Going to the Chapel

I'm working on finding wedding ceremony locations for two new clients this week.  It's been fun.

The first:  two guys from the South are coming up here with ten friends this summer, seeking a wedding inspired by that of John F. Kennedy, Jr.  Do you remember the one?  In a tiny little chapel on Cumberland Island, off the Georgia coast, filled with candelight and very few guests?  So romantic, intimate and the perfect wedding for such a public couple. 

Well, I can do that.  One of the things I like about this wedding is that they have a very clear visual in mind - all I have do to is make it happen.

But, even though I've worked on over 75 weddings and have been to countless more venues, I don't get to see many chapels in  my travels - especially tiny, open and affirming chapels in suburban and rural Massachusetts.  Fortunately, I have great relationships with some officiants who pointed me in the right direction.  I think I may have found a fit yesterday.  The officiant specifically asked me to keep this tiny chapel a secret - I'll post photos but no name or location!  I can visualize it without the podium and table, and filled with candles.  I think it's perfect and I hope they agree.

The other client, a sweet couple from Oregon coming to Massachusetts this fall, couldn't be looking for something more different - an airy, open, urban space within walking distance of a T stop, preferably not a religious space and preferably in the Back Bay/South End areas of Boston.  Seems simple enough - but it's not!  Most places that fit this criteria are educational or arts in nature and have restrictions on time, are too cavernous, too staid, or are booked.  When the bride called me in desperation, she had already called over 20 venues!  I gave her ten more options (some of which I'm confident are unknown to many planners) and I think we're on the right track.  I can't wait to see what they decide.  Their reception is at Betty's Wok and Noodle Diner and I've never been there so Jen and I are going for dinner tonight.  Fun idea!

What's your favorite ceremony space and why?  Do you have a wedding ceremony fantasy that you're working to make come to life?  I'd love to hear all about it!

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