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Jessica’s dream for her wedding day included a soft color palette, lots of natural light, and a special focus on time spent with friends and family. For the first two, there was no other place but the Belle Mer in Newport, RI. The gorgeous manicured lawns, modern and elegant white interior, and stunning views of the Narragansett Bay make this a one-of-a-kind Newport wedding destination. For the third part of Jessica’s wedding dream, we made sure to set aside a lot of extra time for photos with all of the special people in Jessica and Jason’s lives.

Jess and Jason fully embraced the elegant and chic vibes of the Belle Mer, with a muted palette of soft rose pink, creme, and dark wood. They took full advantage of the gorgeous scenery with lots of photos outside on the grounds and out on the waterfront. We loved being able to use the dramatic ivy wall and Narragansett Bay as backgrounds for photos throughout the entire day. Their late afternoon Newport wedding ceremony was held outside on the Belle Mer lawn, under a floral-accented chuppah.

The celebration moved inside to the Belle Mer Water Salon for the evening reception. The modern contrast of dark floors and white walls accented lots of summer greenery on each table and subtle pops of pink. Jess and Jason laughed and danced the night away surrounded by friends and family. We were even able to get outside one last time as the sun began to set for a few more seaside photos out on the water with the happy newlyweds.

Special thank you to Jess and Jason, Jodi Raphael and Aya Kappel at Jodi Raphael Events, and the Longwood Events team at the Belle Mer for a truly memorable summer Newport wedding!

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Event Team | Venue: Longwood’s Belle Mer; Jodi Raphael Events: Jodi Raphael and Aya Kappel; Lighting: Ormonde Productions; Floral: Stoneblossom; Band: Beantown; Video: Willowtree; Getting Ready: Newport Marriott and Belle Mer; Cake: Longwood Events/Belle Mer, flowers by Stoneblossom; Dress designer: Mira Zwillinger; Rentals: PEAK Event Services

The summer days are waning, but they aren’t gone yet! The bride for this gorgeous summer Boston wedding at the Boston Harbor Hotel described the inspiration as “enchanted forest”. An abundance of greenery, soft white flowers, and gold details made this a lush and luxurious celebration to remember.

Becca and Dan’s Boston wedding is what we affectionately like to call a “Jewish(ish)” wedding. Much of the wedding ceremony took from Becca’s Jewish roots — with a traditional Ketubah signing and vows under a chuppah. The Rabbi made everyone in the room feel included by explaining all of the prayers, blessings, and traditions as Becca and Dan became husband and wife. At the reception, guests participated in a Motzi (blessing of the bread and wine), traditional Hora, and a Krenzel dance for the parents of the bride. This is a celebration of parents who have just seen their last child get married! Dan and his family’s Irish roots were celebrated with a traditional Irish song and dance for all the guests to enjoy on the dance floor.

The Boston Harbor Hotel made for a perfect venue for this celebration. The colors of green, white, and seafoam were a perfect match for the Boston waterfront right outside, and gold detailing throughout the decor added a stunning touch of elegance. We loved being a part of this gorgeous Boston wedding celebration — special thanks to Becca and Dan, to Jodi Raphael and her entire team, and to Michael and everyone at the Boston Harbor Hotel!

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Wedding Team | Boston Harbor Hotel: Michael Boivin; Coordination: Jodi Raphael Events – Jodi, Aya, and team; Hair: Harley McGill; Makeup: Stacey Frasca; Invitations/Paper: Elise Cherney; Dress: Monique Lhuillier purchased at L’elite Boston; Tux: The Black Tux; Flowers: Carol Silverston – The Original Touch; Rentals: PEAK Event Services; Lighting: Event Illuminations; Entertainment: Kahootz Band; Video: Boston Wedding Films

For those of us here in Boston, we know how long the winters can be. After a typically cold, dark winter here in Boston — we are so excited to get the spring wedding season started with this gorgeous celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston! A sophisticated and modern wedding with lots of white florals and pops of pink color, this was a refreshing way to officially kick off the spring wedding season.

After getting ready at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, we took the bride and groom across the street to the Boston Public Garden for their first look and formal photos. The weather was a gorgeous 60+ degrees, perfect for lots of photos out in the park! Going back to the hotel, we took advantage of the gorgeous grand staircase for a few more formal photos before Sarah and Mike signed their Ketubah.

The wedding guests arrived and the bride and groom completed their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, affirming their vows underneath a white floral chuppah in front of their friends and family. Cocktail hour in the Four Seasons Hotel Boston Aujourd’hui Room was followed by a reception in the Four Seasons Ballroom. Classic black and white colors were used throughout, with a mix of black and white seating and rentals, towering white floral arrangements, and an elegant touch of silver for a little bit of sparkle.

We can’t wait for the exciting spring wedding season ahead, special thanks to Sarah and Mike as well as Philip and his team at the Four Seasons and Jodi Raphael and her team at Jodi Raphael Events for getting us off to such an amazing start!

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Event Partners: Planning and Coordination: Jodi Raphael Events; Hair and Makeup: The Parlr; Invitations: Toby Dondis; Dress: Vera Wang via Musette; Tux: Men’s Warehouse (custom); Flowers: Carol Silverston – The Original Touch; Entertainment: Eye 2 Eye; Video: SH Videography; Lighting: Event Illuminations; Rentals: Tommy Wholesale

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We are so lucky to work in an industry where our friends and colleagues can introduce us to such wonderful new brides and grooms. This fantastic couple came to us by way of Jodi Raphael, whose team at Jodi Raphael Events was already planning a gorgeous and modern wedding day for Amanda and Zach. Though they currently live in New York City, Amanda and Zach decided to come back to Amanda’s hometown of Boston for their fall wedding celebration.

The couple chose the newly renovated Boston Marriott Long Wharf for their venue, and began their wedding day in the suites getting ready. To contrast the classic white of the wedding, they chose accents of navy blue in the bridesmaid dresses, Zach’s suit jacket, and Amanda’s blue high heels. The couple met in Columbus Park right next to the Marriott for their first look, and we took them around the park and out to the waterfront for formal photos. The wedding party joined us in Columbus Park for group shots, then it was back to the Boston Marriott Long Wharf to begin the ceremony.

The couple was married in a traditional Jewish ceremony which began with the signing of the Ketubah in front of an intimate group of family and friends. Then it was into the Marriott Long Wharf Ballroom for the ceremony itself, which took place under a gorgeous white floral chuppah with soft purple lighting and candles lining the aisle. Guests moved to the Palm Garden room for cocktails following the ceremony, while the Ballroom was transformed for the evening reception. The team at Jodi Raphael Events pulled out all the stops for this elegant and modern celebration, which featured an eclectic mix of round, square, and rectangular dining tables, towering white floral centerpieces in silver vessels, and hundreds of soft candles throughout the room. Amanda and Zach had quite a crowd to share in their celebration, over 325 guests, and everyone was excited to get the party started!

We were so thrilled to be there to share this day with Amanda, Zach, and all of their friends and family. Special thanks to the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, and to the team at Jodi Raphael Events for a beautiful event and for sending this wonderful couple our way. Mazel Tov Amanda and Zach!

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Wedding Team | Venue: Boston Marriott Long Wharf; Planning: Jodi Raphael Events; Dress: Marchesa – Wedding Salon of Manhasset; Tux: Custom – Sam’s Livingston, NJ; Hair: Jennifer Tawa; Makeup: Dana Dodson; Floral: Carol Silverston – The Original Touch; Lighting: Event Illuminations; Entertainment: Hip Pocket Orchestra – via Music Management; Rentals: Be Our Guest; Invitations/Paper: Toby Dondis, LTD; Video: Willow Tree Films

A classic blue and white wedding on the Boston seaside gets a fun twist with gold detailing and colorful pops of pink. This Boston Harbor Hotel summer wedding was the perfect mix of nautical elegance and summer fun, making for a truly unique and special day of celebration. All of the day’s events took place at the Boston Harbor Hotel — starting in the Hotel’s Admiral Suite where Courtney and her bridal party got ready. Both the bride and groom had gorgeous views of the city, the Greenway, and the Boston Harbor below while they prepared for the day.

We took Courtney and Brian outside to the waterfront for their first look, and stayed out for some formal photos of the couple around the Hotel and in front of the beautiful Boston Harbor. We were joined by the wedding party for group formals on the waterfront, their light blue dresses and navy blue suits matched perfectly with the seaside vibes of the Boston Harbor Hotel. We took Courtney and Brian across the street to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a few more formal photos outside before heading back to the Boston Harbor Hotel to begin the ceremony.

The ceremony was held in the Boston Harbor Hotel Wharf Room, which was accented with gold and white chairs, white drapes, and pink summer flowers. The couple incorporated a few elements of Jewish tradition into their ceremony, with a gorgeous white floral Chuppah overlooking the Harbor right outside. Guests moved to the Wharf Foyer for cocktails following the ceremony, while the Wharf Room was transformed for the evening reception. The venue’s existing blue and white color scheme was accented by white linens, navy blue menu cards and gold and soft white lounge seating. The room was lit with gentle pink uplighting and accented with bright pink summer bouquets and a few shimmers of gold for a really unique twist on a classic color palette. As the sun began to set we headed outside for a few more photographs of Courtney and Brian along the beautiful waterfront, then it was back into the party to celebrate all night with family and friends.

Special thanks to Jodi and her team at Jodi Raphael Events and to Ted Daniels and his wonderful team at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Congratulations Courtney and Brian!

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Wedding Team | Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel; Planning: Jodi Raphael Events; Hair: Emily Reale; Makeup: Alberto Cervantes; Invitation Suite/Menus: Inviting Company; Flowers: Carol Silverston – The Original Touch; Rentals: Be Our Guest, Tommy Wholesale, and Prop Factory; Ceremony Music: The Gilded Harps; Reception Entertainment: Hip Pocket Orchestra – Music Management; Lighting: Event Illuminations

This summer seaside Belle Mer wedding came to us by way of the talented Carol Silverston of The Original Touch. In coordination with Jodi Raphael of Jodi Raphael Events, this team brought their A-game for NYC based couple Liz and Nick for their wedding day in Rhode Island.

Liz and Nick took full advantage of the elegant beauty of the Belle Mer — adding glitz and pops of summer color to this already amazing wedding venue. The wedding day started next door at Gurney’s Newport Hotel and Spa where the couple got ready with their wedding party. After the bride and groom had their first look at Belle Mer in front of the ivy wall,  we met up with the wedding party for formals with the stunning ocean backdrop.

As guests arrived at the Belle Mer, they passed through a custom entryway created by Carol, Jodi and their team. The white walkway, drapes, and tall floral arrangements looked out over the Belle Mer Lawn, ocean, and Newport bridge and served as a spot for guests to pose for photos and enjoy the gorgeous views. The wedding ceremony took place on the water, where Liz and Nick said their I do’s under the floral chuppah.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn before moving into the Belle Mer’s Water Salon for the reception. The modern white space was accentuated with mirror-top tables, shimmering silver linens, and a mix of classic white and colorful pink, red, and purple floral arrangements. Guests packed the dance floor all evening long, and were even treated to a surprise fireworks show out on the waterfront after dinner. For Liz and Nick, what they wanted more than anything was to give their guests a fun and memorable night of celebration, and this beautiful summer Belle Mer wedding certainly delivered.

Special thanks to Carol, Jodi, Tahleen and the rest of their team as well as Ashly and her team at the Belle Mer. And of course a big thank you to Liz and Nick for letting us be a part of your wedding day!

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Vendors | Getting Ready: Gurney ‘s Newport Hotel and Spa; Wedding Day: Belle Mer; Planner/Designer/Florist: Carol Silverston – The Original Touch; Planning and Coordination: Jodi Raphael Events; Entertainment: Hip Pocket Orchestra and Rich DiMare via Music Management

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 month’s warm winter heat wave has us dreaming of summer — even if it doesn’t last very long! We want to make the warmer weather last a little bit longer with a flashback to this poolside Boston Bat Mitzvah with Jodi Raphael Events.

This super chic, modern Bat Mitzvah was all about the neon. Bright yellow lounge furniture sat poolside with super mod hightop tables and pops of pink in the flowers, votive candles, and custom pool floats. Inside the tent the neon was kicked into high gear — a custom event logo was made with neon lights and lots of triangles, which carried into the rest of the decor. A chic black and neon lounge area surrounded the dance floor and high top tables were covered in a mix of bright colors like pink, yellow, and green. Neon triangle lights hung from the ceiling and custom triangle dining tables were made to match with the theme. A custom neon laser light show was created to add to the atmosphere. The entire tent was absolutely bursting with light and color, the perfect environment for a fun and fabulous Boston Bat Mitzvah.

A big thank you to Jodi Raphael and her team for this bright and colorful event — it won’t be too long before we’ll be enjoying the summer sunshine again!

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Victoria and George are the kind of couple whose love and happiness radiates through the entire room. The two married in a beautiful fall wedding at the Four Seasons Boston, surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones. The entire celebration was elegant, romantic, and a perfect reflection of these two sparkling personalities.

The couple and their wedding parties started the day getting ready inside the Four Seasons Boston, with Victoria and George exchanging wedding gifts and cards before the whirlwind of the day began. The couple chose to have a first look and photo session before the traditional Catholic wedding ceremony, but they still wanted to preserve that feeling of the bride walking down the aisle. They asked their wedding party to help out, by lining the Four Seasons stairway with George waiting at the bottom. Victoria was walked down the stairs on her father’s arm, for a beautiful and intimate first look moment that was truly unique to the couple.

After the first look, we headed outside with the entire wedding party for some pre-ceremony photos. We could not have asked for a more perfect day — the sun was shining and the beautiful greenery and sparkling pond made a perfect backdrop for photos. Victoria and George said their “I do”s in a beautiful ceremony in St. Cecilia Parish, then it was time to head back to the Four Seasons Boston for the evening reception.

The couple chose an elegant color palette of soft blush and gold that matched perfectly with the Four Seasons Boston Ballroom, which included pops of dark pink and metallic sprinkled throughout the room. The arrangements featured flowers in white, blush, and pink with golden candle-holders adding a pop to the decor. Victoria and George lit up the room as they celebrated their special day surrounded by friends and family, ending the night with toasts, laughter, and dancing.

A big thank you to Jodi Raphael and her team and Philip Deschamps at the Four Seasons Boston for creating the perfect day for Victoria and George!

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Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Boston – Philip Deschamps; Ceremony: Saint Cecilia Parish – Boston; Planning, Coordination, Design: Jodi Raphael Events with flowers by Carol Silverston; Cake: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes; Video: SH Videography; Entertainment: Eye to Eye

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Just launched is the 2017 edition of Bliss Celebrataions magazine and we are excited to see the Fairmont Copley Plaza wedding of Kari and Evan grace the pages of this beautiful publication.

Thank you to Carol Silverston (The Original Touch) and Jodi Raphael (Jodi Raphael Events) and their teams for creating this stunning look and for always being a joy to work with!

“Modern Magnetism – A clean color palette of white and gold creates a feeling of refined glamour in the swanky hotel ballroom at The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

Kari had always loved the pure elegance of an all-white wedding with the richness of added gold accents. She knew this sophisticated combination was exactly what she wanted and so the planning began. Venue selection was simple since she fell in love instantly with the gilded, old-world architecture of the ballroom at The Fairmont Copley Plaza and knew it could be juxtaposed with modern décor. The combined talents of Jodi Raphael Events and Carol Silverston brought Kari’s vision to life. Long mirrored tables were adorned with pure white flora and glistening candles. Round tables surrounded by Lucite chairs were decorated with cascading orchids in tall crystal vases. Jodi and Carol were both amazing to work with. I had a distinct look and high expectations for how the décor would turn out and the result was flawless,” gushed Kari.”

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Venue: The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston; Photography by: Person + Killian Photography; Event & Floral Design – Carol Silverston, The Original Touch & Jodi Raphael Events; Rentals: Be Our Guest; Lounge: Reserve Modern Event Rental; Dress: Isabelle Armstrong; Hair and Makeup: Stacey Frasca; Paper: Elise Cherny – No Regrets; Cake: Cakes to Remember

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Shelley and Spencer wanted a riverfront Boston wedding that would truly capture the essence of this beautiful city. The Royal Sonesta Boston, with it’s scenic views of the famed Charles River was the perfect venue to grant that wish. We were thrilled to join the couple and their guests for their celebration!

Before the ceremony, the couple decided to have a moment to themselves. This touching moment took place outside, down by the Charles. Shelley looked stunning and elegant in her James Clifford lace gown. The scenic Boston city skyline was a breathtaking backdrop for their formal portraits. Taking advantage of the sunny and warm weather, the couple were joined by the wedding party for some formal and fun photo opportunities.

Under an intricate floral chuppah, featuring mixed fresh flowers and draping vines, Shelley and Spencer were wed  in a traditional and moving Jewish ceremony.

The Grand Ballroom was aglow in candle light, illuminating the modern floral touches and elegant stemware that sparkled throughout the room. With romantic twinkle lights setting the mood, the newlyweds had their first dance, before their guests joined in with an enthusiastic Hora!

Thank you to Jim Arnello, his talented team at the Royal Sonesta, and Carol Silverston of the Original Touch for coordinating this gorgeous event. Congratulations and Mazel Tov Shelley and Spencer!

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Venue: Royal Sonesta Boston;  Decor, Production and Florals: Carol Silverston + Jodi Raphael ; Invitations/Paper Products: Designer Fine Press; Dress: James Clifford for Vows Bridal Outlet; Linens: Royal Sonesta Boston; Cake: Catering by Andrew; Entertainment: Music Management – Hip Pocket Orchestra; Video: Generations Inc.

Shelley and Spencer’s had a A beautiful Jewish Royal Sonesta Boston Wedding as photographed by Person + Killian Photography.
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

Jamie and Matt had a gorgeous traditional Jewish wedding at the always beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Boston. The bride and groom were able to utilize all of the rooms and spaces throughout the hotel including their ceremony in the Governor’s Room, cocktail hour in Aujourd’hui and dinner and dancing in the Ballroom.

Before the ceremony, the couple had an intimate and beautiful ketubah signing, along with the traditional bedeken. Stunning floral arrangements from Carol Silverston and her team at the Original Touch filled both the ballrooms and hallways in varying tones of green, pink and cream. The ceremony chuppah was adorned with white orchids and brushed metal floor vases around the room were filled with Jamie’s favorite flowers – pink and cream peonies.

For the reception, the ballroom was filled with soft purple lighting. The mercury glass and clear glass vessels sparkled with the luscious white and pink flowers including peonies and cascading orchids. Following the energetic hora and the blessing of the challah bread, was a surprise fully choreographed flash mob. Secretly planned by about 30 of Jamie and Matt’s family and friends, the couple was thrilled by the dance (and it made for some great photographs)! The shining white dance floor with the couple’s monogram was underfoot as the guests celebrated and danced the night away.

Congratulations Jamie and Matt! Thank you to Philip Deschamps and his team at the Four Seasons for a perfectly planned evening and Carol Silverston and her team at the Original Touch.

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Venue: Four Seasons Boston, Hair and Makeup: Stacey Frasca, Dress: Monique Lhullier for Saks Bridal, Flowers: Carol Silverston with Jodi Raphael Events; Entertainment: Nightshift Entertainment – District 21; Lighting: Suzanne B Lowell Lighting Design; Video: Bob Dressig for Playback Video

A Traditional Jewish Wedding at the Four Seasons Boston. Post filed under Four Seasons Boston Weddings.

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