An Effortlessly Elegant Wedding at the Villa in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts

For their early-fall wedding in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Yan Huang (25) and Stephen Wong (31) planned an intimate affair with a hint of bohemian glamour. Since they both come from large families, they wanted a venue that could comfortably accommodate over 200 guests while still maintaining a fuss-free feel. The Villa was the perfect fit, with its dazzling candlelit ballroom, lush green lawns and serene woodlands. With a palette of soft gold, ivory, gray and blush hues, the couple injected the Villa with a warm, romantic feel. “The ceremony was by far the most important thing to me because it’s the most intimate moment for the couple on the day of their wedding,” Yan says. “Naturally, it was important that the decor stand out for photographing purposes. I wanted to create a picture-perfect moment at the altar so I can look back many years later and still remember what that moment felt like.” Collaborating with the florists at Sweet Annie Floral Design, Yan transformed the Villa gardens into a whimsical scene. Cascading vines, lush greens and oversize pale pink florals brought the outdoor space to life, with a simple chandelier suspended from the ceremony’s domed archway to up the decor’s romantic appeal. After saying “I do,” Yan and Stephen performed a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with their closest family members. “Serving tea to your new family is a symbol of respect and love, and in return they welcome you by giving you jewelry, which often includes family heirlooms,” Yan says. “I appreciated this part of the wedding the most because it represented my culture and roots—it’s something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a kid.” A reception followed in the Villa ballroom. Bundles of peach, blush, pale blue and ivory blooms arranged in gold teacup vases graced the tables, each surrounded by brightly lit votive candles. Guests found the way to their seats with the help of calligraphed leaves bearing their names and seating assignments. A photo booth provided endless entertainment throughout the evening, while Jet Set Sounds got guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor. A tip from Yan: “Forget about what everyone else wants or might want. What's important is planning and giving yourselves the day as you've imagined it.” —Libby MacCarthy