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Classic Garden Wedding at Elegant Boston Estate Thursday, July 19, 2012 ~ 10:30 a.m.

This week has felt SUPER long for me for some reason, so I'm especially happy that we're almost to Friday! Dale and I have had so much going on lately, it's insane. I think we both need a weekend to do absolutely nothing.

Speaking of doing nothing, I have to personally thank photographer Michael Paul and the beautiful bride that I'm featuring today for doing all of my work for me! I sat down to write this post, all about this classic, peony filled wedding at Boston College, when I realized that they had already written something absolutely beautiful for me! I don't do this very often (because let's face it, I always have something to say), but I don't think that I could have said it better myself, so I'm letting them do the talking! Read on, and you'll see what I mean.

When Kate and Timmy became engaged, they skyped their parents in New York and Massachusetts from Salt Lake City, where they both live and enjoy the outdoor life. Kate was on a plane to Boston in short order to make all the important early decisions. For the two of them, this might as well have been a destination wedding, as they had to leave many of the details and decisions to close friends and family (and their fab event planner over at Marrero Weddings and Events).

'Love at first sight,' is the phrase that best describes the feeling of the bride and her family upon seeing the elegant country manor in Dover, Massachusetts for the first time. Beautifully restored by Boston College in 2006, the 80 acre estate is 40 minutes from Boston, complete with a stone manor house, guest suites, a chapel, patios, terraces and gardens. It offered the complete wedding venue for guests who would travel to Massachusetts from all over the U.S., and it was absolutely perfect for an early summer wedding for a couple who loves nature, and are traditional, as well as modern. Thus, began a year of planning that was devoted to details.

The setting and the season inspired the color palette of ivory, spring green, peony pink, French blue and silvery gray. The bridesmaids chose different variations of blue silk chiffon dresses by Amsale. The groom and groomsmen wore gray suits and rose pink ties...The morning of June 25 dawned cool, rainy and gloomy. Reminding each other that the day would be special regardless, the bridal party arrived for pre wedding make-up and photos. The 'getting ready' preparations turned out to be one of the best parts of the day. The room was filled with anticipation and excitement as the bride, her maids and her mom enjoyed tea sandwiches and champagne. When the rain stopped, and the gray clouds lifted to reveal blue sky and sunshine just an hour before the wedding...Well, you can just imagine the joy. The scent of perfume and hiss of curling irons, the giggles and tears gave way to a collective,'Ahhh!' as the bridesmaids saw Kate in her silk chiffon gown designed by Melissa Sweet.

Soon after guests began arriving, they were greeted with sparkling water, and walked the short distance to the chapel for the ceremony. A stunning floor-to-ceiling glass window overlooking brilliant green trees and gardens had been completed just days before the wedding, and provided a glorious backdrop for the intimate and Ecumenical Catholic ceremony. Piano versions of traditional Irish ballads added to the light and airy feeling, and provided a nod to the bride's heritage. Wreaths of creamy white peonies for the foyer and sprays of peonies and delphiniums adorned the chapel.

Following the ceremony, cocktails and hors d'hoeuvres were served in the parlors and outdoor patios before guests walked down the winding stone stairway to an ivory tent, where the evening continued with a candlelight dinner and dancing. Under the Sperry Tent, Kate chose an abundance of natural arrangements of pink peonies, roses, lady's mantle, scabiosa and queen anne's lace to create a garden on each guests' table. As the setting was classic and elegant, only a few custom DIY touches were needed to make the spaces more personal. Large artist canvases were painted with the couple's monogram in spring green. Guests were also greeted with chocolate bees and mice from L.A. Burdick...The dessert table displayed a variety of yummy cupcakes along with assorted berries with crème fraiche and a lavender infused sugar prepared by a close friend of the bride.

After dinner, guests danced up a storm to the Mike Benjamin Band. When the lead singer belted out 'Rolling in the Deep,' guests swore it was Adele! When not dancing and mingling, guests enjoyed the photo booth and penned notes to the newlyweds in a keepsake photo album. At the end of the evening, the rain returned and prevented the sparkler send-off, but it could not dampen the magic of this perfect summer wedding.

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Classic Garden Wedding at Elegant Boston Estate - Vendors & Credits

Photographer: Michael Paul Photo
Event Planner: Marrero Weddings and Events
Venue: The Connors Center, Boston College
Caterer: Gourmet Caterers
Floral Designer: Honeyfield Flowers
Cupcake Designer: Rosie's Bakery
Wedding Invitation: Bella Figura
Band: Mike Benjamin Band
Equipment Rentals: Sperry Tents and Tabletoppers Linens
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Hair Stylist: Wedding Tresses, Inc
Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet
Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss
Officiant: William Neenan SJ, Boston College
Transportation: Peter Pan Bus Lines

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