Small Winter Wedding | Boston, MA

Small Winter Wedding | Boston, MA

It’s a special couple that can manage not one, not two, but three wedding celebrations.  Wedding #1 was at Boston City Hall, and was a moment just for the two of them, wedding #2 and wedding #3 were wonderful family celebrations.  The first party was hosted by the bride’s brother at his home in Malden, MA and the second was hosted by the groom’s father and step-mother in Canton.  Both had ceremonies based on the Cuban mantilla ceremony (the groom has Cuban heritage, so this was a lovely way to incorporate that into their celebrations).

This wedding Mantilla is used to symbolize the unification of the couple. The shoulders of the bride and groom are covered with a mantilla, a type of shawl made of tulle or lace. Normally this is done after they have exchanged their marriage vows. The mantilla is a sign of the marriage union.

The veil used for the ceremony has been in the bride’s family since the 1840s, and has been worn by more than 20 brides, including her own mother and grandmother — surely a wonderful way to symbolize the blending of their two traditions.  At one point, at the second party, the bride’s niece was helping her mother hold onto the veil until the moment came to wrap her aunt and uncle in it, and I couldn’t help but notice how she was looking at it thoughtfully, possibly wondering how it might be used at her wedding one day if she chooses to carry on her family’s tradition.  Here are some highlights from both parties:

Small Winter Wedding | Boston, MA

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