Summer Wedding Trends
This year’s summer wedding trends are all about the whimsical and worldly. Vintage-inspired staples (hello macramé) and splashes of global décor (think repurposed suitcases) meet down-to-earth color palettes and all things rustic. Invitations and flower arrangements get the earthy treatment with pale pinks and greens tied up with burlap, lace and hemp. Trendy bouquets will be overflowing with pastel peonies and sweet succulents for a new way to honor the eclectic. This season’s weddings will be classic yet free-spirited with many personalized touches.
Although design, dress and décor trends lean more towards the simple and pastoral this summer, wedding day food trends are veering the other way. More brides and grooms are opting for unique, artisanal and foodie-inspired dishes, like amazing chocolate sculptures and appetizers inspired by local culture (Hampshire House has Massachusetts-inspired dishes like New England clam chowder and Boston Bibb lettuce salads for Boston-focused brides). Other popular food trends include lemonade bars, s’mores stations, cake pops, pie pops and even sushi or seafood stations.
Photography Feature: Irene + Ben’s Classic Winter Wedding
Wedding photographer Nikki Cole captured some special moments from Irene and Ben’s old-world wedding this winter. The pair chose to highlight their classic yet elegant taste with a color palette of white, eggplant and sage and simple yet memorable décor touches, like white rose centerpieces and glowing votives. With the ceremony taking place at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston and the reception at our very own Hampshire House, this was truly a wedding to remember.
Irene’s fitted, lace gown perfectly complemented her white and green bouquet overflowing with white calla lilies and roses with green and purple accents. To accommodate for the chilly temperatures, Irene wore a white stole during their 18-degree outdoor photo shoot in the Boston Common. Ben wore a classic black tuxedo with a bowtie and a simple calla lily corsage. The bride and groom shared their first dance beneath the elegant chandeliers and opulent woodwork in the library.
Nikki began her professional photography career in 2003, after 10 years as a wedding and special event planner at the Seaport Hotel. She is known for her eye for detail, and as a self-proclaimed “geek”, she’s fascinated with the mechanics of her camera and subtleties of light. Beyond her technical abilities, Nikki prides herself in the service she provides clients. Nikki says, “I consider myself the story-teller at your wedding; I want to capture the truly unique moments of your day rather than trying to crate them for you.”
See Nikki Cole’s full post on her blog.
Five Questions to Ask Your Caterer
What do you provide?
Get the details on exactly what your caterer will bring. Some services provide everything, from food to tables and chairs, linens and silverware. Figure out what the caterer provides and what you’ll need to supply yourself.
Do you have other events booked on the same day?
Don’t commit to a catering company that has indicated that they have other events on the same day as your wedding. You’ll want a fully devoted staff that’s focused on your event and guests.
What kind of equipment will you need?
This one is especially important if you’re having an outdoor wedding or a reception someplace that doesn’t have a traditional kitchen. Make sure your caterer can bring the proper equipment for preparing and serving anywhere, if necessary.
Can you bake my wedding cake (or dessert)?
Sometimes, adding your wedding cake or dessert onto the catering budget can save you money and time. Ask the caterer to cut and serve the cake, as well.
Will you allow me to customize my menu?
Many brides and grooms opt to add personalized flavor to their wedding menu, so make sure your caterer is open to this if it’s something you desire.
The Best Winter Engagement Photo Locations in Boston
Create an engagement album that’s memorable, romantic and unique to your winter love story with these inspiring Boston winter engagement photo ideas.
Maybe we’re a little bit biased, but we love Beacon Hill engagement photos in every season, especially in the winter. The historic row houses and brick sidewalks offer true urban charm for the bride- and groom-to-be that would prefer a touch of traditional in their engagement photos. Beacon Hill’s landmark architecture looks ever-so-enchanting after being dusted with a winter snowfall, too.
Boston’s rich history has left residents with a vast assortment of settings for romantic photos, including the opulent Boston Public Library or bustling Quincy Market. Seasonal twinkling lights and decorative evergreens make these Boston landmarks ideal for shooting in the winter.
Tailor your engagement session to your love story with Boston’s full complement of fun and iconic photo locations. If your courtship was sports-centric, take a few snapshots at TD Garden. If you love all things nautical, your seasonal, sea-inspired photo shoot will come alive at Piers Park. Each of these winter photo engagement settings will help you capture the romance and whimsy of Boston.