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Magazine

Fall 2014

Rustic Beauty page 56

Newport Weddings page 34

Considerate Cuisine: Accommodating special diets page 60

Honeymoon: The Jersey Shore! page 88

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Fall 2014

Contents

Features 30 Go Lush, Go Long, Go Glam

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Lashes, lids and lips that will make your one-and-only swoon.

34 Newport Weddings

Seven seaside New England gems.

42 The College Try

Beautiful New England college campus venues.

Featured Venues 64 Coachmen’s Lodge

48 Unplugged Weddings Asking guests not to take

68 Blissful Meadows Golf Club

Honeymoons

photos at your wedding.

52 Camp Weddings

A fun, relaxed twist on tradition.

56 Pictorial Rustic Beauty 60 Considerate Cuisine

Accommodating wedding guests with special dietary needs.

72 Pretty Things New and antique accessories

for your big day.

74 Fave Favors

Wedding favors your guests will love.

78 Celebrity Wedding Planner

Samantha Goldberg.

84 Get Prepped

Your essential night-before wedding agena.

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88 Love’s a Shore Thing

Weddings and honeymoons on the Jersey shore.

In every issue 10 Letter from the Editor 12 Tying the Knot

Recently engaged local couples.

20 B&G Q&A Just Paint

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Nearby Nuptials

22 Nikki & John 26 Amy & Lou

Directories 92 Function Facility Guide 96 Wedding Resources Guide

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Contributing Writers Geri Bain Cindy Papish Gerber Stacey Marcus Andrea McHugh Connie Jeske Crane Jennifer McNally Monac Diana Bierman

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Letter from the Editor

As the silvery hours of summer slowly give way to the golden days of autumn, many couples are nearing the home stretch of their wedding planning. After all, fall is the most popular time of year to get married

in New England. Almost nothing compares to the uniquely colorful sights, rich smells, and warm feelings brought on by this time of year. For those of you just starting on your planning journey, don’t let the tasks involved with orchestrating a wedding get in the way of your ability to enjoy the season. Instead, head out into the action and explore all of your wonderful options—there’s no better way to get inspired and gather ideas. While you’re out, you’ll probably notice that this year’s biggest trend is “rustic.” Put in a search for “rustic weddings” on Google or Pinterest and your screen will fill with glowing images of wood, burlap, lace, twinkling white lights, and wildflowers. Simple, romantic, and full of texture, this theme is usually pretty budget-friendly and works in just about any season. Think this might be the way to go? Check out “Rustic Beauty” on page 56, where we’ve gathered some great ideas to get you started. While trends are a great way to gather

inspiration for your wedding, it’s important to keep in mind that how you plan your wedding is entirely up to you. Don’t try and squeeze yourself into a mold that doesn’t fit your personality and tastes—it will definitely show through and will probably make your planning experience less than enjoyable. Love all things sci-fi? Go for an intergalactic theme. Do classic movies make you swoon? Then old Hollywood might be the way to go. The point is, you should always trust your gut and do what makes you happy. As always, this issue is chock full of ideas and advice to help you reach your wedding goals. Check out “Fave Favors” on page 74 for some unique ways to thank your guests, and don’t miss “Go Lush, Go Long, Go Glam” on page 30 for an all-inclusive guide to fall eye makeup. “Unplugged Weddings” on page 48 provides a great perspective on why banning guest photography at your wedding can make it a more enjoyable experience all around. As usual, we have some real New England weddings to share with you in “Nearby Nuptials” on pages 22 and 26. And don’t forget to check out “Featured Facilities” pages 64 and 68 for great local venue spotlights. Enjoy your fall and have fun planning!

Our fall cover features Amy and Lou Beckwith, who were married last October at Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA. Photo courtesy of J. Lo Photo and Video. jlophotovideo.com.

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Paint, sip & unWINE

Making

Memories by Jennifer McNally Monac

Imagine a painting that captures one of life’s most precious moments. As a celebration artist, painter, and former special education teacher, Susan Dunshee has been gaining popularity over the past two years as a memory-preserving expert! She makes it her business to bring a love of art to the masses by creating one-of-a-kind live-event paintings at parties and special events, including weddings. In addition to her event work, Dunshee hosts and teaches step-by-step painting classes in her studio, Just Paint, located on West Boylston Street in Worcester, and she’s been known to create original, hand-painted wedding favors, too. Susan’s work was born from a desire to provide people with the access to expressing themselves through art on an affordable budget. By living a creative life, Susan has figured out a way to turn her passion into a fun, social, and memorable artistic experience for herself and her many clients—even those who have never painted before. More than a studio name, “just paint” is the phrase she lives by! We spent some time chatting with Susan to discover more about her inspiring talents and unique offerings. Just Paint owner and artist, Susan Dunshee

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What exactly is live-event painting?

a:

Live-event painting is a unique way to capture all aspects of a special event. As a celebration artist, I come to weddings, bar/ bat-mitzvahs, fundraisers, etc., and interact with the guests to create a painting of the event, right there, on site. I arrive with a blank canvas and paint the party room; carefully detailing the architecture and décor of the space before the guests arrive. While the party unfolds, the painting comes to life. As guests dance and create memories at the event, I am busy capturing the mood and overall experience of the occasion in the painting. At the end of the party, the painting is displayed for guests to see, and it becomes an amazing heirloom to cherish forever.

q: Obviously, the majority of people hire

a professional photographer to capture their special day. What is the benefit of also hiring a celebration artist for an event?

a:

Amid a mounting glut of photographs—on Facebook, via Instagram, and in swelling digital family photo archives— live-event paintings not only provide a form of live entertainment for wedding guests who love to watch the painting come to life, but it also creates an intimate, cherished heirloom and keepsake of the big day that can be displayed for years to come. I keep my prices very reasonable because I know weddings are expensive and I don’t want that to be a huge factor for the couple when they are planning their special day.

Beyond an artist, you are also a teacher. Can you tell me about the work you do at Just Paint?

a:

Just Paint is an art studio where I teach up to forty studio guests at a time how to paint step-by-step in an exciting and social environment, all while they are snacking and sipping on beer or wine! Painting can be for any occasion—but especially for girls nights out, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and just about any get together you can imagine. It’s important to know that no experience is necessary, just a love of art . . . All you need is one night or day to create art. I invite the guests to come thirty minutes before the paint party starts to mingle and have a bite to eat and share some drinks. The parties can be catered or guests can bring in the food or snacks of their choice. Drinks are BYOB. The class itself takes about two hours and then guests can wrap it up with an additional thirty minutes of mingling after the painting is done. It’s an affordable and fun way to celebrate.

vide the option of painting wine glasses and wine bottles . . . In addition, I have hosted Jack & Jill paint showers and we have even done sports-themed events for men, too!

q: Do

you ever bring the show on

the road?

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Yes, I offer mobile classes at different venues and homes. I come with all the materials and set-up, as long as they have tables and chairs. When the class is done, we take care of the clean-up. People love it.

q: Has anything romantic ever happened at Just Paint?

q: Do you see a lot of brides, bridal par- a : Last February I did have a proposal at ties, showers, and bachelorettes coming to Just Paint for their special celebrations?

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Yes, I see more and more brides and showers coming to the studio. I really try to personalize each occasion because I want the bride to feel special and remember this moment with her family and friends forever. For each party, I usually try to create a special painting for the guests to paint. We also pro-

the studio. And she said yes!

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Nikki and John June 1, 2013 West Boylston, MA Their Story Nikki and John Benoit met where many busy adults meet these days: at the office. “John is the service manager at Acura of Auburn,” says Nikki, “and I worked in sales there for about two years. I had a crush on John for about six months before we finally got together!” Love quickly blossomed between the smitten couple, but they took things slow when it came to talking the “I do” plunge. “We had been dating for five years and living together for four before we decided to get engaged,” says Nikki. “We picked out and purchased the ring together, but I didn’t put it on my finger just yet.” A casual night of watching baseball at home about a week later changed everything, though. “I jokingly brought up the fact that even though we bought a ring, we weren’t technically engaged yet. John left the room for a moment, came back with the ring, plopped back down on the couch next to me, and asked me if I would marry him.

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“It was truly a joy to watch all the people we love let loose and laugh and have fun.” I said yes, we had a toast, and then we watched the rest of the Dodgers game . . . Our engagement was very lighthearted and full of laughter, just like our relationship. It was perfect.”

Planning Ten months of planning brought on the requisite level of stress, but Nikki handled it like a pro, asking for help where it was needed and having fun along the way. “Planning the wedding was very stressful at times, but I did enjoy it for the most part. I had a lot of help from my bridesmaids, both our mothers, and the experienced staff at [our venue] the Manor. I tried to make the process as fun as possible.”

Details Nikki and John chose to have their wedding at the Manor Banquet Facility in West Boylston, MA. “I chose The Manor because I wanted an elegant, well-reputed venue with on-site catering and an experienced staff who would be able to help me plan my wedding to the very last detail,” says Nikki. “The sales director and the banquet manager were unbelievably helpful during the planning process and on my wedding day. They took care of details that I never would have even thought to consider.” continued on page 24

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In keeping with their mutual love of baseball (and their adorable engagement story!), the couple sprinkled a few baseball-themed details throughout their wedding. “Our cake topper was a bride and groom playing baseball, and instead of a guest book, we had our guests autograph professional baseballs, which are now displayed in our home.” While the baseball theme lent a casual air to their big day, Nikki and John also wanted their wedding to be elegant. “Our ceremony took place in the same room as the reception,” says Nikki, “so we used a wooden arch that The Manor had on hand and decorated it with long branches with cherry blossoms in full bloom. The effect was stunning. We also chose tall vases for our centerpieces so that they would really stand out. My bridesmaids wore a deep, rich purple, which we used for our centerpieces and linen napkins as well. It felt very regal.” Like many couples, Nikki and John’s main goal was to make sure that their guests truly enjoyed themselves. “One of the major highlights of the day was all the dancing,” says Nikki. “I was in the middle of the dance floor with John at one point, and I just remember looking around and realizing that a good majority of the room was on the dance floor with us. Our parents, our aunts and uncles, our friends, and both of our grandmothers (both eighty-four years old at the time, and John’s is bound to a wheelchair) were dancing with us, with huge smiles on their faces.

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It was truly a joy to watch all the people we love let loose and laugh and have fun.”

Advice “My advice to brides- and grooms-to-be is not to stress out too much with the planning process,” says Nikki. “You’re just throwing a big party. Have fun with it! Also, don’t shoot for a ‘perfect’ wedding. Things will go wrong, so if you set your expectations too high, you’ll end up disappointed. Rather than ‘perfect,’ aim for a ‘joyful’ wedding, or a ‘superb’ one. Those are much easier goals to reach.”

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Amy and Lou October 19, 2013 North Andover, MA

Their Story The story of Amy Farnhill and Lou Beckwith sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy, or perhaps a lighthearted adventure novel. The two found each other in the middle of a nor’easter at Camp Uno in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where a group of mutual friends were gathering for a weekend getaway. “When the boys arrived the lonely mountain road wasn’t plowed!” says Amy. “So, Lou, along with [his friends] Greg and Tim Grogan, knowing cars full of cute girls were on the way, dutifully walked through five feet of snow.” After the trek through the snow, Lou hopped onto a snowmobile and towed Amy and her friends up the snow-packed road to the cabin. “This is the moment when I knew he was my man,” says Amy. Owing to their adventurous first encounter, Lou proposed to Amy at Camp Uno on December 16, 2011. “The room was aglow with candles and covered with flowers,” Amy gushes.

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“Lou read a beautiful poem he had written . . . when he finished the poem, he got down on one knee and asked the biggest question of his life!” Shocked, dazed, and wonderfully surprised, Amy answered “yes.”

Planning Planning Amy and Lou’s wedding was a family affair. Amy—along with her entourage of female family members—went out looking at venues, trying foods and cakes, and meeting with DJs and florists for about one year prior to the wedding date. “The final touches and muscle were handled by the groom and his willing male entourage,” says Amy. “Wedding planning can be a stressful endeavor, but it brought two happy families together.”

Details The desired elements for Amy and Lou’s autumn wedding were casual, comfortable, outdoors, and fun. “We chose Smolak Farms in North Andover because it was the perfect setting for a vintage country wedding.” Upon arrival, guests walked a path lined with fabric banners and followed painted wooden signs directing them to the ceremony, reception, and fire pit. Adirondak chairs draped in vintage quilts surrounded the fire pit, where guests could make s’mores and light sparklers.

“The maid of honor rapped an original rap to the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ to tell the story of how we met.” To accentuate the rustic feel of their wedding, the couple displayed a lace tablecloth and wooden clothespins for escort cards, a painted milk crate for gifts, and a printed family tree where guests could pen their well wishes. Also displayed were wedding photos of family members who had passed, framed with beautiful quotes and words of love. The reception was festive to say the least. “During the introductions, we drove into the tent on a golf cart and just stopped short of the family table,” says Amy. “The maid of honor, Emily Farnhill, rapped an original rap to the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ to tell the story of how [Lou and I] met.” After this entertaining introduction, guests enjoyed hot cider, clam chowder, hotdogs, and a clambake dinner served by LittleNeck Clambake, along with an all-night open bar from Andover Liquors. Cornhole games designed and handcrafted by the best man, Tim Beckwith, were enjoyed by all out by the fire pit. The entire night was filled with dancing and laughter. “Lou’s grandfather danced the continued on page 28

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The Particulars Ceremony & Reception: Smolak Farms, North Andover, MA. smolakfarms.com Photographer: JLO Photo, Malden, MA. jlophotovideo.com Caterer: Little Neck Clambake, Hampton, NH. littleneckclambake.com night away, and an uncle even danced up on the table!” says Amy. It was important to both the bride and groom to add their own personal touch to every single part of their night. “Having our family and friends all be a special part of the day really made it the perfect wedding.”

Advice Practical planning is at the top of Amy and Lou’s advice list: “When the planning starts for an outdoor wedding, think about the seasonal daylight and evening times and temperatures along with any venue restrictions,

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such as parking and bathroom facilities. These are not glamorous aspects, but very important for event facilitation.” On the philosophical side of things, the couple stresses compromise and honesty: “Make sure you decide what’s most important to you and your fiancé before involving others. It is important to be on the same page with each other and to know beforehand what you are willing to compromise over and what you are just not willing to let go of.” Lastly, says Amy, “ENJOY every minute! Don’t get worked up over minor details.”

Florist: Unique & Elegant Events by Andrea, Milford, MA. andreasuniqueevents.com Cake: Smolak Farms Music: Kevin Jaques Entertainment, Athol, MA. kevinjacques.com Transportation: LeLimo, Shrewsbury, MA. lelimo.com Bar: Andover Liquors, Andover, MA. andoverliquors.com Bridal Gown: Vows Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA. bridepower.com Invitations: Jordan Corey, Milford, MA.


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Go Lush, Go Long, Go Glam Lashes, lids, and lips that will make your one-and-only swoon.

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by Jennifer McNally Monac

hen it comes to wedding-day makeup, trends come and go just like any other fashion. However, figuring out your style, based on what works best for you is priceless.

“Not every trend works for every bride,” says Kristie Lee Laskes, owner of NKD Waxing, Lashes, and Makeup in Worcester. With more than ten years of experience under her belt, Kristie Lee’s goal is to enhance the natural beauty of the brides she works with. She, along with her style partner and right-hand gal, Crystal, take pride in listening to their customers’ wants and needs when it comes to beauty and skin care. Treating brides and bridesmaids as individuals to help them amp up their look, or in some cases, tone it down a bit, has earned the women of NKD (short for “naked”) a top­notch reputation for providing personalized service to area brides (they travel, too!).

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Smokin’ Hot Eyes Smokey eyes, touches of metallic, distinctive lines, flecks of glitter—these are all trends that will make your eyes sparkle this fall! Everywhere you look, eyes are the focus, with an emphasis on full and lengthy lashes to create a dramatic, yet romantic look. Who hasn’t heard all about the smokey eye these days? This style features textured layers of black, gray, and even shimmery silver or white, strategically placed around the eyelid. This luscious, layered look is oh-so popular, but done wrong it can appear heavy and dark. For some brides, it just might not be the right look for her special day. However, there is a lighter option on the smokey eye spectrum and it is created with shades of chocolate brown to light mocha with sparkly tones of beige. It presents the same kind of drama, but without looking so harsh for some. “Making the smokey eye work all depends on each bride’s skin tones, eye color, and her personal style,” says Kristie Lee. “Another equally dramatic look, possibly more popular with today’s brides, is the retro 60’s, cateye look created with either thick or thin liner.” This style can be paired with metallic shadows or glittery eye makeup. Used in conjunction with lashes it’s a strikingly beautiful and feminine look.

Lucious Lashes Just a quick glance at the styles on the runway at this year’s New York Fashion Week and it’s clear that the lash extensions trend is here to stay, especially for brides. “Everyone should, at the very least, do a strip lash for her big day!” says Kristie Lee. She should know; more than an aesthetician, she is trained, trusted, and fully certified by two of the most reputable lash extension companies on the market today: Xtreme Lashes and Novalash. Not only safe and easy, they are fun and full of great impact for brides and bridesmaids alike. “When people first hear about false lashes, they often think of those crazy strips people use at Halloween, that feel uncomfortable, or curl up above your eye brows,” says Kristie Lee. “Professional lash strips, or extensions, are nothing like that at all. Instead, they make a woman’s eyes pop with definition.” Even if you are blessed with naturally lush lashes, extensions enhance their natural look by providing fullness, length, and a nice curve that opens up the eyes beautifully. continued on page 32 www.bridegroommag.com

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Laskes goes on to say, when referring to her work with bridal parties, “As soon as one person gets lashes done, they all want them, because it makes the eyes so noticeably different.” Working outside of her salon, she always comes prepared and stocked with a variety of strips, because never fail, it’s the one look every woman wants and she assures, “If you can wear a Band­Aid on your skin, you can wear eyelash strips on your lids without a problem.” The strip is the least expensive way to go, and they can be applied the day of an event, which is an added bonus. A longer-lasting alternative to strip lashes are extensions, which are normally applied about three days prior to the big day. Each set lasts about two weeks and can either be filled, or be allowed to fall out naturally. However, one of the greatest bonuses about lash extensions—beyond the thick, full, overall spectacular look—is the fact that there is no need for mascara, which means no unsightly raccoon eyes during the emotional parts of the wedding, or when you’re dancing the night away!

Lip Service So, the eyes have it . . . but don’t forget about the lips! Traditionally, people focus on one or the other, but when it comes to brides, if it’s done properly, both eyes and lips can pop. Sheer, glossy lips in nude tones are very popular these days, but on some brides, nude lips can become lost in pictures. In that case, a little bit of color can go a long way. Rich, jewel­-toned lips were another popular look at this year’s Fashion Week, but it’s important to select shades that work with each bride’s skin tone — not just colors that are fashionable. Using a nude lip liner with a colored lip stain and gloss creates a deliciously kissable look that lasts all night without drying.

“Not every trend works for every bride. Figuring out your style, based on what works best for you is timeless.” popular trend, especially in the fall when tans begin to fade, but it’s not necessarily the best way to go for a bride who has trouble with acne or just wants fuller coverage. In that case, the high-definition look that comes from applying makeup with a sponge or brush might be the way to go. When creating the perfect look for your big day, the key is finding a knowledgeable makeup artist who will work with you to find your best look. You should think about your makeup the same way you think about your hair or wedding dress—as something that complements and enhances your natural beauty. “It’s not about making brides look different on their wedding day,” says Kristie-Lee, “it’s all about listening to the bride’s individual preferences and helping her enhance her features to feel confident in her look on one of the biggest days of her life.” Jennifer McNally Monac is a freelance writer and real estate agent, who lives and works on Cape Cod.

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Satin Skin Beyond the eyes and lips, flawless skin is always in style. For some women, matte coverage works best, while others prefer the more dewy look that comes from shimmering highlights on their cheeks. Kim Kardashian and other stars have made the contouring look rather stylish, too. Yet, the women at NKD get a lot of requests for the airbrushed look. Using an actual airbrush that sprays a fine mist of makeup, brides get an almost doll-like finish to their face. It’s a

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by Stacey Marcus

ooking to tie the knot in an seaside setting brimming with beauty, history, and regal charm? Newport, Rhode Island is one of the loveliest destinations on the New England coast, offering both natural allure and the shimmer of society’s high class. Newport was the destination of choice for Jacqueline Bouvier and President John F. Kennedy, and it has also served as a great spot for couples to quietly unite on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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“One of the best things about a Newport wedding is that the City by the Sea affords such a diverse offering of venues,” says Andrea McHugh, Marketing and Communications Manager at Discover Newport. “From a casual beachfront celebration to an elegant Gilded Age mansion . . . Newport invites couples to set the tone of their wedding from the moment a guest arrives in our coastal community.” Here are just a few of the many gems to consider for a wedding in the City by the Sea:

Belle Mer Belle Mer’s contemporary and glamorous vibe provides the ideal venue for an exquisite ocean-side wedding, cocktail party, or gala. Surrounded by more than seven acres of manicured lawns on the edge of Narragansett Bay, Belle Mer epitomizes the Newport society experience. Belle Mer’s Water Salon is the largest un-tented, fourseason event space in Newport, and its glass doors open fully onto the Ocean Lawn. Guests can stroll up a shell path past illuminated fountains into the relaxed luxury of the Island House. Enjoy views of the ocean, the Newport Bridge, and the beauty of the adjacent Rose Garden. Bell Mer is an ideal setting for wedding ceremonies and garden receptions.

Castle Hill Inn The magic of Castle Hill is never more apparent than when hosting an iconic seaside ceremony. The Inn’s exceptional setting, rich in romance and historic splendor, offers relaxed ocean breezes, unparalleled water views, and old-world charm. Couples can say “I do” at the water’s edge of the Inn’s lush lawn, and enjoy al fresco dining and dancing at its finest underneath the billowed shade of a custom sailcloth tent. This spring, the Inn released an exclusive wedding weekend experience, offering couples the opportunity to take over forty private acres of the pristine waterfront estate for three days. Guests will en-

joy luxurious boutique accommodations, delectable dining options, superior amenities, an itinerary of exciting activities, personalized service, and world-class wedding planners.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk Featuring a historical mansion of classic beauty and elegance, The Chanler at Cliff Walk is a natural choice for luxurious weddings. The Chanler is a cliff-side mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the start of Newport’s famous cliff walk, and is a truly romantic destination. The property specializes in intimate, weekend-long weddings, creating truly customizable experiences backed by the culinary creations of the award-winning Spiced Pear restaurant. Choose from the property’s three lawns, terrace, or inside the Spiced Pear, all with breathtaking views for an unforgettable wedding ceremony and reception. continued on page 36 www.bridegroommag.com

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Hilltop Inn The Hilltop Inn, located in historic downtown Newport, offers a great setting for a small and intimate wedding. The Inn boasts beautiful grounds, a spacious dining room, and the perfect honeymoon suite, complete with an oversized marble bath featuring a Jacuzzi soaking tub and double shower. The garden, with its soothing koi pond and vibrant botanicals, is the perfect setting for a romantic ceremony or unique reception. Local vineyards and caterers provide Newport flavor, and the onsite florist can take care of all your flower needs. Last, but certainly not least, Hilltop Inn’s concierge service can assist you with the smallest of details to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Hotel Viking Hotel Viking is ideal for a dream wedding, whether simple or sensational. With their own private historic chapel and a selection of ballrooms, Hotel Viking offers options for weddings big and small. Hotel amenities include SpaTerre, the awardwinning full-service spa; One Bellevue restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as afternoon tea; an indoor swimming pool and fitness room; a courtyard garden; and a rooftop bar, aptly named Top of Newport. The hotel offers 208 guest rooms including mansion suites—ideal for a most romantic honeymoon experience.

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Newport Vineyards Set amongst a sea of vines, Newport Vineyards offers truly unique event spaces ideal for rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches, showers, and intimate evening weddings. With more than twenty-seven years of experience, the team at Newport Vineyards will expertly assist in coordinating your special event. The perfect marriage of refined and rustic, the majority of their event spaces boast views of the vineyard through floorto-ceiling windows. Commemorate your wedding with custom wine labels, which are perfect for rehearsal dinners, gift bags, or bridal parties. continued on page 38

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Vanderbilt Grace

Relax and enjoy your wedding day in a historic clubhouse overlooking beautiful grounds.

From a small ceremony in a private suite to a gathering for up to fifty guests, Vanderbilt Grace is the perfect setting for an intimate wedding. Featuring beautiful gardens and private reception rooms, the thirty-three-room hotel provides an elegant backdrop for any wedding, giving guests the feeling of being in a magnificent private home with the glamour of the Gilded Age. Guests can enjoy luxury accommodations on property including a sumptuous spa and fitness center, and two restaurants, including Muse by renowned New England chef, Jonathan Cartwright. Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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The College Try

Beautiful New England college campus venues

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f think your alma mater may not matter in your wedding plans, some reeducation may be in order. New England happens to be home to more than 300 historic, picturesque campuses featuring stately architecture, elegant banquet rooms, glorious chapels, and exquisitely landscaped grounds. Getting married at your dream school may be much easier than you think. When it comes to college campus venues, eligibility varies, so do your homework. Most colleges and universities require the bride or groom be currently enrolled; a faculty, staff, or board member; alumni,;or a child of any of the previously mentioned. Some institutions accept formally sponsored couples, while others are open to all who “apply.” Also keep in mind that wedding dates may be restricted to the summer months and/or academic breaks. Jake and Angela Bowman choose to be married at St. Michael’s College—their “home away from home” —in Burlington, Vermont. “We feel a very strong connection with the SMC community and thoroughly enjoyed our experiences there,” says Angela. Of equal importance, she says, “was having a full Catholic mass at our wedding. The SMC chapel is quite beautiful architecturally, which [our photographer] Andy [Duback] captured very well in our photos.” Duback estimates that he’s photographed five weddings at St. Michael’s College over the years. “Couples who choose to be married there reconnect with their alma mater in this way,” he notes. The renovated 1820 post-and-beam structure that makes up the Red Barn at Hampshire College, “truly exemplifies the natural ambiance of the Pioneer Valley,” says Kate C. Fields, Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing. Situated in the quaint college town of Amherst, MA, the Red Barn has served not only Hampshire alumni, but alumni from other area colleges, as well as those seeking a natural and scenic setting for their nuptials. “The Barn can be decorated to present a casual and laid-back atmosphere, or a more formal, sophisticated setting,” says Fields. “Ceremonies may be held on-site with the Holyoke Mountain Range serving as a beautiful backdrop, and receptions begin with an al fresco cocktail hour on the deck during the warmer months”. Dorothy Siudut and Elliot Matthews of Cambridge, MA, “immediately fell in love” with the “rustic warmth of the Red Barn.” Their June 2014 wedding brought back to mind Dorothy’s many “meaningful connections” and “wonderful memories” of her years as a UMASS Amherst student. Connecticut College

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On her very first day as Clark University’s Events Service Manager, Jennifer Parissi-Forti met her future husband Kevin, who was also employed there as the Director of Residential Life and Housing. So naturally, Clark—conveniently located in the center of downtown Worcester, MA— ended up being the ideal choice for the couple’s June 2012 wedding. “Our positions on campus enabled us to work with our colleagues to plan a wonderful event, and then have them as our guests,” explains Jennifer. Founded in 1887, Clark retains many of its original buildings, which provide a picturesque backdrop for a wedding. “For an outdoor ceremony we have numerous options depending on the size of the wedding,” says Jennifer. For banquets, Tilton Hall features hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, soaring windows, and a private terrace with campus views. Jennifer is confident that alums searching for a meaningful wedding venue “will find that returning to their alma mater bridges their past to their future.” Dr. Peter Chan’s proposal to Dr. Katherine Hubert Chan in Harvard University’s Lowell Lecture Hall involved “a surprise appearance by the Harvard Pops Orchestra accompanying me continued on page 44 www.bridegroommag.com

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on the piano, in a piece by Rachmaninoff,” Peter says. “[Kate and I] are both Harvard graduates and met in Boston. The area is special to us.” Kate concurs. “Given that Peter is a member of the Memorial Church,” she says, “which I also attended while receiving my Masters . . . there was no question of choosing Harvard’s Memorial Church and The Faculty Club for our wedding.” Karen Hyde of Great Beginnings Events used the Harvard colors and shield for their wedding

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program and integrated red and gold accents honoring Peter’s Chinese heritage for the reception. “The storied campus, and the combined beauty of the Church and elegant reception made for a memorable day,” adds Kate. While searching for “green and woodsy setting” for their August 2013 wedding, Bill and Brittney Washburn discovered the Connecticut College Arboretum. Smitten with the gorgeous venue, they realized the facility’s indoor space was too small for their event. “Then, the planner quickly directed our attention to the college’s garden area,” says Bill. “It was perfect!” “[The venue] offered just about everything we needed,” says Brittney, including picture-perfect scenery. “The rolling hills, ponds, and exquisite landscaped areas required a lot of hiking around

with the bridal party,” recalls their photographer, Randy Anagnostis. Anagnostis advises couples planning a wedding at a college or university, “to establish tight schedules” for navigating the campus, as well as paying strict attention to campus parking, vendor, and travel logistics. Unquestionably, a good wed-ucation goes a long way! Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Connecticut

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Unplugged

Why asking your guests not to take photos at your wedding is a smart decision.

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here was a time when a bride and groom would say “I do,” a few guests would snap some photos for the family album, and your big day would go down in the annals of family history only to be revisited every few years. Today, with snap-and-share smartphone cameras and social media supremacy, it’s more likely that thousands of strangers will see images from your wedding before you even whisper, “til death do us part.” Custom-created hashtags and wedding photo-sharing apps like MyWedding, WeddingSnap, Capsule, and AppilyWed encourage wedding guests to take photos and videos throughout the day and instantly share their snapshots, even broadcasting them in real time. But is it all too much? And are you

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compromising the quality of your professional images when surrounded by amateur shutterbugs? “I don’t discourage people from taking photos, you can’t stop it, but I ask the bride and groom when they book with me to discourage guests from taking them during the important moments,” says Whitinsville, MA-based photographer, Paul S. Robinson, who knows that is a tall order. Unfortunately, he’s learned from experience that during critical moments of a wedding ceremony, like when the couple can officially kiss, that a guest can pop into the center aisle and take a photo on his or her tablet. So instead of a signature shot of that special moment of you sealing your vows to one another with a kiss,

the breathtaking church surrounding you both, there’s Uncle Walt and his giant tablet, front and center, interrupting this once-in-alifetime scene. Robinson says he’s seen an exponential change in guests’ behavior since smartphone and tablet cameras have become standard. If a photographer or their second shooter are looking to get that 180-degree view of critical moments, including the first time being introduced as a couple, the first dance, a bride’s dance with her father, or the groom’s with his mother, the shot can often be riddled with extended arms hoisting camera phones in the air. “It does hinder the professional’s ability to do what he or she was hired to do,” explains Robinson. “When I


Leaving the photos to the pros, says Boudreau, is ultimately a win-win for both guests and the couple. “Unplugged weddings are the best! The ceremony and traditions are meant to be enjoyed and shared with the family and friends of the couple, not their cameras. They want their guests to be paying attention to their vows and first dance, not trying to see if the image they took is in focus or not. I highly recommend unplugged weddings so that the couple and their guests can just relax and enjoy the evening.

take a photo and someone else takes it at same time and their flash goes off, it can overexpose the image. The bride’s dress can be all blown out; you won’t see any detail. I’ve seen images where the couple’s clothing and faces were all washed out.” Robinson admits guests usually take photos with the best of intentions, but they have no idea they are compromising the job that the bride and groom hired the professional photographer to do. Photographer Leslie Boudreau of Lunenburg , MA agrees, “Guest photography at weddings seems to be a natural part of a wedding, but there are definitely a few drawbacks to the popularity of so many camera options these days,” she says. “The other tough part about guest photographers is the lack of faces! During a recessional or a first dance, the backgrounds of images should be filled with smiling faces that the bride and groom will know, but are instead filled with tablets, cell phones, and cameras.”

“Unplugged weddings are the best! The ceremony and traditions are meant to be enjoyed and shared with the family and friends of the couple, not their cameras.” Robinson says that one solution is for the bride and groom to let guests know ahead of time that they have hired a professional photographer to capture their day and to please refrain from taking photos—perhaps even for just the ceremony. Breaking the news to your friends and family who suffer from an Instagram addiction might seem intimidating at first, but a multi-layered approach is the best way to ensure the message gets across. Start by mentioning in advance that you’re looking forward to an “unplugged wedding,” where guests will be asked to turn off their cell phones or at least set them to mute and refrain from taking photos and videos. For those who fancy themselves a regular Annie Leibovitz thanks in part to their first Canon DSLR, break it to them gently that your professional photographer will be the only one shooting the wedding. In many ceremony and reception venues this is a legitimate request, as lighting is less than ideal and a second, ill-timed flash from a guest’s camera can completely ruin the shot.

Andrea E. McHugh is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Newport, RI.

Boudreau has a few basic rules for determined guests who are eager to capture your big day: 1. Find out if the ceremony is unplugged. If there is a sign that asks guests to not take photos, or if the officiant requests it, be respectful and hide the camera. You can reiterate this request subtly on the ceremony program, via your wedding planner, and/or by having your officiant make a quick announcement before the ceremony is underway. “My advice would be to be gracious about asking your guests to be mindful that you’re paying big money to hire a professional to photograph the biggest day of their lives, to respect rules and regulations of the church [when applicable], and be cognizant of the professional,” says Robinson. Another consequence of “snap and share” guests is that sub-par images of your big day can circulate via social media, preventing you from releasing a “first official shot;” that is, a specific image you and your new spouse have chosen to share with family and friends who were perhaps unable to attend the wedding or friends, family, and colleagues who may not have been not invited. “Taking photos and posting them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram is taking away from the anticipation of seeing the photos the couple paid someone to take.” Boudreau also cautions guests to think before posting. “Some guests can be more excited and can post a photo of the bride/groom before important first looks happen. Also, some couples may want to have the first image of their wedding be a professional photograph, so always ask before posting!”

2. Know where to (not) be. Stay in your seat or off to the side, and only take one or two images. Standing in the aisle, walking around the front of the ceremony, or walking on to the dance floor will be distracting and will take away from the event. 3. Wait to post images online. Posting a picture of yourself all dressed up is wonderful, but hold off posting a photo of the lovely couple until the next morning. 4. Don’t photograph over a photographer’s shoulder during formals. Photographers are hired to capture images for the couple and they have spent time posing groups and getting the light just right. If you are looking for a copy of the formal photographs, ask for the photographer’s card! 5. Be a photojournalist! During the reception it’s ok to ask the bride and groom to pose for a quick photo, but earlier in the day they are on a tight schedule and need to run off to a first look, ceremony lineup, or formal photographs, so snap a quick photo as they go by and save the posed images for later.

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Camp Weddings

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These weekend celebrations offer a fun, relaxed twist on tradition.

f a weekend spent kayaking, hiking, and singing around a bonfire with your family and friends sounds like a great way to celebrate your wedding, then a camp wedding may be just what you’re looking for. A number of New England summer camps open their doors to weddings, but the idea is far from mainstream, so facilities, services, and pricing can vary widely. Couples often stumble upon a camp while searching for rustic or outdoor settings for their ceremony and end up realizing that the venue offers just what they want: The chance to relax and enjoy an extended time with guests in a fun, informal setting. Family and friends—often surprised by the idea at first—usually come away asking the couple to plan a repeat getaway. Here are the stories of three couples and their real-life, summer camp-style weddings.

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camp had canoes, kayaks, and other activities, and people could do Caitlin & Dan, Camp Cody Caitlin and Dan Roche wanted a wedding that would give them whatever they wanted,” says Caitlin. “We had breakfasts together “more time with their guests than a few hours at a country club,” each morning and bonfires in the evenings. And best of all, we had says Caitlin. The couple, who both hail from large families, initially the whole camp so we could party as late as we wanted. Of the 150 planned to get married at Dan’s cousin’s farm, with everyone camp- guests who attended, says Caitlin, about half have already asked us ing on the grounds. Once they saw the rental prices for everything if we can redo our wedding every year, and we’re actually thinking they would need, however, they realized it was beyond their budget. about planning a reunion there this year!” While searching online for outdoor wedding sites, Camp Cody in continued on page 54 Freedom, New Hampshire popped up. “When we visited and saw the sandy beach, we knew it was the perfect place for our ceremony,” says Caitlin. “[Camp director] Anna, [and staff members] John and Becky were wonderful.” While Caitlin and Dan had not set out to have a camp wedding, they found that Camp Cody was affordable and just what they wanted. “Our guests didn’t know what to expect,” says Caitlin. “Everyone was surprised at how phenomenal the food was and we grouped people in the cabins by who they knew, so it was very comfortable and relaxed.” The best part of her wedding, she • Professional Disc says, was that it wasn’t stressful or rushed; she Jockey Service and Dan could spend time with everyone who • Reverend services joined them. (for your vows) One of Caitlin’s favorite memories was sitting around the campfire. “Dan, his brother, uncle, • Up-lighting around and friends are all musicians, and we were all entire room singing,” she says. “I love that my seventy-eight• Picture Slide year-old grandmother outlasted us at the bonfire, Shown Presentations and Dan’s aunt and uncle surprised us by kicking • Quality & off the party one night saying, ‘Where’s the beer? Affordability Let’s get this party started!’” The October wedding weekend, which ran 401-765-1240 Find us on e-mail: djbuddyd@djbuddyd.com from Friday to Sunday, turned into a wonderwww.djbuddyd.com ful reunion for both families and friends. “The

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JT & Alison, Camp Vega When JT and Alison Krohe started planning their wedding, they knew they wanted something far from traditional. “We mostly knew what we didn’t want,” says Alison. “No bridesmaids. No groomsmen. No formal church ceremony. We wanted a wedding where family and friends would feel comfortable, relax, and enjoy each other, eat well and drink plenty.” After looking at barns and tented venues near their Ohio home, Alison remembered Camp Vega in Fayette, Maine where she’d

been a summer counselor. “I always thought it was a magical place and we couldn’t think of a better place to spend time with family and friends,” she says. “It’s beautiful with so many built-in activities.” The couple ran the idea by their parents and those friends most likely to object. Alison knew this was not the type of wedding her parents had imagined for her, but they loved it. “Also, Maine is far and expensive to get to from Ohio, where we now live. I was worried that might keep some people from attending,” says Alison. “But

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that didn’t turn out to be an issue. All told, eighty-eight guests came from ten different states stretching from New England to Texas and Washington.” Due to capacity concerns, Alison and JT had to make the difficult decision to ask their guest to leave children at home. “A few people were unhappy that kids were not welcome,” says Alison, “but there would have been more than fifty kids. We wanted everyone to have an adult Maine camp experience, participate in activities they’d never done, and relax together.” As guests arrived, they were met with a canoe filled with beer, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks. “That’s the feel we wanted . . . Relax in Maine . . . the way life should be!” The couple especially enjoyed seeing Alison’s seventy-two-year-old grandmother ride the giant swing on Camp Vega’s ropes course, and watching their guests “so happy and loving every minute.” The best part: Nobody was stressed. “We spent our wedding morning tubing, paddle boarding, and swimming with our guests, and then everyone helped decorate the hall,” Alison says. “After our ceremony we partied hard with one of our favorite bands, the Ryan Montbleu Band, who miraculously agreed to come perform for a fee we could afford! Everyone continues to talk about how it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to and we have people begging us to have a reunion or repeat party soon!”

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For Christine Amiger and Benjamin Carr, getting married at Medomak Camp in Washington, Maine was the natural choice. “We both had worked there, and that’s how we met,” Christine explains. “We’d even helped rebuild the cabins many of our guests stayed


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Thinking of having your own summer camp wedding? Here are some questions to ask when looking for a venue: • How many guests can the camp accommodate? • When is your camp open for weddings? • What are the cabins like? (Handicap-accessible, in-cabin bath rooms, heated, private bedrooms, capacity per room/per cabin)? • Where can I hold my ceremony? My reception? • What group activities and facilities are available? Which are included in the cost? • Do you handle catering or do we need an outside caterer? • What is the price for use of the site? Cabins? Catering? Are there any other charges? • What is and is not included in that price? • Is there anything else we should consider?

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in.” The camp also fit their vision for their wedding. “Ben and I are nontraditional. We wanted our wedding to be fun and not too expensive for anyone, and we knew that the camp food would be amazing.” However, the most important reason for getting married at Medomak was the couple’s desire to “build community” among their families and friends, says Christine. “We were there from Thursday to Sunday. Everyone unplugged and got to know each other.” Sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and lakefront swimming were among the camp activities guests shared. “Plus, [camp owners] George and Holly led historic and

nature walks so our guests got a sense of why we loved the place.” Bringing kids was encouraged so the families could get to know each other, Christine notes. As a family camp, “[Medomak understands] what it takes to bring families together,” she says. The group kicked off their stay with ice-breakers led by camp director David Brunner. “We played silly games and then had a lobster feast where everyone had to wear bibs and the ice was really broken!” The wedding itself also drew everyone together. A former camp chef cooked a traditional Puerto Rican pig roast for the wedding dinner, and guests went to an arts and crafts station where they painted rocks that were placed in a circle in the field as part of the ceremony. One of Christine’s favorite moments was walking into the big field for the ceremony and seeing everyone standing in a circle in a vast meadow in full bloom. “I’d been nervous because the sky had been gray and we would have had to move to a barn if it rained,” she says, “but as we came up, the sky magically opened to blue!” Music was an important part of the long weekend, too. Ben and many of his friends are musicians, so there was great music every night around the campfire and for dancing in the barn. “Our cousins from New Mexico said it was like a music festival,” says Christine. “Everyone loved it. On the last night, I toasted everyone and they answered: ‘same time, next year.’” Geri Bain is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.

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Considerate Cuisine

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Accommodating wedding guests with special dietary needs. by Connie Jeske Crane

Christine Penney, owner of Something Sweet Without Wheat in Woburn, MA, understands the downsides of food allergies all too well. For years, both Penney and her two children suffered from symptoms related to food allergies. Fortunately, though, Penney and her children eventually found relief from their symptoms by eliminating wheat and dairy from their diets. “I don’t take medication anymore,” she says, “just from changing my diet.”

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According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), some 15 million Americans today suffer from food allergies, and although we don’t fully understand why, the ranks of food allergy sufferers are still growing. How does all this relate to your wedding? Well, given the prevalence of food allergies—not to mention guests who keep Kosher, are vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, or have celiac disease—it’s pretty much become de rigueur to develop a game plan for special dietary requests. According to Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of the renowned etiquette expert, Emily Post, and co-author of the latest edition of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, “Frankly I think that anytime anyone hosts any type of party or event it’s something to think about these days, because there are so many different types of food restrictions and allergies out there—and I mean more than just ‘I don’t like parsley.’” So how does a couple go about taking care of their guests’ special needs? We talked with industry experts to get some guidelines.

“Not all guests need to be able to eat the entire menu, but every guest needs to be able to eat something.” Early Communication As soon as possible, couples should talk to their guests about special dietary needs. This can take different forms, says Post. “If there is someone that you thought has an allergy or you know has an allergy, by all means you can reach out directly and ask, ‘So, your shellfish allergy, can you just not eat them? Or can they not even be on the premises?’” If you know your guests well, this casual reaching out can work nicely. Alternatively, some couples today include a dietary question on their RSVPs. However, there’s a caution here. “You may get more information than you want or need,” says Post. Instead of—or in addition to—an RSVP question, she says, “One of the other places that you can put information about that is on the wedding website. You can always say, ‘And by the way, if any of you do have an allergy, please let me know. We’re happy to do our best to accommodate it.’”

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Safety First Because some allergies are life threatening, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) has communication guidelines for events like weddings. According to the AAAAI, “Safety depends on effective communication and partnering between the event planners, the caterers . . . and guests.” To learn about your guests’ food allergies, the AAAAI recommends that you provide them with a communication loop so they can inform you of special accommodations. Doing this early gives them time to develop their own game plan for dealing with their food allergies at your wedding. Anyone that comes to you with a serious allergy, says Post, “needs to be taken care of, made sure that the wedding will be safe for them.”

Plan with Your Caterer After gathering information, it’s time to approach your caterer or food venue. Mindy Harris, in charge of marketing and events for Oleana Restaurant Group in Cambridge, MA says, continued on page 62

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“That’s actually one of the first questions that we ask when a couple signs their event agreement with us.” When walking a couple through an event, Harris asks whether or not they’ll have guests who have special dietary restrictions. “We know the menu very well and we can make recommendations based on whatever special dietary needs [guests] have. So, if someone is gluten-free we have lots of options.” And while it’s good to be aware of specific needs, Post says a good menu design can cover some unknown bases too. “Any caterer worth their salt today knows to be asking this question, knows to be thinking about how to accommodate this even when the allergies or the food restrictions are not known. That means having a mix of dishes—a little something for everybody. Not all guests need to be able to eat the entire menu, but every guest needs to be able to eat something.” If you have a friend or family member with severe allergies, the AAAAI recommends reconfirming arrangements with your caterer and/or venue throughout the planning process. And as a final doublecheck, the AAAAI says that once they ar-

rive at your event, any guest with such an allergy should alert the servers and manager as well.

Specialty Vendors Finally, sourcing a specialty vendor can really help fill in the gaps. For example, Penney’s company provides specialty wedding cakes for people who can’t consume gluten or dairy. Penney says her company offers an egg-free line, too. “Our frostings are all dairy-free and everybody thinks they’re butter cream, they’re so smooth and velvety.” In some cases, it might even be worth

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choosing a venue or caterer that excels at specialties. For example, Harris says Oleana, with its Middle-Eastern style of food, is a natural fit for vegetarians. “One of our greatest strengths is that we have a quite a few vegetarian options on our menu as a staple.” The cuisine has a wealth of spices and flavors, she says, “So vegetarians are generally very happy here.” Taking care of your guests’ special dietary needs may involve a few more phone calls and extra research, but, says Post, “It’s a really gracious thing to think about.” And your thoughtfulness could mean the world to someone else. Penney is still touched by the joy she brings her customers. She says she often goes to work and “There’ll be an e-mail from somebody saying, ‘I was at a wedding this weekend and they had an awesome [glutenfree] cake and it was from your bakery . . . you made me cry.’ And I smile because I know how they feel because I was in their position once. It never gets old.” Connie Jeske Crane is a full-time freelance writer and reports frequently on weddings, parenting, sustainability, and social media.You can visit her at www.conniejeskecrane.com.

Sources Something Sweet Without Wheat somethingsweetwithoutwheat.com Anna Post The Emily Post Institute emilypost.com Oleana Restaurant Group oleanarestaurant.com

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long on a well-traveled road in Bellingham, MA, not far from Route 495, Coachmen’s Lodge Fine Dining & Banquets offers a combination of distinctive features unlike other wedding venues. With its pristine outdoor grounds, elegant ballroom options, scrumptious menu, and outward hospitality, Coachmen’s Lodge is truly a one-of-a-kind, full-service venue for your special day. And the best part: They do it all without blowing a hole in your budget. leslieboudreau.com

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With an exceedingly passionate and friendly staff, Coachmen’s prides itself on its ability to professionally accommodate clients’ every need to turn dreams into reality. “We really focus on making the wedding as personal as possible,” says Sarah Doolan, general manager. “We make sure we meet with the couple until they’re 100% comfortable.” In addition to their gracious ways, the venue itself stuns inside and out. Under new ownership, Coachmen’s has recently undergone several renovations—from its freshly landscaped gardens to interior remodeling upgrades. For a striking outdoor ceremony, couples can choose to say “I do” against the backdrop of Coachmen’s gazebo, trellis, or pergola, surrounded by beautiful flower beds and the peaceful sound of the water. A unique outdoor dance floor means sharing your first dance as husband and wife amidst the incredibly well manicured lawns. Coachmen’s offers a variety of reception room choices diverse enough to satisfy the needs of any bride and groom. Alive with rustic, warm charm, the Bartlett room is perfect for intimate functions, able to accommodate a maximum of sixty guests. continued on page 66

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The Four Seasons room can hold up to 110 guests. For even more space, Coachmen’s allows this room to be combined with its adjacent room to hold up to 240 people. And, with the patio bar right outside and enticing views of the outdoor landscaped grounds, you can’t go wrong. Then there’s the spacious Wheelock Room, which can comfortably seat up to 240 guests. The beautiful dance floor and a fully-stocked private bar allow for modernday wedding fun. Couples also have the option of exchanging vows in any of the reception rooms. The lounge area is a rustic room complete with a bar and wood stove, is open for cocktails and dinner, as is the classic Rakeville dining room that can seat approximately sixty guests. Coachmen’s can also be booked for rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby showers, corporate banquets, and other special occasions. When it comes to food, Coachmen’s doesn’t disappoint. Just some of the entrees you can expect include prime rib of beef au jus, chicken supreme, and filet of sole with lobster sauce, all served plated, buffet or family style. “Food portions are generous,” Doolan says. Tasty hors d’oeuvres—from bacon-wrapped scallops to grilled baby French lamb chops and apple chutney with Brie—are available à la carte. Menus can be

tailored to meet any necessary dietary needs or wants, and children’s meals are also available. For the budget-savvy couple, take note: “There’s no hidden costs,” Doolan promises. “It’s a very honest place for its value.” That means no cake-cutting fee, no bartender fee, and complimentary floor-draped table linens. Amongst the available upgrades are a wine and champagne toast, chair covers and sashes, ice sculptures, premixed cocktails, table runner and overlays, and more. And if you’re stuck on finding a vendor, Coachmen’s has an array of recommendations at hand. If you’ve ever dreamed of a wedding on the water, bounded by breathtaking garden views, with sophisticated reception rooms and a cordial staff, then look no further than Coachmen’s Lodge. Diana Bierman is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.

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ustic New England charm is within your reach at Blissful Meadows Golf Club. Located just a short jaunt off of Route 146 in Uxbridge, MA, this quaint, yet elegant wedding venue is the perfect choice for couples who seek top-notch service and a picturesque locale with just a touch of whimsy. “Simply stated, the highlights of our venue are service, food quality, affordability, and atmosphere,� says Melissa Laskowski, Wedding Coordinator.

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“Our prices are hard to beat for the quality we provide, and the atmosphere is comfortably elegant and inviting… Our wedding coordinators are attentive and focused on keeping the wedding planning process stressfree.” The tree-lined road leading to Blissful Meadows is dotted with antique farm equipment and cars, which is the first hint that guests are in for a real treat. A historic farm turned golf club, this longtime familyowned facility offers a unique nuptial setting without the overly exclusive air common to many golf clubs, allowing couples to feel free to express themselves however they’d like. “The theme of your wedding can vary greatly from the rustic ‘country-style’ with cowboy boots and sunflowers, to the ‘classic elegance’ with floor-length table cloths and coordinating chair covers,” says Laskowski. “Whatever your style, we will execute it beautifully.” With the ability to accommodate guest lists of up to 175, Blissful Meadows offers charming settings for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Their beautiful outdoor ceremony site is located on an expansive lawn overlooking the rolling hills of the golf course. continued on page 70

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“Ornate perennial gardens surround the area,” says Laskowski, “and our Victorian gazebo sets a perfect backdrop.” Following the ceremony, guests can head inside to the club’s Oak Room and multi-level patio for cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres, such as vegetable spring rolls, homemade hummus, and bacon-wrapped scallops. “We also have many signature drinks that you may choose to provide for your guests,” says Laskowski, “as well as a rustic ‘lemonade stand’ with jar glasses and swizzle stick straws.” Both the Oak Room and the patio offer scenic views of the golf course and gazebo area. The party continues on the second floor of the club’s Victorian-style barn in the warm and inviting Chestnut Room. “Surshawnashenette.com rounded by rich chestnut wood and exposed chestnut beams adorned with twinkling white lights, your guests will experience the elegant, rustic New England charm that our facility provides,” says Laskowski. As for the menu, Blissful Meadows’s experienced chefs don’t disappoint—and, according to Laskowski, they don’t skimp, either. “Our chefs prepare delicious dishes with considerable portion sizes,” she says. Fifteen different plated meal options are available, as well as buffet options and a wide variety of options for soups, starters, Dressing Men for and desserts. Just a few of the club’s mouth-watering entrées include Alaskan salmon filled with Special Occasions herb-seafood stuffing and drizzled in hollandaise Since 1923 sauce, roast pork tenderloin au jus with sweet applesauce, and a classic roasted turkey dinner E complete with stuffing and cranberry sauce. In keeping with their overall flexibility and Out-of-State desire to give you the wedding of your dreams, Groomsmen are Blissful Meadows allows couples to work with Our Specialty! their own vendors for add-ons. “We don’t offer wedding packages that force you into purchasing E items you don’t want,” says Laskowski. However, the club’s list of preferred vendors is full of wonderful local recommendations for bakerFree ies, DJs, photographers/videographers, florists,

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officiants, limousines, and hotels, all of whom have years of experience working with the staff at Blissful Meadows. Beautiful, natural backdrops for your wedding photos are endless. “From the golf course to the perennial gardens, elegant gazebo to Victorian-style barn, old stone walls, pond, footbridge, antique cars, and farm equipment dotting the landscape, you are sure to have the wedding album of your dreams,” says Laskowski. As an added bonus, couples may rent one of the club’s antique cars or tractors, any of which would make for an unforgettable photo shoot. Also available for bridal showers, bachelor/ bachelorette golf outings, rehearsal dinners, and anniversary parties, Blissful Meadows is the perfect place to celebrate love and life. Laskowski sums it all up perfectly: “If you are looking for a wedding facility whose main goal is to work with you, listen to your ideas and requests, and execute them in order to create the wedding day you have envisioned, then we are the venue for you.” Hana Lasell is the Editor of BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Shrewsbury, MA.

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Pretty Things

There’s no doubt that the dress you choose for your wedding day will make you glow, but the right accessories can make you sparkle! This collection of new and antique accessories from Worcester’s newest boutique marketplace, The Crompton Collective, exudes just the right combo of class and glitz. Let these pretty little things inspire you to shine bright on your big day!

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Fave Favors Show your appreciation with wedding favors your guests will love! by Andrea E. McHugh Engraved matchbooks, a sweet treat, a mini picture frame with your seating assignment . . . chances are you’ve left almost every wedding with some sort of favor in hand. The tradition of giving wedding guests a tangible gift dates as far back as the sixteenth century. Italian, Greek, and some Middle Eastern weddings traditionally offered almonds as a metaphor for life: it can be both bitter and sweet. The traditional wedding favor of five Jordan Almonds is said to symbolize health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. Today, many brides and grooms are thinking outside the box to give guests a little something to remember.

own jelly or jam, hit up a local vendor or farmer’s market such as Open Meadow Farm in Lunenberg or the Worcester Regional Environmental Council’s farmer’s market. If you want to let your guests play “Top Chef,” fill the jar with dry ingredients and include baking/how-to instructions on the opposite side of the thank-you tag. Recipes with simple, dry ingredients include cookie and brownie mix, pancake mix, soup mix, or hot cocoa mix with marshmallows (perfect for winter weddings). For something more savory, try canning seasonings like barbeque dry rub, sea salt, mulling spices, or an Italian spice blend.

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Are you or your betrothed an amateur chef? Everyone loves a homemade culinary creation, and if sweet treats are a specialty, canned jam, jelly, or preserves make ideal favors. Use quilted crystal or plain jars and wrap the metal lid in burlap, gingham fabric in your wedding colors, or a patterned fabric that complements your wedding’s theme. Attach a thank-you tag with raffia or twine around the top of jar. If you’re not up to making your

It’s not uncommon for friends and family to celebrate your nuptials long after the last dance, and providing your guests with a little take-home tasty treat will be well appreciated. Consider gifting your guests with a Mason jar filled with a late-night indulgence like customized M&Ms, sweet and salty kettle corn, s’mores, or flavorful jellybeans or gumballs in your wedding colors. You could also send guests home with a customized bag of hand-

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crafted cookies, brownies, or marshmallows from a gourmet gift expert like Wicked Good Cookies in Boylston or Anna Banana’s Homemade Goodness in Southborough.

“Today, many brides and grooms are thinking outside the box to give guests a little something to remember. ” Local Favor A wedding favor that pays homage to local flavor is always a hit and celebrates local flavor—your guests may even learn a thing or two about the region. Local New England specialties include Necco wafers, Whoopie Pies, coffee syrup (Rhode Island), canned New England Clam Chowder, and even Boston Baked Beans. Is your wedding locale known for a favorite flavor like a local microbrew, coffee blend, teashop, chocolatier, local honey brand, or areaspecific foodstuff? If you’re getting married in the Worcester area, check out Wormtown Brewery for some delicious beer selections or Acoustic Java for rich and flavorful coffee beans and tea blends.

Sentimental Favorites Weddings are all about making memories, so make your guests’ memories last a lifetime by creating a “Memory Jar” favor. Start with a medium to large glass jar like a Mason jar. Inside, include a marker in the same hue as

one of your wedding colors. Also enclose a brief explanation on a slip of quality paper instructing users to write each special memory that occurs in the upcoming year on a slip of paper to deposit in the jar. Start them off with the “memory” of your wedding! (Be sure to include your names, wedding date, and location) In the instructions, suggest that they open the jar in a year’s time and review all the wonderful memories they made that year. The activity can be the start of a treasured annual family activity.

Practical Pieces Most couples envision their wedding day with sunny skies, but, unfortunately, many experience the complete opposite. If you can’t beat mother nature, embrace her by preparing your guests with a customized umbrella. When bought in bulk, umbrellas are especially affordable and can be ordered in your wedding colors. If sunny skies prevail, your guests can use their umbrellas for shade, and they’ll be sure to use them long after the reception has ended. You just said “I do,” and as the Timbuk3 song goes, “Your future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades.” Custom sunglasses with your wedding names and dates, or “tagline,” are another fun and functional favor. Inexpensive, unisex, and available in a variety of colors, sunglasses are sure to be a hit for tented weddings, as an outdoor ceremony handout with the wedding program, or for an al fresco cocktail hour. Are your guests being treated to a candy bar at the end of the night? Will they have a few belongings to cart home at the end of the night? If so, custom reusable tote bags are perfect favor for the end of the wedding and for future use.

Being Green You’ve promised to love one another from this day forward, so give your friends and family a symbol of your ever-growing love with a tree sapling, flower seeds, or mini succulent plant. All are affordable and will beautify your guests’ homes and yards. Present these with a personalized thank you and planting

or care instructions. For small plants—like trendy succulents—consider terra cotta pots, ceramic pots in your wedding colors, or even hand-painted pots like the ones from local artist shop, Empty and Amazing. Andrea McHugh is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ and writes from Newport, RI.

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Wedding planner and television personality Samantha Goldberg recently shared her colorful thoughts on today’s trends and fall in New England.

^ Stacey Marcus: What wedding trends do you see as timeless? Samantha Goldberg: 1. Pattern on solid design. It’s amazing what a textured napkin and solid linen tablecloth can do. It’s consistent with over 80% of the weddings in the U.S. today—it’s timeless and elegant! 2.

Lighting. You will never find a wedding that doesn’t have some form of candlelight. It’s inexpensive, romantic, and can make even the gaudiest of décor look elegant. Candelabras are still amazing even if you have seen them 100 times. Each wedding uses them differently, but they are always classic, timeless, and beautiful. Votive cups are almost like a staple. You expect them to be there and they make a room.

3. Wedding gowns. The most popular choice is A-Line. It can work with just about any body type and you can always find a suitable top that allows for the body to be balanced. 4.

Culture. Sharing your culture with your guests is something that provides a special and unique experience for your guests. It authentically celebrates who you are and what you are joining as a union . . . Your guests walk away learning something new, even if you have known them your entire lives.

SM: What’s on the menu for receptions? SG: Many couples are starting to go with stations instead of the traditional sitdown meal. Interactive stations are becoming so creative. Guests love custom options. Comfort foods are back and very strong . . . Serving tapas and comfort stations such as a macaroni and cheese bar are quite popular. SM: What is trending in music? SG: The new trend with entertainment is using untapped resources such as bands in addition to a DJ or MP3 with the band to cover songs that should stay with the original artist. Mixing up the type of music played, which starts as classical and moves into more of a club-ish dance party is becoming quite popular. With the magic of synthesized units, your DJ is now able to use a keyboard to allow for sound, such as a violin as you are walking down the aisle. If you cannot afford a band, think of adding a live instrument for a few hours to play along with the DJ. It sounds live and usually adds some finesse to your favorite song! SM: Are you a fan of themed weddings? SG: Themed weddings can be fun. I am a fan ONLY if the couple adds their own ideas while sticking with the theme. I would advise most couples to be careful and not overdo the theme. Sometimes it’s hard to curtail ideas and instead the wedding day is “too much” . . . less is more.

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SM: Do you have a favorite theme? SG: My favorite theme is fall. Couples can never run out of ideas to make their fall or Indian summer wedding stand out from the rest. I love the cold, crisp fall days with warm sunshine . . . Lighting in the fall is amazing and warm. You can add edible items to your centerpieces. SM: How can couples integrate their individuality into their celebration? SG: Couples can begin by sitting down together and writing ideas abut how they see the day. Collaboration might be something totally awesome when you both share the vision. For those who have trouble creating a vision for the day, grab a bottle of wine, go online,

and pick out the events you absolutely dislike. This is actually a fun activity with lots of laughs and quality time planning together. SM: What makes New England a great destination? SG: Surprisingly, New England is still an uncovered treasure. It encompasses so many themes. Romance is just an appetizer before you begin to explore its beautiful rolling hills. This includes the opportunity to have your wedding in one of many beautifully decorated rustic barns or bed and breakfasts . . . If I were to explain just how special New England is, I would say, “It’s like someone put together all of the right ingredients to make the perfect setting, added it into the state, and you just have to show up.” SM: Do you believe in happily ever after? SG: With my red sequined heels as my guide, I do believe in “Happily Ever After,” hands down. Each potential partner I meet brings me closer to my own fairytale. If you can tolerate bumps in the road, set realistic expectations, you will find your prince when the time is right. Always remember, patience means everything, especially when you seek forever. It’s definitely there—ready when you are! Cheers! To learn more about Samatha and her business, visit her website at samanthagoldberg.com. Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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Get Prepped!

It’s not uncommon to feel out of sorts in the last twenty-four hours before your big day. After all, you’ve just spent months scrutinizing your every wedding detail—from the perfect dress to the prettiest flowers. So when crunch time hits, so can the stress.Take a deep breath! How you spend the hours leading up to your wedding should be cool, calm, and collected—and they can be, once you get organized. Read on for wedding-eve tips no bride should be without.

Pencil in some pampering Before your rehearsal dinner, make time for a manicure/pedicure, deep-tissue massage, or trip to the spa. If you’re staying at a hotel and aren’t keen on leaving, soak in a bubble bath, suggests Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara, wedding consultant, master bridal consultant, and proprietor of Unique Weddings by Alexis in Boston, MA. “Bring comfy pajamas, slippers, and a robe,” she says. Allotting time just for you will help ease stress. If you choose to spend the day with

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Your essential night-before wedding agenda. by Diana Bierman

others, make sure to “surround yourself with people that ease your stress, not cause you stress,” O’Mara says.

Pack an emergency kit Hopefully nothing goes wrong on your wedding day, but it’s smart to put aside a few “just in case” items. Think safety pins, deodorant, pain relievers, tissues, mints, scissors, Q-tips, stain remover, hair elastics, bobby pins, floss, a nail file, and Band-Aids. “These cover the real necessities,” O’Mara says. “The items could be put in a little purse or bag for the bride, and the maid of honor could take care of getting this little tote to the ceremony and then to the reception.” Note: If you have a wedding planner, they’ll likely pack an emergency kit for you. You can also purchase fully stocked wedding kits like Pinch Provisions’ Bridetastic Deluxe Wedding Emergency Kit or With You in Mind Inc.’s In the Bag Wedding Essentials Kit.


don’t forget to document the night with lots of silly pictures.

Get a good night’s sleep.

Make a list—and check it twice Print out a checklist with everything you need to bring to your venue on the day of your wedding. You’ve probably brought over most personal touches the week before, but certain things—your vows, vendor checks, back-up shoes—can be easily forgotten the day of. Feel free to assign this task to your maid of honor or other trustworthy person if you’re overwhelmed.

Prepare your checks “By this point, you’ve likely paid all your vendors in full, but some vendors will require the final payments on the wedding day,” says Beverly Ann Bonner, owner of The Wedding Beautiful in Norwood, MA. If you owe a vendor or two a payment on the day of, write the checks, seal up the envelopes, and hand them to a wedding attendant or family member for safe-keeping.

be on you the whole time so plan accordingly!). Also, while you probably don’t want to think about the end of your wedding, you may want to get a head start on packing for your honeymoon. You can also confirm your flight and airport transportation.

Make bedtime peaceful If you’re the type who wants some quiet time before the big day, then by all means, grab your favorite book or headphones. Or, if you want to spend your night with your best pals, camp out in your hotel room or house and reminisce about fun times over the years. You can give each other facials, pop in a romantic comedy (wedding-themed, of course!), or just jump on the bed! And

All that adrenaline coupled with a racing mind can make falling asleep difficult. One way to guarantee some shut-eye: Sneak out of your rehearsal dinner a bit early. “Announce that you’re going to be leaving by a certain time,” suggests Bonner. Departing before everyone else will allow you to tuck in an hour or two earlier than usual. And take it easy on the wine and liquor, too. “Avoiding alcohol will also help ensure that your sleep isn’t disturbed,” says Bonner. Additionally, turning off your phone (just make sure to charge it) will help secure an uninterrupted slumber. Diana Bierman is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.

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Give your vows the once-over Even if you have them memorized, you don’t want to stutter when reciting your vows to your to-be husband or wife. Tip: Perform your vows while looking in a mirror so you can see how you look when speaking. Also, if you chose to write a love note to your one and only to read before the ceremony, give it to a wedding attendant so he or she can hand it over the next day.

Inspect your dress The last thing you need is to discover a stain or loose bead on your gown the morning of your wedding. Examine every inch of your wedding dress to make sure it’s snag and snarl free. If you haven’t already, this is also a good time to iron and steam it as necessary.

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ention New Jersey beaches and those who’ve never been there often think of the Jersey Shore reality TV series, but residents are quick to point out that Snooki and friends are from New York, and New Jersey’s 130 miles of Atlantic beachfront is lined by tranquil villages, as well as lively party spots. You can practically see the changes as you drive, bicycle, or stroll along the shore.

One minute, you’ll be on one of New Jersey’s lively iconic boardwalks in a whirl of fast food eateries, shops, carnival games, and roller coasters, the next you’ll be on a quiet swath of broad, white sand.

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the rich and powerful from New York City and Philadelphia in the late nineteenth century. The ornate Victorian vacation homes they built, with their perfectly manicured lawns and gardens, still line Spring Lake’s wide, tree-lined streets, and the quaint Third Avenue shopping area has casual outdoor cafés, homemade candy shops, and trendy boutiques and galleries. Ten of Spring Lake’s historic mansions have been converted into Victorian bed-and-breakfast inns and boutique hotels, which market themselves together under the banner of The Historic Inns of Spring


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Lake. Each has its own charms and none is more than a short walk from the beach. For example, the thirty-seven-room Chateau Inn and Suites welcomes guests with continental breakfast in the morning, and coffee, tea, and cookies throughout the day and evening in its comfy living room. Innkeeper Robert Murray provides guests with beach badges and bicycles (for rent in summer; free the rest of the year), along with suggestions for fine dining, picturesque walking and cycling routes, and other area activities. Those who want to sprinkle in some nightlife or sightseeing can explore neighboring towns. Belmar, where the lively beach scene moves to the bars in the evening, borders Spring Lake, while hip Asbury Park is just a few towns up the road. Also in the area are top-rated golf courses and a growing number of craft breweries, wineries, and opportunities for ocean fishing, surfing, kayaking, and parasailing. Most couples though, are drawn to Spring Lake for what it doesn’t have: No noisy bars and no wild beach scene. Instead, they’ll find intimate lounges where a pianist might entertain on weekends. Among the most romantic places to dine are Whispers, an intimate restaurant in the historic Hewitt Wellington Hotel and the Black Trumpet, located in the Grand Victorian Spring Lake. Next door, The Breakers on the Ocean, a popular wedding spot with a wrap-around porch, also has a restaurant wth lovely ocean views and a small lounge with live music. Barbara and Jerry Bananti, owners of Jean Louise Homemade Candies in Spring Lake, decided to get married and spend their wedding night at The Breakers. “It was relaxing for everyone to have the ceremony and wedding in one place, and we enjoyed not having to worry about getting everything together and leave at the end of the night,” says Barbara. It was windy and raining on Barbara and Jerry’s wedding night, which meant switching the cocktail hour from the outdoor porch to the Crystal Ballroom. “Shannon [the hotel’s wedding planner] handled everything and also arranged for us to take our ‘first look’ photos continued on page 90

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with the ocean in the background from their porch,” Barbara recalls. “It was a great moment. We had the porch to ourselves . . . We also snuck out of our reception when the rain stopped to take photos on the beach.”

Las Vegas by the Sea About two hours by car from Manhattan, Atlantic City feels like Las Vegas by the sea. Themed casino resorts, grand spas, superstar entertainment, and its iconic Boardwalk make Atlantic City a great honeymoon spot for those who enjoy having round-the-clock entertainment at their doorstep. Catch a performance by your favorite band, comedian, or A-list celebrity at a venue such as House of Blues at Showboat, Ovation Hall at Revel, the historic Boardwalk Hall, or The Event Center or Music Box at Borgata. Once here, you can park your car and set out on foot for a night of fun. At the luxurious Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, you can spend an afternoon at one of two spas, enjoy gourmet cuisine by celebrity chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, and Geoffrey Zakarian, or savor the signature thirty-six-ounce Gotham Rib Steak at the famous Old Homestead Steakhouse, then catch a concert or comedy act. Top it all off at one of four signature nightlife venues or take a spin at the roulette table—all without leaving the resort. With a fun-loving tradition that dates back to its opening in 1870, the Atlantic City Boardwalk multiplies your options. Here you can walk or take one of the human-propelled “rolling chairs” from one venue to the next, trying your luck along the way in settings

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that range from the Roman-inspired Caesars Palace to the ultra-modern Revel, where the Exhale Spa offers a 35,000 square-foot sanctuary complete with a Salt Grotto and Turkish bath. Most of the casino lounges also offer free live music. Summer months also bring live bands and DJs to a number of beach bars. Among the most rocking are Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar and Landshark Bar and Grill at Resorts Casino Hotel. Summer honeymooners can also take advantage of Atlantic City’s water sports, from surfing and kayaking to windsurfing and parasailing, all just steps from your hotel. Not surprisingly, Atlantic City is also a fun wedding venue. Erin and Wilson Rodriguez got engaged in Las Vegas, and “in keeping with the lucky-in-love theme,” chose the Water Club at the Borgata in Atlantic City for their wedding, says Wilson. The invitations played off the casino theme, using playing cards for the invitation, directions, accommodations, and their RSVP. Erin says they were drawn to the Water Club by its famous chef (Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian serves as the hotel’s culinary lifestyle consultant) and a beautiful area they used for their reception that that can be closed off from the hotel, with trees and a pool with a transparent cover that allows it to serve as a dance floor. “The see-through dance floor was a really neat experience and the area is beautiful. You walk in past a waterfall and there are trees everywhere, so you feel like you’re outside. Even the ceiling is transparent, so you’re seeing the lights of Atlantic City,” the couple recalls.

The couple and their guests took full advantage of the locale. “Thursday night we caught a band and wrapped up the last wedding details, Friday was a spa day for the bridal party and the rehearsal dinner, and Saturday, the bridal party got ready for the wedding in a Water Club suite with towering views of Atlantic City,” says Erin. “One of the nicest things was that the wedding kept going all night.” With guests arriving from as far away as Shanghai, Athens, Bangkok, and across the United States, many turned the wedding into a mini vacation/reunion, meeting up regularly to go to comedy clubs and the beach. “There was a lot of partying,” Erin says. “It was a getaway wedding without having to drive for us and a lot of our guests.” Geri Bain is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.

Let’s Go! Town of Spring Lake springlakeboro.org Historic Inns of Spring Lake historicinnsofspringlake.com The Breakers on the Ocean breakershotel.com Visit Atlantic City atlanticcitynj.com Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa theborgata.com


FUNCTION FACILITY P L A N N I N G

G U I D E

Grouped alphabetically by region: Worcester, East of Worcester, South of Worcester, West of Worcester and North of Worcester

Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

(Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

250 Max

Yes

1

Yes

Number of Events

Worcester Beechwood Hotel (Back Cover) 363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 453-1112 • Fx: (508) 754-0731 sales@beechwoodhotel.com www.beechwoodhotel.com

Exchange vows in the authentic Victorian chapel, entertain guests on the terrace and dance the night away in the magnificent grand ballroom. Contact: Yvonne Caole.

Mechanics Hall (11)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

1

No

321 Main St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 752-5608 • Fx: (508) 754-8442 info@mechanicshall.org www.mechanicshall.org

Celebrate your wedding surrounded by historic Victorian elegance. Our spacious facilities accommodate intimate gatherings or grand celebrations. Contact: Sharon Onorato.

Worcester Art Museum (31)

E, B, D, W

55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 793-4327 • Fx: (508) 798-5646 www.worcesterart.org

Varies

Yes

No

25/250

Yes

1

No

Magnificent architectural spaces abound in the expansive Renaissance Court for your historic event. Ceremonies are romantic in the Chapter House, Garden Courtyard or on the Grand Staircase. Contact: Janice Potter.

East of Worcester Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (95)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

25/750

Yes

2

Yes

181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlboro, MA 01752 Ph: (508) 303-1788 • Fx: (508) 480-9343 ckelly@rplazahotels.com www.rplazahotels.com

Make all your wedding dreams come true! Our attentive and professional wedding consultants invite you to experience uncompromised service in our enchanting ballroom. Contact: Christine Kelly.

Charter Oak Country Club (13)

E, B, D, W

394 Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 562-0800 • Fx: (978) 562-0198 sales@charteroakcc.com www.charteroakcc.com

Experience a wedding of extraordinary elegance when you select Charter Oak Country Club. Our grand ballroom offers unsurpassed service and culinary excellence. Contact: Weddings at ext. 610.

DoubleTree Hotel

E, B, D, W

$35 - $115

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

30/300

30/500

Yes

Yes

1

2

5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 616-7470 • Fx: (508) 366-3950 Shauna.drake@hilton.com www.bostonwestborough.doubletree.com

Experince the Doubletree difference where the little things mean everything. Schedule a private tour of our contemporary ballroom, outdoor patio and bridal rooms. Contact: Shauna Drake.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (54)

E, B, D, W

242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719 Ph: (978) 889-1712 • Fx: (978) 266-9429 www.boxboroughweddings.com

Stow Acres Country Club (43) 58 Randall Rd., Stow, MA 01775 Ph: (978) 568-1100 x107 • Fx: (978) 562-4573 kgiles@stowacres.com www.stowacres.com

$36 - $70

Yes

Yes

2/400

Yes

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Yes

No

In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary wedding. A convenient location that offers flexible wedding packages. Contact: Sales Office. E, B, D, W

$30 - $65

Yes

Yes

50/250

Yes

1

Our recently restored Victorian clubhouse features fireplaces, a large oak dance floor, and many windows. Enjoy cocktails on our wrap-around porch and brick patio. Contact: Karen Giles.

Types of Functions Offered: E - Engagement Parties B - Bridal Showers D - Rehearsal Dinners W - Wedding Receptions

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

(Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, W

Under $30 - $50

Yes

Yes

50/500

Yes

1

No

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (76)

Number of Events

92 Aldrich St. (Rte. 98), Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-5017 • Fx: (508) 278-3841 info@arrowheadacres.com www.arrowheadacres.com

An elegant Country Club style facility complete with “Chapel in the Pines,” decorative bridge, country stone wall locations and a beautiful fireplace for group photographs. Contact: David Morin.

Blissful Meadows Golf Club (38)

E, B, D, W

801 Chockalog Rd., Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-6110 • Fx: (508) 278-7223 info@blissfulmeadows.com www.blissfulmeadows.com

Country setting in converted historic barn. Outdoor gazebo for ceremonies and picture taking. Oversized deck for cocktail hours. Easy access to Worcester and Providence via 146. Contact: Melissa Laskowski.

Crystal Lake Golf Club (83)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Under $30

Yes

Yes

No

No

50/175

50/200

1

Yes

No

1

Yes

No

100 Broncos Highway, Burrillville, RI 02839 Ph: (401) 567-4500 x14 • Fx: (401) 567-5238 tracy@crystallakegolfclub.com www.crystallakegolfclub.com

Multiple wedding ceremony locations including lake-front pavilion and gazebo. Observation deck for cocktail reception available. Contact: Tracy Hill.

Coachmen’s Lodge (Inside Front Cover)

E, B, D, W

273 Wrentham Rd., Bellingham, Ma 02019 Ph: (508) 883-9888 Thecoachmenslodge@gmail.com www.coachmenslodge.com

The Imperial Ballroom

$30 - $50

Yes

No

240

Yes

2

No

The Coachmen’s Lodge is the perfect venue for any type of event. From intimate showers to bridal event, inside or outside. Contact: Sarah Doolan. E, B, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

125/600

Yes

1

No

6 Nipmuc Dr., Rte. 16, Mendon, MA 01756 Ph: (508) 478-2778 info@theimperialballroom.com www.theimperialballroom.com

Fifteen-acre estate on a tranquil cove of Lake Nipmuc. Here our local, polished, and experienced professionals host affordable storybook weddings. Contact: Sharon Santucci.

Twin River

E, B, D, W

100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865 Ph: (401) 475-8438 • Fx: (401) 305-5188 dwing@twinriver.com www.twinriver.com

$30 - $75 +

Yes

No

50/1200

1

No

Yes

Twin River promises to create the wedding of a lifetime. Distinctively unique. Custom designed wedding packages and menus. Attention to detail. Ideal location. Contact: Donna Wing.

West of Worcester Leicester Country Club (87)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $70

Yes

Yes

20/300

Yes

1430 Main St., P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 • Fx: (508) 892-1331 sales@leicestercc.com www.worcester-wedding.com

Two beautifully appointed function rooms lined with windows and outside decks that overlook a garden gazebo and picturesque New England covered bridge. Contact: Sales Office.

Old Sturbridge Village (44)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75 +

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Yes

2

No

2

Yes

1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830 osvsales@osv.org www.osv.org

Let your future begin in our past! Step back in time for a wedding that will be truly timeless, unforgettable, historical–and all yours! Contact: Event Sales Dept.

Publick House (77)

E, B, D, W

On the Common, P.O. Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) PUBLICK • Fx: (508) 347-3313 x286 sales@publickhouse.com www.publickhouse.com

Built in 1771, the Publick House Historic Inn maintains its 18th-century ambiance and warm hospitality. Outdoor tent and gazebo, old fashioned bake shoppe and beautiful grounds for picture taking. Contact: Catherine O’Brien.

Sturbridge Host Hotel (51)

E, B, D, W

$35 - $68

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Max 350

Yes

Varies

Yes

2

366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (508) 347-7393 • Fx: (508) 347-3824 info@sturbridgehosthotel.com www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention and delectable cuisine will dazzle you. Contact: Catering Sales office.

The Harding Allen Estate (81)

E, B, D, W

Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 Ph: (978) 355-4920 www.harding-allen.com

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Massachusetts’ premier wedding and banquet historic mansion–for when it has to be special. Contact: Grace Gugliotti.

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75+

Yes

Yes

50/300

Yes

1

Yes

North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (6) 59 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-3355 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 weddings@chocksettinn.com www.chocksettinn.com

The Chocksett Inn offers on-site private gardens, Laurelwood Ballroom, canopied deck and 25 guest suites. Experience the charm, elegance and hospitality for an unforgettable wedding. Contact: Alexis Donnelly.

Colonial Hotel (9)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

25/500

Yes

1-3

Yes

625 Betty Spring Rd., Gardner, MA 01440 Ph: (978) 630-2500 • Fx: (978) 632-0913 weddingsales@colonial-hotel.com www.colonial-hotel.com

Known to be the premier wedding facility in Central Massachusetts. All-inclusive packages make planning easy in our grand ballroom or courtyard tent. Contact: Mary Whitman.

DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster (85)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

1/500

Yes

2

99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 534-9000 • Fx: (978) 466-3400 mandy.puim@hilton.com www.leominsterdoubletree.com

Experience the most magical time of your life in our exquisite Grand Ballroom or beautiful garden pavillion. Call today to schedule a tour. Contact: Mandy Puim.

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (25)

E, B, D, W

$35 - $100

Yes

Yes

25/400

Yes

Yes

No

1-3

42 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01538 Ph: (508) 835-4722 • Fx: (508) 835-3893 info@ourmanor.com www.ourmanor.com

Whether you’re planning a lavish or an intimate wedding reception, The Manor can tailor suit the perfect wedding package for you. Contact: Andrea Rotolo.

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (40)

E, B, D, W

69 State Rd East Route 2A, Westminster, MA 01473 Ph: (978) 874-5941 • Fx: (978) 874-0914 1761oldmill@aol.com www.1761oldmill.com

The 1761 Old Mill offers the best of New England hospitality and charm. Our picturesque setting is the perfect location for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or shower. Contact: Jay Foster.

Shaker Hills Country Club (18)

E, B, D, W

146 Shaker Rd., Harvard, MA 01451 Ph: (978)772-3330 ext. 307 joann@shakerhills.com www.shakerhills.com

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (15)

Under $30

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

10/150

50/350

Yes

Yes

No

2

1

Yes

A blend of beautiful indoor and outdoor space. Ballroom and cocktail lounge with center fireplace. Stunning top decks overlook the velvet green golf course and 200 acres of natural setting. Contact: JoAnn Upham. E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

5/500

Yes

1

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434 Ph: (978) 757-3003 • Fx: (978) 772-4903 socialsalesdevens@truenorthhotels.com www.devenscommoncenter.com

Discover your dreams in Devens. Marriott Wedding Planner, accommodating menus and outstanding service at a NEW stylish venue and hotel. Call for package details. Contact: Sales Office.

Sterling National Country Club (29)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

No

12/225

Yes

1

Yes

No

33 Albright Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-0275 donnal@sterlingcc.com www.sterlingcc.com

A picturesque setting, beautiful Ballroom and stunning area for outdoor ceremonies along with first-class cuisine and a professional staff to ensure dreams come true. Contact: Sales Office.

Wachusett Country Club (36)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

50/400

Yes

2

No

187 Prospect St., West Boylston, MA 01583 Ph: (508) 835-4484 x223 Caracullen@aol.com www.wachusettcc.com

Simply elegant and affordable. Exceeding brides’ expectations since 1939. Two beautifully appointed reception rooms with cocktails areas and outdoor deck overlooking Wachusett Reservoir and beyond. Contact: Cara Cullen.

Wachusett Mountain (5)

E, B, D, W

$30- $50

Yes

Yes

300 Max

Yes

1

499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-3175 • Fx: (978) 464-3185 missy@wachusett.com www.wachusett.com

Surrounded by magical and breathtaking vistas, the ideal wedding location. From ceremonies to receptions, our attentive staff is dedicated to serving you. Off-weekend discounts available. Contact: Melissa Banks.

Wachusett Village Inn (63)

E, B, D, W

9 Village Inn Rd., Westminster, MA Ph: (978) 571-2502 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 tianna@wachusettvillageinn.com www.wachusettvillageinn.com

$42 - $60

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

BRIDE&GROOM

Yes

Design your destination wedding weekend! Full service with salon and spa services. Contact: Tianna Dionne.

Types of Functions Offered: E - Engagement Parties B - Bridal Showers D - Rehearsal Dinners W - Wedding Receptions

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Wedding BRIDAL SHOPS Bella’s Bridal Boutique (80) Picadilly Plaza, 490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA (508) 753-4426 www.bellasbridalgowns.com

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Bella’s Bridal Boutique is the leading full-service bridal salon in Worcester County, offering the best selection of bridal, bridesmaids, mothers, flowergirls and prom gowns.

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Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlua Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

Bridal Shops

96

Bridal Shows

96

Cakes

96

292 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA (508) 595-0400 www.mydress4less.com

Catering

96

Everything Bridal! Offering a large selection of bridal gowns, shoes, tiaras, veils, accessories and much more!

Donation Services

96

Loren’s Bridal (50)

Entertainment

97

454 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-5222 www.lorensbridal.com

Florists

97

When choosing your wedding gown, discover Loren’s where we’ll treat your wedding like it was our own. Appointments suggested.

343 Providence Road, South Grafton, MA 01560 (508) 839-3458 www.buggywhipcatering.com

Hair & Makeup

97

BRIDAL SHOWS

Honeymoon Spots

97

The Buggy Whip Catering Service has been serving traditional American fair to brides and grooms in Worcester and surrounding counties since 1953.

Jewelry

97

Limousines

97

Photo Booths

97

Photography

97

Pre Bridal Events

98

Reception Facilities

92

Rentals

98

Shoes

98

Specialty Lighting

98

Tuxedos

98

Videography

98

Wedding Internet Services 98

Elegance by Carbonneau (4)

The Original Wedding Expo™ (82, 83) 334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com

Sweet Creations by Gloria (40) 5 West St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978)537-5467 info@sweetcreationsbygloria.com www.sweetcreationsbygloria.com Custom cakes for all occasions. Specializing in fantasy cakes, 3D sculpted cakes, also a full line of Gluten free, Dairy free, nut free and vegan cakes .

CATERING Buggy Whip Catering

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation

Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.

1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org

CAKES

From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (45) 16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby shower cakes. We also have cookie and pastry platters, and decadent desserts for any occasion.

Crown Bakery (81) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.

Culpepper’s Bakery 500 Cambridge St., Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 755-8393 A quality cake you will be proud to serve. Full line of cookie and pastry trays also available.

Joslin Diabetes Center 1 Joslin Place, Development Office Boston, MA 02215 (617) 732-2412 catherine.marinello@joslin.harvard.edu www.joslin.org Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors and receive cards personalized by you for your guests!

The Jimmy Fund (71) 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 632-6099 jffavors@dfci.harvard.edu www.jimmyfund.org/cards Ranked #1 in New England for breakthrough cancer research/ treatment and provides hope for thousands diagnosed with cancer each year.

Rachel’s Table 633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 799-7699 Brides, donate your excess food from your banquet to families at a local homeless shelter. Rachel’s Table will deliver for you.

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Why Me, Inc. 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

Worcester County Food Bank 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost 4 million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.

ENTERTAINMENT Buddy D. Sound Unlimited (53) P.O. Box 1612, Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 765-1240 djbuddyd@djbuddyd.com www.djbuddyd.com Professional Disc Jockey Service, reverend services, picture slide show presentations, Up-lighting, 32 years wedding experience, latest in audio and lighting, superior rates.

Festive Events (39) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (71) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

FLORISTS Herbert E. Berg Florist (87) 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 75th anniversary specials!

Mugford’s Flowers Shoppe 8 Warburton Lane Rte. 30, Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 836-5554 Mugfordsflowers@gmail.com www.mugfordsflowers.com www.mugfords.com

HAIR AND MAKEUP Beauty in Motion (62) (508) 450-8707 brittanymcglone@yahoo.com www.abbeautyinmotion.com We are a team of licensed hair and makeup artists who bring the salon to you! Specializing in up-do’s, airbrush makeup, eyelashes, extensions and more!

NKD Waxing, Lashes & Makeup (10) 12 Portland Street Worcester, Ma 01608 (508) 581-0881 kristielee@nkdworcester.com www.nkdworcester.com

We are a 26-year-old family owned business serving Worcester county with expert jewelry design and quality craftsmanship.

LIMOUSINES Gray’s Limousine (86) P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 869-3111, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

HONEYMOON SPOTS

PHOTO BOOTHS

MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (91) Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008 www.diviaruba.com MEGA means more all-inclusive choices! With the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba’s Deluxe ocean-front MEGA category, you’ll have full use of both resorts.

JEWELRY Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (46, 47) Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA (508) 832-9994

Simple, elegant, extraordinary. From your engagement party to your wedding day; from your first anniversary to your 50th, we make your floral dreams come true.

Perro’s Flowers (76)

Hannoush Jewelers (46, 47)

By combining simply elegant floral designs and the experience of our staff, Perro’s provides flowers for events that showcase the bride’s individuality.

269 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 795-0201 maria@mariasfinejewelry.com www.mariasfinejewelry.com

Make your day picture perfect, with experts that help with decisions such as, hi-def or airbrush makeup and lashes that last a day or weeks!

Make your wedding even more “charming” with gorgeous, customized PANDORA™ jewelry in 14K gold and sterling silver. Each piece is unique, like your special day!

284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com www.perrosflowers.com

Maria’s Fine Jewelry (3, 76)

Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA (508) 303-6595 www.hannoush.com Celebrate every special moment with the help of one of America’s premier family-owned jewelers. From your engagement diamond to wedding bands and PANDORA™ bridal gifts, trust Hannoush.

MA Photo Booths (71) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com www.maphotobooths.com Fun, unique, and productive! Photo booths produce creative guest sign-in books and instant party favors. Packages include everything you’d want at an affordable price.

PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (67) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

Closer North 45 US Highway 1 Verona Island, ME 04416 (207) 902-2122 closernorth@gmail.com www.closernorth.com Closer North specializes in wedding & lifestyle photography. Company branding design & marketing. Based in Maine and available to travel.

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Duback Photography 161 Maple Rd., Williston, VT (802) 238-0392 andy@vermontphotographer.com www.vermontphotographer.com Making beautiful,unique images while being an upbeat, positive player at your wedding.

J. Lo Photo 45 Lebanon St., Malden, Ma 02148 (781) 321-5100 jlophotovideo@gmail.com www.jlophotovideo.com J. Lo Photo offers New England brides the finest in modern photography and videography. We love what we do and you will too!

Kristin Griffin Photography Po Box 84 Halifax, Ma 02338 508) 320-2670 Kristin@kristingriffinphotography.com www.kristingriffinphotography.com Creative and personalized photographs are an investment you make in the memory of your wedding. Trust your day to an award-winning photographer. Photojournalist, artistic, Memorable.

Leslie Boudreau Photography (19) Lunenburg, MA 01462 (987) 400-6598 Leslie@leslieboudreau.com www.leslieboudreau.com

RECEPTION FACILITIES

TUXEDOS

(see page 92)

Bonardi’s Formalwear (70)

RENTALS Central Mass Party Rentals 124 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-5383 www.centralmasspartyrentals.com Central Mass Party Rentals can provide professional planning, support and some of the finest special event equipment available. “We’ve got you covered.”

Elegant Linens Ltd. 296 Providence Rd., S. Grafton, MA (508) 839-9332 www.elegantlinensltd.com If you’re planning a wedding, call Elegant Linens today for an appointment. See the difference our special touch can make for your special day.

SHOES Shoes to Dye For (41) 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.

Relive the moments of your once-in-a-lifetime day for years to come with Leslie Boudreau Photography. Timeless and simple. Yours.

Linda Jae Photography West Boylston, MA (508) 596- 6875 www.lindajaephotography.com

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (39) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com

Fun and sassy. Personal and unique. Celebrating 10+ years of wedding photography!

Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Melissa Stimpson Photography

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (71)

24 Belmont St., Pawtucket, RI 02860 (413) 883-2464 Melissa@melissastimpson.com www.melissastimpson.com Award winning photography inspired by love and light. We create timeless fine art photographs that tell the story of your one of a kind wedding.

Paul S. Robinson Photography (33) 1033 Providence Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (508) 278-5530 psrstudio@verizon.net www.robinsonweddingphotography.com Since 1996, Paul offers you both traditional and photojournalistic styles capturing stunning, one-of-a-kind moments with award winning experience and attention to detail.

PRE BRIDAL EVENTS Just Paint (8) 386 West Boylston St. Worcester, Ma 01605 (508) 277-6986 justpaintstudio@gmail.com www.justpaintma.com Paint, Sip & unWINE Hand Painted Weddings, Live Event Paintings, Bridal Showers, Jack & Jill Showers, Ladies Night Out.

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Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester: 179 Highland St., (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St., (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West, (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St., (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd., (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com Dressing men for social occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

Men’s Wearhouse (Inside Back Cover) www.mwtux.com With over 1,000 locations nationwide, including all Men’s Wearhouse stores, ordering, picking up and returning a tuxedo has never been easier.

VIDEOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (67) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com

BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine’s official website! Log on for sneak peeks at upcoming issues and to find out where to get your free copy.

OriginalWeddingExpo.com

Your connection to finding the best Wedding Expos. Buy discounted tickets online. Comprehensive Planning Guide features everything from bridal shops to videographers.

WedAlert.com

WedAlert.com’s mission is to match the local Bride & Groom with wedding professionals in their area, saving the couple valuable time and money with their wedding plans.


Say ‘I do’ to the Beechwood Hotel A historic Victorian chapel, luxurious amenities, and superb American dining make the Beechwood Hotel the premier wedding destination in Central Massachusetts. Host your wedding with us and let our professional planners arrange every detail to ensure your wedding day is truly unforgettable. Celebrate into the night, rest and then reminisce with your family and friends over a hot breakfast, all under one roof.

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