Gracious Events Blog

“Bling…a beautiful thing in a wedding!


Written by Tania Atkinson

The beautiful Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts set the stage for this gorgeous fall wedding.  Michelle and Eric wanted a fun urban setting to reflect their young, full-of-life personalities.   Michelle’s one wish (one that we applauded) was that she wanted her wedding to have that elegant, old world feeling, but was afraid that too much “bling” would be a bit too much.  Our feelings, you can never have enough sparkle and pizzaz, but please don’t overdue it…a little goes a long way!

That is exactly why Michelle and Eric’s wedding was so successful – from her fantastic Jimmy Choo shoes, to her beautiful sash on her wedding dress, to the hidden diamonds in her centerpieces, to her stunning bouquet.  She did an absolutely wonderful job marrying sparkle, elegance with her great personal touches.





The talented staff of Flou(-e)r Specialty Florals transformed the open courtyard of the Charles Hotel into an intimate ceremony space. Beautiful floral arrangements with pink satin sashes adorned the aisle chairs of the guests seats.  The use of soft pinks and simple whites in the ceremony florals and bridesmaids bouquets complimented the elegant crystals and rhinestones in Michelle’s gown, hair and jewelry.

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Following the ceremony and outdoor cocktail hour, guests entered a fairytale-like ballroom which was illuminated in soft pink uplighting.  The crystals adorned floral centerpieces and candelabras complimented the silver table chargers, accented menu cards and gorgeous silver floral table overlays.



Michelle and Eric shared their fun side with the use of their favors.  In the ballroom lobby was a table of colorful sunglasses with a personal saying from the bride and groom, as well as a creative and interactive guest book.  Again, as we always tell our clients make sure your guests come away from your wedding knowing who you are as a couple just a little bit more!


Late into the night, guests danced to the high energy music of  Sweet Tooth and the Sugar Babies on a beautiful white dance floor -which was never empty. Michelle and Eric did a wonderful job tastefully marrying sparkle and elegance which highlighted their great ideas, their great guests and  fun filled wedding.

Michelle and Eric thank you so much for being a fantastic couple to work with…you will be missed and we can’t see you again!


Event Vendors:

Nikki Cole Photography

Petersons’ Party Center

Cloth Connection

Flou(-e)r Specialty Floral Events







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