Intimate Boston Restaurant Wedding, Lauren & Chris: As We Dream By the Fire

Photographing Lauren and Chris’ wedding was a huge honor. I’ve known Lauren since we were little, so to be there to help celebrate her marriage to Chris, with their family and friends, was amazing. Lauren and Chris actually live in Australia, so they opted to have a small wedding here in Boston (for Lauren’s local family & friends) and a small wedding in Australia (for Chris’ family & friends). A special shout-out to Chris’ family who traveled all the way to Boston at Christmas time to be here for their Boston celebration! They wanted something small and intimate, so they chose Central Bistro in Downtown Crossing as their venue (it’s now closed- sad face). You actually get married in the lobby of the building (at Christmas time, there is a giant Christmas tree as a background!) and then have your reception in the restaurant. They decorated the venue with gorgeous flowers and tablescapes. Their wedding favors were little ornaments that decorated a little tree in the restaurant. It all made the space so magical!

But first things first, the bride and groom got ready at the Ritz Carlton. They kept things really simple – it was just Lauren and her mom in her room and Chris and his brother in his room. They opted to do a First Look, which we did at the hotel because it was cold, and dark, outside! When it was time to head over to the venue, everyone met in the lobby and walked through Downtown Crossing to get to the restaurant. Lauren’s uncle officiated the ceremony, adding a really personal touch to the service. With the warm lights from the Christmas tree behind them, Lauren & Chris exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends. The atmosphere was joyous, fitting the occasion and the season. The reception was like a giant cocktail hour – everyone mingling, laughing, catching up, balancing spoons on their noses. And with a small guest list, Chris & Lauren got to enjoy everyone’s company. I managed to steal the happy couple away for a few night portraits – some inside on a crazy spiral staircase, and some outside with all of the city lights. It was the perfect way to really kick off the holiday season! Keep scrolling to see the the people who helped make Lauren & Chris’ day perfect, and to see the photos!

Hair/Makeup – Jamie Berkman at Eye4Beauty 

Flowers – Copper Penny

Dress – Judith Penak Couture and Jo Blankfield 

Suit – The Suit Concierge

Cake – Dessert Works

The bride's dress, shoes, and bouquet. The groom's silver cufflinks with the wedding date.

The bride having her hair and make up done at the Ritz Carlton Boston

The bride getting her make-up done at the Ritz Carlton Boston

The groom getting ready for his winter wedding. Putting on his cufflinks, straightening his bow tie.

Bride walks up behind groom for their First Look at the Ritz Carlton Boston

Bride walks up behind groom for their First Look at the Ritz Carlton Boston

Bride and Groom see each other for the first time at their First Look at the Ritz Carlton Boston

Black and white photo of the bride and groom kissing after their first look at the Ritz Carlton Boston

black and white photo of the bride and groom walking through Downtown Crossing in Boston

Bride and groom walking through Downtown Crossing on the way to their winter wedding at an intimate Boston restaurant

Winter wedding details such as flower arrangements on tables, Christmas ornament favors, wedding cake, and table decor.

Bride and her father waiting to walk down the aisle at her intimate Boston restaurant wedding

Intimate Boston wedding ceremony in front of Christmas tree, Downtown Crossing

Winter wedding ceremony in front of Christmas tree

Wedding ceremony in front of a Christmas tree in Downtown Crossing Boston

First Kiss as husband and wife in intimate Boston wedding

Portraits of guests at an intimate Boston restaurant winter wedding reception

Portraits of bride & groom on a spiral staircase at an intimate Boston restaurant winter wedding reception

Bride coming up the escalator with her reflection on either side

black and white photo of the groom coming up the escalator with his reflections on either side

Outdoor winter wedding portraits of the bride and groom. The bride carries her bouquet and is wearing a white fur stole as they pose in front of city Christmas lights.

Outdoor winter wedding portraits of the bride and groom. The bride carries her bouquet and is wearing a white fur stole as they pose in front of city Christmas lights.

Outdoor winter wedding portraits of the bride and groom. The bride carries her bouquet and is wearing a white fur stole as they pose in front of city Christmas lights.

Portraits of guests at an intimate Boston restaurant winter wedding reception

Toasts and speeches at an intimate Boston restaurant winter wedding reception

Guests at an intimate Boston wedding

Portraits of guests at an intimate Boston restaurant winter wedding reception

Portrait of a little girl and her Christmas coloring at a Boston winter wedding

Meg Belanger

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