Joseph & Sumi - July 30, 2023 - A musical event! Part 1 - Ceremony & Cocktails on Board the Charles I
Joe & Sumi met TWENTY years ago at the Longwood Orchestra where Joe was already a member of and Sumi joined. Joe told us he saw Sumi walk in and I'd like to believe it was love at first sight. They finally decided to tie the knot after twenty years together! They both said that their distaste for planning kept them from officially wedding for so long. Their day came together so perfectly - our first wedding of the year without rain!! I think this was because it was a Sunday, not a Saturday as it had poured the day before like every other Saturday we've had this year in Massachusetts.
Having worked with the #Charlesriverboatcompany before but on #Bostonharbor we were super excited to experience what their river boat weddings are like. These leave from a little dock outside of the CambridgeSide Galleria which makes parking and getting to these boats super easy and convenient! Parking was significantly more affordable ($4 for the day after validation vs $18 at the Harbor). Accessibility was very easy with elevators from the garage. This was helpful considering Joe & some friends were towing a wagon full of decor to set the boat up prior to Sumi's arrival. The riverboats are a much more relaxed and DYI experience. I don't know the specifics whether or not you can pay more for the company to set up or if they are all DYI. The capacity was max of 75 people and I believe they had about 50 set up for a cocktail party (dinner reception was to follow at the couple's favorite restaurant - find part 2 of this blog soon).
The woodwork on the Riverboat is stunning and so were their floral arrangements and especially the fabric accents on the arrangements and the bridal party's attire. Sumi's mother came to America from Japan with gorgeous handmade kimonos and had the brilliant idea to use the fabric for bridal attire and accents throughout the day. The men's ties, pocket squares, sashes, ring box and Sumi's dress all came from her mother's kimonos!
How adorable is Sumi's mother holding a custom made purse from her own kimonos?! Here she is in conversation with Sumi's long time violin teacher.