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Margot and Kevin’s Boston Public Library wedding was the perfect reflection of what they wanted their wedding day to be. They wanted fun and easy-going vibes, and they wanted to really enjoy the day with friends and family. Above all, they wanted a gorgeous and memorable venue to celebrate in!

We asked Margot why they chose the Boston Public Library for their wedding, and here’s what she had to say:

We fell in love with the Boston Public Library as a venue because it is so beautiful and romantic. Given the space is so beautiful as-is, we leaned toward simple clean whites and greens to accompany the green details throughout the Courtyard and Bates Hall. The wedding was black tie and we wanted to keep things elegant!

The bride and groom took full advantage of the gorgeous spaces both inside and outside the Boston Public Library. After getting ready at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, we headed outside to Copley Square for the first look and formal photographs with the wedding party. Family joined in for photos inside the library prior to the ceremony. The ceremony was held outside in the always gorgeous courtyard as the sun set.

Guests enjoyed the warm summer evening for cocktails in the courtyard and the adjoining Cafe, before moving inside to Bates Hall for dinner. The final stop of the night was the Abbey Room for cake cutting and dancing surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones. A joyful and memorable night in a truly unforgettable venue — Margot and Kevin’s Boston Public Library wedding was everything they dreamed it would be!

A big thank you to Margot and Kevin for being such a joy to work with and to the teams at the Fairmont and The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library for helping create the perfect day!

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Event Team | Getting Ready: Fairmont Copley Plaza; Ceremony + Reception: Boston Public Library; Catering and Event Coordination: The Catered Affair at the BPL – Bryanne Pepin; Makeup: Jessica Candage; Hair: Mallorie Krawczyk – Arte Salon; Floral: Mimosa Boston; Dress: Anne Barge; Tux: Bonobos; Lighting: SociaLight; Video: SH Videography; Cake: The Catered Affair; Reception Entertainment: The Connection via Wilson Stevens; Ceremony Entertainment: Keros Entertainment – String Quartet; Ice Sculpture/Raw Bar: Brookline Ice; Rentals: PEAK Event Services; Paper/Calligraphy: Aileen Fretz

While Meaghan and Harry were saying their royal wedding “I do”s in England, we were celebrating the beautiful wedding of Laura and Mike right here in Boston. This wedding was extra special for us to be a part of, because Laura credits our very own Person + Killian blog for helping her find inspiration, ideas, and vendors for her own celebration. The couple described their vision for the wedding as “modern and romantic” with “lots of metallic colors” along with white, green, and pink flowers. The bride and groom are getting ready to start a new chapter of their lives in Los Angeles next month, so this Boston Public Library wedding was their “last big hurrah” in Boston before making the move!

The day started at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, with a champagne toast for the ladies and the bride and groom’s first look in the Fairmont lobby. We stayed at the Fairmont for some formal photos with the wedding party before making the quick walk across Copley Square to the Boston Public Library. Laura and Mike didn’t even mind the rainy day, with so many gorgeous spaces inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza and the Boston Public Library we could get some beautiful formal photos without getting wet. Once inside the BPL, we got photos with the entire wedding party on the grand staircase, on the balcony, and outside the Abbey Room. The mix of classic colors from the bride’s white gown, the bridesmaid’s black dresses and the pop of pink and white flowers was just beautiful inside the Library.

The wedding ceremony was held in the Boston Public Library’s Courtyard Restaurant, which featured four towering floral arrangements of white, pink, and green. Following the “I do”s, guests moved to the Map Room Cafe for cocktails while we took the newlyweds around the Boston Public Library for some evening portraits of just the two of them. The Guastavino Room was transformed with a very modern flare for the evening celebration. Metallic silver linens, mirror-top tables, gorgeous white chairs, and classic green, white, and pink floral arrangements filled this already beautiful space — the mix of modern decor with the classic old books and exposed brick of the Guastavino Room was just gorgeous.

We were so happy to be a part of this wedding day — Laura and Mike could not have been sweeter and we wish them all the best in their next step on the West Coast! Special thanks to Alice Fay and the team at the Fairmont for giving us beautiful spaces for formal photos outside of the rain, and to Faith and The Catered Affair team at the Boston Public Library.

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Team | Getting Ready: Fairmont Copley Plaza; Ceremony and Reception: The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library; Hair: Lindsay Griffin; Makeup: Amanda Stowell of Dani Wagener Beauty; Flowers: Marc Hall Design – David Dicicco; Entertainment: Ceremony Music – Anima String Quartet (Music Management), Reception DJ – C-Zone Entertainment, Greg Capozzi; Lighting: Suzanne B Lowell Lighting Design; Cake: Konditor Meister; Paper/Signage: Lois Harada – DWRI Letterpress

Maritza and Matt celebrated their beautiful spring Boston Public Library wedding right in the heart of Copley Square. From their first look in the Boston Public Garden to the church wedding ceremony to the evening reception, this bride and groom didn’t have to travel more than a few blocks to get everything they wanted for their spring wedding.

Maritza and her bridal party started their day at Maritza’s parent’s home. The bride wore an elegant strapless gown with a sheer lace top, while her bridesmaids donned classic black dresses with a special pale champagne dress for the maid of honor. Matt and his groomsmen spent their morning at the couple’s house in Boston, just a short walk away from downtown. The bride and groom met in the Boston Public Garden for their first look, and we stayed outside for formal photos with the couple and with their wedding party. We loved Maritza’s bright and colorful bouquet, arranged with a mix of purple and white flowers — a wonderful pop of color to contrast with her white wedding gown. We made a stop at the Boston Public Library for a few more formal photos with Maritza and Matt before it was time for the ceremony.

It was a quick walk the Old South Church, which is right across the street from the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The couple said their I do’s in a traditional Episcopalian wedding ceremony, in one of Boston’s oldest and most iconic historic churches. The newlyweds greeted their guests in a receiving line after the ceremony, and we made the short walk across the street back to the Boston Public Library to start the celebration.

While guests enjoyed cocktails in the Boston Public Library’s Guastavino Room, we took Maritza and Matt around the venue for a few more formal photos before the reception began. Bates Hall was transformed for dinner, with gorgeous rose bouquets full of spring colors on every table. Red, yellow, pink, purple and classic white flowers filled the room, with simple white runners and linens to compliment the wooden tables. Before guests were invited into Bates Hall for dinner, they enjoyed a traditional Armenian line dance and welcome toast in the Abbey Room. After dinner it was back to the Abbey Room for more dancing, desserts, and a night of celebration with the happy newlyweds.

Special thanks to Maritza and Matt for including us in your spring Boston Public Library wedding day, and to the entire team at the Catered Affair and Jodi Raphael Events for a gorgeous evening!

Vendors | Planner: Jodi Raphael Events; Rentals: Be Our Guest, Inc; Flowers: The Original Touch – Carol Silverston; Entertainment: Kahootz; Venue and Catering: The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library; Lighting: Event Illuminations; 2nd Photographer: Ken Marcou

This beautiful Boston Public Library wedding in Copley Square was a true tribute to all things “Boston”. Joc and Zac first met while both attending Harvard University (Joc was on the swim team while Zac was on the diving team), and their Fall wedding day incorporated both a tribute to Boston’s rich history as well as a modern nod to the city’s bright future.

The entire wedding celebration took place in Boston’s Copley Square, starting with both grooms getting ready at the Fairmont Copley Boston. They had their first look inside the hotel, before heading outside for some formal photos. The couple was joined by their handsome labradoodle Winston (who also made an appearance in Joc and Zac engagement photos last Fall) as well as their wedding party for photos around Copley Square and inside the Boston Public Library.

The wedding ceremony was held inside Boston’s Old South Church, a significant site in Boston’s history, and included a reading from the 2004 legalization of gay marriage in the state of Massachusetts. Joc and Zac said their “I do”s surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones — then it was back to the Boston Public Library to get the party started!

The couple was drawn to the Boston Public Library for its deep historical roots in Boston (it was founded back in 1848), but also wanted to elevate the space with a modern color palette and unique personal touches. The white table runners for the reception in Bates Hall were accented by gold-vased floral arrangements and black and gold accents on each tabletop. The Abbey Room next door was set up for a night of dancing, with gold and black high-top cocktail tables and a decadent dessert bar for everyone to enjoy. The grooms made a special request for 90’s pop tunes for dancing, and it was clear everyone was thrilled to be there to celebrate with this wonderful couple.

We were so happy to be able to share this wedding day with Joc and Zac. Special thanks to the couple, as well as the entire team at The Catered Affair and the Boston Public Library for a spectacular event.

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Vendors | Getting Ready: Fairmont Copley Plaza; Ceremony: Old South Church; Cocktails (Courtyard), Dinner (Bates Hall) and Dancing (Abbey Room) at the Boston Public Library; Suits: Ralph Lauren, Purple Label Tuxes from Newbury Street; Hair/Makeup for Wedding Party: Charlotte Phinney & Co.; Invitations/Paper: Goosefish Press; Flowers: Table & Tulip; Linens, Catering & Dessert: The Catered Affair; Lighting & Entertainment: C-Zone – Live Jazz Quartet and DJ Max; Video: Shotgun Films (friends of the grooms who came in from New Orleans)

Last week we received our first glimpse of the newest issue of Southern New England Weddings featuring a table top photoshoot we did with The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library. A big thank you to the team at The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library and Southern New England Weddings for asking us to capture this beautiful table!

“Whether you like your guests well-read or well-fed, this library layout is an eye-catcher. The Catered Affair designed this fabulous family-style table, which includes dramatic high and low florals by New Leaf Flores. Food provided by The Catered Affair. China, glassware, flatware and napkins by Be Our Guest. Non floral decor and chairs from Reserve. Linen by Nuage. Photographed in Bates Hall at The Boston Public Library.”

– Excerpt from Southern New England Weddings

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Below are a few additional photographs from the shoot.

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Magazine:Southern New England Weddings; Flowers: New Leaf flores; Catering: The Catered Affair; China, glassware, flatware and napkins: Be Our Guest, Inc.; Rentals: Reserve Modern Event Rental; Linens: Nuage Designs, Inc.

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Southern New England Weddings Magazine table design photoshoot at The Boston Public Library with The Catered Affair – Photography by Person + Killian Photography. 251 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 – 617.236.1662

The outdoor courtyard at the Boston Public Library is one of our favorite ceremony locations in the city! The beautiful gardens and Italian-inspired fountain make for a perfect backdrop to a warm-weather wedding. We loved being back in the courtyard for our first Boston Public Library wedding of the season to celebrate Mia + Michael.

The Boston Public Library has so many unique spaces for all sorts of fun pictures — after getting ready at the nearby Lenox Hotel, the bride and groom decided to have their “first look” on the BPL’s magnificent grand staircase. We stayed inside the main lobby to get some shots with Mia, Michael and their wedding party before heading outside to the courtyard for the ceremony. Guests remained out in the courtyard to enjoy the spring weather for their cocktail hour, while we took the newlyweds around the venue for some more pictures.

The party was moved inside for the reception — the Courtyard Restaurant was revamped to match Mia and Michael’s colors with purple linens, beautiful purple floral arrangements, silver chiavari chairs and purple lighting to complete the look. A traditional cake cutting, toasts, and a night full of dancing (including an impromptu Hora) followed in the adjacent Map Room. Everyone had a blast celebrating this great couple – including us!

Special thanks to the always fantastic team of The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library for another beautiful event, and congratulations Mia and Michael!

From Mia + Michael – “Jill, Thank you so so so much. We LOVE the photos!!!!  I have already looked through the cd so many times!! I couldn’t be more in love with the photos!!!  You were amazing to work with!”

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Getting Ready Location: The Lenox Hotel; Ceremony and Reception: The Boston Public Library; Catering, Linens, Cake: The Catered Affair; Flowers: Victoria LaCava, Dress: Liv Harris from Vows Bridal, Lighting: C-Zone, Entertainment: Greg Capozzi, C-Zone; Officiant: Reverend Lisa Ann Donegan

Even though Blair and Jon now live out in Washington DC, these two Boston natives decided to come back home for their beautiful Boston Public Library Wedding!

We were excited to be able to photograph not only the wedding day itself, but the rehearsal dinner the night before on the Rooftop of the Taj Boston.

The next day we met up with both Blair and Jon at the lovely Fairmont Copley Plaza and then made the short walk across the street to the Boston Public Library, in the heart of downtown Boston’s Copley Square. At the center of the Library itself is a gorgeous outdoor Courtyard, lined with summer greens and flowers. Blair and Jon decided to have their ceremony out here, and the late summer weather held out perfectly for them. The reception took place inside the Library, with dinner being served in the stunning Bates Hall, and dancing taking place in the more intimate Abbey Room.

Because the Boston Public Library is already such an ornately decorated space in its architecture alone, Blair and Jon wanted to keep their decor simple, elegant and romantic. They added tones of white, cream, and champagne to compliment the space, rather than compete with it. Overall they wanted their entire wedding to be classic and traditional, so that “30 years from now, we would still love it!”.

Congratulations Blair and Jon, and thank you for being so fantastic to work with!

Vendors | Hair: Meghan Mahoney, Makeup: Stacey Frasca, Invitations: Hitched DC, Paper Products: Smock, Dress: Monique Lhuillier from L’Elite Boston, Flowers: Andrea of Table + Tulip, Cake: Catered Affair, Lighting: Boston Uplights, Favors: Danny Macaroons, Entertainment: One Step Ahead Band

Praise from the Bride – Person + Killian photographed both my wedding and rehearsal dinner, and the pictures are amazing!!!! I received the first “teaser” while on my honeymoon, and literally started jumping up and down with excitement. Once the wedding is over, the photos are the only real memories/proof that you have that it really happened, and Lauren Killian captured the entire weekend perfectly. Aside from the pictures, the experience of working with Lauren was also amazing. She was so professional and made me feel comfortable throughout the weekend, which to me was priceless (she even helped take my veil out!) While I am sure there are plenty of great photographers in the area, working with Person + Killian is a guarantee for fabulous pictures and a calming presence on a day where those are the two things you want more than anything!

The Boston Public Library Wedding  and Taj Boston Rooftop Rehearsal of Blair and Jon was photographed by Person + Killian Photography 251 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116 617.236.1662

Last weekend we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Tamara and Jacob at the Boston Public Library. After getting ready at the nearby Lenox Hotel, we made the short walk across the street to the BPL. Before heading inside, we took a few minutes to take some pictures outside the library with the bride, groom and their wedding party.

With some time before the ceremony, we had the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful location with some more photos on the grand staircase and in the garden courtyard. From there, the couple signed the Ketubah alongside close family and friends in the Library’s Bates Hall, before moving outside into the courtyard for the ceremony.

After cocktail hour in the courtyard guests headed inside to the reception, held in the Popular Reading Room. Tamara and Jacob took the theme of the library and ran with it, even using individualized “date due” library cards to print their guests’ seating and table numbers. The bright orange and red colors of the table centerpieces (which were matched by the bright colors of the books on the walls) contrasted beautifully with the dark blue table linens, making for a warm and elegant reception space.

After the first dance, heartfelt toasts from the wedding party, and a traditional Hora, the celebration was underway! The dance floor was packed all night, and everyone was happy to celebrate this beautiful day with an amazing couple. Congratulations Tamara and Jacob! Getting Ready Venue: Lenox Hotel Boston; Wedding Location: Boston Public Library; Catering, event decor and design: The Catered Affair; Chuppah and Flowers: Spruce Floral; Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Video: Black Tie

There’s nothing quite like an outdoor courtyard Boston Public Library wedding in June!

Catherine and Jeffrey celebrated a beautiful Boston Public Library wedding this weekend right in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square, and Person + Killian was thrilled to be there to capture it all! After getting dressed and ready for the day at the nearby Fairmont Copley , and the official ceremony in the courtyard (perfect for a spring or summer wedding!), the party moved back inside to continue into the night!

Dinner was served inside the library’s own Bates Hall, prepared and executed perfectly as always by the in-house team at The Catered Affair, while coffee, desserts, and a night full of dancing (thanks to awesome music from DJ C-Zone) was held in the exquisite Abbey Room.

The couple wanted to keep the decor simple and elegant, so as not to “overdecorate” in such an ornate venue like the BPL! As the bride said herself, “After all, what additional decor to marble lions need??”.

Catherine stated it perfectly “all we need is good food, friends & family, a great DJ and a few Korean/Italian elements”! Congratulations Catherine and Jeffrey it certainly was such a pleasure working with you both!

Vendors | Hair & Makeup: Caitlin Murphy, Invitations/Paper Products: The Inviting Company, Dress: Enzoani Casablanca, Flowers: Table & Tulip, Cake: The Catered Affair, Lighting: Groove Entertainment, Entertainment: C-Zone, Day of Coordination: Planned Perfectly, Leslie Cregg

The outdoor  courtyard Wedding at the Boston Public Library of Catherine + Jeffrey was photographed by  Boston wedding Photographers Person + Killian Photography. Person + Killian Photography can be reached at their 251 Newbury Street Boston office at 617.236.1662 or via email at [email protected] and [email protected]

 

Stacy and Brad had a beautiful Boston Public Library wedding ceremony and reception. The day began at the Fairmont Copley Plaza where Stacy and her bridesmaids got ready. The bride brought her fun and unique style into the wedding with her fabulous accessories that included a custom-made brooch bouquet and Valentino shoes.

Stacy and Brad exchanged their vows in the library’s beautiful courtyard.

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds addressed their guests at cocktail hour from the Juliet Balcony.

We love that we had some time to take the couple and their wedding party to various locations both in and outside the building for a few formal photos.

The reception started with dinner in the Popular Reading Room, designed by The Catered Affair.

Following dinner, guests were welcomed into the Map Room and Café for dancing where they were entertained by Soul City.

Before the end of the evening we took Stacy and Brad back out to the courtyard for a few more photos. The lighting and shimmer from the rain made for the perfect backdrop.

Getting Ready Venue: Fairmont Copley Plaza; Ceremony and Reception location: Boston Public Library; Event Catering, Design and Décor: The Catered Affair; Dress: Vera Wang, Boston; Hair and Makeup: Rachel Lockhart; Entertainment: Soul City

To view more wedding photographs from the Boston Public Library, click here.

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Person + Killian Photography captured the wedding of Stacy and Brad at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and the Boston Public Library where the couple exchanged vows outside in the courtyard. Person + Killian Photography is located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay at 251 Newbry Street. Jill Person and Lauren Killian can be reached via phone at 617.236.1662 or via email at: [email protected] / [email protected]

Person + Killian Photography had the opportunity to once again photograph a wedding at the Boston Public Library for the wedding of Becky and Ari. The BPL, once a hidden jewel, is now the site of some of Boston’s most magnificent weddings thanks to the team at The Catered Affair. This was certainly the case for the newlyweds who utilized the picturesque space for all of the festivities of their day including formal photos atop the grand marble staircase.

The ceremony took place in the Courtyard Restaurant where Becky and Ari exchanged vows (along with lots of smiles and laughter) under the beautiful chuppah designed by Jeri Solomon Floral Designs.  From there it was cocktails in both the Map Room and the courtyard.

The festivities continued for the reception, which took place in the library’s Popular Reading Room. The couple and their guests wined, dined and danced the night away to the live performances from Java Jive. A couple of the guests even got involved with the band. One guest played a few songs on the trumpet and later in the evening there was a spectacular song performance from a family member that left everyone in awe.

Congratulations Becky and Ari! We had a fantastic time capturing your day that was full of wonderful moments throughout.

Venue: Boston Public Library, Catering: The Catered Affair, Dress:L’élite, Flowers: Jeri Solomon Floral Design, Lighting: DJ Raffi, Ceremony Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players, Reception Entertainment: Java Jive

Over the past few weeks Person + Killian Photography has spent a lot of time at the Boston Public Library. It is one of Boston’s most unique venues and we have had a blast getting to know the space better!

Most recently we photographed the wedding of Erica and Mike, a photo-shoot for The Catered Affair and Boston Magazine’s launch party for Boston Weddings Fall/Winter 2010 Issue!  A big thank you to our friends at the BPL and Boston Magazine for thinking of us for these fantastic events!

Venue: The Boston Public Library, Catering: The Catered Affair, Flowers: Tangerine Creations, Lighting: Groove Entertainment, Sparkling Rose and Prosecco: Martini + Rossi, Tables and Linens: Rentals Unlimited, Gowns:Priscilla of Boston, Makeup: Katrina Hess, Parting gifts: Bliss Spa at the W Hotel, Petit fours and cupcakes: Jenny’s Cakes