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The Harvard Club, Downtown Boston Wedding : Courtney + Matt

A few weeks back Paul, Eric and I had the pleasure of fotographing the lovely wedding of Courtney + Matt at the Harvard Club Downtown Boston!  Everything was so laid back, Courtney + Matt were both so happy and enjoying every minute of their wedding. The tone was so elegant but personal, and it was in the perfect location, on a perfect sunny, blue-skied day!  We adored Courtney’s mom Penny (who just happens to have the same name as our daughter!), who not only planned the perfect wedding for her daughter, but she also did the gorgeous flower design with the company she works for Nellie’s Wildflowers in Somerville, MA.  One really cool thing about Courtney (other than that you can tell she is a friend that would do anything for you) is that she was a Rockette for 7 years, just retired in fact, getting her kicks : ) touring the world!  It was a childhood dream come true for her, after her mom brought her to see the Rockettes when she was like 8 years old.  If Courtney’s infectious smile and laugh doesn’t make your heart smile, nothing will!  I don’t think there was one second of the day that Courtney wasn’t smiling, and she loved having her photo taken….we actually had to try to check her NOT camera aware…haha!  Matt was as relaxed as a cucumber (or is it cool as :  ) and the love he has for his girl radiates from his twinkly eyes when he gazes at her…..

As a side note, this is the first wedding I’m blogging some of Eric’s (our associate shooter! : )  images as well, so I’ll point them out along the post…

Courtney shares with us the day, in her eyes:

“We both attended the University of Arizona at the same time, yet did not meet in school. In 2008, after graduation we had both gone to the wedding of Courtney’s dear friend, Angela and Matt’s friend, Mike in Houston, TX. Come to find out we had many mutual friends in college. We spent the weekend in TX getting to know one another and Courtney found out Matt was actually living in Boston attending, as he put it “a small school out of Cambridge”. On leave from TX we decided to get together again once we were back in Boston. Matt persisted and the rest is history.

The wedding was even better than I had imagined.  The year and a half of planning, sometimes fun, sometimes stressful really was well worth the time and wait!  I could not have imagined a better weekend (it’s New England so you never can predict the weather) but the sun was shining and Matt and I were just glowing the entire day.

I really owe the entire wedding to my mom, who did all the flowers with her boss, Joyce from Nellie’s Wildflowers in Somerville, MA.  The flowers were definitely a highlight and work of art to say the least.

We decided on a color scheme first (Gold and cream) then just sort of layered ideas from there.  The dress too, really set the tone of the wedding, I wanted classic, elegant, and regal decor.

One of my favorite decor items was the memory table we had in honor of our grandparents.  We miss them but they were definitely watching over us that day.

The other favorite was the cake and cake topper. I had wanted an all gold cake with a unique topper and for my bridal shower my bridesmaids gave it to me as a gift. They had it sculpted through pictures of Matt and I. Best gift ever! I can’t wait to put it in my china cabinet.

One of the best parts I remember was first walking into the ceremony room with my dad, seeing all faces of the people I loved and who had been in my life for so long, all there to support Matt and I in this new chapter of our lives.  It was one of the only moments I nearly lost it (I am not an emotional person) but that really hit me hard.  So many loved ones from Boston to Arizona and everywhere in between all had come to show their love and support. It was beautiful.

Other highlights include dancing, which Matt and I did pretty much the entire night!  Music was very important to me and I was on the phone with the band leader for an hour or more going over everything I wanted played, what I didn’t want etc., the band was fantastic and there was not a single song where someone was not on the dance floor.

Advice for brides- Dance your booty off and find moments to take it all in. It goes by so fast…”


The following 4 images are from our associate shooter, Eric Hubball, who is awesome, by the way :  )

Another beautiful image by Eric….

and another…..

Another beautiful image by Eric….


The Planner : Courtney’s mom =0
The Dress :  Monique Lhuillier purchased at Madeline’s Daughter
The Shoes : Jimmy Choo purchased at Jimmy Choo Copley Mall
The Hair Stylist : Yvonne Spagnoli
The Makeup Artist : Patriza DiRamio
The Jewelry : borrowed bracelet, earrings are Givenchy from Nordstorm
The Rings : Specially made by Robert Eis
The Groom’s Attire : Russo’s Tuxedo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm
The Ceremony Site : The Harvard Club Boston, MA
The Stationary : An Elegant Affair
The Officiant : Reverend Ray Low
The Reception Venue : The Harvard Club Boston, MA
The Floral Design : Nellie’s Wildflowers
The Food : Harvard Club Boston, MA
The Cake : The Icing on the Cake
The Music : Don Sanni for Ceremony and “The Men in Black” for reception
The First Dance Song : “That’s All” Michael Buble
Something Old : Bride’s Grandmother’s brooch in hair
Something New : Dress and shoes
Something Borrowed : bracelet
Something Blue : Stitched monogram in blue thread inside Courtney’s dress

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  • Nicole Roderick - August 21, 2012 - 9:16 am

    Good morning to whom it may concern,

    My name is Nicole Roderick, I am in charge of the Downtown Harvard Clubs social media department and I would love to discuss the oportunity in usuing your images from Courtney and Matt’s Wedding for our Wedding page which can be found on the link above. We are trying to create a true sense of some past weddings that have taken place at the club and would love it if you would grant us permission to use these watermarked images for our sight. Please let us know if this would be a possibility as we love incorporating great photographers for our weddings sight so to create exposure for your tallents as well as our venue.

    Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.

    Nicole Roderick

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