today’s love story:
Helen & Axel’s 9OFS Rooftop Boston Wedding Venue
and all the magical moments that made it
Did you know there is a rooftop wedding venue in Boston? It’s called 9OFS and you’re about to fall in love.
9OFS is one of Boston’s hidden wedding gems, but Helen & Axel found it! I’m so so happy to be sharing a peek into their incredible summer 9OFS rooftop Boston wedding day.
Meet Helen. She’s elegant, fun and hilarious…and is trying her best to not smile too big as I Do Hair & Makeup finishes her makeup.
I quickly learned that this is a fun-loving, easy-going group, there for each other and ready to roll with whatever. Helen led the charge here, even lending her big sister the diamond stud earrings she was planning to wear that day. Huge love to her big sister there, and Helen did it without hesitation.
Meet Axel! He’s a super sweet guy with a heart of gold. I watched him look at Helen with so much love throughout the day. From silly to sincere,and back again. That’s our kind of groom. I first met these two last summer for their Boston engagement session (see it here…its one of my all-time favorites).
As part of our photography & videography service to our couples, we help with wedding timeline creation & location recommendations.
The first look spot can be a tricky one, because its often outside but also ideally private.
Add the fact that the wedding is in downtown Boston, just outside of the Fanueil Hall area adds an extra layer of challenge. We came up with a quiet side street just outside the Marriott Custom House Tower Hotel in McKinley Square. I shot through the trees to add some depth to Helen’s GORGEOUS walk across the street, to where Axel waited in front of the historic brick buildings. From there, the moment is all theirs.
We continued to Christopher Columbus Park by the North End where their wedding party was ready for waterfront portraits.
One of the things Helen told me is that her and Axel are always ready for life’s next adventure. So when the Uber didn’t show up as expected, I wasn’t surprised that they walked the half mile to their wedding venue, 9OFS, without a single hesitation or complaint. #weddingadventures right?!
Throughout the day, I couldn’t help but notice how the Custom House Clock Tower stuck with us. Its where they started the day, with hotel accomodations and getting ready. It was also the background of pictures at Christopher Columbus Park, and we even could see it in the distance from their rooftop wedding venue at 9OFS. Pretty cool!
If you’re wondering what a rooftop garden wedding ceremony in downtown Boston looks like, this is it. If I could insert an emoji, it would obviously be the heart eyes right here!
The wedding reception tablescapes were simple and complementary to the garden venue, with simple succulent terrariums (made by Axel), mirror table numbers and warm-wood chiavari chairs. Brilliant Event Planning took care of all of the setup with the team at 9OFS, to make sure everything went smoothly for Helen & Axel.
This wedding party had individual songs and their own individual dance routines for intros. EPIC.
I wonder what the chat was here…lol I love both of their expressions.
Highlights of the night: dinner (the food was AMAZING…bravo Cuisine Chez Vous! Not only was the food delicious, but the team was lovely to work with and they are a fellow husband and wife team), the father-daughter dance that turned into a family dance and the insane dance music provided by Jeff at Beat Train Productions. Its not often most of the music is EDM(ish) and I was looooving it. Oh and also. They had ice cream cake from JP Licks. I don’t eat much dairy these days, but this was one treat I wasn’t passing up.
Helen & Axel – here’s to a day that was filled with laughs and love and so much fun. We’re so happy we got to be there with you!
HELEN & AXEL’S 9OFS ROOFTOP BOSTON WEDDING VENDOR TEAM
Wedding Venue: 9OFS
Catering: Cuisine Chez Vous
Wedding Planner: Brilliant Event Planning
Ceremony & cocktail hour music: East Coast Strings
Reception music (DJ): Jeff Gillbridge, Beat Train Productions
Cake: JP Licks (yep, ICE CREAM CAKE!!!)
Hair & Makeup: I Do Onsite Hair & Makeup
Glass Terrarium: Featherology