Category: Real Events at Garage B

Carrie + Ricky’s Fun and Creative Wedding

With the 2023 wedding season nearly upon us, we had to share one more absolute gem of a wedding from last fall. Garage B hosted several weddings in 2022 that quickly have made “hall of fame status” in our books. These couples brought so much creativity and life to our blank-slate wedding venue, making each wedding incredibly unique and custommade for their tastes and interests. 

When planning an event in a space like Garage B, there are so many directions to take the look and feel of a wedding. Some couples can walk in and picture what they’ll do with the space right away, others need some visual inspiration to help make decisions. That’s where we come in! Looking for more unique weddings and how they made the most of our blank-slate wedding venue? Check out Sara + Tom’s Traditional and Bright Wedding, Rohan + Jackie’s Vibrant and Colorful Sangeet, and Olivia + Dylan’s Rock n’ Roll Wedding.

Carrie + Ricky 

From the minute we met these two, we knew that they were the perfect couple to make the most out of Garage B’s blank-slate canvas. As Allston residents, Carrie and Ricky are deeply involved in the local community and love where they live. 

It was on their way back from a visit to check out a nearby traditional wedding facility when they passed Garage B on Soldiers Field Road. The idea dawned on them then that this just might be the creative solution they were looking for all along. 

Engagement Photos

The couple booked the wedding in January 2022, and asked if they could take their engagement photos at The Speedway. They loved the historic and urban setting, and also wanted to introduce the idea to their wedding guests through pictures. With a few costume changes and using nearly every corner of The Speedway, they got an incredible collection of engagement photos from their photographer Brain Pu Ruiz. 

The Ceremony

Carrie and Ricky not only utilized Garage B for their wedding, but they also used the entire Charles River Speedway complex in a really creative way. The beautiful fall evening got off to a very fun and celebratory start when the bride was dropped off at Gate 1 on Western Avenue, and walked with her wedding party through the busy Speedway courtyard on her way down to Garage B. The courtyard was already buzzing as the location for a 5k race afterparty, but when Carrie and her bridesmaids walked through, the crowd went wild. And we were off to the races! 

The couple held their ceremony inside, with a really creative and effective layout. With the altar set up opposite the wall of garage doors, the wedding party made their grand entrances through the center open door, walking in under a sparkling disco ball chandelier. After the beautiful and warm ceremony, the party moved to the courtyard for a cocktail reception and for family photos. (The bride and groom also took a very photogenic breather on the lawn on the Charles River Speedway buildings – swapping their wedding shoes for fashionable – and comfortable – sneakers.) 

Party Time

Back in Garage B, the catering team was efficiently moving the ceremony set up into a wedding reception arrangement, moving the chairs and setting up the dining tables. The reception layout mimicked the ceremony, with a head table where the vows took place, and a large dance floor in the middle of the space. The disco ball was still prominently featured. 

They ate, and drank and danced the night away – but the night wasn’t over yet! It was time to move on to the after-party, but they did it high style, of course. A New Orleans-style street band, The Pat Gaulin NOLA Trio, led the wedding party in a rollicking second line parade from the Garage, up through the Speedway courtyard (where the Speedway courtyard crowd showed their appreciation so much that the wedding party took a few laps),  before heading down Western Avenue to a post-wedding party at Avenue 24. The traditional second line parade signifies the start of a new life together – we wish Carrie and Ricky the very best and will welcome their creativity and energy back here anytime!

Vendors

Catering/Bar: SYB Event Planning/Catering 

Rentals: JD Rentals + Peak Event Rentals

Decorator: JDE Designs 

Event Planning: SYB Event Planning/Catering 

Photography: Brian Pu Ruiz

DJ: Tashane Dennis

Garage B: Boston Fashion Show Venue


Boston Beauty Coalition Fashion Show, Andrew Dunne Photography

As an event venue, Garage B’s open plan layout is perfect for setting up seated dinners for weddings and special celebrations. For meetings and retreats, the open plan lends itself well for presentation-style seating arrangements, which can then be rearranged for breakout sessions. 

These are the types of events our Garage B team expects, and can execute flawlessly. But in recent months, Garage B has showcased flashy motorcycles, hosted photo shoots, and now – our first ever fashion show. As it turns out, Garage B can also transform into a runway!

We were thrilled to welcome Boston Beauty Coalition into the event space a few weeks back, as they hosted the Boston Spring Style Showcase. The day-long event included a marketplace of beauty vendors, and then transitioned the room to host a wildly successful – and FUN – fashion show. We loved seeing the space used as a backdrop for such colorful and vibrant looks. 

Looking for a place to hold your next fashion show? Garage B is runway-ready. 

Reach out today!

Garage B: Boston Photo Shoot Location

Garage B is the ultimate flexible space. Beyond weddings, corporate meetings, and family celebrations, Garage B has also become a sought-after photography shoot location. Brands and location scouts have reached out time and time again to use the event venue for a studio setting, pointing to the open layout, abundance of space, availability of natural lighting, and great location. Our team is ready to provide the space you need for commercial photo shoots, film locations, video production work and more. 

Images by Jess Oldham Photography

Benefits of using Garage B as a film or photoshoot location


Space

Garage B is an event venue with 3,300 square feet of raw space, featuring operable floor-to-ceiling garage doors along one wall. The space has an “industrial loft” feel.

Location + Parking 

Located in the Brighton neighborhood of  Boston, Garage B is located at the crossroads of Soldier’s Field Road and Western Avenue, and is easily accessible via the Mass Pike. Close to Cambridge, Watertown, and Newton. Parking available on site, and the site is serviced by multiple bus lines, including the 70 and 86 lines, and a short walk (0.7mi) to the Boston Landing Commuter Rail station.

Amenities + Break-out Spaces

Garage B is an event venue within the Charles River Speedway. The Speedway is home to several shops, restaurants and bars situated around a central courtyard. Breakout space is available. 

Availability 

As an event venue, there is a great deal of flexibility around off-hours availability. Venue is available to rent for the day, or in some cases, multiple days or longer timeframes. 

Reach out today!

Ready for Red: Ducati Tour Stops at Garage B

Brands using Garage B as an actual raw garage space to showcase or market new vehicles? We absolutely love it. 

Garage B has a lot of range – the blank slate venue can host beautiful weddings, lavish birthday parties, and impactful fundraisers and corporate events. We all know that this place looks really great all dressed up. But since 1940 – the building has a history as a real working garage, where DCR parked their trucks and kept their equipment. So it’s not surprising that Garage B is also the perfect place to show off vehicles of all kinds. Last year, we were lucky enough to play host to the unveiling of the new Ineos Grenadier – and last month, Garage B was a stop on the multi-city Ducati “Ready for Red” tour


This was experiential marketing at its finest – giving bike lovers a chance to come preview their newest line in person. Ducati fans poured into Garage B to take a look at the new models, gear, road bikes and more. The advance team used the blank slate venue to their advantage – placing strategic uplighting in brand colors throughout the space, and veiling the bikes for a big reveal after the guests arrived. The event space at Garage B was easily transformed to provide the edgy and cool vibe the brand was looking to establish. 

Guests enjoyed refreshments from Boston Catering + Events, get a feel for the new line with a rousing update from the Ducati team, and even get a chance to hop on the bikes – both to get a feel for the new bikes, and for those ever-important photo opportunities.

Are you a location scout or marketing director looking for the perfect blank canvas to showcase a brand? Garage B is just the place.

Reach out today to learn more!

Sara + Tom’s Traditional & Bright Wedding

Garage B hosted several weddings in 2022 that quickly have made “hall of fame status” in our books. These couples brought so much creativity and life to our blank-slate wedding venue, making each wedding incredibly unique and custom-made for their tastes and interests. 

When planning an event in a space like Garage B, there are so many directions to take the look and feel of a wedding. Some couples can walk in and picture what they’ll do with the space right away, others need some visual inspiration to help make decisions. 

Over the next few weeks, we are going to share some of the most unique weddings and how they made the most of our blank-slate wedding venue.

Next up, Sara and Tom! This couple’s late October wedding was just simply gorgeous and a wonderful example of how to hold a relatively traditional wedding in Garage B’s blank-slate space. 

Sara and Tom chose to host both their wedding and reception inside the Garage. As guests arrived, they were greeted with a cocktail set-up outside the venue in the adjacent courtyard. Just before the ceremony, the guests were ushered inside and invited to take their seats. 

The ceremony was framed by a beautiful and bright floral arch and the aisles were lined with candles, all setting the stage for a warm and intimate service filled with family and friends. Afterward, the attendees filtered back outside for a cocktail hour while the bride and groom took photos around the Charles River Speedway. The guests were entertained by the Vine Shakers, who set up a three-piece band outside during the cocktail hour. The beer was flowing, thanks to the Notch mobile tap truck, which parked next to the party-goers in the lower courtyard. 

Meanwhile, inside – the caterers from La Bonne Maison quickly flipped the space beautifully from ceremony to reception, setting the stage for a night of speeches, great food, and plenty of dancing. 

This was such a beautiful and elegant wedding – we absolutely loved hosting Sara and Tom at Garage B!

Catering/Bar: La Bonne Maison 

Rentals: Peak Event Services 

Floral: Fleur Events 

Event Planning: Mirth Events Co. 

Photography: Kelly Benvenuto

Jackie + Rohan’s Vibrant & Colorful Sangeet

Garage B hosted several weddings in 2022 that quickly have made “hall of fame status” in our books. These couples brought so much creativity and life to our blank-slate wedding venue, making each wedding incredibly unique and custommade for their tastes and interests. 

When planning an event in a space like Garage B, there are so many directions to take the look and feel of a wedding. Some couples can walk in and picture what they’ll do with the space right away, others need some visual inspiration to help make decisions. 

Over the next few weeks, we are going to share some of the most unique weddings and how they made the most of our blank-slate wedding venue!

Garage B hosts weddings, yes, but we are also a great venue for wedding-related events. We have hosted engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, elopements, engagement photo shoots, and anniversary celebrations. One of our absolute favorite events to date was Rohan and Jackie’s Sangeet, held as part of their wedding weekend. 

A Sangeet ceremony is a traditional Punjabi and North Indian pre-wedding celebration involving lots of festive dancing, singing, speeches and other performances in honor of the couple and aimed toward bringing together the two families. 


Garage B was transformed with the most beautiful draping throughout the space. The entire back wall was draped, creating a soft and vibrantly colored backdrop for the event. Uplighting did a great job highlighting the colors and textures of the draping. A henna station was a real draw, allowing family and friends to prepare for the next day’s wedding ceremony. (The station was later transformed into an ice cream stand, which was also very popular!) Beautiful lounge furniture was also centrally placed to allow the couple to take in the festivities. 

The result was one of the most dramatic transformations we’ve seen of Garage B – we are absolutely obsessed with all the color and texture present at this occasion, and also by the amount of love, tradition and fun witnessed during this very special Sangeet ceremony. 

Lighting: Your Love in Lights 

Draping: Love Decor 

Rentals: Peak Event Rentals 

Catering: Catering to You 

Photography: KndPhotos

Olivia + Dylan’s Rock n’ Roll Wedding

Garage B hosted several weddings in 2022 that quickly have made “hall of fame status” in our books. These couples brought so much creativity and life to our blank-slate wedding venue, making each wedding incredibly unique and custommade for their tastes and interests. 

When planning an event in a space like Garage B, there are so many directions to take the look and feel of a wedding. Some couples can walk in and picture what they’ll do with the space right away, others need some visual inspiration to help make decisions. 

Over the next few weeks, we are going to share some of the most unique weddings and how they made the most of our blank-slate wedding venue!

First up – Olivia + Dylan! 

Let’s just put this right out there: Olivia and Dylan are incredibly cool. They brought such a unique, rock n’ roll vibe to Garage B, we simply had to share all the thoughtful details and considerations of their big event.

Coming from the world of party production, where music and dancing are a huge deal, the couple immediately established that live music was going to be a focal point of their event. The layout of the room was organized to accommodate the biggest possible dance floor. In this space, that meant one very long table, creating a dramatic and intimate party atmosphere. With the big long table, the floral design followed – including a custom-made suspended structure draped with long-stem roses. 

The wedding took place on a beautiful October day. The ceremony took place at nearby Herter Park on the Charles River; afterwards the wedding attendees were shuttled over to get the party started at Garage B. The party was designed to invoke music festival vibes. Two live bands (Playing Dead and Seba Molnar Band) performed throughout the reception – to maximize dance floor space, the bands set up outside in the lower courtyard with the garage doors wide open. Later in the evening, the Glitter Boys kept the party going.

Personal touches by Olivia and Dylan were scattered throughout – table numbers were made from beloved album covers, charcuterie-lined dining tables, a lounge area featuring vintage furniture, and other personal details like custom-made neon signs, coozies, and canvas bags all featuring their beloved pup made the day truly memorable. 

Vendors:

Ceremony location: Herter Park Amphitheater 

Catering: Fox Grape Catering 

Bar: Simply Serving 

Rentals: Peak Event Services 

Floral: Market Floral Studio

Hotel: Studio Allston

Photography: Vanessa Alves Photography

Bubbles & Brews Launch Party

We were thrilled to host the Bubbles & Brews launch party at Garage B earlier this fall. Alice Speck, founder of the Boston outpost of the brand, worked with wedding industry vendors to create an incredible evening that beautifully showcased everyone involved. The goal? Introduce the lucky invitees to the most adorable Piaggo Ape and Vespa Bar around. We think it was a huge success. 

We are including their vendor information here to help you plan your next event!

Vespa Bar: @bubblesandbrewsma
Planner: @one28events
Flowers: @newleafflores
Caterer: @labonnemaison
Lighting: @bostoneventlighting
Venue: @garagebevents
DJ: @jennylaneyoga
Balloons: @bostonballoonfactory
Photo booth: @elfysselfiesphoto
Cotton Candy: @lepetitpouf
Rentals: @peakeventservices
Photography: @shotbyseamless
Video: @rebelmediahouse_
Bar Service: @premierbarservice@gordonswine @eatramen@togroni

Siagel Productions Staff Party & Photo Shoot

In the event world, sometimes you come across a vendor that is truly special. They love your venue, you love that extra special touch that they bring to events. For us, Siagel Productions is one of those vendors. From the earliest days of Garage B, Siagel saw the value in our blank-slate venue. They’ve produced several events here over the months – each time bringing their deep industry knowledge.

So when Siagel Productions booked Garage B to host a combination staff party/fun company-wide photo shoot for their new website, we were beyond excited to see what they would do.

Let’s just say… they nailed it. Does this not look like the most fun staff party ever? (It obviously helps when your staff is stacked with professional dancers, musicians, and party motivators.)

The company-wide photo shoot was a huge success – check out their new website and the video above to see how they used the images they captured. 

These are people that have seen every venue in town, and they chose to be at Garage B! We are so honored to have played host to this very fun staff party and photo shoot. Let’s do it again!

Vendors

Catering: 3rd Alarm Pizza Truck 

Bar: Notch Brewing 

DJ/Lighting: Siagel Productions

Photography: Steph Stevens Photo

Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party

We were so excited to host Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Ultimate Tailgate Party this fall. The non-profit organization welcomed over 250 guests to Garage B and raised over $300,000 to support their food rescue mission. Lovin’ Spoonfuls invited 15 of the Boston area’s best chefs to bring along tailgate-inspired bites and beverages for their biggest fundraiser of the year.

How’d they do it?

For the first hour, the organizers set up a VIP cocktail hour in the Upper Courtyard of the Charles River Speedway, inviting donors to partake in a special program while thanking them for their generosity. After that, everyone headed down to the Lower Courtyard, where guests could sample the special food and drinks.

We loved the creativity and the cause! (You too? You can support them here.)