Let’s face it, scouting the perfect venue is the first thing on our wedding checklist and nestled above the cityscape of Boston lies an oasis called 9OFS. A calming contrast to the city below, 9OFS offers a flexible layout with awe-inspiring views. With an indoor-outdoor space that boasts an open-air terrace and roof top garden, take a peek below and it’s easy to see why we’re obsessed with this New England gem!
From 9OFS… 9OFS is an unparalleled indoor and outdoor event space located in the heart of downtown Boston. The location is comprised of three unique event spaces.
The Garden, our expansive open-air space, is complemented by a reflection pool, manicured lawn and flagstone pathways providing an exceptional view of Boston. From the unique and private roof top garden, your guests will be nestled in the dynamic cityscape and sparkle of bustling city life.
The Gallery, our modern and sleek interior space, that overlooks the Garden, offers an attractive backdrop for cocktails and dinner. Showcasing a sophisticated and elegant design, this space features beautiful white marble elements, a flexible floor plan, and floor to ceiling windows highlighting one of the best views in the city creating an indoor-outdoor feel.
The Loft, the newest space at 9OFS, completed in May 2014, features lustrous polished concrete floors, exposed ceilings and impressive views of the surrounding architecture and downtown Boston. This unique location is the perfect spot for a distinctive dinner or energetic cocktail party.
9OFS can currently accommodate up to 110 guests for ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing. We work with a wonderful group of exclusive caterers and other vendors such as florists and musicians to complete the picture of your most important day.
Welcome to the family 9OFS! xox
Marriage represents a beautiful union and this waterfront wedding is a perfect example. The bride and groom brought their different religious upbringings together, creating a unique ceremony, all taking place underneath a chuppah crafted by the groom himself. Rachel Red Photography captured every special moment, all ready to inspire us right here.
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From The Groom… Having spent the last ten years in Boston, we wanted to pick a venue that was unique and would put the city on display. We both went to college here and then met at work. A lot of the planning for the wedding weekend was centered around making it fun and easy for the guests, most of whom would be coming from out of town. Given the space at the ECC, we were even able to hire two babysitters to watch children upstairs during the reception so that parents could have fun downstairs.
The overall vibe we were going for was simple/down-to-earth – we weren’t trying to overwhelm the senses or be something that we’re not on the other days of the year (one of the reasons I opted to wear a suit and bow tie rather than a tux). Flowers and centerpieces were purposefully kept low to allow guests to interact with each other across the table. Even though we were on the water, we didn’t want to have a nautical theme – we settled more on of a preppy color scheme.
With all that we did to make it fun for the guests, we didn’t necessarily realize how much we did to make it special for ourselves until the actual ceremony started. We designed our own ceremony that incorporated the faiths of both of our families – Jewish and Episcopal – and had my cousin officiate as a Justice of the Peace. I designed and built the chuppah with the help of my dad as a symbolic gesture of our future home.
Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Floral Design: The Little Flower Cottage | Cake: Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Exchange Conference Center | Reception Venue: Exchange Conference Center | Engagement Ring: Custom Design By Bostonian Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Catering: East Meets West Catering | Hair: Gina Joubert | Bow Ties: Vineyard Vines | DJ/Lighting: 5 Star Events | Favors/Placecards: Boston Coasters | Getting Ready - Hotel: Renaissance Waterfront Hotel | Makeup: Kerri Herlihy | Wedding Band - Bride: Antique Restored By Bostonian Jewelers | Wedding Band - Groom: Dora Rings
It’s no little secret blush pink has reigned queen of wedding color palettes for the past few seasons. And as much as I adore that soft, pretty shade, miss Lauren Wells is showing up how to step outside the box with an unexpected hue that just might rock your world: green. It’s perfect for the natural, no-fuss bride and she’s breaking down unique to use it. Snaps from First Mate Photo right here!
From Lauren Wells… We wanted to inspire brides to work with new colors, and came up with a bunch of ideas on how to incorporate forest green into any special event.
Pressed botanical art in glass frames (via Terrain), Hunter boots (if it is going to rain, you can still be adorable!), a statement necklace, greens against a wall as a ceremony or photo backdrop, and of course an all-green, amazing bouquet from Pollen Floral Design are just a few ways to use this gorgeous hue.
One of my favorites is the escort card plant – Anne Robin worked her magic by calligraphing the table number on the pot, and each name on a leaf. You could stack all the pots on one table, with scissors nearby, and people could snip their leaf off and find their seat…particularly perfect for a desert or beach wedding, where guests could use the aloe on sunburns or serve up aloe cocktails. Cheers to new color inspiration!
Photography: First Mate Photo | Calligraphy/Aloe Escort Card DIY: Anne Robin Calligraphy | Floral Design And Floral DIYs: Pollen Floral Design | Styling And Fern DIY: Lauren Wells Events