Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Emily and Carson's Gore Place Wedding Photos by Simply Bloom Photography

This is a long overdue post of one of the most gorgeous and DIY-filled weddings that I have ever coordinated. I had the honor of being the coordinator for Emily and Carson's "Up" themed wedding at Gore Place in Waltham, and their reception at China Pearl in downtown Boston.  The bridal party got ready with hair and makeup at the Courtyard Marriott in Brookline, and the entire wedding party participated in the traditional door games where the groom and groomsmen have to complete a series of tasks in order to see the bride.

After the door games, a tea ceremony was performed for the groom's family, and then everyone made their way over to Gore Place for the wedding ceremony.  The heartfelt ceremony took place in the hedge gardens at Gore Place, and this is such a unique space for a ceremony because everyone was completely surrounded by beautiful hedges, with access only through three narrow openings.  The bride and groom were married under a gorgeous floral arch created by Petalena, and placed "love notes" to each other in a box that they locked and will read to each other on their one year anniversary.  Flowers in tones of peach, green, and pink lined the aisle on shepherd hooks.

Following the ceremony, a cocktail hour was held outside on the lawn, with tables topped with lemon and gray linens, and small delicate floral arrangements from Petalena on little wooden slices, marked with Emily & Carson's initials.  The guestbook was placed on a table next to a large dollhouse (built by the groom!), topped with a large collection of colorful balloons.  Going along with the "Up" movie theme, there was a Paradise Falls jar filled with some change next to the dollhouse.  Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres from Currier & Chives like mini beef wellington and scallops wrapped in bacon, and there was also a large collection of colorful Izze sodas that was a huge hit with guests.  Lawn games such as croquet, bean bag toss, and bongo ball were setup near the cocktail hour area, and made for a very fun afternoon prior to the evening reception.

The traditional Chinese banquet reception was held at China Pearl in downtown Boston.  The room was decorated with dozens of hanging paper poms, as well as gold bengaline floor length linens.  The banquet consisted of 12 courses and was an absolute feast! DJ Profenna kept the night filled with music, and there was a Smilebooth setup in the room that was a really big hit. There were so many fun props and a sparkly silver background, and guests were able to take photo strips of their poses home with them.  The wedding cake was created by Jacques Pastries, and was decorated with mini penant flags.

Vania from Simply Bloom Photography, flew out to Boston from Alabama to document the big day.  Her photos are simply stunning!

Emily and Carson, it was so nice getting to know you both, and I hope you are enjoying married life!!