Real Wedding Feature: Jen and Barrett
Its not everyday in an event planner’s life that you get to work with clients that you know on a personal level. Barrett and Jen met the lolagraceEVENTS team while living in Southie and before you know it friendship blossomed into business when Barrett decided to pop the question. Welcome to the love story that is Jen + Barrett’s Wedding. “I Do’s” were exchanged September 27, 2015 at the Montague Retreat Center, a venue which provided a dramatic and luscious autumn valley backdrop. Although the unique space had its own awesome whims including a fire pit, barn and a breathtaking willow tree- our favorite surprise at the King wedding was the whimsical addition of a rustic door ceremony arbor. (“Love is an open dooooooooooor!”) (Click below to download video of violinist, Rhett Price) After enjoying small bites and libations- all-the-while listening to violinist, Rhett Price stringing modern hits like “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake and “The Hills” by The Weeknd under the willow tree, it was time for dinner (provided by Hillside Organic Caterers). Jen’s bridesmaids bouquets were tastefully untamed while the groomsmen rocked a much more simple non-floral boutonnière. The wildly fabulous bouquets, boutonnieres, garlands and centerpieces were the creations of the skilled florist, Rebecca at Forget Me Not in Northampton, MA. Staying within the marsala, champagne and blush color scheme, the table settings gave simple elegance to the unrefined venue. Fall wedding side note: we love how striking burgundy napkins translate against shell toned bengaline linens!
Keeping up with classic lolagrace un-conventialism, escort cards were cleverly placed with-in the panels of an old shutter. Each guest made their way down the stone steps, found their seating assignment and then proceeded to dine on their first course, garden salad- topped off with a colorful, edible flower. Delicious dinner, speeches and tunes by DJ ‘Jonathan Oh’ followed.
Styling is one of our favorite jobs to do within each of our events. For weddings and any other event for that matter, creating visually simulating table arrangements and prop groupings can be inventive and challenging- especially on the day of the event. At lolagraceEVENTS, designing gift and dessert tables is a team effort. The best part is, the final displays are almost ALWAYS created on site, day of, and with a collaborative group vision. Who wants to be predictable anyways? Much of the wedding displays (escort card shutter, card box, table numbers) were even created by the bride and groom themselves! For Jen and Barrett’s gift/guestbook/dessert table, touches of a burlap along with vintage wooden risers and barrels, as well as a sentimental addition of Jen’s mothers handmade doilies, paid homage to the rustic wedding. Blush and burgundy florals gave a feminine contrast, and the rusted ‘K’ was used as a focal point. Cake cutting was done in the moonlight, the same night as a historic Super Blood Moon Eclipse (not planned by the way!) Cupcakes by 2nd Street Bakery sweetly adorned the picturesque cutting station with the addition of scattered golden glowing mercury glass votives. To end our blog, it is only right to lastly highlight the amazing talent of the wedding photographer who truly captured the spirit of Jen and Barrett’s special day & SUPER (moon!) night, Brian Delia Photography.