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Lyman Estate Wedding

Any mom that handcrafts 1,001 origami paper cranes – a Japanese symbol of good luck – deserves some sort of medal in my book. And when that origami serves as the most gorgeous ceremony backdrop you ever did see? Let’s just say I love it all the more. Captured by the lovely Ze Liang Photography with blooms by Hiromi Flowers, this cultural beauty is one you just mustn’t miss.


From the Bride… I had the pleasure of photographing Beth and Matt’s wedding at Lyman Estate. It was very special because they incorporated their Japanese and Hawaiian styles. Not only did they have a traditional Hawaiian ceremony where Beth and Matt put leis on each other as well as their parents, but they also had a banzai toast during reception where everyone yelled “Banzai!” three times as loud as they could, which symbolized good luck. One of the most special elements in planning and decorating their venue (Lyman Estate) was the crane origami. Beth’s mom’s full time job a few months leading up to the wedding was to make 1001 cranes, which was used as their ceremony backdrop as well as place cards. In Japanese culture, cranes also symbolize good luck.

A very person touch that was incorporated in the making of Beth’s bouquet was the lace that was pinned on the handle. It was a part of Beth’s grandmother’s wedding dress. Beth and her grandmother had a close relationship so she wanted something that belonged to her that she could carry with her all day. There were photos of Beth holding her grandparents’ wedding photo and Matt holding his grandparents’. As a photographer, I love photos like those because they tell a story, a story about the bride and groom and their tie to their grandparents. It captured a timeless moment because no matter how long from now they look at the photos, their relationship remains the same.

Beth and Matt’s modern romance began on Valentine’s Day when Matt messaged Beth on OkCupid. They had exchanged messaged for a while until Beth suggested they met up. Matt was solving a crossword puzzle and was struggling on a word; when Beth arrived, she was able to solve it right away; Matt had then known he found a smart one. On their first date, they went to “Little Italy”, aka the North End. They were huge fans of standup comedy shows so of course their first date involved going to Comedy Connection in the North End.

Lyman Estate was beautiful. It’s a historic property surrounded by tall trees and a huge lawn. It felt like the wedding took place somewhere in the suburbia when it was right in Waltham, which wasn’t too far from the city. There was a small hill next to the estate where most people seemed to neglect, we did bridal party photos and formals on the hill and it turned out to be gorgeous. All of it was possible because instead of wearing heels, Beth wore flats so she could walk on the pebble road for the ceremony, being able to walk to the top of the hill was an added bonus.

Photography: Ze Liang Photography | Event Planning: CompassRose Weddings | Flowers: Hiromi Flowers | Shoes: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Makeup: Dawna Kraft | Hair Stylist: Amy Elizabeth Hair Design | Hair Stylist: Amy Elizabeth Hair Design | Venue: Lyman Estate | Getting Ready Venue: Embassy Suites

Lyman Estate Wedding from Pizzuti Studios

Any girl who describes her dream wedding as “soft, sophisticated, and, mostly, pretty” is a girl who would fit in here at SMP without the blink of an eye. And when she handmakes her entire, soft, sophisticated, pretty soiree, well, let’s just say we’re rolling out the welcome mats. She wed her love in a wedding captured by Pizzuti Studios, that simply put, was a gallery full of good.


From The Bride… The night Devrin and I met, my friends were trying to set me up with his roommate, but there was something about Devrin that caught my attention instead. He had a 1979 Mercedes 240D that was pea green and didn’t turn off when you took the key out of the ignition. And his candlepin bowling skills rivaled mine for being the worst in the group. Devrin and I ran into each other occasionally over the next few years and despite my attempts to convey my interest in him, he just didn’t seem to catch on. It wasn’t until we both graduated from college and independently moved to Boston, and I had nearly given up, that he finally asked me out. We shared a great first date at a little Italian restaurant and we never looked back. Two and half years later, he proposed on a quiet night at home with flowers, lots of candles, and homemade cupcakes that spelled out “Will you marry me?”

While I wasn’t the girl who grew up imagining my wedding, I am a definitely girl at heart. I love pink and gold, flowers and lace, ribbons and pearls. As soon as I started envisioning our wedding, I knew I wanted something soft, sophisticated and, mostly, pretty. Somehow I managed to convince Devrin to let me have a wedding that was decidedly feminine. Coming from a creative background with some event planning experience, I wanted to plan everything ourselves. We fell in love with our venue the minute we walked in, and we let it guide our planning process. We incorporated details to make the day feel special, intimate and “like us”, but allowed the natural beauty and architecture of the venue to come through. I made much of the décor myself; the ribbon wands to wave during the ceremony, the bridesmaids’ jewelry designed specifically for each girl, every single piece of paper from the invitations to ceremony programs to individualized menu cards. I even spent 4 hours writing every one of our guests’ names on the giant mirror that took the place of escort cards.

The day of the wedding was an amazing whirlwind. Months later, I still have to remind myself that it actually happened and I didn’t dream it. Many of our guests traveled quite a distance to be there and we felt so loved and honored that they were able to celebrate with us. Everyone had a blast and Devrin and I did not stop smiling for the entire day. All of our planning had come together and the result was so much more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. We could not have asked for a better day.

Wedding Photography: Pizzuti Studios | Venue: Lyman Estate, Waltham, Massachusetts | Floral Design: Karla Cassidy Designs | Caterer: Harvest| Invitations + Paper Goods: Bride, Nicole Talen | Hair: Mia at MiAlisa Salon | DJ: Sheldon from C-Zone Music | Dress: Casablanca (with alterations)| Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Shoes: Something Bleu by Butter | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groom’s Shoes: To Boot NY | Decor: (ribbon wands, guestbook frame, seating mirror, table number frames) Bride, Nicole Talen

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Waltham Wedding at Gore Place from Lara Callahan

Sometimes all it takes is just one picture, one fabulously captured moment and you just know a wedding is going to be amazing.  And that fabulously captured moment in this gorgeous Waltham wedding?  For me, it was the oh-so-perfect image of a VERY happy bridal party dancing down the aisle towards the breathtaking ceremony.  It’s awesome.  As is every last moment of this sweet Gore Place affair from Lara Callahan, with its pretty, pretty blooms by Whole Foods and sweet Melissa Sweet masterpiece.  See it all in the full gallery.


From the Bride… We had a pretty intimate Autumn wedding (139 guests) that was both budget friendly (around $20,000 total) and DIY. Everything was held on the same property, Gore Place. The ceremony was in an open field and we were married under a large tree.

My step-grandfather married us. We met because of him. When I decided to move to Boston from Florida over six years ago, my grandfather urged me to stay with his cousin’s family–Cathy and Pip Higgins. Despite my hesitations, I stayed with them while I interviewed for jobs. After accepting a position in Boston, the Higgins insisted I lived with them until I got to know the city better (who does that?). The rainy night I moved here, their daughter Peggy picked me up from the airport and their son Teddy took my luggage. And six years later…Teddy’s my husband! The funny thing is, he told all of his friends that “his cousin” was moving up to Boston. Hence the word bubble “Way to keep it in the family.”

The cocktail hour was in a hedge garden just around the corner from the field and it was if the bushes were walls– an outdoor room with no roof. During the cocktail hour we served a signature cocktail named by me, “The Appley Ever After” (apple flavored vodka and buttershots), and signature beers. The reception was held in a large white tent with a dance floor and a carpeted floor steps from the hedge garden.

The lighting was very important to me. I loved the paper lanterns hovering over the dance floor. The blue uplighting made transformed the tent into a party atmosphere. At each table, we placed a whiteboard in the shape of a word bubble. Originally, written on them was the table number and instructions to “Erase this and write whatever you want on me!” There were some very funny/sweet notes. Our guests had a great time using them.

The bracelets were my “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. They meant so much to me. Each piece of jewelry resembled the woman who allowed me to borrow it. For instance, my little sister chose a green bracelet with turtles to represent her young and quirky nature. My older sister let me borrow the watch her husband gave her on the day of her wedding just a year earlier than mine. I could look at my wrist and see each woman in my life. It became an impromptu ceremony as they took turns placing their bracelets on my wrists, one by one. This was one of my favorite moments of the day.

Wedding Photography: Lara Callahan | Wedding Venue: Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts | Floral Design: Mioko Suzuki from Whole Foods | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Lighting: All That Music | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet | Headpiece for Ceremony: Vera Bellezza | Shoes: Seychelles via Zappos | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Watters | Flower Girl Tutus: Little Tutu Shop | Hair: Lauren Genatossio from Sarra| Makeup: Jennifer Opeka from Sarra

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