A Whimsical, Modern Wedding at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts

Despite having only four months to plan, Jeanna Beals (33 and a senior account executive) and Daniel Atchinson (32 and a sales trader) pulled off an unforgettable modern fete at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. Drawing inspiration from the museum’s contemporary decor, the pair filled the day with personal touches, such as ombre florals, bold black-and-white linens and chic ghost chairs. “It was honestly a dream venue for us, and we never thought it was an option,” Jeanna says. “I didn’t realize the museum did weddings, but once I met with Maura McGuinness, who runs the events and weddings at the museum, I knew it was perfect.” Marc Hall Design worked with the couple to transform the expansive space into a whimsical scene, creating one-of-a-kind arrangements with soft, full blooms. An ivory rose wall stole the show during the ceremony, providing a striking backdrop for Jeanna and Daniel’s “I dos.” The reception boasted its fair share of scene-stealing blooms, from the tiered bouquet of orchids and roses that graced the card table to the ombre centerpieces that ran the length of the couple’s banquet tables. “The tables were really a fun part of the process,” Jeanna says. “I wanted the reception flowers to be an ombre theme, with custom black-and-white linens to keep it modern. We also had boxwood hedges built to make the space more intimate and bring the large room in.” Mirror-topped tables, edgy striped linens and crystal candlesticks further played up the decor’s modern aesthetic. Dinner was a big hit with guests, with a pairing of filet mignon and lobster paying tribute to Jeanna’s Maine roots. After the meal, guests hit the dance floor, where the band Beantown churned out upbeat dance-floor-ready hits. As a surprise for their guests, Jeanna and Daniel did a gender reveal for their baby toward the end of the evening. The couple waited to find out the sex of their baby until that night, giving their wedding planner the doctor’s note with the gender in it. “She filled a box with blue baby things, and we opened it with all our family and friends watching. When we discovered it was a boy, the lights in the venue turned blue and the band started playing ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars, and everyone was celebrating on the dance floor with blue cigars and sunglasses and crowns on,” Jeanna says. “It was hands down the most exciting moment of the night. I just remember looking at Dan after we found out it was a boy, and he said ‘I am so happy,’ with the biggest smile I have ever seen.” —Libby MacCarthy