Music and Dancing Highlights of Black-and-White Boston Public Library Wedding


By Rachael Devaney

What began as a childhood friendship for Harrison and Margaret Bane blossomed into real-time romance as they married in dramatic fashion at the Boston Public Library this past August. “My husband and my cousin, Terry, were little league teammates and best friends growing up and we would often play together,” says Margaret. “I hadn’t seen Harry in 15 years but after seeing a holiday card from his family at my aunt’s house, I commented on how handsome he was. My aunt relayed the message to him and the rest is history.”

After dating for five years, Harrison popped the question to Margaret as they played with his toddler niece at a Boston playground. Margaret, who elatedly accepted, then secured the only opening the prestigious library had left until 2017.

“The library was our dream location,” says Margaret. “The courtyard was spectacular and the aisle was so long that it made for a very dramatic entrance.”

Because Margaret was a teacher at the time, she had the summer off and created a spectacular affair, which hinged on the couple’s love for cuisine, music and dancing. By doing away with a sit-down dinner, the couple created a unique atmosphere by incorporating multiple food stations, run by famed caterer The Catered Affair.

“Because our guests weren’t cooped up at a table, they were able to enjoy a selection of food from our culinary and cocktail stations, including a raw bar and a salmon and toppings bar,” says Margaret. “The setup created more of a lounge feel and allowed everyone to socialize and get out on the dance floor.”

For Margaret, the highlight of the “seamless” evening was the first dance with her new husband. The lifelong ballerina says the presentation not only symbolized their love but also their forever future. ”We coordinated with Boston Ballroom Dance Center and our performance was amazing,” she says. “We got some gorgeous photos and it was talked about long after the wedding was over.”

After celebrating their union in Greece, the couple returned home to Boston, where Margaret says they are enjoying their time together while also focusing on their careers. “We are both so grateful to our parents for helping make the wedding possible,” she says. “We were surrounded by so much love from our family and friends and it has allowed us to begin a wonderful life together.”

Featured Vendors: Photography: Ash Imagery // Ceremony Location + Reception Venue: Boston Public Library // Catering: The Catered Affair

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