Real New England Weddings

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Julie Shapiro & Erik Snyder
September 15, 2007
Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod
Photographs by Person + Killian

Growing up in Weston, Julie Shapiro spent summers on Cape Cod. When she started dating Erik Snyder at Cornell, he began tagging along. Before long, he’d fallen for the Cape—and Julie, now co-owner of National Jean Company. When they decided to tie the knot, the beach in Chatham was a natural choice. The day of, though, pouring rain forced the Chatham Bars Inn staff to move everything inside. When the clouds finally cleared, Julie told her father, "I want to get married outside." "He said, ‘Okay. I’m gonna make it happen.’" And with jokes lifted from the wedding scene in The Princess Bride, Erik’s dad kept guests laughing as he officiated. "It was amazing," she says. "Beyond anything I ever expected." –Andrea Perera

1. Julie’s lace Angel Sanchez dress and custom, lace-adorned veil came from L’élite Bridal Boutique. 2. When a downpour left the beach too wet for a ceremony, the Chatham Bars Inn staff set up an altar on a terrace overlooking the water. 3. At a casino-themed after-party, Julie surprised Eric with a cigar roller. 4. Dramatic lighting played up Carol Silverstein’s pink-toned floral centerpieces. 5. For her maids, Julie settled on Maria Bianco Nero dresses from Neiman Marcus. "They change color in different light," she says. "They reminded me of sea goddesses." 6. Guests played poker, blackjack, and roulette at the after-party. 7. Fireworks set off from a barge lit up the night. 8. Pale pink roses mingled with purple hydrangea in the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

THE FILE

Makeup
Katrina Hess Makeup Studio, 105 Newbury St., Boston, 781-710-6865, katrinahess
weddings.com
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Hair
Debbie Welch of Studio 9, 9 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-9990.

Bridesmaids
Maria Bianco Nero dresses, Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com.

Menswear
Ralph Lauren, 93-95 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-1124.

Caterer
Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Rd., Chatham, 508-945-0096, chathambarsinn.com.

Flowers
Original Touch, 14 Partridge Rd., Lexington, 781-862-6471.

Cake
Party Favors, 1356 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-566-3330, partyfavorsbrookline.com.

Band
Radiance from Wilson Stevens Productions, wilsonstevens.com.

Oni Igartua & Michael Holley
July 14, 2007
At Their Home in Jamaica Plain
Photographs by Sarah Bastille

Coincidentally—or maybe not—Oni and Michael Holley’s favorite restaurant is Union Bar and Grille. After the couple met at a New Year’s Eve party—Michael, a Boston sports journalist, saw Oni walking across the room and was instantly smitten—they hit the South End boîte for their first date, their engagement, and for every milestone in between. During that time, he’s taught her about football, and she’s used her style savvy to make over their Jamaica Plain home, where their wedding was held. On the who’s-who guest list? The Pats’ Tedy Bruschi, ESPN’s Michael Smith, JAM’N 94.5 FM’s DJ Geespin (who provided tunes), pastor Gloria White Hammond (the officiant), and chef Joanne Chang (who made a cake). "We danced all night," Oni recalls. What better way to celebrate a union? –Sascha de Gersdorff

1. Takeout containers made for fun—and portable—appetizers by Capers Catering. 2. It took Oni one day to find her fitted tulle and silk Ann Barge dress. "It was a splurge!" she admits. "But once you fall in love with a dress, you can’t turn back." 3. After the sun set, lanterns cast a glow on the revelers. 4. Bow Street Flowers created the bouquets of roses and hypericum berries. 5. Oni wanted a traditional cake for photos, but the day wouldn’t have been complete without carrot cake made by Flour Bakery’s Joanne Chang, a dear friend. JohnnyCakes delivered the two-tiered green and white showpiece. 6. The couple’s backyard made a perfect low-key setting for the friends-and-family affair. 7. Artful presentation elevated a summer staple—fresh squeezed lemonade. 8. When he first spied Oni at a party, Michael was rendered speechless. He wisely e-mailed her later that night.


THE FILE

Makeup
Jean Bala/Bobbi Brown, Bloomingdale’s, 175 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-243-9959.

Hair

Dalle Smith/A-1 Concepts of Hair Gallery, 683 Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-8408.

Menswear
MW Tux, 8 Milk St., Boston, 617-542-4600, mwtux.com.

Planner
Kori Carter, 617-945-5159, korielizabethevents.com.

Caterer
Capers Catering, 781-279-5100, caperscatering.com.

Flowers
Bow Street Flowers, 617-492-0080, bowstreetflowers.com.

Cake
JohnnyCakes, 978-682-9500, johnnycakes.net.

Music
Jeff Robinson Trio, 617-872-0543; Geespin, 857-204-3095.

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.

Arden Myrin & Dan Martin
December 30, 2007
The Inn at the Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
Photographs by Corey Hendrickson

"Barns are rad!" says Arden Myrin, explaining why she, a MADtv actress, and comedy writer Dan Martin chose their Vermont wedding site. Both East Coast natives—"I’m kind of a Masshole," Arden admits—the duo met at Hollywood’s Improv Olympic, where Arden performs. When Dan first showed up, "I figured he was a jerk because he was so handsome," she says. "I assumed he’d have headshots." But he didn’t, and four years later, he surprised her with a trip to Dublin. One night in their hotel, she recalls, "I was brushing my teeth in these awful penguin pajamas, talking about all the fun we’d had that day. And he said, ‘That’s not all that’ll happen!’ and proposed." At their New Year’s wedding, they "rocked out" to AC/DC. The last song, Black Sabbath’s "Crazy Train," nearly brought the barn down, literally, when it seemed the floors might cave in. Says Arden: "Rad!" –S. de G.

1. Of her Round Barn Farm wedding, the bride says, "The upshot of a destination wedding is you’ve gotta decide quickly. I pretty much had the whole thing planned in seven days. I don’t know why everybody freaks out." 2. The place settings and favors were a two-in-one treat: Arden and Dan attached name tags to 120 snow globes. 3. Arden’s "something blue" was pair of electric-blue Lulu Guinness heels. She kicked them up during the couple’s first dance, to the Scissor Sisters’ "I Don’t Feel Like Dancing." 4. No wallflower, Arden gladly took the mike. 5. Popsicle sticks turned the programs into fans. 6. Arden’s bridesmaids wore brown and beige BCBG frocks. 7. Her Monique Lhuillier dress was layered with fluttery silk organza swatches. "I didn’t want to be Cinderella, and I didn’t want to be Carolyn Bessette—not too poufy, not a slip," she says. 8. Dan and Arden share a laugh during the toasts.


THE FILE

Makeup

Arden did her own. ("That’s the beauty of doing a lot of auditions.")

Hair

Daniel Rechelbacher, Salon 2B, New York, 917-597-8614.

Bridesmaids
BCBG dresses, 617-536-7182, bcbg.com.

Menswear
Calvin Klein pinstripe suits, calvinklein.com.

Caterer
Cooking from the Heart, 802-496-2276, theroundbarn.com.

Flowers

A School House Garden, 802-496-6928, schoolhousegardenfloral.com.

Cake
Irene’s Cakes By Design, 802-228-4846, irenemaston.com.

Band
Ben Yelle, 603-363-4538; Knyght Ryder, knyghtryder.com.

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