Former Bride Post: Lindsey & Nate

Happy Friday!  We want to introduce you to a new theme we're going to start offering on the blog where we'll have former brides we've worked with talk about their wedding day as well as the planning process.  Hopefully all you brides out there currently planning your wedding will walk away with some unique tips and a new perspective from those who have been in your shoes.  Today, I want to introduce one of my brides from over two years ago, Lindsey.  Lindsey and her husband Nate were married in Boston at the Old North Church and the reception was held at the State Room.  Enjoy!

I'm so excited to be on Dana's blog and share the amazing details he made come to life at my wedding.  Nate and I were married on September 28, 2008 and spent a year planning for the wedding.

We wanted an urban chic vibe throughout the event and really wanted to showcase Boston since most of our guests were from out of town.  In order to reflect Boston appropriately, we thought it was important to represent both the amazing history and modern city life.  To accomplish this we were married at Old North Church (made famous by the lanterns held in its steeple as a signal from Paul Revere that the "The British Are Coming") and the reception was held at the State Room which was located on the 33rd floor of a building in Faneuil Hall which had floor to ceiling windows and a panoramic view of the city.  After determining the locations for the wedding we started focusing on the details and creating a look that would go with these two incredible areas of Boston.
We wanted bold, unique colors and Nate really wanted to incorporate blue into our reception, so I thought aubergine would add that sophisticated contrast that would fit well with the historical element of our ceremony (at Old North Church) and urban lounge atmosphere in our reception.  From the moment we started working with Dana, he understood exactly what we wanted and brought countless suggestions and ideas, including different ways we could incorporate our wedding colors into the decor.
One of my favorite memories when planning our wedding was taking a day trip to NYC with my Mom to go to Kleinfeld's when they were having a Lazaro trunk show.  I had a specific dress in mind when we went there but it turned out I was too short to handle a dress with so much poof, so the consultant suggested another a-line gown with the perfect beaded details along the bodice and bottom trim of the dress.  The look on my Mom's face was unforgettable and even though it sounds cliche, we'll forever look back on that day and appreciate that special moment together. 
We kept the ceremony decor very simple because we wanted to have the classic beauty of Old North Church stand out (which was a good thing because the Church would not let us decorate anyway).  Guests were transported from the reception site (where they could park and/or where the hotels were located) to the church by Boston-Tour trolleys and dropped off at Paul Revere Mall where they could walk through the church Gardens.  Unfortunately, the rain made for a less than ideal experience than we were hoping but it was still such a beautiful setting.  Dana created flower arrangements at the gate of the church to greet guests and give them a sneak peak to the decor that awaited them the rest of the evening.  The church chandeliers were also lit by candlelight and LED lighting highlighted the balcony.
Because our reception site was such a large space, we really wanted to make the tables pop.  Dana worked with us closely to find the perfect linens and we decided to have them custom made with a bright blue shantung fabric and matching seat cushions for the brown chavari chairs.  I knew from the second I started planning my wedding that I wanted to have large dendrobium orchid centerpieces and the pin-lighting and candlelight perfected the look Dana created.  He also surprised us with a beautiful arrangement throughout the head table, and it was more stunning than I could have ever imagined.  I'll never forget that feeling when I saw the room for the first time; I was honestly blown away and we have guests still talking about it over two years later.
Consistent with the cocktail hour, we set up a lounge area for guests to enjoy a cocktail and relax as everyone else danced.  Dana suggested keeping the color scheme more subdued so that the aubergine was the star in this area and he also created dramatic trees with orchids on the end of the branches.
The night was unforgettable!  Creating our wedding and seeing the joy and fun that can come from a beautifully styled event or space is what opened my eyes to this wonderful world of creativity and design.  As amazing as our wedding was, I find myself reflecting on the planning process as much as the night itself and I am so grateful to have worked with such a kind and talented person as Dana.  In fact, all of our vendors were amazing and they really made it an event to remember.  You can also view a quick video of our wedding that highlights these details created by Generations Cinemastories.

Lindsey & Nate at State Room, Boston from GENERATIONS cinemastories on Vimeo.

Vendor Credits
Florals and Decor: Dana Markos Events
Photography: Person & Killian
Cinematography: Generations Cinemastories
Music: Night Rhythm
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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