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V is for Valentine's and Vows

The second in a series of photo essays inspired by celebrations at Jamaica Plain's historic gem - the Loring-Greenough House.

It was four years ago today, February 14, 2009, when my now-husband and I celebrated our engagement while watching the sun set from the Top-of-the-Hub. A year and a half after that special Valentine's Day, we got married. It's true that your wedding day is one of happiest days of your life. 

Witnessing a dear friend getting married is also a joyous experience...and when the wedding takes place across the street from your own house it's especially memorable!  That's just what happened this past September at the Loring-Greenough House, an 18th-century Georgian mansion in the heart of JP.  I had recently worked with the bride at a landscape architecture firm and when she heard there was an opening for a private functions manager at the historic house and gardens she suggested I’d be a perfect fit.

As landscape architects both of us have a discerning eye for design.  Her hip garden style wedding included shades of yellow and gray in geometric patterns. The groom wore understated, elegant colors and the bride donned an adorable, knee-length, vintage-inspired halter dress. Potted herb centerpieces wrapped in burlap and twine and tabletop favors homemade from home grown raspberries and spicy red pepper jams were the perfect complement to the varied fare from Redbones.   

The bride and groom, both JP residents, and their 85 guests were especially pleased with the hearty BBQ dinner served buffet-style, stating "the Loring-Greenough House was a great choice not only because of its convenient location, but it allowed us to choose from creative catering options."

Guests shed their shoes and tried out the Hula Hoops, which dotted the lawn during the cocktail hour.   Later, folks danced to a vast array of soul music, including my favorite Harry Belafonte "Jump in the Line."

A few surprising but short-lived downpours also entertained us throughout the night and served to add to the cozy feeling beneath the warmly-lit tent.  They say rain on your wedding day brings a couple good luck!

-Contributed by Melissa Desjardins.  If you are interested in hosting your own private function at the Loring-Greenough House please contact eventrentals@loring-greenough.com or call 617.524.3158

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