It’s not often that one of our couples gets to have two weddings! Person + Killian was excited to be able to photograph the Mandarin Oriental Boston Wedding of Stephanie and Ben this New Year’s Eve – for the second time! Stephanie and Ben celebrated their first wedding back in November of 2011, before Ben was deployed for military service. The couple’s ceremony was very small and private, followed by an intimate dinner reception for family at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in downtown Boston. Over a year later, we were back at the Mandarin with the newlyweds for the big wedding celebration they had always dreamed of!

After wearing a simple and elegant white dress for her first wedding ceremony, this time around Stephanie opted for a gorgeous Sophia Tolli design called “Jewel” – featuring a striking teal bodice and silver beading around the waist. The couple had their traditional first look on the stairs inside the Mandarin Oriental, before beginning the late-evening renewal ceremony in the Oriental Ballroom. Following the ceremony and cocktails in the Oriental Gallery, the Ballroom was transformed into beautiful reception space fit for a New Year’s Eve party! 

The tables were covered in classic linens, with sparkling crystal candle holders surrounding tall crystal centerpieces reminiscent of the famous ball that would soon drop in Time’s Square! The bride herself handmade the gorgeous escort cards, as well as ribbon-wrapped mint tins for favors, and the folded paper flowers to top her wedding cake, adding an elegant DIY touch to the ballroom reception. The groom was even surprised with his own custom-made grooms cake, decorated to honor his recent military service. As the clock ticked towards midnight, the bride changed into a second dress covered in blue and silver crystals to ring in the New Year in style.

We had a blast sharing our New Year celebration with Stephanie and Ben, congratulations to the happy couple!

Vendors | Hair: Jennifer Tawa, Makeup: Janayna Lamas, Invitations: Checkerboard, provided by Papyrus, Centerpieces: Tommy Wholesale, Dress: Sophia Tolli’s “Jewel”, from Manhattan Bridals, Dedham MA, Cake and Linens: Mandarin Oriental. Entertainment: DJ Mike Amado, Entertainment Specialists

This Post is filed under Mandarin Oriental Boston Wedding. A New Years Eve wedding filled with Sparkle, elegance and Love! Photographed by Lauren Killian of Person and Killian Photography