A Modern, Nautical Wedding at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts

With two very distinct visions in mind, deciding on a location for their late-summer wedding was no easy feat for Andrea Miner (36 and a pharmaceutical sales representative) and Jordan Romano (36 and a physician). Split between a classic seaside wedding in Maine and a contemporary urban affair in Boston, Massachusetts, where they live, the pair fused the two concepts to create one unforgettable celebration. “The Institute of Contemporary Art on Boston Harbor, with the city as a backdrop, was the perfect blend of our visions,” Andrea says. From a palette of white, cream and blue hues to a message-in-a-bottle guest book and lush arrangements of iconic coastal flowers, the nautical theme made an appearance in the subtlest of ways throughout the day, creating a cool contrast with the chic modern architecture of the event venue. As the sun began to set, the couple gathered their families and friends on the back deck of the ICA for a waterfront ceremony with unparalleled views of Boston Harbor. Candlelit white lanterns lined the deck’s stadium seating area, while tall cylindrical vases bearing long-stemmed white roses and white hydrangeas lined the aisle. Andrea and Jordan exchanged vows under a birch chuppah. For the reception, Andrea and Jordan decided against a formal sit-down dinner, opting instead for an evening cocktail party that allowed guests to mix and mingle. A jazz trio got guests in the mood to party during cocktail hour, while Wolfgang Puck Catering delighted taste buds with dishes like spicy tuna tartare, mini lobster rolls and Korean-style fried rice. A tip from Andrea and Jordan: “When a friend or family member asks if they can help you with anything, you quickly and graciously respond with ‘yes.’ Our wedding was definitely a labor of love, but it made it that much more special to us.” —Libby MacCarthy