This Boston wedding at CafeArtScience is the perfect blend of classic elegance meets modern. The day started at the beautiful Ames Boston Hotel where the bride and her maids wore the prettiest kimono robes and got ready. Christy & Co. joined them for hair and makeup and I am just in love with the bride’s classic up do, three quarter sleeved gown, and those emerald dresses for the bridesmaids. Bespoke Only planned and designed a dream day full of personal details, modern touches, and thanks to Tony Spinelli Photography, plenty of opportunities to look at all the eye candy!
Such a sweet story below from the bride and there’s even more at the end of the post!
From the bride: Our vision for our day was to have a meaningful, personal, super fun wedding. We wanted the aesthetic to be modern, simple, and elegant while still warm, and when we found Melissa from Bespoke Only’s portfolio we knew she was the one for us.
Our ceremony was at MIT’s nondenominational chapel. We figured we would have the ceremony at the reception spot but when we saw photos during our venue search we fell in love with the space. Luckily my great grandfather went to MIT and they happened to release days in September 2017 the day we decided to call so we got so lucky in being able to reserve it. I also loved the idea that I wouldn’t be worrying about whether it would rain or not!
We met at Williams College and were friends for years before catching up again in 2012 while both living in Hong Kong. We asked a professor of ours who knew us both well and has visited our home as a couple for dinner several times (which is saying something as we live in Shanghai!) to perform the ceremony. He is a great speaker, is lots of fun and has a big heart so he was an obvious choice! I asked my cousin who is a professional violin player to play our processional which was really fun. She suggested some songs and away we went! One of my bridesmaids also sang Etta James’ Sunday King of Love for our first dance which was so special to us.
More from the bride,
In the reception space, we chose Cafe ArtScience, it has huge floor to ceiling windows and a minimal white aesthetic while still being warm. Melissa approached us with a green vibe, hanging greenery in the space and minimalist, Japanese style ikebana florals which we totally loved. The weather was stunning so we started with cocktails in the square outside the restaurant with crazy good housemade charcuterie, bison tartare.
My parents printed and framed wedding photos from their wedding and Alex's parents wedding in additional to each set of grandparents! That was really cool to see in the entryway. My parents also worked to create and bind a book to use as our guestbook, and my mother painted a tiny picture from our life/relationship on each page. It was so beautiful and special. It was double sided as we also had a wedding in Shanghai,
Food: Alex is a chef/owner of a restaurant and I also work in food, so ours had to be GREAT. Luckily Cafe ArtScience was totally up to the job and we were so impressed at our food tasting. I'm also dairy-free, and they managed to put together a really beautiful, delicious menu. We love making homemade pasta so they created a handmade butternut squash cavatelli dish. And a short rib with carrot ginger puree.
For cake we went with funfetti, which I have been baking for years into full on novelty cakes with letters and shapes and the lot. Many of my guests had received a decorated cake from me so that was a really fun personal touch. For our favors, we decided to make Chinese flower pepper salt, a spiced salt that we love to use on eggs, meats, or in salad dressing. We bought little jars in bulk and salt and the spice in bulk and sent them to Melissa's apartment. She is amazing! She mixed them and made these awesome labels. Everyone loved the favors! We live in Shanghai, so had to plan the whole thing remotely. Melissa was really wonderful and Cadence's mom was also really helpful!