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Beautiful Things are Happening in the City's Ugliest Building

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris December 10, 2013 08:05 AM

Last night during my Twitter stalking, I came across a tweet from the City of Boston (@NotifyBoston). The tweet shared a link to a sweet, fast-moving video showcasing couples who get married in Boston City Hall.

One Thing That Makes City Hall Special from City of Boston on Vimeo.

Images from this video can be found on the Married in Boston Tumblr page. Started on the ninth anniversary of marriage equality, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics came up with this great concept to set up a makeshift photobooth on the sixth floor of City Hall to document these special newlywed moments.

It's a great attempt at rebranding such a drab building. It almost makes you want to get married there, right? If a Boston City Hall elopement is in your future, check out the process here.

Vendor Spotlight: EVOO

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris November 6, 2013 12:18 PM

When you consider the cost of hiring a DJ, booking a caterer, paying for rentals, choosing centerpieces, and securing furniture, opting to have an intimate wedding dinner in lieu of a traditional (and often times expensive) reception sounds like a perfect plan.

For us, EVOO was that perfect plan. We worked with EVOO's incredible staff to secure the space for our wedding dinner. Every interaction we had with their team was stress-free. The semi-private dining area we chose accommodated our 60 guests comfortably. The food? Amazing. EVOO's menu features a delicious variety of organic, local and sustainable ingredients. They even created a custom menu complete with a photo of us. Little details like that make my heart smile!

We were able to save a significant amount of money by selecting EVOO as the location for our wedding dinner. The atmosphere was intimate, allowing for us to spend more time talking to our loved ones. It was a special evening, indeed!


If you are planning a small wedding (under 75 guests), I highly recommend considering what we did. It was simple, yet elegant. We stayed true to our budget and our personalities, and we will always have memories of the special time we had at EVOO on our wedding day!

EVOO, 350 3rd Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-661-3866. Visit their website at for hours and menu.


Our private dining area at EVOO on the wedding day. Photo credit: Maureen Cotton Photography


Simple elegance. Photo credit: Maureen Cotton Photography

Study Ranks Boston 3rd Best City for Newlyweds to Live

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris September 13, 2013 08:25 AM

Newlyweds, do you think Boston is a "great" city to live?

We recently ranked 3rd in's survey determining the 10 "best cities for newlyweds to live," coming in behind Atlanta and San Jose. According to the survey, Boston wins bragging rights for having low divorce rates (8.9%) and high credit scores (average of 702). We also work less, at an average of 34.3 hours a week. Being the capital of the first state to legalize gay marriage also makes Boston an attractive choice for same-sex newlyweds.


Photo credit: Etsy

In deciding its 10 best, CreditDonkey looked at U.S. cities with populations over 1 million, and considered factors like percentage of married couples in the area, local divorce rates, average credit scores, and average number of hours worked per week.


So, living around other married couples with good credit is the key to wedded bliss? I beg to differ. It should be wherever the couple is happiest, right?

Interested in finding out what other cities made the list? Click here.

Summer's Here and Brewlywed Ale is Back!

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris June 21, 2013 11:08 AM

Happy first day of summer to all you beer-loving couples out there.

The limited edition Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale is back by popular demand and will be available for sale on June 26 exclusively at the Boston Brewery. Created to celebrate the tradition of brewing at weddings, Brewlywed Ale is an alternative to the wine and cocktail selections found at most traditional weddings. The limited release, Belgian-style "bride ale" offers layers of flavor including tropical, floral aromas of Summer and Stella hops with subtle hints of spice.

Want in on this beer? Arrive early! There will only be 300 cases available for sale.

Here's a peek at the schedule:

Brewlywed Ale Day – Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania Street

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2013; 9:00am – 1:00pm

7:00AM: Line up early. The first 50 people in line have the opportunity to purchase a bottle signed by Jim Koch. The first 20 people to arrive in bridal attire will be moved to the front of the line (guaranteeing one of those bottles!)

9:00AM: Toast from Jim Koch, brewery doors open and Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale is for sale (while it lasts.)

9:00AM-1:00PM: Sampling of beer-infused wedding fare and pairing suggestions from local small business owners who are members of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, wedding advice from Anja Winikka, site director of, wedding vendors, giveaways, a digital wedding photo booth and a justice of the peace at the brewery until 1 pm, maybe even some weddings!

1:00PM: Last call for alcohol. Brewlywed doors close at 1 p.m. (If any beer remains, drinkers may purchase at the brewery gift shop until 4 pm)

All things wedding, all the time at Boston Bridal Lounge

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris May 10, 2013 09:12 AM

Every engaged couple deserves a sacred place where wedding chitchat is both embraced and celebrated. That place is the Boston Bridal Lounge.

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The research library at the Boston Bridal Lounge. Photo credit: Angel Babbitt

Located on posh Newbury Street, Boston Bridal Lounge is the ultimate one-stop shop for all things wedding. During a recent visit, I met co-founder Eleni Granas and wedding adviser, Liz Romano, who graciously invited me to drop by and dish on the progress of my wedding plans. Within minutes, I received referrals for a florist, baker, and places to host a rehearsal dinner. Eleni and Liz made me feel incredibly comfortable, and trust me when I tell you, they know their stuff!

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Readers, say hello to Eleni Granas and Liz Romano, the team at Boston Bridal Lounge!

Decorated with lush tablescapes, inspiring vision boards, and binders full of valuable vendor referrals, the boutique is designed to provide engaged couples with inspiration and resources to help plan a smooth and seamless wedding day. Couples can also tap into the talents of the Boston Bridal Lounge team who offer in-house wedding planning services. I was impressed, and I left feeling rejuvenated with new ideas and a pocketful of vendor contacts to help the Mister and I as we enter the home stretch of our own planning. Five months to go...and counting!

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A well-appointed garden chic tablescape in the BBL showroom.

Boston Bridal Lounge is located at 125 Newbury Street. Schedule a complimentary appointment today by visiting

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