"I loved the idea of our wedding being a Great Gatsby-esque garden party beneath the stars," says Alyssa. "Howard and I also wanted it to take place somewhere meaningful, so we decided to host it at my parents' home." She wore a 1930s lace gown ("I adored the diaphanous layers," she says), and Howard wore a Harrods tuxedo that was also from the '30s.
The 6:30 p.m. ceremony was held next to a pond in the backyard and was officiated by a close friend of the bride's family. Alyssa's nieces served as the couple's flower girls. Guests sat on antique wooden benches; the greenery-adorned arbor and all the flowers were by Monroe Florist.
The reception was held in a tent decorated with antiques borrowed from Alyssa's mother. "She's an avid collector, and I've always admired her aesthetic," Alyssa says.
The vintage bar was decorated with photos of Jazz Age stars. The cocktails served were based on recipes from a 1935 first edition of the Old Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide.
Dinner tables were decorated with antique linens, silverware, and china. The menu featured grilled filet mignon topped with gorgonzola and a blackberry merlot sauce. All catering was provided by Katherine's Catering. The buttercream-frosted cake, by Cakes by Stephanie, featured a topper from the 1930s that the bride's mother had found at an antique shop.
Photos: Jessica Johnston Photography
For their first dance, Alyssa and Howard chose "Into My Arms" by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; the evening's soundtrack was a playlist of '20s and '30s jazz, Motown, and rock songs that the couple had compiled.
After a speech by Alyssa's father, the groom's brother also shared a few words. "His toast was filled with tearful sentiments, hilarious inside jokes, and a lengthy but totally necessary Christopher Walken impression," Alyssa remembers.