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Rustic Berkshire Backyard Rehearsal Dinner

When your wedding is this fabulous, you can only imagine what the rehearsal dinner will entail.  An evening with Fire Roasted Catering complete with local ingredients and perfectly mixed cocktails proved to be the perfect prep for this happy couple.  Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography was behind the lens and snapped up a gallery filled with backyard delights here.


From the Bride… For our rehearsal dinner, we chose to have a BBQ in our backyard. We hired a local catering company that specialized in fire roasted cooking with only using local ingredients. The challenge for them was that about half the party were vegetarians and half hearty meat eaters. Alex really wanted a pig roast so we combined that with lots of amazing vegetable dishes all cooked over a fire pit in our backyard over the course of about 6 hours. A friend, a professional chef who has hosts a lot of large group dinners, made all of the drinks for both our rehearsal dinner and our ceremony and another friend, a landscape architect, picked wildflowers from her garden and made casual arrangements for the tables. We rented rustic wooden tables and set them up to create one long table under the trees. The food was abundant and delicious. People swam and the kids climbed the trees. When the sun went down, we turned the cooking fire into a bonfire and had s’mores and sipped whiskey. It was perfect!

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Caterer: Fire Roasted Catering

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Chic Boston Wedding at MIT Chapel

As a resident New Englander, this effortlessly fabulous wedding captured by M. Davidson-Schapiro is filled with tons of Bostonian gems. Crafting a modern city wedding, these college sweetheards dubbed their day as “Beantown Big Day”, and with florals by Back Bay Florist filling the MIT Chapel, you better bet that their vision made for a pretty fabulous reality. See it all right here!

From Michelle of M. Davidson-Schapiro PhotographyWorking with Mareena and Reggie was an absolute dream. From the first emails we exchanged, their vision and personalities were clear. For their engagement photos, they chose to focus not only on their love story, but also on the love they have for their relatively new home, Boston. This idea translated well to their modern city wedding, dubbed Beantown Big Day in invites and on their wedding website, that started at the MIT chapel and headed across the river to Petit Robert Central downtown to get the party started. What a party! I could go on and on about Mareena and Reggie and how wonderful they are, but who better to tell their story than the bride herself?

From The Bride… Reggie and I met my freshman year at Florida A&M University. He was a junior, newly minted frat guy, and I was a newcomer on the FAMU yard. We were friends for 7 months before we started dating; the friendship stage was largely due to me playing hard to get, according to Reggie.

We became a solid unit over the four years we dated, mainly because in the very beginning of our relationship we agreed to allow our relationship to grow at its own pace, without any outside pressure. Being older than me, Reggie decided to pursue his master’s degree in Tallahassee, which allowed us to stay together and keep building our relationship. After four years together, it was time for me to graduate and go off to graduate school in Boston, and it was then that Reggie asked me to marry him. Since day one, Reggie has always made our relationship a priority, and never shied away from stepping up to the plate to be the man that I want, so saying ‘yes’ was an absolute no brainer. I knew I found ‘my one’.

As fiancés, we moved to Boston so I could start my doctoral program in nuclear engineering at MIT. Needless to say, we both had a lot on our plate, me getting oriented in my new school setting and Reggie working tirelessly to get his marketing start-up, Ghost Note Agency, off the ground. We decided to wait to get married until I passed my doctoral qualifying exam. Secretly, as the bride, I wasn’t looking forward to the wedding planning process, but once I passed my exam, Reggie and I agreed we would plan the wedding as a team. Really, I would be the captain and Reggie would be the coach, providing me the much-needed pep talks and context for those more stressful moments.

Going into the planning, we firmly decided that we would have the wedding we wanted. Neither of us are high maintenance, so we wanted a wedding that felt effortlessly fabulous, and focused on sharing this special occasion with those who are dearest to us. We knew we wanted to party, and highlight the big city personality of Boston, and we focused our planning on those elements at each step. Luckily our ‘effortlessly fabulous’ wedding aesthetic lent to our desire to keep a responsible budget. Since we are both in our mid-twenties, and currently building our lives, we wanted to be as clever as possible in achieving the looks that we wanted without breaking the bank.

Our wedding took place at the MIT Chapel, a cylindrical chapel with floor-to-ceiling brick, marble flooring, and an altar that is to die for. The simplistic elegance of the chapel blew us away, and was the perfect backdrop for our lifelong vows to one other. Following the wedding ceremony, guest made their way in true urban fashion, via cabs and Uber, to the cocktail hour and reception in downtown Boston at Petit Robert Central. During the planning stage, we knew the vibe of reception was an important part. We wanted it to feel like an epic club night with friends, so we knew the drinks had to be flowing and the music needed to be just right. This vision really motivated us in choosing Petit Robert Central as our reception spot. They had multiple rooms to choose from with pre-existing décor that made our planning process much easier. We chose the Provencal Room within Petit Robert Central, which offered us the ‘lounge vibe’, complete with a wall-length black leather couch, wood flooring, and a magnificent dark wood built-in bar from which the drinks were flowing!

When we got to the door of the reception, the love in the room was immediate. Everyone was so happy to see us happy and it truly was a special moment in our lives. Our DJ immediately got the party started and we danced like it was we were undergrads again  and like our grandparents weren’t in the room. We laughed, we joked, and on that day everything was right with the world. We had the wedding we wanted to have. Everything was perfect, and we are happy we did it our way.

Photography: M. Davidson-Schapiro Photography | Floral Design: Back Bay Florist | Wedding Dress: I Do I Do Wedding Gowns | Ceremony Venue: MIT Chapel | Reception Venue: Petit Robert Central | DJ: Adam "Mister Anybody" Carpenter | Groom's Attire: Miltons: The Store For Men | Host Hotel: Le Meridien Cambridge

Fall Wedding at the Estate At Moraine Farm

With a groom-to-be in the States and his future bride finishing school in Ireland, this couple knows dedication – traveling abroad over 25 times while dating. But it all became worth it one beautiful fall day, with Linnea Tangorra taking that love and creating a celebration that shined. Untamed Heart Photography caught every kiss, and this gallery just about makes my heart burst.


From The Groom, Imran… We met four and a half years ago on St. Patrick’s Day through a mutual friend (Steve, Mandy’s best friend from college and Imran’s friend from law school) in Santa Monica. Mandy had just gotten into veterinary school in Ireland the week before we met, but we hit it off and never stopped making it work. We tried to sit down one day and figure out how many flights we’ve taken between the two of us, to be together over the four years that Mandy was away at vet school in Ireland. It has to be at least over 25. I proposed to Mandy last summer at Boston Logan International Airport when she came back for the summer after starting her final year of rotations in Dublin. We bought our first place in Waltham at the end of that summer before Mandy headed back to Dublin to finish vet school. Mandy moved back to Boston for good after finishing vet school in May and is nearly one third of the way done with her internship at Angell Animal Medical Center. We treasure the time we have together because that is something that has been limited for a majority of our relationship and couldn’t be more excited for the big day!

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Videographer: Timothy Bakland | Event Planning: Linnea Tangorra | Floral Design: Petalena Flowers | Cake: Icing On The Cake | Ceremony Venue: Estate At Moraine Farm | Reception Venue: Estate At Moraine Farm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jcrew | Catering: Fireside Catering | Make-up: Blush By Kelly O'Keefe | Hair: Just Hair By Kris Pavo | Band: Splash | Groom's Attire: Jcrew | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang

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