Sarah and Ethan’s September wedding took place in Cambridge at Loyal Nine. The restaurant has outdoor space that was perfect for the ceremony, as well as a covered patio and fun indoor space that served as the cocktail hour and reception spaces. The great space was complimented by amazing food and service and was a lovely spot for Sarah and Ethan to make their love official.
The soon-to-be newlyweds spent the morning getting ready at the Kimpton Marlowe (in separate suites of course!). Sarah had her natural beauty enhanced by Love Notes by June before slipping into her dress from Lela Rose Bridal that she found at Ceremony Boston. After capturing plenty of photos of the bride and groom getting ready, the lovely Addie from Addie Roberge Photography took the couple across the street to the Charles River so they could share their first look. Family and friends joined the couple for some group photos before everyone headed over to Loyal Nine for the Ketubah signing.
When guests arrived, they took their places on benches set-up under romantic bistro lights. As the talented musicians from Innocenti Strings started the processional music, the groomsmen started down the aisle, followed by Ethan and his parents. With Sarah’s team following, it was time for her to make her big entrance. Escorted by both her parents, Sarah was all smiles as she made her way towards Ethan. It was a personal ceremony officiated by Rabbi Ken Hahn who had guests involved from the start as he made them practice yelling “Mazel Tov” so they would have it just right for later in the ceremony. Mid-ceremony, church bells could be heard ringing in the distance and everyone laughed as Rabbi Ken commented that "Clearly we’ve gone on too long". To close out the ceremony, Ethan kept with Jewish tradition and stomped on a piece of glass, while the well-trained guests yelled Mazel Tov as loud as they could!
Guests mingled during cocktail hour while the bride, groom, and a few family members took some last formal photos. Guests were able to pick up their escort cards, sign the guest book, and enjoy the appetizers and drinks that the staff made sure kept on coming! With formal photos complete, Sarah & Ethan were able to join their guests for the latter part of cocktail hour and were seen caught up in many hugs and animated conversations as guests were clearing enjoying their chance to spend time with the newlyweds.
As guests made their way into the restaurant for the reception, it was clear the décor Sarah & Ethan added complimented the natural surroundings perfectly. Personalized menus sat at each place setting, and the creative team from Berry Branch had placed what seemed like hundreds of bud vases with flowers throughout the room. They really livened up the space and I heard more than one guest comment on how beautiful they were.
The bride & groom shared their first dance together to “I Choose You” by Willie Hutch before taking the mic to thank their family & friends for supporting them in things big and small. During the delicious, multi-course meal, we heard toasts from both Sarah and Ethan’s parents, ‘man of honor’ Andrew, and best men Dan & Will. While my organized brain was in a bit of a panic as none of them stuck to the time allotted to them, it was more than worth it as each toast was funnier than the last. I had to wipe tears from my eyes multiple times and I was so happy (as I’m sure Sarah & Ethan were) that Daniel from Horned Melon Productions got it all on video.
Before the last plate was cleared, DJ Adam from White Label DJ had guests on the dance floor for what would be a wonderful dance party. The newlyweds were lifted onto chairs during a lively Hora and danced the night way with their family & friends, It was a beautiful day that truly reflected Sarah and Ethan’s love and I was honored to have been a small part of it.
Sarah & Ethan – I learned a lot listening to your family speak on your behalf. My advice for you as you move through life together is to keep respecting each other, keep communicating, keep loving on that sweet pup Nova, keep making mix tapes, and keep being each other’s biggest supporter. I know you have a wonderful life ahead of you. xo
P.S. Tell Wayne Gretzky I said hi!
The gorgeous images below are courtesy of the talented Addie Roberge Photography.