Friday, August 12, 2011

Jason and Richard's King Hooper Mansion Wedding

On Saturday, July 23, I had the honor of being the coordinator for Jason and Richard's wedding. Their wedding was the first ever same-sex wedding for Pink Orchid Weddings, and I could not have been happier to have been a part of their special day!

Jason got ready at his parents' home in Swampscott, while Richard got ready at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Boston. The two grooms traveled by black escalades to the ceremony, while guests rode in a shuttle bus provided by Able Limousine.

The ceremony was held at Chandler Hovey Park in Marblehead, which is right next to the Marblehead Lighthouse. The views of the water are amazing, and we used that as the backdrop for the ceremony, with garden chairs set out for all of the guests. Reserved signs were tied onto the chairs with silver satin ribbon, and ceremony decor included two large hydrangea arrangements on pedestals and a bed of rose petals for the grooms to stand on. All floral arrangements for the entire wedding day were created by Flowers by Darlene at North Shore Fruit Basket. Ceremony music was provided by a string quartet and vocalist from Music Management, and the first time that Jason and Richard saw each other on the wedding day was when Jason walked down the aisle with his parents to "Heavenly Day".

After the ceremony, there were some portraits taken next to the lighthouse, and then guests traveled over to the reception venue, King Hooper Mansion. The cocktail hour was held in the King Hooper Garden, where guests enjoyed passed hors d'ouevres and a raw bar. Then, guests made their way into the mansion to the third floor for the reception. Large white hydrangea centerpieces adorned the tables, along with fruitwood Chiavari chairs, and pewter pintuck linens. Catering was provided by East Meets West, and dinner included a salad course of seasonal greens, followed by an amazing entrée of poached lobster tail and filet mignon. The dessert course was a delicious Boston Cream Pie from D'Amici's Bakery. Live music for the evening was provided by the same quartet from the ceremony from Music Management, as well as a pianist. Photos will be coming later from their professional photographer, Will Tangorra from William Tangorra Photography, but for now, here are some photos that I took!

It was a truly a pleasure working with both of you on your wedding and I hope you had an wonderful honeymoon in Sweden and Greece!!


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