Real New England Weddings: Lauren Weitzen & Matt Anderson
July 25, 2009
Courageous Sailing Center,
When you ask Lauren about her wedding, one word comes up a lot. “Everything was perfect,” she says. “My dress was perfect, the flowers, perfect, the setting, perfect.” And that’s saying something, considering she and Matt tied the knot during the monsoon season that was summer 2009—on a pier in the middle of the Charlestown Navy Yard. Then again, fate has been working in the pair’s favor since they met at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Perhaps the most auspicious moment occurred during the wedding itself: As the cantor chanted the traditional seven Jewish blessings for the bride and groom, a boat with the word “seven” emblazoned on its stern cruised by. The rest of the evening—filled with laughter, tears, and a late-night candy bar—was smooth sailing. Perfect, you might say.
(From left, top to bottom) Lauren and Matt strolled down Commonwealth Avenue before tying the knot.
The invitations hinted at the wedding’s color theme. Matt was hesitant about hot pink, Lauren says, but the cheery color won him over.
The attendants wore Jenny Yoo dresses from Flair Bridesmaid Boutique and carried a mix of roses, orchids, and nerines.
Fearing that winds would set a traditional chuppah aflight, florist John LaRoche accented a simple wooden altar with branches.
Fabric “sails,” paper lanterns, and creative lighting turned the plain tent into party central.
(From left) Each tier of the wedding cake was a different flavor.
A late-night candy bar kept the crowd going. “We’re huge candy people, so that was a must,” Lauren says.
Simple bouquets livened up the serving tables.
One décor element came free with the venue: the Boston skyline.
Dress: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston, priscillaofboston.com
Makeup: Erin Pietroski, Antoine Cosmetics, antoinecosmetics.com
Hair: Teresa Ortiz, Sylvestre Franc, sylvestrefranc.com
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo, Flair Bridesmaid Boutique, flairbridesmaid.com.
Menswear: Ties, Brooks Brothers, brooksbrothers.com
Catering: Gourmet Caterers, gourmetcaterers.com
Flowers: BlueGuava, blueguava.com
Cake: Enchanted Wedding Cakes, enchanted weddingcakes.com