Kaori & John
May 6, 2017 • Boston, MassachusettsBy Lannan M. O’Brien | Wedding photography by Emily Tebbetts Wedding Photography
A tradition in Japanese culture, cherry blossom viewing is a time to gather with friends and family beneath the trees and celebrate the springtime blooms. Being from Japan, it’s fitting that Kaori Tomiya wanted this to be incorporated in her marriage to John Larigakis. “We wanted it to feel like our friends had come to enjoy the cherry blossoms with us,” she says.
The couple chose the Boston Public Library as their venue. Although they live in New York, they both attended college in Boston—John, at Boston University, and Kaori, at Tufts University—meeting in the same city a few years after graduation. Something clicked, marking the beginning of their lifelong commitment.
Kaori knew that florals would be a big part of their wedding. Upon hearing her vision of “huge stalks of cherry blossoms,” florist David DiCicco of Marc Hall Designs said, “Absolutely.” The architecture of the library, built in 1895, offered a stunning backdrop for the dramatic tabletop arrangements. Resting beneath them were petite vases of peonies, matching the bridal bouquet and wedding cake flowers. Kaori’s breathtaking bridal gown, designed by Ines Di Santo, also featured a light pink-and-gray floral pattern.
One special moment for the bride was exchanging their vows: “Parts were very funny, a lot were very poignant and emotional … It almost felt like no one else was there.”
At the end of the reception, the couple did a “grand exit”: friends and family lined up at the main staircase, cheering them on as they walked down. “I think that was my favorite part of the night,” says Kaori.
PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Tebbetts Wedding Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER Heirloom Pictures
VENUE Boston Public Library
CATERING + EVENT RENTALS The Catered Affair
CAKE + DESSERT Mayflour Confections
GROOM ATTIRE Classic Tuxedo
HAIR STYLIST Ivey Johnston
MAKEUP STYLIST Katrina Hess
INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS Swiss Cottage Designs
ENTERTAINMENT Nightshift Entertainment
LIGHTING SBL Lighting by Suzanne Lowell