Francie Dorman and Britt Cole recognize that even an empty field can become an elegant locale. After 15-plus years of planning weddings together at private estates and non-traditional venues, they’ve done it all. Need a specialty carpenter to build a dining platform by a beautiful pond? Perhaps a florist to create a flower “sky”? They budget, scout, design and coordinate for the monumental day, limiting their schedule to only 10 couples a year so that ideas remain fresh.
42 North Weddings
55 S Main St. Unit #1, Ipswich • (978) 233-8119
2014 Winner: Whim Events
“Our goal is to create an ‘aha!’ moment where a couple can relax and not have to think about a thing,” says Whim co-founder Natalie Pinney...
- 86 Joy St., Somerville
- (617) 413-9735
2015 Winner: LoLo Events
Conceiving of the Big Day as “the first occasion a married couple is entertaining friends and family as one unit,” LoLo founder and lead designer Lo McShay likes to incorporate touches guests might see at an intimate dinner party, like tables of different shapes and sizes that avoid a banquet hall feel...
- 162 Newbury St., Boston
- (617) 838-5921
2016 Winner: 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...
- 139 S. Main St., Natick
- (781) 718-1166
2017 Winner: Always Yours Events
Keri Ketterer’s advice for the affianced? Ditch the Pinterest board and get personal...