A Traditional Summer Wedding at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

Meredith Mitchell (42 and works in sales) and Tom Civitenga (41 and works in sales) met entirely by chance. They were both vacationing with friends in

Meredith Mitchell (42 and works in sales) and Tom Civitenga (41 and works in sales) met entirely by chance. They were both vacationing with friends in Barcelona, Spain and happened to bump into each other in the lobby of the W Hotel, where they were both staying. “We found it funny that we both spoke English and struck up a conversation about our adventures in Europe. Little did we know at the time that we both lived in Boston, only about a mile away from one another!” says Meredith. They pair got their friends together that evening for a drink and made plans to meet up once they were back in Boston. “After going out as a group a few times back in Boston, I said to Tom, ‘It's okay if you take me out by yourself sometime!’ From there we started dating and the rest is history,” says Meredith. Four years later, Tom surprised Meredith with a trip to New Orleans and popped the question in front of St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.Living in the heart of Boston, Meredith and Tom decide to give their family and friends a taste of all that the historic seaside city had to offer. Guests were greeted with bags overflowing with locally made treats and all of the wedding’s events were strategically hosted at venues that showed off city’s history and beautiful waterfront setting. The ceremony took place at the stately St. Leonard’s Church in Boston’s North End neighborhood, a hub of Italian heritage and cobblestone streets bursting at the seams with to-die-for restaurants and pastry shops. After exchanging vows, the couple hit up Mike’s Pastry — an iconic Boston bakery — for a cannoli. The reception took place at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, which offered a sophisticated ballroom and terrace with breathtaking views of Boston Harbor. Timeless elegance was the theme of the day, the couple opting for classic stationery, lush arrangements of roses and hydrangeas and classy, formal attire. A color palette of navy, blue and coral reflected the summer season and waterfront setting. Good music was important to the couple, who often go out see live music in the city, so a rockin’ live band was a must. Honey Train churned out hits from their favorite ‘80s bands, keeping guests out on the dance floor all night long. Once the reception ended, the newlyweds moved the party over to Hennessey’s bar in Faneuil Hall, the very spot where Meredith and Tom had their first kiss.

Elegant, Formal Wedding Invitations
Elegant Diamond and White Gold Wedding Bands
To welcome their out-of-town guests, Meredith and Tom placed bags filled with local treats, like saltwater taffy, in each of their guests' hotel rooms.
Inspired by the wedding's elegant, timeless theme, Meredith chose a Vera Wang gown in a strapless, trumpet silhouette. The dress featured draping along the bodice for an element of depth and texture.
To give her bridal look a glam touch, Meredith walked down the aisle in a pair of silver Jimmy Choo peep toe heels.
Meredith's bouquet had a classic, elegant feel. The bouquet was filled with ivory roses and hydrangeas and was wrapped with a length of white ribbon.
Silver Pearl Drop Earrings
Each of Meredith's bridesmaids chose their own dress from J.Crew's wedding collection. To keep things feeling cohesive, Meredith had the girls stick to the same shade of navy blue.
Traditional Black Tuxedoes with Black Bowties
St. Leonard's Church Processional
To give guests a taste of Boston, the couple chose to host the ceremony at St. Leonard's Church, right in the heart of Boston's historic North End neighborhood.
Meredith and Tom's First Kiss
To give their photos a fun flair, the couple ventured around Boston's North End neighborhood before heading to the reception.
Coral roses and textured greenery added a splash of fresh color to the reception tables.
Elegant hand-calligraphed place cards were attached to customized bottle-opener favors at each setting.
Bride and Groom Chair Signs
The couple's traditional wedding cake was given a cheerful touch with bunches of fresh coral roses dotting each tier.
Meredith and Tom's First Dance