Modernly Wed is finally back up! Thank you for your patience over the last four (!!) days while the site was down. Today, I have a fabulous, modern aquarium wedding to share with you. Captured by Summer Street Photography, Samantha and Ben were married on a gorgeous day last August in a ceremony overlooking the Boston Harbor. The couple prepped at the downtown Boston Hilton Hotel before meeting at Post Office Square for a touching first look. I love how happy they are to see each other on their wedding day! Next, Samantha and Ben wandered around the city for a few lovely portraits, including a few stunning images on a carousel. Their ceremony was filled with sweet words and the perfect first kiss, all with a refreshing harbor breeze. Cocktail hour was spent among the New England Aquarium’s fish tanks and penguins, followed by a city themed reception behind the aquarium. Samantha designed the Boston inspired wedding invitations, escort cards and table numbers. Each guest received a “T-pass” (Boston subway card) as an escort card that also doubled as a luggage tag gift. The T-pass escort cards corresponded with tables named after T stops that held significance in the couple’s relationship. This is another unique wedding that makes me miss my days in Boston!
A few words from the bride:
Ben went to school at MIT and I was across the river at Boston Unviersity. We met through mutual friends and never looked back. We share a love for nerdy humor and lazy Sundays with our beagle Hunter. We knew we had something special when we survived living together in a tiny 400 sqft studio apartment. After several years we bought a house together and Ben proposed on our first night together in the new house. We took our time planning the wedding, which allowed us to choose the exact date and venue we wanted without too much pressure.
We wanted to have a simple wedding with personal touches and a hint of whimsy. We centralized our wedding in the Boston area; the city where we. We chose the New England Aquarium as our venue because we were smitten with the view of the Boston Harbor for our ceremony and the idea of having penguins at the wedding! The venue’s central location in the city also allowed for our out of town guests to explore the city during their stay. While the small DIY wedding projects became overwhelming at times, it was worth all the effort! After 6 years of being together, Ben and I were married at sunset and successfully planned the party we wanted.
Photographer: Summer Street Photography
Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering: The New England Aquarium
Bridal Gown Designer: Peter Langner
Bridal Gown Store: Kleinfeld
Bridal Shoes: Nina
Bridal Veil: Sandra Hom, bride’s cousin
Wedding Rings: Boston Ring and Gem
Earrings + Bracelet: Gifts from bride’s parents
Bridesmaid Dress Store: J.Crew
Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers
Groomsmen’s Attire: Joseph A Bank
Groom’s Shoes: Converse
Cake Designer: Icing on the Cake
Floral Designer: Blooms of Hope
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Blushing Brides Boston
Ring Bearer + Flower Girl Signs: DIY by bride
Invitations, Place Cards + Table Numbers: DIY by bride
DJ: Nik Shulka
Photobooth Rental: Nelson Cruz Entertainment
Officiant: Claire Miller, Justice of the Peace