2018 has been the year of rainy Saturdays. Rain sometimes means rearranging the day, making last minute changes to the timeline. Sue & Jon’s October wedding day started with rain, but thanks to team decisions on first look, portraits, etc, it didn’t matter in the least. Here’s a look into their beautiful wedding day.
Sue got ready at her childhood home in Milton. Her mom welcomed us with coffee and homemade scones. I could’ve kissed her. And Sue was enjoying hair & makeup by her team from Cut-Splice who traveled from Charlestown to take care of her.
The morning was peaceful and our bride was happy.
Her parents’ home is SO cute. Initial plans were to meet at Turners Pond in Milton for their first look and family portraits, but the front steps of her parents’ home was a beautiful and sweet plan B. Here’s Jon, arriving to meet his almost-wifey before heading to St Agatha Parish in Milton.
I love that both of Sue’s parents walked her down the aisle. She’s the baby of the family and the last of 18 cousins to get married. So much love and anticipation for this moment!
The rain completely cleared up during their ceremony, so outdoor portraits were on! Sue & Jon’s wedding reception was at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. We LOVE the Royal Sonesta! Bianca and team are awesome, and the views can’t be beat.
If a dress swishes, I say swish away girlfriend! Sue was ready.
After portraits, we moved inside for cocktail hour and then dinner and dancing in the Ballroom. I love the way the sun cast through the windows to light up the tables. The room was elegant and classy, with gold chevari chairs and white and gold centerpieces.
World Premiere Band performed at their wedding, and put on a killer show. This was our first time working with them, and I would hands down recommend this band. They were talented and so much fun, and they were nice too. A bonus when we all eat dinner together in the vendor room. 🙂
Sue & Jon are so sweet together. One of the first things Sue told me about Jon is that he’s always thinking about her happiness. He’s such a thoughtful guy, and he’s loved by so many friends. Its funny, because the way she’s describing him is also the way I saw her treating him. They have so much shared respect and love for one another. Definitely a good team as they move forward in life together. Whether spending time with her dog, or traveling the globe together.
Sue’s family came to party! I mentioned that she’s the last of 18 cousins to get married. That’s a huge family! And they brought their A-game to this wedding. World Premiere Band got an easy group, that’s for sure. The dance floor was packed all night. Keep scrolling, you’ll see!
xoxo, Sue & Jon. We hope you love this highlight. Next up, your video trailer, complete photo collection, and cinematic wedding film!
Wedding Venue: Royal Sonesta Boston – Cambridge MA
Mount Washington Hotel is without a doubt one of the most magical places in New England. If not THE most magical place. So when we had the chance to spend the weekend there with two of the friendliest, most welcoming people you’ll ever meet, the answer was an easy: YES PLEASE.
I’m delighted to present the highlight of Caitlin & Justin’s Mount Washington Hotel fall wedding.
Caitlin explained the wedding theme as “Classic/Romantic with a touch of Ethereal/Playful/Woodsy.” The floral design by The Fuchsia Peony pulled the theme together perfectly. Her bouquet and her bridesmaid bouquets were GORGEOUS. I’m obsessed with her beautiful fall wedding flowers, so you’ll see about a thousand pictures of them sprinkled throughout C+J’s highlight.
Here’s Caitlin! Her first look at the Guest Book we created for her, with her favorite engagement pictures, taken at the Fells on a 3-hour tour. A three. Hour. Tour.
Caitlin & Justin had a first look on the private side lawn at Mount Washington Hotel, with the first peeks of fall foliage in the distance. They wanted to enjoy as much time with their family & friends, and the first look helped them do just that.
I’m a HUGE fan of living in the moment, and enjoying all the little things. Insert every other cliche about happiness here. That’s my jam. And that’s why these people are my people. There was twirling from EVERYONE (yep, even Justin who said “Its my wedding day, too!”), hugs, kisses, and time taken to actually smell the flowers.
Mount Washington Hotel arranged a shuttle to take us to the base of the drive. For these.
Invitations by Minted, and flowers for styling provided by The Fuchsia Peony.
We highly recommend an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony, where your friends and family put their phones away and truly be present for the moment you marry your best friend. We also recommend giving guests stuff to throw at you at the end. Hehe. It looks far more eloquent than stated here, and is a lot of fun. In C+J’s case, they made cute little paper cones filled with rose petal confetti.
Their wedding ceremony was held on the iconic Jewell Terrace at Mount Washington Hotel, decorated with flowers and lanterns. Caitlin collected nearly 100 lanterns over the year leading up to their wedding. Her efforts were so worth it.
They were married by Rev. Larry Camerlin. When they first met with him, they talked for hours and he asked them to write letters to each other with their promises and hopes. He read the sweetest parts during the ceremony that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. And he also asked everyone to hug the people around them. It was such a happy celebration of love for two kindhearted people.
“Want me jump off of this ledge? I used to be a gymnast.” YEP.
We headed down to the Presidential Foyer & outside patio for cocktail hour. Their wedding reception followed in the Presidential Ballroom at Mount Washington Hotel.
Tributes to old love and new love.
These two are those friends you love to see on the dance floor at every wedding. Especially if Michael Jackson is on. And even more especially if Thriller is on. Oh, its on.
The dance party was insane, just as they said it would be. And on the way out we enjoyed looking through their guest book, filled with the most thoughtful sentiments from their favorite people, alongside their favorite engagement portraits. So many people took the opportunity to express their love and gratitude for these two that they filled the entire book and had to write on the inside back cover. Heart exploding.
But then we turned around, and there were s’mores.
Caitlin & Justin put so much thought & planning into their wedding day, and it was worth all the effort. It truly was magical, and we are so grateful to have been a part of it.
The Atlantic Resort Newport overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, with a manicured lawn for outdoor weddings (like Meredith & Brandon’s). Cambria Suites Newport is also on property so friends & family can settle in for the weekend. After some drone footage of the grounds, Ben and I headed in to greet Meredith & Brandon, who were getting ready in suites just around the corner from each other. These two were so calm and relaxed! There was a great vibe to the day, even early on.
Brandon’s brothers were his support throughout the day and stole the show with their toasts during the reception. One of the things I enjoyed most about this day is the closeness of the families. They each have brothers – this was a day of A LOT of brothers – and share such a strong connection with their siblings and parents.
Back to the ladies. I was so impressed with the delivery of the flowers by Weedweavers Wakefield. How cool is this wooden bouquet caddy?! The flowers were stunning and this made transportation a breeze.
Meredith opened her card & gift from Brandon before getting into her gown. So so calm and ready to marry her best friend. Oh, and you’ll get a peek below at one of my instant-favorite-people-of-all-time, Grandmom below. She might be the funniest person I’ve ever met.
Meredith looked so elegant in her gown. I loved the shoulder detail, and those beautiful earrings from Brandon! Once she was ready, she met her dad for the very first look. He barely held it together, waiting patiently to see his baby girl on her wedding day. But he did it!
Brandon & Meredith asked us for help choosing locations for their first look & wedding party portraits. They rented a vintage trolley and were up for anything off-sand. I’m pretty excited about the plan we came up with…from Paradise Park for their bride & groom first look & family portraits (free of wind & rocky terrain!), followed by 3rd beach and then the cliffs at Purgatory, all within 10 minutes of the Atlantic Resort.
In Jewish tradition, Brandon & Meredith had a private ketubah signing ceremony led by Brandon’s rabbi, Rabbi Jerome David, prior to their ceremony at Atlantic Resort. In the eyes of the temple, this is when they are officially married.
The Ballroom at The Atlantic Resort is on the second floor. Step out of the elevator and you’re greeted with this gorgeous modern, airy room filled with lounge furniture and light.
Meredith & Brandon, congratulations friends. Your day was perfect. You are both so so lovely, and your families are just the same. We loved being a part of the day, and are so excited for your journey ahead!