A Proposal at the MFA Led to Elegant Nuptials at the South End’s SRV
The two MassArt grads designed their own stationery in their minimalist aesthetic.
June 29, 2019
When Tim Walsh popped the question at the Museum of Fine Arts, Mallory Sluetz admits it took her by surprise. And yet, she had her suspicions. After all, the MassArt grads had had their first date there five years earlier. Plus, “[That day], Tim was rushing through the gallery,” Mallory says. “Normally when we go to a museum, I’m trying to get him to move on to the next piece!”
While the extravagance of the MFA offered a stunning backdrop for Tim’s proposal, the artsy couple had a different vision—one of simplicity and functionality—for their June nuptials. Mallory’s and Tim’s “design minds” immediately fell for SRV, in the South End; the Venetian-style bacaro’s cozy, clean elegance fit their aesthetic, while its central location showcased their appreciation for the Hub. “We really wanted our guests to experience our version of Boston,” Mallory says. “For us, that means walking around the city, trying different restaurants, and taking in all the culture.”
Showing off their art-school roots, the couple designed the invitation suite and the escort cards for their big day. “Mallory did all the hyper-detailed, beautiful flower illustrations,” Tim lauds.
While apprehensive about its blush tone at first, Mallory donned a Sarah Seven gown in rose, which inspired the wedding’s color palette.
The bride and groom exchanged personalized vows inside the restaurant before their early-evening ceremony. “It was really nice to have [that moment] to let those feelings out,” Mallory says.
Rain poured until just a few moments before Mallory began her walk down the aisle, set up on SRV’s patio. “I just couldn’t believe the blue sky when I looked up,” she says.
After Tim and Mallory were pronounced husband and wife, they escaped to the bacaro’s wine cellar to sip prosecco before dining and dancing the night away.
Sweet Talk Floral arranged bunches of roses, lilies, and peonies in muted tones to match the restaurant’s refined aesthetic, transforming it into an elegant reception space.
After swaying along to “Lovers’ Carvings” by Bibio for their first dance, the couple was joined by friends and family to groove until the end of the evening.
SRV harnessed the al fresco flavors of summer in the couple’s lemon-strawberry sponge cake with vanilla buttercream, whipped up by executive pastry chef Meghan Thompson, and in the savory hors d’oeuvres, including baccalà mantecato.
Bride’s Dress Sarah Seven, Ceremony
DJ Brian Smith
Flowers Sweet Talk Floral
Groom’s Suit J. Crew
Hair Steph Bartley
Invitation-Suite Printer Paper Culture
Venue Coordinator Carrie Bergin
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