Natalie and Jamie’s the Boylston Rooms Wedding in Easthampton was truely spectacular! It was so emotional at the end of the ceremony when the kids ran up one by one to give the two of them a hug.
Let’s hear about the rest of their day from Natalie!
On Christmas, it was the last gift under our tree
I’m so excited we were able to get some nursing shots with my toddler (Lincoln) while getting ready, our ceremony was beautiful with some very genuine moments (Jamie crying and our children’s involvement in the ceremony)
Almost 6 years
Dream-like. The day went beautifully with only some minor hiccups. I was honored our JOP (Jamie’s uncle) was able to be with us, he had to leave early due to ongoing health concerns. He was determined to be with us on our day and came all the way from CA to marry us. I have been in love with The Boylston Rooms since I first visited and it looked gorgeous with all the decorations that Erin and Katy assisted with.
Most people don’t even notice the tiny details, try and focus on the bigger picture. I also wish we had hired a videographer, we were trying to save some money but I regret not having everything caught on film.
The photographers are there to take the pictures you and your SO want, not everyone else. You can’t please everyone!
I loved loved loved my dress. I found it at Bridal Corner in Chicopee MA. It was the second or third dress I tried on and we all knew it was the one. I love classic looks so I went with a lace/beaded dress with a long train and veil.
Great! I 100% trusted Greg and Leslie (who I’ve worked with before). Loved that Greg arrived early to check out the space since he was unfamiliar with it. We were both totally comfortable with their direction and just general conversation. Very very pleased with everything.
No we had not. I loved that the first time we saw each other was when I walked up the aisle. I think it was perfect to have our first look in front of all our family and friends. It was very special. It also gave us more time for getting ready photos which I was excited about.
Make sure you are happy with your hair and make up team! All the vendors we used for the day were absolutely amazing. I also think paying the extra travel free to have hair and make up on site was key. Also make sure you know how you like to be photographed and express that to your photographer. I requested that I not be photographed until I started make up because I knew I wouldn’t be happy with any photos without it. Also, try and clean up your area before the photographers arrive! We scrambled to get the bridal suite cleaned up in time. You don’t want a mess in your background.
Communication with my bridesmaids and I was great and they were all very receptive. The groomsmen were very squirly and we had to keep wrangling them back together. Make sure everyone knows where they need to be at what time so this doesn’t happen.
I had every emergency item we could possibly need and we didn’t need any of them. It gave everyone peace of mind in case we did though. The Boylston Rooms also provided lots of these things in our bridal and groom suite.
Hair – Craft Salon, South Hadley MA 01075, https://m.facebook.com/Craftsouthhadley/, IG: craft_, Shelley Truehart Paquette is a friend and amazing colorist/stylist. She kept me cool and calm all morning and worked with me to find the perfect style. Which was easy since she had already done an amazing job on my cut and color!
Make Up: Caitlin (Keeks) Bruscoe (413) 519-9592, Caitlin was recommended to me by my friend who is also a make up artist. I can’t say enough about Caitlin. We did a bridal trial weeks before the wedding which I think was absolutely necessary. It allowed me to figure out what I did and didn’t like for the day of. I highly recommend doing this if you aren’t used to wearing make up so you feel comfortable on your wedding day. Not only did she make all of my girls look beautiful she also helped me make decisions, gave her input on questions I had and even gave me her container of mints! We got so many compliments on all of our make up and my hair dresser even proposed a job offer to her because she was so impressed. It was worth every penny to have a make up artist on site. (Which also makes for great photos)
Food:Myer’s Catering: Easthampton,MA. This was the in-house caterer at our venue (The Boylston Rooms). They’re also the owners of Riff’s Joint and The Hideaway Lounge which are two places I love. Communication with them was great and everyone was impressed with the food. My only recommendation would be to make sure you request that they bring your wedding party appetizers and drinks while you take your photos after the ceremony. I also wish we had done a tasting beforehand. They were very flexible with our choices and additions right up til the very end.
DJ: Kyle Nadeau of Architect Entertainment. Chicopee, MA. I can’t say enough about Kyle! I found him at The Bridal’ Expo in West Springfield MA. We immediately clicked so I got his information and booked the date. He was great at communicating with us and we had one in person meeting before the wedding to go over our schedule and selections. Not only was I impressed with the music but Kyle took care of our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. He was great at wrangling our guests when it was time for things like cake-cutting etc. Kyle was very personable, reliable and funny. Highly recommend.
Most of my decor and accessories were from Marshall’s and Homegoods which are great places to visit if you don’t typically shop there. Also, our venue The Boylston Rooms had tons of items for rent for a reasonable price.
I was most anxious about all 3 of our kids cooperating for the ceremony. They each had a role which most people know can be crazy with kids. Bringing them to rehearsal definitely prepared them for the day of. The ceremony itself went perfect and including our children was very important to us. I think all of our guests appreciated their roles in the wedding. It ended up working out perfect and even our 7 and 8 year olds were emotional that day.
Don’t have too many cooks in the kitchen. Friends and family members always want to share their opinions but make sure you do what makes you happy. Don’t wait too long to book your vendors, I felt good knowing I had all the biggest key parts of our wedding already booked in advance.