Real Wedding: Brittany McKinley & Michael Radonich
Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.
October 7, 2017
The Institute of Contemporary Art
When Brittany McKinley and Michael Radonich started planning their wedding, the two shy lovebirds originally wanted to get married in a different country “with, like, five people,” Brittany says. Their families didn’t go for it.
Instead, the couple stayed close to home, keeping everything within walking distance of their Seaport apartment where Michael had proposed almost a year earlier. After a ceremony at their neighborhood church, the newlyweds and 80 guests headed around the corner to the Institute of Contemporary Art, where they sipped hot cider on the patio overlooking the water. “We both wanted it to be intimate… just the people that we really knew and loved and would feel comfortable going up and saying hello to,” Brittany says. “It was my favorite day. I know that’s a cliché, but it’s true.”
The couple exchanged vows at Our Lady of Good Voyage-Seaport Shrine, where they attend services every Sunday.
Brittany wrapped a handkerchief with her new initials, hand-stitched by her mother, around her bouquet: a nod to You’ve Got Mail, her family’s favorite movie.
“I didn’t want a lot of ‘shenanigans’ [on my dress],” Brittany says, noting that she initially had a simple silk “almost nightgown-like” gown in mind. But when she tried on this strapless Vera Wang number, she knew it was the one.
The bridal party worked together to choose their floor-length dresses from Bella Bridesmaids. Brittany’s maid-of-honor, her sister Tessa, wore a slightly different style in the same color.
The centerpieces featured anemone and eucalyptus, which adhered to the bride’s request for a neutral color palette. “I wanted the flowers to be an accessory to the space,” she says.
Brittany surprised Michael with custom Funko “Pop” dolls, his favorite collector’s item, to use as the toppers on their Flour carrot cake.
Designed by Teresa Fung of Mimosa, the floral chandelier above the dance floor was the first thing the bride and groom saw when they entered the room before their guests. “Teresa is the most talented person I’ve ever met,” Brittany says.
Guests mingled on the museum’s patio during cocktail hour.
A former pastry chef, Brittany whipped up the dark-chocolate-chip cookies that guests took home as favors.
Band Splash! By Wilson-Stevens
Bride’s Gown Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo, Bloomingdales
Bridesmaid Dresses Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids
Catering Wolfgang Puck
Groom’s Custom Tux Hive & Colony
Groom’s Shoes Ferragamo
Groomsmen Tuxes The Black Tux
Hair Darren Le
Lighting Design The Institute of Contemporary Art
Makeup Katrina Hess Makeup Studio
Photographer Heather Parker Photography
Planner Brilliant Event Planning
Videographer Adam Quinlan Events