Leah Palone, Marketing Director for Boston magazine, knows a thing or two about throwing an event. She's responsible for planning 30 per year, one of which - Best Fest for Best of Boston winners - hosts 3,000 guests. When she planned her own wedding, she chose some of the city's most interesting venues, got clear on her priorities, and leaned on her expertise, selecting the best vendors in the business and then trusting them to do what they do well. Read on for Leah's planning secrets and her list of vendors.
Dress by Enzoani. I purchased it on a whim at the Brides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser. It took seven appointments at the tailor to get it just right but it was worth it!
Shoes byValentino. I never wanted to take them off and I still wear them often.
Accessories byMy earrings were from E.B horn, my hair piece was by PowderBlueBijoux found on Etsy, and my veil was by Vera Wang
Health secretI drank lots of water, and did Bar Method! I fractured my heel training for the marathon about six months before the wedding. I was a bit lost (aka freaking out) about what workout I was going to be able to do that could tone and burn fat… Bar Method was my saving grace.
Beauty secretI tried to limit drinks and sugar to avoid breakouts and bloating leading up to the big day. I didn’t starve myself or limit things I just tried to make smarter choices (as in one cupcake not two).
Hair byJohnny Guilmet of Patrice Vinci Salon
Makeup byDani Wagener
Greatest moment of the nightI really enjoyed the time I spent with my dad before heading to the church. It was just as special of a moment for him as it was for me and my husband. But most of all, it was seeing my husband during our first look. It was such an overwhelming and surreal feeling of happiness and love. It sounds cheesy but the moment I saw him nothing else mattered.
Wedding venueOur ceremony was at Our Lady of Victories Bay Village and our reception was at Taj Boston
Wedding dateSeptember 27, 2014
Advice for Brides-to-BeIf you do a first look don’t forget to put on your wedding rings! We forgot. No one else will ever notice but we’re not wearing any wedding rings in any of our photos. Oops! Also it’s just as much your day as it is your family, however if there is something that’s important to you make sure you go for it. But be realistic. There might be something that you feel like you absolutely must have but think about what will make the most impact or what you will treasure most after the big day. For me, I wanted to put our money where it would improve our guest experience so I opted for things like lighting, delicious food, open bar, etc. The photographer was very important to us as well. The food had to be delicious, drinks plenty, and awesome music to keep up the energy of the night. We omitted your typical sit down dinner and chose a cocktail style reception. Our family had major doubts about this but we proved them wrong and guests spent their night having fun, eating, drinking, and dancing! I didn’t want to worry about things the day of so I selected vendors that I’ve worked with previously and trusted to make things run smoothly and look flawless. I provided all of them with detailed information as well as some inspiration then put my trust in them to do what they do best.
VendorSFrost Productions- Lighting; Sweet Monday Photographer; Konstantinas Floral Design; European Auto Solutions – Vintage Car; Enzoani- Dress; Flair Bridal – Bridesmaid Shoes/Dresses; Taj Hotel- Reception Venue; Our Lady of Victories – Church; Grill 23- Rehearsal Dinner; Wilson Stevens/Splash!- Agency/Band; Best Fit Tailor; Vera Wang – Veil; Valentino – Shoes; Kaitlyn Gosselin- Stationary; Party by Design – Table rentals; Old Town Trolley – Guest Transportation; E.B. Horn – Jewelry/Rings; After Party/First Look Photos – Liquid Art House