Dana Green & Jordan Cohne

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bride and groom

Photograph by Susan Stripling

May 29, 2011
Intercontinental Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts

Jordan Cohne never expected a casual conversation at Nantasket Beach in Hull to turn into a walk down the aisle. His friend Lauren had introduced him to Dana Green — her coworker at wedding-décor company Rentals Unlimited — that day, insisting she’d found him the perfect girl. At his pal’s urging, Jordan agreed to attend an upcoming fundraiser that Dana was organizing.

The matchmaking scheme worked: Dana and Jordan ended up talking all night, and went on their first date several days later. Two years after that, Jordan got down on one knee in the living room of their condo and popped the question. And thanks to some stealthy planning on Jordan’s part, as soon as Dana said yes, their parents walked into the room to congratulate the couple.

Dana had her heart set on getting married one year after the engagement, over Memorial Day weekend. Fortunately, her father had done some early planning, booking the Intercontinental Hotel for that weekend as soon as Jordan asked his permission to propose. Dana’s mother had passed away six years before, so her dad made every effort to make sure the wedding was everything his daughter wanted. “The whole process was really emotional for me,” Dana recalls, “but my dad gave into every whim for this wedding and made it so magical.”

bride and groom dancing

Photograph by Susan Stripling

For their first dance, the couple chose the song “Everything” by Lifehouse. “There were so many people in the room, but with that song playing and us holding each other, it was as if it was just us. It was perfect,” Jordan says.

bride, dog, bouquet

Photographs by Susan Stripling

(Clockwise from top-left) The couple made sure to include Josi, their five-year-old Malti-poo, in the wedding photos; Dana had an Etsy designer create a photo keepsake of her mother for her bouquet: “The other side says, ‘Always with me.”; “I knew I had to go to Kleinfeld’s to find my dress,” says Dana, who wanted a gown with a big skirt.

bride and groom

Photograph by Susan Stripling

Dana wanted to get married underneath a chuppah, so florist Domenic Cambio integrated one into the ceremony space.

cake, shoes, food

Photographs by Susan Stripling

(Clockwise from left) With five towering tiers, the red velvet cake featured cream cheese frosting and crystal accents; L.A.-based shoe designer Y. Jaiselle bedazzled the bride’s flats to match her jewelry; food at the casual cocktail hour included mini hamburgers, grilled cheese, tacos, and lo mein in takeout containers.

dining hall

Photograph by Susan Stripling

For the reception’s color palette, Dana wanted something “sleek, modern, and fun.”

The File: Gown, Lazaro, Kleinfeld Bridal; hair, Studio 9; makeup, Katrina Hess; bridesmaid dresses, L’élite; menswear, Richard Lewis; planner, Carol Singer, Celebrations; day-of planning, Unique Weddings by Alexis; caterer, Intercontinental Hotel; flowers, Domenic Cambio, Domco Floral Design; cake, Confectionery Designs; music, Soul Solution from Total Entertainment

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