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Boston and New England wedding days and engagements, and wedding photo planning tips shared by photographer Lynne Reznick Photography.

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Boston Wedding at Lenox Hotel - Rebecca & Ross

Lynne Reznick

Lenox Hotel Boston Wedding bride and groom newlyweds

Rebecca and Ross held an elegant Boston wedding at the Lenox Hotel this summer. It was a truly elegant affair with creams, gold, and deep oxblood and burgundy reds that provided a rich palette. They added just a hint of sparkle in their linens and day-of paper and amped up the romance with rose petals thrown during the ceremony and candles and fresh cherries creating luxe centerpieces for the reception. Throughout it all, Rebecca and Ross kept the focus of the day on their love and sharing it with their guests. They tied in thoughtful touches to make sure their guests felt loved and cared for all day long. Rebecca explained why: “We're most excited to be all together with so many people from all over and all in the same room. Very rare! And to show off Boston to our family and friends from out of town. Many have never been so they'll be able to spend some time sightseeing while they're here!”. One major way they rolled out the red carpet for their guests was through homemade chocolate cherry cookies that Rebecca made herself! And this is a special treat because Rebecca is an amazing baker. When we first met she told me about her love for baking and about the special dessert involving peaches that she was planning for Easter. And guests were thrilled to see that she had prepared such a personal sweet treat for them and many commented on what a great baker she was - so the excitement for her cookies was real!

Rebecca and Ross met on Match and ended up on their first date together because they found they had both gone to Endicott College - Rebecca for her undergrad and Ross for his MBA. They ended up going on a few epic first dates where they didn’t want the day to end, even after spending hours together and they quickly fell in love from there. Ross proposed at a restaurant on Federal Hill in Providence at the end of an intimate dinner together - which was perfect because these two are foodies and love exploring cities and trying new restaurants together. So getting married in the heart of Boston was a natural choice!

Getting Ready at the Lenox Hotel

The ladies had their makeup done at the Lenox by Verde Salon and then had their hair done by my fabulous friend Maricruz of Maricruz Hairstyles. Maricruz even stayed throughout getting ready to make sure Rebecca’s hair piece and veil were perfectly placed. Rebecca’s dress was an Essense of Australia gown that she found at Vows in Watertown. The lace details were absolutely beautiful and she made a stunning bride. She also really wanted to have Halle, her family’s pup, be part of the day so she hired Danielle from For the Love of Paws to bring Halle to the getting ready suite. And we made sure Halle made her way into some photos with Rebecca and the ladies! The guys got ready at the Lenox as well, taking extra care with their pocket squares that matched the wedding colors perfectly. It was a modern take on groomsmen wear! And then the guys relaxed together before taking photos and prepping for the ceremony. Their custom suite was dreamt up by Rebecca and made amazing by Happy Frog Invitations.

Lenox Hotel Dome Room Wedding Ceremony

The gorgeous ceremony backdrop was a floral arch created by Table and Tulip. It was absolutely stunning, as were the sweet bouquets that the ladies carried in rich tones of burgundy, oxblood, and wine. Rebecca and her dad were so adorable and excited together before the ceremony and the flower petal toss as they exited was amazing!!

Newlywed Portraits

After the ceremony we headed out into the Back Bay neighborhood to take formal portraits. We had already done separate bridesmaid and groomsmen portraits earlier in the day while it was raining and found a covered spot that still had high ceilings and lots of soft natural light coming in. The rain was coming down all day, but it stopped just in time for us after the ceremony. It was always a possibility that the skies would open up again, so we didn’t venture too far from the hotel, luckily the area is gorgeous and so we didn’t have to go far to find some lovely nooks and wide avenues that were perfect for photos! And we made sure to get up to the roof for some seriously jaw-dropping views of the city and a shot of the famous Lenox hotel sign.


Lenox Hotel Wedding Reception

The beautiful centerpieces incorporated candles, gold chargers, and fresh cherries and they were designed by the Rebecca and her mom. I love how they tie in the rich wedding colors with the warmth of the Dome Room. They had gorgeous linens from PEAK and the room was truly a beautiful setting for their wedding celebration. Rebecca and Ross had a sweet first dance and it was beautiful to see them looking deep into each other’s eyes, whispering to each other, and beaming smiles at one another as they danced. After the toasts a group of Rebecca’s mother’s friends from Zoomba “crashed the wedding” and surprised the couple and all of the guests with a lively choreographed dance to Footloose! Rebecca’s mom had been planning the surprise with the ladies for weeks! They were super dedicated too - we found them practicing in a separate room prior to the surprise! It was so much fun and helped open up the dance floor for the rest of the evening with DJ Paul from C Zone Entertainment. The day of signs and paper were created by Lynn Graham Designs and they added several special touches to the evening from the welcome bag tags, to the ceremony programs, to the escort cards atop the champagne flutes. And the deliciously beautiful cake was extra special because it was from Dessert Works. They’ve been making Rebecca’s birthday cakes since she was 16 and they were the very first vendor she had in mind for her wedding when she and Ross got engaged! They had one amazing day and I couldn’t be more honored to have been there to capture their love story! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Novak! XO

Glen Manor House Wedding - Amethyst & Zev

Lynne Reznick

Glen Manor House Wedding Spring Rain Bride and Groom

Glen Manor House Wedding

Amethyst and Zev's Glen Manor House wedding was romantic and it was also so much fun! They had an incredible day because they embraced the rainy weather and let their love for each other shine through all day long. Amethyst first met Zev when she was still living in New York. She came to Boston to visit a friend and that friend, her (matron of honor!) ended up running into Zev and introducing the two of them by chance while she was hosting Amethyst for the weekend. And as fate would have it, Amethyst knew the two friends that Zev was with that evening as well - talk about a small world! They ended up talking all night long and totally hitting it off before Amethyst headed back to NYC. After a year of dating long distance, Amethyst moved to Boston and they got engaged!

Glen Manor House Wedding Rosa clara dress bride and groom terrace in the rain for first look

Getting Ready At Glen Manor House & East Island Reserve Hotel

The ladies started with hair and makeup at the East Island Reserve Hotel. The hotel is adorable, light, bright, and nautically decorated, and it's just minutes from Glen Manor House so it was perfect for hair and makeup. Amethyst had an all-star team for the day that included hairstylist Kiley O'Connor and makeup artist Jessica D'Amore. Kiley gave all of the girls subtly glam looks with soft partial updos and a polished chignon for Amethyst. And Jessica completed their looks perfectly with dewey faces and glossy pops of color on the lips. The ladies then ducked into cars as the rain started to really come down so they could put their dresses on at the venue. And what a dress Amethyst wore! It was a Rosa Clara design that she found at Ceremony in Boston. The beading and the feathers were perfect and they subtly alluded back to the twenties when the mansion was built and she looked stunning. Absolutely stunning! Glen Manor House has both a beautiful bridal suite and a well appointed grooms suite on the second floor of the mansion. The house was completed in 1923 and the decor and and architecture still reflect the French inspiration the architect pulled from to create the unique house. Needless to say, the house was the perfect setting for Amethyst and Zev to each finish getting ready before they saw each other for their first look. There were toasts to the bride and groom and lots of hugs, smiles, and laughter.

First Look & Portraits On the Terrace

One of the many wonderful things about Glen Manor House is the large covered terrace on the side of the house. It is beautiful with archways and trellises and it was the perfect spot for first look and bridal party portraits that allowed us to get gorgeous natural light, include the beautiful architecture, and keep everyone dry in the wet weather! Amethyst and Zev were so excited to see each other - their first look was so sweet! They also lucked out with a break in the hard rain and they were determined to get some photos on the water, so we ventured down to the docks. Zev is such a gentleman and was so attentive to Amethyst. He leant her his jacket to warm up on the walk and between photos and they were always naturally connected, smiling, laughing, cracking jokes, and just loving on each other.  Then we headed back to the terrace and brought their bridal party and family down for portraits before the ceremony.

Glen Manor House Wedding Ceremony

The Ceremony was beauitful and funny! They said their own vows and they were so sweet and their deep love for each other shone through for sure. But these two are also hilarious and love to laugh together and they each had the whole place rolling during their vows - especially Amethyst who said at one point, and I quote "I love you more than the Kardashians love botox!" lol! I was cracking up behind the camera!

Party Time!

After the ceremony Amethyst and Zev were able to sneak a few minutes alone together and then they joined their guests for cocktail hour and a lovely meal by Russell Morin Catering. Amethyst worked closely with her amazingly talented wedding planner Renee of Urban Soiree Boston who made sure every part of the day went smoothly and looked impeccable. Amethysts vision was for blush and cream with gold and greenery as accents and Renee did a great job of bringing that inspiration to life in a beautiful vision where no detail was left undone. The centerpieces and all the florals for the day were stunning and brought a cheery light elegance to the day - they were done by Pranzi Catering & Events.

After dinner the party got started with a surprise choreographed first dance and some great dancing tunes from Beat Train Productions. These two spoiled their guests all throughout the day. There were blankets for guests if they got cold during the ceremony. Zev made sure to have cigars available later in the evening on the terrace and Amethyst baked not one, but two cakes, as well as cookies! You see, she surprised Zev with a groom's cake in addition to having made their wedding cake. She's an incredible baker and wanted to do the baking herself - a huge task to undertake as the bride, but the cakes were absolutely stunning and delicious, as were the cookies! And in a break from the rain we got outside one more time for some portraits in front of the mansion. Thanks to my amazing second photographer that day Lauren Termini!

Love That Never Grows Old

Lynne Reznick

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We drove out to their home, the one they've lived in for 55 years. The one they've raised four children in and hosted countless Christmas and Thanksgiving parties in. The home where my Grandpa has a woodshop in the basement and their fridge tells their life's story in magnets from all of the places they've been on a lifetime of vacations together

As we sat down to enjoy a meal together in their wood-panelled dining room, Grandpa lovingly put a plate of food together for Grandma before getting his own. They sat side by side at the table and Scott and I sat across from them. It felt like we were glimpsing our future selves, watching them together. They were celebrating 65 years married and I asked them to tell me again how it all began. They smiled at each other as they shared about being young and falling in love. About my Grandpa's service in the navy in WWII and my Grandma's work in a mill in town. Grandpa pulled out photos of the house back before the latest remodels and back when they each had fewer laugh lines on their faces. 

At one point my Grandma got up and picked up a framed black and white photo from the mantle. It was the two of them and their bridal party on their wedding day. They were stunning, young, and vibrant in a way I never knew them. But their smiles and the way Grandma had her arm looped through Grandpa's were so familiar. She leaned in close to me and said "wasn't he handsome?!" It made Grandpa blush, even after all these years. 

Before we left I asked if I could take their portrait. I'm their granddaughter so they acquiesced and they sat together on the couch. Grandpa instantly put his arm around Grandma. They snuggled tight without me asking. It was just natural to them. And in the next moment they looked at each other and I knew that love doesn't have to grow old. I believe in a love that never grows old, even as your hair turns grey and your laugh lines deepen from a lifetime of smiling at the sight of each other.