Geek chic Massachusetts wedding: Briar + Jason

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While either of their hometowns (a small town in western Pennsylvania or El Paso, Texas) would have made for a beautiful backdrop for their wedding, Briar + Jason chose Boston – the place they met, went to school, fell in love, and built their home. That’s why their ceremony was rightfully held at the MIT Chapel, a mid-Century architectural masterpiece. The pops of lavender aside sage succulents, the surprise hint of blue tulle underneath Briar’s dress, to the scientific beakers used as vases – these two make geek chic one of our new favorite looks of 2012. And, wouldn’t you know that Briar booked Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio to photograph their wedding before she even had a ring on her finger!

geek chic wedding

Bridesmaids carried dried bouquets of french lavender, and Briar’s bouquet was filled with succulents, lavender, fiddleheads, thistle, feathers.

geek chic wedding

geek chic wedding

Their MIT class rings are about as important to them as the wedding bands themselves. The MIT ring features the beaver, as they are “nature’s engineers.”

geek chic wedding

We both went to MIT (me for undergrad, he for grad school), so we held the ceremony at the MIT Chapel, a mid-Century architectural masterpiece (designed by Eero Saarinen in 1955). We liked the intimate space, and fact that the chapel is right in the heart of MIT’s campus. We asked a close friend to marry us because he’s known both of us for the entirety of our relationship together, and because we knew he’d bring in elements to the text of the ceremony that would have been missing otherwise, such as anecdotes about Ryan Gosling cupcakes.

geek chic wedding

geek chic wedding

geek chic wedding

Love the succulents and lavender in glass jars at each table, grouped together by regular vases and scientific equipment. Erlenmeyer flasks were made into terrariums, beakers were turned into desertscapes, and fiddleheads and seasonal flowers added to the mix everywhere.

geek chic wedding

geek chic wedding

geek chic wedding

Congratulations Briar + Jason!

Photography: Fat Orange Cat Studio / Ceremony venue: MIT Chapel / Reception venue: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center / Flowers: Floral Design by Laura Jean / Invitations: letterpress printed and assembled by Briar (bride) / Catering: East Coast Grill / Cupcakes: Sweet Cupcakes / Cake: homemade / Bride’s dress: Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal / Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Groom’s attire: custom made at the Andover Shop, cufflinks from

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Meredith on Jan 23, 2012

I love so many things about this wedding! Li's work complemented Briar & Jason's style perfectly!

Ann {Bummed Bride} on Jan 23, 2012

Beautiful wedding. I love the reception decor.

Bleu de Toi on Jan 23, 2012

Thanks so much for including our customized guestbook thumbprint tandem balloon design at your super cute wedding! Looks great!

Ashlee Raubach Photography on Jan 23, 2012

Definitely a unique wedding! The venue is incredible! And I absolutely love the beaker/vase detail. What a cute couple with so much personality! Congrats!!

Sarah Ganly on Jan 23, 2012

I love that blue ruffles underneath the wedding gown. Such a pretty color and unique idea!

Chocolate Fountain Hire - Hot Chocolates (Clayton) on Jan 24, 2012

Gorgeous cupcakes... love them :) congrats guys oxox

Kym {Love Wed Bliss} on Jan 24, 2012

;l want to know how they got the red 'heart shape' in the cake? So Cute!

Li Ward on Jan 24, 2012

Their heart cake was made by a friend using this tutorial: It doesn't look easy!

Elaine on Jan 24, 2012

beautiful details! love this cake:X is so cute

Beane and Company on Jan 24, 2012

I love the new trend that is emerging of having the underskirt of the bridal gown blue. Very nice pics!

Sarah on Jan 24, 2012

Beautiful! I love her bouquet and the MIT Chapel is so unique.

kristen on Jan 24, 2012

Wow! I'm an architect and ADORE Sarrinen.I was at the MIT chapel last April and thought that after seeing it in person for the first time that it would be a specacular location for a wedding. I'm so happy that you were able to be married there! Just stunning and gave me goosebumps! All the best of luck to you!

Tim Duncan on Jan 24, 2012

The bride is so adorable! Especially with her cute glasses, her shawl, and that blue ruffles underneath her wedding dress! The fingerprinting guest sign in is super adorable, too!

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