A luxurious wedding at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston, MA

 
 

Last summer, Jay spotted Aly at their building’s gym, and they started talking. Jay called up his buddy and told him that he might have met the woman he was going to marry that day. They found that they were absolutely perfect for each other - silly, loving, competitive, fitness buffs, and surprisingly, lovers of paint nights and cooking classes spent together. Being the math nerds they are, Jay proposed in the gym’s yoga room on March 14th, otherwise known as Pi Day. Just like the number Pi, their love is infinite #awww

They decided to get married right across from their building at the Mandarin Oriental Boston - you could even see into their gym from the ceremony on the terrace! Aly slipped on a blinged out pair of Converse Chuck Taylors over her Vera Wang dress. She wore her grandmother’s ring, and the two stood under her grandfather’s chuppah. Being the non-traditional couple they are, Aly was instructed to tap on Jay’s shoulder for the first look. She instead licked his ear 😂 They both had a blast throughout the night - reciting their vows as Aly’s brother married them, snuggling Jay’s family’s dogs, Huck and Finn, munching on dozens of appetizers at cocktail hour, and dancing the Horah surrounded by everyone they love!

Thank you to the amazing vendors!

Venue: Mandarin Oriental Boston - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Hair & makeup: Love Notes By June - Dress: Vera Wang - Tux: Theory - Shoes: Converse - Band: Nightshift - Flowers: Marc Hall Design

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A sentimental Boston City Hall + Back Bay wedding

 
 

Danielle and Kyle got roped into a first date after lots of shared cups of coffee in the company kitchen. They kept their relationship under wraps until they knew it was “real” - and after a test weekend in the middle of winter in Portland, Maine, it was definitely legit! Danielle and Kyle got on the same page about life, kids, and their future, so they bought a house together and are full steam ahead on creating an amazing life together!

They returned to Portland and picked out a classic, vintage inspired ring made for women who had to go back to work in factories during WWII called “the victory ring,” made with the strongest prong setting available and dainty engraving on the band to demonstrate the balance of strength and feminism desired by women in that era.

After reading their handwritten vows at Boston City Hall, Danielle and Kyle re-created their entire relationship by hitting all the special spots they share memories from in Boston: running on the Esplanade, Kyle’s stoop on Dartmouth Street, walking along Comm Ave together, Danielle watching Kyle finish the Boston Marathon, and even eating their favorite avocado toast at Met Back Bay.

Flowers: Central Square Florist - Hair + Makeup: Bride, lessons from Beauty by Shannon Elaine - Rings: Cross Jewelers

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A black tie museum wedding at the ICA Boston

A black tie museum wedding at the ICA Boston

This black tie wedding at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston will have you swooning! Twinkly lights. Oceanfront views. Belly laughs. Museum kisses. Dancing to the music of a nine piece band. Even a visit from a golden retriever!

A Cambridge City Hall + MIT wedding

 
 

12 years after Jeff helped Victoria move into her freshman dorm at MIT, they paraded on Killian Court where it all started on their wedding day! After running around Beacon Hill and the Public Garden, they exchanged vows with tears in both their eyes at Cambridge City Hall.⁠⠀

Victoria lives in Seattle and Jeff has one year left to finish his PhD in Virginia, so this week they spent together in Boston was extra special.⁠

"The more I learned, the more there was to like – I discovered Jeff to be as compassionate as he is logical, as humble as he is intelligent, and possessive of a curiosity that continues to inspire me on a near-daily basis."⁠⠀

Cross country long distance relationships are no joke, and it takes an extra-unbreakable bond, clear communication, and lots of patience to make it work. They're counting down the days when they can live in the same city again, but for now, they're enjoying their mini-moon in beautiful Boston!⁠

Thank you to the amazing vendors!

Flowers: Central Square Florist - Hair + Makeup: Yin Tom Studio

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An intimate Crane Estate 10 year vow renewal

 
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A wedding, two boys, an impeccably designed house, and 10 YEARS later… Erin and Matt are going stronger than ever and wanted to celebrate with a vow renewal! Erin and Matt love visiting Crane Estate with their two kids, dressing up for the 1920’s themed roaring lawn parties, and splashing on Crane Beach, so it was an easy decision to have the historic estate that they’re members of as the place they re-commit their love for each other. They wanted to re-create their 2009 wedding day with a modern spin - Erin wore the same dress and jewelry, and even got her flowers from the same incredible florist as a decade ago! Their oldest son “officiated” the ceremony in the Italian Garden, and their parents clapped along and laughed through the vows. Erin and Matt played with the boys on the Grand Allee before heading to the Briar Barn Inn for a celebratory lunch!

You should head over to Erin’s blog to hear about the planning and execution of the vow renewal straight from the bride!

Vendors:

Venue: Castle Hill at Crane Estate - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Flowers: Cymbidium Floral - Dress: Marisa Bridals - Jewelry: Etsy - Kidswear: J. Crew - Groomswear: J. Crew / Men’s Wearhouse

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A laid back East Boston + Barking Crab wedding

 
 

Melissa and Jamie’s story goes wayyyy back to Myspace in 2005. He sent her a message, they met up, were friends for a few months, then went their separate ways. 8 years later, Jamie found Melissa on Facebook, and asked her out to drinks, wondering how life was treating her. They were both single… and as Melissa said, “We honestly haven’t been separated since that night.” They moved in together, fostered a ton of dogs, foster failed one of them (they adopted the “feisty bitchy barky chihuahua” named Nina), and had a baby boy! Melissa and Jamie love being out on the water near their East Boston home, watching Red Sox games, road trips with their son, and catching up on a good TV show after everyone goes to bed.

They knew they wanted a low-key wedding - something with only their closet friends and family members, and something close to home. “No DJ's, no first dances, no crazy long nights,” said the bride. So, they chose a garden steps from their home in East Boston, lovingly known as Eastie, overlooking the harbor and the Boston skyline. Jamie and Melissa shared their vows with tears in their eyes, and as they sealed the deal with a kiss, their neighbors rang shipyard bells in celebration. They walked down the stairs right to the East Boston Shipyard, where they caught the water taxi straight to the dock at the Barking Crab in Seaport, where 45 guests were waiting for their arrival (and to munch on lobster rolls!). Congratulations Melissa & Jamie! You did it!!!

Thank you to the amazing vendors!

Ceremony: Private garden in East Boston - Reception: The Barking Crab - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Officiant: Married by Priscilla - Flowers: Table & Tulip - Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Shannon Elaine - Shoes & earrings: Kate Spade - Rings & necklace: Jenni Stuart Fine Jewelry - Suit: Men's Wearhouse - Dress: BHLDN - Kidswear: Janie & Jack

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A Boston City Hall + North End + Columbus Park wedding

 
 

From Los Angeles to Boston, Ashley & Alex are my favorite movie stars around. Their parents and siblings joined them on their cross-country adventure to get married in Boston!⁠⠀
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Ashley & Alex met at Starbucks six years ago in MA, became BFFs, THEN fell in love! And of course, moved to the West Coast together, where they love to grab popcorn, watch movies, play with their dog, and go to movie Q&A's with actors and directors of films. But don't worry, they're still obsessed with everything regarding Boston sports and New England (especially Martha's Vineyard).⁠⠀
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They had a short and sweet ceremony with their family at Boston City Hall (performed by the very Greek city clerk Alex, to Alex's very Greek family - OPAAA), then danced over to Mike's Pastry to celebrate with their family Florentine cannoli, then the waterfront at Columbus Park for some gorgeous ivy & arch photos. Oh, and they ended with some Greek wedding cookies and a popcorn fight on the lawn. The PERFECT day!!!

Dress: Lulu’s - Suit: Nordstrom - Rings: Leon Ohanian & Sons

An epic Mount Willard engagement in the White Mountains, NH

An epic Mount Willard engagement in the White Mountains, NH

You can’t miss this epic mountaintop engagement session in the White Mountains of New Hampshire - rolling green hills, a field of yellow wildflowers, and a glistening lake - and you’ve gotta see the secret trick to how we got her dress to fly in the wind like that!

A sunrise Cape Cod engagement session

 
 

✔️ Good books⁠⠀✔️ Snuggly blanket⁠⠀✔️ Beach chairs⁠⠀✔️ Sandy feet⁠⠀✔️ A DOG⁠⠀


Sunrise engagement sessions = THE BEST!!! Scroll down to see Amy, Matt, and Polly Pocket the Pittie on Cape Cod! They’re getting married at the Belfry Inn in Sandwich next month, and they just LOVE the Cape so much that they wanted to prance around the beach before anyone was awake so celebrate getting married (and to get photos with their actual true love, Polly the pup!)

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An Irish Boston Public Garden wedding

 
 

Elaine & Conor said "I do" in the Public Garden on Friday, but you have to say it like they did, in an adorable Irish accent! These two met EIGHT years ago out dancing, "where we immediately hit it off and got on like a house on fire" 🔥⁠⠀

Conor moved to Boston for work and Elaine is finishing up her residency in Ireland, but that doesn't phase them - they've done distance off and on and know that Skype dates and transatlantic travel is the best cure!

The new Mr. & Mrs. Smyth had a first look (Conor got very emotional!), a sweet Irish ceremony with my dearest JOP Priscilla officiating (and 30 curious onlookers in the park), traveled around Beacon Hill, and ended with a bottle of champagne at the waterfront all before their romantic dinner at Mistral that night!⁠

Thank you to the amazing vendors!

Photography: Lena Mirisola - Hair: James Joseph Salons - Makeup: Kerri Herlihy - Flowers: Central Square Florist - Officiant: Married by Priscilla

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Published: The Knot New England Fall 2019

Erin & Jack's ICA Boston museum wedding is on newsstands everywhere in The Knot! 😍 These superstars earned themselves a 3 page spread - they planned out every little detail from the menu, to their vendor dream team, to the best dance floor jams! ⚡️ The cherry on top of a wedding day is getting published - but I'd say this is the whole banana split! 🙏🏻

Check our their wedding blog here and the full magazine spread here!

Published: MV Islands Magazine

Thank you so much to Martha’s Vineyard Magazine: Island Weddings for my first COVER!!! AHHH!!!

"The best part of the wedding," said bride Ana, "was the fact that it happened at all.” A series of unfortunate events, from the bride being hospitalized for kidney stones three days before she was supposed to travel to the Island from her home outside of Boston, to missing a ferry, to getting readmitted to another hospital for a kidney infection, and then finally making it to the Island only to be on the receiving end of a hit and run after dinner one night, nearly upended months of planning.⁠

READ ABOUT THE COVER STARS AND TO SEE HOW THEIR WEDDING TURNED OUT HERE!

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A puppy-filled Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

 
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Cathy and Evan, 15 years in the making!!! Oh, and we can't forget about Gotham, their chihuahua-lab-dachshund mix 🐶 These puppy parents are a self proclaimed "old married couple," obsessed with pho, bubble tea, BBQs, ice cream, traveling, river tubing, you name it.⁠

On their 15th anniversary, they arrived at Boston City Hall ready to finally get married! Around 20 of their friends and family came to celebrate, bringing bubbles for a grand exit down the stairs of City Hall Plaza!

Cathy and Evan got engaged in Belgium at the Herge Museum, a museum dedicated to the creator of the Dutch comic “The Adventures of Tintin.” They paid homage to their favorite cartoon and proposal memories with a custom wooden bow tie and earrings with illustrations printed on them.

After family formals, Evan put on some Backstreet Boys and they danced down Comm Ave in fabulously dramatic fashion before saying heyooo to Romeo & Juliet, the swans in the Public Garden.⁠⠀

Vendors!

Photography: Lena Mirisola - Flowers: Chaba Florist - Hair: Drybar - Makeup: Linda Lam - Bow tie: Tikibow / Etsy - Earrings - Cherish by Nikola / Etsy

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A sentimental Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

 
 

Anna & Matt have been together forever! They shared their first kiss in the rain overlooking the beach at Salem Willows way back in high school 🥰 A couple of college degrees, an apartment, a house and a dog later... 💍⁠⠀

SO, everything from the pouring rain on that day, the romantic willow trees in the Public Garden, to their date (the eve of their 12th anniversary) came full circle 😭⁠ They were so excited to breathe a sigh of relief that they finally did it (and so people would stop asking when / where / how they'd be getting married after all those years 😂)⁠⠀

Their parents joined them for their Boston City Hall ceremony, and the rest of their families met them at the Boston Public Garden. Anna’s sisters surprised them with a custom wedding sign, too! So adorable! They waltzed through the garden, up to the State House, and ended in Beacon Hill, on Joy Street <3

Dress: BHLDN - Shoes - Badgley Mischka + TOMS - Suit: Express - Flowers: Whole Foods + sister Li - Hair and makeup: sister Li - Wedding bands: Tetreault Jewelers

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A summertime Boston City Hall wedding

 
 

Jingyi & Qian may have lived on the same street since they were 13 years old, but they didn’t meet until their freshman year of high school. They started dating right after graduation, and attended the same college in their hometown of Nanjing, China. Now they’re both pursuing their PhD’s in America!⁠⠀
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If there’s anything they love as much as each other, it’s spicy food. As Jingyi put it, “We like spicy food, cooking spicy food, and eating spicy food and watching TV shows at home.” Safe to say they keep it hot 🔥 🔥 🔥 They got married on a hot Friday in July with their best friends (who flew in from different parts of the country for them!) at Boston City Hall, then headed over to the Boston Public Garden and Beacon Hill for their portraits!

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A coastal Maine wedding at the historic 1774 Inn in Phippsburg

 
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Amanda & Florian may be deeply, madly, joyfully in love with each other - but they also feel that way about the 1774 Inn in Phippsburg, Maine, where they had their dream wedding. They LOVE Maine, being outdoors, smelling the ocean, snuggling by the water - so it was pretty clear they wanted to get married there. Advised by her family not to choose somewhere TOO far north into rural Maine, the couple decided to visit the 1774 Inn. It was a freezing cold day, and they joked that all they wanted was a hot beverage by a crackling fire. When they arrived at the inn, they were greeted by the owners with hot cider and invited to come sit by the fireplace. They were smitten.

Fast forward to the perfect 75 degree Saturday in July, Amanda & Flo said I do in front of their 100 guests, who traveled from all over the world to celebrate with them. We arrived at a private beach in Phippsburg for couple portraits, and upon seeing the ocean, Amanda flung off her heels and sprinted towards the ocean, with the sand between her toes and Florian in hand, and screamed, "THIS IS WHAT I WANTED!!! THIS IS MAINE!!!"

There was not one but TWO German family singalongs, on the ukulele and the kazoo, too. Kids played with bubble wands, there were lawn games during cocktail hour, and they celebrated the end of their first dance with a rose petal toss down the steps of the barn. The night ended on an extra sweet note with TONS of homemade pie, fresh jars of jam to take home, and a beautiful cake made by the owner of the Inn (a fantastic husband and wife team, accompanied by the talented and beloved event coordinator Marianne).

Thank you to all the incredible vendors!

Venue: 1774 Inn - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Second shooter: Mei Lin Barral- Coordinator: Marianne Vold - Catering: Dandelion Catering - Officiant: Holly Morrison - Rentals: Marshall Rental Center - DJ: Greg Young of Northeast Event Design - Ceremony harpist: Danielle Paus - Flowers: Emily Carter Flowers - Hair: Betsy’s Hair Salon - Makeup: Lauren Albaum - Transportation: BoMar - Gown: Rivini - Dress shop: Allegria Bridal - Rings: Kosmima - Groomswear: Suit Supply - Invitations + paper goods: Albertine Press - Cake: Green Gourmette - Jazz guitarist: Dave Lawlor

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A surprise yacht proposal in Boston Harbor

 
 

She said YASSS! ⛵️ This surprise proposal on a yacht in Boston Harbor was simply perfection - scroll down to see the sky on FIRE! 🔥 Now that's what I call a sunset! ⁠⠀
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I know you're all curious HOW it went down... Lainey had no idea of their evening plans, so she was totally surprised! No, I didn't hide below deck waiting for the moment... I "came with the boat" (you know, like photographers at Disney World ready to take your photo when you arrive) and was casually documenting their yacht experience - toasting wine at dinner, smiling sitting on the bow, walking around. #unsuspecting⁠⠀
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Jay put on their special song and asked her to dance, which was our CUE! It was GO TIME!!!! He got down on one knee, asked her to marry him, and it was a big yes! Then we popped a bottle, had the most joyous, silly photo shoot, and even stopped at Lovells Island to run around on the beach at dusk 🥰

Thank you Amanda & Captain Gibson for making this night amazing with Charles Riverboat Company!


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A Fourth of July wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA

 
 

Erika & Charles met in high school over a decade ago on a double date - but not with each other. They went to separate colleges, wishing each other the occasional “Happy Birthday” on Facebook. As fate would have it, though, they met once again as classmates in grad school in Pennsylvania in 2016. They quickly became friends, and took a chance on each other - and they’re so glad they did!

Charles popped the question at Acadia National Park, and they both marvel at the fact that it took them so many miles and so many years to find each other, even though they grew up 15 minutes from each other. Erika picked out the perfect beach for their engagement photos at Crane Beach in Ipswich (peep their gorgeous sunrise photos here!) and celebrated their big day not too far away on the Fourth of July at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.

They had a perfectly sunny day complete with a wild and energetic wedding party, photos of all their world travels together, American and Korean traditions blending together seamlessly, and an ice cream sundae bar to put the cherry on top of their perfect day. Congrats #teamcherika!!!

Thank you to all the amazing vendors!

Venue: Willowdale Estate - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Coordinator: Nichole Armano - Videography: Some Fuzzy - DJ: DJ Case - Hair + makeup: Love Notes By June - Florals: Karla Cassidy Designs - Dress: Pronovias - Bridesmaids dresses: Lulu’s - Grooms attire: Indochino - Rentals: PEAK

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A Popponesset Inn wedding on Cape Cod

 
 

Kelly & Dan are true New Yorkers, and very much in love with the city where they built their life together. Kelly is the master of NYC sunset skyline photos, and Dan is the head chef of their kitchen. They love taking long walks on the river, sharing drinks at the pier at happy hour, jetting off to new places (especially if they’re in Europe or involve a beach / pool) and good old Netflix marathons on their couch at home. Dan proposed underneath the Staple Street bridge in Manhattan, where they returned for their engagement photos last summer!

On a perfect 70 degree summer Friday, Kelly & Dan took happy hour to a new level with all their family and friends gathered at the Popponesset Inn in Mashpee on Cape Cod. Kelly wore her grandmother’s earrings, a new necklace from Dan, her mother’s blue sapphire ring, and borrowed a diamond bracelet from Dan’s mom. They read letters to each other back to back on the beach right before they turned around to see each other for their first look. Their ceremony was short and sweet just as they wanted it to be, then spent the night eating cupcakes (with their adorable catchphrase Mc2 on them - McDonough x McNichol), dancing with their besties, and grabbing late night bites of french fries!

Vendors:

Venue: Popponesset Inn - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Coordinator: Jennifer Perry - Videography: 4th Henry Productions - DJ + Photo Booth: TSG Weddings - Cake: The Icing on the Cake - Makeup: Danielle Austin - Hair: Patty Souza - Florals: J Doyle Florals - Bridemaids dresses: BHLDN - Groomswear: Jos A Bank - Lighting: Ryan Designs - Transportation: Cape Destinations