One of the coolest wedding venues in downtown Boston is the BC Club. Located on the 36th floor of 100 Federal St. in the Financial District, the Boston College Club offers great 360° views of Boston. When I was first contacted by Brian, we hit it off right away when I learned about the sense of adventure he and his soon to be wife had and their love of travel. I had an amazing time working with them for their engagement shoot and knew their wedding would be just as fun. One of my favorite things to do is travel and I was so happy when I saw that every part of the wedding day had a travel element to it. This awesome couple talked about travel in their personalized wedding vows and all of the decor details had a travel vibe.
A wedding photography review from Kerry and Brian:
“Heather Parker is a talented, fun, artistic photojournalist and we were lucky that she was available for hire on our wedding day. She was able to capture very meaningful and memorable shots but by blending into the crowd without adding ANY undue stress. It was incredible and I am not certain how she was able to accomplish the task.
Brian and I were married in Boston and really wanted a photographer that would fully engage in the most special day of our lives, we searched for the best and found her! Heather travels the world so we instantly had a connection. It felt like she really knew us and captured the love that binds us from this day forward.”
The day started out at the Langham Hotel, one of my favorite hotels to photograph in. Brian and his groomsmen got ready on one level, and nearby I was able to document the finishing touches for Kerry and her girls. Kerry’s dad was welcomed into the bridal suite to see his beautiful daughter all dressed up in her wedding gown. Once everyone was ready, I went with Kerry just across the street from the Langham Hotel to Leventhal Park in Post Office Square. There, she awaited the moment she’d first see Brian on their wedding day. When they locked eyes, there was so much joy. After sharing a few minutes together, they met up with their bridal party to do some creative portraits around Boston. With perfect weather and a carefully planned schedule, we were able to stop at the Harborwalk and Boston Public Library in Copley and we had so much fun! This was a fantastic way for their bridal party and families to get a quick tour of Boston. After touring the city, we headed back to their venue.
The ceremony was timed perfectly so that they said their vows with the views of the city right at sunset and everything went perfectly thanks to the BC Club’s private events director, Sara. Following the ceremony, guests mingled and took in sights of Boston the 36th floor. In the reception ballroom, personalized details really made the wedding fun for the guests while sitting down eating. The theme throughout the wedding was travel since Brian and Kerry have had the opportunity to travel throughout the world extensively. The menus were on cards that resembled in-flight menus, and the day’s schedule was laid out in a passport style booklet. A globe welcomed guests to tables named after destinations the couple visited.
The reception couldn’t have been any more magical as all the city lights lit up and the famed Citgo sign flashed in the distance. The newlyweds celebrated with their guests who traveled long distances to be with them to celebrate such a special day.
Every part of the wedding day had a travel element to it. Kerry + Brian talked about travel in their personal vows, they picked readings for the ceremony from different continents and even all of the decor elements had a travel vibe.
Here is a comprehensive Boston wedding venues list with links to photos that you may find useful when planning your wedding. The wedding venues list showcases top Boston wedding venues, ceremony and reception sites throughout the Boston and New England area, where I have shot or are scheduled to photograph.
Boston Wedding Venues List
9OFS | 1 Federal St., Boston
This is a brand new 6000 square foot indoor/outdoor space overlooking the financial district of downtown Boston at One Federal St.
Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Co. | Chilmark, MA on Martha’s Vineyard
If you’ve ever considered a destination wedding on a beautiful farm overlooking the ocean, the Allen Farm offers one of the most picturesque settings.
Agricultural Hall | West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard
This spacious century old post and beam structure is surrounded by sprawling hay fields, picket fences, and two iconic rustic barns.
Alden Castle by Longwood Events | Brookline
Located in the legendary Longwood Towers, Alden Castle features two distinctive, and newly renovated event spaces. The Vintage Ballroom and The Modern Room. Each ballroom offers dramatically historical settings that will give your wedding a feel from a bygone era of romance and royalty.
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter | Boston
Artists For Humanity EpiCenter is and ultra-modern LEED Platinum certified building in South Boston. Artists for Humanity is environmentally friendly and uniquely innovative space. Events ranging from intimate dinners for 50 to cocktail receptions for 450 contribute to fund the arts for youth in Boston.
Barn at Gibbet Hill | Groton
The barn at Gibbet hill is a turn of the century barn, stylishly renovated and restored, overlooks rolling hills of conservation land that are home to a farm.
Beach Plum Inn | Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard
Situated above scenic Menemsha Harbor, Beach Plum Inn is surrounded by colorful gardens, lush pastures, alpacas and ponies.
Belle Mer | Newport
This elegant venue is located amongst sprawling manicured lawns over looking Narragansett Bay and can hold between 250-520 guests.
Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama | Boston
An historic South End venue located that showcases urban industrial chic with a copper skylight dome atop a round, brick-lined space, the Cyclorama can host from 100 to 875 guests.
Boston College Club aka BC Club | Boston
A hidden gem on the 36th floor atop 100 Federal St. in downtown, this venue has panoramic views of downtown Boston through huge windows and is one of my favorite spaces in Boston.
Boston Harbor Hotel | Boston
The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf is Boston’s landmark, waterfront hotel located at Rowes Wharf overlooking historic Boston Harbor.
Boston Public Library | Boston
(capacity 300) Whether you love the legendary Bates Hall with adorned with green reading lamps or the classic Abbey Room, this venue is a favorite of many Boston couples as it has a Venetian style outdoor courtyard which serves as the perfect setting for outdoor ceremonies or cocktail hours.
Bradley Estate | Canton
Brooksby Farm | Peabody
(wedding featured in The Knot Magazine, capacity 250) (many weddings at Smith Barn, search the blog!)
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center | Cambridge – capacity 150
Captain Flanders House Inn family farm house | Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard
Castle Hill at Crane Estate | Ipswich – 200 seated capacity indoors
Captain R. Flanders House | Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard
Chappaquiddick Beach Club | Chappaquiddick Island / Martha’s Vineyard
A fun, colorful, preppy location on Chappy perfect for a rehearsal dinner or wedding overlooking the ocean, and just a short ferry ride from Edgartown.
Charles River Museum of Industry | Waltham
Charles Hotel | Cambridge
Commanders Mansion | Watertown
This brick mansion has a grape arbor for a beautiful outdoor ceremony. Indoors, elegantly restored rooms
Dr. Daniel Fisher House | Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel | Boston
One of Boston’s most splendid hotels, this beauty boasts three opulent ballrooms in the heart of Back Bay.
Four Seasons Hotel | Boston
Overlooking the famed Public Garden and Beacon Hill, the Four Seasons is characterized by elegant simplicity and old-world Boston charm and is just across the street from the Boston Public Garden.
Hampshire House | Boston
A classic library feel can be had in this historic mansion above the famous Cheers Restaurant, complete with a working fireplace and wooden paneled walls.
Harvard Faculty Club | Cambridge
Harvard Club of Boston | Boston
Harvard University CRI Rowing Boathouse | Brighton
Hammond Castle | Gloucester
InterContinental Hotel | Boston
Jared Coffin House | Nantucket
Langham Hotel Boston | Boston
Lenox Hotel | Boston
With a soaring domed ceiling, the ballroom at this boutique Back Bay hotel
Le Meridien Hotel | Cambridge
With a sought-after roof garden, this is one of the Boston areas only locations for a rooftop wedding ceremony. The indoor ballroom seats about 180.
Liberty Hotel | Boston – 225 seated capacity
Lyman Estate | Waltham
Mandarin Oriental | Boston
OceanCliff Resort | Newport
Omni Parker House Hotel | Boston
Red Lion Inn 1704 Barn | Cohasset
Rialto at the Charles Hotel | Cambridge
Ritz Carlton Hotel Boston Common | Boston
Seaport Hotel | Boston
(capacity up to 450) This hotel is in the hip Seaport neighborhood of South Boston and has a variety of modern ballrooms to choose from.
Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm | Peabody
(wedding featured in The Knot Magazine, capacity 250) This authentic barn on a working farm is a favorite because of the orchards and authentic, rustic feel.
SpringStep | Medford
The State Room | Boston
Taj Boston Hotel | Boston
Located at the corner of the fashionable Arlington and Newbury streets Taj Boston overlooks the charming Public Garden and its ballrooms blend old world grace with contemporary luxury.
Turner Hill | Ipswich
Westin Copley Place Hotel | Boston
White Elephant Hotel | Nantucket
A charming venue with a perfectly manicured lawn, the White Elephant Hotel overlooks the ocean and is a perfect setting for an island destination wedding.
The W Hotel | Downtown Boston
Modern and urban chic are qualities many fashionable couples select this downtown hotel for.
Boston Ceremony Venues / Sites
Emmanuel Church | Boston
First Church in Cambridge | Cambridge
Holy Cross Cathedral | Boston
Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College | Wellesley
King’s Chapel | Boston
Memorial Church at Harvard University | Cambridge
MIT Chapel by Saarinen (W15) | Cambridge
Nantucket Unitarian Church | Nantucket
Old North Church aka Christ Church | Boston
Old South Church | Boston
Ruggles Baptist Church | Boston
St. Cecilia’s | Boston
South Church | Nantucket
St. Leonard’s | North End Boston
Temple B’nai Moshe | Brighton
Temple Sinai | Brookline
Trinity Church | Boston
Wellesley College Chapel | Wellesley
Popular Boston wedding bands for reception music include: Winiker Orchestra, Boston Common Band, Kahootz, Hush Band, Soho Band, Night Shift Wedding Band, Timmy Maia, Greg Gates, Sultans of Swing, District 21 Band, and Legit Band. These bands have experience performing at most of these Boston wedding venues.
This is just a sampling of Boston wedding venues, reception sites, and ceremony locations. I try to keep this list as current as possible to correspond with locations I have worked or will work.
Just got engaged? Read about where to begin. For many wedding photographers, there are two “busy” seasons. One is shooting season the popular times of year that couples tie the knot. The other is engagement season, the time of year when so many couples announce their engagement to their friends and family. The best photographers’ phones ring wild with couples rushing to nail down wedding vendors for their upcoming weddings. Jewelry advertisements on the radio and TV are abundant and it seems there are so many mentions of engagement rings and diamonds all over the internet.
After recounting how the question was asked and celebrating the occasion, its time to sit down and think about when you’d like to get married, talk about budgets, and determine what resources you’d like to have in planning your wedding. Pinterest is popular for designing a dream wedding, but a great wedding planner will help you work with realistic expectations. If you’re changing jobs, studying for the bar exam, or in the middle of your residency, setting a time frame as to when it makes sense to get married is a great first step.
Today I spoke to someone who just got engaged and they determining if they’re having a wedding local, back in the hometown where they grew up, or having a destination wedding so that they can have a mini-vacation with their closest friends and family. Once you’ve got an idea of what you want, its important not to get overwhelmed with the resources that are out there. I’ve lost count of the different wedding blogs that have sprouted up over the last five years. It can be a daunting task to navigate to find trustworthy wedding vendors with great reviews.
Each year there are dozens of wedding photographers that quit their day jobs to take a stab at becoming a professional photographer. At the same time, many of these new photographers realize becoming a sought-after wedding photographer is much more difficult than showing up at a wedding and pressing a button on a camera. After a few years, they realize it was a lot more difficult than they thought. When you are looking for a wedding photographer, make sure they have professional training in photography. It’s not rude to ask if they went to an accredited photography school. Understanding artistic composition and having a solid knowledge technical knowledge of photography equipment isn’t something that can be learned overnight or even in a few years. Because there are no do-overs, your wedding should not be a testing ground for someone to grow their portfolio. If you’d like to learn more, check out my FAQ section and wedding tips pages.
If you are looking for a list of reputable wedding vendors with great reviews, I have a preferred vendor website that I have put together. I do not offer commissions or kickbacks so you can rest assured, this list is of people I have personally seen do an exceptional job.
10 Tips to Getting Dressed for Engagement Photos from Hilary Rushford. Quite often, I get brides and grooms asking me about what to wear for their engagement shoot. Because I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fashion expert, I’ve enlisted New York City personal wardrobe stylist Hilary Rushford to offer tips on what to wear. Hilary Rushford is the founder of Dean Street Society where she works as a stylist with men & women doing wardrobe remixes, personal shopping & engagement shoots/wedding parties/special events.
Close your eyes. Picture your engagement photo hanging on your best friend’s fridge. Envision a large print framed in your living room as newlyweds. Imagine one being passed down to your grandchildren. You’re creating a memory that will last a lifetime! Let’s make some magic people.
Do your homework. Search wedding blogs for engagement photos you’re crazy about. Study them. What is it you love? Be specific. Look at what the bride is wearing, the groom, their shoes, the colors, patterns, props & background. Take notes & replicate your favorite elements. (P.S. Find couples who look similar to you to help envision what you’ll look like.)
Douse yourselves in color! Many engagement photos are taken outside. This means you could have a grey day, empty tree branches & neutral colored buildings as your backdrop. YOU make the pictures vibrant. Your photographer can have the best skills & equipment, but if your wardrobe is bland, all the editing in the world won’t make it colorful.
You’ll notice I said “yourselves.” Don’t forget the groom needs color too! Many men shy away from color in their wardrobe, but try a plaid button down, a striped tie, under a colored v-neck pullover — the elements aren’t scary & or far-off from what he may already sport. Just take the color up a notch & make sure he’s wearing pattern to keep the photos visually interesting.
(Gap.com and JCrew.com)
If you want your photos to look fresh & modern, invest in new outfits. A groom in particular may want to turn to his favorite trusty sweater & broken in jeans, but odds are that well loved pieces look … well, well loved. And that makes photos look dated faster. Be a stickler for fit. A groom shouldn’t be in pants or a shirt one size too large. They’ll only make him look heavier. A bride should belt almost anything! It will instantly nip in your waist at the narrowest part. A cardigan hides bra straps & slims arms, a knee-length skirt is universally flattering, & Spanx are every girl’s best friend.
Be the superstar version of yourselves! Even if you want natural, everyday “us” … this is a professional photo shoot. Add a higher heel, a bolder necklace, a brighter belt. Grooms, embrace the word “accessorize”. Brides often arrive at a shoot with a plethora belts, scarves, colored shoes as options. Step up your game to match her for the moment you’re capturing. Hats, suspenders & bow ties are everywhere these days from Urban Outfitters to Ralph Lauren.
Consider having a timeless vintage moment. There’s a reason so many couples choose to style themselves from the 30’s-50’s era: the look has stayed classic for this long, so odds are it’ll still look chic when your grandchildren are looking at them. In this case, go back to Tip #2! Gather all the details from vintage-inspired engagement shoots you love. Brides can visit Mod Cloth & Unique Vintage. Grooms get off even easier: implement details like bow ties & suspenders. And for both of you, it’s all about the right shoes! Visit Remix Vintage Shoes for inspiration. Remix Vintage Shoes for inspiration. For a mens look from Unique Vintage click here. For an elegant ladies dress from Mod Cloth, click here. It’s wise to invest in a professional to do your hair & make-up, but if you’re strong in that area there are oodles of tutorials on YouTube these days. This is a great time to utilize your hair and makeup trials with your wedding hairstylist and makeup artist. If you do take this opportunity, please make sure to allow more than ample time for a punctual arrival to your shoot.
Don’t exceed your budget. If you spend more than you wanted on wardrobe, you’ll feel extra pressure & stress the day of the shoot. Budget-conscious brides can try RentTheRunway.com which allows you to wear a designer dress without the price tag. Order a second dress option for just $25, plus you can also rent jewelry & be done in one fell swoop!For the groom check out H&M, Gap, or your local department store. (The dresses below are all $50 or less!
Pack extra. Your photographer can always help you edit, but the more belts, cardigans, ties, shoes you arrive with, the more they have to work with. Help them help you!
Enlist help. helping them choose the wardrobe for their shoots. While easiest & most fun in person, it can be done even cross-country entirely with online window shopping, vision boards, Skype chats & camera phone pics. If you don’t go with a stylist, seek out your most fashionable friend or go to your favorite store, find a salesperson who’s style you like & ask them for help. (Beware that an in-store stylist may just be trying to sell you something, so take multiple options into the dressing room & ask for their favorite vote, not just a “yes/no” on one item.)
Get a great night of sleep & get excited to take pictures with your favorite person in the whole wide world: your brilliant fiance!
Hilary Rushford is the founder of Dean Street Style and is available for advice and guidance on styling for your engagement photography session via Skype, email, phone, or locally in the NYC/Brooklyn area. Be sure to visit and subscribe to her blog at Dean Street Society for useful tips! Hilary is a stylist for lookbooks, advertising campaigns & photo/video shoots for emerging through luxury brands. She also takes one-on-one clients as a personal stylist for “real people with real budgets.” With a professional background in musical theatre, she works on-camera as a host & style expert as well as writing, curating & consulting for various print & online publications, sites & brands. Look her up on Youtube for great tips!
Available for photo/video shoots, personal sessions, on-camera hosting, writing, & speaking.
Hilary works out of New York City, London & worldwide both via Skype & in person.
There’s a magical time of day, just before the clouds get completely lost in darkness and the city lights. Whenever I am capturing engagement photos, if my clients are interested I try to align a portion of the session around that time of day. For this particular shot, we took engagement photos in front of the Fairmont Hotel although I suppose because of what I am focusing on, you might never know the location. Does location matter? Sometimes. The main thing I look for when photographing a couple is the connection they share. Of course the Fairmont Copley Plaza and the areas surrounding it offer a great backdrop. In between all of the weddings I get to photograph, I’ve had the honor to meet some really cool couples during their engagement session. It’s a great chance to spend some time with my couples just being themselves. If you’re camera shy, it’s a great opportunity to get comfortable getting photographed. The great thing about engagement pictures is that they can be used for all sorts of details throughout the wedding. There are countless beautiful locations in Boston’s Back Bay for unique engagement photos. Whether you adore the classic Boston brownstones, a stroll on Newbury Street, or the Commonwealth Avenue Mall lined with trees, it’s an opportunity to create a magical set of memorable images that document such a special chapter in your lives. For this particular shot, I waited until my favorite part of the day – the twilight sparkle. After the sun has set and all the city lights come on, the shot looks richer and inviting.
Night photography can be one of the most difficult types of photography for many people. Often a camera flash can kill the existing light, and a low shutter speed may add blur to the shot. As a photographer that specializes in low-light photography, many years ago I learned that the key to getting the best high quality night photography is balancing shutter speed and ISO, and waiting for the right moment when the light fills the frame perfectly. My goal here was to use as much natural light as possible because its so incredibly dreamy! For their engagement photos in front of the Fairmont Hotel, I waited until they walked directly past the lights of the famed red awning. They provided the best light for the shot and didn’t kill the natural highlights and shadows on the faces. I especially love how the vibrant background attains a buttery blur to allow these two lovebirds to be the main focus of the photo. We shot indoors at the Oak Bar in the hotel itself, and then headed over to the Boston Public Library just across the street. It was after we left the library and returned to the Fairmont Hotel that the beauty of this shot would become apparent. I’m looking forward to creating lots more documentary photos for this couple during their upcoming Boston wedding this autumn where I will be photographing alongside one of my favorite wedding planners Gracie Lou Events.
Although there’s still a few weeks to go until you can tear through the presents on Christmas morning, the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston pulled out all the stops again with delightful holiday decorations. They’ve rolled out the festive decor for the gorgeous lobby and its sure to be a real treat if you stop by. I hope you enjoy these photos!
In just a few months, I look forward to photographing the first of my 2014 Fairmont weddings in the Grand Ballroom. It’s always a delight!
University Club of Chicago is a classic Chicago venue to have a wedding in. It’s an iconic Chicago landmark with great architectural details. The reason its one of the most popular wedding venues in Chicago is because its right in the heart of the city and located right across from Millennium Park. Orchestra Hall and The Art Institute are very close and out of town guests can enjoy attractions such as the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and of course Navy Pier. Its always a treat to photograph a classically glamorous wedding reminiscent of yesteryear. The welcoming sight of a fireplace, the warm chime of the dinner bells, and the unsurpassed park views are why so many brides choose this timeless wedding venue to host their wedding reception. When Sara met with me to talk about her wedding photography, I was excited to shoot in the Michigan Room since I had previously shot in Cathedral Hall. When their wedding day arrived, it was one of the most perfect days filled with sunshine. I began shooting in a suite at the hotel within the University Club of Chicago.
University Club of Chicago Michigan Room wedding
After Sarah put on her Vera Wang and Jimmy Choos, we headed downstairs to the grand staircase where Ryan was waiting for a first glance at Sarah.
We journeyed onward via trolley to some pre-selected locations for photos with the bridal party. While a lot of couples enjoy smiling in front of landmarks, some of the more special moments are the candid ones. I love how Sarah’s attendants are smiling, helping her with her gown, and looking back to see that everything is just right.
The next photo was from an impromptu stop at a location that provided a some urban decay contrast paired with a stunning couple.
Ryan and Sarah were wed at St. Joseph Church with a packed church full of family who traveled as far from Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Carolina. The bride’s 3rd grade students were also in attendance to see their teacher marry.
Dilly Lily rocked the centerpieces, cake florals, and bouquets with hydrangeas and glass cylinder centerpieces wrapped in leaves. They also added a modern flair to classic glamour providing some tables with the popular floating candles.
Like Cathedral Hall, the Michigan Room has an impressive stone fireplace, rich mahogany walls soaring to a hand-painted ceiling, and signature stained glass windows.
Chicago wedding vendors the bride and groom selected for their wedding:
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Church
Reception Venue: University Club of Chicago
Coordinator: Charlotte Dillner-Hasapis
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Gown make: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Bridal boutique: Vera Wang Salon Cary, NC
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Makeup Artist: Linda Giuntini
Hairstylist” Sarah Dowdy
Etsy veil was from Bella Bridal Veils.
Tuxedos: Formally Modern
Florist: Dilly Lily
Wedding Stationery: William Arthur
A lot of thought goes into picking out the perfect diamond to complete the perfect ring. Everyone always asks how did you propose? A story is told, but rarely there are photos to go with it. Paparazzi can be intrusive but the way I go about photographing a proposal is to get a good understanding of location and timing beforehand.
Whether you are proposing by walking around the lake three times at Wellesley College, asking for a hand in marriage on the Brooklyn Bridge, or are presenting a ring during a walk along the water after a special dinner, I can discreetly capture one of the biggest surprise moments in someone’s life. I will talk with you on your engagement and together we can walk through your ideas on exactly how and where you will be proposing down to the tiny details. After the proposal, the moment will be available to view online by your friends and family. If you are looking to make it official and want it documented, get in touch!
Boston Proposal Locations
Some favorite spots in Boston to propose are the Boston Public Garden, the ice rink at Frog Pond, Top of the Hub, Fenway Park, the Boston Marathon, Oak Bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Fort Point Channel, college campuses, or the Harborwalk.
Chicago Proposal Locations
Notable spots for proposing in Chicago are the Sears Tower / Willis Tower, Millenium Park, Signature Room, the lakeshore, or right in the median strip of Michigan Ave.
The Knot Best of Weddings Boston DJ has featured a Thompson Island wedding in Boston Harbor that I had the pleasure of photographing. If you take a peek around for wedding deejay reviews, DJ Nick is one of Boston’s most sought after. Meredith and Regan who live in Chile were lucky to have him spin at their island wedding this summer because even with record-breaking temperatures, the dancing went non-stop that night! They had guests from New Zealand, Europe, and various parts of the US travel to be with them to share in celebrating their marriage. If you are looking for reviews on DJs, check out Beat Train Boston on Yelp, WeddingWire, and The Knot. I’ve worked with many of the Beat Train deejays and my clients rave about every one of them. You can also follow @beattraindjs on Twitter.
Some of the wedding venues I have photographed alongside Beat Train Productions DJ include Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Oceancliff Mansion in Newport, the Langham Hotel and Le Meridien Hotel in Cambridge. Just like when you are sorting browsing wedding photographers, interviewing potential wedding DJs can be a daunting task. So you know how to spot the best DJ company for your wedding, here are a few tips. Finding a DJ who focuses in weddings is important. Knowing how to get a wide range of generations dancing will ensure your reception is memorable and most importantly fun! Beat Train Productions is a well-rounded, successful group of DJs who can bring a level of expertise and versatility to your wedding. A great DJ is able to create a collection of music for your wedding that is based on your style, taste, and vision for that day but also touches upon the DJ’s understanding of what gets the most amount of people dancing. An experienced DJ will work with you on a wedding schedule so that everything goes smoothly. Writing out the names of your family and bridal party if you are doing an entrance is key especially if names are difficult to pronounce – you can spell out any tricky names phonetically. The best DJ will make sure your father is nearby before announcing a father daughter dance. He or she can communicate with the banquet staff to ensure the cake is ready to be cut before making the announcement. The team of DJs at Beat Train Productions is flexible and willing to listen to make sure the reception goes smoothly. Because of this, they’ve earned hundreds of 5 star reviews and have been ranked best Boston DJ on many occasions. If you haven’t already checked them out on WeddingWire or Yelp, you will be impressed with the kind words earned by their entire team. Whether you are getting married outdoors under a tent, at an historic mansion in a luxury Boston hotel or at a trendy event space, a fun reception will be one of the most memorable parts of a wedding day and no doubt a competent DJ contributes to this.
Winter weddings are just as delightful as spring and summer celebrations except they are a million times more cozy. That’s why winter tops my list for my favorite wedding season. It’s hard to find a better spot than Chicago’s timeless Union League Club. If you both love the holiday season and have picked a wedding date close to Christmas you know you’re going to have fun choosing a wintry color palette of red, navy and green. I adore venues with candlelight and crackling fireplaces. There’s no better way to warm up a room with old-fashioned ambiance. Rather than working against holiday decor and trying to compete with it, work with it! This couple added some festive touches by integrating stringed lights and evergreen garlands to create an elegant Christmas-inspired theme.
Chicago wedding pictures at the Union League Club taken by Heather Parker Photography featured in The Knot Magazine.
Gown make: Romona Keveza
Bridesmaid dresses: Lula Kate
Bridal boutique: A L’Amour
Tuxedos: Ralph Lauren
Church: Holy Family Parish
Reception Venue: Union League Club
Officiant: Fr. Ed McLaughlin
Band: Steve Edwards Orchestra
Florist: Blumgarten & Co.
Wedding Stationery: The Design Group
The Union League Club has a capacity of up to 350 guests in the Main Dining Room. My favorite feature is the deep blue walls. The room is decorated with an impressive collection of fine art, crystal chandeliers, ornate gold-leaf crown moldings, and of course fireplaces!