When Liz of Elegant Aura connected me with Amanda and Will for their Mandarin Oriental Boston wedding last year, I knew right away it was going to be a beautiful & joy-filled day. They’re both laid back and kind, and have the wonderful families. I couldn’t wait for their big day, and now I am so excited to be sharing it here.
Amanda and Will met the old fashioned way through being set up by a mutual friend. Will made the first move by texting her and initiating their first date. And I know it’s cliche to say, but for these two it’s true…after that first date?
the rest is history.
Not only are they wildly in love (and you can see that every time they are together!) they also get along really well because they have such similar interests and personalities. Some people say opposites attract, but I think similar people often make the best couples too. Amanda and Will lead busy lives, and work hard to make sure they still spend lots of time together. Amanda told me you can often find them playing tennis, out for a run or reading quietly together. These two are soulmates and their wedding day was a wonderful reflection of their kind and fun-loving personalities.
Getting Ready at Home
Amanda got ready in her childhood home, which was such a special detail. It made the preparations extra meaningful as Amanda slipped into her dress with her Mom and Grandma by her side. Will got ready at the hotel so that they wouldn’t see each other before the ceremony. I love the blue patterned wall paper at the Mandarin that helped tell the story of their day and tie getting ready into the reception later.
They opted to not do a first look together, but Amanda wanted to do one with her father & grandfather. It was so touching and her grandfather was so adorable!
The Ceremony at Lexington Church
Before their Mandarin Oriental Boston wedding reception, the two held their ceremony in Lexington. Not only was it a really beautiful church, but it was also sentimental because it was the church Amanda attended growing up! Amanda and Will chose to have loved ones do readings during the ceremony before saying their vows, and officially becoming man & wife. This whole day was infused with personal details like that, and I loved every minute of it.
Portraits at Boston Public Garden
After their wedding ceremony we drove to the Boston Public Garden for their formal portraits. It was the most gorgeous sunny afternoon, and we spent about an hour wandering around the garden taking photos. Amanda and Will were on cloud nine as newlyweds, and you can tell in the photos. They were simply glowing-in-love.
We had the wedding party join in for some portraits, and their wine-red dresses & black tuxes complimented the garden setting perfectly.
We also took family portraits in the garden! I always recommend a beautiful background like this for family portraits because most likely these are the images from your wedding day that will be hung on the wall for years to come.
Reception at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The reception started with a cocktail hour space that was decorated with pops of red & gold in the decor and florals. Like all the details of this wedding day that was intentional, and was a nod to Will’s Chinese heritage.
The reception room had a warm and intimate vibe, with uplighting and hand-picked design elements everywhere. They also chose lush bright floral arrangements, which brought everything together.
Will and Amanda shared a first dance as husband and wife before cutting their beautiful cake together. Afterwards they joined their friends and family on the dance floor and danced the night away!
I loved this whole wedding day, and was so honored to document such an important moment in Will & Amanda’s lives. Amanda & Will, I wish you nothing but the best. Thank you for trusting me to document your love story!
Planner: Elegant Aura
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Lighting + Dance Floor: Entertainment Specialists
Photography: Lynne Reznick
Make-up: Alexandra Dale
Hair: Miriam Mezza
Cake: by Venue
Entertainment: The Sultans 8-piece band
Rentals: PEAK Event Services
Transportation: Rolls Royce One Chauffer + Able Limo + DPV