Melissa & Harald | Hyatt Regency | Cambridge, MA

Welcome to an international celebration for the love of Melissa and Harald. Harald is German and Melissa is Irish so this wedding is full of visitors from all over the world!

With such rich history in their heritage it’s no surprise that Melissa and Harald chose a more traditional day by not seeing one another before the ceremony. Each had their own separate hideaways to get ready at the Hyatt Regency.

Let’s start with the stunning wedding dress Melissa chose from Allegria Bridal along with those well coordinated shoes to match the shiny detail of her beautiful embellished waistband.

Melissa was finishing getting ready, and also ironing out some last minute details with Harald via text (they’re still following tradition but technology sure has made sorting out day-of details much easier hasn’t it?) then we got a glimpse of Melissa’s fresh bouquet of flowers from New Leaf Flores. Melissa was seriously BEAMING and ready to get married!

We also checked in with Harald and his groomsmen. Harald was dressed in a suit from Ash Samtani Clothing along with some fragrant details on his lapel from New Leaf Flores. We managed to sneak both Melissa and Harald out (separately of course!) for some bridal party shots.

As ceremony time approached it was time to get the bride to the church. Melissa took a trolley, along the way she sat with her father, below is a beautiful moment they shared on the trolley.  Then Melissa’s father walked her down the aisle to give her hand in marriage to Harald in St. Paul’s Church, an incredibly beautiful Roman Catholic Church in Harvard Square.

Officially married! We took Melissa and Harald out for some pictures and some alone time. The couples’ portrait time of the day may be the only time you two have together the whole day. It’s nice to celebrate between the two of you, yeah we’re tagging along with you & just happen to have a couple cameras with us but this is a pretty easy moment to forget anyone else in the world is around, soak it in! 🙂

While we were spending time galavanting around the city, the guests started shuffling in for cocktail hour at the Hyatt Regency…which was more like cocktail three hours! With delicious hors d’oeuvres like these and a fun German game call the “shoe game” it’s easy to get lost in the fun!

Here’s the “shoe game,” This is where a friend of the couple will have the bride and groom sit back to back and ask them questions about themselves while the crowd watches and reacts. The speaker will ask questions like: ” Who is the better cook?” and then both the bride and groom answer by holding up a bride or groom sign.

After being warmed up by the fun and games at cocktail hour is was time to head on into the reception. The wedding colors flowed on into the reception with beautiful flowers from New Leaf Flores, linens from Be Our Guest, uplighting from Boston Uplights with everything getting started by Dj Raffi.

After a grand entrance, Melissa and Harald had their first dance as a married couple, followed by their respective parent dances and then it was time for more fun and games!

As the night continued Melissa and Harald’s friends and families played games where the guests (who have participated in the games) each take a task to help support the Bride and Groom throughout their first year of marriage. For example, if someone loses the activity, they will then be assigned a task for the Bride and Groom-like baking them a dinner and then bringing it to them. There is a task for every month of their first year of marriage.

After all that dancing and laughing it was time to enjoy some sweets and cut the cake beautifully mastered by Konditormeister.

Thank you Melissa and Harald for sharing your beautiful fun wedding with us and for showing us some awesome wedding games with your friends and family. We wish you all the best!

Vendor Love

Wedding Planner: Tasha Bracken of SD Events

Ceremony Location: St. Pauls Church

Reception Location & coordination: Hyatt Regency; Sama ElBannan

Music: Dj Raffi 

Linen, Tables, Chairs, etc. Rental: Be Our Guest

Lighting: Boston Uplights

Florist: New Leaf Flores

Cake: Konditormeister

Bridal Gown: Allegria Bridal

Suit: Ash Samtani Clothing

Hair and Make Up: Luz Beauty

Videographer: Waves Media

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