Jessica and David were married in a traditional church ceremony at Old South followed by a reception at the Exchange Conference Center in Boston, Mass. on September 27. “It was right on the water in the heart of Boston’s seaport district,” Jessica said. “We loved the historic architecture, style of the building, and wide open flow to the space.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a feathered skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, birdcage veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Prada t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, cala lillies, and berries. Only close family and friends, approximately 150, sat in wooden pews to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with drinks by the inner harbor. The reception took place shortly thereafter inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, navy blue napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrouned by folding padded chairs. The New England-style menu for dinner. Think: lobster rolls, BBQ pork sliders, fish tacos, flank steak, and butternut squash ravioli. Yum! There were also messages in bottles at each place setting. “Each one had a special note in them for guests to open and enjoy,” she said. “I also did A LOT of the custom design work, including creating a logo and ‘branded’ feel to all detail elements to tie everything together.” A five-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to whoopie pies. “Everyone loved the band,” Jessica said. “We had the best band, The Ward Eights, and they played non-stop. When it was time to wrap up, guests didn’t want to leave and chanted, ‘One more song’ for an encore. It was like being at our own private concert.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay organized and get everything completely finished by two weeks before your wedding date,” she said. “That way, you can handle any last minute surprises. On the day-of, make sure to just tune out any planning aspect, have fun, and enjoy every minute. You have done all the work already so there is nothing else to worry about.” At the end of the night, lobster cookie cutters were passed out as favors, and they jetted off to their honeymoon in France and Spain.
Kristyn and Billy were married at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Mass. on July 12. “We found the venue through our photographer’s blog,” Kristyn said. “She had photographer another couple at the barn, and it was the rolling, green hills that frist made me want to check it out. When we first got out of the car on our first visit there, I knew it was where we could be married . . . it was different from all the other venues we had been to.” The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down with loose curls, jeweled sash, and a pair of t-strap sandals, while the groom wore a light gray vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, daisies, and spider mums. Guests were greeted with a pair of sunglasses to not be blinded by the love. “My aunt was the officiant, so it made the ceremony much more personal for us,” she said. “That Saturday in July was the most perfect day, all sun and no humidity. It allowed for us to enjoy everything the property had to offer, including having our ceremony out on the lawn. The rustic setting allowed us to use so many rustic details, from bright flowers in mason jars hanging off the sides of chairs to drinking sangria out of mason jars with paper straws to having a wooden pallet for everyone to sign, I could go on and on.” The reception followed inside the barn lit with chandeliers from beams. Tables were decorated with damask patterned linens, square wooden centerpieces, heart-shaped chalkboard numbers, and votive candles surrounded by chiavari chairs. “For our entrance, we came out to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody,'” Kristyn said. “I feel like it started the night off right and continued the party from there. It was so much fun, and I can replay it over and over in my head.” A four-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was served for dessert. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy every moment, don’t stress over the small stuff,” she said. “Everything will come together. We were engaged for almost 2 years, and it flew by.”
Rosie and Sam were married at the Commander’s Mansion followed by a reception at China Pearl Restaurant in Boston, Mass. on November 9. “We fell in love with how intimate and beautiful it was,” Rosie said. “Every room had romantic details and perfect for pictures.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, statement necklace, and a pair of Prada high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long netural chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, balsa wood, and silver brunia balls. “While walking down the aisle, all I could see was my husband and tears just started to well up,” she said. “Plus, reading our vows in front of our close family and friends too.” During the recessional, bubbles were even blown! “My maid of honor and husband both got me a plate of food to eat in between taking impromptu portraits in the city and greeting guests at the reception,” Rosie said. Not only was there a Chinese dragon dance but also a choreographed first dance performed by the duo. Tables were decorated with white linens, red napkins, wooden yarn numbers, and ladybugs, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. They symbolize good luck. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was encouraged to take a heart and leave a note for them to remember their special day by. A mini cake, topped with an exact figurine replicas, was served as well as bite-sized macarons. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Soak in all the love and joy and embrace the unexpected,” she said.
Jessica and Joey were married at Smith Barn in Peabody, Mass. on July 27. The couple opted for a first look prior to the ceremony, with portraits taken on a vintage velour couch. Jessica wore a lace wedding dress with a scoop neckline and capped sleeves, accessorized with “something blue” drop dangling earrings, while Joey wore a tan suit, accessorized with a herringbone patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore different shades of blush, coral, and mint chiffon dresses and carried TO-DIE-FOR bouquets featuring garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery. The bride wore TOMS wedges, and each bridesmaid wore TOMS flats. Keepin’ it comfy! Following the outdoor ceremony, guests were escorted to the barn with clothespin escort tags displayed on a door. Inside, the barn was twinkling with string lights and bunting overhead and mason jar centerpieces at each table. The dessert display included a ribbon backdrop and sweets such as donuts, whoopie pies, cupcakes, and cookies.
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
I grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and I knew that I wanted to have my wedding in my hometown. There was no better place than the Crane Estate, simply because of its aesthetics and breathtaking views. We wanted to bring our family and friends to one of the most beautiful locations in the Northeast to celebrate our big day!
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Wedding Favors: My dad is a professional candy maker and he made saltwater taffy especially for our wedding day. It meant a lot to me to be able to share a part of my family with our guests.
Outside Ceremony/Reception: We were lucky to have beautiful weather and held both our ceremony and reception outside on the Grand Allee and back patio of the Estate. It was an amazing backdrop to exchange our vows and to celebrate with family and friends.
Floral Arrangements/Reception Decor: Since the Crane Estate had so much to offer when it came to natural beauty, we decided on simple, clean, elegant decor and floral arrangements. I couldn’t have been happier with how everything from my bouquet to the wedding favors, menu cards, floral arrangements, and even the table settings looked. The decor did not distract from the Crane Estate’s elegance, rather, it enhanced it.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
There are so many to choose from, but if I were to pick just one it would be our last dance of the evening. Everything leading up to that moment was perfect; our ceremony, the vows, ﬁrst dance, toasts, dinner, dancing, cake cutting…everything! We had pre-selected the song “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake as our last dance of the night but never imaged the reaction we would receive from our guests. We were still outside dancing under the stars and instinctively all of our family and friends formed a perfect circle around us and within a few seconds everyone started singing and clapping to the song as just the two of us danced in the middle. You could feel the excitement and love that everyone had for us and it was a great conﬁrmation that all of our guests enjoyed their time at our wedding!