Old North Nuptials
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Sam: When Tiff decided to fly down to my sorority sister’s wedding was a big turning point for me. Not only did she accompany me down to Florida for this big sorority reunion of a wedding, but she also spent days (literally) working on last minute DIY projects with all my sisters because the bride was a bit of a procrastinator. She never once complained about having to glue 100 bells onto the tops of sticks, last minute runs to the store for feathers we ran out of, and she even kept picking us all up food (even the day of the wedding). She was amazing. My sisters all loved her too, which was a big perk for me. I might’ve gotten a little too drunk and told everyone at the wedding that “I am gonna marry the sh*t out of that woman one day.”
Tiff: The first time we touched I knew we would be together. The first time we kissed I knew It was love. Within the first month of dating I felt like I had found the one.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew we wanted to spoil our family and showcase Boston. We wanted to make it easy for them to partake in all of the weekend’s festivities so a hotel made that easiest for us. We wanted a space with style close to Old North, because as soon as we started planning Sam was set on getting married in that church. All else fell into place once we found our venue.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
We were surprised how our to-do list felt never-ending and how quickly the price tag can grow. We had helped friends plan weddings but neither of us had planned our own, or a party of this magnitude before. We spent a lot of time researching both decor and vendors. While the list was long, we took the time to plan out and give ourselves weekly deadlines so it made it feel more bite sized.
Tiff was surprised at the cost of a photographer. We were both surprised at the venue fees as they seemed to nickle dime you to death and so many had hefty minimums in Boston. Finding our reception venue proved to be quite an adventure, and one not for the weary. Boston is expensive and we had a smaller size wedding planned. Most of the venues cater toward weddings under 50 or over 200. We were plopped just over the smaller end and it took us a while to find the right space. We did know the moment we walked into the Parker House that it was the perfect setting for our reception. The easy part - picking our menu. It also happened to be the most fun.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
The weekly to-do list helped us stay on task. We did a pretty good job of researching, creating a feel we wanted for the wedding and sticking to it. We had a number of guests who said it was their favorite wedding they had been to.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
If you work well off of to do lists, make a big master to do list and break it down into manageable weekly chunks. Keep up wedding planning-free date nights, escape from the house and DIY projects and to do lists at least once if not twice a week. Budget in some quiet time during your wedding day - whether it’s taking portraits just the two of you or having a 30 min break of quiet time. The day can be crazy, give yourself some respite. It gave us a little bit of quiet time to relax too before jumping back into cocktail hour and hosting the wedding. Make sure you spend your money on the components that matter most to you. If dancing is your thing get a great DJ. If you care more about creating a cohesive look maybe invest a wedding planner.
As mentioned before, some venues have exclusive caterers and hefty minimums. Take the time to find venue that offers the look and feel you want while still working with your budget. We really loved everything about our wedding, from the feel we successfully put together, the custom welcome bags, the invitations Sam designed, the charm of Old North Church - it was an amazing day for us!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Sam: There really is so much that was magical about that day. After we exchanged rings and had signed the registry, the organist was playing along with a cellist. I looked over at my wife (Tiff) and my heart just swelled. The most amazing woman I had ever met married me and here we were sitting at the front of the church, holding hands, feeling like we were in our own little newlywed bubble. The first moment truly feeling married is incomparable and indescribable. That and when I got to feed Tiff cake - we were dancing and eating along to “Sugar” by Maroon 5. The cake photos are some of my favorite funny photos from the day.
Tiff: My favorite part about the wedding day was getting to commit my heart to the love of my life in front of my closest friends and family. Second favorite was the dancing.
(Sam: this comment shows one of the many reasons why I love her and why I married her. She’s the love of my life and makes my heart so full!)
- Photography By Siri Jones Photography
- Venue & Catering By Omni Hotels
- Ceremony Venue By The Old North Church
- Paper Goods & Calligraphy By Earnest Bee Calligraphy and Designs
- Florals By Copper Penny Flowers
- DJ By Pure Energy Entertainment
- Hair & Makeup By Carbon Salon
- Cake By Montilio's Baking Company
- Dress By Allure Bridal Gowns
- Tuxedo By 9Tailors