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Melanie and Jon were married at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place this past May. The venue was so fitting because Jon is very much into sports! Not only does he love all our Boston teams but he himself is a basketball coach for a college team. Mel loved the the ballroom and how it was so perfectly matched to her color theme, which was this beautiful cobalt blue with accents of gold.
This wedding was an extra special wedding as it wasn’t only a wedding celebrating two people who love it other but it was also a celebration of life. While the couple was dating, Melanie was diagnosed with Lymphoma and it was a long, hard road to recovery. I can only imagine the amount of emotion that was present during this time for them both but everyone was cheering Melanie on as she beat the odds and is now in 100% remission! This part of their lives made them so much stronger as individuals and as a couple and all of this needed to be celebrated!
The bridesmaids were dressed in long blue dresses and carried a beautiful selection of posies, blue hydrangea, lavender freesia and wild queen anne’s lace! To add something special to her “wedding” Melanie’s engagement ring was made from her grandmother’s engagement diamond so she would always have her close to her heart. Her dress was so unique with it’s low lying waist and the intricate stitching made of gold thread. She also wore a gold drop earrings and the most fun gold strappy shoes. This lady is so smart, she bought the matching sandals to wear at the end of the night to her “groove” on. To compliment the ladies, the men wore grey suites with blue and grey striped ties & socks. Jon wore a special set of cufflinks and his favorite watch! Along side the watch he wore his bracelet which has Melanie’s initials on them, something he never forgets to wear.
The couple’s theme to their wedding was based around love of music. They were both “band nerds” and are still very much in love with all kinds of music. The tables were all named after favorite songs of the couple. The place card was hidden inside sheet music envelopes and the record sign read “take ‘note’ of your seat. I thought that was very clever! The tall centerpieces were beautiful with the hanging crystals and the low floral arrangements sat on top of records which actually spun around as if it were on a record player. I remember Mel talking about her vision for the tables and she was so excited to see it all come to life! The couple also had a record which was for their save the date and then a second one for their thank you cards. It was so sweet! Speaking of sweet, the cake topper was adorable as it was a heart and G-clefs.
Once the ceremony was over and pictures were taken the party got started and the dance floor was packed until the end of the evening. Melanie & Jon, Congratulations!!!
Venue: Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel | Florist: Designing Images Florist | Band: Groove Authority | Videographer: Freeze Frame Productions | Officiant: Father Lenny Nelson | Cake/Dessert: Montilio’s Baking Company | Makeup/Hair: Angela Mangano
I met Michael and Julie the day it all began, here in Newport at the proposal. I remember Michael was so excited to ask Julie to marry him, that the moment they reached the light house at Castle Hill he dropped to his knee immediately. Julie was SO very surprised and couldn’t stop giggling and smiling her beautiful infectious smile. Fast forward a few months and wedding planning was underway, the contacted me to photograph the wedding. I was thrilled to be working with them again and once they told me about their venue I was even more exited.
Shadowbrook was the perfect location for the couple! They are both from the New Jersey and wanted to have a wedding that was a little different which is what led them to find this historic estate. Julie loved how “It’s a little bit of Newport in New Jersey!”. Shooting in new locations is always a fun experience! It’s a whole new place to explore to find beautiful light in the darkest of corners and discover new architecture and details to use to make some really killer images!
The ceremony was a traditional Jewish Ceremony. The couple started by signing their magnificent hand painted Ketubah. The colors were so vibrant but soft because of the watercolor background. There were flecks of gold placed in all the right spots to make the one of kind piece of art really shine. After the signing there was a brief veiling ceremony to prepare Julie to walk down the aisle! The ceremony was held out in the courtyard garden underneath an intricate lace chuppah. After the exchange of the rings and some prayers the couple were joined together underneath the Michael’s tallis, one he had for his bar mitzvah. There were so many beautiful moments and quick glances at each other while the ceremony was being concluded.
The couple chose to have a simple color palette because the ballroom was already perfect with it’s dark paneled walls, it’s gilded mirrors and grand chandeliers. The simplicity of the details were just perfect. After cocktail hour the couple were ready to start the party and the best way to do that at a Jewish wedding is to get everyone on the dance floor for the hora, my favorite! I love the anticipation of the couple as they sit in the chair waiting for the “chair holders” to gather, excited for what’s to happen but maybe just a little nervous to be hoisted into the air. Everyone had such a good time dancing and celebrating late into the afternoon. Michael & Julie Congratulations and it was a pleasure to capture your wedding!
Venue: Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury | Florist: Keller Flower Studio | DJ/band: SCE Event Group (Jeff Gould) | Officiant: Rabbi Seth Goren | Cake/Dessert: Palermo’s Bakery | Makeup/Hair: Michelle Elise Artistry | Bride’s dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Angela and Brad’s Boston Harbor Hotel Wedding was an event that held so much meaning from the choice of venue down to the smallest details of the wedding. Family for both the bride and the groom is very important. They really wanted their event to honor those they love and an introduction of the new family they have begun to create. The Boston Harbor Hotel was the perfect place to hold their September soiree. The historic building itself is grand and stands tall amongst the Boston skyline but the inside is as intimate and warm as could be. Imagine a gorgeous dark walled room, lit by candles and tables adorned with small romantic centerpieces made up of white, pink and sage colored flowers all overlooking the setting sun in Boston harbor. THE perfect location for this special event.
The couple chose the historic Sacred Heart church located in the North End, Boston’s historic Italian neighborhood and close to Columbus Park where Brad proposed! The church was magnificent in architecture; grand columns, curved ceilings, gold gilded details and the colors… oh the colors, were so beautiful! I loved the coral and blues as they were the perfect compliment to the soft pink and mint color palette that the bridesmaids were wearing. It’s as if it were planned! ;)
The day was intimate and warm from start to finish with the wedding party being made up entirely of family and the wedding lovingly planned by the maid of honor, the bride’s caring sister Marisa. Details were added to honor memories of loved ones lost but not forgotten. Brad & Angela were both very close to their grandparents. The couple chose to incorporate wedding photos of their grandparents, great grandparents and ancestors’ marriages detailed in gold, blue and taupe antique frames. The colors again complimented that beautiful romantic color palette the couple chose for their day. I love when couples display their ancestors’ wedding images because it’s a subtle reminder of what a meaningful day a wedding is and it shows the importance of photos and what they mean to us over time. Angela’s grandfather, who passed a few years ago, was always the life of the party and there was nothing better he loved more than to celebrate with family. This made it extra difficult to not have him there so references to him were intertwined into the day. A wishing well made by him, originally made for Angela’s mother’s bridal shower and wedding, was used to receive gifts and well wishes from guests. Marisa surprised Angela with a cake topper she created out of two bird whistles, which were replicas of the one their grandfather used to have when they were kids. Marisa painted the birds to look like doves because their Nonno would refer to the two of the them as “le colombine” or little doves. This handmade gift is packed with so much meaning, love and ingenuity.
One of my favorite moments for the day was the couple’s gift exchange. They exchanged their gifts before departing for the church where they saw each other for the first time. Brad surprised Angela with a beautiful bracelet which she wore for the ceremony. Another great personal touch was Angela’s gift to Brad. Brad is an avid outdoorsman so Angela got him this gorgeous compass with a significant and apropos passage which read: “Should you ever need to find your way home. You will always find me.” Brad is also a huge astronomy “nerd” (bride’s words) so she surprised him with tickets to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to spend the day with an astronaut. SO COOL!
Brad and Angela, Congratulations and thank you for sharing your family and your day with me.
Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel | Florist: Flowers by Annette | DJ: DJ David Stefanelli | Officiant: Father Antonio Nardoianni | Cake/Dessert: Cake by Peach’s and Cream | Makeup/Hair: Demiche Melrose | Wedding Planner: Marisa Puccini, sister of the bride