La Brassa Wedding, Somerville MA: Connie and Ben

I’m sure you’ve seen these two quite a bit on my instagram feed. I thought it was about time you experienced Connie and Ben’s full wedding. The couple started the day off at Connie’s parents home in Concord MA. Connie and her parents had designed and built the house just in time for the wedding, it was really the first time it was open for friends and family. The couple had an outdoor ceremony followed by some family formals and portraits in the yard. Afterwards everyone headed over to La Brassa in Somerville MA for the reception. It was my first time at La Brassa and the staff and food was exceptional. The couple enjoyed a delicious cocktail chatting with friends and family. Everyone mixed and mingled and then when the dance floor opened, it never stopped. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Wedding, Rhode Island: Katie and Hemang

What led you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends, location, etc?

After 12 years together (!), we wanted to have a party with the people we love the most. We have large, fun families, so finding a space that would accommodate all of us, have ample dance space, AND give us awesome options for both Indian and non-Indian food were the main pieces in our “Venn Diagram of Needs.” We wanted our families to feel like we represented traditions and to put all our guests in the mood to enjoy and celebrate together. We went for a big celebration, and we think we got a great one at that.

What were you most excited about before the wedding?

 We were most excited to be with all the people we love in one place, and see everything come together after all the planning (the food, flowers, mandap, music…!)

Did anything surprise you?

Honestly, our vendors and staff went above and beyond on our wedding day. We knew things were going to come together beautifully, but everything felt seamless so we weren’t really surprised by anything.

Which images did you love the most?

Seriously all of them. We grinned ear-to-ear going through the images, because each one just captured the feeling of joy that we felt throughout the day. Not going to lie, the dance floor images are really fabulous and the photos of our family and friends getting hyped up during the baraat (groom’s procession) are just phenomenal.

Any advice for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?

It has been said before and should be said again and again:  don’t stress the small stuff. It is indeed really easy to get bogged down by the details when planning all the pieces for a wedding, so working with vendors that you trust and whose work you respect/admire is really key. Keep in mind that you are working with wonderful professionals who know what they’re doing and want to make your day awesome! Above all, a wedding is about bringing two families together, so no matter what it’s going to be an amazing celebration 🙂

Fruitlands Museum Wedding, Harvard MA: Sarah and Jonny

– What lead you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends location etc?
We first met in high school (although we didn’t start dating until years later), so our relationship has very much been rooted in the area we both call “home.” St. John’s was the church that Sarah grew up attending, so it was very important to her family that the ceremony takes place there. As for location, we knew we wanted an outdoor, space with great views of the beautiful landscape in the area. When we initially visited Fruitlands we instantly fell in love with the layout, the view, all of it. We could instantly see our friends and family at this venue and, of course, we were hopeful for a gorgeous sunset (which we got). Our vision for our wedding day was to have our closest family and friends together for a “backyard” style reception — we wanted everyone feeling relaxed, well-fed, and ready to celebrate!  Fruitlands was perfect for this with that outdoor area for Cocktail Hour where we had giant jenga and cornhole.
– What were you most excited about before the wedding?
Aside from the whole “being with each other forever” aspect of the wedding – which is great and all – but having all of our friends and family together in one place, having a great time. We went to high school with the vast majority of friends that we invited to the wedding. So our wedding also double as a mini high school reunion, which was fantastic. Additionally, the food provided by the catering service at Fruitlands, Fireside Catering, was a big hit.
– Did anything happened that you were’t expecting?
We don’t really think so. I suppose we didn’t really expect to hop in a bright blue BMW halfway through the reception and drive down the road to go to that overlook spot for sunset pictures. Which was great. Other than that, we can’t really think of anything.
– Which images did you love the most?
If we can say “all of them” then we’re going to say “all of them” – each picture was special in its own way. There were some great pictures that captured specific emotional moments such as Sarah’s parents seeing Sarah for the first time, the first look between us, and many more. The sunset pictures came out phenomenally. The pictures taken before guests arrived at the reception look great. Then there were some pictures that, when we scrolled to it during our first pass together, had us both nearly in tears with laughter.
– When you look back, would you have changed anything?
We wish that there were photos or video captured of the bus ride from the reception to the after party! The school bus didn’t have a radio, so our friends led “live karaoke” and the entire bus did impressive renditions of Bohemian Rhapsody, Mr. Brightside, Stacy’s Mom, etc. Other than that, we probably wish we could have been able to eat more of the hors d’oeuvres