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FEATURES 20 Wedding Décor Incorporating a military theme. 22 A Salute to Service Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines

and Coast Guard weddings.

the cost of saying “I do”.

38 The Tan Commandments Looking bronzed & beautiful on your wedding day. 42 Inviting or Not Inviting the Kids What’s right for your wedding? 46 What’s Blooming Bridal bouquets.

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36 Military Weddings for Less Seven ways military couples can reduce

58 Top Chefs of New England Culinary greatness for your reception. 74 Accommodating Your Guests Finding the best places to stay. 92 Historic Honeymoons New England honeymoon locales full of tradition,

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Nearby Nuptials 64 Anya & Alexander 68 Rebecca & Robert

DIRECTORIES 108 Function Facility Guide 112 Wedding Resources Guide

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Wedding Décor

Incorporating a Military Theme by Connie Jeske Crane

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hen it comes to wedding decorations, there’s no one way for military couples to express themselves. Donna Kim, planner at the Perfect Details in Boston says, “Military brides go the gamut. Some of them want full-on everything military, and then some of them just want little touches.” If you’re considering how to reflect you and/or your partner’s military service in your wedding celebration, here are some of the main aspects to think about in terms of theme and decor:

ditional and understated. You typically see little details, she says: cake-cutting knives, ring boxes or bouquets decorated with military emblems, American flags and military unit colors behind the receiving line, or a small military emblem sewn into the hem of a wedding dress. “It’s all about not overstating who they are, but keeping it really mellow and just paying homage to what they do.”

Military Traditions Military weddings have a long set of traditions and customs that couples can reference as they wish. It all starts with uniforms. For grooms, Jackie Watson, principal planner at Enchanted Events in Vermont, says, “The photos that you get with a full military-dressed wedding are beyond spectacular. There is absolutely nothing you can do for a wedding that will match what you have just given yourself, because you’re honoring not only what you do in the service, but creating a very, very special moment.” Grooms have a few options here; they can wear a uniform or traditional tux all day or change out of uniform for the reception if they prefer. While military brides can be in uniform too, it’s rare. “I haven’t met a couple yet where a woman wants to wear her uniform on her wedding day,” says Kim. Watson says that, in her experience, most couples keep the military theme tra20 Spring 2016

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Other dramatic military traditions to consider include: • The arch of sabers or swords. Couples exit the ceremony site under an arch created by military ushers raising their weapons in the air. (The weapons used vary by military branch.) • Ceremonial cake-cutting. Couples cut their wedding cake using an unsheathed saber or sword. A nice idea to consider for your civilian guests is to include a card in your program or at the reception tables explaining the traditions featured.

Beyond Tradition If you want to play with the military theme a bit more, online browsing will give you lots of ideas. For example, couples could choose a custom cake topper sculpted to look like them; ring cushions, garters, and guest books in army camouflage; or gorgeous stationery featuring military emblems. Color is another jumping-off point. You could feature the colors of your military branch in the bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements, and favors. Or have a patriotic red-white-and-blue wedding with bunting and flags and a cake festooned with blue and red berries. Finally, Kim says, “Cakes, specifically, seem to be a very strong place where people like to bring in the military aspect.” She advises choosing a bakery whose work you love and that specializes in the kind of cake you’re envisioning. “If I had a cake person that did great flower work but I was thinking about a very sculpted fondant look with military emblems, it’s probably not the best match.”

Follow Military Protocol Finally, couples must pay attention to military protocol. For example, men in military uniform may not wear boutonnieres. If you have questions—invitation wording, flag placement, or where to source a saber—run them by your local base protocol officer and chaplain. Consulting a wedding planner who’s experienced with military weddings is another great option. Says Kim, “I try to give guidance and make sure it’s not disrespectful of the military.”


SOURCING MILITARY-THEMED DECOR Stationary magnetStreet, Boston, MA has nice line of military-themed stationary: magnetstreet.com/shop/military-and-servicewedding-invitations BellaRayne Paperie on Etsy offers printable invitations, RSVP cards and reception info cards: etsy.com/shop/BellaRaynePaperie and search “military” Minted, San Francisco, CA, has unique designs like this air force salute: minted.com/design-rating/41467 Cake toppers Wedding Collectibles sells army, navy, air force and marines military cake toppers: weddingcollectibles.com/Military Military Cake Toppers provides hand-carved toppers made to resemble couples and also to fit military regulations: militarycaketoppers.com/mct-products.htm

Article contacts and research links: Jackie Watson, principal planner, Enchanted Events, Phone: 802-324-1433; Email: vtenchantedevents@gmail.com; Website: vtenchantedevents.com Donna Kim, planner, The Perfect Details, Phone: 781-5384316; Email: donna@theperfectdetails.com Website: theperfectdetails.com usma.edu/dca/SiteAssets/SitePages/Military%20 Weddings/SaberInstructions.doc military.com/spouse/military-life/newbies-and-brides/ military-weddings-101.html militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/marriage? content_id=267513 weddingdetails.com/lore-tradition/u-s-military-traditions bridalguide.com/planning/wedding-ceremony-traditions/ military-weddings-guide

Bobblegr.am makes custom toppers sculpted to resemble couples, with all military uniform options available: bobblegr.am Etsy has unique and handmade toppers: etsy.com and search “military cake topper” Bakeries For sculpted military-themed wedding cake designs: Oak Leaf Cakes, Boston, MA: oakleafcakes.com I Dream of Jeanne Cakes, Tewksbury, MA: jtcakes.com J. Bauer Sculptured Wedding Cakes, Griswold, CT: jbcakes.com For elegant wedding cakes with simple nautical details: Scrumptions, East Greenwich, RI: scrumptions.com Val Cakes, Martha’s Vineyard, MA: facebook.com/valcakesmarthasvineyard Flags, bunting and patriotic decor Flags Unlimited: usflags.com Parker Flags and Pennants Inc.: parkerflags.com/RED-WHITE-BLUE-PATRIOTIC-BUNTINGProdlist.html United States Flag Store: united-states-flag.com Miscellaneous accessories For guest books, garters, ring cushions and other military-themed items: The Wedding Outlet: theweddingoutlet.com/ Wedding-Themes/Camouflage-Wedding Etsy: etsy.com/market/military_wedding

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A Salute to Service

Bride & Groom Magazine features six military weddings

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Crystal & David Carter July 2, 2011 Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens, San Diego, California

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Crystal represents the US Army and Dave the US Navy. Crystal has since retired from the military and now works as an emergency room nurse. David still serves in the Navy. How long did it take you to plan? What resources did you use to help plan your wedding? It took six months—almost all of our wedding was planned via email, Skype, and satellite phone. During the planning process, I was deployed to Iraq and my husband was deployed to Japan. We communicated with our florist and the venue’s wedding coordinator via email. How did you meet? My husband and I met while we were in training to become Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians in Fort Walton Beach, FL. I was studying for my guided missile exam when a charming Naval Officer approached me to give me some pointers. He was a few weeks ahead of me in school and had already passed this portion of training. We debated the best way to safely disarm the missile— how to approach the missile, what part to remove first, wires to cut, etc. You can’t simply walk up and cut the “black wire” like they do in the movies. Not your typical first-date conversation material, but we were training to become bomb techs (bomb squad) and it was something we were both incredibly passionate about. I completed two combat deployments: one to Iraq in 2010 and one to Afghanistan in 2011. My husband has now completed four deployments to Afghanistan, Japan, Bahrain, and the Philippines.

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Did you include elements of the military in your wedding? As bomb technicians, we frequently use robots to interrogate suspicious devices, remotely disarm bombs, or recover evidence. We both relied on them heavily during our deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. We knew instantly we wanted a bomb disposal robot to be our ring bearer. A member of Dave’s team drove the robot down the aisle during the ceremony from a hidden area of the venue. We also had the traditional military sword arch—yes, I was smacked on the butt with a sword. What was the most memorable part of your day? Our ring bearer robot may have stolen the show. When that thing started driving down the aisle, our guests were in complete shock. We, of course, had several bomb techs in the audience, but most of our friends and family had never seen such a thing. I was crossing my fingers it didn’t crash into our guests sitting near the aisle, including my grandmother in the front row.

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Having the wedding on 8/8/15 was significant for us. The number 8 is lucky in Chinese culture. I also happened to be born in 1988, and we got engaged on 8/8/14 so it was exactly a one-year engagement. What special moments did you share? We had a wonderful premarital counselor who was also our pastor who officiated the wedding for us. His name is Tim Leary and it was amazing how much he could relate to the issues we discussed. His wife is half-Asian/halfwhite (like Drew) and he also had a brother in the Air Force, so he could understand some of the challenges associated with being in the military and being a military spouse. He also lived in China for a few years, so he understood a lot of the cultural differences between us. Before Drew and I headed over to the ceremony, we had a private gift exchange and prayer. We were separated by a column so we couldn’t see each other. Drew surprised me with a heart necklace from Tiffany’s to replace the old Zales necklace he gave me when we first started dating. And I gave him a passport cover with a gift card for a Disney cruise inside.

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Rebecca Ouyang & Andrew Hilton August 8, 2015 Ceremony: Park Street Church Reception: Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown

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Michael Anthony Colasante & Victoria Elizabeth (Tomassi) Colasante June 27, 2015 The Quonset “O” Club North Kingstown, RI

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How did you meet? I met Michael at a New Year’s Eve party in 2011. We talked a little throughout the night. Little did I know, he would be leaving RI to deploy the very next day. A couple weeks later, I found Michael on Facebook, and we started to talk and reveal our interest in one another to each other. We then spent the next 11 months talking as much as possible, through Facebook, and skype, limited phones calls, and love letters sent through the mail back and forth. When he came home, we instantly felt like home was in one another’s arms. It wasn’t awkward at all. We spent almost every day together. A year later, we found out we were expecting a baby and we were very excited! Then on New Year’s eve, he proposed to me in Newport RI, on the cliff walk, during the sunrise over the ocean. Of course I said yes! What resources did you use to help plan your wedding? We had actually won a wedding contest from a local radio station. We didn’t take the whole wedding package but we did use Carina e Dolce for the cake, photographer Erick Brown, the Paper Perfectionist for wedding invitations, and the flowers from Cherry Hill Florist.


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Kendall S. & Gregory R. Kotowitz October 10, 2014 Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham MA Greg is a LT pilot in the Coast Guard. Did you include elements of the military in your wedding? Yes! Greg was wearing his dress whites, as were the other military men in the wedding. We also had a sword arch that we walked through that was performed after the ceremony. Our guest book was an airplane propeller that the guests signed. The cake was cut with his military sword. What were your favorite design elements? I think what stands out as a design element in our wedding was the thoughtful combination of the military and nautical themes. The men dressed in their whites and the breathtaking backdrop is illustrated beautifully in the photographs. The location for our ceremony and reception was just spectacular. We did not have to do much of ANYTHING to make it special or fall into our design; our design WAS the Chatham Bars Inn.

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Rex is a 2011 graduate of the United States Naval Academy; he is currently an ensign in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps while we attend medical school, and will resume active duty as a Navy lieutenant at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in June 2016. How did you meet? We met at our medical school interview in early 2011 and connected right away. After the interview, our flights were really delayed, so we spent hours talking in the airport. We both got into medical school a few months later, and the rest is history! Did you include elements of the military in your wedding? We had a sword arch following the ceremony, complete with a (light) swat and proclamation of “Welcome to the Navy!� after we passed the final sword bearers. We also used the sword Rex received when he graduated from USNA to cut the cake during the reception. What were your favorite design elements? We decorated each table with custom crossword puzzles about Rex and me. We also did a different twist on the guest book by having guests sign recycled sailcloth, which was then made into a tote bag by the amazing folks at Sea Bags. So, we now have a custom bag that has the signatures of all our friends and family on the inside lining! Finally, one of my favorite elements was the fact that I got to wear the same earrings that my mother wore when she married my father.

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Rex E. Atwood III & Emily Carson Atwood March 7, 2015 OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, RI

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Karen & Benjamin Lin May 30, 2015 Willowdale Estate. Topsfield MA

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Did you include elements of the military in your wedding? There was an Arch of Swords Ceremony during the wedding. After our being introduced for the first time as husband and wife, we walked through the Sword Detail who held their swords up, forming an arch, for us to walk under. The couple gets stopped before going under each arch, “requiring a kiss to pass”. We used Ben’s Marine Officer Sword for the Cake Cutting Ceremony. I sewed one of Ben’s old uniform name tags onto the inside of my gown, representing something old, something borrowed, and something new (new last name). I also glued a silver sixpence to my royal blue shoes to keep the last two traditions (“something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in her shoe”). What was the most memorable part of your day? Getting ready with my mother before the wedding. She was, and still is, bravely battling cancer. Having my mother and grandmother by my side for such a significant day meant the world to me. Besides the arch of swords and cake cutting , another memorable moment for us both was our “bubble send off”. It was a great last moment to the celebration, surrounded by friends, family, and bubbles.


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military Weddings for less

Seven Ways Military Couples Can Reduce the Cost of Saying “I Do” by Connie Jeske Crane

When it comes to planning their big day, military couples tend to have tight budgets. They may also be lacking in other resources such as time or family nearby to help. How to cope? “I’m going to be very honest and say weddings are not inexpensive,” says Jackie Watson, principal planner with Vermont-based Enchanted Events. She estimates that an average wedding for 100 to 150 people in her state costs around $35,000. While acknowledging the unique challenges, Watson and other wedding professionals say military couples also have some special places to seek support and reap some savings. Here’s a rundown: 36 Spring 2016

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Military Discounts Many wedding suppliers—from cruise lines to airlines to DJs—offer military discounts. See the sidebar for details on how to take advantage of what’s available. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Many suppliers don’t advertise military discounts, but that doesn’t mean they won’t give you one. Donna Kim, a planner with the Perfect Details in Concord, MA, says her number-one rule is always ask. “More than likely there are vendors that will be willing to give a discount for military couples. But to succeed here, you must go beyond online searching and have old-fashioned face-to-face conversations,” says Kim. Utilize the Military Community Kim tells military couples, “Always look to your local military base. People understand your financial situation or that you don’t have family nearby. The military community is so strong and so helpful and there are so many resources.” For example, venues like chapels are available for free, although you may want to make a small donation. Other examples are military leisure travel offices and base thrift shops. Kim says, “I often go through there and think, ‘Boy, if I was a military bride and didn’t have a lot of money, I would go through this thrift shop, and I could find things and create a really beautiful wedding.’” DIY Another cost-saving strategy is creating your own elements such as invitations or favors. “Pinterest is your greatest friend. It’s a great place to start for ideas,” says Kim. If you’re feeling tentative, she suggests hiring a planner for a consultation on adding elegant DIY touches.

MILITARY SAVINGS—GETTING STARTED WEDDING ATTIRE Brides Across America donates more than 2,000 wedding gowns to military brides each year and has an event in Andover, MA, in July 2016. bridesacrossamerica.com David’s Bridal often offers military discounts. davidsbridal.com Alfred Angelo bridal boutiques offer a 30% military discount. alfredangelo.com Jewelers like Dreamstone advertise military discounts. dreamstone.com TRAVEL Flights — Airlines such as Southwest offer military discounts. Car rentals — Companies like Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Dollar offer military discounts. Train fares — Amtrak offers a 10% military discount. Cruises — Companies such as Carnival, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line offer military discounts. militarycruisedeals.com Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC)‚— AFRC offers accommodation at resort hotels in locations like Hawaii, Europe, and Asia. armymwr.com/travel/recreationcenters Theme parks — Anheuser-Busch theme parks offer free admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and other locations. wavesofhonor.com Leisure Travel Office — Local military LTOs can assist with travel plans. armymwr.com/travel/travel-offices.aspx Free camping at national parks — Contact the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777. corpslakes.usace.army.mil/employees/usefees/waiver.cfm

Enter Contests Military members can sometimes find amazing contest giveaways for bridal gowns—or even entire weddings. A few years ago, Watson founded Salute to Our Soldiers, a wedding giveaway package based on donations from a set of Vermont vendors. She also recommends Brides Across America for gowns. “They work so well with couples getting married and help so many brides, it’s insane.”

CHAPELS Military chapel venues in and around New England include: United States Naval Academy Chapel usna.edu/Chapel/LifeCycleEvents/weddings.php

Traditional Strategies Watson says military couples can also save in more traditional ways. “Can you scale back on your guest count? That’s going to rapidly reduce what you’re spending.” She also suggests serving fewer appetizers and/or doing a plated versus buffet dinner. “Buffets are actually more expensive because of food waste.”

WEDDING GIVEAWAYS Salute to Our Soldiers — Accepting submissions for a 2017 Salute Wedding Giveaway and open to U.S. military couples. salute.vtenchantedevents.com/your-story

Consider Wedding Insurance Finally, given uncertain military schedules, Kim recommends wedding insurance. “It’s not something I recommend to every couple, but for a military couple or people getting married in the winter, I always advise on wedding insurance because if something unexpected happens, you’re protected. You could move the date without losing everything.”

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But now there’s a solution from an Irish entrepreneur who founded a company to solve that problem—even if you’re as white as Wonder Bread. It’s called Vita Liberata, (www.VitaLiberata.com) and celebrities like Gwyneth and Sofia are huge fans, especially when they’re walking the red carpet. Now you too can walk down the aisle looking like an A-lister! Alyson Hogg established Vita Liberata in 2003, and as CEO, she remains the driving force behind its success. In the course of developing her self-tanning brand, Ms. Hogg has become one of the most authoritative voices in the industry, taking an entirely new approach to move away from negative connotations around self-tanning, towards natural, odorless, pure formulations that guarantee flawless results. “I am passionate about creating real alternatives to sun exposure,” she says. “We use the smartest technology and the purest ingredients to deliver the most natural results.” And indeed they do. Here are some of the things that set Vita Liberata self-tanners apart: Organic Anti-Aging Ingredients. All the products are bursting with certified organic extracts that are kind to skin, offering anti-aging benefits and conditioning. This enhances the naturallooking tan results because these ingredients make the skin smooth, even and plump—the perfect base for tanning. Quick & Easy Application. Due to the unique formulation, Vita Liberata tan solution dries on contact so brides can actually dress with confidence after just five minutes. No Smell! Thanks to Odour Remove™ technology, in an independent survey of 200 participants, 99% said Vita Liberata had no smell on the skin. Perfect Fade. The nontoxic and organic nature of Vita Liberata products combined with a unique moisture-locking system means all Vita Liberata tans dry instantly and fade perfectly—no snakeskin, patching, or streaking— just a gentle fade to nothing, like a natural tan.

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Some brides and grooms believe children add spontaneity and joy to weddings. Others think little ones have no place at a painstakingly planned, pricey celebration. Before this emotionally charged issue leads to hurt feelings or major disputes, “Couples struggling with this decision,” states etiquette expert Jodi R. R. Smith, aka Mannersmith, “really need to think. When someone raises the subject, ask questions to find out why having children there is important to them.” Taking into account your budget, style, and venue, Smith recommends a thorough review of your guest list. “Create the list of children who ‘may’ be considered, along with their ages and relationship to the bride and groom. If there are only two infants recently born to distant cousins or tweens of your parents’ neighbors, you might opt out of inviting children. If they’re the couple’s nieces and nephews, then children may be included.” Corey Schwartz and Carolyn Siegel are following the “nieces, nephews, and first cousins” guideline for their October 9 wedding at the Hildene Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT. “I have two nieces and Corey’s mom is one of five with quite a few young cousins,” explains Carolyn. With “about ten children, ages ranging from just under one year to nine, not counting teenagers,” they plan to hire babysitters, set up a kids’ table with kid-friendly food, arrange a scavenger hunt, and more.

Incorporating a separate kids’ section is a win-win for everyone. Alternatively, “Babysitters can sit at the kids table in the reception space,” suggests Costigan. “If you have older nieces or nephews willing to manage the little ones, that’s a great option.”

“ There are times when having children present helps create the continuity from generation to generation.” If you’re planning to include a flower girl and ring bearer in your processional, it’s best to communicate this early on to other parents. The same rule applies for inviting children only to the ceremony, but not the reception. “Make it very clear how that is going to happen,” Smith advises, “by extending a verbal ceremony invitation to the children’s caregivers or family babysitter so that there is someone there to whisk away the children after the ceremony. Or choose to include, “the kids for the cocktail hour and first hour of the reception, then have them leave before they melt-down.” The clearest way to send your message is by using careful wording in your invitation. “Only those invited to the event continued on page 44 www.bridegroommag.com

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should be listed on the envelope,” Smith maintains. “So an invitation addressed to ‘The Jones Family’ is for everyone, whereas ‘Mr. & Mrs. Adam Jones’ is an adultsonly event.” Despite all efforts, some guests may misread or disregard the invitation’s wording. “They may think,” adds Costigan, “if they are invited, that it automatically means their kids are as well.” Here’s where creating a clever, eye-catching insert card comes in handy, that includes polite yet clear wording (e.g., “While we absolutely love the little ones, we are looking forward to celebrating as adults on this exciting day!”). After receiving each RSVP, do a thorough review. “If someone [mistakenly] includes a child” says Smith,” an immediate call must be placed. You could say something like, “Suzie, we are so thrilled you and Adam are able to come. We don’t have any babysitters for the event, but if you’re planning on bringing Bobbie, I can ask around to find someone to babysit him at the hotel.” Your final kids/no kids decision may seem ironclad. Honesty and firmness has its place, but when it comes to friends and relatives, Smith endorses sensitivity and compromise. “This is all about relationships and open communication. Con44 Spring 2016

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sider a consolation, such as inviting the whole family to the rehearsal dinner or to the going away brunch.” “Try to think 10, 20, 50 years down the line” she concludes. “Adult-only receptions are beautiful, yet there are times when having children present helps create the continuity from generation to generation. Weddings are the joining of families; they are real life, and occasionally having children part of the happening makes it all worthwhile.”

Sources Tonya Costigan Events tanyacostiganevents.com Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting mannersmith.com Hildene hildene.org Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.


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Expect the Unexpected. “More and more brides are being adventurous in their choice of blooms.”

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From using large accent flowers with interesting shapes and texture, to veering away from the expected and traditional color palette of white and blush and going with more dramatic colors, to departing from the round bouquet to a more natural and organic shape,” says Tracey Reynolds of Tracey Reynolds Floral Design. “Many of the ideas brides are coming to me with are a continuation of what I saw in the past year, but with some new, exciting concepts that are starting to gain in popularity such as the seasonal array, with a foraged, wild and woodsy feel that doesn’t follow the tighter, more compact ‘roundy-moundy’ looking bouquet in past years. The ‘freshly gathered’ style bouquet is in, and compact and tight ball bouquets are becoming passé and a trend of the past,” says Nicole Pelechowicz, freelance designer of NP Floral Design.

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Pelechowicz sees lots of different and unique greenery gaining popularity for bouquets, as well as succulents. “The really neat thing about choosing to have your designer add succulents to your bridal bouquet is that the plant can then be removed and grown on its own as a lovely memory of the special day. And they are so easy to grow and can last for years,� notes Pelechowicz. Jenny Kim Photography

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Connecting to a Central Floral Theme “Usually the bridesmaids will have a few blooms in their bouquet that mirror the bride’s, but their bouquet is created on a simpler scale with less florals and less texture, leaving the focus to the design of the bridal bouquet. The centerpieces will also have the same mix of florals, but are not created to be matchy, matchy to the bridal bouquet. It is important that there is connection and flow through the event, and the florals are a great way to do that, but everything doesn’t have to look exactly the same and have the exact same mix for that to be accomplished,” says Reynolds.

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“Typically, most brides tend to choose a bloom they carry to also serve as the grooms boutonnière. Grooms are actually having more say in boutonnière choices too! They’ve been liking the more unique choices like small succulents paired with berries or crespedia or even just mixed greenery,” says Pelechowicz.

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Military Couple Celebrates 20 Years of Marriage by Diana Whelan Rusty and Kate Corriveau will celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary on June 29, 2016. While they’ll be rejoicing at their home in Brimfield, Massachusetts, they haven’t always called this town and state home. From Georgia to the California desert, the Corriveaus moved across the United States quite often as a result of Rusty’s career as a master sergeant in logistics in the Marine Corps. So what has it been like for Kate as a military spouse? B&G sat down with her to get the scoop. 54 Spring 2016

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q: Twenty years of marriage is quite the q: What difficulties or hardships have accomplishment! How does it feel to be approaching this point?

you endured as a military spouse?

It’s crazy! Time has gone by so quickly. We have three daughters—ages 10, 13, and 15—and they’ve been keeping us busy for sure. So when we talk about where we’ve lived and what we’ve accomplished, we’re like, “Wow, we’ve been together for a long time!” On the other hand, I feel as though we’ve only just passed the half-mile marker of this journey. There’s still much transition ahead—from full nest to empty and retirement.

average wife. You have to know that your husband can go off to any war at any time and be able to accept that anything goes. The toughest point was when we had our first baby while we were out in Yucca Valley, California. Rusty got orders to go Guantanamo Bay, and I was left alone with a newborn. But I made the best of it, videoing everything and sending him all the tapes.

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q: Just for a little background, when and where did you two meet?

a : We actually met at our ten-year class

reunion in Sturbridge! Rusty had already been in the Marine Corps about nine years and had been to many places— from Japan to Louisiana. After we reconnected, we went to dinner and I thought, “Wow, he’s really nice!” We were dating about a year before he proposed. At the time, we were living in Georgia, planning a wedding in Sturbridge, so it was tough, but we made it work.

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q: What have you learned about yourself and your relationship throughout the process of deployment/your husband being a marine? Do you think your relationship became stronger because of it?

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I do think that because of the frequent changes, our partnership grew over the years. We were both forced to acclimate to new places and make the best of every situation. And the thing is, we did. We didn’t whine about it. Sure, I was sad—you have to leave your friends and job—but it’s my duty to support him, wherever he’s sent. For the most part, our journey was lucky, but that has a lot to continued on page 56

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do with the attitude we took. As long as Rusty wasn’t going to a war zone, things were great. There’s always that anxiety, but the Marine Corps is the commitment he, and by marrying him, I, took.

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You have to remember that you’re a team, and being supportive gives your spouse the positive energy [he or she needs] to fight for the country. I didn’t look at it as just his job—I signed up for it, too. So embrace it. Also, make an effort to meet people if you’re relocating a lot. Seek out volunteer opportunities, or if you have children, find a park with more children. And try to always find the bright side. For example, one of the greatest hardships is leaving the people you love, but the greater gain is I never would’ve met them otherwise.

q: What’s life like now? a : Rusty’s been retired from the marines

for 10 years and is now the owner and property manager of various properties as well as the primary caregiver for the girls. I’m national account manager at Kedrion Biopharma, Inc., where I’m fortunate to call home my office. We’re currently renovating our house and are excited for this next chapter! Diana Whelan is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.


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ongratulations! You have discovered the person you want to share your life with. Now that the most important decision is made, the fun can begin. Along with the joy that comes with planning a wedding, there are endless decisions to be made. We know you have a lot on your plate so we thought we’d make it easy for you to learn about what’s new on wedding menus. Here’s what some top chefs see trending at receptions.

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Fresh, Seasonal and Locally Sourced “Nearly all wedding couples desire a personalized menu that tells their story – as individuals, and as a couple...but most importantly, a menu that features fresh, seasonal, and ideally locally-grown foods. Wolfgang Puck Catering at the Museum of Science in Boston showcases this philosophy by featuring the best of what New England has to offer for culinarians: Locally sourced cheeses, New England Family Farms beef and New England grown produce,” Wolfgang Puck Catering Executive Chef Daniel Dumont who is based at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Food to Order The Palm Boston has becoming an increasingly popular wedding venue location, with an incredible downtown Boston location, luxurious open dining room, expansive outdoor patio, and customizable menus that are sure to blow guests (and the happy couple) away. Executive Chef Karen Mitchell has noticed that couples have become increasingly aware of their guests needs, from dietary restrictions to allergies, and preference in meat temperatures. In order to give guests a true Palm Boston experience, Mitchell and her

team now cook each steak to order – so whether guests prefer their filet cooked medium rare or well done, everyone gets their cut exactly how you enjoy it the most. The Palm motto is to treat every guest like family, make sure everyone has the best experience possible.

Cheers to Wine and Healthy Eating “Many weddings at Vanderbilt Grace are moving away from traditional sit down dinners,” says Jacob Ennis, Executive Chef at Vanderbilt Grace: “For example, we recently hosted a five course wine tasting

“Nearly all wedding couples desire a personalized menu that tells their story – as individuals, and as a couple.”

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wedding where we paired wines with all of the courses and had servers present and talk a bit about the wines, as if you went to a small wine tasting,” notes Ennis. He notes that everyone is looking for local and sustainable food. “It is growing to be such an integral part of our eating culture that our guests want to be able to share with their guests the farms or back story to their menus, with farms being listed on the menu like a “guest of honor” might be listed on the program,” says Ennis. He also observes that guests are making healthier choices more prevalent on their menus. “With Ancient Grains such as freekah, quinoa and rye berries becoming more than just side dishes. We’ve moved away from the classical rich, butter and cream filled sauces to lighter options, says Chef Ennis.

Delicious Duet “With the Atlantic Ocean taking center stage at our magnificent waterfront venue, and the view of lobster boats drifting by with their daily catch, one of the most popular choices is a duet of butter poached beef tenderloin with locally caught Chatham lobster,“ says Chatham Bars Inn Chef Anthony Cole.

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July 25, 2015 Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA The First Encounter Anya and Alexander’s story starts off like many modern-day love stories—at a dimly lit bar. This particular establishment is not exactly known for its atmosphere nor its sophistication. Nevertheless, their newly adopted graduate school decided it was the perfect location for a mixer with another nearby school. As their eyes locked across the crowded dance floor, they instantly felt that “Uh-oh, I’m in trouble” moment; the rest is history.

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Fast forward four years to the evening of January 25, 2014. Alexander is down on one knee in the middle of a frozenover pond at the Boston Public Garden. His hands tremble as his soon to be fiancé turns around to find him on one knee. He struggles to get out the words “I love you. Will you marry me?” Anya excitedly shakes her head and says yes! In the rush of the moment, Alexander puts the ring on the wrong hand, but eventually gets it right. A crowd gathers around the embracing couple, and with the snowy scenery, the moment could not feel more like a scene from a movie. Anya and Alexander were engaged for 18 months before their special day. The couple took their time to plan their dream day, and guests can attest to how picturesque and soulful their wedding was. Friends and family gathered from near and far—from Russia to Minnesota, Brazil, Mexico, England, and the Czech Republic. Their wedding was at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. The backdrop of the rolling hills and ocean against the grand mansion made for a very picturesque sight. As the ceremony began, the clouds broke apart and the sun shone down on their guests creating a beautiful backdrop. The ceremony was particularly special to Anya and Alexander as they united family and culture by reciting their own vows continued on page 66 www.bridegroommag.com

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in Russian, a language in which they are both fluent. The Russian-American duo acknowledged their culture through their vows, family speeches, and Russian traditions such as the presenting of the bread and salt. This tradition is carried out by the bride’s parents and represents their wishes for prosperity and happiness to the young family. Bringing all of these friends and family together and showcasing their culture on their big day made an unforgettable day even more memorable for Anya and Alexander. The Crane Estate was perfect for the couple’s desire for a chic wedding with classic style. Guests were amazed by

the views and elegance of the mansion, reminiscent of the parties featured in The Great Gatsby. Vibrant shades of purple filled their tablescapes with breathtaking orchid floral arrangements. The wedding exuded elegance. Guests enjoyed a mixture of the couple’s favorite foods. Cocktail hour featured a delicious New England raw bar and also Russian delicacies, such as blinis with caviar and gravlax. A 10-piece live band had the crowd dancing all night to a mix of tunes ranging from Sinatra to Journey, which made for quite the fun-filled evening.

The Particulars Ceremony/ Reception Venue: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate Ipswich, MA Photographer: Zev Fisher Boston, MA Caterer: Swartz Catering Boston, MA Baker: Cakes to Remember Boston, MA Florist: Columbine Floral Design Boston, MA Videographer: Long Haul Films Boston, MA Music: Hip Pocket Orchestra Boston, MA Transportation: Great Bay Limo Portsmouth, NH Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bride’s attire- Elie by Elie Saab for Pronovias Cygnus Wedding Dress (L’Elite Bridal, Boston, MA) Bridesmaid’s attire- Dessy 2882 (Flair Boston) Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Groom’s attire-Tuxedo from 9tailors Boston, MA Groomsmen’s attire-Jos A Bank Wedding Planner: Janie Haas Events North Andover, MA Translation: Smart Event Planning Boston, MA Officiant: Rev. Carolyn Dittes, Acton, MA Tent: Peterson’s Party Center Woburn, MA Stationery: Mark Harris Stationers Newton, MA Lighting: ALPS, Randolph, MA Rentals: Rentals Unlimited Stoughton, MA

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Robert’s proposal was intended to take place during a trip to the park, but his nerves got the best of him, and he eventually proposed later that day in the comfort of their own home. After a year of planning, Rebecca and Robert settled on getting married at Wyman Pond in Westminster, MA, at the home of Rebecca’s parents. With the view of Wachusett Mountain in the background, the two couldn’t bear to pass up such a gorgeous location. The wedding was rustic, inspired by elements from their ceremony and reception location. An outdoor tent was set up on the lawn, succulents were used for the bouquets and other floral arrangements, and guests were given decorated terracotta potted succulent plants as favors. A very cute idea for a wedding inspired by nature! A family friend even made a custom birchwood arbor for the ceremony that was dressed in ferns and succulents. Bamboo dinnerware lined the tables and paper lotus floating candles drifted along in the pond at night. continued on page 70

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“Bamboo dinnerware lined the tables and paper lotus floating candles drifted along in the pond at night.” Despite the downpours they had before the ceremony, the scenery was breathtaking. For the ceremony, the couple took part in a beautiful and unique handfasting ceremony. This is a European tradition that dates back to ancient times. The custom includes the binding of the bride and groom’s hands with a ribbon, signifying that they have accepted each other as husband and wife. The wedding was definitely a family affair. The bride’s uncle, Thomas Harvey, flew in from Texas and officiated at the wedding; Rebecca’s brother’s band, Prying Eyes, played live music; and her bridesmaid, Sharon Foster (owner of Queen of Confections), made their beautiful wedding cake. Rebecca and Robert suggest that if you’re planning a home wedding, organize the reception really well. Time management was key for the couple during the planning process and allowed them to sit back and enjoy their day.

The Particulars Ceremony and Reception Site: Bride’s Parents house Wyman Pond, Westminster, MA Photographer: Stone Photography Caterer: Bub’s Barbecue Baker: Queen of Confections Florist: Seed to Stem Videographer: Stone Photography Music: Prying Eyes & DJ Bride & Bridesmaid’s Attire: Maggie Sottero, David’s Bridal Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonardi’s Formalwear Arbor: Wedding Arbor Master Tent: Sunshine Tent

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f you’ve already selected the exact time, date, and place to get married, you need to start planning how to accommodate your guests. After all, many of them will be traveling by plane, train, and automobile just to attend your wedding. “Setting up room blocks for out-oftown guests has become a standard practice,” says Martine BoursiquotLaConte, a certified wedding planner with This Modern Love Events, LLC. Depending on your head count, you can select several hotels with varying price points. The further ahead you book, the better chance you will have of securing the best deals. BoursiquotLaConte recommends “checking in every few weeks with the reservation manager to ensure that you have enough rooms in your block.” This matters most if your date coincides with high season, holidays, graduations, festivals, or an area convention. Corey Schwartz and Carolyn Siegal’s wedding is planned for Columbus Day weekend in VT.

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Since this is also peak foliage time, “We were warned”, said Carolyn, “hotels would book up very quickly. Early on, we made sure to arrange blocks at seven hotels and inns to accommodate everyone’s budget and schedule.” One big issue they ran into was the three-night minimum that most hotels require for this popular weekend. “We had to do research,” she recalls, in order to find places that would accept fewer night stays. Corey points out, “Due to the lack of large ‘name brand’ area hotels, renting houses would be the most economical option. We made sure to reach out to groups of friends with details on convenient houses available for rent.” Grace Gugliotti co-owns The Harding Allen Estate with her husband Carmine. She suggests couples, “pursue booking 18 months prior to their event—particularly as we host only one wedding at a time, and dates are snapped up quickly.” Gugliotti describes this picturesque, vintage neo-classical mansion and banquet facility, which was recently featured in the Lifetime movie The Spirit of Christmas, as a combination “vivid backdrop” plus convenient “one-stop-shop”—complete with “onsite catering, bakery, florist, rental center, and accommodations.” Wedding couples also receive a bedroom assignment sheet that depicts room layout and pricing for the estate rooms and two on-location cottages. “Our goal is to combine easy planning, fair value, and elegant beauty to create an unforgettable wedding day.” The staff at The Chocksett Inn in Sterling, MA, is dedicated to handling “every aspect of your wedding . . . from the rehearsal dinner to the sendoff breakfast, and everything in between,” says Wedding Coordinator Alicia Clayton. With a private outdoor

garden, tented deck, ballroom, and newly renovated restaurant, the quaint inn “has twenty-seven guest rooms, including two luxurious bridal suites. Most of our standard guest rooms include a king size bed, queen size pull-out couch, and kitchenette.” Discounted room blocks are placed the day you book your wedding. “In the event that the wedding books the entire inn, we offer shuttle service to our sister property, The Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA.” The Publick House Historic Inn, in Sturbridge, MA, is a true destination wedding site. Currently offering 11 private banquet rooms and outdoor garden facilities, “We do seven to nine weddings holiday weekends, five or six on regular weekends and some weekdays,” says Rooms Division Manager Michelle Rondeau. “The property has 101 rooms, offering three different accommodations: The Historic Publick House has 17 rooms, continued on page 76

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with three suites we use as bridal suites. The Chamberlain House has 12 Suites and eight standard rooms, and the Country Lodge (featuring a swimming pool in summer months) offers 64 motelstyle rooms with two queen size or one king size bed.” Overnight guests enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and baked goods from the bake shop, receive room and dining discounts, and have easy access to local attractions. Rondeau reminds couples to let guests know about special events. “We have antique shows three times a year in Brimfield and Harvest Festival Weekend (the third weekend in October), events that make rooms high in demand.” Use your wedding website to update everyone about all travel and itinerary details. “Another really nice gesture,” says BoursiquotLaConte is “to provide out–of–towners with welcome bags.” For a smooth experience, she suggests that couples “limit the number of pick-up and drop off locations, keep things simple, and keep guests informed!” Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

Sources This Modern Love Events, LLC, thismodernloveevents.com The Harding Allen Estate, harding-allen.com The Chocksett Inn, chocksettinn.com The Colonial Hotel, colonial-hotel.com Publick House Historic Inn, publickhouse.com Lakesidephotostudio.com

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The original facility was built on this site close to 100 years ago, but in 2013, it was purchased by Kevin P. Meehan owner of the Imperial family of car dealerships, also located in Mendon. The project is Meehan’s brainchild—he gave it its new name and launched an over $5 million renovation project. “Mr. Meehan is all about excellence and facilitating memorable experiences in whatever he does,” said Sharon Santucci,

manager and event specialist at Grand View. Exceeding expectations is Mr. Meehan’s top priority. “He’s a man with a vision, so it was only natural that he saw what a jewel the Grand View property could be. Since his acquisition, he has worked tirelessly to create a magnificent destination spot, providing a wedding experience like no other, conveniently located right here in Central Massachusetts. The entire revitalization of the ballroom

“This all-inclusive destination venue does indeed have a “grand view” from every direction.”

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and the expansive landscaped grounds has his touches all over it and it is truly amazing”. Endless pampering, lavish indulgences, and unmatched customer care are what brides and grooms expect at Grand View. What does an all-inclusive wedding destination actually mean? Grand View defines it as “your every decadent wish is our command.” From start to finish—ceremony to reception—hospitality is the guiding principle, as couples spend extensive time in advance of the big day developing their one-of-a-kind wedding experience. Seasoned event specialists are there to guide them through each step of the process and will anticipate and take care of every detail. Couples

choose from four all-inclusive packages—from gourmet foods and specialty beverage selections, to hair and makeup stylists, to entertainment, to floral designers and party favors galore. A champagne Bubbly Bar, ice carvings, an international espresso station, and hand-rolled cigars by the outdoor fire pits are just a few highlights here, along with whatever else two people in love, together with their families, can envision and make their reality. Grand View works with only five-star top-rated vendors, allowing couples to rest easy knowing they are in the hands of experienced professionals who will ensure a customized one-ofa-kind event. The perfect partner to Grand View’s exemplary services is its

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“Endless pampering, lavish indulgences, and unmatched customer care are what brides and grooms expect at Grand View.”

impeccable scenery. Undeniably, the elegant waterfront vista is the central feature at Grand View, only to be matched by its impressive ballroom. Clients will notice that much attention was spent on the ballroom’s interior design, punctuated by opulent crystal chandeliers, gleaming hardwood floors, and four seasons of panoramic views seen through windows that stretch from floor to ceiling. When it comes to lighting and technology enhancements this facility is decked out with all the latest trends. Outside of the venue, the landscape is simply spectacular with its extensive stone patios leading out to the three gorgeous ceremony sites and a breathtaking waterfront view. Grand View offers three distinct ceremony sites: (1) The Chapel at Grand View offers a majestic Tuscan-feel, featuring elegant cathedral-style columns reaching up to the open sky with suspended stained-glass panels, and endless views of the sparkling lake. Guests will be entranced with the oldworld statuary, stone waterfall, and fountains that surround the Chapel. (2) Bella Vista at Grand View continued on page 84

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This option offers brides and grooms the same sweeping views of the grounds, flanked by a threetiered stonework water fountain. Of course, the pristine lake and the picturesque sky is the ever-present backdrop for Bella Vista. (3) Lastly, the Rose Garden at Grand View is situated around an open-air pergola, offering scenic lake overlooks, surrounded by sweeping green lawns and lush Knock Out Roses. It’s a floral oasis for guests to enjoy. No matter your choice, lovely photo opportunities abound at Grand View as the lush manicured gardens and landscape, unique water features and hardscaped areas were all planned with photography in mind. To complete the destination feel and extend the party, the Chalet at Grand View is offered as an additional option. This fully renovated, four-bedroom, twobath, contemporary lake-inspired home is situated on the property and available to brides, grooms, and their special guests.

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“The Chalet at Grand View is a fully renovated, four-bedroom, two-bath, contemporary lakeinspired home, situated on the property.” is situated on an extensive stone patio anchored by an arched stone seating area. It comfortably accommodates up to 20 of your favorite overnight guests and features a loft with a spiral staircase and a full state-of-the art modern kitchen. Outdoor amenities include a sprawling wraparound deck with a large stone fire pit and canoe launch just steps away from the lake. Grand View is a treat for the senses that requires an on-site tour for one to truly grasp the overall feel of its sophistication. More than a venue, it’s a destination where lifelong memories are made.

To learn more, call your event specialist to plan an on-site tour or visit us on Facebook at Grand-View. Jennifer McNally Monac is a freelance writer and real estate agent, who lives and works on Cape Cod.

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by Jennifer McNally Monac

little more than a half hour from Central Massachusetts, just over the border in beautiful Woodstock, Connecticut, is The Mansion at Bald Hill. This romantic, yet historic landmark has taken on a new life as a premiere fine-dining restaurant, an elegant bed and breakfast, and more recently, a premiere wedding venue boasting top-level customer service, amazing cuisine and ambiance, and enough space to accommodate 230 guests for a sit-down dinner.

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“We’ve been hosting tented weddings on the grounds for at least six years, but dealing with the size limitations of a tent, and being in New England, we were naturally restricted with what we could offer and when we could offer it,” said Janet Waterman, executive director of events. “With that in mind, we designed and opened our new indoor wedding facility to rave reviews in May of 2015, and we have been hosting events EVERY weekend since!” Imagine the romance of a 13,000 square foot, nineteenth-century mansion, situated on 92 acres, meticulously manicured year-round by three full-time landscapers. Now imagine a seamless addition to that space, designed to accommodate the upscale and modern needs of today’s brides and grooms, with the custom details necessary to maintain the charm and allure of the original building—that’s the beauty of the Mansion at Bald Hill!

“The Mansion features an eclectic seasonal menu prepared with great care and presented with an artistic flair.” The property itself has been standing for over a century, and eight years ago, chefs Joel Therique and Scott Plaintier opened the restaurant on-site, bringing their passion for fine dining and customer service to the table; in fact, it is the centerpiece of what they offer. By doing so in this amazing space, they have brought energy back to an age-old summer home, breathing new life into it again. In adding weddings to their repertoire, they are now presenting a top-notch experience where couples can begin their lives together. Although the Mansion hosts up to 270 people for cocktails, there are no minimums. In fact, on the day I first spoke to Janet Waterman, she had just finished working with a couple who had eloped continued on page 90 www.bridegroommag.com

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and were getting married in front of one of the 14 antique fireplaces inside the Mansion. It was the couple, a photographer, and a Justice of the Peace, creating an intimate and lovely beginning together. They honeymooned that night at the Bed & Breakfast (an added convenience and feature available to brides and grooms, plus a few guests, too). Talk about full service; Waterman says 99% of all of the couples who have their weddings at the Mansion at Bald Hill actually have the ceremony there as well. Following the renovation, they now have the space to accommodate it all. There are a variety of spaces on the grounds or on-site to have the ceremony, whether it’s in front of a fireplace or in a breathtaking garden (there’s always 90 Spring 2016

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something blooming starting in the spring through October), or in a special room (created as part of the addition) and they still do tents, too. Other features include a hardscaped patio with a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs and a patio with a waterfall and a three-tiered water feature to set the mood. There’s also a two-sided propane fireplace—one side is outdoors and the other is in a room that holds 60 people comfortably with rich leather furniture and traditional decor, making it a perfect spot for cocktail hour or even a rehearsal dinner. Everything is very well-thought-out and managed beautifully. When it comes to the food, the Mansion features an eclectic seasonal menu prepared with great care and presented with an


couples to feel like they can get what they want at the Mansion at Bald Hill; even if it’s something not readily available, she helps make it happen That’s a real asset on such an important day. Each wedding is truly unique like each couple. The Mansion at Bald Hill is dedicated to the individual needs of the brides and grooms they serve, making their experiences truly exceptional and as memorable as the Mansion itself! Be sure to check them out on Facebook or give them a call for more information. Jennifer McNally Monac is a freelance writer and real estate agent, who lives and works on Cape Cod.

artistic flair. They accommodate allergies and offer vegetarian and gluten-free meals as well. But most importantly, couples can build their meal experience as they wish; individualization is key. Brides and grooms meet with Janet Waterman as they design their perfect day

from start to finish. She is there throughout the entire process—from planning, to coordinating, to implementing and beyond. “Convenience and Personalization” is her motto. She makes vendor referrals based on her longtime experience working with brides and grooms, and she wants

For more information The Mansion at Bald Hill 29 Plaine Hill Road Woodstock, CT 06267 860.974.3456 mansionatbaldhill.com

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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 at Cliff Walk

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. 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 inhouse 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.

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guests to luxuriate in deep soaking tubs or whirlpools with exquisite mountain views.

An Education in History

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, ciderpressing 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 Barnard, 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 all-inclusive 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 94 Spring 2016

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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 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

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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I Dew:

A Quick Guide to Get that Wedding-Day Glow

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by Stacey Marcus

ooking to get that fresh as a flower, just kissed by the dew goddess glow? Along with eating healthy, sleeping like a newborn baby, exercising, and honoring your inner child, we have a few tips from area beauty experts on how to get that wedding-day glow.

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Amy Brackman, owner of the Beauty Loft at LuxeBeautique, says that brides should begin their “skin boot camp” six months in advance. Brackman notes that the first step is to find an esthetician who has the treatments, machines, and products that are focused on results. “Begin by getting a nice treatment to cleanse and detoxify your skin, and be sure to have a regime that includes a cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, and sunblock,” says Brackman. Renee Moschella, beauty stylist at Nordstrom Peabody and makeup artist, suggests that brides select custom products to cleanse and exfoliate as well as use a mask, hydrating serum, moisturizer, and hydrating eye cream. On the day of the wedding, she recommends using an illuminating balm underneath the foundation. She also advises you to keep your look classic by using neutrals and colors that bring out your features. Katrin Profilet, spa director at the Rowes Wharf Health Club & Spa at the Boston Harbor Hotel recommends a treatment like the Remarkable Radiance-Enhancing Facial for brides looking to get an extra glow, while still maintaining a natural look. “This facial is exceptionally effective and uses fruit acids and a soft peel to brighten, soften, and hydrate skin while diminishing wrinkles and fine lines. This is perfect for the bride with a dull complexion who is looking to shine, or for skin that is dehydrated or sensitive; there will be no harsh reactions or breakouts,” says Profilet. “To achieve that desired wedding-day glow, the bride (and groom) should start prepping about 14 weeks in advance. Start with a series of professional peels, which will remove the old, outermost layers of skin and reveal a more youthful complexion. This should be done every other week, allowing the skin to replenish itself,” says Domanie Guerrera, esthetician at Mayflower Grace. “During this time, the bride should also be mindful of her water intake. It is just as important to nourish one’s inside as it is one’s outside. One week before the wedding,

the bride should receive a customized facial, in which her esthetician will give her the best results using products and techniques best suited to her skin type. Lastly, the day before or even the day of the wedding, we would recommend a treatment like our Pure O2 facial. This particular facial pushes pure oxygen infused with high-grade serums to best complement the bride’s skin type directly into the

face and neck. This will stimulate blood flow and hydrate the skin. Results are instant and because it is noninvasive, there is no downtime or need to worry about redness. This facial will leave the bride with that coveted dewy glow!” says Guerrera. Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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Types of Functions

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On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

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(Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

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Varies

Yes

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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: Elizabeth Lane.

John W. Higgins Armory (14)

E, B, D, W

100 Barber Ave., Worcester, MA 01606 Ph: (508) 410-1554 info@johnwhigginsarmoryllc.com www.johnwhigginsarmoryllc.com

Under new ownership! A historic landmark located in the “Heart of the Commonwealth” Worcester, Mass. Call today for a complimentary tour. Contact: Jennifer Bachour.

Mechanics Hall (57)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

5/200

150/425

Yes

Yes

1

1

No

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 (53)

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

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.

Varies

Yes

No

25/175

Yes

1

No

East of Worcester DoubleTree Hotel (67) 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 616-7470 • Fx: (508) 366-3950 Oliver.knight@hilton.com www.bostonwestborough.doubletree.com

Grand View (11-13, Inside Back Cover)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

30/500

Yes

2

Yes

Experince the Doubletree difference where the little things mean everything. Schedule a private tour of our contemporary ballroom, outdoor patio and bridal rooms. Contact: Catering Sales Manager. E, B, W

$75+

Yes

Yes

150/350

Yes

1

Yes

6 Nipmuc Drive, Mendon, MA 01756 Ph: (508) 422-1000 • Fx: (508) 478-1480 info@grand-view.com www.grand-view.com

Grand View is a premiere venue. Breathtaking waterfront location. Beautifully landscaped grounds and exquisite interior design, nestled within a spectacular setting to celebrate your wedding. Contact: Sales Office.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (103)

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

Riverview & Hudson Portuguese Club (100) 13 Port Street, Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 567-1929 • (978) 763-9205 xt.2 contactus@riverviewhpc.com www.riverviewhpc.com

$36 - $70

Yes

Yes

2/400

Yes

2

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

$35+

Yes

Yes

50/600

Yes

Varies

We are a Mediterranean function/banquet hall facility providing a perfect ambiance for any special occasion. Picturesque landscape overlooks river. Restaurant/lounge on site. Contact: Sales Office.

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

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

240

Yes

2

No

South of Worcester Coachmen’s Lodge (Inside Front Cover) 273 Wrentham Rd., Bellingham, Ma 02019 Ph: (508) 883-9888 Thecoachmenslodge@gmail.com www.coachmenslodge.com

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.

Mansion at Bald Hill (17)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

25/275

Yes

2

Yes

29 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock, CT 06281 Ph: (860) 974-3456 info@mansionatbaldhill.com www.mansionatbaldhill.com

The Mansion at Bald Hill is a historic landmark that has transformed into a premier wedding venue, a gourmet restaurant and Bed & Breakfast. Contact: Janet Waterman.

Twin River

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

$30 - $75 +

Yes

No

50/1200

No

1

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 J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Function Facility (113) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

La Salle Reception Center (101)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

Yes

75/260

Yes

1

No

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

$20 - $40

Yes

Yes

25/400

Yes

1

444 Main Street, Southbridge, MA 01550 Ph: (774) 318-8083 Margef911@aol.com Lasallereceptioncenter.com

La Salle Reception Center is noted for being simply elegant, affordable, easy to reach from all major highways with ample parking. Contact: Margaret Farrand.

Leicester Country Club (105)

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$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 (52)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75 +

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Yes

No

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 (40)

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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 (79)

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

The Barn at Wight Farm (77)

$35 - $68

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Max 350

Yes

Varies

Yes

2

Yes

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

40-175

Yes

1

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

Table 3 Chefs & Catering can come to you or host your event at our beautiful post and beam facility. We also provide a personal chef for all types of events. Contact: Dakota Tunley.

The Harding Allen Estate (87)

E, B, D, W

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

Yes

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

No

Yes

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

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$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: Alicia Clayton.

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.

Devens Weddings and Events (71)

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

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster (107)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5/500

1/500

Yes

Yes

1

2

99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 534-9000 • Fx: (978) 466-3400 Kerry.Kirley@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: Kerry Kirley.

Great Wolf Lodge (62)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

3

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

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

Harrington Farm (15)

E, B, D, W

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

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

The International (19)

E, B, D, W

$65- $100

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

50/225

5/500

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

1

No

Yes

159 Ballville Rd., Bolton, Ma 01740 Ph: (978) 779-1354 • Fax (978) 779-0031 Robert.reynolds@theinternational.com www.theinternational.com

The International is a world class golf and special event destination with its own boutique lodge and signature restaurant. Contact: Robert Reynolds.

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (61)

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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 (95)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Shaker Hills Country Club (45)

E, B, D, W

$35 - $100

Under $30

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

25/400

10/150

50/350

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

1-3

No

2

1

Yes

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

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

Wachusett Country Club (111)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Wachusett Mountain (5)

E, B, D, W

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.

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$30 - $50

$30- $50

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

50/400

300 Max

Yes

Yes

2

1

No

No


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Sturbridge, MA 01566 • 508.347.6430 AmbianceLinensOnline.com

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Wedding deborahannphotography.com

Bridal Shops

112

Bridal Shows

112

Cakes

112

Catering

112

Donation Services

112

Entertainment

113

Florists

113

Honeymoon Spots

113

Insurance

113

Jewelry

113

BRIDAL SHOPS

CATERING

Bella’s Bridal Boutique (4)

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 SHOWS

DONATION SERVICES

The Original Wedding Expo™ (106)

I Do Foundation (103)

334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com

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

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

CAKES Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (10) 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.

Cakes by Chris Gadaire (87)

Limousines

113

Photo Booths

113

Photography

114

Beautifully custom designed cakes that are not only delicious but one that everyone will remember.

Reception Facilities

108

Crown Bakery (52)

Rentals

114

Shoes

114

Specialty Lighting

114

Tuxedos

114

500 Cambridge St., Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 755-8393

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A quality cake you will be proud to serve. Full line of cookie and pastry trays also available.

Videography

Wedding Internet Services 114

resources

81 New Braintree Road, West Brookfield, MA 01585 (508) 867-0101 cgadairecakes@aol.com www.cakesbychrisgadaire.com

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

Culpepper’s Bakery

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!

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.

The Jimmy Fund (111) 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.

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

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

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ENTERTAINMENT Buddy D. Sound Unlimited (56) 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 (63) 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.

Herbert E. Berg Florist 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers creative floral designs and personalized service. Come in and take advantage of our 80th anniversary specials! Complimentary wedding appointments.

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (96 & 97) Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008 www.diviaruba.com MEGA means more all-inclusive choices! With the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba’s Deluxe ocean-front MEGA category, you’ll have full use of both resorts.

INSURANCE

LIMOUSINES AA Limousine Service (62) P.O. Box 639, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 791-9100 ext. 1 GeorgiaBrigham@aol.com www.aatransportation.com Our professional detail-oriented drivers are trained to give you the best service possible. Specializing in weddings, bachelorettes, nights out, prom or any other occasion.

Gray’s Limousine (41) 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.

ROCKSTAR LIMO (102)

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (105)

Mainstream Insurance Agency, Inc. (102)

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

704 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 797-4500 Kathleen@mainstreamins.com www.Mainstreamins.com

Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

Wedding insurance helps make things right when they go wrong. Contact us to protect your wedding investment as well as your home and auto.

ROCKSTAR LIMO is the premier transportation provider that not only has vehicles to match your style, but service beyond your expectations.

JEWELRY

PHOTO BOOTHS

FLORISTS A Beautiful Bouquet (60) 26 Pine St., Leicester, MA 01524 (774) 253-3941 Jenifergaudet@aol.com www.abeautifulbouquet.org A home based florist at about half the cost of a traditional shop. Let 20 years of experience create a Beautiful Bouquet for you.

Prime 2016 & 2017 Dates Available

Maria’s Fine Jewelry (3) 269 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 795-0201 maria@mariasfinejewelry.com www.mariasfinejewelry.com We are a 26-year-old family owned business serving Worcester county with expert jewelry design and quality craftsmanship.

2 Commerce Dr. Warwick, RI 02886 (888) 725-7871 weddings@ROCKSTARlimo.net www.rockstarlimo.net

MA Photo Booths (102) 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.

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On-site Weddings Garden Gazebo Ample Parking Seating from 75 to 260 Picturesque Landscaped Gardens

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PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (78) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

Leslie Boudreau Photography Lunenburg, MA 01462 (987) 400-6598 Leslie@leslieboudreau.com www.leslieboudreau.com Relive the moments of your once-in-a-lifetime day for years to come with Leslie Boudreau Photography. Timeless and simple. Yours.

M+K Wedding Studios 10 1/2 Washburn St., Apt 3 Worcester, MA 01610 (774) 230-7725 mkweddingstudios@gmail.com www.mkweddingstudios.com M+K Wedding Studios is committed to telling every couple’s love story through elegant, timeless imagery.

Prudente Photography 65 Gates Street, Boston, MA 02127 (978) 884-7677 Info@prudentephoto.com www.prudentephoto.com Romantic, fun, timeless! Prudente Photography is an award winning husband and wife wedding photography team based in Boston, MA. Capturing beautiful moments for real couples.

Robinson Wedding Photography (86) 1033 Providence Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (508) 278-5530 psrstudio@verizon.net www.robinsonweddingphotography.com

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (63)

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.

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

RECEPTION FACILITIES

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

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Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (105)

RENTALS Ambiance Linens & Print Design (111) 42 Cricket Drive, Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-6430 Peggy@ambiancelinensonline.com www.ambiancelinensonline.com Take your event from ordinary to extraordinary with our specialty linens and custom designed menus. All rentals come with complimentary design consultation.

Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (8)

SHOES Shoes to Dye For (72 & 73) 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.

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

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

VIDEOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (78) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com

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

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (106)

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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