Event Recap: Gita & Aki’s Wedding

Event Recap: Gita & Aki’s Wedding

In early June, we had the pleasure of planning Gita and Aki’s wedding at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Auto Museum is home to “America’s Oldest Car Collection,” so to say this is a unique wedding venue would be an understatement! It was a gorgeous day for this beautiful couple – from the weather to the ceremony and reception – everything was just perfect!

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This wedding was unique in that it was a fusion of two beautiful cultures – Gita is Indian and Aki is Japanese. Both cultures were clearly illustrated throughout the day with elements incorporated into the ceremony and the décor. The centerpieces were made of lanterns, bamboo plants, and paper cranes (made personally by the Groom’s mom) which gave their guests a wonderful taste of Gita and Aki’s heritage.

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Gita’s brother officiated the ceremony under a lovely birchwood arbor decorated with a beautiful floral garland. The smell of Jasmine flowers filled the air as guests pinned them in their hair on their way to their seats. Gita got married in a traditional sari and then changed into a stunning maroon dress for the reception.

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Cocktail hour was held inside the Museum, where guests were able to walk around and admire the very cool, very rare automobiles. Guests then moved outside under a stunning tent for the reception. Both Gita’s and Aki’s fathers gave memorable speeches, and several stories were shared by their friends about how the two met and how they became friends, wishing them the best with their future endeavors as a couple.

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It was such an honor to be a part of this wonderful couple’s big day. Not only did Gita and Aki have a great time, but we were thrilled to see guests enjoying themselves so much as well. Pepper’s Catering provided the delicious food, and the band, Men in Black 2, kept guests on the dance floor all night. Overall, their wedding was a perfect depiction of them as a couple.

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We blushed when reading their thoughtful words:

“My husband and I hired Kristin and her team at Swank Events to be our day-of coordinators for our wedding. Not only was the price very reasonable but Kristin was also super responsive in the weeks leading up to the wedding. She is incredibly organized, putting together a detailed timeline for the wedding day and staying on top of the dozens of emails with vendors that came her way. She also cares about what the couple wants and will prioritize that the most. On the actual day of the wedding, my husband and I were able to completely relax and enjoy the festivities because Kristin handled everything, even unexpected hiccups that arose. We could not have done this without Kristin and Swank Events and absolutely recommend them to others! You won’t regret it.”

We are lucky enough to be planning Lizzy and Mike’s wedding at the Larz Anderson at the end of October, so stay tuned for another recap!

Vendor LOVE: Kero Photography

Vendor LOVE: Kero Photography

Kero Photography: Kathryn O’Kane

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Kathryn photographed a corporate outing we planned at Tupper Manor in Beverly last summer. She was super easy to work with and got some great shots! She even corralled the group of more than 100 employees for a group photo! Read on to learn more about Kathryn.

Where did you grow up?
Weymouth, MA

How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
I have been in business for 5 years. I have always loved photography. Growing up my father worked for Polaroid so we always had instant cameras around the house. I used to photograph my brother before my parents would wake up on weekends and pretend that our living room was my studio. After realizing I was not totally content with my 9-5 job as an adult I went back to school to earn a degree in digital photography from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging and Arts. During school I assisted a number of Boston Wedding photographers before going out on my own. I am booked mostly every weekend from May until October each year.

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What is your favorite part of your job?
I love that I get to see the bride and groom all dressed up before they get mobbed by friends and family at the reception. I know this is a privilege to be let into such an intimate part of someone’s life and it is something that I do not take for granted.

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How would you describe your style?
I like my images to feel “airy” and fun. When you look at my photos I want you to hear the laughter between the groomsmen, the whispers between the bridesmaids and witness the craziness that happens on the dance floor during receptions. Some of the best moments are captured in photos and I love to help document those memorable moments that you can not always do for yourself.

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What is your guilty pleasure?
Keeping up with the Kardashian/Jenner clan on Instagram. Also sitting on the couch all day on Sundays watching football with my family, wings and beer!

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What is your favorite quote?
“Some people strive for perfect, but I often find perfection boring.” Sometimes during weddings I find the greatest images in imperfect moments. I have many brides and grooms tell me that these extremely candid shots mean the most to them.

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What makes you unique in your field?
I have worked in customer service my entire life so I thrive during the formals because I know how to talk to people and how to make sure that each person looks their best in a short amount of time. During the reception I hang back and am like a fly on the wall. I love capturing black and white candids that show how much fun everyone is having. I like to party as much as the next person (not at your wedding of course!!), so I think the photos should reflect that! Lastly, I am meticulous in making sure that I get that shot of your favorite aunt that is camera shy. Family and friends make your wedding, the more loved ones I get pictures of, the more accomplished I feel at the end of the day.

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What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?
Plan the heck out of your wedding day! But on the day of, give your cellphone to a trusted friend, so you can enjoy every moment without having to answer anymore questions. If you did your absolute best planning each detail ahead of time, you are entitled to reap the rewards and take it all in!

Check out more of Kathryn’s work here.

Cheers,

The Swank Team

The Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Cakes

For most couples, choosing their wedding cake can be one of the hardest decisions to make during the wedding planning process.  There are so many elements to a cake – color, size, flavor, shape, theme, decorations, etc…Wedding cake is also one of the item guests look forward to most at a wedding – it’s the most important dessert you will ever come across. Have no fear, Swank Events is here to help you make this decision a piece of cake…

Do: Compromise!

You and your fiancé can’t decide on a cake design? Rather than spending extra money on two separate cakes (a groom’s cake and bride’s cake) at your reception, merge your ideas onto one cake everyone will enjoy!  Marriage is all about compromise, right? You want a traditional cake but your fiancé wants the cake to express his love of superheroes? No problem… Take this awesome cake by Tier by Tier.  One side for more traditional wedding cake cutting photos and another side for more fun pictures, which will make you both happy!

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Photo Credit: Tier by Tier

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Can’t decide on flavor? See Swank’s very own Kristin Healy’s dual creation with her other half which merges vanilla and chocolate – the best of both worlds!

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Do: Taste the Cake

As you start researching bakeries, make sure they offer tastings and are willing to meet with you in person.  At tastings you will be able to sample cake, filing and frosting flavors, ask questions, and most importantly review portfolios. This is a perfect opportunity to meet your potential cake baker, get a feel for their style and ask them questions about what they can and cannot do.

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Don’t: Under order

If there is wedding cake being served, every guest will expect a piece of it! According to theknot.com: Generally, three tiers will serve 50 to 100 guests; you’ll likely need five layers for 200 guests or more.  So, don’t expect a two-tiered cake to feed all 80 guests you have.

If you are looking for ways to save, but still want to serve wedding cake, you do have options! You can order a small cake for you and your new hubby to cut into, but also order sheet cakes to be cut up or have cupcakes served to your guests. Another idea is to have the cake plated and put out on a table, if it’s not served to each place setting, you do not need to order for the full guest count!

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Don’t: Forget about the little details

Do you want a picture perfect cake? Make sure you remember every element involved: cake table, linen for table, cake stand if needed, cake topper, table decorations, flavor signs, etc.  Additionally, you want to make sure there is a specific spot where the cake will sit during the reception (preferable away from the bar, so people don’t sneak frosting tastes after a few drinks or bump into it).

Contact us today to help make this decision a cake walk!

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Vendor LOVE: Benway Entertainment

Benway Entertainment: Frank Benway

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We had the pleasure of working with Frank during Kim and James’ wedding this past September at the New England Aquarium. He was a good friend of theirs who also offered his DJ services for their wedding. Not only was Frank fantastic to work with, but he kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night and really knows how to read the crowd. We look forward to working with Benway Entertainment again soon! In the meantime, get to know Frank.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Milton, MA and graduated from Milton High School.  I then went on to Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies.

How long have you been in business and how did you get started? 

I have been in the DJ business for 15 years.  I first became interested in the DJ business as a middle school student, helping the DJ set up and break down our monthly school dances.  By 8th grade, he was letting me DJ during some of the school dances.  As a high school sophomore, I started DJ’ing professionally at local middle and high school dances.  After a few years of learning the business, I was DJ’ing college events, private parties, and weddings across Boston and Southern New England.

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What’s your favorite part of your job? 

My favorite part of the job is watching my clients enjoy the most important day of their lives with their closest family and friends.  After spending many months helping plan their big day, it is truly exciting to watch it become a reality.

How would you describe your style? 

I take a lot of time to listen to my clients and make sure that the music I play at their wedding reflects their personality and style — I tell all of my clients, “it’s your wedding reception, not mine.”  However, when a client asks for my input on their itinerary or a song selection, I am happy to share my suggestions with them.  I work very hard to make sure that my client’s weddings remain classy, elegant, and fun.  I think it’s important to engage the crowd and make announcements in an upbeat manner, while maintaining the elegance of a wedding reception.  When the formalities are over and the dance floor opens, I put down the microphone as much as possible and let the music do the talking.  People came out to have fun and dance with the bride and groom, not hear my voice all night!

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Photo Credit: Barefotos Photography

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Two of my favorite comedies: Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2.

What’s your favorite quote? 

“I’m the guy who does his job.  You must be the other guy.” -Mark Wahlburg, The Departed

What makes you unique in your field?

I try to get to know each and every one of my clients on a personal level.  In the months leading up to a wedding, I want to learn all about my clients – how did they meet, how did they get engaged, will the wedding be more friends, family, or both?  This allows me to tailor my performance to them.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple? 

At the end of almost every wedding I DJ, the couple comes up to me and says, “I can’t believe it’s over, it went by so fast!”  My best piece of advice to every couple is to make sure to take some time during their wedding reception and enjoy it.  They worked so hard for months or years to plan every detail of their big day — make sure to take time to enjoy each other’s company, look around the room and take lots of mental pictures, and make sure to get out on the dance floor with your family and friends!

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Photo Credit: Sedman Photography

Click here to get in touch with Frank and to book him for your next event.

Cheers,

The Swank Team

 

 

Venue Spotlight: The Exchange Conference Center

The Exchange Conference Center

Located in the heart of Boston’s hottest new area, the Seaport District, lies The Exchange Conference Center.

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Photo Credit: Ashley O’Dell Photography

History

In 1915 when the Fish Pier opened, The Fishing Gazette described it as “the largest, most complete and sanitary building in the world devoted exclusively to the handing of fish – a monument to the industry for all time.” Built to accommodate Massachusetts flourishing fishing trade of the 1900’s, the pier and its buildings provide a large, efficient facility for fishermen, fish processors, and fish distributors. In 1963, landing 339 million pounds of fish, the Boston Fish Pier reached a peak.

Although today new uses have been introduced onto the fish pier, fishing and fish processing remain its primary function. Originally called the Fish Exchange building, the Exchange Conference Center is now managed by East Meets West Catering and is the historic home of the Boston Fish Auction.

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Photo Credit: Garnick Moore Photography

Rooms/Options

Exchange Hall is a great location for social events such as weddings, bar and bat mitvahs, birthday parties, and anniversary celebrations. With high ceilings and spectacular panoramic views of the Boston Harbor, Exchange Hall can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner, or up to 200 for a reception. The Exchange Hall opens up to the next option, the Harbor Terrace.

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Photo Credit: Josh Andrus Photography

The Harbor Terrace is ideal for cocktail receptions or al fresco dining. Tents are available in a variety of sizes to suit all guest counts!

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The second and third floors of the Conference Center offer spaces for a variety of uses – either for wedding party suites or for a corporate board meeting, the Conference Center has a room that will meet your needs and more. With spectacular views of the harbor, and within the city limits, the Conference Center offers clients the best of being in the city but also having a unique space!

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Vendor Information

East Meets West is the exclusive caterer of the Exchange Conference Center, offering extraordinary food and exceptional service. East Meets West has been catering since 1989. The full liquor license allows them to customize the beverages, as well, served by their professional bartenders.

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Photo Credit: Ashley O’Dell Photography

For more information and to book your next event at the Exchange Conference Center, contact Caralyn Ross at 617-790-1900 ext. 222 or cross@emwcatering.com.

Happy Planning!

The Swank Team