Real New England Wedding: Thea Brush & Tim Porter
September 6, 2008
The Gamble Mansion, Boston
Tim Porter and Thea Brush were ready to take their vows at the historic Gamble Mansion when an unexpected guest showed up—Hurricane Hannah. “All of a sudden, it was humid and raining,” Thea says of the late-summer storm’s arrival. But the pair wasn’t about to let foul weather spoil their plan for outdoor pictures. At the suggestion of photographer Joyelle West, they decided they’d revisit their venue for a post-honeymoon makeup shoot. So instead of spending their wedding day puddle-jumping, they were free to enjoy the indoor celebration. And that included another surprise for attendees: For their recessional, Tim and Thea arranged an appearance by Dorchester’s Metropolitan Baptist Church Choir, who sang Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.” Hurricane Hannah, meanwhile, turned out to be a perfectly agreeable guest.
The bridesmaids’ simple black dresses complemented the opulent venue.
Two flower girls shared the spotlight.
A mutual friend introduced Tim and Thea after waiting years for them both to be single. One date, says Thea, and “that was it, we were done!”
Red and orange roses reflected the couple’s classic style.
“I was never the bride who started crying and saying, ‘This is the one!’” Thea says of her gown. “I tend to be simple.”
The Metropolitan Baptist Church Choir livened up the ceremony.
The three-tiered cake by Cuisine Chez Vous consisted of one chocolate layer, one lemon layer, and one cheesecake (Thea’s favorite).
Their wedding was one of the last in the Gamble Mansion, which closed to events in 2008.
Gown: Madeleine’s Daughter
Bridesmaids: Lord & Taylor
Menswear: MW Tux
Hair: Judy Jetson
Flowers: Lyndsey Loring Design
Music: Metropolitan Baptist Church Choir
Catering: Cuisine Chez Vous