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Restaurant Wedding Boston

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Boston area wedding venue

Catalyst restaurant opened in 2011 in Technology Square near MIT in Cambridge, MA. Its soaring ceilings make for a dramatic interior to hold an intimate wedding and ceremony. If you’re in search of a Boston-area restaurant wedding venue, maybe check them out. The restaurant has many interesting features that make it fit an industrial-chic category including exposed ducts, high loft-like ceilings, reclaimed barn board on its walls, hand-blown glass light fixtures and even a two-way fireplace. It’s perfect for an intimate wedding setting. If you book the smaller chef’s dining room, you even get views of a semi-open kitchen.

Restaurant Wedding Boston

Restaurant weddings are such a fun and modern idea. You just know the food will be good because that’s their specialty. There is easy to access parking nearby and it’s location is just steps from the T. It’s a much more relaxed environment perfect for smaller weddings like Cindy and Henry had.

Cocktail hour was a hit with the guests and the evening ended with a donut wall. Donuts were catered by Blackbird Donuts . I can attest to the fact that the donut wall display was absolutely swarmed as soon as guests caught wind of it. What a unique way to incorporate their love of donuts into the wedding.

Cambridge MIT wedding photos

Cindy works at MIT so it was fitting that we did the wedding portraits in and around the area. Cindy and Henry are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. They were fun and easy going and took all of my suggestions. We wandered around the city for just over an hour before the tea ceremony was scheduled to begin back at the restaurant. It’s basically a dream for photographers to have a full hour to explore spaces and create fun images without the pressure of family and guests trying to vie for the couple’s attention. This way we could do all of the couple portraits and they were free to enjoy cocktail hour and the reception without having to worry about photos once the party began.

I also suggested a rooftop garden in MIT for additional photos. Those are the ones taken when the rain snuck up on us. We knew it was going to rain, but we lucked out that the downpour lasted when we had shelter.

Check out their fun wedding photos. I love capturing the couples’ vibe and energy without smothering them. I don’t like to boss people around and my sessions are all about collaborating. When I’m in the zone, I love to bounce ideas off my couples. When a couple embraces the ideas without expectations… well… it allows me to do my absolute best work. Thank you Cindy and Henry for trusting me!

If you want to read more about them, they have the cutest wedding website that includes a story of how they met. Let’s just say the story ends with “It was because Benry had finally found his sunshine.”

Boston area urban wedding photos

Please enjoy their urban Boston backdrop photos.

Boston area restaurant wedding Catalyst near MIT
Wedding Portraits by Bella Wang Photography
MIT wedding photos
MIT wedding photos
Couple jumping black and white wedding photo taken in MIT cambridge, MA
Love when my couples suggest poses and do what they feel.
Couple photos during wedding  in MIT cambridge, MA
MIT wedding photos of bride and groom coming downstairs
Groom jumping while bride poses in MIT
Wedding Portraits by Bella Wang Photography
MIT cambridge MA wedding photography
Bride and groom crossing crosswalk in Cambridge MA
Time to head to the next location.
Cambridge rooftop garden near MIT wedding photos
Rooftop garden near MIT in Cambridge was the next spot
The skies started to turn dark and stormy for our wedding photos
Rain decided to make an appearance so we headed for cover near the elevators!
black and white portrait of wedding couple cambridge rooftop garden
Bride and groom stealing a kiss.
bride and groom urban wedding cambridge boston wedding
Time to walk to the waterfront for the Boston skyline view
bride and groom urban wedding cambridge boston wedding
But I love being inspired along the way!
bride and groom urban wedding cambridge boston wedding
Boston skyline wedding photos bride and groom
Check out the Boston skyline from the Cambridge side.
black and white Boston skyline photo with bride and groom
Time to head back to the wedding venue Catalyst. She’s his sunshine indeed!
cat on phone case in groom's hands
When Henry checked the time and coordinated with family, I noticed the cute cat phone case!
Bride and Groom outside Catalyst restaurant Cambridge
Doesn’t she have the best laugh!??
Wedding decor inside modern restaurant in boston area
Headed inside to grab the detail shots.
Catalyst restaurant wedding venue
Flowers by Lotus Floral Events, Boston
two way fireplace wedding portrait in Catalyst restaurant cambridge
Had to make use of the two-way fireplace in the restaurant.
tea ceremony in Catalyst restaurant cambridge
Wedding photography of Tea Ceremony Boston
tea ceremony in Catalyst restaurant cambridge
Lots of people had their cameras out. I definitely had some competition for find a spot!
uncle taking selfie during tea ceremony
Time for a selfie when doing the tea ceremony! This uncle was so funny. He always had to be photographing.
Cocktail hour in Catalyst restaurant Boston
Cocktail hour with guests
Cocktail hour in Catalyst restaurant Boston guests
Champagne toasts for couple outside venue Catalyst restaurant
Champagne toast time!
speeches during reception at catalyst restaurant wedding
speeches during reception at catalyst restaurant wedding
Wedding Portraits by Bella Wang Photography
Guests celebrate with newlyweds during reception at boston restaurant
Guests celebrate with newlyweds during reception at boston restaurant
Speeches and guest reactions during wedding reception Cambridge wedding
This kid was incredible! Love his honesty.
Catalyst had a congratulation sign
Catalyst announced the newlyweds
Donut wall display featuring Blackbird donuts
Donut wall display featuring Blackbird donuts

Catalyst has these incredibly high ceilings and dark walls which makes it difficult for photography. However, I made sure to add texture to the background to highlight the couple and the guests so the wedding photos would pop and it wouldn’t just be a cavernous room, nor a brightly lit room that had all ambiance removed by using too much flash.

First dance and father daughter mother son dances
First dance and father-daughter mother-son dances
Photo booth fun
Photo booth fun
End of the evening after wedding reception
That’s a wrap.

If you’re looking for a chic restaurant wedding venue in Boston, maybe check out Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge just over the bridge. You’ll still get the gorgeous skyline views with a short walk, but parking and logistics might be a bit easier than trying to fight Boston downtown traffic.

Wedding Vendors

Florist : Lotus Floral Events Boston

DJ : DJ Cookie Policy .

Makeup & Hair: Lisa Chy

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Dress: BHLDN

I’ll be sharing another Boston urban wedding link here soon.

For a Boston surprise proposal, check out this LINK

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