Couple Rings in the New Year with Black Tie Boston Wedding


December 31, 2015    Boston, Massachusetts

By Rachael Devaney

It was late into the evening when Amalie Keerl and Richard (Rick) Masucci met on the dance floor at the “Boston Winter Ball,” an annual fundraising gala at the Boston Park Plaza hotel.

As the clock struck midnight, Amalie was getting ready to head home, but was instead swept off her feet.

“‘Would you like to dance,’ he asked me,” she remembers. “I said ‘yes,’ and as they say, the rest is history.”

Three years later, Amalie and Rick were engaged and in the spirit of the night they met, they had an extravagant black tie wedding on New Year’s Eve at the Boston Harbor Hotel. While the theme revolved around the New Year, they added what Amalie calls “a touch of Gatsby glam,” which encompassed a chic and classic color palette of black, white and gold. The theme was reflected in many of the details, from the formalwear chosen for the engagement photos, to the gold foil letterpress detail card in the invitation suite and the white and gold personalized matchboxes at each table setting.

“The goal was to exhibit the energy of New Year’s Eve in a more subtle and less obvious way,” Amalie says. “A tasteful, yet classy, amount of glitter in the air.”

For the ceremony, Amalie had several surprises for her 220 guests including the appearance of Rick’s childhood best friend—National Hockey League player and celebrity Rick DiPietro, who officiated the wedding. While it wasn’t traditional, DiPietro took his charge seriously and created the perfect atmosphere. “In the beginning our families did have some reservations about us not marrying in a church but Rick (DiPietro) did a wonderful job,” Amalie says. “Our families were pleased and it was special because of my husband’s 30-year relationship with Rick.”

While the wedding came off without a hitch, including an epic fireworks display, Amalie was also enthusiastic about the planning process—which she conducted without the assistance of a wedding planner. She felt holding the wedding in an urban area was extremely helpful because food and event vendors had relationships with one another. Besides the hotel, which provided the cuisine and linens, Amalie says the individual companies worked together to provide her with an overall vision.

“All the vendors I worked with have locations in the city so when I went to Winston Flowers for my showing, they were able to include the linens from the hotel and the chairs from Peterson’s Rentals so I could see what my table was going to look like,” she explains. “Because they were in close proximity of each other, it made the convenience topnotch.”

And as the Masuccis make plans for their first anniversary, the only question is whether or not they will include their newborn son or daughter that the couple is expecting this November in the plans. Amalie, who calls her pregnancy the “perfect anniversary gift,” and a symbol of their love, says they are excited to see what the future holds.

“I have to admit, as long as I’d dreamed about happily ever after, I never thought that fairytale existed—until my once upon a dream came true,” she says. “We have had the craziest year, but it’s also a special time for us, and now with a baby on the way we have that much more to celebrate.”

Photography by Carly Michelle Photography

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