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!

Venue Spotlight: Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Larz Anderson Auto Museum

If you’re a car lover or planning an event for one, this is the perfect venue! The Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been recognized as one of the top 25 tourist attractions in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal. With its stunning view of the Boston skyline, the park carries the distinction as being one of the top five most romantic places in the Boston area for a marriage proposal. This beautiful building, located just outside of Boston, can accommodate a variety of events, so be sure to check it out today!

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History

The museum’s historic Carriage House was built in 1888 by the first official architect of Boston, Edmund Wheelwright, and modeled after the Chateau de Chaumont-Sur-Loire in France. The 64-acre estate once belonged to Larz and Isabel Anderson, who began their love affair with the automobile in 1899, shortly after they married. The idea for the Larz Anderson Auto Museum grew out of a Sunday tradition when the Andersons would open the doors to their spectacular Carriage House on Sunday afternoons and share their mounting collection of marvelous American and European vehicles with the public.

The Andersons’ collection began with the purchase of their first vehicle, an 1899 Winton 4-hp Runabout. Today, this vehicle remains on permanent display in the Museum’s lower gallery. As their interest in the automobile grew, the Andersons continued to purchase and subsequently retire vehicles to the Carriage House all the way up until the passing of Isabel Anderson in 1948.

The Andersons purchased an automobile nearly every year, acquiring a total of thirty-two brand new motorcars during the course of their lives. Fourteen of these vehicles and many of the Andersons’ original horse-drawn carriages remain in the Museum’s permanent collection.

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Rooms/Options

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a hugely popular setting for corporate events, cocktail parties, barbecues, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and wedding receptions. The Carriage House can accommodate up to 150 people, and guests are sure to have an unforgettable experience in the majestic main gallery of the Museum amidst breathtaking vintage automobiles. Since there is no separate “function room”, you and your guests may fully experience all that the Museum has to offer. Staff will also be on duty throughout the evening to assist you. There is ample free parking, and the Great Lawn of the Carriage House can be tented year-round to accommodate larger parties of up to 500.

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Vendor Information

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

Rental Information

The fee for the use of the Museum ranges from $2,000 to $5,500 depending on the day of week and type of event.

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For more information or to book your next event, please contact Events Manager Karen Hasenfus at khasenfus@larzanderson.org or 617-522-6547 x18.

Happy Planning!

The Swank Team