Real New England Weddings: Evelyn Mahony & John Mulcahy
June 18, St. Mary’s Church and Private Residence, Hanover, Massachusetts
When you think of romantic places, a CVS parking lot outside of Boston probably doesn’t spring to mind. But for John Mulcahy and Evelyn Mahony, it was where they shared their first kiss — and where John popped the question five years later.
Evelyn and John are both lawyers — they’ve known each other since high school, and began dating when they worked together at a legal services center — but planning the wedding let Evelyn showcase a hidden talent. “I used to be really into arts and crafts as a kid,” she says. “The wedding gave me an excuse to do the crafts I’ve always wanted to do.”
Evelyn scoured Etsy shops online and browsed secondhand stores for decorations that would help create the “old-fashioned garden party” vibe she wanted. She made the programs and place cards by hand, and collected hardcover books and vintage-style glassware to provide the finishing touches for the tables.
All of that attention to detail charmed her groom. “The wedding was so special and memorable for people, because it really did reflect a lot of thought,” John says. “There were just so many personal touches, and the credit goes to Evelyn.”
(From left) Sunny yellow blooms decorated everything from the groom’s lapel to the wedding cake.
The white-frosted wedding cake was actually three flavors in one: carrot, chocolate with chocolate mousse, and vanilla with chocolate mousse.
Evelyn decorated her Charles David pumps with flower clips she found on Etsy.
(From left, top to bottom) Simple white patio-style furniture enhanced the garden-party atmosphere.
Handmade place cards doubled as bookmarks for guests to take home.
Many of the books used to number tables came from the bride’s father’s collection.
Evelyn asked her bridesmaids to choose their own gray gowns. “I’m not really into uniformity,” she explains.
Music: Dick n Jane
Catering: The Silent Chef
Flowers: Yvonne Bright, Bright Designs
Flower clips for shoes: Sunshine and Carousels
Veil: Simple Beauty Veils
Bridesmaid gifts: Odette New York
Gown: Liancarlo, Country Weddings
Menswear: Michael Kors, Macy’s
décor: Luna Bazaar