Tina Pedranti and Edis Miljevic

Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.

December 13, 2014
Seaport Place Wintergarden
Boston, Massachusetts

Photography by Brian Phillips photography

Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

Sitting together one morning on a rocky edge jutting out into the ocean in Dennisport, Edis Miljevic proposed to his love Tina Pedranti after four and a half years together. The seaside location was by design, not only romantic but symbolic for the couple.

“My mother’s ashes were scattered in the ocean, and the tattoo on my back represents that connection of ‘I lost my heart to the ocean and with it a piece of my soul,'” Tina explains. “He said he did it there so the one person who couldn’t be there during the wedding was there for the engagement.”

Choosing the unforgettable date of 12/13/14, the couple envisioned their wedding to be “intimate, personal, and full of love,” Tina says. “I wrote our ceremony on a beach in Montenegro, and designed it so our guests were circling us during the ceremony.”

The couple incorporated traditions of Edis’s Bosnian background and Tina’s Italian heritage that included dual language invitations and translations during the ceremony. During their celebration, they created a world where love, like the sea, knew no boundaries.

Photo by Brian Phillips photography

Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

These striking indigo Manolo Blahniks were Tina’s “something blue,” while Edis wore his own pair of blue wedding shoes to accent his wardrobe. 

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Photo by Brian Phillips photography

“We’ve always been a very intimate couple, and we wanted to have this moment for just us, no family, no ceremony,” says Tina of choosing to do a “first look” rather than traditional walk-down-the-aisle view.

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

The invitations, detail card, response card, and ceremony were printed in both English and Bosnian to respect the culture and language of Edis’ family.

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

Despite the winter wedding, Mother Nature gave the couple a beautiful, sunny, 40-degree day, but once the bridal party got outside, they warmed up with furs as the temperature quickly dropped. The fur the bride wore belonged to her late mother. “Wearing that made me feel as if she was hugging me on the biggest day of my life,” she says.

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

What began as a practical way for Tina to hold both a bouquet and the railing during her staircase descent toward her groom, became this floral chain, a dramatic touch. “I designed a traditional bouquet for photos, however since I came down the staircase in Wintergarden I needed to be practical. I was not risking missing a step,” she explains. The string of orchids wrapped around her wrist now hangs in the couples’ home.

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

With the wedding hashtag #sparklingeverafter, bling was everywhere—from sequined linens to golden chairs, shimmery napkins to glass chargers.

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

  Tina’s niece hit the dance floor quite literally, as she dedicated a dance as her wedding gift for the couple. “Of course, the bridesmaids are rooting her on, and the DJ is making room for her,” laughs Tina. 

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

Every guest walked away with a mini bottle of champagne. “My husband and I spray painted each bottle by hand in addition to tying the tags on each bottle,” Tina says. “I was covered in gold glitter for weeks!”

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

Tina’s mother passed in 2008, but the couple wanted to honor her presence with a reserved seat in her memory, placed directly in front of the couple with Tina’s father sitting next to her. “My dad and I even took another photo sitting together holding the frame,” Tina says.

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

Both Tina’s and Edis’s cultures were represented throughout the ceremony as well as the couple’s wanderlust. Purchasing a hand-painted gilded globe on Etsy, the bride and groom asked everyone to sign the globe on their favorite destination.

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Photo by Brian Phillips Photography

In addition to an Italian and Bosnian pastry table instead of cake, the couple had smoking ice cream by Wiches of Boston, as well as a cappuccino and espresso station from Espresso Dave set up for the guests.

 

THE FILE

Venue: Wintergarden, Boston
Designer and Planner: Edna & Kasie of EFD Creative
Prep and Group Photos: Seaport Hotel Boston
Gown: Sottero & Midgley
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Makeup: Claudia Frustaci
Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Hugo Boss and Gucci
Florist: Honey, Lotus Floral Events
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited
Entertainment and Lighting: Groove Entertainment
Videographer: Black Tie Video/Films
Caterer: East Meets West
Coffee: Espresso Dave
Ice Cream: Wiches of Boston

 


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