Meghan and Devin were married in an elegant urban setting in Boston this spring. Check out their amazing details below!
Bride’s Name: Meghan
Groom’s Name: Devin
Venue: Central Bistro
Wedding Date: May 30, 2015
Bridal Gown Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore
Florist: Nicole Pirani of Blooms of Hope
Photographers: Bethany & Dan Cox of Bethany & Dan Photography
Videographer: Andy Hansen of Films by Andy
Cake: Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop
Honeymoon: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
Balloons: Boston Balloon Events and The Confetti Company
DJ: Noah Rodman of TSG Weddings
Favors: Moochie’s Macarons
Hair and Makeup: Charlotte Phinney of Charlotte & Company
Hotel: Nine Zero Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel
Officiant: Elly Jackson of Boston Ceremonies
Transportation: Le Limo
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Wooden Signs: The Paper Walrus
Bridal Gown Alterations: Maria Spyridopoulos of Sabella Couture
Devin and I officially met when we began working together in 2008. We had seen each other around the office previously (we worked for the same company, but different divisions). Although I don’t remember this, Devin actually interviewed me for my position with his division. We didn’t work closely together until 2010, when Devin joined my project team.
While working together on this project, I went over to Devin’s desk to ask him a question. While I was there, I saw he was listening to the band Phoenix on Pandora. We started discussing our mutual love of alternative rock, and this led to other conversations where we realized we have a lot in common.
Shortly after, in March of 2011, we went on our first date, at what was my (and is now also Devin’s) favorite restaurant, Toro. We were seated at an amazing table in the front corner right by the window. There was an immediate connection. We shared tapas, a bottle of wine, and a lot of laughs. We had an amazing time.
Our engagement also took place at Toro. It happened on May 3, 2014, which was a beautiful Saturday in Boston. I had spent the day at my friend Shayna’s spa, and came home in a great mood. Devin suggested we go to Toro for dinner, which I never turn down. We watched the Kentucky Derby together and then headed out for dinner. There was (of course) a wait when we arrived at the restaurant, but we were able to be seated at the bar after not too much time. Devin surprised me by popping the question after dinner. I immediately burst out in tears and was finally able to say “Yes!” (after asking a few times “Are you sure?”).
We ordered our invitation suite from Wedding Paper Divas. I hand wrote the envelopes after taking a calligraphy class at Lettering by Liz.
We were married May 30, 2015. We got ready at the Nine Zero Hotel. This Kimpton hotel has a very fun and funky vibe. We exchanged gifts beforehand that we opened while getting ready—the groom’s gift was a bunch of different small gifts (a pocket watch, cold feet socks, etc.), each with a tag I typed out on a vintage typewriter with a small saying indicating the meaning of the gift. Devin gave me a painting of the streets of the South End of Boston, where we fell in love.
My gown was the Elizabeth Fillmore Tullah gown. I chose this for its uniqueness and the way it made me feel classy while still sexy.
Bridal hanger by Deighan Design
My bouquet had white peonies, lavender spider mums, white O’Hara roses, and white and purple lisianthus.
Devin’s boutonniere was a small purple and white lisianthus.
My something old was my mother-in-law’s wedding veil, and my something new was a beautiful feather hair flower by Melinda Rose Design.
My something borrowed was my mother’s purse from her wedding day, and my something blue was a set of rings by Sundance.
It meant a lot to me to have items from both of our mothers included in my wedding attire. Our parents have been married nearly 50 years. What great role models!
It meant a lot to us to have our families present with us on our big day. My sisters and both moms were in the room with me the morning of, and Devin got ready in his parents’ hotel room.
My sister, Liz, zipped me into my dress.
We had our first look in Nine Zero’s Highball Lounge. This was one of my favorite parts of the big day. I had been so nervous beforehand, but finally getting to see Devin after our night apart really helped to calm my nerves. It was also nice to have this alone time to relish in the excitement. Devin and I had not shared what we would be wearing on the big day, so this was truly the first time we got to see how our looks would line up, and honestly, I think we look perfect together!
We took a few more photos in Nine Zero’s hotel lobby before heading out for family portraits.
We chose not to have a wedding party, other than our flower girl (my niece, Nomi) and ring bearer (my nephew, Reed). These two were amazing!
After meeting up with our families in the hotel lobby, we set out for family portraits.
We really lucked out in terms of weather, so we chose to have our family portraits at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Me and my four sisters.
Devin and my four sisters.
And while there we took a few more couple’s portraits.
From there, we went to our ceremony and reception venue—Central Bistro in Downtown Crossing, Boston. We had fallen in love with this venue upon our first visit. It was just our style, and although we had never considered marrying in a restaurant, we realized this was a great no-fuss option! And we knew they had great food!
Our wedding theme was classic with a touch of whimsy. And we wanted a fun dance party!
I designed the ceremony programs myself. We placed one of these on each chair, along with a fringe party horn from HelloHappyDayParty in our colors of lavender and yellow. For each party horn, I typed a “For use in the event of a kiss” tag on handmade Lokta paper using my vintage typewriter. The guests all blew on these horns during our first kiss. It was such a spectacular and fun moment!
We used over-sized round balloons as our ceremony backdrop, and our florist lined the aisle with lavender rose petals. The ceremony room was small and cozy, but seated our 55 wedding guests perfectly. It was very intimate.
Sign made by The Paper Walrus
The processional included Devin and his mother, Virginia, and my mother, Joan, along with my brother-in-law, Brad. The processional music was “La Valse d’Amelie – Version orchestre” by Yann Tiersen.
And, of course, we then had our flower girl, Nomi carrying her flower wand; and ring bearer, Reed, carrying a special sign.
Sign made by The Paper Walrus
My father, Jim, then escorted me down the aisle. We walked to “I Love NYE” by Badly Drawn Boy.
And both of my parents “gave me away.”
The ceremony kicked off with an incredibly special reading by my sister, Liz. She surprised us by gathering marital advice from our married guests, and compiled this into her own version of the popular ’90s spoken word song “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen” by Baz Luhrmann. This song has always been a favorite of mine. She even coordinated with our DJ to pump in the music. It was such a special gift; something I will never forget.
We had a Love Story wedding ceremony. We each separately provided answers to a questionnaire from our officiant, Elly Jackson, and she compiled this into our Love Story that she then read as a part of the ceremony. This made for a very romantic, intimate, and heartfelt ceremony that our guests thoroughly enjoyed. We also included a special tribute to our mothers with a rose ceremony. And we wrote our own vows, that we did not share until the big day.
And then the kiss!!!
We recessed to “Simple Song” by the Shins.
We had a Polaroid guestbook, which turned out to be a great choice. We were able to flip through this the next morning and got to see some great candid photos of our guests!
Sign made by The Paper Walrus
We used a small yellow cardboard suitcase from The Land of Nod as our card box. Our florist decorated the gift/guestbook table with a wide mouth hobnail mason jar filled with stems of purple agapanthus, yellow football mums, and lisianthus.
Sign made by The Paper Walrus
The passed hors d’oeuvres and stationary stations during cocktail hour were DELICIOUS.
Vegetable crudites and assorted imported and local cheese, fruit, and crackers displays
Chilled shrimp and gazpacho shooters
Beef bourguignon sliders
After cocktail hour, we did our first dance, which was choreographed by our instructor, Tiffany, from Arthur Murray Cambridge. We danced to “Angels” by the xx. And the dance ended with a deep dip!
Our escort cards were little bunches of sea lavender tied and wrapped by our florist with tags that I typed, again, on handmade Lokta paper using my vintage typewriter.
I designed the menus myself, and typed the escort cards on the same handmade Lokta paper adhered to tented kraft place cards. I then stamped each place card with the guest’s meal choice, using stamps purchased from etchythings.
The main dining room was set up with one over-sized round balloon per table, along with bud vases and mason jars filled with yellow football mums, lisianthus, and agapanthus.
During dinner, we had toasts by my sister, Ali, and Devin’s mother, Virginia. And my father, Jim, gave a “roast.”
Our cake was a lemon-raspberry buttercream ruffle cake from Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop, decorated by our florist with white peonies and white and purple lisianthus. It was beautiful and delicious.
We cut the cake to “Love You Madly” by Cake.
It was finally time for the dance party, and what a dance party it was. It got started while dinner was still being served, which was a dream come true for us! And our DJ (Noah Rodman of TSG Weddings) kept it going strong until the very end!
The father/daughter dance to “Always and Forever” by Heatwave.
The mother/son dance was to “Child of Mine” by Carole King.
Our ring bearer enjoyed the superhero cape we gifted him from Superkid Capes.
Late night, we snuck away for some photos in the lobby of the building and outside in the city lights. This was another memorable moment, as passersby stopped to congratulate us and tell us we looked “on point.”
We sent our guests off with French macaron favors from Moochie’s Macarons. The favors were packaged in clear boxes with yellow ribbon and favor tags that I designed myself.
In the end, our wedding turned out better than we ever could have dreamed. I wouldn’t change a thing!
Do you have any advice for future brides?
- Enjoy the day and take as many chances as you can to soak it all in.
- Try to take some private time with your groom. We had the first look and some private time immediately following the ceremony. I am so happy we took this time to enjoy the moment together.
- Do a first look and your family portraits before the ceremony—this way you can enjoy the party!
- Schedule ample buffer time for your ceremony into your timeline. Some guests will arrive late, and they will all be slow to be seated. If you factor this in ahead of time, the remainder of your day won’t feel rushed.
- Don’t downplay the ceremony—it will set the mood for the entire day.
- Try to work in as many personal touches as you can. They will feel that much more meaningful when you see it all come to fruition.
- Enjoy this special time in your life. The planning can get frustrating at times, but in the end you will see that it was all worth it!
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