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A laid-back Boston City Hall + Kane's Donuts + Columbus Park wedding

 
 

Ray and Melissa met when Melissa joined Appcues in March 2016, where Ray had been working for about a year. Ray knew she was special before he even met her - she won him over with the box of donuts she sent to the office ahead of her first day of work. After months of sitting next to each other, an ice cream sandwich challenge, and many questions about CSS selectors, they had become good friends. Melissa introduced Ray to the best ice cream in the world. Ray introduced Melissa to skee-ball.

Melissa left the team in 2017, but they still kept in touch. Without work in common they got to focus on the important things, like eating more donuts and going on hikes. Eventually Melissa realized, "It was him the whole time!" Luckily, the feeling was mutual. Ray had been patiently waiting for her to get on the same page. Without feelings stated out loud, they proceeded cautiously to protect their friendship. They went on a few “is this a date?” dates before Ray walked Melissa home in a blizzard and laid it all out there.

From that day on, the two were in it together for the long haul. Ray and Melissa couldn’t stop talking about the future they were so excited to share together. On a chilly fall day in November, just eight months after Ray’s blizzard confession, they got engaged in Gambier, Ohio.

Today, the two live together in South Boston with their perfect little labradoodle named Charlie. They’re obsessed with Jeni’s Ice Cream, fresh donuts, Tasty Burger, cooking together, home improvement shows (looking at you Chip and Joanna Gaines) and being outside. They’re getting married in Vermont this weekend, but knew they wanted to get their marriage license in Boston and have a quiet celebration with just the two of them. Best of both worlds! Congratulations Melissa and Ray!!!

Photography: Lena Mirisola - Flowers: Winston Flowers

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A harborside wedding at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston, MA

 
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Lauren and Josh met six years ago at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Their first date was at Wings Over - which for anyone who doesn’t know, is famous for its delicious wings, but usually look like a basement laundry room. Romantic? Definitely not. Juicy af? Always. Josh graduated first, moving to New York after. A year later, Lauren graduated and moved to Austin. They visited each other and did long distance until they moved to Reno, NV together to both work as engineers for Tesla. Next came buying their home, and in 2018, Josh proposed on the top of Mount Rose. They’re SUPER athletic - they’ve done seven Tough Mudders! They’re big on cooking (and of course eating), with mac & cheese and burgers being at the top of the list. They have two adorable dogs, an Australian shepherd and a black lab.

On the most beautiful 65 degree, sunny day in the city, Lauren and Josh finally said, “I do” at Old South Church in Copley Square. Boston was extra special to them since they traveled across the country to get married here, so they took photos with all the T signs in Copley to the black iron chains and bollards by the harbor. Their family photos were in Columbus Park while their guests had an outdoor cocktail hour overlooking the ocean and the skyline behind them. Lauren and Josh partied the night away with their energetic guests before heading to their national park mini-moon before the big Eurotrip in January. CONGRATS!!!

Thank you to all the vendors!

Venue: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Second shooter: Mei Lin Barral - DJ: Executive Disk Jockey & Lighting - Florist: Whole Foods - Cake: Konditor Meister - Hair + makeup: Natalie LaFace - Invitations: Lydia Wolter - Tux + groomswear: Men's Wearhouse - Bridesmaids wear: Azazie - Rings: DeVon Fine Jewelry + Happy Laulea

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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 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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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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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!

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 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 Chinese + Puerto Rican Boston City Hall Wedding

 
 

Luxi and Kenny met while both studying at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York 5 years ago. They were friends first, but not for long. They graduated, moved around the country for different jobs, and have been traveling back and forth to visit each other long distance from Pennsylvania —> Boston. They’re self-proclaimed nerds (and both super smart chemists), love hiking, snuggling on the couch watching tv together, being silly, and eating Chinese food.

Kenny proposed on their trip to Yellowstone last May, and they knew they wanted to have a low-key celebration in Boston. Kenny’s cousin traveled from upstate New York, his mom traveled from Puerto Rico, and Luxi’s parents flew in from China! They were so proud to incorporate both their cultures - Kenny wore a red tie (for good luck in Chinese culture) and flag pins from both their countries. Luxi swapped out her American wedding dress for a Chinese one, along with gold rings in the shape of a phoenix and a dragon, believed to be good luck and signify a marriage filled with unity, harmony, and balance.

Here’s to staying silly, remaining in harmony, and exploring every single national park together!

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A romantic, 1930's inspired Boston Public Garden wedding

 

Boston City Hall may have cancelled their appointment, but the show went on for Katherine & Geoff’s romantic, 1930’s inspired wedding day!

 

Katherine & Geoff met almost a decade ago in the most random of places - Bloomington, Indiana. Geoff was studying French history and Katherine was studying Russian language and culture - neither of which they utilize for anything but witty dinner conversation. They moved to Boston in 2014 and bought a home together a few years later. They have a “fickle feline overlord” named Beau, who followed Geoff home on his mail route one day. Instant member of the family! They love watching old movies (especially Casablanca), taking walks around the neighborhood hand in hand, exploring new places, dishing about fantasy card games and Star Trek, and trying new recipes.

They had planned a simple City Hall wedding, picked the date, and got it engraved on the inside of their wedding bands… and then they got a call from City Hall cancelling their appointment (and all appointments that day) for meetings. So what did they do? Katherine & Geoff took a deep breath and found another way! Priscilla Geaney is my favorite Justice of the Peace who I’ve worked with over the years at my “big weddings” - so we knew who to call right away!

The weather was slated to pour all day, which it definitely did during their ceremony, but we had a few totally clear hours to shoot around the Boston Public Garden and Beacon Hill (which were EMPTY from the rain!) before heading to Long Wharf to pop a bottle of champagne. Smart cookie Katherine swapped her Jimmy Choo’s for LL Bean boots to walk almost 4 miles around the city! She sported a dress from the 1930’s, and wrapped around her bouquet were her mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother’s wedding rings. Four generations of women! Incredible. They finished with a glass of champagne, sang “Singing In The Rain,” and went home to dry of and feed the cat before their celebratory wedding dinner.

Vendors:

Photography: Lena Mirisola - Officiant: Priscilla Geaney - Hair and Makeup: Station 8 Salon - Dress: Female Hysteria - Tux: Frank’s Custom Tailoring - Flowers - New Leaf Flores - Hair combs - Amore Treasure

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A sunny Boston City Hall + Esplanade Wedding

 
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Félicitations and felicidades to Ariane + David = the most perfect French + Chilean pair to ever get married in the beautiful city of Boston. They love their little backyard in the South End, where David proposed to Ariane on a perfect sunny day at home with their cats. They love going on long walks when the weather is nice, so they chose to do just that on their wedding day! From Boston City Hall (where Ariane loved officiant Maureen’s antique typewriter) to the Boston Public Garden all the way to the Esplanade where they popped a French bottle of champagne.

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A North End + Boston City Hall Wedding

 
 

Karley & Aidan tied the knot at Boston City Hall and had an absolute blast! She's from Canada, he's from Massachusetts, and they met in VEGAS! She even rocked a Red Sox jacket to show a little Boston sports team spirit. They took a walk to the historically Italian neighborhood The North End, and stopped into the famous Mike’s Pastry for some celebratory cannolis!

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A Crane Beach engagement in Ipswich, 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.

Queue the fireworks; they’re getting married on the Fourth of July at Willowdale Estate this year! But Erika did her research and found the PRETTIEST beach for their engagement photos - Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA, where they absolutely ROCKED their session!

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A Zambian-American Brookline Town Hall wedding

 
 

Aimee & Bruce tied the knot 5 minutes down the street from their home at Brookline Town Hall - but their love story started almost 5 years ago!⁣

Aimee was originally introduced to Africa when she was sent to South Africa with the US Peace Corps. She absolutely loved it, and moved a few countries over to Zambia for another job, where she met social butterfly lawyer Bruce. He showed her around his country, explaining the history and culture, and after that, they were inseparable. Bruce moved from Africa to Boston to attend BU Law school, and told Aimee that she was what he wanted for his future. They took her family jewelry and mixed it with emerald, one of Zambia’s largest exports. Aimee and Bruce both incorporated bright Zambian colors in their wardrobe and accessories - EPIC!!!⁣

Bruce revels in good beer and English soccer, and Aimee loves researching new places to travel to together and taking a relaxing (and intellectual) stroll through a museum.⁣ Their families from California and Zambia came to celebrate the new Mr. & Mrs. Mwauluka and pop some champagne in the city today - give these two some newlywed LOVE!!!

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An emotional Boston City Hall + Beacon Hill wedding

An emotional Boston City Hall + Beacon Hill wedding

Wani & Oscar had an incredible, emotional Boston City Hall wedding - they cried during their vows, exchanged sparkly rings, took the T to Beacon Hill, got scolded by a security guard at the MA State House, ran into a co-worker, froze their fingers off for the name of love and photography, and ended at their favorite cafe in the whole wide world: Tatte.

A Boston City Hall Wedding on Valentine's Day

 
 

Amanda & Trent will tickle you pink with their Boston City Hall wedding on Valentines Day! They tied the knot in their favorite city before catching a flight just two hours later to their honeymoon in New Orleans!⁣⠀

Their ceremony and some of their portraits afterwards were actually filmed by an NBC news crew... not sure if we ever made it on TV, but you bet we were excited!

Amanda sported the FLUFFIEST pink coat with a perfectly matching lace belt and the most adorable vintage kitten heels. Trent came in blazing with maroon trousers, floral tie, and tan jacket. FASHION ICONS!!!⁣⠀

These two bonded over their love of vinyl records and live music three years ago, and now live together with their happy, quirky family.

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A botanical garden engagement at Tower Hill in Boylston, MA

A botanical garden engagement at Tower Hill in Boylston, MA

Christina & Wil left their home in Boston for a very colorful winter engagement session at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA! What do you do when the garden gives you lemons? Pop champagne!