Real Wedding | Dorothy + Aaron

I love Dorothy and Aaron’s venue.  What a gorgeous church.  And the lush garden setting for the reception is amazing.  What a perfect backdrop for their simple, elegant wedding.

Dorothy + Aaron | August 21, 2010 | Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

How they met
We met in college when we were both in orchestra. I played violin and would normally not have noticed anyone outside of my section, until there was one guy in the trumpet section I couldn’t help but notice….

The ceremony
Our ceremony was at Aaron’s church, a beautiful granite and concrete building, very close to our home in Boston. Music has always been a big part of our lives, so we wanted to use it to make our wedding more personal. We invited the professional musicians among our friends and family to play in the ceremony. Aaron had even given guitar lessons to our priest. Organ and trumpet duets, voice and guitar, and ocarina all resonated beautifully in the space.

The reception
Our reception was at Habitat, a Mass Audubon sanctuary in close proximity to the city yet tucked away in woodsy neighborhood. We designed our reception to be simple and elegant focusing on beauty that is found in nature. We ate dinner under the open sky and were surrounded by lush greenery. It was a mix of classic elegance with a bit of modern glam.

How she knew her wedding dress was “The One”

I always knew I would have fun with the process of finding a wedding dress, but I never would have thought it would take me so long to find the right one. After months of shopping and  an embarrassingly high number of boutiques with no luck, so I decided to try my luck in New York. Rather than go to a well-known mecca of a bridal shop, I researched smaller boutiques. I finally knew that I had found the right wedding dress when my mom and I entered Merciel. They had only a handful of dresses, and I tried on only one. It was the perfect silhouette for my frame. It was elegant, tasteful and flattering. I knew it was the right one for me.

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress
I have never been one to hold on to tangible items. My husband is my keepsake from our wedding, so I can let go of my dress for someone else to have.

Dorothy’s Wedding Dress: Merciel
Photography: Mara Brod Photographs