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ANNIVERSARIES ABOUNDING

Here at AE Events, we love a good milestone!  The clink of champagne glasses toasting a marriage, the laughter of colleagues enjoying a reunion, and the applause of supporters championing a life-changing cause…what a joy it has been to be a part of these monumental celebrations in the past few months. And there have been a lot of them!  All together 365 years…we raise a glass once again to you all.

A moment like this doesn’t happen every day!  The stunning Museum of Fine Arts Boston glowed with the warm community of  Jewish Family & Children’s Service, in a breathtaking tribute to 150 years of human connection. Just as a point of reference…Abraham Lincoln was president!

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 A spectacular July evening on Nantucket was the backdrop for this 40th Wedding Anniversary.  Walking on sunshine!  

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Talk about life-changing stuff…the May Institute has been serving up independence, choice, dignity, and respect for over 60 years.  Hats off to their absolute dedication to individuals with disabilities.

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Davio’s Boston was the destination for this 20th anniversary celebration of The Spofford Group.  From exquisite music to sumptuous food to fine Scotch, the evening paid tribute to the detail and focus that this remarkable company brings to its clientele.

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 Only a Jubilee could describe this golden 50-year celebration!  Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly raised record funds to continue its work for “aging in community.”

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 Both the Governor and the Mayor were in the house for this 20th Birthday Bash for Massachusetts Public Charter School Association! But the student performers stole the show.

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 Living the CHAI Life!  A remarkable evening toasting 10 years of CHAI Works, supporting JF&CS services for people with disabilities.

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With a grand musical flourish, the Berkshire Hills Music Academy celebrated their 15th Anniversary with a Fanfare Gala at the Four Seasons Boston.  Special guest Charles Neville jammed with students to the delight of the crowd.

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HOW COOL IS THAT?

Our team at AE Events found out yesterday that we were awarded “Best Wedding Coordinator of 2015” in Boston Magazine’s #BestofBoston.  Needless to say, we are thrilled and honored.  We may have even jumped up & down in the office just a little bit…I mean, these are the things to celebrate in life, right?  How cool is that?

Ah yes, celebrations.  The spirit of our company is built around crafting experiences that really and truly reflect and celebrate the people that each event is about.  We hope that what comes through to our clients is that we love being a part of creating their moments and their memories.

So we raise a glass to our clients, with a few tributes here….

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Being a part of designing someone’s wedding day?  How cool is that!


#9 – Say Cheese!

It’s Wedding Wednesday and time for our monthly check-in with bride-to-be, Elizabeth…

Say Cheese! No, not that kind of cheese, though I must admit I’m a little obsessed with the Deep Fried Truffle Mac n’ Cheese that will be served during cocktail hour on the big day… but I digress…

As I mentioned before, Tom and I decided early on that there were three things that were undoubtedly more important than any of the other aspects of the wedding: Venue and Food  – which I’ve covered in past posts – and today’s topic: Photography.

Making a decision on photography (and videography for that matter) was another difficult task for us.  Not only does Tom have several fantastic photographer friends but we at AE Events work with many very talented photographers as well!  However, I was intrigued by an advertisement I kept seeing from George Street Photography.  And while I was timid to go with a corporate company vs. an independent photographer – we found that what George Street offered for the price we could afford, was hard to pass up.

Some of the things in our awesome package that sealed the deal:

– Lead Photographer for 10 hours
– Assistant Photographer for 6 hours
– 90-minute Engagement Session with our Lead Photographer
– Online Proofing and Ordering
– Digital Negatives
– Leather bound Wedding Album + Two 6×6 Albums
– Videographer for 8 hours
– Wireless mic for the Ceremony
– High Def Blu-Ray DVD Master Copy of all footage + 5-7 Minute Highlight Reel
– Professionally Certified Video Editors
– Online Portal where you can manage the look of your day, prints, scheduling and have an event coordinator on hand to confirm your photographer the day before and the day of

I’ll save my final review of them for after the wedding, however I can say that so far I am very pleased with their service as well as the photographer that we selected from their network: Colleen Moore McCarthy.

Speaking of which… two weeks ago Tom and I took a day off to meet with Colleen at the Boston Public Garden (the scene of our engagement 9 months ago) for our 90-minute Engagement Session.  And we just so happened to get our shots back last night… Enjoy!

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Happy Anniversary Joanna and Bryan!

It’s Wedding Wednesday and while we can’t believe this lovely wedding is already a year behind us, we are still basking in it’s beauty!  Set at a gorgeous private estate, we brought some amazing vendors together to create the perfect wedding day for Joanna and Bryan on September 21, 2013.  They wanted a classic wedding, with elegant, romantic touches. It started with an outdoor ceremony (perfect weather), cocktails in the house (lots of bubbly), then dinner and dancing (Moroccan spiced lamb, yum!).  Happy Anniversary, you two!

We leave you now to enjoy the beauty of it all from the start of the day to the end – courtesy of Sarah Bastille Photography!

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Flowers by the talented Benjamin Newbold at Winston Flowers

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Joanna made such a beautiful bride!!!

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The Happy Couple! Congratulations all over again!

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Alternative to a traditional guest book – hand typed (or written) notes from guests offering “wishes and wisdom”.

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Many thanks to the vendors that made this wedding possible:

Photographer: Sarah Bastille Photography ¦ Flowers: Winston Flowers ¦ Linens & Rentals: Be Our Guest ¦ Audio & Lighting: High Output ¦ Tenting: Peterson Party Center ¦ Catering: Max Ultimate Food ¦ Videographer: Heirloom Pictures


After the party… let’s party?

Recently, AE Partner, Christine Altieri, and one of our brides, Liz, (Hi Liz!) were quoted in the Boston Globe style section commenting on wedding after parties.  Which leads us to continue the conversation – Are After Parties worth it?

After Parties are the new excuse for brides and grooms to continue the celebration into the wee hours of the night (ahem… morning).  For some, I’d say it’s truly worth it.  When else will you have this kind of love and attention from close family and friends?  When else will you have a chance to party like this?  Graduation? (nah, that’s expected) Baby? (Duh, you have a baby! Stay home!)  Major birthday milestone? Okay, maybe that last one, but it’s unlikely all of your nearest and dearest will make it to the festivities.  Yes, a wedding is an important part of your life and those closest to you make an effort to be there – and an After Party, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

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Wedding dress still on, bowtie askew… It’s totally worth it if you have a smaller group of close friends and family and you head somewhere for some post wedding drinks, snacks and chatter.  I’d recommend the Hawthorne for this! Actually, I did go there after my wedding and there were two other brides wandering around in their dresses as well.  We all hugged.  Dressed down to comfy clothes… It’s totally worth it to go sit around a bonfire and make s’mores and mellow out with your peeps. Within Boston itself, I’m not sure you’ll find a bonfire, but I do know the Chatham Bars Inn offers one.  Hair a mess, weren’t you wearing a tie?…  It’s totally worth it to head back to a friend’s suite with your BFFs to drink the last of the champagne and muse upon the times ‘before you were married’.

After Parties aren’t just for weddings anymore.   Now fundraisers and galas are hosting APs as well.  Sometimes it’s to keep the fun, lively atmosphere going and sometimes it’s to introduce a new set of future donors. It’s an easy way to get them in, excited about the cause, introduced to some key people and they get to have fun.  We’ve found the most successful fundraising/non-profit/gala APs have an existing young professional group that they can invite.  Typically this group is invited to arrive as the program and seated dinner that the bigger patrons have paid for is winding down.  Their ticket price is lower and includes dessert, drinks (up to the organization if it’s 2, unlimited drinks, or perhaps you switch to a wine and beer bar) – and of course dancing with the band or DJ alongside the other guests.  It’s a great way to bring some new energy to the room, to the group, to the cause!

To read the Globe article about Wedding APs – follow this link!
Many thanks to Liz Linder Photography for the bonfire AP photo taken in Truro last September.


Vendor Spotlight – Allegro Photography

I should probably start with a disclaimer: We love all of the vendors that we work with, but can only blog so much!

You have probably seen samples of their work on our website and through events that we have produced – today’s vendor spotlight shout-out goes to Allegro Photography!

Husband and wife team, Jo and Dave, moved to Boston a few years ago from California and settled in Wellesley. Their work has a distinct West Coast vibe that is reflected in the fantastic images they take and the beautiful spirit that they capture.  One outstanding quality is their ability to capture the right mood at any given moment.  You may think at a wedding or a fundraiser this would be easy, but the task is much harder than it seems when trying to capture an emotion on top of the action taking place.

Their upbeat attitudes and willingness to stick around to “get the shot” are one reason we love to have them on site with us at events.  From weddings, to portraiture, to a wide variety of events both social and non-social, they are reliable and fun to work with.  Plus, they always manage to find such flattering light for everyone!

Thanks Allegro Photography for being so great!

Ok, now I’ll let the images speak for themselves (kind of).

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Catching that adorable moment during a wedding?! check.

 

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Capturing the AE staff at the Celebrity Series 75th Anniversary Gala? check.
L to R: Chrissy, Christine, Danielle, Aubry and our [former] intern Emma (we miss you!)

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Making our tabletops look cooler than we remembered
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Thanks Allegro Photography!  We love working with you!

XO,

AE Events