Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Our Wedding

My love for design was realized while planning my own wedding.  Nate and I were married on September 28, 2008 and spent about a year planning for the wedding.  We wanted an urban chic vibe throughout the event and really wanted to showcase Boston since most of our guests were from out of town.  In order to reflect Boston appropriately, we thought it was important to represent both the amazing history and modern city life.  To accomplish this we were married at Old North Church (made famous by the lanterns held in its steeple as a signal from Paul Revere that the "The British Are Coming") and the reception was held at the State Room which was located on the 33rd floor of a building in Fanuil Hall which had floor to ceiling windows and a panoramic view of the city.  After determining the locations for the wedding we started focusing on the details and creating a look that would go with these two incredible areas of Boston.

We wanted bold, unique colors and Nate really wanted to incorporate blue into our reception, so I thought aubergine would add that sophisticated contrast that would fit well with the historical element of our ceremony (at Old North Church) and urban lounge atmosphere in our reception.  I wore a Lazaro a-line gown and my bridesmaids wore Vera Wang gowns in an aubergine color that each had their own cut and details.  Nate wanted to keep a classic tux look and invested in a Hugo Boss 1-botton tux and his groomsmen wore Calvin Klein 2-button tuxes.

We kept the ceremony decor very simple because we wanted to have the classic beauty of Old North Church stand out (which was a good thing because the Church would not let us decorate anyway).  Guests were transported from the reception site (where they could park and/or where the hotels were located) to the church in Boston-Tour trolleys and dropped off at Paul Revere Mall where they could walk through the church Gardens.  Unfortunately, the rain made for a less than ideal experience than we were hoping but it was still a far more beautiful setting than we could have created.  The church chandeliers were lit by candlelight and LED lighting highlighted the balcony.

After the ceremony, guests were transported back to Fanuil Hall for the cocktail hour and reception.  The cocktail hour was held on the mezzanine level of the loft space that overlooked the Boston skyline.  An ice sculpture martini bar with Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue martinis were available for guests as well as a wine bar and general cocktails with a plethora of passed h'ordeuvres.  Aubergine tablecloths were placed over the escort card table as well as several cocktail tables with white flowers and the rest of the cocktail tables had white tablecloths and were topped with a pop of dark calla lilies.

Because the room was such a large space, we really wanted to make the tables pop.  We had linens custom made with a bright blue shantung fabric and matching seat cushions for the brown chavari chairs.  I knew from the second I started planning my wedding that I wanted to have large dendrobium orchid centerpieces and the pin-lighting and candlelight perfected the look created by Dana Markos Events.  The reception was a 5-course dinner capped off with cake and after a night of dancing guests were greated with custom ordered crepes.


  Consistent with the cocktail hour, we set up a lounge area for guests to enjoy a cocktail and relax as everyone else danced.  We kept the color scheme more subdued so that the aubergine was the star in this area.

The night was unforgettable!  Creating our wedding and seeing the joy and fun that can come from a beautifully styled event or space is what opened my eyes to this wonderful world of creativity and design.  You can also view a quick video of our wedding that highlights these details created by Generations Cinemastories.

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