A Classic, Black-Tie Wedding at the Boston Public Library

Though Bridget Quirk and Jason Patsio had been together for six years—and friends for a decade!—when they tied the knot on July 21, 2018, the couple did not take a leisurely approach to wedding planning. “As soon as Jason proposed, the planning began,” says Bridget. They were engaged for just 10 months, and used every moment to finesse the details of their Boston wedding. “Jason and I are both very decisive, which I think helped us stay on track, but having the team from Rafanelli Events guiding us through the process was invaluable,” the bride explains. “Jason also taught me the value of taking a step back from some of the little details, especially with such great partners on board.”

The pair, who grew up in Massachusetts and met as undergrads at Fairfield University, wanted to tie the knot close to home. So, they chose two venues with special meaning for the bride: Bridget grew up attending St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, and also attended preschool across the street from the Boston Public Library. “We would go there as a class, and a part of me always knew it would be the perfect place for a wedding,” she says. They embraced the style and beauty of the library, using white flowers and lush greenery to play off of the iconic table lamps, to design a black-tie wedding that was the perfect fit for their classic venue.

Keep reading to see more of this Boston Public Library wedding, as planned by Rafanelli Events and photographed by Lisa Rigby.

Bridget was torn between two gowns, but ultimately decided on this sparkling Vera Wang design, which featured a floating organza skirt and sheer tulle straps. “The straps and the skirt had this amazingly intricate embroidery of crystals and flowers. Even the veil was edged in sparkles,” Bridget describes. “I couldn’t stop smiling every time I thought about it!”

She paired the shimmering style with a soft chignon, Hueb pearl earrings (a gift from the groom!), and a white-and-green bouquet of garden roses, lisianthus, spray roses, calla lilies, and Phalaenopsis orchids.

For the couple’s traditional ceremony, St. Ignatius Church was accented with loose, airy displays of white and green blooms. “It added a touch of fresh elegance to the church,” says the bride.

After the ceremony, a vintage Rolls Royce brought the newlyweds to downtown Boston, where they made their way into the iconic building in formal style.

Inside the library, soft arrangements of delphinium, ranunculus, and roses backed a display of family wedding photos and champagne flutes. “Instead of escort cards, we had each guest’s name and table number written on a paper scroll, then we hung each scroll on the lip of a glass of champagne," the bride says. "That way, everyone would have a drink when they got to the reception!”

Low arrangements of white blooms, greenery, and candles led up the majestic staircase and between two stone lions.

Jason and Bridget took a moment to see their reception space in private before guests joined them for dinner.

The library’s dark wood tables were softened with white Swiss dot runners and candlelight.

Gold compotes overflowed with white roses, orchids, and greenery on each table. At the family’s tables, gold-rimmed chargers were topped with monogrammed grey linen napkins. “Our wedding planners had the napkins dry cleaned after the wedding, then gave them to us as a gift to use when we entertain at home,” says Bridget.

The couple worked with The Catered Affair to create a custom menu that was entirely gluten-free. “Jason has celiac disease, and we wanted him to be able to enjoy everything on the menu. Guests didn’t even notice!” Bridget raves. Even the late-night chicken and waffles and flatbreads were groom-approved.

Jason and Bridget love spending late nights at Café Wha in New York City, and know the venue’s house band is second to none, so they had them come up to Boston for the day. The newlyweds shared their first dance to “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke.

The semi-naked wedding cake (also gluten-free!) had layers of vanilla French sponge with champagne sabayon, locally grown raspberries, and champagne buttercream.

“People will tell you to relax and enjoy the process, which is really hard to do sometimes. There are moments when you just won’t be relaxed!” says Bridget. “Instead, the best advice I got was to make sure our wedding felt like us, and to be in the moment once our wedding weekend arrived. At that point, there’s nothing more you can do, and the celebration will really fly by!”

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