This blog post is a little later than expected due to some snowy roof/flooding issues. As I mopped up the water and dealt with finding someone to take the snow off the roof I was thinking how nice it would be to get away to sunnier climates. Like Hawaii. Which is where Becky and Duke are on honeymoon right now!
And of course to enjoy a honeymoon you have to get married so without further ado let's get to the winter wedding ceremony in the Seaport Hotel Winter Garden Atrium Courtney and Laura from Corinthian Events were the absolutely superb event planners and everything was handled with meticulous precision and attention to detail.
The Winter Garden Atrium is the most amazing venue for a winter ceremony in Boston - you're indoors and toasty warm but the glass walls and ceiling and all of the green plants and trees make it feel kind of lush and tropical despite the snow. The beautiful silver chiavari chairs were from Peterson Party Rental (781-729-4000) and Winston Flowers were responsible for all flowers on the day
Guests arrived to the music of the Boston String Quartet (they also played through the champagne reception immediately after the ceremony and I was overjoyed to hear "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey - I would highly recommend them if you're looking for a string quartet in Boston!
Tom proudly walked his daughter down the aisle:
I posted Duke and Becky's first look **here** and for those sceptics (fyi my spell check is telling me that should be skeptics...really? maybe that's another one of those strange English-English vs. American-English changes? anyway, I digress!) who worry that seeing each other before the ceremony takes away from the momentous feeling and emotion I don't think you need to worry:
Becky's sisters did readings and it was lovely to see how happy they are for Becky and Duke:
And by the power vested in me by the state of my blog, I now pronounce you husband and wife and you may kiss your bride:
Usually at this point, the newlyweds are announced to the guests and they walk back down the aisle together.
And the reason for the delight? The Dear Abbeys! Boston University's all-male A-Capella group. They were AWESOME! Singing "All you need is Love" by The Beatles. Steven is their business manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you want to book them your own event - absolutely wonderful!
In the reception area of the Winter Garden Atrium, there was champagne and little morsels of deliciousness awaiting the guests. Remy from Above And Beyond Catering (www.aboveabc.com or email email@example.com) did a phenomenal job keeping the champagne flutes full and the little endive leaf hors d'oeuvres circulating
It was a lovely relaxing time for Becky and Duke to mingle with their guests and enjoy one more song from the Dear Abbeys - You are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne and of course for a picture of the guys with the newlyweds:
I rode in the front of Becky and Duke's limo to Mistral (depending on logistics/timing/locations it often makes more sense for me to do this on the wedding day, saves me getting split up from you whilst looking for parking, I just need to know in advance so I can make appropriate arrangements for my car) and we stopped at Commonwealth Ave to take advantage of the twinkly lights:
Bye bye Becky and Duke. See you in a few days for your wedding reception at Mistral, Boston, MA. Mmmmmmm