Real Weddings. Amber and Tom
Venue(s). Old South Church & Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston
Wedding Date. 9/19/09
Bridal Gown Designer. Pnina Tornai
Florist. Rachel Heikkila – RCH Designs
Photographer. Dorie Hamm & Assistant ”“ Dorie Lynn Photography
Videographer. Mike Henriques from Artistic Wedding Video Group
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Bridesmaid Dresses. 2107 from Saison Blanche – Purchased at Solutions Bridal in Winter Park. FL
Honeymoon. Italy. Greece. and Turkey – AMAZING trip.
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The flower in my hair was also made by Pnina to match those that are attached to my dress.
My wedding day handbag was a beautiful minaudiere custom designed by Etsy seller Leighannkline.
My wedding day earrings were from Tejani Bridal Jewelry and my bracelet was custom made by Regina B.
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Our wedding took place on September 19. 2009 in downtown Boston at Old South Church and the reception took place at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. We fell in love with the “Old Boston Glamour” feel of Fairmont Copley as soon as we walked in. and knew it was the perfect venue to celebrate with our 150 guests from all over the nation. Old South Church was a logical choice as it’s right across Copley Square from the hotel. and we love the Gothic architecture and history associated with the church (Sam Adams & Mother Goose were both members. ). These two venues set a beautiful stage for our wedding day.
The ceremony felt so surreal to me. Some of our family & friends had been in for the entire week before the wedding. but walking down that aisle was the first time I saw the full sea of faces that had traveled from everywhere to support us. I walked alone. as my Dad passed away last September. but I had his wedding band tied to my bouquet so I know he was there with me.
The entire wedding night had such a magical & special feel to it. My new husband and I discussed during dinner at our sweetheart table just how strange it was to be on the “other side” after attending so many weddings. It was so nice to finally have our day. and it was just how I had always imagined it would be.
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The end result was a classic & elegant look with just a few modern touches to make things current. We rented gold rimmed hammered glass chargers. gold Chivari chairs. and gold rimmed water glasses for each place setting. There was a baby pink rose tucked into each napkin with the menu as well as a spray rose sitting on top of each champagne glass.
By the end of the evening. all of our guests were wearing feathers and roses in their hair & pockets which was so much fun to see.
I’m a huge fan of champagne and I love how it represents a celebration. so we let that be a theme throughout our wedding.
We had a specialty champagne bar. champagne cork escort cards. and mini champagne bottle favors.
My husband’s wedding gift to me was a gorgeous right hand ring made of champagne and clear diamonds that I wore on our wedding day – it was such a special and thoughtful gift.
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An escort card display was in the center of the room with the escort cards supported by champagne corks and a large feather floral arrangement in the middle.
All of our calligraphy work (invitation envelopes. escort cards. place cards) was done by Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina & Maison du Papier. She was just amazing to work with and our guests had so many compliments for the calligraphy.
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I arranged for Live Event Artist Gail Fitzpatrick to paint our reception as a surprise gift to my new husband.
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I’ve always been a very crafty person and early on during the wedding planning process I was inspired to take on a few DIY projects after seeing the Knottie bios of a few different brides. By the time our planning was over. I had taken on way more as DIY projects than I ever anticipated but it made things feel so special as I put a lot of love & care into the little details of our wedding day.
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I created kid’s “Play Buckets” for our flower girls that were waiting for them at their place settings.
A memory table was set up along the side of the room to honor those who could not be there to celebrate with us that day. I made the memory candles to honor our loved ones who have passed.
I also used wood letters and pearl beads to create “We Do” letters to accent our Wedding Certificate table. and spray-painted various frames gold to create our Italian table numbers.
Our cake was created by Ellen Bartlett from Cakes to Remember in Brookline and was made up of two different flavors. Black & White and Caramel Tiramisu.
There were a few Italian touches in our wedding as my husband’s family is full-blooded Italian. The table numbers were numbers 1 through 20 in Italian and we had a separate pasta course added to our menu which made for an amazing 5 course meal. Italian cookies from Mike’s Pastry in Boston’s North End were also served to each table during dessert.
A Candy Buffet full of ivory. gold. and pink candies was displayed after dinner as part of our dessert offerings.
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Baskets of flip flops were brought out at 10. 30PM for the ladies who immediately changed out of their heels and into dancing shoes for the rest of the party.
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