Our very own Myriam Michel and her hubby Donald Alexis are featured in the current (Fall/Winter 2015) issue of Boston Weddings Magazine captured by the fab team at BKB & Co.! The couple and their dapper son, Dario, celebrated with friends and family at the Seaport Boston Hotel with a reception and after-party honoring their Haitian heritage.
After thirteen years of romance, Myriam and Donald knew their wedding day was long overdue. With the responsibilities of raising one-year old Dario and managing busy careers—Donald heading up an affordable housing non-profit in Boston (CICD) and Myriam with client weddings lined up in her calendar—finding time was the biggest challenge. They settled on an intimate dinner-party that would bring together their closest friends and family.
Myriam and Donald wanted their ceremony to honor their family and Haitian heritage and chose to have it on Thanksgiving weekend. (…Because what other holiday screams “family” than Thanksgiving?) Myriam incorporated special elements and touches throughout their Big Day, like: starting the party via the invitation, through which guests chose the flavor of their own customized mini cheesecake (passed at the end of the night); having an in-the-round ceremony; Myriam’s veil being an heirloom piece hand-made by her mother; guests sipping rum-based mai tais and hurricanes during cocktail hour; and the night culminating with dinner and dancing in the Seaport Boston’s beautiful Lighthouse ballroom.
The Seaport bridge is a fantastic spot for photos! This where the couple did their first look and bridal party portraits.
The intimate ceremony space in the Seaport’s Flagship room.
Myriam has a reputation for transforming spaces and her own wedding was no exception. With the help of Faith Chartrand (Floral Art Designs) her “Autumn in New England” vision for the room was brought to life—open canopies surrounded the dinner tables, unique vase centerpieces were filled with tea-lit willow branches, and lighting by DesignLight brought an intimate glow to the evening.
The couple wanted to create an intimate dinner party for their friends and family. The lighting and decor created the ambiance just for that.
Icing on the Cake designed a cake to mimic the color theme.
Following dinner, guests enjoyed Caribbean-inspired music and a rendition of Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable, sung by the father and sister of the bride. And the final cherry on top, everyone took a photo in M&M Elite Events’ signature “Selfie Station.”
The metallic details were seen throughout from the gift table to the guestbook table. The metal three-tier shelf was used as the placecard table.
Close up of the beautiful details created by Simone Wornum, our awesome calligrapher! Photo credit: BKB & Co.
The inscribed matching spoons were used for the couple’s cake cutting.
The couples are big foodies and the groom is known to have a sweet tooth!
“My three sisters and cousin were in my bridal party, and I decided to defer to them on choosing their bridesmaid dresses. They chose Badgley Mischka dresses from Rent the Runway, which brought a sparkle of gold to our ceremony, complimented the design and, most importantly, was affordable!
“Looking back on my wedding planning process, there are three points of advice I’d give to any couple planning a wedding:
- Budget – When it comes to budget, get a sense of what “real” things cost and decide what is important to you. For some it’s the dress, others the music, still others the food and beverage. Then setup a separate checking account for your wedding day costs (so those expenses don’t interfere with your daily living expenses).
- Breathe – Not everything will go as planned, ever! Take it from a planner (me!) who does this for a living. Even on my Big Day there were some hiccups. I read somewhere, “Everything will be perfect in an imperfect way” and I remember it always. Learn to let go and let that room create space for magic to happen.
- Time – Take the time to be a bride and a groom on your wedding day—hire a planner. That was my biggest regret. I even had a client’s wedding two weeks before mine. If you don’t have the budget for a planner for the full process, look into a partial or “month of” package. Or focus on where you’ll need the most (Design and Details or Logistics). On the day of the wedding, make sure you have fun! Live in the moment. At the end of the day, it goes by entirely too fast.
Boxed customized invites from matched the eggplant color theme.
A candid from the “Selfie Station” from guest smartphones!
The beautiful bridesmaids in their sparkly gowns captured by awesome guests!
See the full Boston Weddings spread: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/weddings/article/2015/06/23/real-weddings-donald-alexis-myriam-michel/.
Myriam and Donald, congratulations from the whole team at M&M Elite Events!
Photo credit BKB & CO.