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Weddings

  • Planner

    mStarr design

    The delight is in the details for Emily Starr Alfano, who can lend a hand with tablescapes and card displays for DIY brides or pull out all the stops and design a complete visual story to suit the place and personalities involved...

    Planner - mStarr design Photo Credit: Erin McGinn Photography
  • Band

    Ripcord

    Though they’re named after a Radiohead song, couples need not worry that Ripcord’s sounds will lean toward the sullen...

  • Bridal Designer

    Luke Aaron

    It’s no wonder Luke Aaron’s designs trend toward dramatic and romantic styles, as the Tufts grad cites classic film stars among his inspirations...

    Bridal Designer - Luke Aaron Photo Credit: Patrick Sporleder
  • Cake

    Oakleaf Cakes

    The confections at Oakleaf Cakes are works of art, thanks to the talents of culinary-schooled bakers and MassArt-trained painters, art historians and illustrators...

  • Caterer

    East Meets West

    Couples looking to give their guests more mouthwatering options than the standard reception “chicken or beef” need look no further...

    Caterer - East Meets West Photo Credit: Laura Hajar
  • DJ

    White Label

    “You have to blend your genres, tempos and eras of music” to get a multi-generational crowd moving, says White Label founder Nate Oinonen...

    DJ - White Label Photo Credit: Zac Wolf Photography
  • Engagement Ring

    Joseph Gann Jewelers

    A third-generation family business, Joseph Gann Jewelers have been putting a ring on it since 1933...

  • Favor

    Boston & Bale

    Boston & Bale may be best known for subscription deliveries of Massachusetts-made goods, but the year-old biz also helps couples share the local love, packaging sea salts from Gloucester shores, soap handmade in Somerville, jewelry embroidered in Boston and other gifts for guests or members of the wedding party...

    Favor - Boston & Bale Photo Credit: Nicole Popma
  • Florist

    Marc Hall Design

    Marc Hall’s client list includes European royalty, pro athletes and a former first daughter...

    Florist - Marc Hall Design Photo Credit: Katherine Taylor
  • Gowns

    Ceremony

    Stocked with lacy looks from former lingerie designer Claire Pettibone, Sarah Seven’s modern sweetheart silhouettes, Gatsby-esque gowns from Spain’s Rosa Clara and other hard-to-find indie lines, Alix Childs’ light-filled Beacon Hill boutique delights all kinds of brides—and her “non-traditional” specialty is a point of pride...

  • Hair

    Sarah Naslund of Avani Aveda

    With plenty of experience styling brides’ tresses—her Instagram account isn’t called @mybighairday for nothing—Sarah Naslund typically advises clients that updos are best...

  • Invitations

    Chelsey Emery

    For Chelsey Emery, finalizing invites can be a bit like couple’s therapy...

    Invitations - Chelsey Emery Photo Credit: Nicole Popma
  • Keepsake

    Megan Carty’s paintings

    Love is always in bloom with Megan Carty’s custom paintings, which make bridal bouquets and boutonnieres last forever...

  • Makeup

    Blush

    Bridal makeup isn’t simply a one-day affair for Blush’s Kelly O’Keefe...

    Makeup - Blush Photo Credit: Kristina Young Photography
  • Photographer

    Lindsay Hite

    Lindsay Hite first fell in love with photography when she saw her prints emerge from the darkroom at Weston High; today it’s a couple’s chemistry that inspires her...

    Photographer - Lindsay Hite Photo Credit: Lindsay Hite
  • Reception Venue

    9OFS

    With its stunning skyline views, tree-lined lawn and tranquil reflecting pool, 9OFS is an oasis in the heart of the Hub, sitting high atop the Financial District...

  • Tuxedos

    Alan Rouleau

    Nuptials needn’t be a strictly black-and-white affair according to Alan Rouleau, who’s worked with “beautiful midnight blues and black fabrics with panache with stripes, tone-on-tones and textures, along with cool linings and trims.”...