For some brides and grooms, their wedding day is more about their families than just them as a couple. For Elizabeth Popp and Elijah Smith, it was a celebration of everyone who had supported them along the way. “Our wedding truly reflected our love for each other and overall importance of our family and friends, and our true passion for life,” says Elizabeth, who said “yes” to Eli after an unforgettable dinner on Martha’s Vineyard. “Eli’s dad performed the ceremony, our best friends (siblings, cousins, friends and their families) were our wedding party and each one, along with our parents, gave a blessing or a toast during our ceremony.”
Elizabeth and Eli wanted their wedding to be a party with lots of dancing and great food, and they sought the advice of Lo McShay of LoLo Event Design to help make that happen. “Working with Elizabeth and Eli was a true pleasure as we had already worked with her brother on his wedding,” says Lo. “Elizabeth’s vision was full of color and warmth for a winter wedding, and we brought in glass doorknobs in every hue of the rainbow as décor.”
Eschewing seasonal wintry colors, the couple used rich, vibrant shades to echo the sense of warmth shared by their family and friends on the big day. Bright flowers by Flou(-e)r in the bridal bouquet and on the reception tables at MIT ’s Morse Hall set the tone for a fun evening. The bridesmaids and groomsmen picked their own dresses and suits, lending even more of a collaborative feeling to the occasion. Elizabeth and Elijah’s ultimate wish was to be “surrounded by all of the people we love and enjoy every moment of our celebration.” Easily done for such a beloved couple.
Story by Jessica Laniewski
Photography by Kelly Benvenuto
Additional Vendors: Reception Venue: Massachusetts Institute of Technology // Catering: Tables of Content // Bridal Accessories: Jennifer Candon Jewelry // Groom’s Attire: Astor & Black // Hair: Shear Illusions // Engagement Ring: Bostonian Jewelers // Invitations: William Arthur Invitations // Calligraphy: Megan Chapin Calligraphy // Ceremony Music: Atlantic Strings // Reception Entertainment: Men in Black // Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel Marlowe