lena mirisola

A puppy-filled Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

 
Boston-City-Hall-Dog-Wedding-Elopement-Public-Garden-11.jpg
 

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

Want to see more Boston City Hall weddings?

You can’t miss these epic elopements, too!

 
Boston-City-Hall-Dog-Wedding-Elopement-Public-Garden-25.jpg
9F8460F9-B7B2-47FB-AA85-247788C0B90A 2.JPG
 

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

Want to see more Boston City Hall weddings?

You can’t miss these epic elopements, too!

 
 
 

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!!!

Want to see more Boston City Hall weddings?

You can’t miss these epic elopements, too!

 
 

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.

Want to see more Boston City Hall weddings?

You can’t miss these epic elopements, too!

 
 

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!

A winter engagement in Seaport, Boston

A winter engagement in Seaport, Boston

This winter engagement session in Seaport, Boston will warm your heart! Confetti, rooftop snuggles, and a big pop of champagne for Jen & Mike’s perfect celebration.

A music inspired winter wedding at 1620 Winery in Plymouth, MA

A music inspired winter wedding at 1620 Winery in Plymouth, MA

Puppies. Milk bar. Wine barrels. Happy tears. An epic married singing duet. BROOKE AND DARREN ARE MARRIED!

Recipe: Lena’s Life-Changing Cookies

 
 
 
One time Lena gave me 7 of these cookies while we were out to lunch and I ate them under the table in the restaurant in under a minute and I don’t know if that says more about me or her bomb-ass cookies.
— Rachael M

There was once a time when I thought I would make Toll House cookies from the grocery store FOREVER.

I didn’t know diddly squat about baking. And when I rolled up my sleeves to make my first cookies from scratch… I forgot to grease the baking sheet and they were a hot, burnt mess that fused to the pan. RIP to that pan. Apparently you shouldn’t use the random baking soda that deodorizes your fridge for your batter either. Hey, I’m no Christina Tosi yet, so bear with me here.

As a newly married man, it’s important to keep your wife happy.
Nothing makes my wife happier than when I whisper those three magic words...
”Lena’s homemade cookies.”
— Jerad D
 

This is for a double batch, so you can enjoy some FRESH and freeze the rest. Go big or go home. You’re already doing the work, might as well get double the cookies!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups salted butter (4 sticks)

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 3 cups brown sugar, packed

  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3 1/2 cups flour

  • 2 cups oats

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

  • 1 cup chocolate chunks

  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup mini M&M’s

  • 1-2 crushed handfuls of Trader Joes peanut butter filled pretzels, salted

 
 

INSTRUCTIONS

Makes ~6 dozen cookies (yeah, you’re gonna want that many)

1) Mix room temperature butter and sugar (2-3 minutes with hand mixer)

2) Add eggs and vanilla (beat for 1 minute)

3) Combine flour, baking soda, and oats in separate bowl

4) Add dry to wet, mixing one cup at a time until all mixed

5) Add extras, mix again

6) Use a cookie scoop to dole out onto a greased sheet pan

7) Bake at 350 degrees for ~10 minutes (every oven is different so just watch them ok)

 
 

TIPS

  • Don’t forget to grease the flippin’ pan! Or use parchment paper!

  • Dough is best baked when refrigerated, so after making the batter, either put the whole bowl in the fridge to scoop later, or scoop them all out onto a sheet pan immediately and chill those babies for minimum 1 hour, best 12-24 hours

  • I like to bake in bulk, so I save one batch for now and the rest for later in labeled freezer bags. Then, when I’m feeling like a delicious homemade cookie ASAP, I can pop them straight from the freezer into the oven WHAT A LIFE HACK FOLKS

  • If you use unsalted butter, add 2 tsp salt to the batter. If you use salted butter, don’t add extra salt #thanksjayme

  • Feel free to get creative with the toppings. Add your own mix-ins, do less of some and more of another, etc. I honestly forget SOMETHING every time I make these, so don’t worry, they’ll survive a little experimentation

  • The best way to store extra cookies its in a tupperware container with a piece of BREAD. Yes I said bread! White bread, wheat bread, bulkie roll, whatever. The cookies retain moisture from the bread and are even softer the day after you bake them. Replace the bread every 1-2 days as it gets hard. This is my all time favorite bake hack for sure!

They are like little discs of crack.
I ate 10 of them at once.
— Dan S.
 
 
They are fucking bomb dot com.
— Jules L.
 
 

A chic Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

A chic Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

This chic Boston City Hall wedding is one for the books - Carol Ann & Greg hit Faneuil Hall, the Custom House Tower, rode the T, and ended at the Boston Public Garden. This surprise elopement was nothing short of perfection!

A cozy, fall Birch Wood Vineyards wedding in Derry, NH

A cozy, fall Birch Wood Vineyards wedding in Derry, NH

Jax and Roo said I do! These best friends turned bashert (soulmates!) have been together six years, and today was the day they made it official... with cider donuts and a giant popcorn machine, of course. Rain couldn't stop their joy on this fabulous fall day at Birch Wood Vineyards!

A garden wedding on Martha's Vineyard at the Beach Plum Inn

A garden wedding on Martha's Vineyard at the Beach Plum Inn

A sunflower garden first look, a joyful seaside ceremony, a vintage VW bus photo booth, a romantic tree swing, rainbow macarons, a dance floor under the stars, and late night apple fritters from Back Door Donuts… yeah, Ana and Adam threw the perfect end of summer bash on Martha’s Vineyard.

A Bloom Meadows wedding in the Berkshires, MA

A Bloom Meadows wedding in the Berkshires, MA

Ice cream, home-grown hops, custom Converse, puppy love, and the rainiest day the Berkshire Mountains could offer: don’t miss Cass and Chris’s modern barn wedding at Bloom Meadows!

A chic museum wedding at the ICA in Boston, MA

A chic museum wedding at the ICA in Boston, MA

Ready to get weird at the ICA? Erin and Jack know how! Check out this modern, colorful wedding at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston!

An oceanside Beauport Hotel wedding in Gloucester, MA

An oceanside Beauport Hotel wedding in Gloucester, MA

A beautiful wedding at the Beauport Hotel on the beach in Gloucester? Yup, Haleigh & Adam know how to throw a summer party!!! Don’t miss oceanside kisses, a wild dance floor, and the cutest cuff links you’ll EVER see!

What no one tells you about being an entrepreneur

What no one tells you about being an entrepreneur

There are so many glamorous things about entrepreneurship. No boss! Flexible schedule! Work in pajamas! FREEDOM! But there’s a part of entrepreneurship that no one tells you…