Boston Bridal Blog's Real New England Weddings: Turning the Tables

Whoever says today’s weddings are a waste of money clearly hasn’t met Kelly Ucen. Not too long ago, the former ad exec and her now-husband, Matej, were on the hunt for wooden farm tables for their “rustic yet elegant outdoor wedding” at Kelly’s parent’s house in Cohasset. The only problem? The closest rental company they could find was in California. So rather than have furniture shipped nearly 3,000 miles, the pair decided to make their tables by hand for the big day — 22 of them, to be exact. And then a surprising thing happened. “Originally I was just planning on giving [the tables] as gifts after the wedding,” says Kelly. But “we were a few months into building them and wedding planners started finding out about us.” The result of that interest is Kelly and Matej’s year-and-a-half-old business, New England Country Rentals. Over the past year the couple has provided tables — made of reclaimed wood from old barns in Canada — as well as fine china, flatware, and chargers for more than 50 weddings across the area. “We do most of it ourselves still,” says Kelly — though it no longer takes her and Matej a full week to put together one of their creations.“We have invested a lot into using machinery that makes it a lot easier than doing it in your attic.” A good investment, indeed.

THE FILE:

Location: Bride’s family home (Cohasset)
Dress: Jasmine Couture
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung
Hair: Hair Imports
Makeup:  Vinette’s Day Spa
Catering: Saporito’s Florence Cafe
Cake: Morning Glories
Flowers: Flowers & Festivities
Tent: BC Tent & Awning Co.
Photography: Matt Stone, Matt Stone Photography

Check out a slideshow of Kelly and Matej’s wedding: