Category archives: Omni Parker House Weddings and Events

It’s that time of year again — the 18th annual Brides of Distinction Bridal Brunch and Fashion Show was held at the Omni Parker House last weekend! This annual event sponsored by Boston Wedding Magazine brings together event professionals, experts, and lots of brides-to-be to give them all the tools they need to plan their wedding day.

This year the 130+ guests began the morning with a mimosa cocktail hour and a meet-and-greet with the wonderful wedding professionals in attendance. Then it was time for brunch, which featured a panel hosted by both Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa. The hosts had a chat with Boston Weddings Executive Editor Francesca Mills, followed by their annual cake parade. Guests got to see an array of different cake styles, designs, and flavors to inspire them for their own wedding planning including a champagne cake inspired by Jenny Johnson’s Champy by Montilio’s. Last but not least was their annual fashion show of wedding gowns and bridemaids dresses — the fashion show featured models showing off dresses from both L’elite Bridal and Musette Bridal.

This bridal brunch is always so much fun, it gives couples and event professionals the chance to mix and mingle and leaves the brides feeling exciting and inspired for their own big wedding days. Special thanks to the Omni Parker House for hosting this wonderful event, and for inviting us to be the exclusive photographers for over 10 years — we love being a part of it!

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Event Partners | Alexandra Makeup Artistry; Hair by Cholaki; Hosts – Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa; Boston Weddings – Panel Speaker, Editor of Boston Weddings Francesca Mills; Encore Event Technologies – A/V; Entertainment Specialists – Photo Booth; Icing on the Cake – Cakes; L’elite Boutique and Musette – Gowns; Lynn Graham Designs – Menu Cards and Table Numbers; Montilio’s Baking Co. – Cakes; Person + Killian Photography; Peak Event Services – All Decor; The Gilded Harps – Live Harp Music; Winston Flowers – All Flowers; Siagel Productions; The Registry at Bloomingdales

For this beautiful Fall wedding at the Omni Parker House, who better to tell us about the wedding day than the bride herself. Michelle said: “A wedding is such a crazy experience. You spend over a year planning for a party; there’s ups and downs and twists and turns that you could never predict. When the day finally came, it turned out to be our best day ever.”

Michelle and Bill have a long history with the Omni Parker House in Boston. Bill’s mother, Elaine, works at the venue and has been an industry friend of ours for many years. When her son and Michelle got engaged, the Omni Parker House turned out to be the perfect choice. As Michelle put it: “When we first got engaged, it did not take long for us to decide we wanted to have a wedding in the city. We both grew up in suburbs close to Boston, and had been living downtown for several years. The Omni Parker House quickly became the obvious choice, not only because of the groom’s long family history with the Hotel, but because of the beautiful historic feel to the function rooms.”

After getting ready for the day in the Hotel, both bride and groom took a quick walk across the street to the Old City Hall for their first look. To keep with the “historic Boston” feel of the day, the wedding party hired a trolley to take them around the city for some formal photos. First stop was the Boston Public Garden, followed by the couple’s favorite neighborhood bar where they had had their first date — the Harvard Gardens on Cambridge Street in Boston. Then it was back to the Omni Parker House for the wedding ceremony. Michelle and Bill became husband and wife in a beautiful evening ceremony in the Omni Parker House’s Press Room, then it was up to the rooftop terrace for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The reception was held in the Omni Parker House Ballroom. “We wanted a classic romantic feel to match the charm of the hotel. We decided on tuxedos and black gowns for the wedding party, and decided we wanted to use a lot of greens for our flowers. The staff at the Omni, the lighting team from Entertainment Specialists, and the wonderful team we worked with at Winston’s Flowers did an incredible job of transforming the room into our dream ballroom.” Michelle and Bill chose classic, neutral colors of white, creme, and shades of brown to match the Ballroom’s classic historic decor, and the towering green and white centerpieces from Winston’s really made the room pop. Michelle and Bill could not have been happier to be celebrating this day with their loved ones. “Surrounded by all our family and friends, we celebrated our love and the start of our new lives together as husband and wife. Looking back, there are so many memories from that day that make us smile, and more than a couple that we know will continue to bring a tear of joy to our eyes forever.”

Special thanks to Elaine, Alison Rose, and the entire team at the Omni for this wonderful wedding celebration, and to Michelle and Bill for letting us be a part of it!

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Vendors | Hair/Makeup: Charlotte Phinney; Dress: Vera Wang (Musette); Tux: Calvin Klein; Flowers: Winston Flowers; Cake: The Icing on the Cake; Lighting and Entertainment via Entertainment Specialists – Band: Them Apples, Sugarbabies Inc; Paper: Smudge Ink

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Even though our calendars may say it is Fall, this Omni Parker House wedding of Rana and Kevin managed to soak up the very last bits of summer before we move into a new season. This wedding celebration was the perfect reflection of the bride and groom, with traditions from both sides of their new family and an elegant touch of classic Boston.

Both Rana and Kevin got ready for their day inside the Omni Parker House — Rana with her bridesmaids and Kevin with his groomsmen. The couple chose not to see each other before the wedding ceremony so they were skirted away separately from the Omni Parker House to St. Cecilia’s Parish in Back Bay. The couple said their “I do”s in a Catholic wedding ceremony in front of friends and family.

Following the ceremony, we brought Rana, Kevin, and their wedding party out to the Boston Public Garden for their formal photographs. They were truly lucky to have caught the last little bit of summer in the city, with even a few of the trees already showing signs of an orange and yellow Fall. We could not have asked for a more perfect day — bright sunshine, green grass, and the beautiful pond in the middle gave us lots of opportunities for photos with the bride and groom.

When we returned to the Omni Parker House, Rana and Kevin celebrated a second ceremony — this one a traditional Persian wedding ceremony to honor Rana’s heritage. All of the details of the ceremony were handmade by Rana’s mother, she had been working on them for the past year in preparation for the big day. The ceremony included prayers for the bride and groom, gifts, and a joyous celebration for all the guests in attendance. From there we moved into the ballroom, for dinner and dancing with the happy couple. The gold details of the chairs, linens, charger plates, and gold chandeliers made a perfectly beautiful and elegant reception for this wonderful bride and groom.

Thank you to Rana and Kevin for letting us be a part of this day with you, and to Amanda and her team at the Omni Parker House!

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Vendors | Venue: Omni Parker House; Hair: Alysha Corretta; Makeup: Kimberly Fosher; Invites/Paper: Arlene Cronk – Invitations & Co.; Dress: Allegria Bridal – Judd Waddell; Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids; Men’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse – Vera Wang; Flowers: Floral Lab; Cake: Montillios; Rentals: PEAK; Entertainment: Honey Train

With the city near and dear to their hearts the simply stunning Katie and Barry wanted their fall wedding to have a classic Bostonian feel. Rich in luxury and tradition the Boston Omni Parker House was the perfect setting for their elegant affair.

Katie and Barry were surrounded by their fun loving family and friends for a sweet ceremony inside the breathtaking beauty of St. Mary – St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown.

We were enchanted by a delicate palate of ivory, white, and gold along with swoon-worthy panoramic city views from the fabulous Omni Parker House Hotel. Later, guests were on their feet for the wonderful rhythms of Sweet Tooth & the Sugarbabies and treated to charming favors from the Boston Olive Oil Company.

Thank you to all of the fabulous vendors that made this special day come to life! A very special thanks to Katie and Barry for choosing Person + Killian to document your wedding. We wish you all the happiness in the world!

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Venue: Omni Parker House; Dress: La Sposa for Pronovias; Floral: Lotus Floral Events; Cake: Montilio’s; Hair & Makeup: Michelle Devoe & Demiche Team; Linens: Rentals Unlimited; Entertainment: Sweet Tooth and the Sugarbabies; Lighting: Entertainment Specialists; Favors: Boston Olive Oil Company

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Photographed by Person + Killian Photography.
Jill Person and Laurén Killian can be reached via email at [email protected] and [email protected] and via phone in the Boston office at 617.236.1662

Originally from New Jersey and New Hampshire, Colleen and Matt now call Boston home. The couple lives right in the heart of the North End just next door to the historic Old North Church. When it came time to decide upon a location for their ceremony, there was no question Boston’s oldest church was the perfect place.

Colleen and Matt used the city as the inspiration for their wedding day. The first look took place at Old City Hall and with time before the ceremony, we were able to spend time at the scenic Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on the outskirts of the North End. Wedding guests were  treated to Old Town Trolley tours on the way to and from the ceremony.

The reception took place at the most quintessential classic Boston hotel – the historic and beautiful Omni Parker House. In keeping with the theme, tables were named after local landmarks. The signature drinks were named the Boston Tea Party and the Copley Cooler and local brews of Harpoon, Sam Adams and Cisco Whale’s Tale were offered. Pop-Rock band The Grift came in from Vermont to play for the reception kept everyone on the dance floor for the rest of the evening.

A big thank you to the team at the Omni Parker House and Congratulations to Colleen and Matt! We had such a fantastic time taking in the sights of Boston with you on your wedding day!

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Ceremony: The Old North Church, North End, Boston; Reception: The Omni Parker House; Hair: Brianna Norwood – Joi Salon; Makeup: Veronica Nunes – Makeup by V; Invitations: Invitations + Company; Dress: Allure from a Trace of Lace, Rutland, VT; Flowers: Stapelton Floral Design; Linens: Rentals Unlimited; Cake: Konditor Meister; Entertainment: The Grift – VT; Video: Ryan James Videography

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The Classic Boston Wedding of Colleen and Matt at the Old North Church and Omni Parker House – Person + Killian Photography – 251 Newbury Street – Boston, MA 02116 – [email protected] [email protected] – 617.236.1662

We love Boston, and we love to work with couples who love Boston as much as we do! Emily + Kyle are a sweet couple from Louisiana who decided to have a destination Omni Parker House wedding! Emily has always dreamed of living in Boston, and she wanted to share the essence of the city with her groom, and her closest friends in family.

As Emily and Kyle’s loved ones joined them to celebrate their big day, they were treated to a tour of the city; including an Hampshire House rehearsal dinner in Beacon Hill and a tour of historic Fenway Park the day after the wedding! The ceremony itself took place at the Omni Parker House, Boston’s oldest hotel and classic Freedom Trail landmark.

With an intricately detailed, open-backed lace gown (purchased in the couple’s home state) and a delicate, classic beaded head band, Emily was elegant and beautiful. The bridesmaids, Emily’s sisters, were in a bright blue and the groomsmen’s bow ties coordinated perfectly. Emily and Kyle’s first looks were incredibly touching and emotional – we are so honored to capture such wonderful moments. The couple also took the opportunity, not only to have formal wedding party photos outdoors, but to take some photographs in front of the Old Boston City Hall.

In the traditional New England styled Press Room, the classic ceremony was a beautiful and intimate affair, before moving to the stately Alcott Ballroom for dinner and dancing. From the exquisite floral arrangements, to the beautiful table centerpieces, tones of white, blue and stunning gold shown through in the details.

Thank you to Alison Rose, and her team at the Omni Parker House for coordinating such a wonderful day. Congratulations Emily and Kyle!

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Venue: Omni Parker House; Hair and Makeup: Studio 9; Invitations: The Keeping Room, Dress:Bustle Boutique in Baton Rouge; Flowers: Madison Floral, Cake and Favors: Montilio’s Bakery; Linens: Omni Parker House; Lighting and Entertainment: Entertainment Specialists; Second Photographer: Ken Marcou

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Person + Killian Photography is located at 251 Newbury Street in Boston.
Jill Person and Laurén Killian can be reached via email at [email protected] and [email protected] and via phone in the Boston office at 617.236.1662

 

We could not have asked for a more gorgeous spring day to celebrate Nicole + Pat’s wedding at the Omni Parker House Boston. The couple was looking for the feeling of their wedding day to be soft and romantic, with colors of gold and blush pink and a fun “city chic” atmosphere! The Omni Parker House Boston’s location right in the heart of the city was perfect for that bustling downtown city atmosphere, and with the nearby parks and historic locations we had lots of opportunity for unique wedding photos with the bride and groom.

Our day started with the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready at the Omni Parker House Boston, while Pat and his groomsmen got ready and hung out at their apartment in South Boston. When everyone was ready, we met up in the Boston Public Garden for the bride and groom’s first look, while the smiling wedding party looked on from a distance.  We took advantage of the amazing weather and had time to utilize a few different locations in the Public Garden for formal wedding party photos before heading down to the Gate of Heaven church in South Boston for the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, we took the newlyweds to their neighborhood for a few more photos — including a stop at their favorite park, Thomas Park, just a few blocks away from their South Boston apartment. We then made the trip back into downtown Boston for some pictures in front of the historic Old City Hall on Tremont Street  before heading back inside the Omni Parker House Boston to begin the evening reception.

The Omni Parker House Rooftop Ballroom was transformed into an elegant spring wedding reception with a mix of bright pink high and low floral centerpieces, and gold ballroom chairs. We loved the custom touches Nicole and Pat included throughout their reception.  Gold-framed signs displayed their special wedding hashtag and signature wedding cocktail — named the “Southie Wildcat” to pay homage to the bride and groom’s neighborhood and alma mater. Following the first dance and toasts from wedding party, we were able to sneak away with Nicole and Pat to get a few photos on the Omni Parker House’s beautiful rooftop, which overlooks the city with an unbeatable view of the Boston skyline. We came back inside for the cake cutting, parent dances, and a night full of dancing to celebrate this wonderful couple.

Special thanks to the team at the Omni Parker House Boston for a wonderful evening, and to Nicole + Pat for letting us be a part of your beautiful city chic spring wedding day! We had a blast!

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Vendors | Hair: Jaime Burkeman, Eye for Beauty; Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty; Invitations/Paper Products: Inviting Company; Dress: Tara Keeley from Christina’s Bridal, North Andover MA; Flowers: Stapleton Floral; Cake: Montilio’s; Lighting and Entertainment: Joe Toto of Groove Entertainment

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Omni Parker House Boston Spring Wedding of Nicole + Pat by Person + Killian Photography. Jill Person and Laurén Killian are located at 251 Newbury Street in the Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116 – Jill and Laurén can be reached via phone at 617.236.1662 or via email at [email protected] and [email protected]

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Author Susan Wilson recently set out to compile a complete history of the historic Omni Parker House Boston, and just last week she celebrated the official launch of the finished book. We were so honored to be the featured photographers for the completed book, titled “Heaven, By Hotel Standards: The History of the Omni Parker House”. The book features each of the aspects of the Omni Parker House’s extensive history — from food to architecture to prominent figures — as well as all of the present-day activity that goes on at this beautiful hotel! We not only got interviewed for the book’s special Weddings chapter, the pages also featured some of our favorite past weddings at the Omni Parker House to showcase all of the beautiful spaces we love to photograph. Check out an excerpt from the book below:

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We were also honored to photograph the book launch event itself, which took place at the Omni Parker House Boston and featured a meet-and-greet with the author, delicious food and drink stations from the Omni Parker House kitchen, and fabulous music from the Winiker Swing Orchestra — who were the featured “house band” of the Omni Parker’s pub The Last Hurrah for almost 30 years! The show-stopper at this event was the Omni Parker House replica cake made out of the famous Boston Creme Pie, a dessert which was actually invented right here at the Omni Parker House Boston.

We could not be happier to have been honored in this wonderful book, and to be remembered as a part of this hotel’s unbelievable history. Special thank you to everyone at the Omni Parker House Boston, and to Susan Wilson for including us in your work.

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It’s official — the 2014 wedding season has begun! We were so happy to kick off a year of fabulous events with this beautiful wedding at the Omni Parker House Boston.

Amanda + Jesse were inspired by the traditional vintage weddings of the 1930’s and 1940’s for their decor and color palette. Everything was both classic and glamorous, infused with colors of gold and ivory with that fun vintage flare. We absolutely loved Amanda’s vintage-inspired wedding dress, which was detailed with silver beading and sheer capped sleeves. Her chunky silver bracelet and classic white bouquet were the perfect accents to complete the look. Following the traditional church ceremony we headed to the Omni Parker House for some outdoor formal photos with the newlyweds. Amanda added a beautiful brown wrap to her dress for the outdoor photos, and Jesse matched perfectly in a classic black tux. They looked like a glamorous wedding couple straight out of the 1930’s!

For the evening wedding reception, the Omni Parker House ballroom was beautifully transformed with specially made extra-long rectangular tables and custom-cut ivory and gold pin-striped runners to match. The branch centerpieces on each of the dining tables were hung with soft gold candles, which also lined the tables themselves, to add a warm and intimate glow to the space. Gold chiavari ballroom chairs paired with ivory cushions tied everything together, and fit perfectly with the ballroom’s natural colored walls and elegant crystal chandeliers. Their classic 4-tiered white wedding cake was accented with bands of gold ribbon and topped with edible gold pearls for an elegant and glamorous touch. We loved how Amanda + Jesse combined classic elegant elements with a really fun vintage twist, it made their wedding day so beautiful and totally unique. Everything worked together so flawlessly and we could not have been happier to share this special day with such a wonderful couple!

We can’t wait to continue this 2014 season with even more fabulous, one-of-a-kind weddings, and special thanks to Amanda + Jesse for kicking it off with such a fantastic event! Congratulations!

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Vendors | Hair: Salon Marina Raquel; Makeup: Demiche Beaute; Invitations/Paper Products: The Paper Store; Dress: Jenny Packham from Madeleine’s Daughter; Flowers: Marji’s Florist; Cake: Icing On the Cake; Linens: Rentals Unlimited; Entertainment: Joey Scott and the Connection; Favors: D’Amici’s Bakery; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik; Evening Dress: Kate Spade; Bridesmaid Dresses: Noir by Lazaro

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The Omni Parker House is one of Boston’s most famous and historic wedding venues — located in the heart of Downtown Boston, it’s the perfect spot for couples looking for that “classic Boston” wedding. Emily + Chris found that the Omni Parker House was the perfect venue for their Autumn wedding in Boston, and they added lots of personalized details to give it a twist of their own.

Emily + Chris described their wedding as “a modern take on Old School Boston, classic and elegant elements mixed with a really fun, laid back crowd looking to celebrate a great moment with us and our families!“.

The bride paid homage to her own family history as she got ready for the day in the Omni Parker House’s bridal suite. A pendant from her grandmother hung on her floral bouquet, and her wedding jewelry were heirlooms passed down through generations of her family. Emily + Chris decided not to see each other before the wedding ceremony, so as soon as the bride and her attendants were ready to go we hopped in a limo to St. Ignatius Church at Boston College — where Emily + Chris both attended college.

As guests arrived at the Church they were greeted by a traditional Irish piper welcoming them into the ceremony, and a set of customized moss initials hung from the Church door for Emily + Chris’ special day. Following the ceremony and family photos at the church, we headed out on the BC campus with the couple and wedding party. The couple even had a special request for some photos in the Boston College laundry room of the dorm where Emily and Chris met for the first time years ago.

We loved the special twist the bride and groom gave to their grand entrance into the evening reception in the Omni Parker House Rooftop Ballroom. As all of the guests circled the dance floor and the newlywed’s were announced, Chris (singer in a band) pulled a microphone out of his pocket and serenaded his new bride to “You Make My Dreams Come True” — the guests had no idea! Later in the evening, Chris performed another song on stage with the band accompanied by his sister, brother, and father. Emily + Chris decided not to have a formal cake cutting, but kept that traditional Old School Boston feeling with the Omni Parker House’s signature Boston Creme Pie for dessert. After dinner and dancing, a station of apple cider and cider donuts from the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, VT (near where the bride grew up) was set up for a late night snack.

This wedding was a perfect mix of a traditional Boston wedding and a fun, modern party. Thank you to the team at Omni Parker House for such a great event, and congratulations Emily + Chris!

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Vendors | Hair & Makeup: Demiche Beauté; Invitations/Paper Products: Papyrus; Dress: Christos from Christina’s of Andover; Flowers: Martha Burke (aunt of groom) and Kathy Branca; Cake: Omni Parker House; Linens: Rentals Unlimited; Entertainment: K2; Videography: McElroy Weddings; Favors: Vermont Maple Syrup from Brannon Family Farm

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We love it when two lifelong Bostonians decide to get hitched in the city they grew up in! Erica and Brad wanted their wedding to be elegant and traditional, with a distinct feeling of “classic Boston”. The historic Omni Parker House located right in downtown Boston was the perfect location for their beautiful spring wedding.

As well as paying tribute to the city they love, Brad’s military service played an important role in this couple’s special day. Brad himself has recently returned from duty in Afghanistan, so they decided to incorporate the colors, details, and traditions of the Marine Corps into several aspects of their wedding. Following the Ketubah signing, the traditional Jewish ceremony took place in the Omni Parker House’s Press Room — after the I do’s, Erica and Brad exited under an archway of fellow Marine Corps’ swords. Following cocktails up on the 15th floor, which included a harpist and a live-action sushi station, guests moved into the Omni Parker House Ballroom for the reception.

The couple chose gold and navy blue as their color inspiration, to perfectly compliment Brad’s Marine Corps uniform. The military tributes continued throughout the evening — including the cutting of the cake with Brad’s sword. We loved all the personal touches that the couple added to this wedding, their love of Boston and the military inspiration really made this day special for the newlyweds.

Congratulations Erica and Brad, and thank you for letting us capture your beautiful wedding day!!!

Vendors | Hair: Naomi Baril, The Stylists; Makeup: Katrina Hess; Invitations/Paper Products: Invitations + Company; Dress: Vera Wang from Vera Wang Boston; Flowers: Tangerine Creations; Cake: The Icing on the Cake; Entertainment: Gilded Harp (ceremony + cocktails); Night Rhythm (reception)

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The Wedding of Erica and Brad at the Omni Parker House – June 2013 – By Person + Killian Photography – 251 Newbury Street – Boston, MA 02116 – 617.236.1662

Stephanie and James wanted to keep the feeling of “old world” early Boston alive at their beautiful Downtown Boston wedding which included two historic buildings.

The day began at the Omni Parker House, a building that has been around since the 1850’s, right in the heart of Downtown Boston. Stephanie got dressed and ready in the hotel with her friends and family, with a funky pair of custom blue wedding shoes completing her outfit! In the meantime James was preparing for the day with his own group, and although the couple didn’t see each other before the ceremony, they did exchange wedding day cards to each other.

The next stop was the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End, another historic 1850’s building, for the catholic ceremony. This cathedral definitely has an old-world Boston feel — with high vaulted ceilings and lots of stained glass, it always makes for great pictures. We stuck around the church after the ceremony for a few pictures with the newlyweds and their wedding party before heading back to the Omni Parker House for the party.

The reception took place in the Omni’s Rooftop Ballroom, looking colorful and elegant with classic white table settings and pink and purple uplighting. Everyone was happy to celebrate well into the night with the newlyweds!

Congratulations to Stephanie and James, we had a blast sharing this day with you!

Reception: Omni Parker House ; Church: Cathedral of the Holy Cross; Planning: Edna Dratch-Parker – EFD Creative Event Planning and Design; Flowers: Tangerine Creations; Cake: Montillio’s; Linens: Rentals Unlimited; Lighting and Music: Groove Entertainment; Video: Generations Cinemastories; Photobooth: Shutterbooth; Custom Invitations, place cards, programs & more: Allure Invitations

Downtown Boston Wedding at the historic Omni Parker House of Stephanie and James