Event Recap: Carolyn & Lucas’ Wedding

Event Recap: Carolyn & Lucas’ Wedding

Photo credit: Leah LaRiccia Photography

We love the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation! We’ve planned many events there and each one has been completely unique and lots of fun. The museum itself has so much to see, but we are really in love with the Jackson Room upstairs, which was used for the ceremony and reception during Carolyn and Lucas’ wedding on October 7.

We had a great team of vendors for this one and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. We rented gorgeous Antique Napa Chairs from PEAK, which fit the rustic vibe of the room perfectly. The bistro lights from DesignLight created a wonderful atmosphere as they hung from the ceiling and also behind the Chuppah. It truly felt magical!

Carolyn and Lucas’ friends officiated the wedding, which made for a lovely, personal ceremony. The guests then headed into the museum for cocktail hour. During this short timeframe, the amazing staff of Capers Catering flipped the room, and what a transformation!

Carolyn and Lucas both love traveling, exploring new places and learning fun facts about each destination. That coupled with the fact that they had guests who came from all over the world to celebrate their big day, it only seemed fitting to have a travel-themed wedding!

As event planners, we adore the little details and this wedding had some great ones, such as the luggage tag escort cards and table name cards, designed and printed by Print House and travel-themed favors, which included treats from Vermont and Brazil, where Carolyn and Lucas are from, respectively.

Carolyn and Lucas really wanted to make sure their guests had a great time; playing a mix of Latin music and top 40’s, Signature Band definitely helped them to achieve this goal. It was such an honor to be a part of this sweet couple’s wedding day and we can’t wait to see the professional shots from the amazing Leah LaRiccia.

Event Recap: Erika & Mike’s Wedding

Event Recap: Erika & Mike’s Wedding

Erika and Mike’s recent wedding at the Charles Rives Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts was laid back, beautiful, and so much fun. The venue suited the lovely couple so well, and we were grateful to be a part of it!IMG_20170617_180915

The couple exchanged nuptials on the first floor of the museum in the main exhibit area. Erika’s cousin, Jason, officiated the ceremony with his own unique style, incorporating Erika and Mike’s mutual love for Harry Potter. The bride and groom wrote their own vows, which made for an intimate and personal ceremony, and brought smiles, tears, and laughter to all their guests.

Following the ceremony there was a cocktail hour, which was held in the same exhibit space. The museum has a fun area where you can create your own dog tags, so the bride and groom chose to utilize that as a way for guests to make mementos to remember their special day. Additionally, Erika and Mike had their guests write a message on a Jenga block as a fun alternative to the traditional guest book.


Erika and Mike’s lively bridal party danced their way into the reception, which was held in the Jackson Room on the second floor of the museum, and then gathered around to admire the newlyweds as they went into their first dance as husband and wife. There were several thoughtful speeches that followed, given by the maid of honor, the best man, and the bride’s parents.

Erika is very detail-oriented and really made our job easy! The décor was stunning – each table was adorned with a geometric copper terrarium filled with beautiful white flowers and greenery, and candles, giving the rustic brick room a very soft, romantic feel. The thoughtful couple provided flip-flops for their guests to slip on when their feet got sore to keep the party going! They also had a photo booth with fun props that their guests loved, available for entertainment throughout the evening.


Sticking with a very laid back, casual atmosphere, the couple opted for delicious food stations provided by Sensational Catering, which were a huge hit! Blackbird Doughnuts, one of Erika & Mike’s favorite local spots, provided incredible sweets for their big day – just look at these gourmet doughnuts – YUM!


Erika and Mike were a true pleasure to work with and had this to say about their experience working with us:

My husband and I hired Swank Events for our wedding at the Charles River Museum. From the first phone call with Betsy, I knew it was a no brainer that she needed to be my day of coordinator. I had poured my heart and soul into planning for months yet I had no plan as to who would be directing my big day. I knew I didn’t want it to be my bridesmaids or family – I wanted everyone to enjoy themselves! Betsy came to the rescue – she is super organized, professional, and the sweetest person you’ll meet. She coordinated with my vendors before the wedding to make sure that everyone was on the same page and knew not to contact my fiancé or I – she handled everything! From setting up, making sure everything kept on schedule, vendor payments, cleaning up – Betsy was there. If anything went wrong at our wedding, I had no clue because she took care of it. Best decision we made the entire planning process!”

We’re thrilled to be returning to the CRMII for Carolyn and Lucas’ wedding in early October, and we’ll be sure to share another event recap with you then!

Venue Spotlight: Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. This unique venue is perfect for just about any type of event. Guests arrive over a quaint footbridge crossing the Charles River where they can view the waterfall that once powered America’s first automated machinery. Inside, your event takes shape with spectacular 50-foot ceilings, exposed brickwork, arched windows, and unique exhibits that will entice all ages. We are thrilled to be planning Sarah and Andy’s wedding at the CRMII this September!


Located on the scenic banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, CRMII is on the National Register of Historic Places as America’s first factory. It was the first integrated mill in the United States; though many mills existed before the Boston Manufacturing Company, Francis Cabot Lowell’s mill was the first to combine all steps of cotton fabric manufacturing under one roof.

Hands-on exhibits feature American innovation and invention from 1812 to the present day, with exhibits on Waltham’s Boston Manufacturing Company, the Metz Company, the Waltham Watch Factory, and Orient bicycles from the Waltham Manufacturing Company. In addition to the permanent collection, the CRMII has revolving temporary exhibits and plays host to private events throughout the year.



With this venue, the possibilities are endless. How about a romantic indoor ceremony overlooking the Charles River or amidst history right in the Main Gallery?  Or, you can choose an outdoor wedding ceremony in scenic Landry Park along the banks of the river. The reception can be held in the stunning Jackson Room which has period-style lighting, river views, and space for up to 250 guests theatre-style and up to 180 guests seated with room for dancing.

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Vendor Information

The CRMII has a list of authorized caterers of which you must choose from and additional preferred vendors that are optional.


Rental Information

For events occurring Monday through Thursday, the rental fee is $1,400; for events Friday through Sunday, the fee is $2,800.

For more detailed information and to book your next event contact Event Manager, Jen DiSciullo at jendisciullo.crmi@gmail.com or 781-893-5410 x10.

Happy Planning!

The Swank Team