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Elegant Black Tie Boston Wedding

A ballroom wedding in Boston is the gold standard in my book as is, but add in a dash of Southern style from good ole’ Austin and we have a classic celebration that’s been fabulously upgraded. Rachel Red captured the whole shindig from the “I do’s” at Beantown’s King’s Chapel to dancing the night away thanks to The Hub – see every chic second in our VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… We currently live in Austin, Texas, but I’m from Boston and knew that’s where I’d want to celebrate our wedding. For the groom’s family, and many of our friends, this would be a destination wedding and there’s really no better city in which to spend a June weekend (and escape the Texas heat). Many of our local guests even turned the weekend into a staycation.

We were so fortunate to be married at King’s Chapel, a historic church, which predates the American Revolution. Our reception was held at the Omni Parker House, a beautiful hotel with an incredibly rich Boston history. The hotel offered everything we needed: a classic rooftop ballroom and a home base for the weekend’s festivities located right on the Freedom Trail with easy access to the city’s attractions.

We had a nighttime wedding in the city, so we went with classic tuxes for the guys. The bridesmaids wore chiffon dresses in a nude pink color. Not realizing it at the time, I chose the same color my mother’s bridesmaids wore thirty-five years earlier.

Since our ceremony and reception would be indoors, we decided to take our photos in the Public Garden. The picture of our wedding party in front of the Swan Boats is priceless to me.

The church and reception space were very traditional. To infuse a bit of nature into our formal indoor setting, we chose natural floral arrangements, with lots of greenery. I really embraced planning the little details – from our wedding stationery suite, to the place cards, to our welcome bags with vintage city maps and gummy lobsters, to our ceremony music.

Of course the most fun part of our wedding was having all of our family and friends in one place. We especially enjoyed our band, “The Hub.” Our own wedding being the twenty-fifth wedding my husband and I attended together, we’ve seen some great bands. However, our own band just blew us away. They had the dance floor packed all night, and gave us a party we’ll never forget. We were off to Hawaii the next morning with sore feet and great memories!

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Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Floral Design: Cedar Grove Gardens | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Montillio's | Invitations: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence | Stationery: P.S. Design Co. | Ceremony Venue: King's Chapel | Reception Venue: Omni Parker House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair + Makeup: Inde Salon | Band: The Hub | Bridal Boutique: Melange Bridal Salon

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Elegant Boston Wedding

A fabulous team of vendors, a chic purple, pink and gold color palette and DIY details that will make your heart happy: say hello to your new best friend, lovelies.  Think total elegance planned to perfection by I Do… Weddings & Events meets a breathtaking ceremony meets all kinds of crazy beautiful captures from Readyluck.  Head to THE VAULT to soak it all in.

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From the Bride… I envisioned my wedding to have a vintage feel that was very much present day. I wanted subtle, elegant colors with a spurts of chic radiance. I certainly did not want to convey an uptight, “don’t touch anything because everything looks perfect” feeling. Instead, I wanted loose, flowing, asymmetrical. I wanted the overall appearance to be artsy! The old and worn out coupled with the new and pristine. Lots of lace and pearl but not in an overwhelming way. Delicate touches of it here and there.

I spent A LOT of time on this wedding; most of the elements you see were DIY. From champagne bottle favors, selfie-stick favors and entry table signs to the flower girls framed signs, outfits and floral halos. You name it! If it could be made, I made it myself. It was not easy juggling a full-time job and taking care of all the wedding details but I knew it would add a personal touch that you can not put a price on.

My favorite moment of the entire wedding is a tie between: The moment the church door opened for my father and I to make our way down the aisle and the moment in the night when all the formalities were done and I could literally kick my ridiculously high heels off, let loose and jump around the dance floor…barefoot! In that moment, I was really and truly IN the moment!

My flowers were arranged by Caroline from Wild Folk. I knew I wanted to work with Caroline the moment I met her. She has an air about her – very artsy and unique. Her work reflected my exact vision. I never wanted perfect looking arraignments, rounded with clean edges. She was able to deliver with the natural, free falling look. As if the perfect selection of flowers were randomly picked along with the greenery to accompany them and just placed in the perfect pretty vases to give them that dressy, wedding-appropriate feel.

My gown is designed by Inbal Dror. It was the very first dress I tried on. I knew the moment I saw the picture of the dress that it was the dress meant for me! It had the fitted sexy feel while remaining very elegant and very vintage. It showed skin in all the right places without being too revealing. The dramatic train and train extension were to die for! Lace and pearl again sprinkled all over the gown. It was just so me! And the color! I never wanted white. So it was just the right shade of ivory. Soft and timeless.

My cake was done by The Icing on The Cake. I worked with the wonderful Paula on the design. I gave her the exact design that I wanted and she brought it to life!

My hair was done by my most amazing hair dresser and maid of honor, Elisa Ortiz from Salon Viva. All I had to tell Elisa was I wanted lots of volume and nothing “perfectly in place” looking and as you can see, she delivered! The sweeping, big hair, loose strands off to one side allowed the gown to still be the main show piece but added that perfect touch to complete the look. Elisa also did hair for bridesmaids, flower girls, and mother and aunt of the bride. Makeup for myself, bridesmaids, flower girls, and mothers of the bride and groom were done by Angela Zatzos.

 Our videography was handled by Ready Set. Jeff Brouillet and his fantastic team of videographers were a delight to work with. While we have not seen the final product yet, I can say they made us feel so comfortable and just blended into the background of what was going on.

We had the pleasure of working with Lindsay Hite from READYLUCK and her fantastic team of photographers on our day. I met Lindsay at a Starbucks long before the wedding and instantly I knew she was our person! She was kind enough to allow Akil (my fiancé now husband) to chime in from NC on speaker phone. He too was convinced that Lindsay was the right person to shoot our wedding! I recall Lindsay asking me for a hug when our meeting ended that day at Starbucks and I remember thinking to myself, wow, not many people are that warm and personable these days. It’s so refreshing! We are so fortunate to have chosen READYLUCK because we are absolutely in love with our photos and what Lindsay was able to create for us. The last thing we wanted were stiff, ordinary photos of us posing in common places around the city. So, Lindsay found hidden gems around the city instead! A bridge underpass with graffiti as a backdrop and an abandoned, vine-covered little building. How artsy and perfect to offset our look as bride and groom! The photos were playful and very much in the moment and that is exactly what we asked for. Lindsay exceeded our expectations. The best part though is that her and the team were SO MUCH FUN to have around at various stages of the day. Especially in the limo when they suggested we pop the bottle of champagne to celebrate and we felt so comfortable that we could be totally 100% ourselves even with them there!!!! Best decision we made!

The piece of advice I would give future brides is, no matter what people tell you about not stressing during the planning process, do be prepared for all sorts of things not going “according to plan”. Be prepared and be ready to shrug it off because on THE day of your wedding, the year or so you spent planning, the hiccups, the stress, the sleepless nights, all the little things that will go wrong, no one will know about them but you! Your guests will be too busy oohing and ahhhing over the bride and groom, the gorgeous venue, dancing, laughing and having a grand ole time! Believe me, no one will notice a thing! Just be prepared to dance the night off and create memories you will look back on for the rest of your life!

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Photography: Lindsay Hite / READYLUCK | Cinematography: Readyset[film] | Event Planning: I Do... Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror Haute Couture | Cake: The Icing On The Cake | Ceremony Venue: St. Catherine Of Genoa Parish | Reception Venue: Omni Parker House Boston | Bride's Shoes: Aminah Abdul-Jillil | Rings: Homsy Jewelers | Makeup: Angela Zatzos | Hair: Salon Viva | DJ: Audio Prophecy | Band: Salah Kurdi & Band | Groom's Attire: Taylor Richards & Conger, Charlotte, NC | Officiant: Rev. Brian J. McHugh | Transportation: Luxury Fast Ride, Inc. | Photo Booth: Epic Entertainment Boston

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Engagement Session Around Boston’s Most Scenic Spots

The best kind of engagement session is one that incorporates personal details from the couple’s love story into their photos, and this beautiful Boston e-sesh does just that. After winning an engagement session from Shadi Boulos Photography, this Bride and Groom-to-be retraced their love through Boston stopping at places like the Public Library, the Thinking Cup and the Boston Public Gardens. Experience all the love in THE VAULT!

 

From The Bride-to-Be…My name is Veronica, and these photos are from an engagement session my fiancé Stephen and I shot this spring with the amazing Shadi Boulos. We were fortunate enough to win the shoot in a promotion Shadi held last December, one which we entered three days after Stephen proposed and the last day of the promotion. I’ll never forget the moment we found out we had won, since Shadi has always been one of our favorite photographers! Furthermore, we were overjoyed that he was willing to travel to Boston for our session, as it is a city very dear to both our hearts.

Stephen and I met years ago when we were both still college students and instantly became friends. From the moment I met him, I knew that he was special, something that I even mentioned to several of my close friends and family members. Over the years, we stayed in touch but lived in different states, and shockingly enough (and completely unplanned), ran into each other constantly in various areas we both did not call home. Four years ago, Stephen moved to Boston, where I attended college, to begin a Masters program in Theology. Within a month, there was a tea-stained, handwritten love letter in my mailbox on Valentine’s Day, from him of course. From there, things fell naturally into place. Our first date lasted almost eight hours. I never had to complete my thoughts because he did it for me. Every day, we discovered more and more how perfectly made for each other we were. Sure, we had our difficulties when I began medical school and he was completing his Masters, but even the difficult times only increased our love and admiration for one another.

He eventually moved to Pittsburgh to pursue his Ph.D., and three years from when we started dating, he asked me to marry him with an astoundingly creative movie theatre proposal. He had written the lyrics, composed the music, and was the star in a music video which he had the theatre play on the big screen. That day, he also recited a poem that he had written a month into our relationship which asked me to marry him, and at that point our family and friends emerged from the hidden side aisles to congratulate us. There is no doubt that God brought us together and that He is planning our every step. Our engagement period has been filled with nothing but love and peace as we grow closer in heart and mind. We are getting married next May and we could not be more excited!

From Shadi Boulos PhotographyLast year, after a great year with workshops and different events, I decided to have my first giveaway. Since there were many recently engaged couples, I knew an engagement session would be very popular. After my nephew randomly chose a name, I was excited that Veronica & Stephen won since they had only recently become engaged. After discussing the giveaway with them, I knew that the Boston are was the best location for the session since it held so much sentimental value to them. So from there, a road trip was underway as I headed to Boston during a beautiful summer weekend. The session was incredible! We couldn’t have asked for a better day! I had arranged different locations throughout the beautiful city of Boston to photograph in. Since they were both very studious, with Veronica being in medical school and Stephen studying for his Masters, incorporating the Boston Public Library and some vintage books was a certain addition to the session. Followed by some much needed coffee during a study session, we headed over to the popular and beautiful Thinking Cup on Newbury Street. A stroll through the stunning Boston Public Gardens followed by a dressed up evening by Pier 6, concluded the beautiful session. I was beyond thrilled to photograph Veronica & Stephen and I know that their wedding day will be just as beautiful!

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Photography: Shadi Boulos Photography | Men's Attire: Zara | Men's Attire: Banana Republic | Location: Boston Public Garden | Location: Pier 6 | Location: Boston Public Library | Location: Thinking Cup | Location: Acorn St. | Women's Attire: Nordstrom | Women's Attire: J. Crew