our wedding

Posted by susan on September 28th, 2010. Filed under: everyday adventures.

I have been trying to figure out how to dive back into blogging, but clearly there is an event to address. It’s just that, I’m not sure there’s a way to describe it other than saying that it was the absolute best day of my life.

So, I thought I’d simply share a tiny snapshot of that day through beautiful photos, all courtesy of David Barnes Photography


natick falls wedding photo

david barnes photography


bride and flower girl

boston wedding, dancing

boston wedding


The more time that passes, the more fondly I look back at our wedding and think about how much work was put into making it the best day of my life. To make that happen, I worked with some pretty incredible vendors. So, below I have included a little blurb about some of my favorites. I hope this may be helpful for any of my Boston readers tying the knot in the future. And if you’d like more feedback, please don’t ever hesitate to ask

Holiday Inn Boston at Beacon Hill. The stunning, panoramic views of the city made choosing the Holiday Inn at Beacon Hill a no brainer. And as we started working with Paul throughout the year to go over logistics and fine tune the many intricate details that make up a wedding, it continuously became more clear that we couldn’t have made a better choice.

On a regular basis we met with Paul, who always accommodated our schedules, and his professionalism, candid honesty and genuine concern for our needs always shined through. Paul didn’t treat us like a client, he treated us like family. By the time our wedding day arrived – all too quickly – the details and logistics for our reception fell into place so seamlessly.¬† The food during the cocktail hour and dinner was delicious, the dance floor was always full and right before the sun went down, Paul took us to the roof¬† for an amazing photo shoot.

If you’ve always wanted to have a true, downtown Boston wedding, but can’t afford some of the “swankier” locations, I seriously recommend giving Paul a visit.

Andrea D’Amelio Floral Design. When we first met with Andrea we didn’t have much direction. I offered her a jumbled and unsophisticated explanation of how I wanted a bouquet that I would hold like a baby instead of straight in front of me and that white orchids should be involved. Andrea didn’t flinch and she very quickly painted a picture of what I never knew I always wanted. The end result was stunning.

I can’t emphasize enough how much we loved working with Andrea. Originally we told her we were going to make our own centerpieces, but after much research and number crunching, we came to the conclusion that it made more sense for Andrea to pull it all together – and she did. Andrea always took all of our concerns into consideration, including cost. When discussing centerpieces she recommended that we look into Michael’s for vases instead of through her just in case they were cheaper. At first, we took her advice, and while we found vases at a slightly cheaper price, in the end, Michael’s fell short. We back ordered them in bulk and weeks later I received a call letting me know that they actually weren’t available. I contacted Andrea in a panic not long before the wedding and she again, didn’t flinch, and delivered.

Since our wedding, I have verbally recommended Andrea to every newly engaged couple I have met.

David Barnes Photography. The photos speak for themselves, but there’s more. I loved working with David because to him, the tiniest, most seemingly insignificant detail deserves as much attention as the biggest. It is sincerely refreshing to work with someone who not only offers impeccable service, but who maintains artistic integrity throughout the entire process.

On our wedding day, we worked with photographers Evgenia and Kevin and they were amazing. We had a bit of a logistical nightmare in terms of transportation between the wedding and the reception, but despite constraints, they worked very hard to capture the perfect shots no matter where we were – and they did so successfully. Throughout the day and into the night, they weren’t overly intrusive, but rather, thoughtful, considerate and creative with every shot.

When the wedding’s over the most valuable, tangible remnants of a day that goes by way too fast are your photos. I am so happy that we chose David Barnes to capture it.

Paper Source. From friends and family, Mike and I received an overwhelming response about how beautiful our invitations were. That was due in part to my husband’s good taste and also to the wonderful selection at Paper Source. Beyond the actual invitation, we had such a wonderful experience here that I want to make up pretend events to host in the future just so I can work with them again. We worked with Betsy at the store on Mass Ave. in Cambridge and she was an absolute pleasure. What I loved about Paper Source is that you never feel like you’re working with a chain. People like Betsy offer such a personalized experience.

Plymouth Rock DJs. If you can’t tell from the second to last photo above, there was a lot of dancing at our wedding, and that’s exactly what we wanted. We met with Ron a number of times before the wedding to over details, many of which we hadn’t decided until last minute. At every meeting, Ron always assured us that things would go smoothly, and they did. Since our wedding, we have had many friends and family members tell us that the music was fantastic.

Mike and I are pretty particular about music. When I was younger I wanted to be the person that puts together soundtracks for movies when I grew up. It was important that not only our favorite songs were played, but that our personalities would shine through. Ron went above and beyond to accommodate us.

I Do Weddings. Before my trial, Emily asked me to pull together photos, either online or from magazines, of how I wanted my hair to be styled on my wedding day. I scoured the internet to find the perfect shot, but for some reason, it was really hard. The day I met with Emily I showed her tons of photos and picked each one apart, telling her the detail that I liked best in each. It couldn’t have been easy to envision what I wanted, but somehow she did.

For makeup, I decided that I wanted to have it done because it was one less thing I’d have to worry about the morning of my wedding, but I was nervous about it. I wanted to look good for photos, but I didn’t want to overdue it so much that I didn’t look like myself. Lisa found the perfect balance and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

Emily and Lisa didn’t just do a great job, they were extremely accommodating and they were so nice and fun to work with.

Konditor Meister. Before we selected a location the cake wasn’t at the top of my list. In fact, I was actually against it because I like cookies and other desserts better than cake and I didn’t want money spent on something I felt like I had to do. The cake came with our whole package at the Holiday Inn though (many things did actually, which made things even more convenient), and when I found that out, things got complicated. I started thinking about the cakes at other weddings I had been to, and how it is often the first thing you see when you walk into the reception room. I wanted it to look nice because I thought it made an impression.

I am a very decisive person. I know what I want and I make it happen. But when it came to the cake, something I didn’t even originally want, I went nuts. I was stressed about the add-ons because of pricing, like flowers, ribbon and the type of frosting. And I was most stressed about the design – I just have a hard time envisioning a final product in my head before it exists. I even went so far as to ask Mike to draw the cake in one of his architecture software things so that I could “picture” it (why did he marry me again?), which he did.

In the end, Konditor Meister delivered a cake that was exactly what I wanted. It was simple, sleek, had clean lines and best of all, it was delicious.

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