Jenn + Will contacted me looking for assistance in planning their October wedding. Something simple and elegant for 50 of their closest friends and family somewhere in the Boston area.
After some exploration of local Boston options, they settled on The Westin Copley for their ceremony and Mistral Bistro for a brunch reception to follow. Jenn + Will would have guests traveling from outside the city, so having accommodations close to the venue was important. Mistral is a short walk from the ceremony/hotel and a very quick cab ride. The location also offered many photo opts, which is always helpful when you are trying to keep to a schedule the day of.
A special thanks to Dana Rouleau and Rocco Quatrucci of Dana Rouleau Photography for their lovely photos of the day.
The colors for the wedding were grey/silver and yellow. The colors were perfectly encompassed in their invites. Gartner Studios BRIDES Herringbone.
An eleven o’clock ceremony meant it would be an early start for the bridal party. Some options this couple took advantage of to make the early start more bearable…
Reserving a suite in the same location as the ceremony….with an awesome view. The bridal party had a corner suite with a view of Copley Square and so much more.
To save time, Jenn had a hair stylist come to the hotel. Jason McDowell of Cramer’s Hair Studio and a few of his assistant stylists did hair and makeup for the bridal party. Jason offers a trial for Brides to experiment with options. He also will accompany a bride to Sephora to try makeup options. Most brides have all the mAke up they need, maybe some worthwhile purchases might be a good primer and some lasting tinted lip gloss.
Jason works closely with a hair dressing school, so he offers brides the option to use a team from the hair dressing school for a reduced rate.
And last but not least, some bubbly…
Almost ready for the ceremony.
And she is ready to go.
Jenn and her Dad just before entering the ceremony. Flowers by Kim of Mystic Flowers in Somerville. Jenn wanted her bouquet to be soft. She really liked the look of peonies in pictures. Problem with peonies I learned is that they come in mostly blush colors, and are hard to get during certain parts of the year. A very similar look we got from garden roses. They are very large and when they are allowed to open up, look very similar to peonies. So while the cost of a garden rose is more expensive than a regular rose, you don’t need as many of them to make a full bouquet. The BMs had smaller bouquets of the same color regular roses.
Will waiting for his bride. A view of Copley Square and the city. This is one of the two floral arrangements used to create the “altar” area. Simple white pedestals, tall cylindrical vases topped with hydrangeas. A few hydrangeas create quite a large arrangement. Kim added a few yellow roses for a pop of color.
The couple at the altar.
Saying their vows.
Acoustic guitar by Adam Gautille. Adam is actually a trained trumpet soloist, but like many accomplished musicians he plays various instruments and does vocals. The ceremony space had 50 people, so it was important to have music that wasn’t too overpowering. Acoustic guitar worked well. Other options that work well for smaller ceremonies are violin, flute, or just straight vocals.
Some time alone right after the ceremony.
The reception immediately following at Mistral.
The style of the space worked perfectly for a brunch event. The neutral decor blended nicely with the grey and yellow wedding colors. There were even some yellow clay pots which added a nice pop of color. Selecting a space where you don’t have to reinvent the wheel will save in costs. In addition to Mistral’s decor, Jenn added the following to personalize the space; yellow candles over the fireplace and in the shelving, silver chargers, yellow napkins, table numbers displayed in a variety of silver frames, “J” & “W” initials near the head table, yellow satin table runner.
Some personalized details.
Entrance table welcome.
A beverage for the bride.
The couple played a short game. Each held a shoe from the bride in one hand and a shoe from the groom in the other. A member of the bridal party asked questions of the couple. Without seeing each others answers, they had to decide if statements applied more for the bride or groom by holding up the associated shoe.
Generation of rings.
Mini-muffin favors. I baked three flavors for the couple: sweet potato, pumpkin and apple. They couldn’t decide, so I made one of each. See my muffin post for more details.
We were able to use the ceremony floral decorations at the reception. This is always worth asking the florist about. Sometimes it actually works out better for a florist as they are able to pick everything up at one location at the end. I moved the large alter pieces and used them as decor in the large windows. This was an adventure in the cab ride over. Thankfully hydrangea’s are pretty resilient.Flowers from the ceremony added small pops of color throughout the room.
Small glasses of roses from the ceremony.
And now on to the food….my fav. This is always torturous for me. I generally am too busy to get the full food experience. I was lucky enough to have some time for sampling. Not only was everything I tasted excellent….but the french have a way with presentation, but of course.
Greek-Style Yogurt Panna Cotta, Pecan Granola, Native Honey & Sugared Plums
Pineapple Carpaccio, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Lime Sorbet
Rillettes of Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, Toasted Challah
Foraged Mushroom, Spinach & Gruyere Frittata
Egg Whites, Oven-Cured Tomato, Vermont Creamery Goat Cheese & Basil Frittata*
Cinnamon French Toast, Armagnac Raisins, Crème Fraîche
Applewood Smoked Bacon
Grilled Chicken or Sage Breakfast Sausage
Apps were displayed at the bar. The yogurt was the best yogurt combo I have ever had.
Entrees cooked fresh.
Dessert was Vanilla Coconut cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop.
And the sticky buns…….Each served in individual skillets.
The Trinity Church in Boston offers great photo ops. I actually didn’t notice all the detail in the back of the church until this wedding. There is a small garden and beautiful archways.
The Bridal Party
Where is your ideal spot for photos in Boston?