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Contents

FEATURES 12 Mobile Catering Taking your wedding off the beaten path. 26 The Industrial Evolution Embracing New England’s industrial gems. 36 Get The Party Started How to incorporate interactivity at your wedding.

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42 Video Glam Why more couples are hiring a videographer. 46 Destination Wedding Vivian and Hany exchange their vows in Egypt. 50 Something Blue Innovative suggestions on how to color your

wedding blue.

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54 Mountaintop Weddings Exchanging vows on New England’s mountains. 62 Honeymoon Adventures in the Azores A honeymoon destination brimming with

natural beauty.

72 Timeless Tablescapes Inspiration for creating a memorable tablescape. 80 Get Creative Artsy activities for your bachelorette bash. 86 Bridal Buzz Latest news and happenings.

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DIRECTORIES 92 Function Facility Guide 96 Wedding Resources Guide

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Mobile Catering Taking Your Wedding Off the Beaten Path by Connie Jeske Crane

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t’s a startling trend that shows no sign of slowing down. When it comes to wedding venues, more and more couples today are saying “no thanks” to traditional sites like hotel ballrooms and country clubs in favor of more offbeat, personal, and casual offerings.

“I think this generation of people who are getting married are looking for much more informal, fun, friendly events,” says Skip Weldon, co-owner of Blazing Hearth Pizza in Medfield, MA, adding that for him, it’s all part of the job these days to set up his mobile catering kitchen anywhere from apple orchards, beaches, and state parks to sprawling rural properties with llamas wandering around.

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Statistics confirm change is in the air. A recent survey by The Knot showed that the popularity of farms, barns, and ranch venues soared from 2 to 15 percent between 2009 and 2017, as did the popularity of outdoor weddings, from 39 to 52 percent. Rustic, meaningful, romantic, sure. But if couples want to head off the beaten path, the potential downside is that the unique venue may lack full-service catering—or any catering services at all! While food trucks and mobile caterers are trending and seem an obvious solution, couples might have some reservations: “Can I trust a mobile caterer to handle my wedding?” “Is it a lot of extra work to arrange?” We talked to some New England operators about pros and cons, costs, and logistics. If you’re considering this option, here’s what you need to know:

The Vibe In theory, you could enlist mobile caterers for a black-tie dinner. Yet Weldon says wedding clients who want mobile catering are typically looking to set up a casual, friendly vibe in a unique setting, where “people are getting a chance to meet and spend time with each other, versus sitting at a table isolated and waiting for the band and everyone to tell them what to do.”

“People are getting a chance to meet and spend time with each other, versus sitting at a table isolated and waiting for the band and everyone to tell them what to do.” Choices, Choices Once associated with simple fare like hamburgers and hotdogs, today’s mobile catering menus run the gamut—from clambakes, wood-fired pizza, and southern BBQ to tacos, bao buns, and pig roasts. Couples can also amp up the fun by hiring multiple providers. You could hire one vendor just to serve up desserts like gelato or doughnuts or customized coffees or cocktails. Charlie Grab of Tap Truck New England, based in Central Village, CT, deploys a growing fleet of gorgeous vintage trucks to serve local craft beer at functions. Grab, who kicked off his business with a black-andwhite 1949 Ford panel truck, says the appeal goes beyond the beer to extra elements of style and fun. Still in his first year of continued on page 14

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operation, he’s already added a second truck and is pondering a third. “The trucks have been super popular.”

Service Formats Vary Beyond the menu, Weldon says couples also have lots of service formats to consider—from vendors who simply serve up the food all the way to full-service mobile catering. Blazing Hearth Pizza, he says, delivers more than just food, they offer an experience: “We have a big wood-fired oven on the back of our truck, and we set up a pizza bar that allows us to stretch the dough and top up the pizzas as part of our catering and guest experience, and then we cook and serve the pizzas outside of the truck.” His company’s offerings also include customized menus, eco-friendly plates and cutlery, beer taps (they have a full liquor license), background music, a TV screen for couples who want to loop a wedding video at the reception, servers, tables, and trash collection.

Cost No discussion of mobile catering is complete without addressing the huge potential savings. According to foodrevolt.com, the average American wedding runs about $66 dollars per guest for reception catering, whereas food truck catering starts at around $20 per person. Weldon agrees on the cost-saving potential: “Couples are saving several thousand dollars by having a mobile caterer.”

Logistics and Due Diligence On the con side, couples who avail themselves of mobile catering do need to ask more questions and take on more planning. As Weldon says, “If you went to a full-service wedding facility, someone’s going to help you plan every detail.” Nontraditional venues and mobile vendors and caterers, “may not set up tables unless you ask them to do so; they may not provide people to clear tables unless you ask.” Talk to potential caterers and facilities, he says, and make sure those details get covered. Weldon also advises asking caterers about rain plans, what size crowd they can 14 Fall 2018

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handle, how far they’ll travel for a catering gig, and if they’re open to menu customization and special dietary requests. And do your due diligence before hiring anyone: check online reviews, ask for references, and seek recommendations. Last but not least, plan ahead. Popular suppliers are busy and the mobile trend

just keeps on picking up speed. After a few weeks of advertising for Tap Truck New England, Grab says, “We had the entire summer booked up.” 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.


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Andrew and Jessica had been living together for seven years when Andrew proposed in the cabin he built in their backyard. Equipped with a wood stove and sound system, the cabin serves as a retreat the couple uses to relax and enjoy themselves. The night Andrew proposed, he suggested they have a drink in the cabin before bed since they both had a long day at work. It was a Tuesday and Jessica was home first, so she went out to the cabin, started the fire, and set up the music. When Andrew arrived, they chatted about their day, had a beer, and relaxed. At one point, Andrew got up to stoke the fire; he turned to Jessica and got down on one knee. It was the perfect proposal in their favorite place, just the two of them. They planned to be wed in eight short months! Jessica and Andrew’s favorite part of planning the wedding was the anticipation. They loved talking about their plans, and especially surprising friends and family members with their unconventional ideas. Andrew works for Tree House Brewing Company, a venue that they knew would provide the perfect laid-back atmosphere they wanted. They considered themselves lucky to be able to work with the staff to host their wedding at this gorgeous new brewery.

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“We didn’t want to spend a lot of money, and we didn’t have a theme in mind; we just wanted the wedding to reflect who we are as a couple. We didn’t have a seating chart, favors, programs, and we didn’t even have a cake!” There were many wedding traditions Jessica and Andrew didn’t observe, and that’s exactly how they wanted it. For decorations, they used a variety of wildflowers from American Stems in Spencer, MA. “Kelsey did an amazing job at creating a simple and funky vibe by decorating the arbor we said our vows under, creating beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres, and, of course, the centerpieces.” Photos were taken by Johnny Mahaney Photography and Brent Berthiume, two friends who “did an amazing job.” The caterers were Dare to Taste out of Boston; there was a giant cheese spread and passed appetizers, followed by a Mexican station and an Italian Station that were open for guests to visit at their leisure. For dessert, friends and family made a variety of small finger desserts, including delicious chocolate covered strawberries made by Andrew’s mother. Jessica insisted on ice cream, so about an hour before the night was over, an ice cream truck came for the guests to enjoy as well. Andrew and Jessica both enjoy live music and wanted to make that part of the day. August First, a band out of Hudson, MA, played acoustic music during the ceremony and cocktail hour, then Feel Good Drift from Springfield, MA, took over for the rest of the night. Both bands were amazing and kept everyone entertained and on the dance floor.

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“It was so amazing to see all the people we care about together, celebrating our love, and enjoying themselves because, after all, that’s the whole point.” Jessica chose an ivory bridesmaid’s dress as her wedding gown. After trying the dress on, she knew it was exactly what she’d been looking for. The bridesmaids picked out their own looks, choosing from a selection of neutral colors, shoes, jewelry, and hairstyles. It was very important to Jessica for her bridesmaids to be happy and comfortable. Andrew’s groomsmen wore matching blue suits with white shirts, brown shoes, brown belts, and white floral ties. They received many compliments on those ties! Highlights for the couple included “the music and the friends and family.” Jessica elaborates, “It was important to us that we took some time to escape from the chaos, find each other, and reflect on what was happening. It was so amazing to see all the people we care about together, celebrating our love, and enjoying themselves because, after all, that’s the whole point.” www.bridegroommag.com

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Another favorite wedding memory was the contribution of Andrew’s grandfather, Bob. “Having him perform the ceremony made it personal, and it was very meaningful to have him play such a major role in our marriage ceremony.”

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When asked for suggestions for future brides and grooms, Jessica and Andrew advise, “Your wedding shouldn’t be about the cost, the traditions, the decorations, the favors, or even other people. It should reflect you as a couple—not be stressful or overwhelming—just fun. The point is to celebrate YOUR marriage—don’t forget that.” Note: Tree House Brewing Co. does not offer weddings to the general public.

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Industrial Evolution

Mill 1 at Open Square

by Emily Marcus

Inside every New Englander’s heart is a particular nook for the historical. As an early hub for textile, paper, and shoe production in the Industrial Age, New England boasts many gorgeous spaces from that era. Through the years, our corner of the country has been a leader in the preservation of past treasures, holding onto spaces that maintain their industrial character. These buildings have stood through many architectural trends and even more technological feats. They’ve been transformed from mills, factories, and warehouses into museums, stylish lofts, and, of course, event and wedding venues. Your wedding venue is one of the first and most important decisions you will make in your planning journey. Honor your New England wedding and embrace the fascinating histories of this region’s industrial gems.

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Mill 1 at Open Square This rustic and industrial, renovated nineteenthcentury paper mill sits between the canals of Holyoke and packs a lot of quintessential New England appeal. “Owner and architect John Aubin has created spaces that welcome you in and make you feel the way you want. It’s a warm space and people value that it has a lot of personality, but at the same time, it’s neutral enough to apply what you want,” says Maggie Bergin, communications director. Bergin notes, “We grew up around these mill buildings so we feel connected because they are familiar. And once it’s been touched by people like John, it’s such a fantastic place to celebrate something because you feel that connection, and you think about what life was like for someone who worked there.” And if being green is important to you, you’ll be happy to know that Open Square is the country’s largest zero net energy mixed-use development, meaning your event will have no carbon footprint.

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Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

Warehouses, factories and mills repurposed into desirable event space

This historic nineteenth-century textile mill turned museum sits on the Charles River just a short ride from the city, making it a prime venue for those with relatives flying in. Guests can mingle among the exhibits of industrial artifacts, and the surrounding outdoor space offers gorgeous river views. “The exhibits and history of the building add a lot of drama and charm to any event and make for a memorable guest experience,” notes event manager Jill Doherty. Location: 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453 Capacity: 300 cocktail style, 160 for dinner and dancing Website: charlesrivermuseum.org These are just a few of New England’s magnificent industrial wedding venues—buildings with sky high windows that let natural light pour in, the warmth of old bricks, the charm of wood floors, history, and heart.

Warehouse XI Warehouse XI has a lot of unique features to offer. Located in Union Square, Boston’s oldest and largest commercial neighborhood, Warehouse XI features oversized windows, high ceilings, white-painted brick walls, and black concrete floors to create an industrial-chic and minimalist backdrop that is adaptable for any wedding style. As marketing and event coordinator Faith Jablonski says, “This isn’t a cookie-cutter wedding venue. Our couples choose everything so that their wedding is exactly what they want! That means no required vendors, no typical wedding decor. We live in a world that is super influenced by Instagram and Pinterest, and Warehouse XI is the perfect venue to make those Pinterest dreams a reality.” Location: 11 Sanborn Court, Somerville, MA Capacity: 150 Website: wxi.space

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The Lace Factory Nestled on Deep River Landing, a historical hub that has transformed from a local shipbuilding yard, then dockage for ivory used at local piano factories, this nineteenth-century building offers plenty of industrial allure. Dubbed “The Lace Factory” because it was exactly that in the 1940s, the building features a landmark chimney, hand-hewn wood floors, ten-foot wavy glass windows, old pipework in the bathrooms, and even some examples of old lace tools on site. Another nice feature is that guests can arrive by the old fashioned Essex Steam Train or even by riverboat! Location: 161 River Street, Deep River, CT Capacity: 225 inside, 150 outside Website: thelacefactory.com lynnereznickphotography.com

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They met through mutual friends and dated for four years before getting engaged. Pierre knew VanNhi was the one when he was admitted to the hospital for five days for a heart condition. She remained by his side throughout the entire ordeal and as Pierre stated in his vows, “through it all, I knew that with God, all things are possible, and he miraculously grew my heart larger to love you even more and to prepare me for this unspeakable, unparalleled, unmatched, undefeated love.�

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Pierre told VanNhi that he was invited to a ceremony in recognition for his dedication at work. He booked spa massages earlier in the day at the Intercontinental Hotel, and then they got ready for the ceremony at the Boston Harbor Hotel. He pretended that his boss called, asking them to meet by the water to take some photos. When they got there, VanNhi saw her mother and thought what a nice gesture it was for Pierre to invite her. As she turned the corner, she saw more friends and family holding signs that said, “Will You Marry Him?� She turned to Pierre, who was down on one knee. She was especially touched because she had told Pierre that she wanted friends and family present when she got engaged; he remembered and invited them all!

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They considered a destination wedding—somewhere warm by the water. But because they wanted to make sure all family members were able to to attend, including the elderly or those with health conditions, they decided to have the event close to home. Danversport Yacht Club was the first venue they visited, and as they walked through, they imagined the scene, with the gorgeous ballroom holding all their guests, the natural lighting from the large windows, the gazebo by the water, and the outdoor boardwalk for cocktail hour. The bonus was that the ceremony and reception would both be on the premises. “We were in awe with the venue and the friendly staff. We both knew Danversport was the place, and we didn’t have to look elsewhere.” They set a date that same day. The theme was romantic, classic, elegant, and simple. The groomsmen’s suits were grey and bridesmaid’s dresses were navy blue. The grey and navy provided a pop of color as the bride’s flowers were all white. VanNhi says, “ I wanted the wedding to look simple and effortless, but remain classic and elegant.” The party favors were homemade traditional rum cakes boxed individually for guests to take home, along with freshly baked donuts from Davis Square Donuts and Bagels, whose owner, George, is Pierre’s longtime friend; he was also the best man. The donut wall, displaying all the flavors of donuts, was a big hit that night. VanNhi enjoyed working with Phil, the florist at Bowler & Jones. She told him what she wanted—all white flowers and no greens for all the centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and gazebo pillars— and he delivered. He also added the hanging crystals she wanted to go with the tall centerpieces. The bride’s bouquet was a cascade of beautiful white orchids.

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“The genuine love, joy, and happiness that we were surrounded by throughout the day cannot ever be duplicated.” Marquee light from Your Love in Lights brightened up the day and provided another photo op. DJ Explicit, which is run by Pierre’s longtime friend and great DJ and MC, also provided uplighting. Antea Amoroso handwrote all of the signs (table numbers, welcome, programs, seat assignment, etc.), which added a nice personal touch. Guests had a great time entertaining themselves with the photo booth. Fun Party Pixels provided all materials and supplies, and they ended

genuine love, joy, and happiness that we were

Pierre and VanNhi would advise future brides

up with a guest book at the end of the night.

surrounded by throughout the day cannot ever

and grooms to extend the time allotted for the

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be duplicated,” says VanNhi. What made it more

celebrations, if possible. “We had so many family

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extraordinary was that the forecast was for rain

members that came from out of state and coun-

al party and was a guest at the wedding. VanNhi

and thunder, but it ended up being a beautiful

try that our wedding also felt like a family reunion,

says, “She did an amazing job and I would highly

day. They were able to have the ceremony out-

and we were ecstatic that they were all coming

recommend her for any occasion.”

side by the water and the cocktail hour on the

together to celebrate us.“ It would have been ide-

VanNhi says that the best part of the wedding

boardwalk as planned. The second the guests sat

al if they could have had more time to take it all

was that so many friends and family were able

down for dinner, it started pouring rain, so the

in because, it’s true what they say: the day goes by

to make it from near and far to celebrate. “The

timing was lucky.

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Get the Party Started! How to Maximize Mingling and Fun on Your Big Day by Connie Jeske Crane

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One of the special things about weddings is that, for one brief spectacular moment, you get to gather together all of the people you love most in one place. But let’s face it, while your guests are beyond excited to share your big day, given the mashup of generations and number of unfamiliar faces, a bit of awkwardness or reserve is natural too. When you’re planning your day, putting a bit of effort into icebreaker activities can really help get the party started. If you look at annual wedding trend reports, interactivity is a buzzworthy concept of late. In its list of 2018 wedding trends, for example, Wedding Wire notes interactive elements four times, integrated at mealtimes, in décor, and with entertainment. While thinking about event interactivity isn’t new, there is a new twist. Today, icebreaker activities are much more likely to be personal and outside-the-box. “Less and less I see the bouquet throwing and garters and things like that,” says Luba Gankin of Primavera Dreams Wedding & Events Planning in Newton, MA.

“One of the special things about weddings is that, for one brief spectacular moment, you get to gather together all of the people you love most in one place.”

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Millennials, say wedding industry observers, tend to prefer to encourage mingling in ways that break the mold. Where guests used to interact at prescribed points—the reception line, cocktail hour, cake cutting, the bouquet toss, and so on—Luba says, “Today people are trying to do something more individual and unique.” We talked to local wedding vendors about how to encourage genuine connections in fresh and personal ways. Here’s what we learned:

Technology Technology is a definite game changer allowing you to start breaking the ice months before your wedding day. Try social media, private chat groups, wedding hashtags, and your wedding website to introduce your people to each other. At the wedding itself, options like same-day wedding videos and photo booths with fun props work well. In fact, Luba says that nowadays almost every wedding she works on includes some type of photo booth. “It’s actually popular across all ages of the guests. It brings a lot of joy to the elderly generation who never saw it before…they enjoy putting on all these props and taking pictures.” Techno-savvy couples, says Luba, may even want to consider robots. She’s a big fan of Ava Robotics, a Cambridge-based company that has developed robots who can wander and livestream your big day to loved ones who couldn’t attend. Beyond livestreaming though, Luba says such elements serve as icebreakers too. “Because it’s new technology, it attracts many guests during the wedding.” 

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Games Conversely, more and more couples are using old-fashioned, low-tech games to get guests mixing. From trivia quizzes to lawn games such as croquet, Giant Jenga, and mini-golf, Luba says, “Games are very, very entertaining.”


Catering While food buffets have long been used to encourage mingling, today there are more innovative formats to consider as well, from DIY bars where guests can make their own sushi, cocktails, or ice cream sundaes to chef-run food stations and mobile food vendors. “In summer, a nice addition to the wedding would be an ice cream truck or beer truck,” says Luba. “It doesn’t cost much, by the way, but it will draw a lot of people around, and it’s a good place to start conversations with complete strangers.” In Central Village, CT, Charlie Grab runs a brisk business called Tap Truck New England, using a growing fleet of quaint vintage trucks to serve up fine local beers. When choosing vendors, he encourages couples to consider the whole experience, adding that presentation elements like his vintage trucks add so much. “I call it a prop. It is a conservation piece. You get a lot of valueadded—not just the beverages.”

and start asking questions and get conversation going,” says Luba. “That is really great.” The overriding principle today, say observers, is personalization. Adding activities that share who you are as a couple, rather than relying on traditional elements, helps create meaningful connections and encourages your guests to relax and have a wonderful time. 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.

Décor and Space Design Beautiful venues can generate conversation, and today, building more interest into venue décor is another trend. “Lounge furniture is very popular,” says Luba, who suggests creating different areas, conversation points, and moods for guests via furniture placement, lighting, and tactile elements like greenery. “Guests can just wander around and see and try and touch different things.”

Entertainment As tracked by a recent survey from The Knot, interactive wedding entertainment has jumped from 11 to 40 percent since 2009. From selfie stations to bonfires, wandering musical performers, magicians, wine tastings, or elements such as a tea ceremony to reflect one partner’s cultural background, the options are endless. “A magician can approach a group of five or six people primaveradreams.com

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Video Glam

Why More Couples Than Ever Are Hiring a Videographer by Connie Jeske Crane

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hen it comes to capturing their blissful wedding moments, most couples still turn to photographers first. Yet as video technology keeps advancing—and videographers keep wowing the industry with new and innovative work—more and more couples today are making room in the budget for a professional videographer.

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According to the most recent Real Weddings Survey from The Knot, a full 35 percent of couples hired a videographer in 2017, compared with just 26 percent in 2009. “Video is on the rise in a big way,” concludes the report. As Jamie Podworski of Jpod Films in Wellesley Hills, MA, explains, “Technology just keeps getting better and better and better. For clients, it’s a win-win because the product keeps getting better, and it’s not like there has to be any kind of distraction anymore to get their wedding filmed.” Curious about what’s new and trending today, we asked Podworski more about wedding videography advances: Q. Same-day wedding videos seem to be popping up everywhere. What can you tell us about this trend? The same-day edit is probably one of the biggest trends that has stood the test of time. It’s where you get an actual highlight video reel edited the day of your wedding… It’s usually a smidge shorter than a regular highlight film—usually twoand-a-half to three minutes long. The goal is to get in, as much as possible, some of the audio and some of the major wedding moments, maybe a first look, things that happened a bit earlier in the day. Q. Why do you think same-day videos are so popular? To see it the same day, and to go home and have a copy of a portion of your wedding day, and to have some of those emotions already captured is pretty cool. I mean, the experience of watching the video right there and having people cheer as you walk down the aisle or kiss for the first time; the energy of watching the video is to me unmatched. You sit the bride and groom right down in front of the screen so they can see it… It’s stressful to put together, but the reward is amazing! continued on page 44

Jamie Podworski of Jpod Films

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Q. What other trends are you seeing today with wedding videography? Utilizing storytelling and incorporating the couple’s history to make every film a little bit different. A lot of stuff is going to look the same, but each couple has a unique story. I think personally, the videographers who are doing it really well, they’re good storytellers. They’re utilizing speeches, maybe moments during the preparations, and vows and things like that to tell a couple’s story… So it’s really incorporating personalities into a wedding film. That’s a huge trend right now. Q. There’s been some focus on aerial drone photography in the last few years. Are you seeing this trend continue? Drone footage is something that’s really jumped on the scene in the last three years. There are restrictions, especially in cities near major international airports…

and there are also no guarantees. If it’s a rainy day or a really windy day then the drone can’t go up, but it definitely can be a nice little bonus… We’re mostly using it to show the venue or the local area—if we’re in the mountains of New Hampshire, if we’re out of the city, or by the water in Maine, that’s where it’s really cool and it exposes the venue.

the speeches and the vows... So I would say, when interviewing or looking, just make sure that you ask how the videographer plans to capture the audio. It’s just as—if not more—important.

Q. How much does it cost to hire a videographer for a wedding?

I think you have to look through a bunch of videos [online], and once you find the people that you think would fit you: (a) budget-wise and (b) style-wise, then go through the interview process… Your photographer and your videographer are the people you’re with the longest during the day, so I think it’s got to feel right.

Between $4,000 and $8,000 is our general range, with most couples falling between $5,000 and $6,000. Q. Is there anything else couples should be aware of with videography? One of the biggest things couples don’t focus on when they are looking for a videographer is the audio and how audio is captured. I think they focus so much on the video, but audio really is more than 50 percent of the day. You want to hear

Q. How can couples make sure they’re getting a videographer who shoots the type of wedding video they’re looking for?

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.

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Vivian and Hany Lawindy August 31, 2017 Egypt Vivian Shenouda and Hany Lawindy were married on August 31, 2017 in Egypt. They met on Facebook and dated for one year. Vivian says that she fell in love with Hany as soon as she laid eyes on him. It probably didn’t hurt that he’s a body builder.

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“Although there was no formal theme, the couple knew that they wanted to incorporate burgundy into the color scheme.”

Hany called Vivian and said they were going to pick up the rings. “In our culture,” she explains, “we don’t have proposals, we have parties!” They set the date, giving themselves seven months to plan the wedding. Vivian’s favorite memory from that time was shopping for her wedding dress at the Special Event Bridal Shop. Once she said yes to the dress, the champagne started to flow. They chose Egypt as their destination wedding locale because they both have family and friends there. Once the wedding was underway, Vivian says, “Everything was special.” From the perfect dress to the beautiful makeup and hair, right down to the belly dancers who entertained at the reception. Although there was no formal theme, the couple knew that they wanted to incorporate burgundy into the color scheme. www.bridegroommag.com

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The entire trip was memorable, especially since it was the first time that the couple travelled together—they just hadn’t gotten the chance before that. When asked if she had any advice for future brides and grooms, Vivian answered, “Take the person who loves you more than you love yourself.”

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Something Blue by Stacey Marcus

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While we’re all familiar with the traditional rhyme that instructs brides to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” we thought it would be fun to think about the blue hue in new ways. Whether you want to hold a hankie with a cobalt crest, toast to good times with a ultramarine libation, or don a stunning blue diamond jewel, be sure to honor the tradition in a way that suits you. Here are some innovative suggestions on how to color your wedding blue:

Deja Blue Boston’s Seaport’s Committee is serving up a new drink called Deja Blue, which contains lemongrass-infused Ketel One, Golden Falernum, lemon, and simple syrup. It’s served in highball tumbler with crushed ice and a butterfly pea flower float with a dehydrated dragon fruit garnish. Deja Blue is extremely refreshing and has the pop of blue that suits the occasion. committeeboston.com

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Blue Bandana Handcrafted handkerchiefs spun from soft cotton are a great way to wipe away your tears of joy. They can also serve as a meaningful memento. Monogram with your names, wedding date, or new initials. markandgraham.com

Executive chef Sean Dutson of Rebel’s Guild has crafted a delicious menu of approachable New England comfort classics and sharable plates, as well as an all-day bar menu of snacks and lighter bites. Chef Dutson’s smoked duck breast crostini with wild blueberry compote is the perfect appetizer for a wedding or rehearsal dinner. The sweet blueberry balances the smoked duck and elevates the traditional crostini served at parties. reverehotel.com

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Sparkling Blue The Argyle Blue Double Halo Necklace with a .12ct Argyle blue diamond and .20 ct. Argyle blue diamonds and .20ct. white diamonds is set in 18K white gold. A regal statement for any bride. jfineinc.com

Blue Beaker This fashionable flask is perfect for discreet sipping on the go. Whether you want to fill it with water to keep you hydrated or a little something special, the stainless-steel flask can be monogrammed with your new initials. Simply twist and enjoy. The circular design will slip easily into your purse or clutch. markandgraham.com

Bespoke Blue Suede Shoe Who knew that you could design your own shoe? Thanks to True Gault, brides can create their perfect fit in a rainbow of colors and styles. All they must do is to take three pictures of each foot via the iPhone app which generates her unique size and a 3D model of each foot. truegault.com

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Slice of Blue Pastry chef Lee Napoli of Explorateur makes mini chocolate wedding cakes decorated with white chocolate that has been colored blue. Lee created this recipe when she worked at a chocolate shop early in her career. She explains everyone loves “mini” anything, and it’s a great addition to a wedding dessert table. She is also crafting mini croquembouche with blue sugar work. An elegant addition to elevate any wedding. explorateur.com

Blue Boot Miron Crosby’s new wedding boot is the perfect “something blue” for all brides-to-be. Inspired by traditional Latin American papel picado love banners, these romantic powder blue boots can be customized with the bride’s monogram and/or wedding date, adding a personal touch to a timeless item. Choose from 24 different leather and thread colors to further personalize the design. mironcrosby.com

Blue Tansy Make your skin glow with the power of blue tansy. This ingredient is all the rage right now and is one of the key ingredients behind MILÈO’s Maroc D’Azur Elixir. The Moroccan blue tansy flower immediately comforts, firms, and plumps skin into velvet-like softness. mileonewyork.com

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Mountaintop Weddings by Cindy Papish Gerber

Exchanging vows on a mountaintop surrounded by breathtaking panoramic vistas can make you feel like you’re on the top of the world. “Our venue is located on the highest peak in Norway, ME, with 360-degree mountain views,” says Jill Fratianne, owner of Granite Ridge Estate and Barn. “In their daily lives, couples are surrounded by electronics and the hustle and bustle of daily life. Maybe that’s why we’re seeing a trend toward nature . . . the serenity of the mountains, being outside and providing guests with an unforgettable experience.”

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Besides choosing a “wonderful getaway with fresh air and beautiful views” for their September 2016 mountain wedding at the Jackson Gore Inn in Okemo, VT, Laurén Rauch and Eric Feldman, “wanted a meaningful location that we would return to,” says Laurén. “My dad passed away four and a half years before our wedding,” so hosting the ceremony and reception at the same mountain where she and her father skied together allowed her to connect to him. “Waking up on my wedding day, I looked out over the hill where we shared our last ski run and envisioned him walking me down the aisle into the next chapter of my life.”

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Carolyn and Corey Schwartz “definitely knew” they wanted to get married in Vermont, “where we had spent a lot of great times and Carolyn’s family has a home,” Corey explains. Choosing the historic mountaintop venue of Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT, for their October 2016 wedding meant their guests could witness the dazzling array of Vermont fall colors. “There is a photo of us looking out at our guests with the valley views behind us,” says Carolyn. “It captures everything we loved about our wedding—the foliage plus all our loved ones in one place.” continued on page 58

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Megan Hannah of Hannah Photo acknowledges that Vermont “mountain settings create an unforgettable backdrop,” creating “a slower pace of life” that encourages relaxation. “Leave your stilettos at home!” “We feature two foliage seasons: the first when the leaves change on the summit in mid- to late September, and the second occurs in the valley in October, says John Dudek, manager and chef at Bascom Lodge, located atop Mount Greylock in the Berkshires. “Since we’re at the highest point in Massachusetts with vistas of four states and five mountain ranges, and foliage season is peak time for weddings, it’s best to book at least one year in advance.” “When the sun sets over the Berkshires, it is amazing!” raves Shana Perry, owner and photographer at Love & Perry Photography and Films. She cautions couples to keep in mind the various conditions of rough terrain, high winds, and fluctuating temperatures when selecting a mountain venue. For a recent wedding shoot, “We had a sunny day and then the clouds moved right over us, creating a dramatic foggy landscape. Of course, this doesn’t mean you are going to get any less beautiful photos!” In remote locations, you’ll want to be prepared by having an accessible, weatherproof “plan B” event space and hiring reliable transportation companies. “Source locally and work with vendors who have used the facility before,” recommends Craig Clemmer, director of sales and marketing at Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire. “You don’t want a learning curve to strike you out on your big day.” This four-diamond resort, which has the distinction of holding a variety of weddings during all four seasons, is “set on 2,600 acres at the base of the Presidential Mountain Range, dominated by majestic Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Because there are only so many peak foliage days, Clemmer suggests couples consider “holding an off-season or midweek dream wedding.” 58 Fall 2018

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“Getting married on top of Cadillac Mountain requires a lot of planning, a permit, and can be a challenge,” says Christie Anastasia, public affairs specialist at Acadia National Park in Maine. Decorations cannot be accommodated, parking spaces are limited, and the park can become crowded. Yet, “It’s a fantastic location for very simple wedding ceremonies that rely solely on the enhancement of the natural surroundings.” Nature-loving couples will hike here, “elope in their wedding outfits to an epic location and then celebrate back home,” says photographer Ashley Jardim/She of the Woods. “And…they’ll have a slideshow of amazing photos of their mountaintop adventure to share with everyone.”

Sources Arcadia National Park (Cadillac Mountain) Acadia National Park Ashley Jardim sheofthewoods.com Bascom Lodge (Mount Greylock) bascomlodge.net Granite Ridge Estate and Barn graniteridgeestate.com Hannah Photo hannahphoto.com Jackson Gore Inn (Okemo Mountain Resort) okemo.com Love & Perry Photography and Films loveandperry.com

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If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination brimming with natural beauty, activities galore and wildlife wonder, that’s just a quick flight from the East Coast, then check out the Azores, an amazing archipelago of nine volcanic islands off the coast of Portugal. “The Azores are the perfect honeymoon destination for couples looking for a unique European getaway infused with romance, breathtaking natural landscapes, and a touch of adventure,” notes Luís Nunes, CEO of Azores Getaways. “Just a four-hour flight from the East Coast, the Azores offer honeymooners an authentic escape from the hustle and bustle, with a wide range of activities and experiences that strike the perfect balance between relaxing romance and adrenaline-seeking adventure. Soak in a geothermal hot spring; pamper yourself with a unique natural spa treatment; lounge on black sand beaches; tour and taste your way through the UNESCO World Heritage

vineyards of Pico; hike, bike, and rappel through volcanic craters, peaks and canyons; surround yourself with 360° crater lake and mountain ridge views from atop a stand-up paddle board; explore the islands’ rich cultural history and indulge in their unique flavors and traditions; swim alongside wild dolphins and marvel at the many species of whales, turtles, dolphins, and birds who call the Azores home. Whether you prefer romantic strolls through lush botanical gardens or a rugged stargazing hike to Portugal’s highest peak (and everything in between), the Azores are anything but boring,” says Nunes. continued on page 64

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The Nine Islands Couples who are honeymooning in the Azores can visit a rainbow of nine islands identified by color. Nunes and his team help us understand the attributes of each: SĂŁo Miguel: The Green Island The largest and most-visited island, San Miguel is perfect for couples who love lush landscapes, crater lakes, and natural spas and hot springs. Santa Maria: The Yellow Island The oldest of the Azores, Santa Maria is a true beach island, with pale yellow sands and warm water throughout the year. Considered by many as the best diving location in Europe, its cities are reminiscent of Algarve in mainland Portugal with lime-washed houses and lush green forests.

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Pico: The Grey Island Known for its black volcanic soil, Pico Island is covered with basalt-lined vineyards where locals have been producing wine since the fifteenth century. Terceira: The Purple Island How can you not fall in love with an island where the cow population is almost double the human population? Not only that, the Terceira landscape glistens like the Irish countryside. Faial: The Blue Island If you visit in the summer, you’ll find this island covered in blue hydrangeas. It’s a popular spot for sailors crossing the Atlantic, and its main city, Horta, is a great place to patronize restaurants and bars along the harbor to enjoy views of Pico across the bay. São Jorge: The Brown Island This island is a great spot to mountain bike, hike, canoe, and spelunk. Cheese lovers adore its cheese factory, which produces a robust, aged cheese called Queijo São Jorge. Graciosa: The White Island This small island is serene and enchanting. Home to the famed Azorean dwarf donkeys (It is rumored there are only twenty left!), the island is a great place to embark on a whaleor dolphin-watching expedition. Corvo: The Black Island The smallest of the Azore islands, Corvo has only one village, home to 468 locals—one of the smallest communities in Europe. This location is a favorite among bird watchers and divers. Flores: The Pink Island Think pink and blue hydrangeas and goldenrods and you’ll understand why this island’s name derives from the Portuguese word for flowers. Flores is one of the few UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in the world and is dotted with lagoons, deep blue crater lakes, and dozens of waterfalls. Whether you choose to visit one island or many, your honeymoon in the Azores is sure to be filled with beautiful scenes and memorable moments. Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead. www.bridegroommag.com

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ersatility, flexibility, and classic style with eclectic charm—three reasons why couples are showing their love for the Westford Regency Inn. You might find that this is just the right spot for you, too! Have you ever heard of the Nashoba Valley Ski Area? How about the delicious ice cream found at Kimball Farm?

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Both of these great locales are major points of interest in Westford, Massachusetts, a sprawling, suburban community situated just off of Route 495, on the edge of the Merrimack Valley, Northern Middlesex County, and the Metrowest region of the state. Westford’s central location makes it a smart and fun destination for many brides and grooms with easy access for guests from all over, and that’s why Westford Regency Inn is a truly convenient wedding destination. “We are just 35 minutes from Logan Airport, and about a half hour in the other direction from Manchester, New Hampshire. Yet, we are far enough away from those urban areas to offer the amenities you might come to expect at larger city hotel settings, while providing more suburban and scenic surroundings at a much more affordable value,” said Samantha McCalvey, social catering manager at the Westford Regency Inn. “We offer the perfect mix of charm (we still use old-fashioned room keys) with the modern style that today’s couples and hotel guests are looking for.

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“Versatility, flexibility, and classic style with eclectic charm—three reasons why couples are showing their love for the Westford Regency Inn.”

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We keep to our roots while changing with the times, and it works for us.” Beyond convenience, style, and affordability is the Westford Regency Inn’s flexibility, offering brides and grooms sophisticated choices at every turn. Whether you’re looking to host a grand, 300-person wedding ceremony and reception, or you’re hoping to keep your event small and intimate, couples getting married at this newly renovated hotel have a variety of choices. The Regency Ballroom was recently updated and features crystal chandeliers hanging from the spacious 14-foot ceiling with tables surrounded by pretty chiavari chairs. The décor is quite neutral and classic, which lends itself nicely to whatever your theme might be. This flexible space is scalable in size and provides endless options for bringing your dream wedding to life with a wow factor—at any time of year. Speaking of wow-factors, the Westford Regency Inn’s 6,000-square-foot outdoor tent is another fabulous option for a good portion of the year, particularly the spring through the fall months. It is substantial in size and offers its own kind of magic, with vintage globe lights, neutral carpeting, and views of the original farmhouse on the grounds of the hotel. It’s also strategically located close to the main building, for guest convenience, amenities, and more. It’s easy to set the scene in this venue and make a real statement with a simple pop of color or the décor details of your choice. Being a hotel first and foremost, the Westford Regency Inn offers high-quality hospitality for couples and their guests; they really aim to please. There are multiple restaurants on-site, and the food at the reception is traditional and tasty. Two of their most popular reception dishes are the parmesan encrusted chicken with sautéed artichoke chardonnay sauce, along with the forever classic prime rib dinner. The chef has been with the hotel for 21 years, and he personally builds the food and beverage menus for all events.


He uses the freshest ingredients and makes just about everything on the premises. Wedding cakes are included in the Westford Regency Inn’s bridal package. They work with three preferred vendors, so brides and grooms may choose exactly what they want. Having more than 193 guest rooms onsite at the hotel is an added perk and just another advantage of selecting the Westford Regency Inn for your nuptials. It’s a full-service hotel with a health club, an indoor pool and clean, comfortably modern rooms with pillow-top mattresses and full room service menus. A complimentary night in one of the hotel’s highly appointed suites is included in the wedding package, so the newlyweds are never far from their guests. Throughout the hotel, visitors enjoy artwork by local, contemporary Boston and New England artists, hand selected to adorn the walls. In the lobby, a local florist maintains a spectacular floral layout and indoor garden year-round. It’s the perfect spot for pictures. Outside, the grounds are well-manicured and meticulously maintained, providing a great back-

drop for first-looks. There are a variety of unique photographic venues all around the hotel, including a lovely gazebo and even a barn for a more rustic feel. The Westford Regency Inn is an exceptional place because it’s so well-rounded, offering couples upscale elegance with a hometown feel. Their classic charm is timeless and makes it a special place to begin your lives together. Check it out and you might just fall in love with it today!

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Timeless Tablescapes by Stacey Marcus

Looking for inspiration to create a tablescape to take the cake? Flip through the pages of our exclusive photo shoot by Jill Person of Person + Killian Photography to find four beautiful motifs: Modern Glamour, Simple Elegance, Traditional Romance, and Rustic Chic. The tables were set in the stunning ballroom of the The Ritz-Carlton, Boston by Be Our Guest and Winston Flowers. Lisa Oberlander of Be Our Guest and Grace Lillibridge, floral designer at Winston Flowers, share tablescape tips.

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The Setting: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston The Ritz-Carlton’s redesign has updated the 3,500 square-foot ballroom, an exquisite backdrop to set four tables for today’s couples. “Couples have long enjoyed getting married in our ballroom because of the breathtaking view of the Boston Common and the natural light that comes in from our floor-to-ceiling windows,” shares General Manager William Bunce. “The view, along with a new silver and taupe color palette, a silver-leaf ceiling, modern lighting fixtures, and hand-printed wallcoverings offer a luxurious space that will wow any wedding guest.” Enjoy the tablescape tour!

Modern Glamour Contemporary couples will adore seeing their guests seated smartly around a table set in a Modern Glamour motif. Oberlander loves the juxtaposition of this look against the ballroom’s botanical-inspired canvas. She used the graphic lines and striking texture found in the linen to start, and then bold lines were further layered with the selection of clear glass wing 12” chargers, lotus china, and Tribeca glassware. Lillibridge drew inspiration from the elements selected for the table. For example, gray glass containers and votives were chosen to accentuate an almost monochromatic look when paired with the gray tablecloth. The vessels and votives also have really crisp horizontal and vertical lines, respectively, that mirror the modern lines of the table linen. She comments that the pearl-like hue of the orchids also highlight the milk-white opaque glassware, which contributes to a very simple and chic overall aesthetic.

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Simple Elegance Understated couples will love the clean lines of this tablescape. Simple Elegance shines through with Be Our Guest’s mercury embossed linen paired with the beadwork along the antique ivory china. The gold hourglass chair beautifully ties into the overall feel and complements the hues of silver and taupe in the newly redesigned space. Lillibridge notes that she wanted to create a new take on a classic garden-style arrangement by adding a ton of fresh seasonal textures to the already low and lush design. “We surrounded plush Van Zyverden peonies and alabaster garden roses with luscious greenery like geranium foliage, jasmine vine, silvery leaves of dusty miller, and lots of hellebores,” she says, noting that the additional embellishments also serve to play up the texture found in the dinnerware and table linens, while the gold vessel and votives are a nice complement to the gold chairs. Clear candlesticks add a simple and sophisticated touch.

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Traditional Romance Sweet and celestial create a lovely looks for traditional love birds. Traditional Romance got an update with the White Possibility Table, where the white embossed damask linen is inlaid. The remaining details are unmistakably old-world including cut-crystal Longchamp glassware, Versailles flatware, double gold band china, and the gold Palazzo charger. The gold chiavari chairs provide the finishing touch.

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Winston Flowers plays on the elongated shape of the table by creating a continuous runner of florals using various sweet and ethereal details, while still managing to keep an overall simple look with the main focus on the flowers. Trumpet-shaped vases in various sizes allow the flowers to flare out, which creates a looser style. This adds to the idea of the continuous line of blooms, while the clear, etched hurricanes help to break it up slightly, keeping it from looking too monotonous.

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Rustic Chic This style is an unexpected treat for guests in an urban ballroom setting, yet it doesn’t feel out of place with the glamorous and glossy Fruitwood Table, which features details such as beehive flatware, a taupe charger with a hammered-effect, and deco beige china. The fruitwood chairs and Madison glassware create a polished touch, and the linen runner adds texture. The design was inspired by the French countryside. Winston Flowers wants it to feel like you could have picked these flowers yourself by using an asymmetrical design and injecting numerous organic elements. The overall tablescape has a lot of darker elements, from the wooden table and chairs to the copper flatware, so they decided to add some color and freshness in the form of elements such as chartreuse club moss, green hellebores, and blue nigella for subtle vibrance. They employ a variety of green glass vases and white vessels, and prevent it from looking too busy by using two floral varieties per containers at most. What was your favorite tablescape? Let us know on Facebook @brideandgroom.

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Get Creative! Artsy Activities for Your Bachelorette Bash by Emily Marcus

When you hear the words “bachelorette party,” what comes to mind? Bride-to-be sashes, stilettos, strippers, pink cocktails in raunchily shaped glasses? The “last night as a single girl” mentality has long shaped bachelorette party activities, equating the tradition with a drunken escapade you will likely not fully remember. But whether or not this appeals to the future bride, it’s far from her only option. More and more brides are expanding the horizons of what a bachelorette party entails, seeking unique experiences that reflect the individuals they are. Artistic options offer a memorable and laid-back event for you and your girls. So whether you’re planning a party for your artistic bestie or seeking ideas for your own crafty bachelorette celebration, Massachusetts has plenty of options for those looking to get their creative juices flowing. Here are a just a few: 80 Fall 2018

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Sketch a Nude Model at the Artful Bachelorette The Artful Bachelorette experience as described by owner Fleur Childs: “As the girls arrive, they’re greeted by a charming waiter who hands them a glass of champagne. Once everyone has slipped on a black apron and taken a seat, the class begins. A playlist of empowering female anthems plays in the background, setting a fun mood. A hostess guides the group through seven simple and fun drawing exercises, and most guests have never had a drawing class so we keep things very interactive and easy. With a glass of bubbly in one hand and a gorgeous nude male muse in front of them, it’s easy for a woman to discover her inner artist! The Artful Bachelorette promises that everyone will learn a little about the art of live figure drawing while laughing a lot!” Former bride-to-be and Artful Bachelorette attendee Lindsay Fischler says of the experience, “I’ve known my friends for

years, but this was such a different experience than we’ve ever had as a group. It was just silly enough without being cheesy that it worked for everyone. Planning a wedding can be stressful, so what I really wanted from the weekend was an

opportunity to laugh with my friends, and that’s exactly what we got.” Logistics: 12 to 15 guests Location: Multiple partner venue, home, hotel suite, or Airbnb. Website: theartfulbachelorette.com

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Cass School of Floral Design

Have a Petal Party at Cass School of Floral Design Explore your inner flower power with experts at this local, female-owned, family flower shop and floral design school. Each personalized petal party consists of a 60- to 90-minute lesson on how to make an arrangement and other floral design skills. This is the perfect option for a multigenerational affair. “A lot of times people bring moms, grandmothers, and the friends go and do something else,” says Tyke Patriquin, administrative director. The team works with the bride using her Pinterest board or bridal aesthetic in order to create a floral arrangement or flower crown she and her guests will adore. Patriquin notes, “Those who don’t want a typical night on the town can come make a flower crown and go to brunch after!” Logistics: Minimum of 6 for studio petal party; 15+ guests and we’ll bring the party to you. Location: 531 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472 Website: cassflowers.com

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Choose Your Masterpiece at Muse Paint Bar Muse Paint Bar provides the perfect customizable event where, “brides can do everything including choosing their painting, sign, or glassware or having us create something special for them; choosing their music, bringing in any food they’d like, and decorating their private studio,“ says marketing and PR director Sara Rosenfield. Muse’s extensive art library, drink and food menu, and chic studio spaces truly allow the bride-to-be to design her ideal artsy event. What sets Muse apart from the rest of the paint and sip options? Rosenfield notes, “our new Lumify custom light boxes illuminate artwork on your canvas, allowing customers to easily trace outlines and shapes. Lumify enables us to offer subject matter, theme, font, and style, which were previously too difficult or time-consuming.” Logistics: 10-person minimum or studio fee applies Location: Multiple locations across New England, visit musepaintbar.com/locations Website: musepaintbar.com

Looking for local paint and sip places in Central, MA? Check out: The Painted Pink Cat, 10 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA paintedpinkcat.com/about-us.html Jubilee Painting, 27 Main St., Sterling, MA (Rte. 12) jubileepainting.com Have Fun with Art, 152 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA havefunwithart.com Brush It Off Paint & Sip Bar, 559 Main St., Sturbridge, MA (Rte. 20) brush-it-off.com So whether you decide to sip rosé and sketch a live nude model or toast your new set of hand-painted wine glasses, there are countless ways to add a creative touch to your bachelorette party. And regardless of the final product, there’s something truly magical about getting your best friends together to make a work of art while creating lasting memories.

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debbiesegreve.com

The Party Continues... Entertaining New England for Over 35 Years!

Festive Events knows every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding reception. Festive Events Professional DJ/Entertainers work with you from start to finish on the planning process. We’ll ensure your event is the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Enjoy the music and great entertainment while everyone has fun with Festive Events.

DJ’s

Lighting

508.746.9669 festiveevents.com

Photo Booths


Tie the Knot with Westford Charm

Our beautiful storybook hotel will provide the very best to meet your wedding needs including elegant rooms, lush landscaped grounds, exceptional service and food.

219 Littleton Rd. • Westford, MA 01866 978.727.8712 • westfordregency.com


Bridal Buzz Latest news and happenings!

Bridal Fitness Camp is a three-month program designed to get you in the best shape for your special day. We offer nutrition coaching, personal training plans, weekly weigh-in and body measurements. 100% money back guarantee. Normally priced at $999, mention Bride & Groom Magazine to receive a $300 discount. Contact celebrity personal trainer and pro fighter Christina Rondeau at 401-996-5425. rkblive.com.

The perfect venue for your event. Shaker Hills features a newly renovated hardwood floor ballroom and expansive upper deck with panoramic views of breathtaking greens. Call 978.772.3330 ext. 309 or click shakerhills.com.

As a fifth-generation transportation company, we’ve had a multitude of special family events including birthdays, proms, engagements, weddings, and anniversaries. At AA Transportation Co., Inc. we appreciate that it’s the seamless details that make these life events so memorable. Allow us to provide the exceptional transportation services that have become our hallmark for your next momentous event. Mention Bride & Groom Magazine to receive a 10% discount off any booking. Call 508.791.9100 ext. 1. aatransportation.com

Executive Chef Steve (left) and culinary team member and BBQ enthusiast Jake with our new smoker! New menu options add to the farm-to-table experience. harringtonfarm.com

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Let the Manor brighten your day. Take your event to the next level with complimentary up lighting! Our elegant ballrooms are the perfect canvas to add your personal touch of color and create your dream wedding. Mention this ad to begin creating your own Manor memories. 508-835-4722. ourmanor.com.

For the couple looking for more than just a vehicle for their wedding day, ROCKSTAR LIMO is the premier transportation provider with vehicles to match any style and service beyond expectations. Visit our website to view our fleet of specialty vehicles for wedding party transportation, guest shuttles, airport transfers, bachelor and bachelorette parties. Call 888-725-7871 ext. 133. rockstarlimo.net/rides

Custom Wedding Cakes By Penny Are you looking for a custom-designed wedding cake that tastes sensational and is as unique as the two of you? Call Penny at 508-832-3814 for an appointment and tasting and we will design it together! customweddingcakesbypenny.com

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Florist Inc. Sally Jablonski owner and floral artist of Herbert E. Berg Florist was chosen as one of America’s ten most talented floral designers to compete in the FTD America’s Cup over the 4th of July 2018, in Washington, DC. First prize was the chance to represent FTD and the United States in the most prestigious international design competition in the world: World Cup 2019 to be held in March at the Philadelphia Flower Show. It was an honor for Sally to be a part of this elite team FTD Americas Cup 2018. For more information visit ftdworlcup2019.com and like us on Facebook. Bergflorist.com

Doris Loves USA brings their custom-built marquee lighting and temporary tattoo station throughout New England. Doris Loves offers every letter of the alphabet to spell whatever you’d like for your wedding, including your last name, LOVE, hashtag—anything that helps make your day uniquely yours! Are you looking to provide a whole new interactive experience for your guests? Doris Loves offers the area’s only portable tattoo stand with custom tattoos available for any occasion. We work with you to design your own temporary tattoos: use your names, wedding date, or monogram, or choose from our own trendy and exclusive designs! Guests can pick their favorite tattoo and have fun in a totally unique way at your reception. Dorisloves.com.

As your Wedding DJ and master of ceremonies, Brian Fligg shares his creativity with you and listens to your ideas. During the final planning, everything comes together in a timeline of moments designed from an entertainment perspective—one that keeps the party moving forward without ever feeling rushed. You will enjoy your day. Take the first step at BrianFligg.com.

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The 1761

Old Mill

Restaurant, Cracker Barrel Pub & Country Store

The Perfect New England Setting for Your Special Day! Photo: Julie Mastromatteo

• Wedding Ceremonies • Receptions from 10 to 150 • Bridal Showers • Intimate Rehearsal Dinners 69 State Road East • Rte. 2A Westminster, Massachusetts 01473

978-874-5941 Visit our website at www.1761OldMill.com Photo: Julie Mastromatteo

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in the Winter 2019 Issue of

Magazine Send your photo and wedding date to: Chevalier Associates, Inc. 176 Worcester-Providence Turnpike • Suite 101A Sutton, MA 01590 or e-mail at info@bridegroommag.com If you would like your photos returned please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Photo must be received by October 1, 2018. Please include this information with photo: Name of Bride: Bride’s Residence:

Announce Your

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FUNCTION FACILIT Y 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: Kim McDermott.

Bull Mansion (71)

E, B, D, W

$25 - $100

Yes

Yes

25/200

Yes

1-2

No

55 Pearl St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 775-6070 bullmansion@gmail.com www.bullmansion.com

The Bull Mansion offers a variety of event spaces for any kind of event. Weddings, cocktail parties, intimate dinners, corporate or nonprofit meetings, baby & bridal showers all become one-of-a-kind here. It’s a setting like no other in Central Massachusetts that is rich in history and charm! Contact: Hannah Green.

Mechanics Hall (77)

E, B, D, W

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

1

No

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

South of Worcester Asa Waters Mansion (44)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $75

No

Yes

25/150

Yes

1

123 Elm Sr., Millbury, MA 01527 Ph: (508) 865-0855 JMcElroy@townofmillbury.net www.asawaters.org

A historic estate located in the beautiful Blackstone Corridor. Let us make your fairy tale dreams come true. Asa Waters: where history and beauty meet. Contact: John K. McElroy II.

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

No

1

BRIDE&GROOM

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.

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

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

Yes

75/260

Yes

1

No

West of Worcester J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Function Facility (71) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

Leicester Country Club (11)

For 90+ people (in Café Room), included in the per-person price are: liner, cake cutting, setup/breakdown charges and the cost of serving two different meals. Contact: Arnold or Jason Villatico. 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 (40)

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 (8)

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 (95)

E, B, D, W

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

The Barn at Wight Farm (25)

$35 - $68

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Max 350

Yes

Varies

Yes

2

Yes

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. E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

40-175

Yes

1

420 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (774) 241-8450 info@T3Chefs.com www.T3Chefs.com

The Barn at Wight Farm can host your ceremony, reception, or bridal shower in one of our beautiful post and beam buildings located at The Collection at Wight Farm, Sturbridge, MA. Contact: Marie Flavin.

The Harding Allen Estate (70)

E, B, D, W

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

Yes

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

No

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

75/600

Yes

1-2

Yes

North of Worcester

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center (9) 242 Adams Place, Boxboro, MA 01719 Ph: (978) 889-1711 sguay@boxbororegency.com www.boxboroweddings.com

Discover our newly appointed indoor atrium and gazebo. Say, “I do” in our beautiful courtyard with an outdoor wedding feel surrounded by loved ones. Contact: Stephen Guay.

Chocksett Inn (6)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75+

Yes

Yes

50/300

Yes

1

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: Marissa Dunn.

Devens Weddings and Events (61)

E, B, D, W

27, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434 Ph: (978) 757-3003 • Fx: (978) 772-4903 Jen.Roy@marriott.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.

Great Wolf Lodge (40)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5/500

10/400

Yes

Yes

1

3

Yes

Yes

150 Great Wolf Drive Fitchburg, MA 01420 Ph: (978) 516-0139 newenglandsales@greatwolf.com greatwolf.com/meetings

Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect setting to start your new lives together. Our experienced staff will assist in creating the wedding of your dreams. Contact: Henry Tessman.

Harrington Farm (17)

E, B, D, W

178 Westminster Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-5600 x222 traci@harringtonfarm.com www.harringtonfarm.com

We offer an elegant country ambiance with spectacular food and service while Mother Nature provides the panoramic views and scenic backdrops for your special day. Contact: Traci Swenson.

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (5)

E, B, D, W

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 (89)

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: Rhetta Guimond.

Shaker Hills Country Club (15)

E, B, D, W

$65- $100

$35 - $100

$30 - $50

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

50/225

25/400

10/150

200

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

No

1-3

No

2

1

No

Yes

146 Shaker Rd., Harvard, MA 01451 Ph: (978)772-3330 ext. 309 eventmanager@shakerhills.com www.shakerhills.com

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: Kasee Clayton.

Sterling National Country Club (45)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

No

40/225

Yes

1

No

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

A picturesque setting, beautiful ballroom and stunning outdoor ceremony space along with delicious cuisine and a professional staff to ensure expectations are exceeded. Contact: Georgiana Mathieu.

Wachusett Country Club (35)

E, B, D, W

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.

Wesford Regency Inn & Conference Center (85) 219 Littleton Rd., Westford, MA 01866 Ph: (978) 727-8712 sales@westfordregency.com www.westfordregency.com

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

$50-75

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

50/400

2/400

Yes

Yes

2

1-2

BRIDE&GROOM

No

Yes

Our beautiful storybook hotel will provide the very best to meet your wedding needs including elegant rooms, lush landscaped grounds, exceptional service and food. Contact: Kim Eidens.

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

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T he

Sturbridge Host Hotel on Cedar Lake

Where Dreams are Filled and Memories Created

Lakeside or Ballroom Receptions ~ Two Outdoor Ceremony Locations Bridal Showers ~ Rehearsal Dinners ~ Post Wedding Brunches ~ Overnight Guestrooms 366 Main Street • Sturbridge, MA 01566 • 508-347-7393 • email: info@sturbridgehosthotel.com

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Wedding BRIDAL SHOPS Ve’Lace Bridal by Shadia, LLC (4) audreycutlerphotography.com

Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

96

Cakes

96

Catering

96

Donation Services

96

Entertainment

97

11 Mechanic St., Bellingham, MA 02019 (508) 966-0091 Velacebridal@gmail.com www.velacebridal.com

633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 799-7699

BRIDAL SHOWS

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 632-6099 jffavors@dfci.harvard.edu www.jimmyfund.org/cards

The Original Wedding Expo (78 & 79) ™

334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.

CAKES Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (41) 16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com

Honeymoon Spots

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Jewelry

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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.

Limousines

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CATERING

Photo Booths

98

Photography

98

Reception Facilities

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Specialty Lighting

98

Tuxedos

98

Videography

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Buggy Whip Catering 343 Providence Road, South Grafton, MA 01560 (508) 839-3458 • www.buggywhipcatering.com The Buggy Whip Catering Service has been serving traditional American fair to brides and grooms in Worcester and surrounding counties since 1953.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org 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.

Joslin Diabetes Center 1 Joslin Place, Development Office Boston, MA 02215 (617) 732-2412 catherine.marinello@joslin.harvard.edu www.joslin.org

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Rachel’s Table 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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Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors and receive cards personalized by you for your guests!

Ve’Lace Bridal offers you a fresh and updated yet warm and welcoming atmosphere. Step into our modern, clean boutique as we provide you with the full bridal experience.

Florists

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resources

The Jimmy Fund

Ranked #1 in New England for breakthrough cancer research/ treatment and provides hope for thousands diagnosed with cancer each year.

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

JEWELRY

Festive Events (84)

Maria’s Fine Jewelry (3)

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

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

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

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

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (16) 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 (35) 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers creative floral designs and personalized service. Call today for your floral consultation.

LIMOUSINES AA Limousine Service (70) P.O. Box 639, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 791-9100 ext. 1 GeorgiaBrigham@aol.com www.aatransportation.com Our professional detail-oriented drivers are trained to give you the best service possible. Specializing in weddings, bachelorettes, nights out, prom or any other occasion.

ROCKSTAR LIMO (IBC) 2 Commerce Dr. Warwick, RI 02886 (888) 725-7871 weddings@ROCKSTARlimo.net www.rockstarlimo.net ROCKSTAR LIMO is the premier transportation provider that not only has vehicles to match your style, but service beyond your expectations.

FACEBOOK Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ brideandgroom

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HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (90 & 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.

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Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (16)

PHOTO BOOTHS

Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com

MA Photo Booths (16) 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.

AVR Photography & Video (24)

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.

TUXEDOS

PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (24) 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.

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 92)

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (84) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com

VIDEOGRAPHY

Bonardi’s Formalwear (60) 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.

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 (78 & 79)

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

Men’s Wearhouse (10) www.menswearhouse.com With over 1,000 locations nationwide, including all Men’s Wearhouse stores, ordering, picking up and returning a tuxedo has never been easier.

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

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Massachusetts & Rhode Island Expos to Choose From November 4, 2018 Twin River Casino Events Center, Lincoln, RI

November 18, 2018 Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA

January 6, 2019

robinsonweddingphotography.com

Twin River Casino Events Center, Lincoln, RI NEW SHOW!

March 3, 2019

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center,

Discounted tickets available at originalweddingexpo.com

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Boxboro, MA

April 7, 2019 Twin River Casino Events Center, Lincoln, RI

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Exhibit space available! Ask about multi show discounts.

508-770-0092


Fall 2018  

Mountaintop Weddings. Mobile Catering. Embracing New England's Industrial Gems. Real Local Weddings. Timeless Tablescapes.

Fall 2018  

Mountaintop Weddings. Mobile Catering. Embracing New England's Industrial Gems. Real Local Weddings. Timeless Tablescapes.