Our ceremony was at 5:30 in the evening, but that didn't really alleviate the heat much. And it certainly didn't help that the air conditioning at the museum died that day. We had a cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the lake while we had our portraits taken. My in-laws arranged for a jazz duo to play during the cocktail hour. One of the musicians is related to Alicia Keyes, but I can't remember what the connection is. We ate dinner in a sweltering ballroom and then fled outside to the flagstones for the remainder of the festivities. The evening breezes after the sun went down helped tremendously.
I tried to reconstruct my wedding vendors, but I'm not entirely certain about all of them. My husband worked for the Brockton Enterprise at the time so one of the newspaper's staff photographers did our pictures. Great candid shots, but the portraits were just okay. Hey, I still have all the negatives. Yes, this was in the days prior to digital photography- and digital videography. Our wedding video is still on VHS. It was done by Affordable Memories of East Bridgewater and I only know that because they were kind enough to slap a logo on the cassette. I've searched for them on-line and can't find a website, but I've seen some reviews. I think they were doing weddings as recently as 2010 and may still be at it today.
I used Irene's of Abington for the "fiesta," aka. peach, bridesmaid's dresses. Again, no website, but internet reviews suggest they are probably still in business. I got my gown at a regional floor sample clearance event at the Sheraton Tara in Braintree so I can't cite a bridal shop for that one. It's a Demetrios I snagged for a fraction of the retail price. My mom made the veil the day before the ceremony with supplies we picked up at Michael's. The tuxedos were from Men's Wearhouse over by Westgate Mall. They're still there.
My flowers were done by Especially Yours Florist. Someone made a mistake with an ad they ran in the paper so I ended up getting the bouquets and boutonnieres for a song as well. Online reviews for this vendor are not all that great, but I don't recall a problem with them. I decorated the chapel and ballroom myself rather than use a florist. Think minimalist and you can imagine it. When you get married in a Catholic chapel with beautiful stained glass windows you don't really need much in the way of decoration.
I'm fairly certain Fasano's catered the dinner and made the wedding cake, but I can't swear to it. It was an Italian name in the Braintree area and they fit both criteria so we'll go ahead and say they did it. I remember the caterer was absolutely floored I had no opinion one way or the other over the cake. I think, "just bring a cake that feeds everyone and blends in with the peach and cream colors," might have been the sole extent of my instructions. I remember they had me try a few different cakes and all I could think was, "yep, they're all cake." The food was good, very reasonably priced, but the table decor was more pink than peach. But that's okay because the mustard yellow the museum painted the ball room walls just a week before my wedding already constituted a massive color clash. Just my luck they had an exhibit of socialist art scheduled for summer of 1993. We had a huge portrait of Ivan the Welder looming over our shoulders at the head table.
The two vendors I cannot remember by name are the DJ and the limousine company. I recall the driver was very nice and if I recall correctly may have worn a Mickey Mouse bow-tie. The DJ and his wife were the life savers of our wedding and I can't remember their names! Right before we arrived for the reception, the event coordinator at the museum got a call that her son had been in a car accident. The DJ's wife stepped in and coordinated the rest of the evening, moving everyone outside for the dancing. The poor DJ couldn't move all of his equipment outdoors so he ended up stuck inside on the stage with the sound board. Good thing since he ended up having to douse a centerpiece that went up in flames with a pitcher of Sam Adams.
I have learned a great deal since I began officiating weddings over six years ago and if I'd known then what I know now our wedding would have been vastly different. I didn't have a clue what I was doing and my mom and sister were over a thousand miles away. That being said, it was an amazing wedding and we didn't go into any debt over it. We didn't charge anything to a credit card! We did so well staying under budget, we decided we were able to hire the limousine and videographer at the last minute.
Our family and friends are still telling stories about our wedding 19 years later. Most of those I really shouldn't relate here so as to protect the reputations of the guilty. Suffice it to say that despite a rather amazing number of glitches, we have great memories of that day and I'm going to claim it was Brockton's social event of the decade. Most importantly, that boy and girl in the picture above have grown a lot together. We're closer, wiser and have a lot less energy now.