Real New England Wedding: Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.

June 26, 2015
Boston Public Library
Boston, Massachusetts

Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Photo by Katch Studios

When you’re a fashion blogger, there’s an insane amount of absolutely zero pressure to have a fantastically stylish wedding. Jean Wang, founder of Extra Petite: A Boston Style Blog, was certainly well aware of this.

When her college sweetheart and partner of almost 10 years Nicholas Nelson proposed on their home’s roof deck as they were planting seasonal seeds (“Let’s grow old together,” he cleverly said), she began setting her sights on the big day. In their future, she saw a vintage-inspired wedding with modern details that showed off their personal styles.

The only venue the couple toured was the Boston Public Library. “The Boston Public Library embodies the history and charm of the city, and has a lot of meaning to us in little ways…we studied there together as college students, dug up the blueprints of our first home together, walked by it daily to work, and to top it off, Nick’s mom is a librarian,” she wrote on her blog of that day.

Then it was a whirlwind of gorgeous pastels and champagne (the bubbles and the shade), as this fashion blogger and her groom wrote the book on how to host an elegant vintage wedding. Here’s a page from this South End couple’s happy celebration.

Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Photo by Katch Studios

The bride’s traditional Chinese tea ceremony dress was handmade by one of her best friends. “It felt incredible to be able to wear that while honoring my family,” she says.

Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Photo by Katch Studios

The bridesmaids chose dresses that reflected their personal styles within the blush/champagne color scheme and with a mix of embellishments and textures.

Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Photo by Katch Studios

Their welcome decor reflected how the majority of the guests traveled to Boston from across the country and world. “The suitcases fit into our vintage theme and are from one of our favorite local spots, the SOWA vintage market,” says Jean.

Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Photo by Katch Studios

Dark & Stormys were the wedding reception’s signature drink.

Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Photo by Katch Studios

Guests found their way to their tables with guidance from handmade antiquated library cards stained using tea and embellished by Yours Truly Calligraphy.

Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Photo by Katch Studios

They decided against a traditional cake, and instead displayed different confections from Union Square donuts in Somerville.

Jean Wang & Nicholas Nelson

Photo by Katch Studios

The bride chose a vintage and romantic palette of pastels, because they “best reflected my own day-to-day personal style and what’s shown on my style blog,” she explains.

THE FILE

Bride’s Jewelry: vintage
Dessert: Union Square Donuts
Catering: The Catered Affair
Gown:  Lazaro
Hair: TRESemmé stylist, Tyler Laswell
Makeup: Lisa Chy
Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Florist:  Boston Pollen
Groomswear: J.Crew
Outdoor Lighting: Design Light Co.
Calligraphy: Yours Truly Calligraphy