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Non-Traditional DIY Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center Wedding

Gretchenrae and Molly’s Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding was totally awesome to say the least. They incorporated lots of DIY details from their bouquets, place cards, hair and makeup, and even music. I could tell they planned their wedding with intentions by prioritizing what’s important and DIYing things they could do themselves. One of the really special things the brides did was incorporating Filipino wedding traditions into their ceremony; it was really cool to see brides embracing multicultural and non-traditional weddings. Another one of my favorite highlights was the acapella group performance during reception, I wish I get to see more of them at weddings.

Gretchenrae and Molly were incredibly fun to photograph, as you could already tell from their Arnold Arboretum engagement session. They weren’t afraid to be themselves and to show off their goofy side, which make them such a great couple.

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding ceremony

ceremony at Cambridge Multicultural Arts CenterDIY wedding heart origami place cards

Very creative with the heart origami place cards.

Converse wedding shoes

Converse wedding shoes customDIY wedding flowers

Check out these Converse wedding shoes with the brides’ future last name on the back. How cool are they!

DIY wedding ceremony program newpaper

Instead of a plain o’ wedding ceremony program, they DIY’d mini newspapers named “Campera Chronicle” with Sudoku on the back so guests could have something to do while they waited for the ceremony to begin.

gay first look at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

I found this spot next to their ceremony setup with some nice flowers and a giant eagle statue, we knew we picked the perfect first look location.

lesbian wedding first look Boston

lesbian couple wedding Boston

lesbian wedding Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding

This photo below is hands down my favorite from G&M’s Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding.

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding

The ceremony was really special. They incorporated some of the Filipino wedding traditions so it was multicultural. Clearly, the venue, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, was a perfect fit for them.

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding ceremony

It was an intimate ceremony and I really like how the seats were laid out instead of the traditional rows after rows.

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding ceremony

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding ceremony

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding ceremony

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding ceremony

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding venue

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding venuedisposable camera for wedding guests

It was an unplugged wedding but they provided disposable cameras so guests could help capture their memories during reception.

white wedding cake with infinity sign

I’m digging this simple and elegant wedding cake, especially the infinity sign cake topper.

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding first dance

Their first dance song was “I Choose You” Acoustic by Sara Bareilles.

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding acapella

In the middle of dinner, there was an acapella group performance, which was oh-my-gosh so amazing! Why aren’t they more popular at weddings?!

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center acapella singing group

lesbian wedding reception

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding cake cutting

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center cake cutting

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center dance floor

fun wedding reception dance

wedding reception dance

I had a blast photographing Gretchenrae and Molly’s wedding at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. The intimate settings, DIY details, and the ceremony with modified tradition were all so creative and fresh, not to mention the brides were so fun to work with. Here are a few words from the newly wed couple:

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding celebration?
“The whole ceremony and the intentionality of the ceremony was probably the most memorable moment for us.  We made choices in the ceremony that departed from tradition and modified tradition to fit our own values.  Because of those choices, the whole ceremony was incredibly memorable because it was such a reflection of us as a couple.”

Funniest memory of the night?
“We have two!  The first one was when we fed JoJo (one of the young children) cake during our cake cutting.  The second was when Kevin Lin (a close friend) was using the disposable camera to take pictures of JoJo and Anna (the other young child) and Gretchenrae and I photobombed it.”

Any advice for future brides and grooms?
“Do it your own way and don’t be afraid to be authentic to who you are.  We loved our wedding because we didn’t feel confined by tradition and instead did things that made us happy.  The whole day felt very special because it truly felt like our wedding, rather than a wedding out of a magazine.

Also, self-care during the week of the wedding.  We found it very helpful to take time off the week before the wedding to finish up DIY projects and go to the gym.  It helped the week not be stressful, which allowed us to go into our wedding with the right mindset.”

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
“Sharing the same last name and lots of new adventures!”

Vendor credit:
Photographer: Ze Liang Photography
Venue: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
Gretchenrae’s Dress: Liv Harris gown purchased at Vows and alterations were done at Zoya Designs
Shoes: Converse
Rings, Molly’s Necklace, and Gretchenrae’s Earrings: Brilliant Earth
Gretchenrae’s Necklace: Chloe + Isabel
Molly’s Watch: Treehut
Gretchenrae’s Flower: DK Designs
Molly’s Shirt: The Limited
Molly’s Pants: Ann Taylor, tailored by Zoya Designs
Invitations: DIY, printed at socialprintstudio.com
Hair and Make Up: DIY
Florist: DIY
Officiant: Crista Mahoney
Cake: Flour Bakery
Cake Topper: Ngo Creations
Caterer: Capers Catering, with a big shoutout to Leslie Cole for all her help on the day of
Rentals: Petersen’s Party Center
Alcohol: Gordon’s Liquors
Molly and Gretchenrae’s Mason Jar Mugs: Winston Glass Works
Centerpieces: DIY
Music: Hyannis Sound A Capella & DIY