Rebecca and Ross held an elegant Boston wedding at the Lenox Hotel this summer. It was a truly elegant affair with creams, gold, and deep oxblood and burgundy reds that provided a rich palette. They added just a hint of sparkle in their linens and day-of paper and amped up the romance with rose petals thrown during the ceremony and candles and fresh cherries creating luxe centerpieces for the reception. Throughout it all, Rebecca and Ross kept the focus of the day on their love and sharing it with their guests. They tied in thoughtful touches to make sure their guests felt loved and cared for all day long. Rebecca explained why: “We’re most excited to be all together with so many people from all over and all in the same room. Very rare! And to show off Boston to our family and friends from out of town. Many have never been so they’ll be able to spend some time sightseeing while they’re here!”. One major way they rolled out the red carpet for their guests was through homemade chocolate cherry cookies that Rebecca made herself! And this is a special treat because Rebecca is an amazing baker. When we first met she told me about her love for baking and about the special dessert involving peaches that she was planning for Easter. And guests were thrilled to see that she had prepared such a personal sweet treat for them and many commented on what a great baker she was – so the excitement for her cookies was real!
Rebecca and Ross met on Match and ended up on their first date together because they found they had both gone to Endicott College – Rebecca for her undergrad and Ross for his MBA. They ended up going on a few epic first dates where they didn’t want the day to end, even after spending hours together and they quickly fell in love from there. Ross proposed at a restaurant on Federal Hill in Providence at the end of an intimate dinner together – which was perfect because these two are foodies and love exploring cities and trying new restaurants together. So getting married in the heart of Boston was a natural choice!
Getting Ready at the Lenox Hotel
The ladies had their makeup done at the Lenox by Verde Salon and then had their hair done by my fabulous friend Maricruz of Maricruz Hairstyles. Maricruz even stayed throughout getting ready to make sure Rebecca’s hair piece and veil were perfectly placed. Rebecca’s dress was an Essense of Australia gown that she found at Vows in Watertown. The lace details were absolutely beautiful and she made a stunning bride. She also really wanted to have Halle, her family’s pup, be part of the day so she hired Danielle from For the Love of Paws to bring Halle to the getting ready suite. And we made sure Halle made her way into some photos with Rebecca and the ladies! The guys got ready at the Lenox as well, taking extra care with their pocket squares that matched the wedding colors perfectly. It was a modern take on groomsmen wear! And then the guys relaxed together before taking photos and prepping for the ceremony. Their custom suite was dreamt up by Rebecca and made amazing by Happy Frog Invitations.
Lenox Hotel Dome Room Wedding Ceremony
The gorgeous ceremony backdrop was a floral arch created by Table and Tulip. It was absolutely stunning, as were the sweet bouquets that the ladies carried in rich tones of burgundy, oxblood, and wine. Rebecca and her dad were so adorable and excited together before the ceremony and the flower petal toss as they exited was amazing!!
After the ceremony we headed out into the Back Bay neighborhood to take formal portraits. We had already done separate bridesmaid and groomsmen portraits earlier in the day while it was raining and found a covered spot that still had high ceilings and lots of soft natural light coming in. The rain was coming down all day, but it stopped just in time for us after the ceremony. It was always a possibility that the skies would open up again, so we didn’t venture too far from the hotel, luckily the area is gorgeous and so we didn’t have to go far to find some lovely nooks and wide avenues that were perfect for photos! And we made sure to get up to the roof for some seriously jaw-dropping views of the city and a shot of the famous Lenox hotel sign.
Lenox Hotel Wedding Reception
The beautiful centerpieces incorporated candles, gold chargers, and fresh cherries and they were designed by the Rebecca and her mom. I love how they tie in the rich wedding colors with the warmth of the Dome Room. They had gorgeous linens from PEAK and the room was truly a beautiful setting for their wedding celebration. Rebecca and Ross had a sweet first dance and it was beautiful to see them looking deep into each other’s eyes, whispering to each other, and beaming smiles at one another as they danced. After the toasts a group of Rebecca’s mother’s friends from Zoomba “crashed the wedding” and surprised the couple and all of the guests with a lively choreographed dance to Footloose! Rebecca’s mom had been planning the surprise with the ladies for weeks! They were super dedicated too – we found them practicing in a separate room prior to the surprise! It was so much fun and helped open up the dance floor for the rest of the evening with DJ Paul from C Zone Entertainment. The day of signs and paper were created by Lynn Graham Designs and they added several special touches to the evening from the welcome bag tags, to the ceremony programs, to the escort cards atop the champagne flutes. And the deliciously beautiful cake was extra special because it was from Dessert Works. They’ve been making Rebecca’s birthday cakes since she was 16 and they were the very first vendor she had in mind for her wedding when she and Ross got engaged! They had one amazing day and I couldn’t be more honored to have been there to capture their love story! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Novak! XO