Reception Venue: Boston Public Library | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique L'Huiller | Catering: The Catered Affair | Makeup: Dani Wagener | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design | Band: K2 | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Bridal Accommodations: XV Beacon | Bridal Transportation: LTI Worldwide | Bride's Clutch: Chanel | Brunch: Mooo Restaurant | Cocktail Hour Music: Jazz Bands Boston | Custom Cookbook: May Designs | Groom's Accommodations: Mandarin Oriental | Groom's Cake: Cakes For Occasions | Groom's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Groomsmen's Shirts: Ledbury | Guest Transportation: Trolley Tours | Ice Cream: Graeter's | Menus, Programs + Table Numbers: Venamour Stationery & Ephemera | Rehearsal Dinner: The Gallows | Rehearsal Dinner Favors: Boston Cigar Factory | Rentals: DC Rental | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Save The Date + Invitations: Paper Moss | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Wedding Cake Topper: Concarta | Welcome Bag Favors: Hotel Chocolat | Welcome Bag Favors: Print, Stitch And Paste | Welcome Bag Favors: Illume Candles | Welcome Bags: Baggu

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Classic State Room Wedding with Vintage Nautical Touches

Drawing inspiration from the plush gardens of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, this Bride and Groom transformed the beautiful, sleek lines of Boston’s State Room into a classic, New England wedding. With pretty flowers, invitations designed by the graphic designer Bride and Boston Common Band to keep everyone on the dance floor all night, this couple pulled off their vision and made sure all the guests enjoyed their special day. See it all from Lauren Methia Photography in The Vault!

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From The Bride…I met Brett at Syracuse University in 2006, just 3 days before he graduated, while I was just finishing up my sophomore year. We discovered we had been in a lecture together the entire semester but had never connected. So after unknowingly being at the same school for 2 years, we started our relationship back at our parents’ homes at opposite ends of Massachusetts (how’s that for timing?). Brett moved to Boston a year later, and when I graduated in 2008, I headed straight for the coast to start our life together, finally in the same city.

As the days of wedding planning began, we were torn. We had fallen in love with Newport, Rhode Island after our engagement amongst the stunning views on the Cliff Walk. It would be a gorgeous setting for our nautical loving selves to tie the knot (pun intended). But when it came down to it, Boston was just—it was us. We couldn’t think of anything better than hosting all of our loved ones in our beloved city. We couldn’t wait to share it with everyone and show them everything we loved about this beautiful, historic, small town of a city.

We surprised ourselves when we chose the State Room as our venue—a sprawling modern space that starkly contrasted our classic New England style. But we loved the blank slate of the room which enabled us to design it exactly how we wanted. No rugs or wallpaper or drapes to compete with. But most of all, we loved the focal point of this space, which displayed the driving force behind our wedding inspiration: a two story panoramic view of Boston Harbor.

Our vision was set: soft and classic with vintage nautical touches, all inside of a bold modern space. We knew we wanted to soften the look by bringing in natural elements of varying textures; our inspiration came from the plush gardens of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard (our annual vacation destination). These varying shades of natural greens and muted warm floral tones set the foundation of our color palette along with the weathered gray of the cedar homes native to coastal New England. We were also greatly inspired by textures: wood, brass, lace, moss, rope, all used in unison; it gave so much dimension and character. All these elements set against a Boston skyscraper—we were thrilled with the result. It was classic and timeless, with an unexpected twist…which just so happened to be my same goal I had in looking for a gown. I can’t thank my mom enough for all of her help with the details. Her impeccable eye kept us on track the whole way.

As a graphic designer, I was pumped to design my invite set and paper products. I can’t tell you how much time I spent from sketching ideas to refining each piece. I knew I wanted letter press from the start, and was even able to help with the printing process. I cut the paper, inked the press, and ran the machine: it was so immensely satisfying to physically create these pieces from start to finish. The program was another favorite, which featured amazing little illustrations of the bridal party by one of my bridesmaids. (My friends are all so talented, it’s silly.)

We scheduled a lot of time for photos before the wedding, not wanting to miss any of our favorite Boston backdrops. We loved the idea of being able to spend some time together, calming our nerves before the big event. A trolley took us around the city from the Seaport to the Public Gardens to the historic Boston Public Library. At this last stop, we arrived to find a pride flag flying proudly above the city, as just one day before, the supreme court made it’s landmark decision on same-sex marriages. We were so overjoyed to share our special weekend with a nation-wide celebration of love. As Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stated that day, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” What a weekend for a wedding!

Our biggest goal for the reception was just to throw a damn good party. We were so thankful to have all our loved ones together with us on our special day and wanted everyone to be enjoying themselves just as much as us. Our marriage could not be without all the people who support us and love us, so it was important to us that this was a celebration for us all. Thus, it became my husband’s obsession to find the perfect band, which he did. We did not step off that dance floor (and neither did our guests!) the entire night.

I could go on and on and on about our wedding, the details, the people, the perfect moments and the inevitable mishaps… but I’ll leave it with this: I truly would not have changed one thing.

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Photography: Lauren Methia Photography | Event Planning: Nicole Simeral & Company | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Cake: I Dream Of Jeanne Cakes | Invitations: Seaside Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: Danielle Keefe Artistry | Hair: Salon 142 | Band: Boston Common Band | Favors: Garrett Popcorn | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Divina Strings | Transportation: Old Town Trolley | Venue: State Room | Bridal Boutique: Madeleine's Daughter | Groom's Accessories: Brooks Brothers | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. | Guest Book: Cardtorial | Mother Of Bride Dress: BHLDN | Raw Bar: Island Creek Oysters | Rentals: Table Toppers | Sunglasses: Knockaround | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Welcome Bags: Seaside Paperie

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Dream City Proposal at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Is this perhaps the cutest proposal ever? I think that’s pretty safe to say. Because when Boston blogger, Corporate Glitter thought she was signing up to model for a photo shoot organized by Annmarie Swift Photography, she got the surprise of her life turning around to find her boyfriend, Matthew on bended knee. Kuddos Matthew – you’ve officially set the bar for boyfriends everywhere.

From the Bride-to-be…Matthew and I began looking at rings together about six months ago. I wanted the proposal to be a surprise, but preferred to be a part of picking out the ring. We looked a few times before finally deciding on what shape and style I liked: an oval diamond in an oval halo setting. 

Fast forward to the end of December. I received an email from Annmarie Swift, a Boston area wedding photographer that we have been lucky enough to shoot with a few other times. The email stated that she was in need of another winter session for her magazine and asked if Matt and I would be interested in doing the shoot with her. I asked Matt right away if we could do it, and he told me he had to check his work schedule but thought it would be okay. I emailed Annmarie right back letting her know that we would LOVE to be models again.

Annmarie and I went back and forth a few times, discussing hair, makeup and of course, the perfect dress! This session was supposed to be a “formal anniversary” shoot, so we decided on a beautiful blush pink tulle gown with sequins embroidery. She even asked if we would bring our dog, Sam, and we discussed how cute a floral wreath for him would be.

January 23 came and I decided to go get my nails done that morning with a girlfriend of mine. We joked that maybe Matt would propose at the shoot. After doing my hair and makeup, Matthew and I made our way into the city and arrived at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston just before 3:00 PM. The conversation on the ride there consisted mostly of how our dog Sam was going to react to being in the city, and how cold it was going to be in a backless dress. Matt never let on that he was nervous or anxious.

Once all of the people cleared the front steps of the MFA we shed our jackets and began shooting. When I say it was cold, I mean it was COLD. I didn’t mind though because I knew this was going to be another wonderful shoot with an amazing photographer, and Matt and I would have the photos to cherish forever.

After about 10 minutes of posing just the two of us and with Sam, Annmarie told Matt to step aside as she wanted to take a few full-length photos of my dress. She was on the steps and I was standing below her. She instructed me to keep looking at the column behind her and to not move. A second or two later she told me to turn around and throw my arms around Matt.

My heart dropped as I turned around to see the love of my life, down on one knee, with the most beautiful ring in his hands. As I stepped closer to him he said the sweetest words and asked me to marry him. I was completely surprised and overwhelmed with happiness that I actually had to ask Matt later that night if I said yes! (I did J) And now we have the most amazing photos of the best moment of our lives.

Little did I know, the whole shoot was Matt’s idea! He had emailed Annmarie, coordinated the day and even met up with her at the MFA a few days prior to go over the plan of action. But the surprises didn’t stop there. At home there were more roses, chocolates, champagne chilling on ice and a very special handmade piece – a wooden sign that read “Katie & Matt 01/23/2016” that Matt had carved himself.

We had made dinner reservations earlier that week to celebrate Matt’s birthday, so we got changed and headed to the restaurant. When we arrived, we were led to the back where both of our families were sitting at a large round table to surprise us (well, me) – another one of Matt’s ideas! We had a delicious meal and got to show our families the proppsal photos that Annmarie had already edited and sent back to us.

I cannot even begin to explain the amount of happiness I felt that day, and continue to feel each day after, know how much time, thought and effort my wonderful fiancé put into making the proposal such a magical moment. It was the greatest day of my life and I cannot wait to marry my best friend!

Photography: Annmarie Swift Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Venue: Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston | Bride's Dress: ASOS | Puppy's Floral Wreath: Cristen & Co. Events | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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