Stepping away from the traditional bridesmaid look can bring about some truly phenomenal results and this gorgeous wedding filled with sequined touches certainly proves that point! Elizabeth Evans D’Ascensao & Nick D’Ascensao’s wedding day was steeped in traditional while pursuing more modern takes in just the right areas. Bridesmaids were dressed in gorgeous sequin dresses, while our lovely bride donned an elegant headband, shoes & clutch to perfectly compliment the ensembles! The room at The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center was dressed in champagne & blush tones with beautiful florals for pops of color. Elizabeth & Nick’s wedding is a beautiful take on traditional with the perfect about of modern embellishments!
Novella of the Bride…
Nick and I met the old fashioned way… at a bar. We went on our first date a week later and the rest, as they say, is history. Nick is the director of sales for an advertising start-up and I am the executive director of a non-profit. We live in Boston with our French bulldog, Clark.
We hoped to achieve the perfect balance of traditional and modern and drew a lot of inspiration from both our parish church and reception site, which were both recently restored and renovated. We wanted our invitations to set the tone, and found a great graphic designer who incorporated our “champagne and blush” colors with a loose brushstroke design. We balanced a classic shift dress for our bridesmaids with an incredible sequined fabric, incorporated a lot of texture into our flowers, and traded a standard wedding cake for mini desserts that could be brought to the dance floor. Ultimately, we really just wanted to throw a great party for our friends and family.
We were thrilled to be getting married at St. Cecilia, our parish church in Boston’s Back Bay. It is such a vibrant, warm and welcoming community and I know our friends and family sensed that on our wedding day. We chose our reception site, The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, because it had the perfect charm and character. It was once a court house, and after being renovated is now a performing arts center. After our friends and family enjoyed a cocktail hour in one of the center’s galleries, we enjoyed dinner and dancing in the former courtroom. We were lucky to have so many family members and friends in town for our wedding, especially Nick’s grandmother who flew over from Portugal. It meant so much for us to have her there.
I love flipping through our wedding photos because it seems like we had one favorite moment after another. From exchanging vows and processing out of the church to dancing to one Michael Jackson song after another, everything came together just perfectly. Our first dance was to Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest,” – I think that sums up exactly how I feel about the day, and about being married to Nick.
Ceremony Venue: Saint Cecilia Parish | Reception Venue: The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Dresses: Pisarro Nights/Nordstrom | Shoes: Nine West | Hair Stylist: Kent Newton Salon | Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren | Invitations: Real Papel Design Company | Transportation: The Original Party Trolley | Music: Sheldon Gentles, C-Zone Music | Florist: Judy’s Village Flowers | Baker: Mix Bakery Boston | Second Shooter: Jaclyn L Photography | Photographer: Henry Photographers