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The Ultimate Galentine’s Celebration Where Every Detail Was Thought Out In The Cutest Way

Editor’s Note: This absolutely fabulous Galentine’s party was hosted last year before Covid-19 hit the states. To take in all the inspiration from this AH-mazing party and make it covid-compliant, we recommend consulting your local CDC guidelines and implementing masks, socially distanced seating, or even take it virtual!

“What’s Galentine’s Day? Every Feb. 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it breakfast style.” Galentine’s Day might have been the subject of a “Parks and Recreation” episode back in 2010, but it soon spurred a cultural phenomenon that celebrated my best gal friends every year across the United States.

In the spirit of ‘ladies celebrating ladies’, Boston-based wedding planners and designers Kelly Golia and LBB Member Kate Murtaugh planned, designed, and styled a Galentine’s Day celebration that we know to Style Me Pretty readers will want to recreate with their own group of friends this February. The event was complete with Valentine’s day inspired color palette, a mimosa wall, personalized vintage Valentines, and a beauty bar ready for any lipstick touch-ups, to name a few! Nearly 50 New England-based female creative entrepreneurs included designers, floral designers, stylists, caterers, photographers, calligraphers, and more, participated in bringing this celebration to life.

The day was designed to be part shoot, beauty bar, and boozy brunch, but most importantly, it was a day filled with an overwhelming sense of community and collaboration as we celebrated our local community of female creatives and all of our sweet Galentines. The event was broken out into two parts: the first featuring a feminine family-style brunch set for 50 gals. The table was adorned with layered blush and petal china, minimalist gold flatware from Party Rental Ltd., and retro-inspired paper goods from The Paper Perfectionist.

An ombre effect balloon installation designed by Fig Balloon Co. Hung overhead, while a 40-foot tablescape featuring breathtaking ombre floral centerpieces and candles from Bloom 52 lined the table. Guests enjoyed a fun Leslie Knope inspired brunch from Mood Food Event and Suddenly Simple events, including waffles with strawberry maple butter, spinach frittatas, and avocado toast. Dessert included chocolate covered strawberry and cookie butter-flavored cakes in shades of pink and red from Lizzie’s Bakery and the coolest conversation heart sugar cookies with female empowerment sayings like “girl power,” “girl boss,” and “ladies celebrating ladies” from Givan Sweets.

The second part of the celebration included four individually styled lounge areas that some of the attendees and contributors were responsible for designing. These areas included gorgeous floral designs, stunning stationery sets, and detailed styling. Each Galentine was encouraged to take her new headshot in – perfect for a resume or new Instagram profile picture! Once guests had time to mingle and have their new headshot taken, the ladies were encouraged to snag a mimosa from the champagne wall from Refined Rentals and be seated for brunch.

Since it wouldn’t be Galentine’s Day without a little love note, a personalized Valentine designed by Kelly, Kate, and The Paper Perfectionist was left at each place setting, featuring a baby photo of each guest. It was a sweet moment in which each guest could look back on their childhood and see how far each one of those little girls has come and succeeded. We all love celebrating weddings and their own unique love stories, but what about the love stories we experience with our business partners, friends, colleagues, or own work wives? To quote Leslie Knope, Galentines’s day really is “the best day of the year!”

Photography: Alisha Norden Photography | Photography: Stephanie Vegliante Photography | Floral Design: Ashley Marie Floral | Floral Design: Soul Flora (Courtney Mahoney) | Floral Design: Bloom52 Floral Co. | Floral Design: Buds | Floral Design: Twig Briar | Floral Design: Ninety Two Design Co. | Reception Venue: Tannery Loft | Catering: Mood Food Events | Catering: Suddenly Simple Events | Hair + Makeup: Tada Makeup | Hair + Makeup: Jenny Luu | Calligraphy: FXA Calligraphy | Calligraphy: Pretty In Ink Shop | Calligraphy: Fonts and Flourishes Co. | Calligraphy: Hannah Made Design | DJ: Rock with DJ Sara | Balloon Installations: Fig Balloon Co | Balloon Installations: Polished Balloons | Desserts: Givans Sweets | Desserts: Lizzie's Bakery | Dining Furniture + Champagne Wall: Refined Rentals | Lounge Furniture: Kadeema Rentals | Mosaic: Jessica Gusar | Musician: Bridge & Bow | Paper Goods + Stationery: The Paper Perfectionist | Planning + Design: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Planning + Design: Kelly Golia Events | Planning Assistance: Leslie James Events | Social Media Management: hitched with a hashtag | Styling Assistance: Ashley Saffer | Styling Assistance: Daylynn Designs | Styling Assistance: Jessica Hennessey Weddings | Tabletop Rentals: Party Rental LTD

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Set Sail for a Boston Harbor Wedding on a Boat You Won’t Soon Forget

If your vision of a perfect wedding day looks a lot like Beth and Neil’s nuptials from He’s Just Not That Into You, then prepare to embark on a great love affair with today’s Boston Harbor sailboat ceremony from Kate Murtaugh Events! The darling duo tied the knot at sea, on a breathtaking boat made only more beautiful by Beach Plum Floral‘s creations. Grab your Sperrys and head on over to the full gallery of inspo – all taken by Stephanie Vegliante Photography.

From Kate Murtaugh Events Design… Andrew and Mark exchanged heartfelt vows on the 10th anniversary of their first date on an unseasonably warm evening in Boston Harbor. With COVID-19 forcing them to make plans on a more intimate level, they ultimately decided to make the most of it and make the day as unique and beautiful as it could be despite the circumstances. These sharp-dressed grooms chose to celebrate with just the two of them in a romantic sail in Boston Harbor surrounded by moody fall blooms and the love of their friends and families from afar. The couple worked with The Mainstay Collective, an heirloom elopement offering in New England founded and ran by myself, Kate Murtaugh Events & Design, to help bring their breathtaking elopement to life.

The sailing charter took place on Classic Sail Boston’s Captiva, captained by David Puett, who also served as the ceremony officiant. Beach Plum Floral designed and planned their intricate and locally grown floral boat installation, emphasizing the colors as they faded in vibrancy and tone from the bow to the stern. It was important for the couple to enjoy some bubbles and bites following their vows, so we placed a heavy emphasis on creating a comfortable sitting area styled to perfection. Buck and Bloom masterfully created a grazing board as a perfect accompaniment. Stephanie Vegliante Photography and LBB Member, Willow Tree Films captured the beauty of the day from start to finish, documenting every important detail for Andrew, Mark, and their families to enjoy for years to come. As one of the grooms, Andrew, was departing the boat at the end of the evening, he exclaimed, ‘This is better than I could have imagined or planned.” The overall experience of planning Andrew and Mark’s elopement has easily been a silver lining amidst the pandemic’s heartbreak. It was heartwarming and inspiring, and we are grateful and honored that our clients’ looked to our entire vendor team to help make this unforgettable experience come to life in such a beautiful way.

From the grooms… Almost five years ago, Andrew popped the question off the coast of Positano, Italy with some of our closest friends after a week-long vacation. We never envisioned that our engagement would be so long, but our lives shifted drastically with a move across the country. Going into 2020 we knew this was the year to finally make it all happen. What we didn’t know was where the world would be by the fall of the year. Through many conversations with family and friends, we decided to shift gears and planned to elope in October on the tenth anniversary of our first date. What we were able to plan was completely beyond anything we could have imagined. Kate and her team were instrumental in providing us with a safe and unimaginably romantic day to celebrate our relationship with a ceremony aboard the Captiva sailboat in the Boston Harbor. From the unprecedented New England weather to the wildly imaginative florals, our wedding day was absolute perfection. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to commit our lives to one another.

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Photography: Stephanie Vegliante Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Event Planning: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Floral Design: Beach Plum Floral | Stationery: Mulberry & Elm Design | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Catering: Buck and Bloom | Suits: Indochino | Antique Car: Le Limo | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Private Yacht Charter: Classic Sail Boston- The Captiva

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A Boston Harbor Elopement That Will Have You Ditching Your Guest List

Today we set sail on THE most romantic and modern nautical seaside elopement shoot planned and perfected by Kate Murtaugh Events & Design. With New England Summer nights as her inspiration, Kate combined the color palette of our dreams including poppy red and ocean blue which was incorporated into everything from the floral adorned sailboat and bridal bouquet by Beach Plum Floral Design to the groom’s crisp blue suit by The Groomsmen Suit. With just the right mix of elegance and quintessential N.E, Stephanie Vegliante Photography captured all of the romance and all of the stunning, well thought out details. Take a peek below and see why the stormy blue seas may be your perfect place to say I Do!

From Kate Murtaugh Events & DesignBrooklyn and Dean eloped as they set sail on Boston Harbor one late summer afternoon in August filled with dreamy light, a warm breeze and beautifully curated details. Inspired by rich summer tones of color and the stormy blue waters of Boston Harbor, our creative team came together to create a sophisticated yet colorful elopement against one of Boston’s most splendid backdrops that both locals and tourists rarely have the opportunity to experience.

For this elopement editorial, wedding planner and designer Kate Murtaugh imagined a design and aesthetic that infused color, fashionable yet timeless details, and elegant simplicity all while ringing true to quintessential New England summer nights. The shoot’s design featured a saturated color palette including colors like poppy red, hot pink, orange sherbet, summer peach, canary yellow, light pink and stormy blue set amidst old rigging and lines with the beautiful skyline as a backdrop.

Our imagined bride and groom, Brooklyn and Dean were a fashionable couple looking to infuse their chic style and love for their hometown of Boston into a modern-day elopement. While our couple was eloping, it was important that their bridal sunset sail feature all of the details and luxuries a bride and groom would ever desire for their wedding day.

Brooklyn and Dean set sail aboard The Captiva, a private charter Sea Captained by Dave Puett, owner of Classic Sail Boston. Captain Dave also served as their marriage officiant- (did you know Sea Captains in some US states can perform marriage ceremonies?) The Captiva, is a 45-foot Classic Chesapeake Skipjack known for its spacious decks and stability- making for the perfect setting to host Brooklyn and Dean’s harbor elopement. The boat was custom-built using mahogany, teak, obeche and other exotic woods that popped with such perfection with the addition of the gorgeous florals and greenery.

The splendor of the elopement day and love of our couple was captured by photographer, Stephanie Vegliante on both film and digital. Her work beautifully and evocatively captured the romance and emotion of the day.

Brooklyn wore a stunningly feminine gown by Alexandra Grecco, poppy red Loeffler Randall iconic Knot Sandals in poppy red, a stunning mixed metal bridal set including a custom fancy cut platinum engagement ring from James Allen and a uniquely set wedding band with oval diamonds set in yellow gold by MRT Jewelers. She also wore earrings and a bracelet from Zaxie by Stefanie Taylor to complete her look. Brooklyn’s flawless hair and makeup was done by Colby, owner of Pretty Wife Beauty.

Rather than going with tradition, our debonair groom, Dean wore a sharp light steel blue suit from The Groomsman Suit with a crisp white shirt and a white linen pocket square from Bonobos. For a pop of color, he wore a one-of-a-kind pair of Kilim Loafers from Artemis Design Co. made from vintage Turkish rugs.

Jill from Beach Plum Floral Design took our bright and saturated color palette and designed a floral scheme filled with pops of red and shades of pinks to emphasize the marvelous beauty of our sailboat and backdrop. Florals and curly smilax adorned the port side of the sailboat curling it’s way down the side of the boat and perfectly situated to blow in the breeze for their sunset cruise. The bridal bouquet was tied with blush silk ribbon and was filled with an array of pink, coral and red flowers including locally-grown dahlias, zinnias and garden roses.

Taylor at Mulberry & Elm created an elopement announcement to send to our couple’s family and friends and to invite them to a post-elopement celebration. The announcement suite included a custom hand-painted watercolor monogram with additional watercolor elements like a classic nautical striped envelope liner and hand calligraphed envelopes.

Our cozy tablescape situated under the boat’s mainsail included a beautiful grazing board and picturesque cocktails from Wanderlush Boston, a petite tasting cake from Lizzie’s Bakery and a collection of linens and pillows from Serena & Lily and John Robshaw Textiles.

 

Photography: Stephanie Vegliante Photography | Floral Design: Beach Plum Floral | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Lizzie's Bakery | Brides Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Jewelry: Zaxie by Stefanie Taylor | Hair & Makeup: Pretty Wife Beauty | Groom's Suit: SuitShop | Classic Sail Boston: Classic Sail Boston- The Captiva | Cocktails + Charcuterie Catering: WanderLush | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Artemis Design Co. | Models: Maggie Inc | Pillows/Linens: Serena & Lily | Pillows/Linens: "Atavi" and "Prasanna" styles by John Robshaw | Planning & Design: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Pocket Square: Bonobos | Stationery & Calligraphy: Mulberry & Elm Design | Wedding Rings: MRT Jewelers | Wedding Rings: James Allen

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Every Bookworm Needs to Admire This Romantic Boston Public Library Wedding!

There’s something so incredibly romantic about tying the knot in a place, as Carrie Bradshaw once said, “… that housed all the great love stories”. The spectacular marble walls of the Boston Public Library surrounded their guests as they dined in Bates Hall, planned perfectly by Always Yours Events. It’s truly difficult describe how incredibly unique and beautiful this reception is… but it basically combines the grandeur of the Great Hall at Hogwarts and the romance of the library room in Beauty and The Beast. See for yourself at the full gallery captured by Michelle Lange Photography!

From the Bride… When Ryan and I got engaged, we knew that we wanted to find a venue that felt meaningful to the both of us. Right away we decided to tour the Boston Public Library. This particular venue is not only absolutely breathtaking, but also played a part of our story prior to our engagement. When we first moved to Boston together, we lived across the street from the BPL. Our apartment was small, dark and a little bit crammed, and so we would often find ourselves going to the BPL to do our work and study for upcoming exams. When we toured the Boston Public Library, we immediately knew that it was the perfect location to host our wedding reception for our loved ones! We were completely blown away by the character and history of the venue, and each and every space from the grand marble staircase to the Courtyard to Bates Hall left us in awe. 

Knowing we wanted to be married in the Catholic Church, we found ourselves falling in love with the Shrine of our Lady of Good Voyage in the Seaport of Boston. This brand new little church and had the most romantic and slightly more modern aesthetic, which was exactly what we were looking for when it came to a venue for our ceremony. We did not want to take away from any of the beauty at both the church and the BPL, but enhance it and create a dreamy and romantic design within the spaces. Together with our wedding planner Keri (of Always Yours Events), we dreamed up a modern romantic and garden-inspired design that was very floral forward and featured a color palette of whites, cream, ivory and light blush, pinks and a slight pop of a pale and soft blue. 

Our design was carried out into our stationery design with the talents of Taylor at Mulberry and Elm who created an entire custom stationery suite from save the dates to invitations to day of stationery consisting of a light blue crest with florals, a drawing of the Boston Public Library, and even a sweet watercolor of our pup Brady. The floral team at Les Fleurs worked with Keri to fill every space from the bridal suite to the church and every corner of the Boston Public Library with blooms, and even create a rose petal recessional as we exited the church. Upon entering the venue guests were wow-ed by the grand staircase covered in greens, roses and candles, as well as the sounds of our harpist from Gilded Harps. 

One of our favorite features was the floral escort card display where each guest’s name and table number was printed on a bud vase filled with garden roses, peonies and sweet pea and filled gold shelves at the top of the staircase. Our guests enjoyed cocktails out in the courtyard under strands of cafe lights over the reflecting pool as well as on the lower level of the Library before heading upstairs for the grand reveal of Bates Hall. Guest tables in Bates Hall alternated between garlands filled with greens and garden roses, and tall centerpieces with small crystal compote arrangements. After enjoying a delicious menu catered by the Catered Affair, we moved into the Abbey Room for dancing to the sounds of Boston band, The Connection

Our photobooth was a highlight of the reception, with a custom greenery hedge wall backdrop with our initials. At the end of the evening guests were gifted sugar cookie favors in the shape of our dog Brady in beautiful packaging. Guests lined the stairs with ribbon wands for an epic send off before Ryan and I hopped into a white Rolls Royce getaway car. To say the day was absolutely breathtaking is an understatement — the celebration exceeded all of our expectations! As we look back on our day with our stunning gallery from Michelle Lange and video from Stop Go Love, we can’t help referring to it as the best day of our lives! It was so meaningful to be surrounded by all of our closest friends and family, as well as to celebrate our marriage in one of the most historic and stunning venues we both have ever seen! We could not have done it without the support of our families and our amazing vendors, and we are so thankful to everyone who made our day so incredibly remarkable. 

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Photography: Michelle Lange Photography | Wedding Planning and Design: Always Yours Events | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Cake: The Catered Affair | Reception Venue: Boston Public Library | Rings: ADCO Diamond | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: The Catered Affair | Makeup: Makeup by Sarah Lord | Hair: Jennifer Tawa | Lighting: Socialight Boston | Band: Wilson Stevens | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Bridal Shop : The White Magnolia | Bridal Suite: The Lenox Hotel | Bridesmaid PJ's : Plum Pretty Sugar | Card Box: Eagle Cap Creations | Cinematography and Photo Booth: Stop Go Love | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Lounge and Escort Card Sleeves: Kadeema Rentals | Ribbons: Stella Wolfe | Rolls Royce: Boston Limousine | Stationery and Calligraphy : Mulberry & Elm Design | Tabletop Rentals: Peak Event Services | Welcome Sign: Earthy Easel

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Finding Lovely’s Holiday House Tour

While I miss living in Texas more than you can imagine, I will say that a New England holiday season is something special. The cold air, the twinkle lights, the cups of cocoa that are meant to actually warm you from the inside out. It’s a little bit of magic. And the crazy talented (and adorably pregnant) Jackie Hempel of Finding Lovely has managed to capture that very magic and transform her own New England home into a holiday wonderland. Read on for all of the sparkly goodness.

This is the first Christmas in our new kitchen following a major renovation on our old farmhouse victorian outside of Boston. It was built in 1879 and from the moment we walked through, I knew it had the potential for a charming family home. There’s just something beautiful and worthwhile to restoring a historical home and bringing it fresh life.

We’re from California originally so when it came to designing the home, I knew I wanted that light, airy, coastal vibe that felt fresh and lived well with littles.

When it came time to design the kitchen, I had several items on my wishlist. I wanted a window nook for the large farmhouse sink surrounded in old barn wood beams, a built-in refrigerator/freezer that looked like an old icebox and a freestanding range hood flanked with windows. I actually drew out how I wanted it to look and handed it to the carpenter.

It’s been such a happy spot in our home and exactly what I envisioned to honor this old home. Adding some Christmas lovely to this pretty kitchen has been quite the joy.

I kept it light and simple—white ceramic Christmas trees, pretty linens, some simple faux juniper wreaths safety pinned on the backs of the counter stools, mini Christmas trees in the windows, and a big faux cedar wreath with linen ribbon in the window nook is really all it took. Understated Christmas lovely.

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Construction and Architecture: Cutting Edge Homes | Design: Finding Lovely | Cabinetry Color: Sherwin Williams Repose Grey | Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace | Kitchen Cabinetry: JD Millworks | Cabinetry Hardware: 8” Edgecliff Pull in brass by School House Electric | Backsplash Tile: Advance | Ceramic tiles in Chelsea White, 3×6” and 3×12” from Tiles Plus More | Island Tile: Tabarka Tile Nord 7 | Counter Stools: Restoration Hardware French Contemporary Counter Stool | Vintage Barnwood: LongLeaf Lumber | Island Pendants:E. F. Chapman Casual Darlana Fancy Lanterns in gilded iron size medium | Kitchen Runner: Finn Rug in Blue Pottery Barn | Sink Pendant Light: Boston Pendant in antique brass, McGee & Co. | Mini Juniper Wreaths on counter stools: A C Moore

Following the renovation we now have a kitchen that is open to the family room and it’s where we spend all our time. I wanted the Christmas decor in the whole house to feel fresh and flow well from room to room.

I love how light and airy it all looks with the earthy corals and denim blues. Our family room is where we have our large faux noble fir tree and it is decorated with these same colors.

I kept the built-ins neutral with a wood bowl of antique mercury ornaments, glazed white trees and zinc houses and added a wreath and simple garland to the mantel.

It’s the perfect spot in our new old home and we’re excited to make Christmas memories here.

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Large Faux Cedar Wreath: Terrain | Woven Wood Blinds: The Shade Store | Christmas Tree: Prelit 9ft Faux Noble Fir from Terrain | Zinc Houses: Terrain & Target | Pom Pom Stockings: Dear Keaton | Denim | Stockings: Potterybarn | Rug: Finn Rug in blue from Pottery Barn

Photography: Madison Rae Photography | Design: Finding Lovely

Inspiration for a Heart-Filled Valentine’s Bash with Your Besties

From bridal shower to just because I love my friends, this party is the perfect reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And if heart balloons and a flower wall are involved, well that’s just the cherry on top. Crafted by Lindsey M. Events along with florals by Apotheca and photographs by Lindsay Hackney, this shower turned Galentine’s soiree will get you in the mood to celebrate come February 14.

From the planner, Lindsey M. Events… I have always dreamed of planning an ultra feminine and bright bridal shower photo shoot, and what better occasion than Valentine’s Day for a party with your best friends? After stumbling upon Trade, a restaurant in the heart of Boston’s Atlantic Wharf, I knew it would be in the perfect backdrop. As a planner and designer I live for contrast, and in this instance placing pink and girly elements against Trade’s industrial backdrop was exactly the contrast I needed. I like to call our color palette here “Go Bright or Go Home.” Metallic heart balloons and neon pink palm tree napkins are paired with yellow stripes and a whitewash floral wall. We embraced all things pink and girly for our bride-to-be and played with texture and pattern to create something fresh and energetic. With an all-star cast of vendors, our shoot came to life with more color and spunk than I ever could have dreamed!

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Flowers: Apotheca | Makeup: The Crown Boutique | Hair: Hair That Moves | Balloon Calligraphy: Lizzie Shea | Blue Dress: Cynthia Rowley | Bridal Shower Planner + Designer: Lindsey M. Events | Bride's Dress and Choker: ASOS | Confetti Hearts: Paper Source | Engagement Party Venue: TRADE | Fit & Flare Bridesmaid's Dress: ASOS | Granite Candle Holders: CB2 | Invitation: Emily A Howell Design | Macaron Picks: Happily Handmade Decor | Mini Pink Heart Balloon: Oh Shiny! Paper Co | Neon Yellow Necklace: J.Crew | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Taper Candles: Yummi Candles | Wardrobe Styling: AOK Style + Planning | Wedding Photographers: Lindsay Hackney

Heartwarming Boston Wedding Film Packed with Emotion

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Boston, you know the charm our good city encompasses. Yes, I’m totally biased, but it really does ignite a spark—especially when it comes to weddings. Need proof? This heartwarming film captured by With This Ring Wedding Films is your answer. Grab the tissues for those sweet vows!

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From With This Ring Wedding FilmsOh Boston, it’s been too long! With This Ring was thrilled to be back – especially over Independence Day weekend – and even more thrilled to be able to spend time with Diana and David during their amazing wedding day at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, a sophisticated boutique hotel that takes inspiration from the city’s rich history while reveling in the unpredictable. These two got ready in their hotel suites and then tied the knot in Revere’s Space 57, one of the most versatile event spaces in Boston. Diana and David’s reception celebration continued into the evening with good food, good music and speeches from family and friends that came from the heart. Who could ask for more?

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Photography: Mikhail Glabets Lifestyle Photography | Cinematography: With This Ring Wedding Films | Reception Venue: Revere Hotel Boston Common | Wedding Venue: Revere Hotel Boston Common

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Classic Summer Wedding in the City

I called Boston home for four years. It’s a city with an incredibly special place in my heart and when I see a wedding like this it brings my love for Boston rushing right back. Set at the Royal Sonesta Boston and featuring music by Night Shift Entertainment, it’s a summer celebration with no shortage of fun. See photos and film by THE EWINGS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO below.

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From the Bride… We wanted the wedding to be classic, not too over-the-top, and fun. The most precious memories I took away from the wedding were the church ceremony where I couldn’t stop crying from overwhelming happiness, the trolley ride back to the hotel, dancing and laughing our way through pictures, and dancing along to Soho’s amazing music with family and friends. Luckily Erica took amazing pictures throughout the entire wedding, so I’ll never forget a single moment of the day.

Hung and I were most passionate about the band and florals. We saw Soho perform at a friends wedding and knew we wanted them to play at our wedding before we were even engaged. Once we got engaged, we contacted Soho first and based the wedding date on them. They were already booked up for some dates of Summer 2016 18 months in advance, so I was VERY happy we contacted them before planning other vendors. Once we had the date, we knew we wanted to get married in a church, so we chose the Old South Church because of it’s incredible beauty and great location. The Royal Sonesta was an easy choice because one of my best friends, Julie Bourque, sold weddings at the Sonesta and told me to come in just to take a peak to get an idea of what looking at reception spaces would be like. We pretty much decided on the Sonesta that day without looking at any other places to have the reception. It was perfect.

As for florals, we were recommended to Marc Hall by Julie. After one meeting with Jimmy Guzman from Marc Hall, we knew they were who we wanted do to the flowers for the wedding. We knew this was going to be where we put most of the money into and I’m so glad we did because the floral arrangements at the wedding were absolutely stunning and were even better than what I hoped they would be.

The trolley from the Old South Church back to the Sonesta was something I will never forget. Hung’s groomsmen brought a giant boombox with a microphone attached onto the trolley and cooler full of bud lights and we just partied all the way back to the Sonesta. We had music blasting and we were all taking turns singing into the microphone over loud dance music. Erica, our photographer, said she had never seen anything like it and was happy she was able to capture it in both photos and video. After pulling up to the Sonesta, one of the groomsmen held the boombox on his shoulder and we paraded through the Sonesta to the back outdoor area to take photos where we continued a dance session. We barely got any standing portraits on the wedding party because we all couldn’t stop dancing! It was one of the absolute best highlights of the wedding.

Hung and I were both at a mutual friends birthday party 4 years back. We didn’t speak that night, but we definitely both noticed each other. A few days later, we both happened to be at The Harp in Boston, pre-gaming for the Celtic’s game that we each had tickets for. He tapped me on the shoulder and said “I’m not sure if you know who I am but we were both at the same party the other night…” and handed my friends and me shots… Obviously his way to break the ice :) He finally asked for my number that night and after 1 low-key date during a snow blizzard the rest is history!


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Photography: THE EWINGS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO | Videography: THE EWINGS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO | Floral Design: MARC HALL DESIGNS | Wedding Dress: L'elite Boston | Ceremony Venue: Old South Church | Reception Venue: Royal Sonesta Boston | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Natalie Shafie Makeup | Hair: C.E.L. Hair | Band: Night Shift Entertainment | Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Black Tie Limousine | Dance Floor: Rentals Unlimited | Transporation: Rockstar Limo

This is How You Plan Your Dream Wedding

There’s nothing we love more than grabbing our besties and hitting the town for a little bridal show action. And when that show happens to be the Wedding Day Expositions Boston Bridal Show, it’s a happier day than most. Think yummy treats, live music and a cake dive (!!) all happening this Sunday, January 8th. Mark your calendars and get ready to plan that day of your dreams.

The Wedding Day Expositions Boston Bridal Show is everything you’ve ever wanted in a bridal event… and so much more. I’m talking a one-stop shop with all of the areas finest vendors, plus some seriously cool happenings and awesome giveaways, as well. From the live fashion show to the Macy’s VIP entry bags (for the first 50 guests!) to the full bar filled with tasty libations, this is definitely one event you can’t miss. And did I mention the cake dive? I mean, this is going to be sooo awesome.

Whether you’re on the lookout for the perfect photographer, want to find that venue of your dreams or simply want to be inspired, the Wedding Day Expositions Boston Bridal Show is THE place to start planning. Click here NOW to get your tickets ($15 per person at the door or $10 online) and mark those calendars for a Sunday filled with wedding planning fun.

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What: The Wedding Day Expositions Boston Bridal Show is giving away matching wedding bands in their fabulous cake dive!

Who: One lucky winner will be chosen completely at random to participate in the cake dive at the upcoming Boston Bridal Show and four other lucky contestants will be chosen live from the audience. All contestants will be cloaked in rain gear and wrestle through a GIANT cake provided by Montilio’s Bakery. Inside is a small box for the victor who will claim the pair of WEDDING BANDS as their PRIZE!

How: To enter to win a spot in Boston’s ONLY cake dive, submit your proposal/engagement photo by tagging @weddingdayexpos on Facebook OR @weddingdayexpositions on Instagram! #justsayyes

Mismatched Bridesmaids in Grey for a City Wedding

I can’t think of a more magical city to tie the knot than Boston. Steeped in history and bursting with charm, it’s no wonder Sam and Tim took to Copley Square with their bridal party to kick off their best day ever. See how it all unfolded through the lens of Ashley Largesse.

Ashley Largesse PhotographyWhere do I even begin with these two and their Boston extravaganza-amazingness of a wedding day?! Since Sam and Tim first met in this beloved Massachusetts city, there was no question where they’d celebrate this new chapter of their lives. These two and their bridal squad practically took over Copley Square, strutting their stuff through traffic and cheering en route to the church. It was incredible, which is why half the city stopped to take pictures or join in the fun! The celebration continued nearby at Granite Links Golf Course with a view of the Boston skyline. It was everything perfect from beginning to end – a day full of love galore, happy tears, and pure joy followed by a night packed with emotional moments, beautiful speeches and some real impressive dance moves. Congratulations Sam and Tim!

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Photography: Ashley Largesse Photography | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers by Annette | Cake: Montillio's | Make Up: Dani Wagener Beauty | Venue: Granite Links Golf Club | Bride's Gown: Allure Bridal | Hair Design: Miriam Meza

Picnics + Proposals For One Sweet Couple

With the help of Wayfair, we have an engagement scene straight out of a dream, with sips, snacks and a picnic setup that’s near perfect. Ruth Eileen captured all the cute details and the adorable couple celebrating the start of their happily ever after. With a proposal reenactment for the camera’s sake and lots of sweet kisses, this shoot is sure to make your Sunday! See every moment in our Vault right here!

From the Couple… Our story began on a chilly day in January 2009 at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. We were both juniors in college and had several mutual friends – though unaware of the fact at that time. Kim, a fearless soul in a petite frame thought it would be funny to show up to the “guys house” in a youth size onesie – where Kevin happened to be. While Kim thought little of the exchanged hello and short amount of time they spent talking, she made a lasting first impression on Kevin. A few weeks later we ran into each other again at a Valentine’s Day party at another mutual friend’s house where we discovered our special connection and mutual interests in hockey, wine… and onesies.

After graduation, we moved in together and began life in the real world. Living in a big city, we loved planning weekend getaways to clear their minds, drink wine and enjoy the outdoors uninterrupted. Over the course of six years, our families became just as tight-knit as our bond and the conversation of getting married was always brought up. Although Kim would routinely dismiss the uncertainty in a laughing matter, Kevin was always poised – having it all planned out.

One weekend, Kevin organized a trip to spend the weekend at an unoccupied relative’s home with the plan to finally pop the question. Kevin had always envisioned a private, laid back and unexpected proposal so he knew this getaway would be the perfect opportunity to bring this vision to life. The weekend was peaceful and uneventful – just how they liked it – until Sunday arrived. After breakfast, Kevin asked Kim if she would like to take a walk around the pond nearby. Kevin began talking about their relationship and his excitement for their future as he turned around and got down on one knee. Kim thought Kevin was joking around and started laughing until he pulled the ring from his pocket. The laughs turned to tears as Kim realized what was actually happening.

We relived our proposal – this time with family nearby – in Boston, Massachusetts for our engagement photos. True to form, we’re planning their wedding at a local winery in Leesburg, Virginia with close friends and family.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Event Design: Wayfair | Dress: Francesca's | Hair: Dry Bar | Registry: Wayfair | Shop The Look: Wayfair

12 Fabulous Ways to Thank Your Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids? They’ve been with you through thick and thin. The dress fittings, the cake tastings, the 5 am meltdowns over color choices (it’s okay, we’ve all been there)… there’s a reason you call them your best friends. Which is why we’ve asked our faves at Long’s Jewelers to help you say “thank you” for everything in the best way possible. Think 12 awesome wedding day gifts that are perfect for showing that bestie gratitude. Scroll below for every pretty pick.

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Ready to get your gift giving on? Visit one of Long’s Jewelers four locations in Massachusetts or their newest location (now open!) in sales tax free Nashua, NH! Their amazing staff will use their years of experience (they’ve been open since 1878, y’all) to help you find those bridesmaids gifts that will really, really wow. We promise.

Wedding Jewelry 101: Perfectly Matched Rings for the New England Bride

Calling all fabulous New England brides – this one’s for you. Because today we’re teaming up with one of our fave jewelry stores, Long’s Jewelers, to break down that age old question: which wedding band + ring combo should I choose? From classic solitaires to eternity bands to yellow gold beauties, we’ve got your answers. Scroll below to find the one perfect for you and yours.

The Classic Pairing

New England brides are known for their classic meets rustic chic style; we all know that. And when it comes to wedding jewelry, there’s nothing that falls within that category more than a single solitaire engagement ring paired with a breathtaking eternity band. Perfect for the bride who dreams of a Grace Kelly-esque wedding (read: all of us), it’s a look that will never go out of style. Sooo incredibly timeless.

Featured: Four Prong Diamond Solitaire (LMT2591) and Diamond Eternity Band (DETP1663)

Modern Yellow Gold Pairing

If you thought that yellow gold was reserved for your mother, grandma or friend who said “I do” in the 80’s, think again, loves… yellow gold is back with a seriously stunning vengeance. We promise. Long’s Jewelers suggests pairing this sweet metal with a modern halo and then adding a unique (+ drop-dead gorgeous) infinity swirl band for a perfectly awesome update to the traditional. We are so on board with that.

Featured: Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in Yellow Gold (LDM7293) and Diamond Infinity Swirl Band (LDB1877)

The “Boston” Ring

Fun fact of the day? The classic three-stone ring was created in the great, great city of Boston (we’re sort of partial), which makes it THE quintessential engagement ring for all of New England. Even better? This awesome setting allows you to mix and match with stones… use your mother’s, your grandmother’s, your mother-in-law’s… or your own. And when it comes to pairing this Beantown Beauty with a wedding band, Long’s Jewelers suggest a bead set diamond eternity band for an amazing look.

Featured: Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring (FRTH0170) and Bead Set Diamond Eternity Band (LDB1665)

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A Feminine Touch

We love, love, love a rose gold setting, especially one that has been paired with a white gold metal. It’s a mix and match we’re totally on board with and when it comes to romance, well… it doesn’t get any better. Try one of Long’s Jewelers awesome halo engagement rings with a stunning oval diamond (sooo pretty) and adding a rose gold halfway diamond band. The results are flawless.

Featured: Oval Diamond Halo Engagement Ring (LDMS0066) and Halfway Diamond Band in Rose Gold (LDB3157)

Vintage Details

Speaking of romance, Long’s Jewelers‘ lineup of drop-dead gorgeous vintage-inspired pieces basically owns the term. From halo engagement rings with intricate detailing to bezel set diamond eternity bands, finding that perfect pairing that evokes the beauty of yesterday is as simple as saying “YES!” to the one you love. And also soooo unique… and awesome.

Featured: Vintage Inspired Diamond Halo Engagement Ring (LDM7321) and Bezel Set Diamond Eternity Band (LDB1858)

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Can’t wait to find that perfect pairing for your bridal jewelry? Contact Long’s Jewelers TODAY or stop by one of their four locations throughout Massachusetts or their new location opening this fall in Nashua, NH.  Their years upon years of experience (seriously… they’ve been open since 1878) and talented staff (family owned and operated) will help you locate that wedding band + engagement ring of your dreams.

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Photography: Newbury Photographs | Jewelry: Longs Jewelers

The Perfect Way to Add a Touch of Vintage Glam to Your Wedding Day

Adding a little touch of vintage glamour to your wedding day is always a good idea, but adding it in the form of some serious bling? Even better. So today we’re teaming up with our friends over at Long’s Jewelers to bring you a list of stunning vintage gems that will definitely bring a little something extra special to your Big Day.  Scroll below to fall in love with every last one.

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With four locations throughout Massachusetts and one more opening in Nashua, NH later this fall, plus years upon years of experience (they’ve been in business since 1878, y’all), Long’s Jewelers is your go-to for all things vintage with a never-ending list of gorgeous finds.  From dazzling earrings to stunning necklaces to fab rings that really make a statement, their experienced staff of jewelry experts (they are family owned and operated) will make sure you shine on your Big Day.  Visit one of their awesome locations NOW to find that special something.

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See How this Couple Fell in Love with their New England E-Sesh

It’s time to embark on a journey — a journey through Leah and Rob’s love with a little help from Elyse Hall Photography. The engagement session started in Boston at various locations throughout the city that played a part in their relationship. From there, they went to the Bride’s hometown in Rhode Island (where they’ll be married in the fall) where they posed for more gorgeous photos, with Leah in her great grandmother’s vintage stole. See the whole day in The Vault!


From Elyse Hall PhotographyLeah & Rob met and fell in love in Boston Mass, so when choosing a location for their engagement photographs what better place to photograph then where it all began. We started off in the morning wandering around Boston in the freezing weather shooting at different locations that were special for these two. From the Boston public Library to wandering the streets of Boston each adventure felt like an important part of their relationship. Later in the afternoon we even ventured over to New Hampshire where Leah is from and where their fall wedding will be taking place. I love how Leah incorporated little touches that were special for her into the shoot. Leah wore her great grandmas vintage stole and we finished the shoot off in Leah’s parent’s backyard pond. Shooting at all these important locations gave me such a wonderful connection to how they fell in love and made me so excited for their BIG day.

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Location: Boston MA | Location: Rye NH

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The Boston Skyline is the Most Epic Ceremony Backdrop We’ve Seen!

When you work in the wedding industry, getting married isn’t always a cake walk. But thanks to Cambria Grace, we got a first-hand look at what it takes to become a photographer-turned-bride. She shared snippets of her journey down the aisle, and today we’re unfolding the big day pulled together with vendors like Lauren Wells, Pollen Floral Design, Ceremony Boston and Beat Train Productions behind the scenes. Dylan & Sara captured the fun, and make sure to check out their fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner today on SMP New England!

From The Bride…Ross and I love our home. We love our dog, our families and our house. Since graduating college together in 2011, we have made Charlestown our home and the place we run our businesses. We knew we wanted to get married here, and after an extensive Google search, we decided on a pier in the Navy Yard that looks out over the city we love!

Our wedding day was insanely fun. There is no other way to describe it. I’ve never seen our parents dance so hard before! The most important thing to us was sharing the day with our friends and family. When Lauren Wells, my maid of honor and the magical unicorn of her own design business, kindly offered to help us style the wedding, we were so excited. Krissy (Pollen Floral) also made us some unbelievable flower arrangements, and I am forever grateful for her talent!

I have so many favorite moments from the day, but one that stands out in particular is our ceremony. Ross and I were nervous about standing in front of everyone proclaiming our love (it is so daunting!) so when I finally got to him at the end of the aisle, I was so relieved. And like it was right on cue, one of the ships in the navy yard blew its horn…and then a duckboat went by us cheering and honking…and to top it off, a police boat’s sirens went off as it pulled over another boat. It was total chaos out there. I was crying from laughing so hard, which made getting through our vows way easier. Of course, Ross’ were hilarious and sweet, which is a perfect representation of him, so I laughed my way through the entire ceremony.

The weather was a major worry of mine, but the rain held off until we were all under the tent. It led one of the most romantic moments – walking home with my husband in the rain at 2am. It will forever be one of my favorite memories. For anyone planning a wedding, the best moments are often the unplanned ones and you just have to embrace them!

Photography: Dylan & Sara Photography | Event Design: Lauren Wells Events | Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Invitations: Bride | Catering: Dandelion Catering | Hair + Makeup: Kacie Corbelle | Calligraphy: Li Ward | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Courageous Sailing Center | Bridal Boutique: Ceremony | Poppers: Meri Meri | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Wedding Logo: Anne Robin

A Mexican Fiesta Rehearsal Dinner (on the Boston Harbor!)

Get excited, because today you’re in for a very special treat. Without further ado, we’re sharing Cambria Grace‘s wedding today on the blog! But up first is her Southwest-themed rehearsal dinner fiesta. With the Boston skyline as a backdrop, Ross and Cambria celebrated their nuptials in the most festive fashion: with coconut margaritas, tacos and delicious donuts! See the whole affair, captured by Dylan & Sara Photography, in The Vault and stay tuned for her wedding later today!


From The Bride…One of our favorite date nights is going to Loco in South Boston (which was introduced to us by my MOH, Lauren Wells)! We knew we wanted to rehearse and enjoy dinner on the pier, so we asked Loco to cater the event and they did AN AMAZING JOB! Their team were the nicest people ever, and they also happen to make very tasty food (and coconut margaritas). Mike (the co-owner) even came to make sure everything was perfect, and it really was.

Lauren and Krissy made everything look beautiful and catered to that southwestern theme, that I am especially fond of as I’m from the south. One of my favorite parts of the design was from Li Ward, who calligraphed the terracotta pot with the bar menu. I still have it and treasure it so much!

Ross and I had such a relaxing night with our friends and family, and I can’t imagine a better way to spend the night before our wedding!

Photography: Dylan & Sara Photography | Event Design: Lauren Wells Events | Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design | Dress: Billy Ella | Catering: Loco Taqueria | Calligraphy: Li Ward | Venue: Charlestown Navy Yard | Donuts: Union Square Donuts | Furniture Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Rings

Let’s be honest, planning a wedding can be a little complicated.  From the cake to the flowers to the guest list, there’s a lot of decisions to make.  But the one thing you most definitely don’t want to worry about? Choosing the right wedding bands.  Which is why we’re teaming up with the fabulous Long’s Jewelers to help ease the stress a bit.  It’s Rings 101 from Boston’s most beloved jeweler.  Sit back and soak it all in.

1. Choose Your Wedding Ring Style

From the band width to the metal finish to the overall look and feel, narrowing down the style of your band is one of THE most important decisions you’ll make.  Are you and yours a vintage-inspired duo, a modern couple or two sweeties with a love of all things simple and sweet? By choosing the right band width and metal that fit your style personality, you can count on a happy ring buying experience.  Think a 4 mm band in brushed metal or a 10 mm band in a more textured look. Honestly, the options at Long’s Jewelers are endless… and beyond pretty.

2. Understand The Differences In Metal Type

And speaking of metal… understanding the differences between all of the ah-mazing options is totally key. From classic + gorgeous yellow gold (hint: always go for the 18K) to the platinum pretties (hypoallergenic + heavy + long-lasting) to the white gold stunners to the edgy (+ seriously chic) Tungsten or Carbon Fiber rings that are totally you and totally unique.  Not sure which one to choose?  No worries. Long’s Jewelers will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process to make sure you pick a metal that is perfect.

3. Consider Your Lifestyle

Making sure your ring fits into your day to day lifestyle can often be overlooked, but as the staff at Long’s Jewelers will tell you… it’s sooo important.  Which means that whether you spend your days working with your hands (hint, hint: platinum) or play tennis every.single.morning (just say no to the eternity bands), selecting the right band will make alllll the difference.

4. Settle On A Budget

Just like every aspect of your Big Day, you’ll most definitely want to set a budget BEFORE you go ring shopping.  But where, oh where to start?  Long’s Jewelers recommends setting aside $1,000 and heading upward based on those details you are simply swooning over. Think diamond accents, metal type and more. Truly… it all just depends on what you’re looking for.  Our advice?  Start with doing some research online to get a ballpark estimate.  You’ll find it so very, very helpful that you did.

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Classic Wedding at the Boston Public Library

If a Public Library is good enough for Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City,” it’s definitely good enough for me. And this Boston Public Library is so good. For starters, there’s the Bride’s gorgeous Vera Wang gown and beautiful invitations from Paper Moss. Then there’s the personal touches like moonshine and bourbon to honor the couple’s West Virginia and Kentucky roots. I could go on, but I’ll stop myself because you can see it all from Joyelle West Photography in The Vault!

From The Bride…When planning our wedding, we focused on food, family, and friends. Since our wedding took place over a three-day weekend we invited all of our guests to enjoy drinks and food at The Gallows. Working with The Gallows restaurant, we were able to coordinate an unbelievable and intimate family style dinner for our wedding party with hor d’oeuvres and drinks for all of our guests to end the night. It allowed us to spend more time with our guests and kicked off our wedding weekend. Most of our guests traveled to Boston for the wedding, so we made sure guests gift bags included a custom map highlighting where our events were taking place as well as classic Boston attractions. We also had a custom travel journal made by a vendor I found on Etsy, Cara of Print Stitch and Paste, who crafted several personalized pieces for our wedding.

Although the wedding took place in Boston, we wanted to pay tribute to our respective home states. Bobby is originally from West Virginia, and I spent the majority of my life in Kentucky, so including nips of moonshine and bourbon was a fun way to pay tribute. We also included chocolate from Hotel Chocolat because Bobby proposed during our stay at Bouchon, their chocolate plantation and resort in St. Lucia.

The ceremony was held at the Cathedral of Holy Cross. As guests entered the cathedral they were handed programs designed by the talented Lisa Hedge of Venamour, who also designed our gorgeous wedding menu and table numbers. Afterwards guests were transported to the Boston Public Library where the reception was held. As guests entered the library, they made their way to the beautiful courtyard where they were greeted by a jazz quartet as they enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For dinner guests were escorted upstairs to Bates Hall where the jazz ensemble continued playing throughout dinner. As guests entered Bates Hall they passed by the wedding cake, which featured a detailed custom cake topper designed by Concarta.

Going back to our roots, we also incorporated ramps onto the menu, a local West Virginia specialty that luckily was in season, and Graeter’s ice cream, a favorite from my upbringing. We also had charcuterie on the tables when the guests arrived so that guests had something to nibble on as they waited on each course. The sides were served family style, which gave the meal a communal and familial feel. We wanted the guests to enjoy the ritual of passing the dishes around the table and the conversation that inevitably flows. After dinner we danced the night away with our guests. At our request, the band ended the night with all the guests in a giant circle singing Country Roads, another homage to Bobby’s home state. As guests left we gave them a custom cookbook crated by May Designs that held some of our favorite recipes. The next morning, before most guests caught their flights, we held a recovery brunch at XV Beacon to conclude the weekend.

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Photography: Joyelle West Photography | Cinematography: readyset[film] | Event Planning: Stone Event Planning, Inc. | Floral Design: New Leaf flores | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Flour Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Of The Holy Cross | Reception Venue: Boston Public Library | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: L'elite Boston | Catering: The Catered Affair | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | Lighting: Suzanne B Lowell Lighting Design | Band: Kahootz | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Bridal Accommodations: Xv Beacon Hotel | Bridal Transportation: Lti Worldwide | Bride's Clutch: Chanel | Brunch: Mooo Restaurant | Cocktail Hour Music: Jazz Bands Boston | Custom Cookbook: May Designs | Groom's Accommodations: Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. | Groom's Cake: Cakes for Occasions | Groom's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Groomsmen's Shirts: Ledbury | Guest Transportation: Old Town Trolley | Ice Cream: Graeters | Menus, Programs + Table Numbers: Venamour Stationery & Ephemera | Rehearsal Dinner: The Gallows | Rehearsal Dinner Favors: Boston Cigar Factory | Rentals: DC Rental | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Save The Date + Invitations: Paper Moss | Wedding Cake Topper: Concarta | Welcome Bag Favors: Illume Candle | Welcome Bag Favors: Boucan By Hotel Chocolat | Welcome Bag Favors: Print Stitch & Paste | Welcome Bags: Baggu

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Classic State Room Wedding with Vintage Nautical Touches

Drawing inspiration from the plush gardens of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, this Bride and Groom transformed the beautiful, sleek lines of Boston’s State Room into a classic, New England wedding. With pretty flowers, invitations designed by the graphic designer Bride and Boston Common Band to keep everyone on the dance floor all night, this couple pulled off their vision and made sure all the guests enjoyed their special day. See it all from Lauren Methia Photography in The Vault!

From The Bride…I met Brett at Syracuse University in 2006, just 3 days before he graduated, while I was just finishing up my sophomore year. We discovered we had been in a lecture together the entire semester but had never connected. So after unknowingly being at the same school for 2 years, we started our relationship back at our parents’ homes at opposite ends of Massachusetts (how’s that for timing?). Brett moved to Boston a year later, and when I graduated in 2008, I headed straight for the coast to start our life together, finally in the same city.

As the days of wedding planning began, we were torn. We had fallen in love with Newport, Rhode Island after our engagement amongst the stunning views on the Cliff Walk. It would be a gorgeous setting for our nautical loving selves to tie the knot (pun intended). But when it came down to it, Boston was just—it was us. We couldn’t think of anything better than hosting all of our loved ones in our beloved city. We couldn’t wait to share it with everyone and show them everything we loved about this beautiful, historic, small town of a city.

We surprised ourselves when we chose the State Room as our venue—a sprawling modern space that starkly contrasted our classic New England style. But we loved the blank slate of the room which enabled us to design it exactly how we wanted. No rugs or wallpaper or drapes to compete with. But most of all, we loved the focal point of this space, which displayed the driving force behind our wedding inspiration: a two story panoramic view of Boston Harbor.

Our vision was set: soft and classic with vintage nautical touches, all inside of a bold modern space. We knew we wanted to soften the look by bringing in natural elements of varying textures; our inspiration came from the plush gardens of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard (our annual vacation destination). These varying shades of natural greens and muted warm floral tones set the foundation of our color palette along with the weathered gray of the cedar homes native to coastal New England. We were also greatly inspired by textures: wood, brass, lace, moss, rope, all used in unison; it gave so much dimension and character. All these elements set against a Boston skyscraper—we were thrilled with the result. It was classic and timeless, with an unexpected twist…which just so happened to be my same goal I had in looking for a gown. I can’t thank my mom enough for all of her help with the details. Her impeccable eye kept us on track the whole way.

As a graphic designer, I was pumped to design my invite set and paper products. I can’t tell you how much time I spent from sketching ideas to refining each piece. I knew I wanted letter press from the start, and was even able to help with the printing process. I cut the paper, inked the press, and ran the machine: it was so immensely satisfying to physically create these pieces from start to finish. The program was another favorite, which featured amazing little illustrations of the bridal party by one of my bridesmaids. (My friends are all so talented, it’s silly.)

We scheduled a lot of time for photos before the wedding, not wanting to miss any of our favorite Boston backdrops. We loved the idea of being able to spend some time together, calming our nerves before the big event. A trolley took us around the city from the Seaport to the Public Gardens to the historic Boston Public Library. At this last stop, we arrived to find a pride flag flying proudly above the city, as just one day before, the supreme court made it’s landmark decision on same-sex marriages. We were so overjoyed to share our special weekend with a nation-wide celebration of love. As Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stated that day, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” What a weekend for a wedding!

Our biggest goal for the reception was just to throw a damn good party. We were so thankful to have all our loved ones together with us on our special day and wanted everyone to be enjoying themselves just as much as us. Our marriage could not be without all the people who support us and love us, so it was important to us that this was a celebration for us all. Thus, it became my husband’s obsession to find the perfect band, which he did. We did not step off that dance floor (and neither did our guests!) the entire night.

I could go on and on and on about our wedding, the details, the people, the perfect moments and the inevitable mishaps… but I’ll leave it with this: I truly would not have changed one thing.

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Photography: Lauren Methia Photography | Event Planning: Simeral & Co. | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: I Dream of Jeanne Cakes | Invitations: Seaside Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: Danielle Keefe Artistry | Hair: Salon 142 | Band: Boston Common Band | Favors: Garrett's Popcorn | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Divina Strings | Transportation: Old Town Trolley | Venue: State Room: A Longwood Venue | Bridal Boutique: Madeleine's Daughter | Groom's Accessories: Brooks Brothers | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. | Guest Book: Cardtorial | Mother Of Bride Dress: BHLDN | Raw Bar: Island Creek Oysters | Rentals: Table Toppers of Newton | Sunglasses: Knockaround | Welcome Bags: Seaside Paperie

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