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Summer Loving

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Make it POP! How fabric and texture can add dimension to your reception page 34

Hilltop Harmony: Weddings in the Berkshires page 46

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Contents Features 34 Make it POP!

Using fabric and texture to add dimension to your reception.

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38 Lakes to Love

Waterside wedding locales.

42 Fresh-Faced & Fancy Free

Trends in spring bridal makeup.

46 Hilltop Harmony Weddings in the Berkshires. 50 Flying Solo

Planning and paying for a wedding on your own.

54 Pictorial Summer Loving 58 Web Weddings

Live-streaming your big day.

70 Sweet Treats

Drool worthy desserts crafted by local bakeries.

72 Maids of Honor

Choosing your bridal party.

76 On the Menu

Crafting your reception meal.

78 Spahhhh...

Trendy treatments from around New England.

Honeymoons 82 Historic Honeymoons

Honeymoons full of tradition, beauty, and romance.

86 Love, European Style

Honeymooning in London and Rome.

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

Recently engaged local couples.

18 Editor’s Picks

Product reviews.

20 B&G Q&A Leslie Boudreau Photography

Nearby Nuptials

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22 Crystal & Adam 26 Michele & Brandon 30 Diana & Nicholas

Featured Venues

Directories

62 Leicester Country Club

92 Function Facility Guide

66 The Manor

96 Wedding Resources Guide

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Letter from the Editor

Spring is finally here! Welcome to the beginning of long, lazy days and vibrant nights. Spring also signals the beginning of the most popular time of year to get

married. For those of you getting married in May or June, you’re almost to the finish line! Those of you getting married in the summer months are really ramping up your planning by now, and for fall and winter to-be-weds, you still have lots of time to get all those details in place. If you’re newly engaged and just starting to gather ideas, congratulations and welcome! You’ve picked up the best local planning resource for all things wedding. Every issue of Bride & Groom is packed to the gills with ideas, advice, and resources for every kind of couple. As a bride-to-be back in 2012, I felt very determined to do everything myself, often politely refusing advice from well-meaning friends and relatives, and definitely ignoring bridal magazines and blogs. My fear was that I would become too overwhelmed and lose sight of my original vision. How I wish I had known how helpful those resources could have been! I wanted my wedding to be

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100% uniquely me, but what I didn’t realize was that I could utilize the myriad planning resources out there without compromising my vision of a perfect wedding. This issue is chock full of articles that would have helped me immensely during my wedding planning days, and I’m confident that they will help you today! “Maids of Honor” on page 72 addresses the somewhat tricky issue of choosing a wedding party, while “One the Menu” (page 76) has some really great advice for crafting a scrumptious reception menu. “Make it POP!” (page 34) is full of tips on using fabric and texture in your wedding-scape to add uniqueness and save your budget. Don’t think I’d leave you without some eye candy, though. Feast your eyes on some delectable wedding desserts crafted by local bakers on page 70, and oogle photos from real New England summer weddings on page 54. And don’t miss our indispensible spring bridal makeup tips on page 42. As always, make sure your check out Nearby Nuptials on pages 22, 26, and 30 for inspiration from real New England couples. Happy planning!

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Melissa McCue and Jeremy Lajoie Cherry Valley, MA Wedding date: July 4, 2014

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Elaine Borenstein and DJ Oleski Worcester, MA Wedding date: August 30, 2014

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Katiemae Olderstein and Kevin Oberhauser Shrewsbury, MA Wedding date: September 27, 2014

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Marla Arcieri and Jessica Putis Milford, MA Wedding date: September 26, 2015

Katherine Gravlin and Joshua Cox Boxborough, MA Wedding date: September 12, 2014

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Editor’s Picks

SPRING 2014 Fun new things for spring!

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Photos

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hotographer Leslie Boudreau says that the key to a successful shoot starts with her being a good listener. This Lunenburg-based artist captures the moments that make each engagement session and wedding one-of-a-kind so that couples have a lasting memory of the day they said, “I do.� Here she jumps into the hot seat to answer a few questions about photography trends, styles, and how to make sure you find the perfect shutterbug for you.

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My biggest thing with photography is keeping it simple and being honest. Photographers can do a lot of dramatic lighting or heavy post-processing. I like to capture the moments of the day; the emotions. In one word: natural. I taught myself over time and that’s how I’ve always leaned—keeping it natural.

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I’ve lightened up over the years, both literally and figuratively. I have changed and grown in different ways, but it’s been organic. Trends really are trends: they come and go; they’re different every year. Right now, Pinterest is so instrumental in planning a wedding. I am seeing people loving natural décor, burlap, rustic backdrops, photos taken in the outdoors and in fields. That’s where I love to be and I love to shoot, so for me, I’ll take it!

“I like to capture the moments of the day; the emotions. In one word: natural.”

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Choosing a photographer for your wedding shouldn’t be taken lightly. What steps can couples take to find the right fit?

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Look for a photographer you are comfortable with personality-wise. The art is a major factor, but as a bride and groom, you will be spending an exorbitant amount of time with your photographer. Ask questions and see how they respond to you. Make sure you like their art and like their style. Also, ask to see full wedding albums or a complete online gallery. I am a “fly on the wall” photographer. The last thing they want to do is spend the day talking to me. They want to be focused on spending time with guests that are there. I shoot photojournalistic style—I wouldn’t be a good fit for someone looking for a very traditional, “every single photo is posed” photographer. Finding a photographer is a very personal decision and I think people should trust their gut. Ask a lot of questions and if is not quite clicking, it’s okay to look for others.

In your opinion, what percentage of a couple’s budget should be dedicated to photography?

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It’s all about priorities. If photography is a big priority, they should carve out a decent amount. Flowers will be beautiful on the wedding day but if you don’t have lasting images . . . I think anyone on a budget can usually find a photographer that can work within that budget, but it might just be a smaller package. I always say, “Picture what you want to have five years after your wedding.” A lot of focus is on the wedding, and that’s normal, but there’s going to be a day after—and a day after that. It’s about prioritizing.

My packages start with five hours of coverage, always a second photographer, and an engagement session because I love to get to know my clients before the wedding day. I also include the edited collection of gallery images with every wedding. Andrea E. McHugh is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine and writes from Newport, RI.

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Crystal and Adam

August 9, 2013 – Natick, MA Their Story Adam Marshall was on a lifelong quest for his “little spoon” when he was introduced to Crystal MacKenzie by a mutual friend. “Adam and I exchanged a few e-mails to get to know each other, then decided to meet for a drink,” says Crystal. “We had a great conversation that night, I drove Adam to his car since he parked kind of far away, and before he got out, I accidentally locked him in, so he gave me a sweet good night kiss!” Adam was obviously smitten. He made his feelings for Crystal even clearer when he asked her out on a second date. “Adam texted me, ‘so what movie does my future wife want to see?’ . . . I guess you could say that it was very early on that we knew we had something special.” Adam’s proposal came as a welcome surprise to Crystal. What started as an average night at home quickly turned into an intimate and romantic event.

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“Every night it’s a guarantee that I fall asleep on the couch watching TV, Adam always scoops me up off the couch and throws me in bed (literally!),” says Crystal. “[On the night of the proposal] he came home kind of late and when he saw me, he gave me a kiss . . . that’s when I noticed that he smelled like beer . . . he said it was from a late lunch with the guys at work.” Despite her suspicions, Crystal quickly fell back asleep. “When it was time for me to go to bed, Adam scooped me up in his arms and carried me down the hall. I had to brush my teeth, so he let me down and opened my bathroom door for me . . . to my surprise when I opened my eyes and looked up I saw roses and candles and looked at the mirror where he wrote ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME?’ on the mirror . . . Of course I said YES!” And the beer breath? “Come to find out, he was out with my dad for dinner and drinks earlier that night to ask for his blessing.” continued on page 24

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Planning & Details

Advice

Crystal and Adam’s positive, team approach to planning made the ten months it took to orchestrate their wedding a virtual breeze. “We loved planning our wedding, because of all of the excitement and anticipation” Crystal gushes. Trendy meets classy was the order of the day for their summer affair at the Verve Hotel in Natick, Massachusetts. “Our theme was black, white, and bling,” says Crystal. “I absolutely love bling, so that was a must.” Chairs swathed in white spandex covers and black spandex sashes set the foundation for the theme, and sparkly bow accents took things up a notch to level “bling.” To add a sweet touch of class, the couple offered Lindt white chocolate truffles in bags tied with a black bow. Guests definitely appreciated Crystal and Adam’s efforts: “Our guests raved about our food, cake, and photo booth,” Crystal says.

Like many couples, Crystal and Adam placed a lot of importance on preserving the memories of their wedding day, so it’s no surprise that their main piece of advice encourages engaged couples to do the same. “Hire a cinematographer!” says Crystal “It’s definitely worth the investment. It’s a keepsake that we will treasure forever.”

The Particulars Ceremony & Reception Site: The Verve Hotel, Natick, MA. vervehotelnatick.com Photographer: Iris Leaf Photography, Methuen, MA. irisleafphotography.com Cake: The Icing on the Cake, Newton, MA. tiotc.com Florist: Holmes Shusas, Worcester, MA. holmes-shusas.com Cinematographer: Video New England, Braintree, MA. VideoNewEngland.com Music: DJ MaShane, Pascoag, RI. djmashane.com Linens: Distinctive Décor Rentals, Lynn, MA. distinctivedecorrentals.com Bridal Gown: Giggi’s Bridal Boutique, Hudson, MA. giggisboutique.com Groom’s Attire: Bonardi’s Formalwear, Worcester, MA. bonardis.com Officiant: Michelle A. Weinstein, Justice of the Peace. marriedbymichelle.com

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Michele and Brandon September 21, 2013 – Leicester, MA Their Story Michele Leary and Brandon Jones began as a lot of sweethearts do: as co-workers. “We worked at the same company in different departments for a couple years before we started flirting, which eventually led to our first date on Christmas night in 2009.” says Michele. While this couple’s beginning was pretty typical, their dating relationship was anything but. Michele has been battling colon cancer since 2007; a cancer so aggressive that she has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, as well as many invasive surgeries. She will likely have to endure treatment off and on for the rest of her life. Through it all, Brandon has stayed by Michele’s side. “I am so thankful to have met the love of my life who is always by my side,” she says. “He’s always going above and beyond for me . . . He takes care of me when I’m sick, and takes me out to enjoy life every moment that we can. I am truly blessed.”

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The two got engaged on Christmas morning in 2011 over coffee—and cuddles—on the couch. “Brandon started expressing his love for me, told me he wanted to spend his life with me, pulled a ring box out of his pocket, and asked me to marry him,” says Michele. “I was totally surprised and of course I accepted.”

“I am so thankful to have met the love of my life who is always by my side.” Details The planning of Michele and Brandon’s big day took about a year and a half, and they wanted to make sure they could get married during New England’s glorious fall season. “We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony, so we decided September would be perfect—still warm enough but not too hot. Also, we wanted to have some of the beautiful New England fall colors in the background.” The two decided on the Leicester Country Club as the perfect spot to enjoy the picturesque Central Massachusetts landscape. While Michele and Brandon very much enjoyed planning their wedding, they found the costs to be nearly prohibitive, due mainly to the high costs of Michele’s medical care. Generously, Michele’s cousin stepped up to the plate and helped seek out vendors who continued on page 28 www.bridegroommag.com

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would be willing to donate their services to this special couple. In the end, Michele and Brandon’s story attracted the attention of BugaBoo Confections, Wakeen Photography, Creative Papers, Ltd., DJ Kevin Whitney, Seed To Stem Botanicals, and Jeffrey Robert Salon—all of whom donated their services free of charge. A theme wasn’t on the agenda for Michele and Brandon, who wanted to focus solely on their feelings for each other. “We didn’t have

a theme . . . it was just about the celebration of our love,” says Michele. “The bridesmaids and I did make blue ribbon pins for all the guests. The blue ribbon is the symbol for Colon Cancer. In lieu of favors we made a donation to the American Cancer Society.”

Advice “My advice for new bride and grooms to be would be to set up an e-mail address for wedding planning only,” says Michele.

“That way, once the wedding is over, your email box won’t be flooded with all the e-mail lists you joined while planning the wedding that you will no longer need. I wish I had done that.”

The Particulars Ceremony & Reception: Leicester Country Club, Leicester, MA. leicestercc.com Photographer: Wakeen Photography, wakeenphotography.com Cake: BugaBoo Confections, West Brookfield, MA. bugabooconfections.com Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Seed to Stem, Worcester, MA. seedtostembotannicals.net Centerpieces: A Beautiful Bouquet, Leicester, MA. abeautifulbouquet.webs.com Music: DJ Kevin Whitney. djkevinwhitney.com Bridal Gown, Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses, & Mother of the Bride Dress: Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique, Auburn, MA. elizabethannsbridal.com Bride’s Veil & Jewelry: Elegance by Carbonneau, Worcester, MA Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonardi’s Formalwear. bonardis.com

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October 6, 2013 – Groton, MA Their Story Diana Williams was not shy at all when it came to expressing her interest in her college sweetheart and future husband, Nicholas Riggieri. “He was walking with one of my friends. He caught my eye so I beeped and waved and made some really embarrassing hand gesture and stuck out my tongue,” says Diana. “What can I say? He was hooked!” The happy couple got engaged in 2008, prior to Nicholas’s military deployment to Afghanistan. “We had pre-deployment briefings that we traveled to Vermont for,” Diana says. “When we got home that night Nicholas popped the question, in his own style, of course—we were both in PJs exhausted. I wish I was better dressed, but my rubber ducky shorts and hair in a messy bun was going to have to do. We ran down stairs to share the exciting news with my parents and my mom popped Champagne.” So intense was Diana’s excitement that she actually lost consciousness: “I got up to get something to eat and fainted! I was so excited that I passed out! [Nicholas] wondered how I was ever going to make through our wedding day!”

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Planning Diana and Nicholas took things slow when is came to planning their wedding. With a military deployment on the horizon and college degrees to finish, they felt that there was no need to rush the process. “Nicholas and I had been engaged for four years, but did not start our planning process until August of 2012,” says Diana. “We planned the wedding for thirteen months.”

“I was so excited that I passed out!” For Diana, planning the wedding wasn’t the walk in the park most brides hope for. “Honestly, the wedding planning process was stressful at times, especially when it came to the financial part . . . It is so easy to get sucked into the must-have wedding expenses and it’s easy to lose sight of what it’s all about,” says Diana. “Luckily, [Nicholas and I] both come from very loving and generous families who wanted to give us an unforgettable wedding day, which is exactly what we had.”

Details A cozy, intimate wedding was what Diana and Nicholas hoped for, but being from two very large families, the couple had to set their sights on a larger venue. Luckily, they continued on page 32

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found their perfect space at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA. “The Barn gave us enough room to hold all of our 143 guests with a cozy, warm, and romantic feeling,” says Diana. “We had dimmed lights, candles everywhere, mercury glass vases with white hydrangeas as centerpieces and scattered everywhere. Very classic, rustic, and romantic—truly everything we wanted it to be.” Aside from the bride and groom, the food was the star of the evening. An impressive array of courses dotted the reception, and included such delectable dishes as Guinnessbraised short ribs, butternut squash ravioli, and prosciutto-stuffed chicken. “Everything was amazing and everyone is still raving about the food!” says Diana. Personal touches added to the overall appeal of the evening. In lieu of favors, the couple offered traditional Italian confetti (candy-covered almonds), which were tucked inside beautiful lace pouches decorated by Diana’s mother and aunt. “Attached was a small note card stating that we made a generous donation to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,” says Diana. Diana made the programs herself, which were printed on shimmery paper and accent-

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ed with leaf-shaped cutouts. The bottom of each program read, “The autumn leaves are falling, but love is in bloom.” On the back of the programs the couple listed the names of friends and relatives who had passed on. “It was important for Nicholas and I to take a moment and remember those who could not join us on our wedding day,” says Diana. “It said, ‘We know you would be here today, if Heaven wasn’t so far away . . . You are here in spirit and will live forever in our hearts.’”

Advice “Naturally, weddings can be incredibly overwhelming for the bride and groom,” says Diana, “so Nicholas and I went into our bridal suite after we had dinner and right before cake was served. We took a moment and absorbed the day, we ordered a drink, and listened to the dancing upstairs—it was everyone we loved in one room for us, we could not have asked for more . . . I would highly recommend this to any bride and groom. It’s so hard to absorb the day when you are constantly being pulled in every direction. Take a moment and relax with your husband/wife and enjoy it. Just soak it all in.”

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The Particulars Ceremony: Saint Anne Catholic Parish, Littleton, MA. littletoncatholic.org Reception: The Barn at Gibbet Hill, Groton, MA. barnatgibbethill.com Photographer: Grampietro Photography, Shrewsbury, MA. grampietro.com Cake: Montilio’s Baking Company, Brockton, MA. montilios.com Flowers: Holmes-Shusas, Worcester, MA. holmes-shusas.com Music: Scott Pryor, Mega Jam Productions. megajamproductions.com Transportation: Raffi’s Limousine Service. raffislimo.com Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal Boutique (formerly Pronuptia), Worcester, MA. bellasbridalgowns.com Bridesmaid’s Dress: BCBG. bcbg.com Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Auburn, MA. menswearhouse.com Hair and Makeup: Invidium Salon & Day Spa, Worcester, MA. Calligrapher: Irma Lespasio. allig-irna@townisp.com


MAKE IT POP! Bring your wedding design to life with fabric and texture. by Emily McCord

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ngaged couples must make so many choices before their wedding. Decisions about dates, colors, styles, photographers, food, timing, and music can seem endless as they sift through all of the available options to mold their big day. Busy couples often only quickly consider—or neglect to consider at all—the many fabric and texture options available to them. “I think many brides aren’t aware of the multitude of choices out there,” says Elizabeth Dunderdale, owner, planner, and designer at Boston-based Gracie Lou Events. “As a result, they overlook the potential visual and stylistic impact that fabrics and texture can have on their wedding.” However, most couples would be surprised by how much the thoughtful selection of fabric and texture can define a memorable and unique style for their wedding. “Fabric and texture can really work together to bring the level of style in your reception space up a notch,” says Dunderdale. Couples might also be surprised to learn that fabrics—while creating striking visuals—can be surprisingly inexpensive. “Using fabrics and textures can be a very costeffective way to get a high-design look,”

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says Sarah Daly, president and lead planner of Sarah Daly Events in Wakefield, Rhode Island. “Even a small amount of ribbon can take you a long way in achieving your desired design.” So here are just a few of the beautiful benefits that await couples who carefully consider the textures and fabrics used on their wedding day.

Originality Tastefully chosen fabrics and textures can create a completely unique look, and the myriad of choices available almost guarantees that one fabric palette will be unlike any other. “All good design combines layers of elements—color, texture, pattern, and shine—in order to create visual interest,” says Daly. “The choices you make can also steer the overall atmosphere—a bold graphic can feel modern and fresh, or a simple navy-and-white stripe can feel classic and timeless.” While layers of elements can do a lot to bring a unique ambiance to your event, it’s important keep in mind that quality trumps quantity. “The one rule you shouldn’t break?” says Daly, “Using too many patterns.”

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in unusual ways: get some patterned papers and use them to line trays for passed hors d’oeuvres,” suggests Daly. Linens are another place where couples can infuse sophisticated detail into their wedding. “Upgraded linens allow your flowers and table settings to stand out while remaining cohesive,” Dunderdale says. “They are a great channel through [which] the bride’s vision can be brought to life.” continued on page 36

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A Signature Style Attention to the interplay of fabric and texture can help create the magical style of the couple’s dreams without breaking the bank. Tasteful reliance on inexpensive fabrics—like burlap or unrefined linen—or unique, less traditional colors or textures can create a truly individual look while helping couples stay within the confines of their budget. When creating your signature design style, remember that risks and “rule-breaking” can sometimes payoff. For example,

says Duderdale, “Don’t be afraid to mix metallics. Gold and silver can look stunning together.” Using fabric and texture to add unique touches to a wedding might seem like a daunting task to anyone without a background in textiles or design. But with these few guidelines, tips, and expert advice in mind, a bride can fearlessly follow her tastes! Emily McCord is a freelance writer who loves to plan, organize, cook, and read. She loves to give unsolicited advice over coffee and blogs at The Orange Slate (www.theorangeslate.com).

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3. Be bold. Don’t be afraid to use a particular fabric or texture simply because you haven’t seen it used before. It’s difficult to stray into dangerous territory with classic fabrics and neutral shades. Follow your senses, pair fabrics that you like, and enlist one person (or a very select few, like your mother and a best friend) whose taste you trust to help make selections.

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Lakes to Love

New England wedding locales that shimmer with romance.

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lake provides the perfect dreamy backdrop for a wedding—at once softening and intensifying the surroundings in a glimmering and ever-changing ballet of color. Equally important, a number of lakeside venues cater to weddings with well thought-out sites and experienced planners to help bring each couple’s dream wedding to life. And for those who want to extend the celebration, some venues offer accommodations as well as a full array of activities, from lakeside barbecues to canoe races. Best of all, for New England couples, some of the world’s most stunning and accommodating waterside settings are located practically in their own backyards. Here are three inspiring lakeside venues that would be worth flying to if they weren’t so close to home!

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Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, Connecticut

Specializing in destination weddings with 100 to 220 guests, Interlaken Inn nestles into thirty beautifully-landscaped acres. “We have canoes and kayaks on the lake, as well as a pool, tennis, basketball, volleyball, a full-service spa, and a great on-site restaurant, so there’s plenty to keep everyone busy,” says Brandon Scimeca, food and beverage director. The inn never accepts more than one wedding a weekend, so it’s like having your own compound for the whole event. Many couples pull guests together for a New England clambake or barbecue, a bonfire by the lake with s’mores and hot cocoa, or a farewell breakfast. “Some [couples] add optional activities such as yoga, hiking,


cocktails served poolside, or games like ultimate Frisbee,” says Scimeca. “Plus, our fulltime planner, Stephanie Holst-Grubbe, keeps things on track so our wedding couples can relax and enjoy their guests.” Kimberly and Josh Francis of Bridgewater, Connecticut visited Interlaken Inn thinking it would just provide accommodations for their 175 guests. “We saw our wedding as a chance for our extended family and friends to get to know each other and wanted a place with a country home feeling that could fit all our guests,” says Kimberly. The couple was delighted to learn that the inn also hosts weddings and is well known for its spectacular food. “The more we explored the property, the more we loved it,” Josh says. The couple loved that their guests could walk from the wedding to their rooms, so they encouraged everyone to make a weekend of it. “We’ve been to a lot of weddings, and it can feel rushed,” says Josh. “We wanted our guests to enjoy it as much as we did. And even though it was only about an hour from where we and many of our guests lived, 90 percent stayed over.”

Migis Lodge, South Casco, Maine Located along 3,500 feet of waterfront at Sebago Lake in southern Main, Migis Lodge accommodates up to 130 guests in thirty-five cottages and six lodge rooms. These lovely accommodations are all tucked into ethereal pine forest and are outfitted with fieldstone fireplaces, handmade quilts, and fine linens. “Weddings here can be very sophisticated, yet Migis has a rustic charm, so there’s a relaxed feeling,” says Robyn Hammond-Sala, onsite wedding planner. Wedding celebrations at Migis typically kick off with a lakeside lobster bake and bonfire, and end with a breakfast at Lookout Point. Ceremonies can be held in several different locations throughout the property, but most are held on the waterfront to take advantage of the gorgeous lake views. Weekend activities range from kayaking, canoeing, and sailing, to tennis, hiking, and enjoying the wood-fired sauna. There’s also a winery and gift shop at the end of the street. “Some couples organize canoe races and Ping-Pong or shuffleboard tournaments,” says HammondSala, “but since wedding guests are the only ones on property, even without planned activities, people can’t help but have fun and get to know each other.” One of the best things about a wedding at Migis Lodge is that there’s little need for a wedding planner. “Just relax and enjoy yourself and let us do what we do,” Hammond-Sala

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advises. That’s not to say that weddings are cookie-cutter, though. “We collaborate on everything from menus to special touches. For example, some brides arrive by boat with their bridesmaids, and then after the ceremony, leave with the groom with a ‘just married’ sign on the boat.” Christine Heitz and Kevin McKenney of Epping, New Hampshire were looking for a place reminiscent of the summer camp where they met, but they didn’t want their guests sleeping in bunk beds or hiking across

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a sprawling campus to get to the ceremony. “We hadn’t even gotten out of the car when we knew Migis Lodge was the place,” says Christine. There was one hitch, however: The next open wedding date was almost two years away. Fortuitously, a cancelation opened up a date just three months out, so Christine and Kevin decided to scramble and make it work. “It was really easy. [The staff] arranged everything seamlessly so we didn’t have to deal with multiple vendors, Christine says. Exchanging their vows on a lawn just ten feet from the lake was beautiful, and the whole weekend was “unbelievable,” says Christine. “The best part was having our friends and family get to know each other over a full weekend.” Among the couple’s favorite memories from their weekend celebration were the bonfire celebrations. “Migis Lodge set [bonfires] up after the Friday barbecue and after our reception on Saturday night and we set out a canoe filled with drinks—they let us bring our own, which saved us a lot of money,” says Christine. “It was so fun to have everyone we loved in one place, hanging out, dancing, and having fun.”

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Crystal Lake Golf Club, Mapleville, Rhode Island Imagine a grand entrance before your assembled guests in a whitewall-tired car, horse-drawn carriage, or even a pontoon boat; then a ceremony against the stunningly blue backdrop of a sparkling lake. This is the charm of Crystal Lake Golf Club. “It’s a country setting with very scenic views of the lake,” says wedding coordinator Tracy Hill. “It’s a beautiful place to get married.”


The 23,000-square-foot facility, which opened in May 2004, can accommodate up to 200 guests and offers several graceful settings for your ceremony, reception, and other pre- and post-wedding festivities. Ceremonies are typically held beneath a gazebo surrounded by wooden benches and overlooking the 70-acre Crystal Lake. The patio of the Waterfront Room—with its sweeping views of the lake below—is another popular spot to say, “I do.” Guests begin their post-ceremony celebrations in a newly constructed cocktail room with a bar, vaulted ceilings, wood-paneled walls, and high-top tables, followed by dinner and dancing in the Waterfront Room. A handcrafted bar, detailed woodworking, cathedral ceilings, and a central dance floor make guests feel warm and welcomed. “You almost feel like you’re inside somebody’s house,” says Hill. Naturally, the lakefront setting of the Crystal Lake Golf Club provides numerous backdrops for great photos. Photographers can capture your wedded bliss in waterside nooks, out on the dock or the patio, in front of or inside the antique cars or pontoon boat, and out on the pristine green. In certain cases, Hill says, couples can have limited use of a golf cart to go out on the course and “get that special picture.” Crystal Lake offers an assortment of mouth-watering hot and cold hors d’oeuvres for cocktail hour, and for the reception, couples can choose between a three-course banquet menu and a buffet menu. The club is best known for its prime rib, which Hill says is “quite popular” with weddings, while the baked stuffed haddock is “simply delicious.” Overall, couples, their families, and guests who experience a wedding at Crystal Lake “love the customer service,” says Hill.

“My staff is awesome—they go above and beyond to make things comfortable and be accommodating.” Because she spends so much time with brides—from the very first tasting to the last moments of the reception—Hill happily admits “a lot of them become my friends.” And along with the gorgeous setting and outstanding service, Crystal Lake is an affordable choice. “We’re priced very reasonably for what you get; you get great service and it’s not going to break the bank.”

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Fresh-Faced & Fancy-Free Trends in spring bridal makeup by Jennafyr Giuffrida

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pring is finally sprung, marking the beginning of everyone’s favorite time of year: Wedding season! From now through August, everyone and their grandmas will have their weekends booked up with wedding celebrations, the most important of which is yours. As you hurtle through the last few months of planning and the small details come together, it’s important to consider the final elements of your bridal look. Hopefully by now you’ve chosen a makeup artist and booked a trial run. If you haven’t, just know that in wedding time it’s never too soon to do anything.

A Clean Canvas As any makeup artist will agree, a beautiful bridal look begins with flawless skin. “We always recommend our brides visit a licensed esthetician six weeks prior to their big day,” says Heather Cohen, manager of b. Luxe Hair and Makeup Studio in Medway and I Do On-site Hair and Face. “We strongly recommend a gentle exfoliation treatment three days prior to your wedding; we love Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Double Detox Exfoliating Facial Mask (tartecosmetics.com). Follow this on the morning of your wedding with

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It’s time to put away the heavy shadows and foundations of winter with the coats and mittens, and bring out the florals and berries! the soft cleansing power of Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser (us.caudalie.com) and a moisturizer sans SPF, such as Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar (philosophy.com).” For at-home maintenance, Jennifer Pitts of Makeup by Jenn Pitts in Worcester reiterates the importance of regular exfoliating and moisturizing. “I love face masks,” she says, “Freeman has a variety of different face masks for hydrating, purifying, exfoliating, and polishing. I personally love the Charcoal and Black Sugar polishing mask, and their Cucumber Facial peel-off mask (freemanbeauty.com). Glam Glow (glamglowmud.com) is also a great product for exfoliating and rejuvenating your skin. It is a mud mask that works beautifully.” While all of this may sound like a lot—and like anything wedding-related, expensive— investing in a skin-care routine for your wedding is a great way to kick-start a daily regimen. Healthy skin is beautiful skin, and forming good habits now will ensure youngerlooking skin for years to come.

Trending Spring This season is all about freshlooking skin and pops of color. “It’s time to put away the heavy shadows and foundations of winter with the coats and mittens, and bring out the florals and berries!” says Cohen. “Lavender and orchid are the big colors for this spring. When putting together a bridal look we typically choose one area to enhance; this year a berry lip with a nude eye and full, lush lashes is right on trend and photographs beautifully.” To achieve this look, Cohen recommends db Cosmetics’ “Limitless” cream blush over a coat of Temptu airbrush foundation (temptu.com), finished off with Benefit’s “Posietint” for a kiss-proof smile (benefitcosmetics.com). Another tip is to use a white eyeliner or highcontinued on page 44 www.bridegroommag.com

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lighter in the inner corners of your eyes for added drama and sparkle. “Some trends I have noticed are a natural face and ‘popping’ eyes,” says Pitts. “I think this is a timeless look for weddings. Brides don’t want to look like they are wearing too much makeup; they want to look like themselves—but they want their eyes to pop!” Pitts recommends creating a subtle, smoky eye using neutral colors; full, naturallooking false lashes; and a nude lip to top off the look.

“I’m also loving highlighters!” says Pitts. “They aren’t new but I love them. They add a nice glow to your face that makes you stand out. For a cream highlighter I like ‘Watts Up’ by Benefit (benefitcosmetics.com), and for powders I am currently using ‘Tiki’ from Hard Candy (hardcandy.com) and ‘Light Glow’ from Ruby Kisses (rubykissescosmetics.com).”

Ageless Beauty Some brides may find the idea of airbrushing unnecessary, but Cohen makes an excellent

point about this method of makeup application: “It’s like pantyhose for your face,” she says. “It gently covers and conceals imperfections while still allowing your skin to shine through! It gives you that ‘no makeup’ look—just great skin that lasts and lasts!” According to Pitts, preparation and forethought are key to building the perfect wedding-day look: “Make sure you get a trial run with your makeup artist so that you know what to expect,” she says. She also advises brides with a typically minimalist makeup routine to be careful when trying a dramatic look: “If you are not used to wearing makeup don’t request anything too dramatic like a smoky eye—chances are you won’t like it.” Cohen recommends that when choosing your makeup artist you should look for someone who specializes in photographic makeup. Not only will the right professional know how to create a look that will show up beautifully on film, but you can also avoid wearing a look that’s too trendy. You shouldn’t be able to tell what year you got married in just by looking at your makeup. Jennafyr Giuffrida is a freelance writer and a stylist at Nordstrom. She writes from Attleboro, MA.

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ooking to tie the knot in an area brimming with culture, natural beauty, and romance? Consider the bounty of options available in the beautiful Berkshires. Whether you fancy a Downton Abbey-style affair in a Gilded Age mansion, a creative union in the heart of an art museum, or a wedding high on a hilltop with breathtaking views, you will find inspiration and ideas galore in this expansive and varied region of New England. Here are five fabulous wedding spots to check out in the Berkshires: Blantyre, Lenox, MA What makes Blantyre so special? Here’s how David Pupo, Dining Room and Events Manager describes this Downton Abbey-esque property: “A romantic, country house hotel, built amidst 117 acres of lush lawns and woodlands, is an idyllic setting for intimate

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weddings. Situated halfway between Boston and New York City, and surrounded by historic and cultural attractions, Blantyre is renowned for its French-American cuisine, award-winning wine cellar, and warm, attentive service.”


Couples have four lovely options to choose from in this luxury country house hotel, including the Music Room, which has plenty of room for ceremonies with up to 120 guests, and comfortably seats sixty dinner guests with dancing—100 without. The Main Hall, Upper Terrace, and Covered Terrace are ideal spots for a cocktail reception prior to the wedding dinner. The Dining Room and Conservatory are two connecting rooms that can comfortably seat up to 120 guests for dinner, and the Blantyre lawns can be used for tented affairs of up to 200 guests.

Cranwell Resort, Spa, & Golf Club, Lenox, MA Cranwell Resort, Spa, & Golf Club is a special place to host a wedding for a variety of reasons, most notably its Gilded-age ambience, convenient proximity to Boston and New York, and various spaces to host a gorgeous wedding. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Berkshires on the lovely Rose Terrace, and the newly renovated, 3,000 square-foot Sloane’s Ballroom can accommodate 200 guests who will delight in the mountain views through sixteen-foot-high windows. The Meadow View dining room terrace is a great spot for a rehearsal dinner, and the Mansion dining room is ideal for a farewell brunch. Add an eighteen-hole golf course and an award-winning spa with more than fifty treatments, and you’ve got a world-class venue with benefits!

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Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA “With thirty-six park-like acres, having your wedding at Norman Rockwell Museum promises to be as ‘picture perfect’ as the artist’s work itself,” says Special Events Coordinator, Lynda Mulvey. Ceremonies at this unique venue feature panoramic views of the Housatonic River and Rockwell’s original Stockbridge, MA studio, which has been relocated to the Museum’s bucolic grounds. Cocktail hour at the Norman Rockwell Museum includes mingling time in the Museum galleries, where docents are available to showcase original pieces by Rockwell. After cocktail hour, guests can make their way to the reception, which takes place in an outdoor, tented terrace, and features beautiful slate floors. “This great space can accommodate up to 175 people,“ says Mulvey. “Finally,” she adds “your wedding day will be complete with photo opportunities in front of iconic Rockwell paintings of your choice, including The Marriage License, The Golden Rule, and The Four Freedoms.” Norman Rockwell Museum

The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA “For a unique, romantic, and elegant wedding filled with historic New England charm, The Red Lion Inn is the perfect choice,” says Stephanie GraveleseWood, Marketing and Communications Manager. Located in the picturesque Berkshires village of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the Inn—which was originally founded in 1773 and rebuilt after a fire in 1897—prides itself on its legendary hospitality and celebrated culinary staff. Specializing in small events that deserve extra attention, the Inn features warm, antique-filled gathering rooms for the ceremony and reception, as well as several common areas and a courtyard for cocktail hour or small receptions. The property also includes eight distinctive guesthouses—such as the old village firehouse and a former artist’s studio-in-the-woods—that offer a range of creative options for merriment and include kitchens, dining and living areas, and ample space for wedding guests to enjoy. Above all, the Red Lion Inn is known for its outstanding culinary creations. Headed by renowned Executive Chef Brian J. Alberg, the kitchen uses fresh, local ingredients that reflect the flavors of the region and the inn’s contemporary vision.

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The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA Gravalese-Wood, who also represents The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA notes, ”Style and comfort set the stage for intimate, memorable weddings [at The Porches Inn]… the interiors mix striking, colorful style with homage to the generations of mill workers’ families who lived here.” Inspired by the innovative and creative nature of MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), Porches offers several creative wedding spaces. Building 7 is a spacious room with a twenty-foot ceiling and state-of-the-art media system; the Wedding Glen is an outdoor deck located in the midst of the Inn’s native woodland garden; and the Woodland Gazebo is a nifty little “clubhouse” located at the top of the woodland garden. This offbeat Inn also boasts a year-round outdoor pool and a bonfire pit.

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In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary Wedding. You will be captivated by lush greenery and cascading waterfalls in our Atrium Courtyard, or you could choose our beautiful Grand Ballroom with adjacent Terrace Bar. Specializing in custom menus and flexible wedding packages, the Holiday Inn Boxborough will meet your every need!

Farm Fresh Fare Along with gorgeous backdrops and inviting venues, the Berkshires offers a cornucopia of dining options drawing from local, farm-fresh ingredients. “When a bride and groom select the Berkshires for their destination wedding, many are excited by an elegant barn affair or an outdoor celebration that truly embraces the landscape— from the beautiful hilltop views to the fresh ingredients that provide a taste of place,” says Nancy Thomas, founder and proprietor of Mezze Bistro and Bar, a farm-to-table establishment located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. “The farmto-table experience resonates strongly for those who choose to celebrate here in the Berkshires . . . [it] has been ingrained in the relationships between Berkshire farmers and chefs for decades, and we are energized by this community and the guests who come here to celebrate their weddings with us.” Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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Angel Harris Babbitt cheerfully dispenses advice to her “bridal besties” on every aspect of wedding planning. But while chronicling her own journey down the aisle, Angel learned that she and her husband Chris were part of the 42% of Americans living in the Northeast paying for their own wedding. “Shortly after we got engaged,” she wrote, “we had the inevitable money talk. It was during that conversation that we decided our wedding would be financed with our own money, on our own terms.” Angel and Chris promptly opened a joint savings account and started setting money aside. And although their parents contributed towards her gown and the reception, Angel says, “I didn’t feel comfortable asking my family to pay for the wedding.” Chris Harris and Angel Harris Babbitt.

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Barbara Swanson, a non-denominational reverend and wedding officiant with Say I Do by Barbara, has noticed that the traditional rules delineating how much the bride’s parents should spring for (most) and what the groom’s parents should cover (the rest) no longer apply. “I believe that young couples, who are older, better educated, and making a good income are contributing more than ever to their weddings,” she says. Conversely, their parents may be unemployed, saving for their retirement, or on a fixed income. Faced with this exact family circumstance, Amanda Greene and Nicholas Paulsen have decided to foot the bill for their upcoming wedding in Plainville, Massachusetts. Additionally, says Amanda, “This is my second marriage; we have a fifteen-month-old daughter who goes to daycare while we both work full time. It was more important to have a nice day and not break the bank.” Throughout their planning process, Amanda was delighted to discover that, “Trying to find ways to cut back and make our cashonly wedding possible has been fun.” Visiting bridal expos, doing research, and consulting Pinterest for creative ideas allowed them “to become better at saving,” adds Nick. Negotiating with vendors, who “were able to work with us on different prices helped us stick to our budget.”

“To know we were able to put together a wedding on our own made it all worth it.” Flying solo may prompt a shift in focus away from the reception bills (and frills) and towards the impact of the ceremony. “Regardless of how much is spent,” suggests Swanson, “a small, meaningful wedding” can be just as beautiful as a grand affair. “Barbara was totally on board with our idea, which was a ‘surprise’ April Fools wedding for fifteen guests,” says Brookelyn Carta, who held her surprise wedding at the Matunuck Oyster Bar in Rhode Island. “For my husband, Steve Skultety, this was his second marriage. We didn’t really want a big wedding that my parents, or ourselves would be paying off. After considering several options, we came up with something fun, casual, and easy for everybody.” Their plan? “We didn’t tell anyone and surprised them by getting engaged, and then married by Barbara, who brought along her sister to videotape the whole thing,” says Brookelyn. “It was so exciting!” Impressively, Brookelyn and Steve planned their wedding in just six weeks. “My advice for couples who are planning and/or paying for their own wedding is to prioritize,” says photographer Leslie Boudreau. “Think past the party and try to decide what will be most important to you after the wedding is over. This is a day to celebrate and you get to follow your own rules.” Knowing when to accept or deny any outside help can be tricky. “When planning my own wedding, the biggest thing my parents

tried to influence was the guest list,” recalls Martine BoursiquotLaConte, owner and founder of This Modern Love Events in Southern Connecticut. “There were so many people they wanted to invite, but increasing the guest list was what had a direct impact on the budget (which we were mostly paying for ourselves). My husband and I envisioned our wedding as an intimate gathering.” In order to minimize any major drama, Martine feels it is vital to gently set guidelines for both sets of parents. “While we appreciated outside opinions, we wanted it to be ‘our’ wedding. The only way to ensure that was to pay for it ourselves,” says Meagan Stevens, about her August 31, 2013 wedding to Matthew Sussman held in Spring Lake, New Jersey. Throughout their engagement, Matthew felt “a bit overwhelmed by suggestions of where, how, and when we should have our wedding. Rather than play favorites regarding who we would/wouldn’t take advice from, continued on page 52 www.bridegroommag.com

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we decided that the best approach was to decline offers/suggestions across the board and have a wedding that was based on what the two of us wanted.” “Not only is it difficult to please everyone but it also causes a lot of stress”, says Meagan. Once their parents respectfully relinquished control, the pressures and tensions that often accompany key decisions suddenly vanished. Nonetheless, Matthew remembers coming across “advantages and disadvantages at every turn.” Remaining cost-conscious, their decision to dip into their savings “was something we were hesitant to do initially,” he acknowledges. On the plus side, Meagan loved the fact that “we were in charge . . . in complete control of everything. Afterwards, we were so proud of ourselves. To know we were able to put together a wedding on our own made it all worth it.” Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Connecticut

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ne of the most truly disheartening moments for any couple is finding out a loved one can’t make it to their wedding. But whether it’s a groomsman who’s being deployed overseas or a housebound gran, technology can ease the sting of separation. When Joanna Trainor Duka and Mentar Duka were planning their October, 2012 Boston wedding, they realized that many family members wouldn’t be able to attend. Ultimately, they decided to live stream their nuptials to some of Mentar’s family in Albania, and also to some of Joanna’s relatives in Michigan and Hawaii. Afterwards, the couple received lots of positive feedback. “The live stream was really fun,” says Joanna. For example, she says her mother’s 83-yearold cousin in Hawaii “just had a grand old time. She got up on Saturday morning, went to her computer and just watched our wedding.”

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At Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts, Michelle Violette, director of sales and catering, says the club currently has one bride planning to live-stream her wedding to family in Tokyo. The club also hosted a wedding last summer where the best man—the groom’s twin brother—was serving with the military in Afghanistan, and technology helped reach across the miles via a live feed. “It was kind of funny,” says Violette, “they had a cutout of the groom’s brother—a life-sized cutout that they used for the ceremony.” The best man not only saw the ceremony via live feed, Violette says the groom’s brother was also able to “Skype in and do the toast” via a computer that was hooked up to a large television behind the head table. “These brothers are very close,” says Violette, “so to get him to be able to see the whole thing and to ‘be there’, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.” With theses kinds of results, it’s not surprising that media outlets like the New York Times are noting the popularity of live-streamed weddings. But is live streaming right for you? Like the Dukas, you may feel it’s a little over the top. As the couple noted on their wedding website, “Yes, yes . . . we know it sounds crazy . . . but thanks to the wonders of technology, no one has to miss the day!” Ready to consider live streaming? Here are a few things you’ll want to look into:

Internet Connection For it all to work, you’ll need a broadband Internet connection at your ceremony and reception site. “To produce the highest quality results possible, we recommend couples use a hardline Ethernet connection,” says Max Haot, CEO and co-founder of Livestream, a New York-based event broadcasting company. “The second best option would be WIFI, followed by 4G [wireless modem] with a strong signal available.” continued on page 60

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Let’s face it, you can send live images to loved ones just by holding a cell phone in the air or Skyping with your laptop. But if you want to avoid “freezing and some locking up,” and increase sound quality, Ken Cosco of A Touch Of Class DJs in Marlborough, Massachusetts recommends full high-definition (HD) video streaming. “It’s quality on a completely different level,” says Cosco. There are a few different ways you can go with HD. Cosco opts for the Livestream application, plus a Teradek Cube (which broadcasts live video directly to the Web) mounted directly on his video camera. Livestream’s Broadcaster addon performs a similar function, says Haot. In addition to HD video-streaming service providers like Livestream or Ustream, you might also want to check out wedding-oriented service providers such as I Do Stream, or My Streaming Wedding. Finally, you could interview local service providers like Cosco to search for someone with live streaming experience.

Cost vs. Quality Not surprisingly, the higher the quality and level of service you want, the higher the cost. Using Skype costs next to nothing. For DIY enthusi-


asts who want higher quality video, I Do Stream packages start from as little as $200 to connect your camcorder to their streaming equipment, and from $595 with equipment rental included. Meanwhile, a package from My Streaming Wedding, where they handle all aspects of your broadcast, starts at $1,000. For live streaming service, Cosco says A Touch of Class charges $999 for up to seven hours of live streaming.

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Extras that companies and providers offer vary, so ask about: • e-vites for live stream guests • a webpage where guests can sign in and view your wedding • live technical support • live viewer comments capability • password protection • an on-demand viewing period • how many online guests can view the video simultaneously • video viewing on multiple devices • sample wedding videos so you can see what the end product looks like. Ultimately, you need to clarify what’s important to you. Do you want all the bells and whistles? Do you need a low-cost solution? Or, do you want nothing more than to hand all the geeky details over to someone else’s capable hands? Whatever you decide, Cosco adds, don’t give this job to a newbie. You don’t want any glitches with an event like a wedding. “We would recommend going with a company that is established, knows how to do it, and basically has worked out all the bugs.” 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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country-club setting. Options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. A ballroom reception. Great food. Ten minutes outside of Worcester . . . If these wedding venue highlights are on your wish list, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Leicester Country Club. Situated on some of the tallest ground between Boston Harbor and the Connecticut River, the scenic Leicester spot was a 2013 pick for The Knot’s Best of Weddings. jillianrollinsphotography.com

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The hilly locale makes for stunning views, something that no doubt appealed to the founders, who opened the country club in 1896. An elegant New England flair permeates the grounds, with the covered bridge at the 17th hole being a wedding photographer’s dream. Although ceremonies can be held inside, sales manager Chuck Bois notes that most couples opt for outdoor ceremonies in the garden gazebo. The gazebo, surrounded by flower gardens, benches, and stone walls, is nestled among an inviting array of trees and ornate shrubbery. It’s simply a postcard from every angle. Receptions take place inside—either in the Leicester Room downstairs, or in the Ballroom upstairs, which accommodate up to 100 and 300 guests, respectively. Ceremonies may also be held in either of these rooms. The intimate Leicester Room is best for small gatherings (including rehearsal dinners), while the Ballroom is best for larger soirées. This sweeping room features a 26 x

16’ dance floor, built-in bar, and a high ceiling. But perhaps the most enticing feature of all is the spectacular view of the golf course. The room is very versatile, says Bois, and can be set up a number of different ways. Leicester Country Club offers six packages ranging from $33.95 per person to $74.00 per person, all of which include a champagne toast; international cheese, cracker, and fruit display; cake cutting service; linens; and gold and ivory Chiavari chairs. Packages have a generous five- and six-hour allotment (five hours for receptions and an additional hour for those doing a garden gazebo ceremony), and a bridal suite is also available for each of the reception rooms. As for navigating the wedding day waters, the Leicester Country Club helps ensure smooth sailing by providing an on-site wedding coordinator. A banquet manager is also available at your event. The most popular package is the Chef’s Station ($46 per person), which showcases a number of delicious food options. Couples can choose options for pasta, carving, and

international stations—all of which are chefattended. The Chef’s Station offering also includes both stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres service. All packages are customizable, and the Leicester Country Club truly offers one-stop shopping. Some amenities are included in

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one or more of the packages, whereas others are additional options in general. The wedding coordinator can help with the hiring of a Justice of the Peace or pull together the logistics for fresh floral arrangements. Music services and lighting services are available, too, as are linen upgrades and chair covers and sashes. Of course, no wedding reception is complete without a toast (or two) to the bride and groom. There are several options for adult beverage service, from a champagne fountain to wine service to an open bar.

And then there’s everyone’s favorite guest, who’s always late to the party but nevertheless welcome: the wedding cake. The Leicester Country Club can coordinate that, too, and not just the flavor options. Think custom-designed wedding cakes with all manner of creativity, from white box-style cakes with cascading roses, to asymmetrical multicolored cakes with fondant frosting. When asked what makes the Leicester Country Club an especially noteworthy choice, Bois doesn’t hesitate in his response: “The food—we’re known for it. Excellent

food is our greatest attribute. We pride ourselves on it.” Some of the more popular menu items are Fresh Baked Brie en Croute, Lobster Ravioli, Chicken Boursin, Pan Seared Halibut, and Grilled Filet of Beef with a Cabernet Demi Glace. Other factors that Bois believes set the facility apart from similar venues in the area are its great service and attractive pricing. If the Leicester Country Club sounds like it might be a good fit, and if planning allows, you may want to consider attending their annual Wedding Showcase. Pictures and videos are helpful, but seeing the venue “dressed” for a wedding is an even better way to visualize what your own event might look like there. The Wedding Showcase also gives you an opportunity to sample cuisine, meet the staff, and become acquainted with preferred vendors. Wait. We’re talking about a country club, so there must be golf, right? For sure. Many wedding parties go for a round of golf prior to the rehearsal dinner or even the wedding. It’s one way, Bois says, to enjoy a little relaxation before the festivities begin. Whether you tee up or not, the Leicester Country Club is an exceptional choice for Worcesterarea weddings. Jodie Lynn Boduch is a freelance writer based in Sturbridge, MA.

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ucked along Route 12 in West Boylston is a hidden gem known as The Manor. A long-established favorite banquet facility among locals, The Manor is a truly top-notch, full-service wedding hot spot. With an exceedingly passionate and friendly staff, a sprawling reception space, and a scrumptious menu, you won’t want to miss checking out this elegant venue. Best of all, The Manor gives every couple the wedding of their dreams without breaking the bank. auburnmaphotographer.com

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“We’re a one-stop shop,” says Andrea Rotolo, Director of Sales. “We offer everything you need for a fraction of what you would get at other venues.” Customization and flexibility are key at The Manor, which can accommodate events with guest lists as small as twenty-five and as large as 400. Rotolo and her team pride themselves on their ability to make every couple’s dreams come true, no matter their vision, style, or budget. “It’s your wedding— not mine,” she says. “We want everything to fit the modern bride.” Outdoor ceremonies at The Manor happen in the beautiful and quaint gazebo, while indoor ceremonies can take place in the venue’s sun-drenched lobby, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and a winding staircase. “The lobby is ideal for smaller, more intimate ceremonies,” says Rotolo, but “many of the onsite ceremonies take place in the ballroom.” West Boylston’s iconic Old Stone Church, which is located just a stone’s throw from The Manor and on the bank of the Wachusett Reservior, is an ideal place for beautiful outdoor photos. Before and after the ceremony, the wedding party can primp and relax in the spacious bridal suite, or sip champagne and chat in the cozy upper lobby. Receptions at The Manor take place exclusively in the luxurious ballroom, which can be divided or expanded to fit celebrations of almost any size. This newly renovated space is breathtaking in its scope, and upon entering one is immediately flooded with

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ideas for ceremony and reception layout and design ideas. The neutral palette, timeless ambience, and abundance of natural light allow for virtually endless possibilities. After the reception, the festivities can continue at the Draught House—a cozy bar and grill that is conveniently attached to The Manor and offers more than thirty beers on tap. A panoply of wedding packages are available to choose from, the highlight of which is the Diamond Package. “The Diamond Package is my pride and joy,” says Rotolo,

fondly. This package is like no other, constructed to fit the modern brides needs and dreams. At $120 per person, this lavish package includes passed hors d’oeuvres and passed wine or champagne fountain during cocktail hour, a champagne or wine toast, an elegant four-course dinner prepared by The Manor’s professional chefs, wine service during dinner, a decadent chocolate fountain, a custom-designed wedding cake, fresh floral centerpieces, a professional DJ from Sterling DJ Services, white or ivory floorlength linens, and chair covers, bows, and

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napkins in a beautiful array of colors. A variety of other all-inclusive packages are available, but Rotolo stresses that anything is possible. “We can customize and accommodate all packages to every couple’s desire,” she says. Additionally, all packages come with a personal wedding consultant and host, who stays with couples throughout the entire wedding-planning process. “We go through every small detail from beginning to end,” says Rotolo. The Manor can work with virtually any vendor, but Rotolo has a list of preferred local vendors whom she knows will provide couples with top-notch service. As a small, family-owned business, The Manor does everything possible to support other local businesses. “Local business is what we’re all about,” says Rotolo. Also available for bridal showers, engagement parties, baby showers, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and private parties, The Manor is truly a one-stop celebration shop. So, if an elegant space, amazing hospitality, and affordable, all-inclusive packages are on your must-have list, then The Manor is undoubtedly the place for you. Hana Lasell is the Editor of BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Shrewsbury, MA.

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Sweet Treats

The dessert bar is becoming the go-to choice for couples with a sweet tooth. While the wedding cake will always have a place in our hearts, this is a trend we hope will never die! Feast your eyes on this sampling of sweet treats from local bakeries, including Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections, On the Rise Baking, and Sweet Creations by Gloria. We dare you not to drool!

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Maids of Honor Making the right decisions when choosing your bridal party. by Jamie Santa Cruz

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ne of the most exciting parts of wedding planning is asking your best friends to stand up beside you at the big event. But as many past brides know, choosing your attendants—and working with them successfully through the wedding day—can be tricky business. Linnea Tangorra, owner of Boston-based Tangorra Wedding Planning, says conflicts aren’t common, but about 10% of her brides do end up experiencing some sort of tension with bridesmaids. Here are top tips for avoiding the common pitfalls.

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By the Numbers How many people should you ask to stand at your side? Jessica Laniewski, who got married in Ipswich, Massachusetts last September, decided on seven. In retrospect, though, she thinks seven was too many. “Three to five is probably a better number,” she says. Her bridesmaids didn’t know each other well, and three “teams” developed within the group. “There were times that I had to play referee . . . The mix of personalities didn’t work as well as I had hoped.” Tangorra agrees that fewer is better, with four and under being the ideal number. In lieu of a large bridal party, Tangorra suggests including close friends and family in other ways. For example, ask someone to do a reading during the ceremony or a toast at the reception; others can hand out programs. If you opt for a larger party, be aware that your costs will go up: each extra bridesmaid means an extra bouquet and gift, plus extra transportation expenses. More attendants also means more opinions to consider when deciding on attire and décor, and a larger group will need more prep time on the day of the wedding. One thing not to worry about, says Tangorra, is having the same number of attendants as your groom. “Don’t feel obligated to make the sides even!” she says.

“Choosing your attendants—and working with them successfully through the wedding day— can be tricky business.” Titles and Such Some brides are tempted to try and avoid playing favorites, but there’s a reason why it’s traditional to designate one woman as the maid or matron of honor. Holly Polino, who got married two summers ago in Newport, Maine, chose not to hand out special titles in her own wedding, but in the end, she ended up relying heavily on one particular bridesmaid (who ended up baking her wedding cake and transporting it 1,000 miles to the wedding). In retrospect, says Polino, it would have been better to recognize that friend with special honor.

But if one maid of honor is good, two is not necessarily better. Laniewski opted to dub both her sister and her best friend as maids of honor, thinking that the two would complement each other’s strengths and result in a stronger bridal party, but things didn’t work out quite as she intended. “One of them overshadowed the other,” says Laniewski, who adds that she would choose just one of the two if she had it to do over again.

Pressure Points If you are feeling pressured to include a friend or family member in your bridal party whom you don’t feel particularly close to, it’s okay to resist, says Tangorra. “Don’t pick somebody because . . . you were a bridesmaid in their wedding ten years ago,” says Tangorra. “Pick the very closest people to you.” On the other hand, including a person in your bridal party who isn’t necessarily your best friend has the potential to make a difference long after the wedding is over. Including the groom’s relatives, for instance, can pave the way for closer family relationships in the long run. In Laniewski’s case, her bridal party included her fiancé’s sister as well as his sister-in-law. The two weren’t heavily involved in hands-on planning, yet their presence and emotional support helped smooth Laniewski’s transition as she joined her husband’s family.

Great Expectations The most basic role of a bridesmaid is to be there to support you— emotionally and practically—as you plan your big day, but it’s easy to have mismatched expectations about what exactly is involved. To make sure that everything flows smoothly, here are three principles to keep in mind: 1. Realize that this event is central for you, but not necessarily for your bridesmaids. In Tangorra’s experience, brides often have hurt feelings when their bridesmaids aren’t as wrapped up in the wedding as the bride would like. A number of her clients have gotten upset when a bridesmaid couldn’t drop everything to go dress shopping, didn’t want to go to vendor meeting, or didn’t want to alter her normal hairstyle for the wedding day. But it’s important to keep a dose of perspective: “This is the most important thing in your life right now, but it might not be to your bridesmaids,” says Tangorra. Remember that your bridesmaids have lives of their own. continued on page 74 www.bridegroommag.com

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2. If you choose bridesmaids who aren’t local, recognize that they may have limited ability to help out with practical tasks. When Polino got married, one of her bridesmaids was living out of the country, so she couldn’t offer much practical assistance before the wedding. Polino was okay with that: “Her presence [at the wedding] was enough,” she says. 3. Don’t leave bridesmaids to guess about your wishes. As Laniewski’s bridesmaids were planning her bachelorette party, the group wound up in disagreement about what kind of event to plan. Her sister suggested a big night out, but her roommates pushed instead for renting a house somewhere out of town. The subject caused tension until Laniewski finally clarified her preferences. Lesson learned: “Be straightforward,” Laniewski says. “It’s important to let people know what you want, and in hindsight, I was wishy-washy.” Jamie Santa Cruz is a freelance writer based in New York City.

What to Do with Tattoos A frequent point of tension with weddings, says Tangorra, is tattoos. If one of your bridesmaids has a tattoo and you don’t feel comfortable with it being on display, tread lightly. Sometimes (say, if your venue is a conservative Catholic church or if you have family with strong opinions about body art), you might feel the need for heightened modesty, and that’s ok. Explain the situation and ask your bridesmaid how she would feel about a shawl or a makeup artist (at your expense) to disguise the tattoo for the day. But be prepared, says Tangorra: some bridesmaids won’t be comfortable with altering who they are, and it’s not reasonable to force. “These people are close enough friends [to be in your bridal party], and this is part of who they are,” she says. “Accept it.”

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lthough your wedding ceremony is a big deal, for many couples the real focus is on the party that comes afterward. Aside from getting the chance to dress up, mingle, and dance the night away, most of your guests are looking forward to filling their bellies with some truly delicious fare. For that reason, planning your reception meal is a key part of preparing for the big day.

Gathering Ideas The best place to begin the menu planning process is by getting a sense of all the available options. Ten years ago, says Susan Lawrence, co-owner of Pepper’s Fine Catering in Northboro, Massachusetts, there were far fewer options—couples typically had only two or three choices of restaurants or caterers who could serve their meal, and they were locked into a short list of menus to select from. Today, by contrast, there is much more potential for customization,

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and couples have infinite options when it comes to foods they can serve, how those foods are presented, and what sort of atmosphere they can create for the meal. “It’s so personal now,” says Lawrence. To get an idea of the possibilities, Lawrence suggests starting off by browsing websites. Wedding Wire, Massachusetts Wedding Guide, Pinterest, and caterers’ websites are chock full of inspiration that you can use to get the ideas flowing. After exploring the options, you’ll be better able to narrow down your priorities for the big day.

Crafting a Memorable Menu Once you’ve gotten a sense of the possibilities, it’s time to narrow down the menu. Kate Monteiro, sales manager and events planner at Boston-based Capers Catering suggests incorporating personal favorite foods into your reception meal. “Have the meal reflect you as a couple,” she says. “I love asking couples, what is your


favorite food, and do you have a favorite restaurant, and is there a drink that you really enjoy having together and making together?” The most memorable weddings are the ones that are individualized, so go ahead and inject your own personality into your reception menu. Next, think about food presentation. As any good chef knows, half the appeal of a meal is its appearance, so talk with your caterer about getting creative. The question, says Lawrence, is, “How can we best offer those foods in a way that makes it a memory, makes it exciting, makes it delicious?” For example, if you’re set on seafood, she suggests a lobster BLT appetizer served on a mini brioche roll or small edible cracker spoon, or a clam chowder offered in small demitasse cups. Every bride is looking for that “wow” factor, and creative presentation is the way to achieve it.

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Service Options At the same time that you’re choosing which foods to offer, you’ll also need to consider service options. Traditionally, most couples have opted for either a served dinner with multiple plated courses (usually including a salad or soup, entrée, and dessert), or a buffet meal. More recently, though, couples are turning to other approaches. One hot option right now: family-style meals, in which servers bring platters of food to each table and guests pass the dishes around, helping themselves. Another increasingly popular choice is a cocktail-style reception. This option involves

an abundance of passed hors d’oeuvres, plus a variety of food stations, which Monteiro describes as “mini buffets” with varying themes (think an Asian station offering Chinese lo mein alongside a New England station serving clam chowder). If you’re looking to mix it up and inject personality, a cocktail-style reception with food stations provides the most potential for variety and flair, since you can offer widely varying cuisines at side-by-side stations.

“Have the meal reflect you as a couple.” Containing Costs If you’re working within a budget, one of the most important strategies for keeping costs reasonable is to choose food items that are less expensive—especially when it comes to main proteins. Monteiro and Lawrence both suggest working with lesser cuts of meat or fish. “If you want to have some sort of beef on your menu,” says Monteiro, “maybe get a little more creative than the typical filet, which is our most expensive cut of beef, and do short ribs.” But lesser cuts don’t have to equal boring. Dress up the meat with interesting marinades and dry rubs, and guests won’t feel like they’re missing out on a thing. Another key cost-saving strategy: opt for a served dinner or buffet rather than a familystyle dinner or cocktail atmosphere. Couples often assume that served dinners will be the priciest option, but typically they are actually cheaper, since they involve fewer menu items and since the caterer knows exactly how much of each dish to prepare. By contrast, family-style and cocktail receptions are usually the most expensive options, since both typically require more food, more platters, and more wait staff.

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Trends to Note “Food trends change just like every other trend changes,” says Lawrence. So what’s hot right now? • Full dessert tables. The trend used to be candy bars at the end of the wedding, but not so anymore. Full-scale dessert tables, with lots of different treats, are back in style. • Small plates served in interesting ways. Think limited portions of exciting, original flavors presented in unique vessels—such as shoestring pommes frites served in a cone with truffle parmesan sprinkled over the top. • Menus that combine the protein, an interesting starch, and vegetables all in one dish. Lawrence’s example: roasted sweet potato risotto

Final Advice Overwhelmed with the possibilities? It’s your caterer’s or wedding coordinator’s job to help walk you through the options and craft a reception that’s perfect for you, so don’t be shy about asking for guidance. “The biggest thing is communicating and having the conversation with your caterer,” says Lawrence. “Open up and let us help the process.”

with pecans, cinnamon, and maple. With blackened shrimp added in, the dish becomes a whole entrée.

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Spahhhh... Pamper yourself with these trendy treatments from around New England. by Stacey Marcus

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t’s been a long winter here in New England, and whether your wedding is next year or next week, your body, mind, and soul could benefit from a little (or a lot) of pampering. It’s never too early to take time out to rejuvenate! Planning a wedding is a joyful occassion, but it can use up lots of energy and even cause stress, so it is important to set aside time for relaxation and rejuvenation. We’ve scoured the region to unearth six sensational ways to renew. Take a look at what’s trending at spas around New England and remember to put your self-care at the top of your to-do list!

Get to the Point Let the wonders of traditional Chinese medicine bring you relaxation with Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation at The Well in Gloucester. Although you may feel a tad apprehensive about having tiny needles inserted into your face and body, it is incredibly relaxing and the results are really amazing. The treatment includes a very intense facial massage whose aftermath is pure bliss. The beauty of acupuncture for facial rejuvenation is that its hoslistic magic is healing for your entire being—leaving you feeling relaxed and looking respledent.

Get the Glow Perhaps the best way to erase the stress of a long, cold winter and reveal a whole new you is through a great facial. Christie-Anne Robinson of LuxeBeautiQue in Swampscott recommends a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion followed by a vitamin C booster using Intraceuticals Oxygen Therapy. The combination of the professional exfoliation and infusion of moisture, vitamins, and antioxidants creates a glorious glow without irritation or adverse effects. This duo treatment goes below the surface to get glowing results.

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soft music, and chocolates. The grand finale is a deep soak in a private tub.

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Soothe Your Sole Give your wonderful feet some TLC at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Unwind in the Sound Chair as music resonates through your body, your scalp is massaged, and your feet pampered with warm paraffin wax. You’ll want those tootsies to be in tip-top shape when you walk down the aisle.

Lounge Around Many brides-to-be are turning to blowout lounges like Be Styled in Chesnut Hill, Wellesley, and Lynnfield for their beauty needs. At Be Styled, brides have the opportunity to experiment with different styles before the big day, book the whole bridal party for morning of the wedding, or even have a bachelorette party hosted in their honor at the lounge. What could be better than sipping champagne and watching romantic comedies with all your favorite gals? The lounge also offers make-up application so everyone can get a full one-stop beauty treatment.

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Firm Up At the White Elephant Resort & Spa in Nantucket, brides-to-be can indulge in some pre-wedding pampering with the Nature’s Firming Signature Facial. This hour-long treatment nourishes and rejuvenates the skin with a mask of purifying and firming sundried sea algae, which opens the pores of the skin, traps impurities, and removes them with the peel-off mask. The restorative fruits and plants of the Amazon, such as organic cocoa bean, andiroba, and buriti will firm, smooth, and renew the skin’s elasticity.

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Your Personal Coordinator will take care of the details, as you create the memories that will last a lifetime.

Surrender with Your Sweetheart Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine has a couple of great ways for couples to relax together. When enjoying the Sweet Surrender treatment, couples begin with a relaxing, thirty-minute soak by candlelight in a private deep-soaking tub, followed by an hour of side-by-side aromatherapy massage. Another great way to unwind is with an experience called Indulgences, where couples enjoy a scalp massage followed by a mini-facial. Next, couples enjoy a therapeutic massage with essential oils and a soothing aroma wrap accompanied by candlelight,

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Historic Honeymoons

New England honeymoon locales full of tradition, beauty, and romance. by Janet Strassman Perlmutter

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hat better way to launch your new life as a couple than a honeymoon full of tradition, beauty, and of course, romance? New England is rife with opportunities to indulge in the richness of the region’s history in settings that pamper while showcasing the gifts of deep roots and enduring institutions. Consider New England’s centuries-old reputation as a center for arts, literature, and education. Pair that with the magnificence of the region’s mountains, the serenity of its bucolic towns, or the allure of its oceanfront, and you’ve got the makings of the perfect post-wedding trip.

Seaside Splendor Come ashore in Newport, Rhode Island and you can celebrate in the neighborhood of the Astors and the Vanderbilts, where oceanfront mansions built in the late 1800s served as summer “cottages” for the country’s wealthiest families. Founded in 1639, Newport is credited amongst the United States cities with the greatest number of Colonial buildings in existence, and is home to America’s oldest synagogue, renowned as an eighteenth-century port, a nineteenth-century resort, and, in more recent decades, the site of the “Summer White House” for presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower. Today’s visitors revel in the area’s beaches, vineyards, mansion tours, art galleries, and summer music festivals. The Chanler at Cliff Walk invites visitors to stay in one of Newport’s majestic mansions, yet with a sense of comfort and ease. Built in 1873 for Congressman John Winthrop Chanler, the mansion has been extensively renovated to showcase history with interiors from Greek Revival to Gothic, Colonial to classic Cape Cod. Each of the

twenty spacious rooms and suites—most with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and ocean views—offers a delightful honeymoon hideaway. The Chanler’s staff will gladly bring meals to your luxurious room, make reservations at their award-winning Spiced Pear dining room in the main house, or chauffer you to any of Newport’s acclaimed restaurants.

Mountain Escapes If the mountains provide the wedding escape you seek, New England certainly delivers. Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa exemplifies the majestic retreats that have drawn travelers to the White Mountains since the 1800s. Originally known as the Mountain View House, this scenic haven has provided respite to presidents such as Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, writers from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Stephen King, and such American icons as baseball great Babe Ruth, movie starlet Bette Davis, and astronaut Neil Armstrong. continued on page 84

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the sumptuous relaxation it offers. Guest rooms and public spaces are outfitted with wood-burning fireplaces; two magnificent, floor-to-ceiling stone hearths reside in the main dining room alone. A Japanese soaking tub called the Furo fills a blue-tiled room surrounded by peaceful woodlands, while individual suites invite guests to luxuriate in deep soaking tubs or whirlpools with exquisite mountain views.

An Education in History

Located in Whitefield, New Hampshire, the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa modernized and re-opened in 2002 with fully renovated guest rooms, golf course, heated pool, tennis courts, and wine cellar. More recent upgrades added a plush in-house movie theater and an impressive spa. In fact, the hot tub, perched atop the Tower Spa with 360-degree views of the White Mountains, could be reason enough to book your honeymoon stay at this spectacularly romantic resort. Those seeking more activity and adventure can enjoy the resort’s extensive schedule, which includes dogsledding and snow-tubing in winter, campfires and sports competitions in summer, cider-pressing in the fall, and wine tastings, wagon rides, historic tours, and fitness programs year-round. Area activities, depending on the season, include maple sugaring, riding the Mount Washington Cog Railway, downhill skiing, horseback riding, river-rafting, or joining tours to view moose, explore covered bridges, or savor local cuisine. If you’re looking for a getaway that is both rustic and opulent, take a good look at Bar-

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nard, Vermont’s Twin Farms. Originally a 1795 farmhouse that was later made famous as the home of Nobel-winning author Sinclair Lewis, this 325-acre refuge offers allinclusive accommodations, fine dining, and guided activities to guests of its twenty suites and cottages. Home to an impressive art collection featuring the work of Jim Dines, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns, the beauty of the lush interiors is rivaled only by the stunning views of the property’s meadows, orchards, and rolling hills, all framed by the majestic Green Mountains. Revolutionary-era Post Road runs through the scenic estate, yet today Twin Farms is notable for its pristine quiet, and the busiest corridors are those enjoyed by the resort’s hikers, snowshoers, and skiers. Weather permitting, the property’s “Sherpa,” a large snowmobile, transports skiers to the top of a handful of trails for alpine skiing. In season, staff outfit guests for canoeing, fly-fishing, ice-skating, or mountain biking. Twin Farms is particularly alluring for

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If your style is not quite so rustic, consider instead the charms of some of New England’s most historic college towns. Cultured, scenic, and brimming with character, the towns of Amherst, Massachusetts and Hanover, New Hampshire are two prime settings for a romantic escape. Amherst is a vibrant town in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, surrounded by artsy hill towns and pastoral farmlands. The town itself is rich with bookstores and cafés, and together with neighboring Northampton, offers an abundant selection of restaurants, concert venues, and museums. Set on the Amherst Common, abutting Amherst College, Lord Jeffery Inn has served the town and the college since the 1920s. Recent renovations have maintained the Colonial Revival décor while updating guests’ experience with contemporary facilities. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine at Lord Jeffrey’s restaurant, 30Boltwood, a richly appointed, candlelit room outfitted with plush banquettes. Talented bartenders mix spectacular concoctions reflecting local flavors and seasonal influences, matching the


farm-to-table menu. On pleasant nights, enjoy drinks or dinner around the inn’s romantic and artistic fire pit on the patio. Overlooking Dartmouth College is the Hanover Inn, where you can’t help but be awed by the friendly, accommodating service and the convenience of the inn’s central location. Linked by indoor corridors to the fabulous Hood Museum and the Hopkins Center for the Arts, as well as the spectacular restaurant, PINE, the Hanover Inn offers

a cozy escape from rough winter weather. Yet for those seeking outdoor pleasures, the Appalachian Trail is accessed just steps from the inn’s front door. Play golf or even ski right on Dartmouth’s campus, or allow the inn to pack you a picnic lunch and send you off to area bike trails, a kayak trip on the Connecticut River, or an outdoor concert at the beautiful Saint Gaudens National Historic Park. The original inn was the 1770s home of

General Ebenezer Brewster, before becoming a tavern, then re-opening as Dartmouth Hotel and eventually the Hanover Inn. In recent years, this Dartmouth-owned inn was extensively renovated and now reflects its centuries of history in updated décor featuring local art, stonework, and furnishings. Janet Strassman Perlmutter is a travel and food writer based in historic Central Massachusetts.

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LOVE,

European Style The Hassler, geoffreyweill.com

Honeymooning in London and Rome by Stacey Marcus

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f you’re setting your sights on a European honeymoon, two places

to put at the top of the list are London and Rome. What could be more romantic than a romp through the streets of London, enjoying art, theater, culture, and shopping in a city that radiates royalty? Or, picture yourself strolling through the streets of Rome—steamy espresso in one hand, gelato in the other—exploring the cobblestone streets, art, and history of a city brimming with ancient culture. 86 Spring 2014

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Both of these gorgeous cities have a lot to offer, so here are a few suggestions to help narrow down your plans.

Love in London Where to Snuggle: The Goring If you’re looking for a honeymoon laced with royal romance, The Goring is the ultimate imperial gift wrapped in a silk ribbon. The only five-star luxury hotel in London that is still owned and operated by the family that built it more than 100 years ago, The Goring was recently named Relais & Châteaux’s only London member of their prestigious collection. You’ll adore everything about this enchanting boutique hotel, which is located in the center of London, right next to Buckingham Palace. A stay in any one of the sixty-nine rooms and suites is simply splendid, especially if you book one of The Goring’s luxurious Most Splendid Rooms. Along with divine furnishings and fabrics, you’ll discover an attention to detail that is both fit for royalty and refreshingly relaxed. The Goring’s mascot, a fluffy white sheep, embodies a soft spirit that permeates the hotel. Pair this whimsy with a royal elegance and you’ve got a vibe as intoxicating as a glass of Dom Pérignon. Be sure to enjoy The Goring’s award-winning Afternoon Tea, which is fit for a king, queen, or lovebirds celebrating their launch. A stroll through the large and private Goring Gardens is also a must.

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Stuff to Do Circle the Clouds: Couples can canoodle on London’s giant Ferris wheel, the London Eye, which is Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel. What better way to launch a life together than to sway in the clouds and take in an aerial view of London? Walk in the Parks: There’s nothing like a walk in the park to make you feel close and cozy. There are plenty of parks in London to explore, including Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, St. James Park, and Greenwich Park. continued on page 88

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Tiptoe Through the Royal Gardens: The area surrounding Buckingham Palace is a splendid place to stroll. Whether you meander through the royal gardens, visit the Royal Mews or Queen’s Gallery, or watch the Changing of the Guards, the air around Buckingham Palace is perfumed with romance. Take a Free Ride: London is teeming with free museums to visit, including the British Museum, Imperial War Museum, Museum of London, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Enjoy World-Class Entertainment: Don’t miss London’s West End, which is alive with theater, classical music, opera, ballet, jazz, and rock. Go With the Flow: Take a boat ride down the Thames River and see how many landmarks you can locate.

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Romance in Rome Where to Snuggle: The Hassler Roma For more than 120 years, Rome’s iconic Hassler Roma hotel has sat at the top of the Spanish Steps and welcomed royalty, celebrities, and dignitaries with style and impeccable service. Each of the Hassler’s eighty-two rooms and fourteen suites is outfitted for a king or queen. In fact, if you thumb through the Hassler’s guest book, known as the Golden Book, you’ll see the names of royals such as Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, and Queen Noor of Jordan, along with such notables as Pablo Picasso, Clark Gable, John Steinbeck, and Jennifer Lopez. Honeymooners can enjoy special packages that include goodies like a bottle of Prosecco and a fresh fruit basket, a romantic dinner for two at Imàgo, and a couples’ massage at Kami at the Amorvero SPA. The Hassler, geoffreyweill.com

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Stuff to Do Piazza Hop: Ready, set: hop! A great GPS is all you need to guide you through Rome’s myriad piazzas, including Piazza Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza del Pantheon, and Piazza del Popolo, to name a few. Toss a coin in Trevi Fountain and make a wish. Remember to stand with your back to the Fountain and throw the coin over your left shoulder with your right hand to ensure a return trip to Rome! Shop ‘til you drop along the fashionable Via del Corso, Via del Babuino, and Via di Ripetta. Travel through time to the ancient empire by walking through the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Visit Vatican City to get a glimpse of the Pope and walk through Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s masterpieces. Mangia! Mangia! Take a seat at any restaurant and enjoy the fresh and flavorful foods of Italy. Sip a cappuccino and enjoy a slice of la dolce vita! Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead, MA.

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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 (Inside Front Cover)

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 (81)

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 (15)

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 (89)

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 (48)

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)

$36 - $70

Yes

Yes

2/400

Yes

2

No

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

No

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

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.

White Cliffs (60)

E, B, D, W

167 Main St., P.O. Box 510, Northboro, MA 01532 Ph: (508) 393-3695 • Fx: (508) 393-0271 sales@whitecliffs.com www.whitecliffs.com

1886 Victorian mansion specializing in elegant wedding receptions, Bar Mitzvahs and prestigious corporate functions. Two beautiful ballrooms available. Ceremony space and flexible hours considered. Contact: Sales Office.

$30 - $50

Yes

No

30/350

Yes

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 (8)

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 (79)

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 (61)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Under $30

Yes

Yes

No

No

50/175

50/200

1

Yes

1

Yes

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.

The Coachmen’s Lodge (52)

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

No

Yes

No

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 (85)

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 (74)

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 (90)

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 (75)

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 (69)

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 (28)

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.

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (53)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10/150

5/500

Yes

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 (13)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

No

12/225

Yes

No

2

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.

Val’s Restaurant & Lounge (36)

E, B, D, W

75 Reservoir St., Holden, MA 01520 Ph: (508)733-2850 • Fx: (508)829-8862 valsrestaurant@hotmail.com www.valsrestaurant.com

Stunning new function room and lounge. For large weddings or intimate affairs, Val’s delivers elegance, exceptional service and delicious cuisine. Stone waterfall, fireplace and cathedral ceilings. Contact: Val James.

Wachusett Country Club (44)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

25/200

50/400

Yes

Yes

Varies

2

No

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 (33)

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

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10/400

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BRIDE&GROOM

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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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BRIDAL SHOPS

CATERING

Bella’s Bridal Boutique (41)

Buggy Whip Catering

Picadilly Plaza, 490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA (508) 753-4426 www.bellasbridalgowns.com

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

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.

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

Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

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Cakes

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Catering

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Donation Services

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Entertainment

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Fitness

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Florists

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Hair & Makeup

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Honeymoon Spots

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Jewelry

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Limousines

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Photo Booths

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Photography

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Pre Bridal Events

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Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.

Reception Facilities

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Culpepper’s Bakery

Rentals

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Shoes

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Specialty Lighting

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Tuxedos

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Wedding Internet Services 98

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Loren’s Bridal 454 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-5222 www.lorensbridal.com When choosing your wedding gown, discover Loren’s where we’ll treat your wedding like it was our own. Appointments suggested.

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (80, 81) 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 (19) 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 (45) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com

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.

Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton (75) 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.

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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 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 (89) 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.

Why Me, Inc. (69) 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 (60) 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 (4) 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 (64) 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.

FITNESS Bee Fit (59) (304) 476-8193 or (304) 844-0196 www.beefitzxt.com Unique and all natural herbal supplements.

FLORISTS Danielson Flowers 660 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-8992 www.danielsonflowers.com Let our experienced staff make your day beautiful. View our website for photos of our bouquets and information. See our private wedding area for ideas.

Herbert E. Berg Florist 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com

HAIR AND MAKEUP

Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 75th anniversary specials!

(508) 450-8707 brittanymcglone@yahoo.com www.abbeautyinmotion.com

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

Hannoush Jewelers (11) Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA (508) 303-6595 www.hannoush.com

Beauty in Motion (52)

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!

Maria’s Fine Jewelry (3, 39)

HONEYMOON SPOTS

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

MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (91)

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.

Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008 www.diviaruba.com

Perro’s Flowers (8)

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.

284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com www.perrosflowers.com By combining simply elegant floral designs and the experience of our staff, Perro’s provides flowers for events that showcase the bride’s individuality.

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.

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

LIMOUSINES Gray’s Limousine (65)

JEWELRY Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (11) Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA (508) 832-9994 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!

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.

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Paul S. Robinson Photography (49)

PHOTO BOOTHS

1033 Providence Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (508) 278-5530 psrstudio@verizon.net www.robinsonweddingphotography.com

MA Photo Booths (64) 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.

PRE BRIDAL EVENTS Just Paint (52)

PHOTOGRAPHY

386 West Boylston St. Worcester, Ma 01605 (508) 277-6986 justpaintstudio@gmail.com www.justpaintma.com

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.

Bonardi’s Formalwear (68) 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)

Paint, Sip & unWINE

www.mwtux.com

Hand Painted Weddings, Live Event Paintings, Bridal Showers, Jack & Jill Showers, Ladies Night Out.

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

RECEPTION FACILITIES

Creative Eye Productions

(see page 92)

Westminster, MA 01473 (987) 249-9967 creativeeyeprod@hotmail.com www.maphotovideo.com

RENTALS Central Mass Party Rentals 124 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 853-5383 www.centralmasspartyrentals.com

Creative Eye Productions specializes in photography & video productions on a BUDGET! Design a package that fits your needs. The Essential Photo Base Package starts at $799.00!

Central Mass Party Rentals can provide professional planning, support and some of the finest special event equipment available. “We’ve got you covered.”

Duback Photography (45) 161 Maple Rd., Williston, VT (802) 238-0392 andy@vermontphotographer.com www.vermontphotographer.com

Elegant Linens Ltd.

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

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 (37)

J. Lo Photo offers New England brides the finest in modern photography and videography. We love what we do and you will too!

1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com www.shoestodyefor.com

Kristin Griffin Photography Po Box 84 Halifax, Ma 02338 508) 320-2670 Kristin@kristingriffinphotography.com www.kristingriffinphotography.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.

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.

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (4) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com

Leslie Boudreau Photography (29) Lunenburg, MA 01462 (987) 400-6598 Leslie@leslieboudreau.com www.leslieboudreau.com

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

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

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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.

TUXEDOS

BRIDE&GROOM

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (64) 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.

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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.


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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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