Real New England Weddings

Rebecca Rottenberg & Mattis Goldman
October 20, 2007
Four Seasons Hotel, Boston
Photographs by Claudia Kronenberg

By the time Rebecca Rottenberg and Mattis Goldman began planning their wedding day, a few life-changing events were already underway. The couple, who met online at jdate.com, was moving from D.C. to L.A., where Mattis was starting a political consulting business. Perhaps that’s why the pair chose Boston’s posh Four Seasons Hotel for their wedding: Rebecca, a communications consultant for nonprofits, grew up in nearby Newton and wanted a familiar venue she wouldn’t have to worry about. "We knew we’d
be in incredible hands," she says. Her hunch paid off: From the modern Jewish ceremony to the dumpling carts at dinner, every detail delighted the duo and their guests. And the celebration didn’t end with the reception; a music-fueled after-party extended the fete. "Everyone says your wedding will go by quickly," notes Rebecca. "It does. But we enjoyed every minute of it." –A.P.

1. Cakes to Remember made the couple’s chocolate and vanilla cake, with leaves falling down each tier. 2. Rafanelli Events transformed the Four Seasons ballroom using rust and copper hues. "You walked in a
nd felt transported," Rebecca recalls. 3. Rebecca bought her Platinum for Priscilla of Boston dress during a trip to New York with her mom, sister, and mother-in-law. 4. Just before the ceremony, the wedding party, bride, and groom took formal portraits on Boston Common. 5. Great food was crucial to the couple. "I hate weddings where there’s not enough food and everyone is left starving. We had a sushi bar, dumpling carts, and a wine bar," Rebecca says. 6. Golden orchids and calla lilies adorned the tables. 7. Rebecca’s bridesmaids wore black dresses of their choosing.


THE FILE

Hair & Makeup
Luiz Filho, Luz Beauty, 617-291-8327, luzbeauty.com.

Bridesmaids
Each wore a different long black dress of her choice.

Menswear
Giorgio Armani, 22 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-3200, giorgioarmani.com.

Planner
Rafanelli Events, 142 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-357-1818, rafanellievents.com.

Caterer
Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St., Boston, 617-338-4400, fourseasons.com/boston.

Flowers
Spruce Floral, 30 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-261-3573, sprucefloral.com.

Cake
Cakes To Remember, 248 Cypress St., Brookline, 617-738-8508, cakestoremember.biz.

Band
Crosstown Mix, 201-768-9100 or 212-571-6931, valimusic.com.