Real Wedding: Melanie Platten & Adam Feintisch

Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.

May 29, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts

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The bride and groom took photos by the Swan Boats and around Boston Common. “I was just so in heaven to be back in my hometown,” Melanie says. / Photograph by Clark + Walker Studio

THE STORY

After his first date with Melanie Platten, at a New York wine bar, Adam Feintisch sent her a text message that sounded like the beginning of a love song. “This is going to sound strange,” wrote the third-year surgical resident, “but I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to meet you.”

Meanwhile, Melanie, then an Emerson grad student, called her older sister, Rachel, and gushed about this amazing guy whom she’d met through Facebook. “He was just so nice. I’d been out with a lot of guys who were so full of themselves,” she says. “Adam was driven and yet humble—so charming, warm, and kind.” Her sister was excited for her, too. “She was just soaking up my happiness,” says the Newton native. “She asked what it felt like, and I told her that everything felt better, more vibrant and alive.”

Unbeknownst to Melanie, Rachel—a singer/songwriter who signed with Columbia Records in early 2015—was taking notes, and she eventually turned those heartfelt musings into a real love song about Melanie and Adam’s romance, called “Better Place,” that’s now played on national radio. The refrain—“It’s a better place since you came along”—says it all. “Most people visualize the lyrics of a song are about them, but we have a song that’s actually about us,” Adam says.

Three years after the couple’s first date, Rachel performed the song for them at their Four Seasons wedding, which, fittingly, was all about the music. “I didn’t care about the food or the flowers. We didn’t stop to cut the cake. We boogied,” Melanie says. “I did the worm in my dress. Nobody sat down the entire time.”

THE DETAILS

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Photograph by Clark + Walker Studio

Melanie paused to recognize the two most important women in her life: her mother and sister.

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Photograph by Clark + Walker Studio

Floral designer Marc Hall designed a unique bouquet on a silver ring that was easy to carry around. “I wanted something I wouldn’t lose,” Melanie says.

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Photograph by Clark + Walker Studio

The traditional Jewish ceremony was held in the round.

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Photograph by Clark + Walker Studio

Rectangular vintage mirrored tables were set with candles and low vases filled with hydrangea, roses, and orchids.

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Photograph by Clark + Walker Studio

A combination of monochromatic white florals, including orchids, hydrangea, and roses, cascaded from a rustic arbor above the head table.

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Photograph by Clark + Walker Studio

The couple didn’t want a cake—they didn’t want any excuse to stop dancing—but their mothers made them have one. So they chose a small confection simply for the photos.

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Photograph by Clark + Walker Studio

Friends and family lifted the bride and groom on chairs during the hora.

THE FILE

Band The Next Faze, Faze 4 Orchestras
Bride’s Dress Pronovias
Bridesmaid Dresses Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids
Cake Cakes by Design Edible Art
Flowers Marc Hall Design
Hair Darren Le; Jasmine Anna Galazka
Invitations No Regrets
Lighting Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design
Makeup Dianna Quagenti
Menswear Victor Talbots
Planner Janie Haas Events
Rentals Peterson Party Center; Reserve Modern Event Rental; Table Toppers of Newton
Videography Clark + Walker Studio