Jessica & Jay’s Bright, Colorful and Eclectic “No Theme” Wedding


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Jessica and Jay just wanted a cozy and meaningful wedding. They didn’t follow a theme but had a variety of handmade elements in a bright pink, blue and green motif which were a reflection of the bride’s creativity & resourcefulness — certainly not the desire to be trendy. The result was a fresh eclectic mix of modern, funky details that spoke of their tastes. Even the meals they served were no-frills, familiar food because the main focus of the event was simply to celebrate their love among family and close friends.

Once again we have the always-fab Kristin Chalmers Photography (see her previously featured work + BTL interview) to thank for the stunning images. Here she is to sum up Jessica and Jay’s special day:

Awesome wedding with modern flair. The groom was super shy at first. They had kiddie food for dinner including mac and cheese, french fries, grilled cheese and sliders. All took place at the W hotel. I met Jessica at her home when we had our consult. She had kitty cat wedding shoes and made her bouquet herself. Awesome couple.

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Such a cute snap of the lovely Jessica and her parents! Here she is to tell us a little bit about herself and Jay:

I think that the most important thing about us is that we are not normally ‘showy’ kind of people. We don’t post on each other’s Facebook’s wall constantly and though this wedding was very important to us, our lives did not revolve around it. We’re very laid back and were both born in New England. We love our cats and traveling to different places.

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On not having a wedding theme:

Themes seemed very reminiscent of “The Knot,” which I was trying to stay away from.  It was a small affair of 45 people.  It was important to us that we not lose sight of the purpose of the day, which was to celebrate each other.

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From here on Jessica will take us through what made their wedding uniquely theirs:

We DIY’d a lot.  I bulk ordered flowers and arranged them 3 days before the wedding, made program fans, painted centerpiece jars,  the escort ‘cards’ were green apples and I made the stem leaves which had people’s names on them, flower girl baskets, made the cake topper, displayed photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day.  If there was a detail to be DIY’d, a cost to be saved, a corner to cut, I found it and utilized it.

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We’re meat and potatoes kind of people so we served grilled cheeses, fries, mac and cheese bites, onion rings, tomato soup, burger sliders.  None of that fancy food that no one can pronounce.  We love bright colors so there was a lot of that.  It was important that the venue not be a ‘wedding factory’ so there were no dingy chair covers, 1980’s ballroom carpet, stuffy feeling, you get the idea

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Very helpful advice from the newlyweds:

Don’t go crazy and try to mimic the latest trends.  Leave out the photo booths, personalized match books, Canon in D, pastel colored bridesmaid dresses and Jordan Almonds.  No one is going to remember those things and they are not going to have any impact on the purpose of the day.  Keep your head on straight in the planning process and organize, organize, organize.  Also, find vendors that you trust.  If you have an inkling that something is not going how you want, speak up and don’t be afraid to correct an issue.

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Huge thanks Kristin for sending your awesome images my way, and congratulations Jessica and Jay! I wish you guys a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Kristin Chalmers Photography
Event Venue: W Hotel Boston
Hair Stylist: Kelly Hogan, Kelly Marie Hair
Cake Designer: Danish Pastry House
DJ: Ken Drew
DOC: Karen Murphy, Celebrations by KFM
Decor: Waterlemon Events
First Dress: Jasmine Couture
Second Dress: Justin Alexander

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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