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Real Weddings
Read inspriational Real Weddings stories. This month:
An Elegant Boston Fairytale
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The Bride:
Bonnie Marie Ford, Radiology Technologist, Brigham & Women's Hospital's Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Boston, MA

The Groom:
Michael Roger Laliberte, Customer Engineer, EMC Corporation, Newton, MA

The Date:
May 29, 2005
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The Stage:
Classic romance embodied every aspect of Bonnie and Michael's traditional celebration. Mass was held at the Gothic/Cathedral-style Blessed Sacrament Church, followed by an elegant fairytale reception at Lakeview Pavilion.

The Courtship:
You could say that Bonnie and Michael’s courtship began as children growing up in Wrentham, MA. While they never officially “dated,” the friendship was instant, the connection entrenched. Yet years passed, and as time lapse often does, the couple drifted apart. Then fate intervened when they bumped into each other as adults. This time – the connection became “official.”
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The Question - Winter Wonderland and a Wedding Ring
Michael proposed during a weekend getaway to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. When Bonnie found Michael on one knee, she blurted an enthusiastic yes before he managed to open the ring box (hey – when you know, you know.) A sudden light snowfall enhanced the fairytale that had just begun.
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A Celebration Steeped in Tradition, Sealed with a Personal Stamp

Bonnie and Michael knew that an unforgettable wedding is a personal reflection of the couple exchanging those time-honored vows. They extended a warm Boston-style welcome to out-of-town guests with welcome baskets in each hotel room featuring Harvard magnets, Red Sox bumper stickers and area transportation maps. To personalize the ceremony, Bonnie chose to walk down the aisle with two influential men in her life, her father and her maternal grandfather, and she selected readings that reflected her Irish heritage. The couple honored generations of happily married couples at the reception with framed photographs of their parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Both nostalgia buffs, Bonnie and Michael embedded this interest throughout the details: the couple arrived in a classic 1937 Packard Limo and danced to classic standards, while the bride wore a timeless strapless ballgown.

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Classic Fairytale Decor
The couple enveloped their evening wedding reception in formal elegance and romance. Bonnie used soft candlelight to complement Lakeview Pavilion’s majestic ballroom draped in tulle and twinkling lights. The combined effect drenched the room in a magical luminous glow.

Bonnie's timeless floral motif also complemented the classically elegant décor. She adorned her tables with pale pink and attaché roses surrounded by flickering candles and scattered rose petals. Her bridal bouquet consisted of tightly packed attaché roses... the epitome of timeless wedding day style.

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Memorable Details
Bonnie and Michael carefully considered the way every detail came together to enhance a memorable event. In lieu of traditional wedding favors, they completed each setting with a donation card to the American Heart Association, a very personal cause, as each side of the family had been touched with cardiovascular disease and stroke. Even their guest book was a reflection of their unique creativity – with pages placed at each table setting for guests to complete with favorite memories and advice for the future. And of course, no one could forget the wedding cake – with each layer featuring a deliciously different flavor: strawberry grand marnier, carrot cake and tiramisu. The simple yet elegant design was topped off with a blown glass Cinderella pumpkin coach – a metaphor for the day’s fairytale-like essence. They presented the cake with a classy coffee and tea station, alongside added extras such as chocolate dipped spoons, cinnamon sticks and of course, take home containers to satisfy a lingering sweet tooth for the road.
How it All Came Together

Wedding Ceremony mass: Blessed Sacrament Church, Walpole, MA

Wedding Reception: Lakeview Pavilion, Foxboro, MA

Bride’s Wedding Dress: Silk Designer Ballgown by Marisa, Manhattan Bridals, Dedham, MA (along with tiara, veil and shoes)

Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Delux Tux, Walpole, MA

Photography: Valerie Larsen Photography, Norton, MA

Videography: Philip Krauss of Digital Video Services, Newport, RI

Disc Jockey: DJ Gary Titus, Canton, MA

Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister, Braintree, MA

Wedding Flowers: Judy's Village Flowers, Foxboro, MA

Engagement/Wedding Rings: designed by Cinar, Boston, MA

Transportation: 37 Packard Limo from Christopher Limo, Norwood, MA

Hair: Jaiestuart, Medfield, MA.

Makeup: Elizabeth Grady, Franklin, MA.

Bridesmaids Attire: Separates by
Impressions, Manhattan Bridal, of Dedham, MA

Mother of the Bride's Dress: Odettes, Walpole, MA

Wedding Programs: Print Works, Walpole, MA.

Invitations: Birchcraft Studios, through The Lakeview Pavilion

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