A Chic, Modern Wedding at Taj Boston in Boston, Massachusetts

                    Meghan Altman (a national account director at GSK) and Tim Stoll (a senior director at BioMed Realty) pulled off a chic, modern

Meghan Altman (a national account director at GSK) and Tim Stoll (a senior director at BioMed Realty) pulled off a chic, modern wedding at Taj Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, with over-the-top floral arrangements and a sophisticated black, white and silver palette. A traditional Catholic ceremony at Cathedral of the Holy Cross preceded the reception, the 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture and tall arrangements of white cherry blossoms provided a dramatic backdrop for the occasion. For the reception, Meghan and Tim turned to Taj Boston, a 1927 landmark hotel with an enviable address overlooking Boston Public Garden. The pair passed on the venue’s many opulent jewel-box ballrooms, instead hosting the post-ceremony festivities on the roof, where guests profited from 180-degree views of the Boston skyline. The talented team at Marc Hall Design transformed the space into a modern-day Garden of Eden with suspended floral installations and fresh bunches of white peonies and calla lilies. Candlelight filled the room with a warm, ambient glow and details like place-inspired table names put a personal spin on the chic decor. The couple made sure no guest went hungry, filling cocktail hour and dinner with seemingly endless eats like tuna tartare, New York sirloin and more. The band Soho blew everyone out of the water and kept the party going late into the night. The couple surprised everyone with a crepe station, a nod to their engagement in Paris, France, and sent guests home with a few sweet treats. A tip from Meghan: “Decide as a couple what your top priorities are and stick with them. There is no need to fret about minute details that you simply don’t have time to get to. Spend time selecting your vendors and make sure you enjoy them. Trust the professionals you decide on and rely on them to create the vision you share. Enjoy the planning and the journey through your engagement.”

Formal Black Amsale Bridesmaid Dresses
While looking through bridal magazines, Meghan found herself consistently bookmarking the same stunning Vera Wang gown, a strapless A-line number with an asymmetrical bodice and large organza rosettes. When she went to the bridal salon, it was the first gown she tried on and the one she ultimately wore. “The elaborate train was the perfect fit for the opulence of the cathedral,” Meghan says. She added a black sash for the reception to mix up her look without doing a complete costume change.
The day started with a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End. Full of history and boasting late-19th-century Gothic Revival architecture, the cathedral offered a dramatic backdrop for the occasion. Allowing the venue’s striking features to speak for themselves, the couple focused on the altar's decor, adding two statement arrangements of white cherry blossoms that played up the scale of the church.
Designers David DiCicco, Marc Hall and Shana Bloomberg of Marc Hall Design transformed the top floor of Taj Boston into a chic, modern interpretation of the Garden of Eden. “We wanted our guests to focus on the view and lush beauty of the flowers,” Meghan says. The talented team dreamed up one-of-a-kind suspended installations of glass orbs, luminous oversize chain links, vines and long-stemmed white blooms to hang over each of the reception tables, injecting a whimsical, almost-ethereal feel to the reception.
Modern Decorative Mirrors
In addition to the showstopping suspended floral installations, March Hall Design dressed up the reception tables with fresh bunches of bright white blooms. Tulips, calla lilies and peonies were displayed loosely in understated glass vases and styled alongside brightly lit pillar candles to create a modern, romantic feel.
Ivory Pillar Candles and Peonies
Cocktail hour served as a preview for the reception in terms of decor and menu. Sleek modern lounge furniture mirrored the tone of the chic, white dinner tables, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and over-the-top floral arrangements, with silvery linens creating a distinction between the two. Guests nibbled on passed hors d’oeuvres like tuna tartare, gala apples with blue cheese and braised short ribs, as well as fresh seafood and Tuscan-style bites. Dinner featured Chilean sea bass and New York sirloin. Toward the end of the night, Meghan and Tim surprised everyone with a late-night crepe station, a tribute to their Parisian engagement.
Good music was non-negotiable for Meghan and Tim, and the pair spent months listening to band clips before coming across the seven-piece band Soho. “The dance floor was filled all night with our favorite music and special requests,” Meghan says.
After a traditional ceremony at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the newlyweds and their guests headed to Taj Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, for a fun-filled night of dinner and dancing. With its enviable location on Arlington and Newbury Streets, the 1927 landmark hotel boasts views of the city skyline and the picturesque Boston Public Garden, as well as beautifully appointed jewel-box ballrooms. Beyond the venue’s innate opulence and elegance, it held sentimental value for the bride-to-be, whose parents had been married there years before when it had been the Ritz-Carlton.
At the end of the night, Meghan and Tim sent their guests home with a few sweet treats. The pair packaged chocolate-covered strawberries and muffins in boxes with custom “Late owl or early bird” labels on each. The favors were displayed under a lavish white cherry blossom and hydrangea arrangement, mirroring those used on the altar during the ceremony.