Tiffany and Christian’s Intimate Central Park Wedding

After 11 years together, Tiffany and Christian didn’t feel like having a large elaborate wedding was important to them. The couple considered eloping, but ultimately settled on an intimate wedding held in Shakespeare Garden in Central Park with just their immediate families and best friends. A simple and heartfelt ceremony, they couldn’t have chosen a more perfect way to celebrate their love and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

Thanks to Tahni of Joyeuse Photography for sharing their love story with us!

Shakespeare Garden Elopement

Tiffany & Christian

New York City, NY

Wedding Date: June 19th, 2014

Number of Guests: 15

Wedding Cost: $7,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Shakespeare Garden, Central Park

Wedding Reception Location: Palma Restaurant

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Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

We began planning our wedding about a year ago. After 11 years together, we decided we no longer wanted or needed a large scale affair. Our priorities have shifted with time and the thing that was most important to us was having our immediate families and our best friends with us. We opted for a heartfelt, intimate ceremony and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

None really! That was the whole point of having a small wedding.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

We’d considered the idea of eloping together, but we realized that having our immediate family together just felt right. Once we made that decision, I think people respected that.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

No, everyone was very supportive and understanding.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

We found an officiant that really took the time to get to know us as a couple and conveyed that in the ceremony. We wanted the ceremony to focus on our love, and we believe that really came through.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding? 

We did everything on our terms, and were not trying to impress anyone. Everything worked out just the way we envisioned.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Have the wedding you want and don’t ever feel selfish about that. This is a celebration of your love so savor every single minute as it all goes by so fast!

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Flowers: University Florist (arranged by mother of the bride)

Photography: Joyeuse Photography

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Baked Brooklyn

Officiant: Rev. Jeddah Vailakis

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Jamie and Barry’s Cambridge Restaurant Wedding

For foodies, one of the perks of having an intimate wedding is the ability the splurge on great food – something not always possible with larger guest lists. Today’s couple, Jamie and Barry, chose to do just that, opting to go all out on food and drinks for their small wedding at Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge, MA. Hosting both their ceremony and their reception at the restaurant, the newlyweds celebrated their beautiful union with cocktail pairings, a gourmet dinner, and 60 of their closest family and friends.

Special thanks to Studio Nouveau for sharing their gorgeous wedding photos with us today!

cambridge ma wedding

Jamie, 33 & Barry, 42

Cambridge, MA

Wedding Date: April 5, 2014

Number of Guests:  60

Wedding Cost: about $25,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Catalyst Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

Wedding Reception Location: Catalyst Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted time to be able to visit with everyone. We live in Seattle, and most guests were from Boston and New York, so we don’t get to see them all the time. Having a small wedding meant we could actually talk to all of our guests! We had a little reception on the night before the wedding at the Kendall Hotel that was a lot of fun, and we wouldn’t have been able to do that with a huge guest list. We also wanted to be able to go all out on food and cocktails, and having a smaller guest list meant that we could do that within the budget we had set. The food was to die for!

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Well, the only real challenge was that I wanted to have the wedding in a restaurant, but I didn’t want to do a buy-out. I wanted the ambient noise and great energy from a busy restaurant. We had too few people to really make a buy-out make sense anyway, and too many people for many group dining rooms. Catalyst is right next to MIT and does hundreds of events a year – they were able to make it work for us in any configuration.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Actually, no! I will admit that I took up more than my fair share of guests, however.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Nope! Everyone pretty much left us alone to do what we wanted.  I did ask my parents early on for a guest list of non-family members that they wanted to invite, but the list they gave me contained people I had already planned to invite. We were all on the same page.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The moment when we first met at the “altar” was pretty great. I wasn’t prepared for how emotional I would be.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

Everything went so smoothly and was so special that it’s hard to say. The Catalyst bar staff made up these demi-cocktails that each paired well with one of our passed appetizers – if pressed, I’d say that was the crowning part of the reception. My dad’s toast was also wonderful.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

I didn’t feel crazy in the days leading up to the wedding. Everything was well in hand and I had time the week before the wedding to visit with everyone. This was one part intimate wedding and one part having talented, organized people help with all the planning!

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Hire a wedding planner! I initially thought that was a little crazy for us to do given that we didn’t have a huge guest list. However, I was able to enjoy our engagement because Rachael Gross, our wedding planner, kept me on track the whole time!

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Photography: Studio Nouveau

WeddingPlanner+EventDesign: Rachael Gross, lolagraceEVENTS

Officiant: Priscilla Geaney

Florist: Little Flower Cottage

Live Music: Rhett Price

Rentals: New England Country Rentals

Hair + Make-Up: Bre Welch

WeddingDress: BHLDN


Calligrapher: Susan Smith

Accommodations, Bride/Groom/WeddingParty: Kendall Hotel

Accommodations, Bride/Groom/WeddingParty: Cambridge Boston Marriott

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10 Fashion Ideas for a Destination Wedding

A destination wedding often calls for different attire, and gives you the opportunity to go for bolder fashion choices. Whether you’re flying off for an elopement or taking an intimate group with you; dressing for the climate and your faraway venue is all-important. We’ve rounded up 10 of our fave fashion ideas for a destination wedding, so start packing!

1. Backless Beauty

Backless wedding dresses keep you cool in an elegant way. They’re also wonderful for showing off that summer glow.


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Associated with royalty and wealth, it’s no wonder purple is a popular color for weddings. Not just for princess brides, however, blackberry is a rich dark shade of purple that’s ideal for anyone looking to add a little drama to their big day, or at least their color palette, anyways. Here are five different ways to incorporate the moody hue.

If you want to use blackberry purple, but still keep your palette fun and fresh, pair it with some sweet pastel colors like lilac and mint green.

Dark purple color palette

For lovers of the jewel tone trend, this palette is your ticket to jump on the bandwagon.

Dark purple color palette

Muting down your colors and adding in some grey will help play up the moody nature of blackberry purple and give your wedding a gothic romantic feel.

Dark purple color palette

With beautiful shades of purple, pink, and gold, this color scheme is elegant, rich, and luxurious – definitely fit for royalty!

Dark purple color palette

Sometimes the best place to look for inspiration is in your food, and we think lemons and blackberries make for a truly delicious color combination!

Dark purple color palette

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Love Birds: Wedding Inspiration

Be the ultimate love birds with this romantic wedding theme that is inspired by a sweet couple of the feathered variety. A love birds theme can be easily incorporated into any color palette or look and ups the romance without being cheesy. We love that there’s so many ways to personalize this trend and fit it in with your own style.

A white-on-white cake with a love birds cake topper, is a minimal and contemporary take. Gold confetti is fabulous as it is, but in adorable bird shapes… even better!



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