As founder of Boston-based event design and planning firm Creative Wedding Solutions, Mauryn lives and breathes weddings. When it came time to plan her own to fiancé Christopher last year, she knew that October would be the best time (after her busy work season) and also knew one other key factor: their guest list would be small.
“We invited 12 people, including some of our best friends and Christopher’s family,” says Mauryn, who welcomed the count’s potential for intimacy. “I think there are a lot of people out there who don’t want a typical big wedding but who don’t know how not to do it,” she explains. “A small wedding doesn’t have to be at a courthouse or an elopement; you can still have an event that is beautiful and memorable for a select cast of people who are special to you.
“And one of the best perks of a small wedding,” she continues, “is that you can splurge on food and florals that might not be affordable for a larger event.” Mauryn and Christopher did just this – indulged in their wish list – starting with prepared food by Cambridge-based and Middle Eastern-themed Sofra Bakery & Cafe (going there in person for a tasting doubled as a fun lunch date). Their dessert array, which included Emack + Bolio ice cream, cupcakes and macarons, represented all of their favorite treats in one place.
Knowing that they wanted their wedding day set in places that had meaning to them, the couple brainstormed a variety of options but ultimately decided on Mauryn’s work studio for the ceremony and their own condo in Jamaica Plain for the reception. “The studio is a special place for us,” she explains. “Christopher and I worked hard creating it; plus we spend a good deal of time there together. That choice was very intentional.”
Mauryn’s love of color is apparent throughout the day’s details, from her blue John Fluevog heels to her fascinator, which she created herself (her hat and headpiece creations are available at her store, Xharisma), to the flowers from Wilson’s Farm in Lexington that she arranged.
Staying true to her bright and bold tastes, Mauryn designed a colorful reception table befitting the fall season and the urban setting. Cobalt blue wine glasses mingled with sky blue water glasses, textured ceramic chargers and sumptuous, brightly colored linens. The night’s festivities turned into a weekend-long affair, with guests hanging out the next day before traveling home.
For the future, Mauryn and Christopher are planning a party this summer to commemorate their nuptials and will also travel to Mauryn’s home country of Uganda, where they will celebrate once again with her family. But their actual wedding day will forever be remembered for its focus on the bride and groom, who are, without doubt, each other’s favorite thing.
“Nothing at our wedding was arbitrary,” explains Mauryn, who encourages her own bride- and groom-to-be clients to think outside the box. “Most of the choices we made would not have occurred to us if we didn’t have the intent of having a wedding that was authentic to who we are. That’s what made it all work.”
Images by Stockus Photography
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Additional Vendors: Ceremony Music: Cameron Hood, Ryanhood (of Tuscon, AZ) // Reception Location: Couple’s Residence // Catering: Sofra Bakery & Cafe // Desserts: Kickass Cupcakes, Lakota Bakery, Rosie’s Bakery and Kimball’s Farm // Flowers: Wilson’s Farm (Lexington, MA) // Bridal Gown: All Saints Spitalfields // Bridal Shoes: John Fluevog // Bridal Accessories: Xharisma (fascinator) // Groom Attire: Banana Republic (pants), Express (shirt and belt), H&M (coat) and John Fluevog (shoes)