Surprise Boston Harborside Proposal

What started as a sweet photo shoot to honor their relationship turned into a day to remember, when these cuties, strolling along Boston’s Harborwalk, came upon rose petals and a surprise. Completely unaware of what was about to take place, this lucky lady watched as her love dropped to one knee – and Ruth Eileen was there to capture every second! See it all unfold in our VAULT right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… Every girl has dreamed about the day of her proposal, I am sure. As we get older, we see our friends get engaged, strangers on the street get engaged, and we have dreamed about that day even more. I am a very romantic partner, I like surprising him with sweet and lovely things, and it is hard to surprise me; however he gets me every time. Since very early in our relationship, we both had the feeling that each of us might be the one. We started to talk about spending the rest of our lives together, talking about having a small wedding in Beijing, and everything started to accelerate since then. We both knew that he was going to propose someday, but it was a matter of when and how. Then he made me a ring. The ring is so special not only because he made it out of paper, but also because of all the nights he spent at a desk after I was asleep to work on it. I love it more than any diamond ring. On the day he proposed, I thought we were just celebrating the anniversary of our relationship. When I saw all the flowers on the ground, when I was watching the video he made, I still had no idea where this was going to end, until the moment he kneeled down. It was then that I realized, this is the moment I have been waiting for since I was a little girl.

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Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

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Sweet + Stylish Boston Engagement Session

I love calling Boston my home and one of my favorite activities to share with visitors in the summer is the beautiful Harborwalk. With views of the city in the background and the ocean breeze in our hair, it’s a wonderful reminder of why I adore my city. What better place to snap some super sweet engagement pics, and that’s just what Annmarie Swift did with these cuties – see it all in our VAULT this way!

From Annmarie Swift Photography… Perfectly casual formal attire, a classic Boston skyline, and romantic sunset light had this bride-to-be and her groom-to-be sweetly embracing at their engagement session this fall! These two adorable puppy parents will be married next summer at the Hyatt Boston Harborside hotel so we decided to celebrate their engagement right in the middle of the view they’ll overlook as a married couple together. Their elegant Boston engagement session will always be a favorite thanks to the love they simply radiate!

From the Bride-to-be… Jesse and I met during the summer of 2012 when we were introduced by one of my coworkers, who happened to be one of Jesse’s college roommates. It was actually a blind date, since we had really only texted and spoken on the phone a few times. From the moment we met, we were inseparable and truly fell in love. It was like I had found a piece of me that had been missing for so long when I met him. Jesse also grew a tremendous love for my dog, Charlie, who has been such a joy in our lives.

In early 2015 we decided to build a house together, and spent time over the next few months making plans for the house. On a beautiful morning in May, we met with the builder and went over to our lot to check out the progress and take pictures of the “Sold” sign they had placed on it. We took a picture together in front of the sign, and that was when Jesse got down on one knee and proposed! It was the most thoughtful and romantic proposal that I could have ever dreamed of, and it took place at the spot where we will continue to build our lives together. He made it even more special by having our families meet us afterwards to celebrate. Not to mention that this day just happened to be my birthday! It was truly the best day of my life and the best birthday present I could have ever gotten. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be marrying my best friend.

When it came time to decide on a photographer for our wedding, I just happened to come across Annmarie Swift’s blog in my search for weddings at the Hyatt Boston Harbor. Looking through her amazing pictures, I knew that she would be the perfect fit to capture our big day. This was confirmed as soon as we met Annmarie for our engagement pictures in the Seaport District, where she made us feel so comfortable and kept us laughing during our session. We were so happy to get to include Charlie in our pictures, as he is such a big part of our lives. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with her.

We are so excited for our upcoming wedding next July, and we cannot wait to celebrate with all of our loved ones!

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Photography: Annmarie Swift Photography | Venue: Boston Harborwalk

Guide to the Longest Lasting Flowers

You know the saying, all good things must come to an end? Well, sadly this statement is true when it comes to our fav florals, but that doesn’t mean can’t try to keep those petals from plummeting! We’ve asked the experts of Winston Flowers for a refresher course on how to make arrangements last longer – so, get ready for flowers with staying power with the long-lasting botanics below!



Tips by Winston Flowers

Basic Tips for Longevity

  • To arrange loose flowers, fill a clean container with water and flower preservative. Remove foliage that will be below water level. Cut each stem at an angle with a sharp knife and place flowers in water right away.
  • If flowers are already arranged, immediately check the water level and add water to fill the container to the top. Display your arrangement in a cool location, out of direct sunlight.
  • In general, for all flowers, avoid extreme temperatures and keep the water clean. Fewer stems in the vase means less bacteria—and therefore, a longer lifespan.

Protea | Enchanting, tropical blooms perched on tall, sturdy stems. Many varieties of protea are quite large and look gorgeous en masse in a ceramic vase. They have a prolonged life in a vase due to their woodsy nature and don’t require a lot of water to live. Even as they dry out, they continue looking beautiful and lively.

Calla Lilies | Traditionally long-lasting—and their sculptural, architectural design look best when displayed singularly or as a cluster. Check the water every other day to keep it clear. Remove individual calla lilies as they begin to fade or droop, and the rest should remain fresh.

Foliages | Tropical plants such as palms or monstera, traditionally last longer than flowers, especially if the water is kept clear. They add to a beautiful tablescape when displayed in assorted vases. For larger leaves, display as one per vase; and for smaller leaves, display in a collection or group of mixed leaves.

Berries | (such as hypericum berries) can be displayed in a collection of interesting vases or mixed with other woodland textures for a fuller bouquet. Be sure to check the water every other day to make sure it doesn’t get cloudy.

Amaryllis | Large trumpet-shaped flowers that are beloved throughout the holiday and winter months. The stems have multiple blossoms that bloom in succession, which adds to its longevity of its display. Amaryllis have beautiful, thick stems that should be shown off in a clear, tall glass vase.

Cymbidium Orchids | Known for their longevity, these large, exotic flowers are best displayed as a single stem in a vase. The key is to keep the display pure and simple, allowing the flower to radiate its natural beauty.

Thistle | A unique, spiny bloom with a cone center. It comes in a variety of bold colors—like the in striking blue ‘Super Nova’ variety, as well as green and purple. Its sculptural form adds distinctive texture to bouquets, and also looks sophisticated and beautiful when singularly displayed in a vase.

Ornithogalum | Also known as Star-of-Bethlehem based on its star-shaped flowers, ornithogalum are beautiful when clustered together. The stems are skinny, so they fit perfectly in a vase with a smaller neck. With its multiple blooms along the stem, simply remove the blossoms that have wilted and the others will continue to bloom—giving it a longer life.

Chrysanthemums | A longer-lasting flower. Larger varieties, like DecoNova and Fuji, are best displayed on their own to appreciate the enormous blossom. Smaller varieties look lovely when displayed en masse.

Ivy | Represents eternity—and is known to last quite a long time. It adds romance and movement when crowning a single variety floral design, and also looks lovely as an accompaniment to a single stem in a bud vase.

Hybrid Tea Roses |  A cross between hybrid perpetuals and old fashioned tea roses. These hybrid roses were created with all the virtues you look for in a flower: beauty, fragrance, easy care and a tendency to last longer than traditional garden roses. Roses are best displayed as a compact bouquet and will live longer when the stems are cut shorter.

Casablanca Lilies | Notoriously long lasting, as they take about a week to even begin opening. The dramatic white blossoms give off an irresistible scent. To keep fresh, change the water ever few days and recut ½ inch off the stem. Keep away from direct sunlight.

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