The Boston Public Library might just be the most romantic place in the world to get married. Either that or every bride and groom who ties the knot there really knows a thing or two about romance. That’s because every single wedding we see from this pretty little locale hits it right out of the park in the love department with thoughtful details, gorgeous stylings and more than their fair share of meaningful moments. And this breathtaking day planned to perfection by The Catered Affair? Well, it just so happens to be boasting all of the above (here’s looking at you beautiful blooms from Winston Flowers), plus a Mr. and Mrs. who are the epitome of stunning. See so much more from Corinna Raznikov in the full gallery.
Oh, and we’re not done yet. Check out this lovely film from Long Haul Films… it’s gorgeous.
From the Bride… Before going out to dinner on our first date, Jared and I met on the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets in front of the Boston Public Library, neither of us knowing that we’d be back there four years later as we vowed to spend the rest of our lives together. After Date #1, we were inseparable. Jared proposed on July 4, 2011 during an early morning walk along Walden Pond.
I’d always dreamed of getting married at the Boston Public Library, and it was easy for Jared to fall in love with the great space that captured our passion for Boston, architecture, and literature all in one venue. We chose to have our First Look on the library’s marble staircase. I stood at the top, flanked by 2 marble lions, as Jared climbed the steps to meet me. It was the moment I looked forward to most, and I couldn’t hold back the tears when I turned and saw my handsome husband for the first time.
Our ceremony took place in the Abbey Room beneath richly colored murals depicting the Quest for the Holy Grail. Jared and I created a personalized ceremony from start to finish. Our good friend served as the officiant and relatives read passages from famous writings on love, including a quote from The Alchemist. Our wedding was elegant and classic. I scoured antique shops to purchase globes, books, a typewriter, and other vintage touches to decorate the tables. Winston Flowers created beautiful centerpieces using white, peach, and pink garden roses, rich green succulents, and touches of fresh lavender. In place of a guest book, guests wrote their well wishes on library cards stamped with our wedding date. Our wedding DIY projects included designing and printing the programs, table assignments and signs, crafting lavender sachets, and assembling a colorful candy bar.
Jared and I wanted to emphasize our wedding reception’s party atmosphere, so as soon as the carrot cake had been served, the DJ turned up the music and we hit the dance floor. Our guests were on their feet for the entire evening; the energy was amazing. Jared and I loved watching our friends and family come together to celebrate, laugh, and dance the night away. As the evening drew to a close, I changed into a short strapless dress so Jared and I could make our Grand Exit. Guests waved ribbons as we left the Library and made our way to the Lenox Hotel for the after party.
Jared and I owe a huge thank you to our wedding coordinator, Erin Davies from the Catered Affair. During the year leading up to the wedding, I stayed in touch with Erin via email and monthly meetings. She helped with everything from table linen decisions to a wedding dress disaster. We are forever grateful that Erin was there to make sure that Jared and I were able to live out the wedding of our dreams.
Wedding Photography: Corinna Raznikov Photography | Wedding Venue: Abbey Room + Popular Reading Room, Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts | Event Coordination: Erin Davies from The Catered Affair | Wedding Cinematography: Long Haul Films | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Catering + Wedding Cake: The Catered Affair | DJ: Seth Isaacs from Beat Train Productions | Lighting: Groove Entertainment | Accommodations: Lenox Hotel | Wedding Dress: Vineyard by Priscilla of Boston | Bride’s Necklace + Shoes: Kate Spade | Wedding Rings: Joseph Gann Jewelers | Bridesmaid Attire: J.Crew | Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang | Hair: Jana Rago from Salon Acote | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty