Category archives: Simeral & Co Event Planning

Southern New England Weddings magazine is an annual wedding magazine that provides inspiration for those looking to wed anywhere in Southern New England including: Rhode Island and Newport, Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Coastal Connecticut and Eastern Massachusetts. We are delighted to see the real wedding of Simin and Nick in their most recent issue.

Simin & Nick – Milton, MA – by Stacey Marcus: When Simin Lee and Nicholas (Nick) Bodnar tied the knot in a beautiful backyard ceremony and reception at the bride’s parents’ home in Milton, Massachusetts, guests enjoyed the flavors of the couple’s Persian and Jewish heritages sprinkled with the sweetness of pure love. The couple originally met in Beijing at a Chinese immersion program in 2008 while undergraduate students at Harvard University. It wasn’t until they were both graduate students at Harvard Medical School that their love blossomed. “It was a nice time to start a relationship,” says Simin, who recalls studying for 12 hours straight an then cooking together or enjoying take-out.

The couple delighted in an inside joke about enchanting chocolate shop in Cambridge called L.A. Burdick Chocolates where girls huddle to drink hot chocolates and couples canoodle and share a little slice of romance. Simin and Nick said that they were not yet on “Burdick’s level” and never made it to the chocolate until Nick suggested they visit on a snowy night during the historic 2014 wicked winter. “It was a very sweet surprise when Nick dropped to one knee and proposed,” says Simin.

Family played a major role in the ceremony with a trio of officiants: Dr. Andrew Bodnar, father of the groom, and Fereydoun Nazem and William Lee, uncles of the bride. Simin’s father, Dr. Thomas Lee, gave a toast about how the couple’s sweet story illuminates the power of destiny. The breaking of the glass was particularly significant to Simin and Nick, who come from different cultural backgrounds and broke barriers to create a union of love, peace and understanding.

View more of our featured work in Southern New England Wedding magazine


Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Planning: Nicole Simeral – Simeral & Co.; Catering: Off the Vine and Fiona’s Catering; Tent: Sperry Tents; Rentals: Rentals Unlimited; Florist: Winston Flowers; Gown: Monique Lhuillier; Bridal Accessories: Matina’s Bridal; Shoes: Jimmy Choo; Bloomingdale’s Jewelry; Bridesmaids Dresses: L’Elite; Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren; Hair: Jessica Holt and Gina Penna of Salon Capri; Makeup: Kathy Genchi of Julien Farel Salon; Stationery: Inviting Company; Rings: Hamilton Jewelers


Southern New England Weddings magazine Real Wedding feature of Simin and Nick with Simeral & Co.

We recently had the pleasure of photographing this luxury destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas of Maria and Kyle. Escaping the cold of our beloved Boston for the sunny Esperanza resort in Cabo was a more than welcome change. Maria and Kyle’s destination wedding was a three-day celebration. We knew we were in for a treat when we learned the save-the-dates came with mini-piñatas. Guests got the full Cabo San Lucas experience in style including a fishing tournament, Superbowl Sunday party and a Welcome event to greet guests. Person + Killian also captured Maria and Kyle’s engagement session while on a pristine and private beach and throughout the resort. Beautiful backdrops in every location.

The day of the wedding begins with a quintessential Cabo day with the bride gathered together with her wedding party. The gentlemen were likewise gathered, enjoying each other’s company while putting on their finishing touches. The bride wore a strapless gown in white while the groom wore a crisp tux. Both were timeless and a perfect complement to each other and the setting. Afterward, we took the time to capture family and wedding party photos before making our way over the beautiful ceremony location.

Steps from the ocean, Maria and Kyle had a personal and heartfelt wedding ceremony. The priest who officiated the nuptials traveled from Germany where Maria’s family is from. Especially beautiful, the bride’s brother composed a special piece of music created just for their wedding ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, guests made their way to a fun and festive cocktail hour complete with mariachi band. While guests enjoyed local food, they also had the unique experience at the photobooth as they got the opportunity to pose next to an adorable donkey.

Nestled in the stone walls of the resort with panoramic ocean views the reception locale was grand. While the sun was setting, introductions and thoughtful toasts led into dinner and a sprawling dessert station. Maria and Kyle’s first dance ended with surprise fireworks  – a special gift for the bride from her groom. The celebrating continued as the newlyweds danced into the evening, enjoying themselves alongside their loved ones. Congratulations again, Maria and Kyle and thank you for including Person + Killian Photography in this beautiful destination wedding.

We also want to thank Nicole and her team at Simeral & Co for their expert planning and execution of this luxury destination wedding in Cabo San Lucus and Linda Mitchell over at Luxury Destination Travel for making our travel arrangement effortless.


Venue: Esperanza Cabo San Lucas; Planner: Simeral & Co; Videography: City Point Films – Andrew; DJ: Steve Smith; Flowers: Baja Flowers; Invitations: Ruby the Fox – A Paperie; Lighting: Teevan; Los Cabos Tourism; Brides Wedding Dress: Pronovias ;Hair: Senza Salon ; Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin ; Bridesmaids dresses: Shoshana via Rent the Runway; Grooms tux: Hemrajani Bros.

This luxury destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas was located at the Esperanza Resort. Jill Person and Laurén Killian can be reached at or by email at [email protected] and [email protected]  Other destination weddings are available on our blog.