Bringing Their Beach Wedding to Back Bay
A delay ultimately meant the event was better suited.
Just two months after Jason Rockwood proposed, Lisa Vitello had hammered out the details for a bohemian, seaside wedding in Nantucket. (“She’s extremely meticulous,” Jason notes.) Then COVID hit, and the couple, who live in Los Angeles, ended up calling it all off. Thankfully, Plan B — a September 2021 wedding in Boston near Lisa’s family — became even better suited. “We are both city dwellers,” explains the bride, and she had spent afternoons hanging out with friends on Newbury Street as a teenager. So their new venue, the Newbury Boston, felt like the perfect setting, even if it demanded a different aesthetic. The couple decided to “lean right into the chic of the city,” says Lisa. “I wanted a sexy, sophisticated yet fun vibe” – with black roses and their neon surnames.
Planning while locked down in Los Angeles was a challenge, but the hard work paid off. “To see what she changed—better than her original vision—was amazing,” Jason says. “It was great to [be] in the city” with everything within walking distance, says Lisa, who strolled with her father from Newbury Church to Arlington Street for the ceremony, the dramatic lace train and all, to the delight of passers-by. “Everyone was honking and clapping,” she recalls. “It felt like Boston was celebrating with us.”
“I love Arlington Street Church,” Lisa says of the ceremony location, which features Tiffany stained glass windows and bells still ringing by hand.
After a fruitless search in Los Angeles, Lisa found the perfect wedding dress at Grace Loves Lace in Boston.
The couple walked down an aisle strewn with black rose petals in the company of the violinists of Vintage String Music.
Getting ready with her family and best friend in a suite overlooking the public garden was “like a party,” Lisa says. “We all ate oysters and whiskey and joked.”
The couple found ways to honor family members throughout the day. Lisa wrapped this ribbon, embroidered with the names of her deceased mother and grandmothers – around her bouquet.
Boston Fête Collection’s stationery studio designed the elegant black and white invitations.
The couple opted for a color palette of bone, champagne, black and gold.
When the newlyweds hit the dance floor to Alabama Shakes’ “I Found You,” the bride wore a reception dress that her mother had given a makeover two days before the wedding, lifting the hem and adding a bit of bling.
The duo called on JNG Event Consulting to create sculptural floral arrangements. “We wanted them to be almost like [art] facilities,” says Lisa.
Squash carpaccio with whipped mascarpone, spiced pumpkin seeds and honey agrodolce kicked off the four-course menu.
“My family is very fond of desserts,” says Lisa, hence the spread of Mike’s Pastry cannolis and Italian wedding cookies. “We’re all Italians, so we’re not kidding.”
The couple cut a vanilla confetti chiffon cake – a nod to Jason’s birthday favorite, Funfetti – topped with buttercream frosting.
Agate coasters personalized with guest names, served as stylish place cards and keepsakes.
Family and friends danced to the beats of DJ Rich DiMare, who is also a singer with a Sinatra specialty. Her rendition of “New York, New York,” a treat for Lisa’s uncle from Brooklyn, had the crowd singing.
Bridal ceremony dress Grace loves lace
Coasters/Signage aesthetic bride
DJ/Vocals Rich DiMare
flowers JNG event consulting
Hair Cam Jones, District Barbers Boston (married); Sophia Adler (married)
Lighting Port lighting systems
To put on makeup Torrie Arquette, Boston doll
Music Vintage String Music; Yulia Yun
Planner K. Kerkorian Weddings and Events
Rentals BBJ La Tavola; State-of-the-art event services; Wholesale Tommy Products
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