There are so many things I love about this wedding, I am not quite sure where to begin.  I could start with those centerpieces that were designed by the bride and groom, complete with hanging candles, crystals and a whole lot of wow.  Or I could mention the beautiful color palette of brown and green and the bride’s stunning J.Crew gown, which I absolutely adore.  OR I could just skip right ahead to those amazing photos by Mikhail Glabets Lifestyle Photography, which have completely blown me away with their beauty.  Seriously gorgeous.  Yes, there is definitely a lot to love about this fabulous soiree, so prepare yourself for all of the pretty and join me in the gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… We wanted every aspect of our wedding to be filled with significance and ultimately be a reflection of what matters most to us, our faith, family and our friends.  The primary motif of our wedding was light, symbolizing what we believe Christ to be to our world. Since both Gerhard and I are trained as architects, the MIT chapel was the perfect location for our ceremony. Not only was the chapel, designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, an excellent example of mid-century modern chapels, the scale and atmosphere of the interior were also ideally suited for what we envisioned. Against the dark backdrop of undulating brick walls, beams of bright light stream down, cascading off the sculpture and onto the white altar, bathing those taking part in the ceremony in bright white light. Our vows were written by ourselves and performed partly in English and partly Afrikaans, and with a striking performance by our violinist and cellist the result was an unforgettable ceremony.

After considering several venues for our reception we decided on the fellowship hall at Redeemer Fellowship Church, our church in Watertown. The double volume space of this recently renovated hall provided a classic setting with a warm atmosphere. Here we had ample opportunities to add special touches to the space through the addition of custom made, but meaningful decorations.  We designed and fabricated the centerpieces and chandeliers ourselves. Crystal strings provided a sense of verticality, tying the glass chandeliers and bent wood centerpieces together. The scattered tea-lights and suspended candles added a soft glow to the room, and as the night became darker the glow became brighter. Our combined well wishes and guest book consisted of photos from our courtship our guests wrote messages on that we intend to bind in a book. As a thank you gift we gave each guest a small canvas bag filled with traditional South African Rooibos tea and a rusk.

Broadway Gourmet provided a delicious barbeque dinner, ending it with their chocolate filled red velvet cupcakes guests couldn’t get enough of. Thank you to Deborah Teo, our cellist, and Susie Kim our violinist. A big thank you to Mikhail Glabets for capturing this, one the most important days in our lives, in such a beautiful fashion. Your work speaks for itself, and it speaks to us, every time we look at the photos.

Wedding Photography: Mikhail Glabets Lifestyle Photography / Wedding Ceremony Location: MIT Chapel / Wedding Reception Location: Redeemer Fellowship Church / Catering & Cupcakes: Broadway Gourmet / Bridal Party Flowers: Petali Flowers / Small Topper Cake: Yum Bunnies Cakery / Orchid Plants: Mahoney’s Garden Center / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Hair: Franco’s Hair Studio / Wedding Design & Decor: DIY / Table Floral Arrangements & Centerpieces: DIY / Wedding Program & Invitations: DIY / Favors: DIY