There’s always a sort of unexplainable magic in the air on New Year’s Eve. It’s a day (and night) meant for celebrating the past and welcoming the future. This makes it the perfect day for a wedding.
It also happens to be the perfect day for a killer party, which Laura and Luke definitely succeeded in throwing at The Mandarin Oriental in downtown Boston, MA. The venue is situated right near Copley Square, where Boston’s First Night celebration takes place every year, and the whole city was buzzing. We got an amazing view of all the action when we headed to the Mandarin’s roof deck for the first look. I had all of my fingers and toes crossed that it wouldn’t be too cold to take advantage of the beautiful city scape and it paid off. That said, it was still late December in Boston and I owe Laura, Luke, and their wedding party a million thanks for being total troopers. Winter weddings in New England can be tricky and it takes some real champions to brave the cold and look great at the same time.
Every detail of Laura and Luke’s ceremony and reception was perfectly chic and urban all at once. I especially loved the black bridesmaids’ dresses (You actually don’t see that too often, surprisingly.) and the fur shawls on Laura and the girls. Apparently, Luke was not always quite as stylish as his wedding might suggest and his best men showed up to call him out on it during one of the funniest speeches I’ve ever witnessed. They brought life-sized cardboard cutouts of the groom at each phase in his fashion evolution and they ended up being the life of the party, as all the guests later took turns dancing with them.
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had some pretty hilarious fashion moments over the years, Luke just happens to be lucky, or unlucky, enough to have some very dedicated friends. All pranks aside, there was a palpable feeling of love and excitement amongst Laura, Luke, and their guests all night long. Everyone was dressed to the nines and ready to party. The dance floor was absolutely packed right through till the countdown to midnight. When the clock struck twelve, everyone in the crowd set off confetti canons and I could not have asked for or planned a better last shot of 2018. (Or first shot of 2019?) I also could not have asked for a sweeter group of people to close out my wedding season with. All of the thanks to Laura, Luke, their family and friends, their amazing team of vendors, and all of my 2018 clients.
See you next year!
Venue: The Mandarin Oriental Boston
Video: Stop Go Love @stopgolove
Florist: The Wild Dahlia @wilddahlia_
Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design @sbllighting
Dress:: Carolina Herrera @carolinaherrera
Hair: Ashley Mason @ashleynicbeauty
Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty @lyndsaysimonbeauty (Claudia)