I’m convinced that Boston does traditional elegance like no other city.  It’s no big surprise since the sophisticated urban landscape is rich with history and old-world charm.  This wedding at The State Room captured so perfectly by Shang Chen Photography is a classic beauty done oh-so right and is bursting with that same charming sophistication.  See it all in the full gallery!

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From Shang of Shang Chen Photography: Nicole and Jonathan planned their wedding from New York City where they met. Nicole wanted to have the wedding in Boston as she grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. Jonathan grew up in England – and moved to the U.S. after college. Nicole moved to New York after college as well. They both hoped to find and build their careers in the big city, and that they did. Little did they know that they would meet each other at work and fall in love. Things began a little shy – but there were sparks from the start. They admired one another from afar for a year. After one particular round of tennis matches with their co-workers, Nicole had beat Jonathan. Jonathan asked for a rematch, which led to drinks, dinner, and the rest is history.

Nicole’s mother knew of Longwood Events and the State Room for a long time. They loved the simplicity of the space, how it is a blank canvas, and the people at Longwood Events were great to work with. Nicole had also used Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book guide to find some of her wedding vendors. Nicole and Jonathan used a silhouette of the Boston skyline on their invitations, which also worked its way onto the programs. They were married in a very personal and touching ceremony with a skyline view of Boston’s North End. We began the day with an emotional first look where Jonathan could not get over how beautiful his bride was in her Priscilla of Boston dress and veil. The ceremony included a recounting of their love story. Jonathan’s sisters were readers, and Nicole’s brother played a Beatles song that brought the entire room to tears.

The bride and groom also worked in Jonathan’s British background – one of their signature cocktails during cocktail hour was called the “Cheeky Brit” while another one was called the “Blushing American”. Their cocktail hour playlist featured music inspired by concerts that they’d attended together, including Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Keane, MGMT, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, just to name a few. Tables were named after locations of importance in their lives. Gorgeous, soft, and romantic roses were in the bouquets and centerpieces. The gift table featured wedding photographs from Nicole’s and Jonathan’s families. Late night snacks featured British favorites including pretzels with mustard. The favors were small British cake lollipops. All the guests danced their hearts out into the late night.

Photography: Shang Chen Photography / Venue + Catering: The State Room via Longwood Events / Rings: Deena Jewelers, LLC / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Tuxedo: Theory / Florist: John LaRoche for blueGuava / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Makeup: Faces Boston by Louise Martino / Hair: Priscilla Collins of Avanti / DJ: Beat Train Productions / Invitations + Paper: Goosefish Press / Officiant: Elly Jackson

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