Last Saturday, I was the coordinator for Rachel and John's wedding at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. It was one of those days where it was cloudy all day and it looked like it could rain at any moment. We were all keeping tabs on the weather channel on our phones and the doppler radar to see where the green highlighted areas were indicating thunderstorms. The venue had a really gorgeous outdoor courtyard area and if we could hold off the rain, I know Rachel and John would prefer doing the ceremony outdoors.
To try to delay making "the call" for inside vs. outside as long as possible, we actually set up the ceremony both indoors and outdoors, and so in the case of rain, we could quickly move people inside and we would still be prepared. I have no idea how I get so lucky on wedding days, but literally as guests were arriving, the clouds parted and the sun was shining for the first time all day, just in time for the 5:30pm ceremony. This late afternoon sun lasted all the way through portraits and we really could not have asked for better weather!!
The wedding party arrived in a limo from Carey Limousine after getting ready at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Four bridesmaids were in strapless turquoise dresses and all carried bouquets of white peonies and roses. The bride wore a modern one shoulder dress and carried a bouquet of all white peonies. All of the personal flowers as well as ceremony and reception arrangements were provided by Tamara Reid Designs.
The bride and groom saw each other for the first time on the wedding day as Rachel walked down the aisle with her father. The North Shore String Quartet played classical music for their ceremony, and it was officiated by Robin McCree. Immediately after the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour inside of the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center upper gallery. Capers Catering provided the food and setup for the wedding, and guests enjoyed mini lobster rolls, corn and crab fritters, shaved tenderloin in a baby popover, and fresh springrolls.
At the start of the reception in the theater, Rachel and John made a dramatic entrance for their introduction from the balcony in the room and walked down the stairs right into their first dance. The room was stunning, with blue uplighting provided by Beat Train Productions, white Chiavari chairs and celadon linens from Be Our Guest, and tall floral centerpieces made of white dendrobium orchids. Guests enjoyed a plated dinner starting with salad, then choice of pan seared salmon, grilled beef tenderloin, or lemon risotto for an entrée. For dessert, Cakes for Occasions provided the wedding cake which was a vanilla cake with strawberries.
Guests danced to music from Brick Park, and the professional photographers on the wedding day were Peter and Lauren from Monin Photography. Photos from them will be coming later, but for now, here are some that I took!
Rachel and John, I wish you the very best in your married life together!!