The love story of Katy and David

September 26 • 2012

Katy and David

6.30.12

Brookline, Massachusetts

Both Alums of Boston College, David and I chose St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, located on the campus of Boston College, for our catholic ceremony.

Our wedding was comprised mostly of family and friends from near and far, including Chicago (the bride’s hometown), Ireland, London, Canada and Hong Kong (the groom’s mother is from Ireland and father from London. The groom worked in Hong Kong for several years, so has dear friends from Asia).   Because the majority of our guests were traveling to be with us, we knew we wanted to create a memorable and personal experience for them.

Unique Details Infused:

Bridesmaid and Mother of the Bride Dresses: Handmade by Chicago designer, Barbara Bates.  Designer dresses were especially important to tailor the needs of my maid of honor and sister, Bridget’s, growing belly.  At the wedding, Bridget was 7 months pregnant.

Bride’s Earrings: The bride is the last of nine grandchildren to wear their grandmother’s pearl earrings on their wedding day.

Welcome Bags: Our canvas tote bags were filled with salted caramels from The Chatham Candy Manor, my favorite candy store, and homemade cookies from Concord’s Verrill Farm, located just down the road from David’s family’s home.  Each bag was hand stamped, in our wedding colors, with “Boston” and our wedding date.

Surprise Trolley: My husband, David’s passion is golf. What a better way to enjoy the wedding day than a round of golf and lunch with his best man and groomsmen (both of whom are his brothers) at The Country Club.  While getting ready for the ceremony, a trolley arrived filled with David’s ushers, whom had traveled from as far as Hong Kong and Ireland to share in this day with us.  David was beyond surprised and very excited.  Together, David, his groomsmen and ushers traveled together, via the trolley, to the church

Personalized Cupcakes: While getting ready in our hotel suite, my sisters, Molly and Bridget, surprised me with cupcakes adorned with my new initials from my favorite cupcake store, Georgetown Cupcakes! Delicious!

“Here’s Come the Bride” signage: Our 3 year old nephew and niece, honored us as flower girl and ring bearer, processed down the isle carrying a handmade, “Here Comes the Bride” sign with satin ribbons. The letters, a silvery-blue color complemented our wedding colors.

Boston College Marching Band: Because the ceremony was on the campus of Boston College, I hired 16 members of the BC Band to surprise our family and friends at the conclusion of the ceremony with Boston-inspired songs, including “Sweet Caroline.”  The band not only played as guests left the church, but also occupied the middle trolley, playing oldies, but goodies, as the 3 trolleys processed from St. Ignatius of Loyola Church to The Country Club

Cigar Roller: A surprise for my husband, an avid cigar smoker, I hired a cigar roller to hand roll cigars during the cocktail hour portion of the evening.  Each cigar was adorned with a label designed in our signature colors and initials.

Signature Cocktail: The Starry Night, created specially for our wedding, by The Country Club’s head bartender, paid tribute to my favorite cocktail, kir royale.

Table Names: Rather than using typical table numbers, our table names were those of our favorite Boston street names. The table names were hung from the corner of one chair at each table.  Our parents’ tables’ names were the names of the streets David and I each resided before getting married.  Our table name was West Newton, the name of the street on which we currently reside.

Dinner and Cake: David and I did not want a traditional seated dinner of filet or fish.  Our menu was created to meet our vision and celebrate the seasonal ingredients and New England by The Country’ Club’s Master Chef.  Our menu included a first course of chilled crab salad with Japanese cucumber, citrus and mache. Our main entrée was sautéed duck breast with rosemary potato pave, roasted Vidalia onion with summer squash. The seated dessert, passed during toasts, was a delicious mango sorbet terrine with a macaroon crumble and micro mint.  Rather than a traditional yellow or chocolate cake, David and I chose to serve carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Father/Daughter Dance: My father, Dennis, is a faithful follower of Jimmy Buffett. While my Dad was under the impression our first dance would be to Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter” the band learned to play his favorite Buffet song, Fins, which meant so much to him!  Not only did we have fun dancing, it was a song that included participation from the onlookers.

Sparklers: At the conclusion of our reception, guests lined the walkway in the middle circle with 36-inch sparklers, with our Mercedes awaiting us at the walkway’s end.  It was a fun and different way for our guests to send us off!

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Boston wedding of Katy and David<br><a href=http://ivinsimages.wordpress.com/ target=_blank>Michael Ivins</a>

Photographer: Michael Ivins, Manager of Photography, Boston Red Sox

Church/Music: St. Ignatius of Loyola Church

Reception: Brookline Country Club

Wedding Planner: Lian Chen, Mikado Weddings

Florist: Winston Flowers

Band: Flipside, Murray Hill Talent

Ceremony musicians: Boston College Marching Band

Transportation: Old Town Trolleys, LTI and Local Motion

Cigar Roller: Boston Cigar Factory

Hotel: The Taj, Boston

Invitations: Goosefish Press

Hair: Roffi Salon

Make Up: Jaime Perez, Artist for Bobbi Brown

Bride’s Dress: L’Elite

Bridesmaids: Barbara Bates, Chicago

Grooms’ Tuxedo: Jos A Bank

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