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A Traditional Wedding at Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts

Stephanie Burns (25 and in real estate development) and Maxwell Forsythe (26 and in environmental services) sought a spacious cathedral in Boston, Mas

Stephanie Burns (25 and in real estate development) and Maxwell Forsythe (26 and in environmental services) sought a spacious cathedral in Boston, Massachusetts, to accommodate their 250 guests for their wedding celebration. As soon as they walked into the grand Cathedral of the Holy Cross, they knew they would get married there—the largest Catholic church in New England, with a stunning 300-foot-long aisle. Stephanie decided on a wedding dress in much the same way they decided on the venue: immediately and without hesitation. When Stephanie slipped on the white gown with lace, ornate beading and a cathedral-length train, she knew she would be able to dance comfortably. It was important to her because she "knew the wedding would turn into a big dance party." An all-white bridal bouquet, made up of calla lilies, hydrangeas and roses, added effortless beauty without distracting from the dress. Max, meanwhile, sported a traditional black suit and a white bow tie for a polished, classic look. 

The couple's theme was "timeless elegance," which was evident from their traditional ceremony to their regal reception. The Fairmont Copley Plaza dazzled guests, as the night's festivities progressed from drinks to dancing. The ballroom, awash in purple and blush uplighting, was "the definition of timeless elegance," Stephanie says. Cocktail hour kicked off with signature drinks—lemon drop and Swedish Fish martinis, the couple's favorites—arranged around an ice sculpture, all set atop a glittering gold-sequined table. Guests found their favors on top of their plates: chocolate-covered Oreos wrapped in a dignified pink box. "It was a tribute to Max's favorite dessert," Stephanie says. On the dance floor, Stephanie made sure everyone received a mini chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cone—her favorite. "With all the personal touches we incorporated into our celebration, we shared our personal tastes and love for each other with our family and friends," Stephanie says. —Alexa Wybraniec

Stephanie and Max's elegant navy and gold stationery set the mood for their classically beautiful wedding.
Max wore an traditional white bow tie and a plain black suit to the "timeless elegance"-themed ceremony.
"The moment I tried on my wedding dress, I knew that was the one," Stephanie says. Since she wanted all eyes on its ornate beadwork, she steered clear of colorful blooms. Her all-white bouquet was made up of calla lilies, roses and hydrangeas.
Stephanie's bridesmaids held bouquets of bright green blooms, which stood out again their floor-length navy gowns. "The rest of the wedding was very elegant," Stephanie says. "But this was a way to incorporate something a little different and fun."
Stephanie and Max loved the cathedral's grand atmosphere, where their large wedding party fit comfortably. "We knew instantly when we walked inside that it was the place for us," Stephanie says. "The aisle was a bit daunting at 300 feet long, but the jitters quickly went away once the procession started."
"The best part of the entire process was that I made a decision not to tell anyone—except my mom—what the dress looked like," Stephanie says. "Nobody knew what to expect, and it was great to see everyone's reactions when they saw it for the first time. It had a full cathedral-length train to fit with the elegant setting of the venue."
"The staff and wedding coordinators on-site were incredible to deal with," Stephanie says. "They made sure that everything was perfect from the moment we began planning to the end of the wedding itself."
The ornate white and gold interior of Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts, played into their theme of timeless elegance. The couple's navy and gold escort cards echoed their invitations.
During cocktail hour, the couple served their signature drinks: lemon drop and Swedish Fish martinis. "Two of our absolute favorites," Stephanie says. "With all the personal touches that we were able to incorporate into our wedding celebration, we were able share our personal tastes and love for each other with our family and friends."
The duo wrapped up chocolate-covered Oreos as a favor for each guest. "It was a tribute to Max's favorite dessert of all time," Stephanie says.
The reception saw a mix of high and low floral arrangements, consisting of blue hydrangeas, white roses and sprigs of gold as an accent. The tables matched the baroque gold architecture of Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts.
The couple held their reception at the regal Fairmont Copley Plaza in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. "It's the definition of timeless elegance," Stephanie says. "When we visited, we immediately knew we had found the right place."
"Bring your flats or flip-flops," Stephanie advises all brides-to-be. "You'll need them by the time the dancing starts."
On the dance floor, Stephanie made sure each guest received a mini chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cone. "It's my go-to dessert," Stephanie says.
"I really loved the lace look and how comfortable it was to wear, which was important to me since I knew the wedding would turn into a big dance party," Stephanie says.