Page 1

Winter

Winter 2014

Wonderlands page 54

Fairytale Destinations page 38

Make a List, Check it Twice page 42

Tying the Knot & Nearby Nuptials New England couples featured inside

Featured Facilities Worcester Art Museum, page 62 Old Sturbridge Village, page 66 Sterling National Country Club, page 72

Magazine


Beautiful enough to make her say...

I DO!

Mention this ad to receive a Titanium wedding band FREE* * Valid only when you spend a minimum of $499 or more in one purchase. Three styles to choose from; a $129 value.

Like us on

508-795-0201 • 269 Plantation Street • Worcester, MA 01604

mariasfinejewelry.com


Mountain Magic

Weddings

www.lemayphotography.com

www.71west.com

www,ribertcastagnaphotography.com

Lasting Images Photography/ www.lipphoto.com

499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 978 - 464-3175 Contact: Missy Banks missy@wachusett.com wachusett.com


Winter 2014

Contents Features 30 A Fabulous Figure Foundation garments that will

make you look and feel amazing.

54

34 Something Borrowed

Wearing an heirloom dress.

38 Fairytale Destinations

Three real-life, drive-to castles.

42 Make a List, Check it Twice

Constructing your guest list.

46 Ready, Set, Stow! Vermont’s Verdant Valley,

a great spot for weddings and honeymoons.

50 Timeless Photography Tips

Capturing those lasting memories.

Honeymoons 86 Oh, Savannah!

A steamy, dreamy honeymoon spot.

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

Recently engaged local couples.

54 Pictorial Winter Wonderlands

18 Editor’s Picks

58 Dishing with David

20 B&G Q&A Maria’s Fine Jewelry

Interview with celebrity wedding planner, David Tutera.

76 Love the Skin You’re In!

Avoiding wedding-related body image stress.

78 City Weddings

Downtown edge, uptown flair.

82 Signature Sips

Custom wedding cocktails.

Featured Venues 62 Worcester Art Museum

38

Product reviews.

Nearby Nuptials

22 Ellen & Glenn 26 Joanna & Charles

62

90 Real Couples Say Polling couples at the

Original Wedding Expo.

Directories 92 Function Facility Guide 96 Wedding Resources Guide

66 Old Sturbridge Village 72 Sterling National Country Club

86 www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 7


Magazine Publishers Richard E. Chevalier Germaine A. Chevalier President Robert R. Chevalier robert@chevalierassociates.com

Editor Hana Lasell hana@chevalierassociates.com

Account Executive Chrissy Carelli

chrissy@chevalierassociates.com

Senior Technical Services Developer Lyndsay Hommé lyndsay@chevalierassociates.com

Business Manager K.C. O’Brien

kc@chevalierassociates.com

Art Director Rick Bridges

richardbridgesdesign.com

Contributing Writers Geri Bain Cindy Papish Gerber Jenna Giuffrida Stacey Marcus Andrea McHugh Alexandra Pecci Jamie Santa Cruz

BRIDE & GROOM™ Magazine is published in January, May and September and is a trademark of and published by:

334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Phone: (508) 770-0092 Fax: (508) 770-0065 bridegroommag.com All content ©2014, CHEVALIER ASSOCIATES, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PRINTED IN USA

8 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Letter from the Editor

There’s lots to juggle during the wedding planning process—and if you’re anything like I was when I was planning my wedding, your growing “to-do” list might be freaking

you out a little bit right now. Fortunately, the cold (and sometimes boring) days of winter are the perfect time to cross things off your list. Without the summer sunshine calling your name, you can put on your comfy pants, watch some bad TV, and get going on some of your more time-consuming tasks, like constructing your guest list, making a seating plan, or researching airfares for your honeymoon. This “downtime” is also the perfect opportunity to focus on mentally preparing yourself for the big day. While your wedding is inarguably one of the happiest and most exciting moments of your life, the planning process can also bring on some unwanted stress. The pressure to get every detail perfect—including your appearance—can take its toll on even the most confident to-be-wed. After having a baby a year before my wedding, I felt compelled to drop my “baby chub” as quickly as possible in order to look my best on my wedding day.

My fixation quickly turned into a distraction, and I found myself struggling to enjoy the excitement of my upcoming celebration. In the end, my wedding was perfect and I felt beautiful—my “baby chub” concerns melted away. The worrying turned out to be a complete waste of time! In this issue, we’ll help you ward off body image stress and find your inner beauty queen in “Love the Skin You’re In” (page 76). Feel like channeling your inner princess instead? Take a peek at some truly enchanting castle venues in “Fairytale Destinations” on page 38. And don’t miss our exclusive interview with celebrity wedding planner David Tutera on page 58. As always, make sure your check out Nearby Nuptials on pages 22 and 26 for real inspiration from real New England couples. Happy planning!

B&G Welcomes Our New Advertisers

Hana enjoying her wedding day with her daughter, Lucy.

WACHUSETT closernorth.com

COUNTRY CLUB

lindajae photography

LEOMINSTER

10 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

On the cover: Bride and bridesmaids enjoying a Vermont snowfall. www.vermontphotographer.com.


Simply Magical ericaewingphotography.com

ericsonphoto.com

Sterling National is located on a picturesque 18-hole golf course with breathtaking backdrops, floral gardens and stunning manicured grounds. The garden area is perfect for outdoor ceremonies, and our beautiful ballroom can accommodate up to 225 guests. Like us on

33 Albright Road • Sterling, Massachusetts 01564 • 978.422.0275 sterlingcc.com


paulsrobinsonphotography.com

Tying the Knot

Alicia Jackson and Jeffrey Garney Worcester, MA Wedding date: April 27, 2014

paulsrobinsonphotography.com

Jennifer Olivieri and Michael Gould Worcester, MA Wedding date: September 7, 2014

Krystal Dunn and Mathew Kolesnik Dudley, MA Wedding date: August 30, 2014

paulsrobinsonphotography.com

Erica Archambeau and Carey-Ann Patterson Charlton, MA Wedding date: November 1, 2014

Laurie Burque and Michael Sutherland Worcester, MA Wedding date: June 13, 2014

12 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

Lauren Doray and Michael Amann Jefferson, MA Wedding date: August 16, 2014


paulsrobinsonphotography.com

paulsrobinsonphotography.com

Tying the Knot

Heather Luks and Christopher Foster South Barre, MA Wedding date: August 23, 2014

diazdd.com

Tianna Ta and Anthony Romeo Worcester, MA Wedding date: October 2014

Ashley Pickering and Elias Richardson Burrillville, RI Wedding date: September 6, 2014

paulsrobinsonphotography.com

paulsrobinsonphotography.com

Emily Fitzpatrick of Oxford, MA and Robert Vivlamore III of Worcester, MA Wedding date: September 26, 2015

Jessica Coburn and Corey Chabuz Lawrence, MA Wedding date: June 14, 2014

14 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

Gisel Suriel and Erik Fuentes Northborough, MA Wedding date: November 9, 2014


Two Elegant Destinations, One Goal in Mind... To offer you the best in wedding venues.

Pleasant Valley Country Club

Steve Erikson

At either of our locations, we will custom design all aspects of your wedding package, including menus. Our facilities provide you with a beautiful backdrop for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Create memories in our elegant ballrooms that will last a lifetime.

GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Penny Lynn Photography

PerfectWeddingPhoto.com

Pleasant Valley Country Club 95 Armsby Road • Sutton, MA 01590 • 508-865-4441 www.pleasantvalleycc.com

Morin Studio

Highfields Golf & Country Club 42 Magill Drive • Grafton, MA 01519 • 508-839-1945 www.highfieldsgolfcc.com


paulsrobinsonphotography.com

Tying the Knot

Michelle Koch and Matthew Holm Worcester, MA Wedding date: May 17, 2014

Kelly Haroules and Phil McRae Jr. Marlborough, MA Wedding date: September 13, 2014

Ivanna Mercedes and Chris Then Worcester, MA Wedding date: August 23, 2014

paulsrobinsonphotography.com

Megan Hicks and Cody Brennan Webster, MA Wedding date: July 19, 2014

Announce your engagement in the Spring 2014 issue of

BRIDE&GROOM™

Submit your engagement ­photograph for potential publication via email to: info@BrideGroomMag.com. Your Pictur e Here! Photo dimensions should be at least 2” wide with a resolution of 300 ppi ­(pixels per inch). Acceptable formats are: pdf, jpg or tiff. Submission deadline: March 15, 2014. Publication date: May 1, 2014. Colleen Goss of Shirley, MA and Eric Michel of Lowell, MA Wedding date: February 22, 2014

16 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Editor’s Picks

WINTER 2014

These great new products can be customized just for you!

1.

www.camarataphotography.com

3.

2.

1. Warm up your wedding celebration with hand-poured candles by Westborough Wicks. Handmade in Westborough, MA, these eco-friendly candles are available in more than seventy scents and a variety of styles, including votive, pillars, tins, and three kinds of jars. Westborough Wicks will even custom-create a signature scent for your wedding! westboroughwicks.com. 2. You’re in love and you don’t care who knows it! Show the world that you’re smitten with a personalized iPhone case from Dear LC. Available in a variety of bold, geometric designs, this case can even be customized to match your wedding colors. Available for the iPhone 4, 4s, and 5. dearlc.com.

4.

3. What better way to say “thanks” to your bridesmaids than with a thoughtful (and cute!) personalized necklace by The Merriweather Council? Available in a variety of fabrics, shapes, and colors, each necklace is hand-embroidered to order. No two are alike! merriweathercouncil.com. 4. Make a sweet statement at your reception with Sticky! Mixing traditional candy-making techniques with a sprinkle of modern art, Sticky specializes in handmade customized candies and lollipops perfect for any couple’s big day. Choose from hundreds of sweet flavors, colors, and customized designs. The end result is a personalized wedding treat sure to put love in everyone’s tummy. stickyusa.com. 5. Savor that first bite of your wedding cake forever with vintage silverware from Love Letters Upcycled. Offering forks, cake servers, and everything in between, each item is lovingly hand-stamped and personalized. Not only will these works of art add a little something to your reception table, they’ll be a great reminder of your wedding day for years to come. lovelettersupcycled.etsy.com.

5. 18 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Award winning photographer with more than 14 years of experience. Specializing in both traditional and photojournalistic styles, capturing stunning, one-of-a-kind moments.

Like us on 1033 Providence Road

Whitinsville, MA 01588

508-278-5530

robinsonweddingphotography.com


B&G

q&a

Gary Rabidou Jr., Maria Buduo and Crystal Roach

The Rings More Than an Accessory by Andrea McHugh

“W

ith this ring, I thee wed.” These words are what your wedding is all about. From that day forward, your wedding bands are the outward sign of your commitment to one another, which makes choosing the right ones all the more important. For more than twenty-five years, Maria Buduo has been educating couples on everything from the four “Cs” of diamonds (color, cut, clarity, and carat) to choosing the best metals to match their lifestyles. Over the decades, Maria and her staff at Maria’s Fine Jewelry in Worcester, Massachusetts have seen trends come and go while offering personal care to each customer. Understanding that engagement rings and wedding bands are a significant investment, Maria helps each couple find pieces to suit both their budget and their taste. We talked with Maria, who offered practical advice for finding the perfect “I do” accessory.

20 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

robinsonweddingphotography.com


q: What are some recent trends in wedding jewelry?

a:

We’re seeing all sizes of diamonds. Some couples lately are more focused on the mounting and not just the size of the stone . . . Many women are looking for rings with an antique look, but the plain Tiffany setting is still very popular. For the engagement ring, some couples come in together, but sometimes it’s just the man. Some women send texts with pictures to help them pick the right one—a lot of men are worried about getting the setting wrong. Men are doing a lot of alternative metal wedding bands, including titanium and tungsten. Some are still doing the traditional gold; not many are doing platinum. I just got a line of gorgeous alternative metals!

“My customers of thirty years still come to me and their children come to me—I had to have done something right!”

q:

Of a diamond’s four “Cs,” is color, cut, clarity, or carat the most important?

a:

Cut. A diamond is a prism, and if it’s heavily included—no matter how big it is— it’s not going to shine. That’s something that is not going to change. Until they come to me, they think clarity is most important. People are selling them on color and not size. I had a customer that thought they got a real good deal. The diamond had good color and clarity, but not a good cut. If it doesn’t have good proportions, it’s just not going to shine. I educate [my customers] . . . I’m a mom and pop and store, right here in Worcester.

I’m in the community and I see these people . . . My customers of thirty years still come to me, and their children come to me—I had to have done something right!

q:

What are some common mistakes people make when buying their wedding bands?

on flowers and couldn’t afford a wedding band. Most of the brides getting married next year, I won’t hear from them until next summer. I try to educate and explain to them that wedding band is something that should be bought early on.

a:

Brides typically want their wedding band to 100% match their engagement ring. Men go out and buy this expensive engagement ring, and so many rings don’t have a matching band—they don’t think to ask if there is such a thing. When there isn’t a matching band and you want the two to match, you’ll need a cad design—a custom design—which has labor costs, so were talking an extra $500 at least. From the beginning of buying the diamond, people should be thinking about that.

q:

When should couples plan to buy their wedding bands?

a:

I try to explain to them that this is the only thing from your wedding you are going to have forever. The flowers, the dress—it is all important, but when all is said and done, this is all you have. When it comes to the wedding band, I tell them to buy that first. So many people buy it last, when there is no budget left. I had a customer spend $5,000

leslieboudreau.com

Maria’s Fine Jewelry 269 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 795-0201 mariasfinejewelry.com

robinsonweddingphotography.com

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 21


Nuptials Not-so

nearby

Ellen and Glenn May 5, 2013 – Bermuda

Their Story Ellen Fay and Glenn Corliss got “unofficially” engaged on a January night in 2012. “We were on our way to dinner and a movie, we were talking about getting married, so to make it official [Glenn] pulled over to the side of the highway and proposed,” Ellen reminisces. Glenn made things a little more “official” on May 5, 2012 (exactly one year before their wedding date) at the Chandler Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. “There was champagne and roses in our room upon our arrival and a hot tub outside our room overlooking a private garden . . . he did good.”

Planning The couple’s wedding date—May 5, 2013—was a bit of a numbers game, decided based on some mystical mathematics. “My birthday is June 5, Glenn’s is November 5, which makes me five months older, and to boot, he proposed five months after we met,” Ellen explains. “So that date, as silly as it sounds, was a numbers thing.” Ellen and Glenn, who both hail from Massachusetts, opted for a destination wedding at The Reefs Hotel in Bermuda, motivated by their mutual love for the locale and Ellen’s fond memories of many a childhood vacation spent there.

22 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


“Everything from start to finish was just perfect. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

“I took Glenn to Bermuda for his birthday in November of 2011, we loved it so much we went back for Christmas and New Year’s,” says Ellen. “We knew Bermuda was where we had to get married.” Believe it or not, planning their destination affair was a breeze for Ellen, since she took full advantage of the venue’s fullservice wedding planner. “It was extremely easy for me,” she says. “All I had to do was fly down in October (poor me) to meet with the photographer, DJ, florist, minister, and, most important, the chef. Glenn was so easy-going he really didn’t care about planning. His only suggestion was a rum swizzle toast in place of champagne.”

Ellen stresses the importance of working with a professional when planning a destination wedding. “Without the help of [wedding planner] Kathleen Dodwell, none of this would have happened,” she says. “She was amazing . . . we must have exchanged over 100 e-mails from start to finish, she was very patient with me . . . Anyone reading this or planning a wedding in Bermuda, trust me when I say, Kathleen should be your first and only phone call or e-mail, she will do the rest!”

Details Staying true to the natural beauty of their locale, Ellen and Glenn decided on a beach

motif. Ellen gushes about the details of the tropical soiree: “What I loved was my place cards/favors. I had little Adirondack frames with the guest names and the name of their tables . . . the frames sat in a ‘sand box’ filled with sand from the beach. Each guest frame corresponded to a framed photo that sat on each table and displayed a picture of a notable Bermuda landmark.” Adorning each table were vases of tropical flowers and sand- and shell-filled hurricane lamps that glowed with candlelight. Soft lighting led the way from the beach to the reception, where sheer curtains hung from the ceiling, illuminated by white Christmas lights. Out of all of the details of the day, Ellen’s most memorable was saying, “I do” in front of her favorite people. “[I loved] being able to share the day with our family and friends. Of course, not everyone could make it down to Bermuda, but those family and friends that could not be with us were in our hearts and minds that day,” she says. “We had amazing weather and everything from start to finish was just perfect. I wouldn’t have changed a thing . . . Everyone who attended our wedding said it was the best wedding and best vacation ever. That means the world to me.”

www.bridegroommag.com

continued on page 24

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 23


Advice “The best advice I would give was given to me by my husband,” says Ellen. “Every hour or so, take a step back, go into a corner of the room and just look around and take mental notes in your head of all your family and friends and what they are doing. The day comes and goes so fast and you want to remember everything. I took that advice and it was the best advice I could give. I remember everything!”

The Particulars Wedding Planner: Kathleen Dodwell, Bermuda Event Solutions, Bermuda. eventsolutions.bm Ceremony: The Deck at Caso’s Point, The Reefs Resort & Club, Bermuda. thereefs.com Reception: Coconuts Beach Bar, The Reefs Resort & Club, Bermuda. thereefs.com Photographer: Bruce Leseur Photography, Bermuda. bruceleseur.com Caterer & Cake: The Reefs Resort & Club, Bermuda, Chef Karl Blunden. thereefs.com Florist: Michelle Geary, Flowers by GiMi, Bermuda. flowersbygimi.com Music: Craig “Bubbles” Darrell, Bermuda Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal, Natick, MA. davidsbridal.com Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Auburn, MA. menswearhouse.com

24 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


The Devens Common Center Say “I Do� with Sophistication, Elegance & Style Brides and Grooms, please join us and taste the difference for yourselves. February 23rd, 2014 12pm to 3pm Sample our menu items and visit with wedding professionals who are sure to simplify your planning process. RSVP by January 17th

Photography: habakkukmedia.com

Sophisticated Style 31 Andrews Parkway Devens, MA 01434 978-772-0188 www.devenscommoncenter.com For your out of town guests, choose from SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Devens & Hilton Garden Inn, Devens, MA.


Nuptials

nearby

Joanna and Charles August 27, 2011 – Lenox, MA

Their Story Even though Joanna James and Charles Moschos met under somber circumstances, their story is nothing short of delightful. After a very brief meeting at a funeral, the two happened upon each other at a party a few years later. “Although I immediately was attracted to Charles and was intrigued by him, I didn’t even think he remembered meeting me,” says Joanna. “Come to find out years later, not only did he remember that was our first meeting, but he also remembered the black-and-white polka-dot dress I wore.” Eight years after their reunion at the party, Joanna and Charles began to feel the heat from their parents, who were eager to hear wedding bells. Charles’s mother, Mary, really turned it up one night

26 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

at dinner with the couple when she turned to Joanna and asked, “So why aren’t you both married yet?” In response, Charles proposed to Joanna with an onion ring, right then and there. “Although Charles did it as a joke not expecting me to take it serious, I said ‘yes’ and Mary and I played it out like we really did get engaged,” Joanna muses. “The whole bar was looking at us like, ‘did they really just get engaged with an onion ring?’ The next day we woke up a little confused by it all but had a ball pretending. Within the month, however, when Charles and I were on a business trip in New York City, one day when we were going to Central Park . . . he pulled me aside on the grass and asked me to marry him.”


The whole bar was looking at us like, “did they really just get engaged with an onion ring?” Planning Planning was a team effort between Joanna and her mother, Val. “Since my mother owns Val’s Restaurant and Function Hall I completely entrusted everything with her,” says Joanna. “I completely enjoyed planning my wedding because I got to do it with my mother and every detail was so meaningful.” Charles’s input was just as valuable, however. “He cared about the place, music, food, and ambience. He let us do our thing, but definitely wanted to feel included in the decisions.” With dreams of a truly elegant affair dancing in their heads, Joanna and Charles chose to get married at the historic Elm Court Estate, a Vanderbilt estate located in Lenox, Massachusetts. “We chose the Elm Court Estate because we could rent the estate for the whole weekend and stay there with our family and friends, while being able to custom tailor every detail of the wedding,” says Joanna.

Details “Since we got married in a Vanderbilt estate . . . we wanted to carry a theme of the classic gilded era with French accents, yet combined with an emphasis on nature and the arts and culture of the Berkshires,” says Joanna of the wedding motif. Champagne satin linens with organza overlays and crystal candelabras adorned the tables and were accompanied by centerpieces filled with white eggshell roses, Picasso calla lilies, dark eggplant calla lilies, snow on the mountain, and dusty miller silver lace. Candles cast a warm light over the entire space. “We really wanted to emphasize the arts throughout our wedding,” says Joanna, so she and Charles infused visual arts, music, and dance elements into their ceremony and reception. “Rather than have table numbers, we used artistic creations that inspired love, taking a picture of that example and framing it for each table. For instance, my husband got to choose our head table, so his choice was John Coltrane’s album, A Love Supreme. continued on page 28 www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 27


The Particulars Ceremony & Reception: The Elm Court Estate, Lenox, MA. elmcourt.com Photographer: Richard Frederick There was Romeo and Juliet, which is where my grandfather sat because he would always tell us in his younger years they called him ‘Romeo.” Also included where gospel singers from a local church, who performed during the ceremony, and dancers from the Albany Berkshire Ballet, who performed “Over the Rainbow” during dinner. “We had a big brass fourteen-piece band playing jazz and standards during the reception, and afterhours with a live Greek band from Greece. The party kept going until the wee hours . . . Everyone truly enjoyed themselves like it was a lavish, fun party they were invited to other than an actual wedding.”

28 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

Advice

Joanna’s biggest piece of advice to couples who are in the midst of wedding planning is to keep your ultimate goal in mind. “Just go with the flow,” she says, “and don’t let any situation prevent you from staying focused on the big picture, which is this is your day with the love of your life to enjoy and revel in.” Not even hurricane Irene— which blew into town just in time for the wedding—could knock Joanna off track: “I hardly remember that part. You spend the year prior planning, so when the actual day arrives, whatever happens, just go with it and enjoy.”

www.bridegroommag.com

Caterer: SoMa Catering, Richmond, MA. somacatering.com Cake: Crown Bakery & Café, Worcester, MA. thecrownbakery.com Florist: The Flower Stop, Worcester, MA. flowerstopofworcester.com Videographer: Magic Flute Videos, New York, NY. magicflutevideos.com Bridal Gown: Pronovias, New York, NY. pronovias.us Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lord and Taylor. lordandtaylor.com Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: JCrew. jcrew.com Makeup: Chanel Make-up Artist, Luis Rodriguez, Saks Fifth Avenue New York, NY. saksfifthavenue.com


a Fabulous Figure Foundation garments that will make you look and feel amazing. by Jenna Giuffrida

F

inding the perfect dress is usually the foremost

thought in a bride’s mind once that engagement ring is securely on her finger. The hunt for a gorgeous wedding gown is viewed as an event; a single moment of looking in the mirror and finding exactly what you’ve been searching for.

In reality, it’s a process, and the perfect dress is built from the foundations up. What you wear under your gown is just as vital and sometimes just as difficult to find, so don’t put it off until the last minute. Bridal lingerie is a sometimes-murky world filled with conflicting images of eighteenth-century corsetry torture

30 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

and modern-day barely-there lace thongs. Bridal gurus like David Tutera and Randy Fenoli almost never mention the unmentionables on their hit television shows, so lingerie for the big day tends to be the last item on the to-do list, both in budget and importance.


Going Backless

Smooth and Support When it comes to what bra should be paired with your gown, the possibilities are virtually endless. To break it down, it is easiest to start by considering your gown’s bodice. Laurie Papi, of Ruth’s Lingerie in Cranston, Rhode Island illuminates some of the options available. Ruth’s is a specialty shop that provides a stunning array of bras for all shapes and sizes. “We carry a lot of plus-size long-line bras in addition to the classic 32-38 A-D,” says Papi. “For the strapless bras we carry up to F, and in traditional strapped bras we carry sizes M and N. People are shocked

sometimes.” The long-line bra, ranging in price from $50 to $60, is the modern corset, but don’t expect to see the same kind of results that Scarlett O’Hara achieved with her boning and laces. The function of the longline bra is to smooth the waist and support the bust. Strapless gowns, and even some dresses that feature sleeves, usually require the help of a piece like this to make sure that everything is in its proper place; your dress will fit better and you will feel more secure— no adjusting every five minutes throughout your reception.

For a low-backed gown, don’t feel like you have to go wild and free. “For brides whose gowns have a low back, we carry the Va Bien Carnival line,” says Papi. “And for dresses that are totally backless, we have the Strapless Angel, a stick-on bra.” Stick-on bras are totally reusable and super practical for girls with smaller busts. If you think that option isn’t for you, newly married Erin Olson from Johnston, Rhode Island, shared her secret to the perfect fit of her gown. “Luckily I didn’t need undergarments, the dress fit well without an additional slip or bra,” says Olson. “I had cups sewn directly into the dress.” She paired this solution with rhinestone bride panties from Victoria’s Secret for a pretty and practical day-of ensemble.

www.bridegroommag.com

continued on page 32

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 31


Shaping Up Another alternative is combining a bandeau bra with a body shaper, something that might work particularly well for a sheath dress. Several brands, such as Spanx and Body Wraps, are available at Ruth’s and other retailers. This particular kind of shapewear comes in many styles, from high-waisted shorts to full legs, and some brands even offer a more traditional skirt slip, allowing you to be able to pick and choose what will work best for your body and your dress. One drawback to

these options, though, is that they are limited in design and color. “Brides ask if we have anything pretty for sale, but mostly we have solid, high-quality undergarments in practical colors like white and nude,” Papi says. For pretty, another New England bride, Katie Lee Young, skipped right from the wedding day to the wedding night. “I picked out two outfits from Victoria’s Secret. The first was very fun and sexy, but the second set I purchased was comfortable and practical for lounging on the honeymoon,” Young says.

Pretty Petticoats

Prime 2014 & 2015 Dates Available • On-site Weddings • Garden Gazebo • Ample Parking • Seating from 75 to 260 • Picturesque Landscaped Gardens

C.J. Yates Photography

No room charge with parties over 90. Please call to set up a complimentary appointment and view our facility. 206 Southbridge Road • Rt 12/20. N. Oxford, MA. 508-832-9705 • www.janthonysgrill.com

32 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

The final undergarment that might make an appearance beneath your layers of silk and satin is a petticoat. Not every bride will have to deal with a specialty item like this, but they shouldn’t be immediately ruled out either. The purpose of a petticoat, which usually consists of a lining, smooth top piece, and several pieces of crinoline, is to give the skirt of a gown the shape that the style demands. Bridal retailers like David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo are the go-to stores for these dramatic pieces of shapewear, and consultants are always available to advise what style will best suit your dress, whether it be a mermaid or a ball gown. Once more, don’t expect your petticoat to give your dress the same look as Scarlett O’Hara’s five-foot circle of bell-like perfection. The only way to accomplish that feat is with a hoop skirt. No matter what dress you have, what fabric it is made from, or where your wedding will take place, the undergarments you choose are just one more crucial step to looking your best when you say, “I do.” Don’t push them down the to-do list or cut them out of the budget; you will need them for your fittings. Set aside the time and money required for keeping this step stress free, and if you want to set your bra on fire afterwards, I won’t tell. Jenna Giuffrida is a freelance writer and a stylist at Nordstrom. She writes from Attleboro, MA.

Sources Ruth’s Lingerie Cranston, RI (401) 941-5155 ruthsofri.com


daverobbinsphotography.com

Jennifer Szlosek Chow wearing her grandmother’s 1941 wedding gown.

Something Borrowed

What you should know about wearing an heirloom dress.

“A

by Cindy Papish Gerber

s far back as I can remember, I knew I would wear my grandmother’s dress,” recalls Jennifer Szlosek Chow. Her countless hours poring over old photos of her grandmother and mother wearing the dress led to a teenage fascination with classic movies and a love of vintage clothing. So when it came time for her to choose a dress for her May 2010 wedding, Jennifer’s decision to wear her grandmother’s 1941 floor-length, satin, V-necked, lace-trimmed gown just “felt right.” Wearing an heirloom gown is a romantic gesture; a nod to your past and a lovely way to honor your traditions. But, “unless the gown is in very good condition and is a perfect fit—which is rare— color restoration and alterations will probably cost as much as a new gown,” says Sally Lorensen Conant, Ph.D., President of Orange Res-

34 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

toration Labs. The sum total for cleaning and alteration ($350 and $250, respectively) of Jennifer’s gown were below average. “Costs can vary greatly,” Conant continues, “depending upon the age of the gown, condition of the fabric, and alterations.” No matter what state your dress is in, “Bridal shops can suggest cleaning specialists and seamstresses,” Conant adds. A Web search will invariably lead to the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, where you can read reviews and request references. These certified professionals provide free written estimates, do fabric testing, and determine whether your garment can withstand restoration. In most cases, stains and discolorations can be removed and pressed; seams and gussets inserted; and holes, delicate lace, and intricate beadwork skillfully repaired.


styles of the 1920s, frilly skirts of the 1950s, to the gargantuan puffy sleeves of the1980s. “A skilled seamstress can do wonders,” says Conant, restyling your gown to fit your personality and figure. Ken Grippi is a Preservation and Restoration Expert who recently retired from Dependable Cleaners in Boston after four decades in the business. He identifies yellowing as the “common factor in older garments. Even dresses with rust stains can be restored to the original white or ivory; others to a cream or champagne color.” Constructed

Wearing an heirloom gown is a romantic gesture; a nod to your past and a lovely way to honor your traditions. with stiff linings, crinolines, and corsets, “[older] gowns were made from natural fibers, like silk, satin, linen, or handmade lace . . . as opposed to contemporary styles, which feature artificial blends.” Grippi recently lent his expertise to curate a compre-

Y ourO ccasion O ur P leasure

“Even though the dress—a classic peau de sois gown—had been cleaned and stored after my mother wore it, when we opened the box, it had become very yellow and there were a few stains,” says newlywed Meghan Fleming. “Sally Conant did an amazing job of restoring the dress to its original state.” What’s more amazing: it fit Meghan perfectly! Previously worn by her grandmother in 1956 and her mother in 1984, Meghan felt fortunate to have both these special women present at her June 2013 wedding. Duly grateful, her mom, Mary Anne Benedetto “hopes this special dress will be here for the next generation.” Should size matter? “You should not make your decision based on fit,” Conant counsels. Chances are, “your shoulders and waist are probably larger than your mother’s or grandmother’s.” Silhouettes have changed significantly, from the fitted waists of the early 20th century, to the dropped waist

leslieboudreau.com elizabethannsbridal.com flowerstopofworcester.com

Located in beautiful New England A setting that celebrates the details of the season

Wedding Receptions • Bridal Showers Rehearsal Dinners • Social & Corporate Events Accommodating 25 - 200

Like us on

75 Reservoir Street • Holden, MA 01520 • 508.829.0900 Valsrestaurant.com www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 35


hensive antique wedding gown exhibit for the Cohasset Historical Society. “We had extraordinary success bringing these treasures back to life! The memories and emotional factor that accompanies these dresses are remarkable.” “I’ve done about ten gowns this past two years by three generations,” says Elton Crepso, Dependable Cleaners’ current Bridal and Restoration Specialist. “Often, the bride’s name is sewn or marked inside the hem after every wedding.” Crepso’s team members attend monthly training classes in order to stay current. “We restore about eighty gowns a year, with June through September being the busiest period,” he reports. “Brides coming in to any one of our sixteen locations should allow at least two months, with rush orders increasing total costs.”

36 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

Cheryl Pace’s heirloom train boasts a Royal lineage, and her daughter Aubrie continued the tradition by wearing it in her October 2013 wedding. “Our family is honored that Aubrie [is] the fifth generation to wear our fifteen-foot court train made of satin and hand embroidered with silk and pearls,” she shares. This 100-year-old train was first worn to Court in Vienna in 1913 by Pace’s great-grandmother, then by her grandmother in 1921, followed by her mother in 1943, her sister in 1967, and by Pace herself in 1979. Modern Trousseau of Connecticut helped design a modern lace and satin dress that incorporated the historic court train for Aubrie’s Rhode Island wedding. Pace was thrilled, as “Everyone who has seen and held this train in has been in awe of its beauty, condition, and age.” If wearing an heirloom gown isn’t possible, then Conant suggests honoring a family member by wearing her veil. Similarly, a piece of estate jewelry, vintage gloves, or embroidered trim can beautifully accent your wedding ensemble; creating new memories that will stand the test of time. Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Connecticut.

Sources Sally Conant, Orange Restoration Labs gownrestoration.com Association of Wedding Gown Specialists weddinggownspecialists.com Modern Trousseau moderntrousseau.com Dependable Cleaners dependablecleaners.com


Fairytale Destinations–

fullcirclefjp.com

No Flight Required

I

Three real-life, drive-to castles. by Geri Bain

magine making a grand entrance in a horse-drawn carriage,

exchanging your vows amid the gardens of a grand castle or a French château, and celebrating your first dance in a ballroom that has hosted royalty and luminaries from around the world. And at the end of the evening, picture yourselves climbing the stairs to your very own castle keep for your wedding night. It’s all possible—with no flight required—at these three Gilded Age castles in New York. Each of these locations makes for an elegant and enchanted destination affair; the best part being that they are just a three- or four-hour drive from central Massachusetts. fullcirclefjp.com

38 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York From the moment Angelica Arce and Matthew Siniscalchi drove up the majestic allée of trees to Oheka Castle, they were wowed. “What first got us was that the entrance was just so grand,” says Angelica, who grew up in Connecticut. “We fell in love with the place and liked how they treated us from the moment we met with them.” Lovingly restored to its Gilded Age splendor by owner Gary Melius, who often mingles with his guests, Oheka Castle would easily fit into the Loire Valley with its statue-studded Versailles-style gardens, complete with fountains and an intimate gazebo. Set on a hill overlooking the Long Island Sound, Oheka was originally built in 1919 by financier and bon vivant Otto Hermann Kahn, whose frequent party guests included heads of state and performing artists such as Charlie Chaplin and Arturo Toscanini. “We never allow more than one wedding in a day, so it’s like inviting your guests to your wedding in your very own castle,” says Kelly Melius, director of wedding and event sales. “Couples often spend hours posing for photos in and around the castle. We also encourage couples to place framed photos of themselves and their families around the castle so guests really feel that they are attending a wedding in a private home. Angelica and Matthew took full advantage of the setting. “One of the most special moments was when I entered the garden in a horse-drawn carriage,” Angelica says. “Everyone was looking at the castle waiting for me to come out the doors and then as they heard the horses, they turned and had the surprise of seeing me arrive in the carriage.” Couples who want to plan a weekend for their guests have plenty of activities to choose from. The hotel is surrounded by a championship golf course and the North Shore of Long Island is dotted with quaint towns, wineries, and historic mansions that are open to the public. One of the most interesting attractions is the Vanderbilt Museum, which offers mansion tours and a variety of fun events such as open-air concerts, dance classes, and private events and tours.

Castle Hotel & Spa, Tarrytown, New York A very different Gilded Age castle beckons in Tarrytown, New York. Perched on a cliff with spectacular views of the Hudson River, Castle Hotel & Spa appears on the horizon like a medieval Norman castle. It was commissioned by journalist and businessman, General Howard Carroll, who sent his architect to Europe for inspiration. In its day, the castle hosted everyone from J. P. Morgan to overseas dignitaries. Designated a historic landmark, the castle reopened as a 31room luxury hotel in 1996 and has just added a new luxury spa, the Asian-influenced THANN Sanctuary Spa.

For most couples, the sense of history holds the biggest allure. Guy and Britt Benn were drawn to the property’s European feel. “I’m English and our guests came from the U.K. and across the U.S.,” says Guy. “The venue—a beautiful old stone castle with exceptional gardens and views of the Hudson—created a sense of occasion for our guests. Plus, New York is a hub and an easy place to get to.” While the garden is the most popular spot for ceremonies, couples also are drawn to the Great Hall, with its 40-foot vaulted ceilings and original Gothic stained-glass windows. “A lot of couples like that it resembles a church,” notes Gilbert Baeriswil, general manager. Many have their reception dinner in the Great Hall and then move to the elegant Caramai Ballroom—with its stunning crystal chandeliers—for dancing. continued on page 40 www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 39


In addition to the romance of the castle setting, Katie and Erik Johnson also appreciated the location. They had guests driving from Vermont, Massachusetts, and many parts of Connecticut, as well as flying in from Minnesota. “It’s very conveniently located and people could stay right there,” says Katie. Both couples say their guests raved about the food. “We also liked that each part of the wedding could take place in a different space with no need for transportation,” notes

Katie. “Carrie [the onsite planner] took care of everything and it was surprisingly stress-free.” With its outdoor pool, whirlpool, spa and fitness center, one-mile nature trail, life-size chess set, and bocce court, the castle makes a great setting for weekend-long weddings. Couples can also arrange outings to nearby attractions such as Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, and Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, or even into Manhattan.

Singer Castle, Hammond, New York In the 1000 Islands/Seaway region of New York, the chance to “own” a private island for a night makes for unique weddings at Singer Castle, set on Dark Island. The turnof-the-century “hunting lodge,” accessible only by boat, was built in the style of a medieval Scottish castle, complete with dungeons, knights’ armor, underground tunnels, and secret passageways to allow millionaire owner Frederick Bourne to spy on his guests. Today, wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held in the castle and the grounds, which include a lovely rose garden and expansive lawns overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway. While not a hotel, the castle does have a posh Royal Suite (accommodating up to six) that comes

anzafotofilm.com

Worcester, MA • 508-755-7744 perrosflowers.com ericaewingphotography.com

Like us on ericaewingphotography.com

40 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


with breakfast, dinner, a private tour, and exclusive access to the entire island. For Amy Pavia and David Zawacki of Providence, Rhode Island, Singer Castle was the perfect spot for a private affair. “We wanted to elope so the wedding could be about us,” says Amy. “We thought about getting married at a Polish castle, since David is Polish. The paperwork turned out to be too much, but we still wanted a castle.” David was familiar with Boldt Castle from his childhood vacations in the 1000 Islands, but when the couple learned about Singer Castle, they knew it was the place for them. “It’s not as touristy and we could stay overnight, so it turned out to be a wedding and minihoneymoon,” Amy says. “Looking at our photo album, you’d think we had a full-on wedding and the price was surprisingly reasonable. The grounds and flowers were so nice that we didn’t need to bring anything except my bouquet and David’s boutonnière.” One of their favorite moments was walking around the grounds and sipping their morning coffee by the water. “We really felt like royalty. Who else could have a whole island?” Geri Bain is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.

Let’s Go! Oheka Castle oheka.com Castle Hotel & Spa castlehotelandspa.com Singer Castle singercastle.com

Looking for Something Closer? Want a castle wedding but don’t feel like doing much driving? These nearby New England castles offer lots of options for a truly enchanted affair: Boston Park Plaza Castle, Boston, MA This 1891 castle is one of Boston’s most renowned landmarks. Offering more than 14,000 square feet of unobstructed event space and boasting a vaulted ceiling, glass skylights, and ironwork balconies, it’s the perfect location for your urban fairytale. bostonparkplaza.com Boston University Castle, Boston, MA This 1915 Tudor revival mansion is the ideal locale for a splendidly romantic wedding. The Castle’s marvelously detailed and architecturally rich rooms provide the perfect backdrop for your ceremony, reception, and, of course, your photos. bu.edu/castle/weddings Hammond Castle, Gloucester, MA Built in the 1920s by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. as a wedding present for his bride, Hammond Castle is a truly unforgettable venue. A fully functioning Renaissance museum by day, this venue doesn’t just provide a great backdrop for your wedding, it also provides a unique story. hammondcastle.org

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 41


Make a List, Check it Twice Expert tips for constructing your guest list. by Jamie Santa Cruz

Y

ou’ve got the ring, you’ve set a date, and now it’s time to work on one of your first wedding planning tasks: deciding on your guest list. For most couples, an unlimited number of guests just isn’t an option, and deciding who does (or doesn’t) get an invite can be a daunting task. Here are some top tips from New England experts to help guide you through the process.

Counting Costs The first thing to keep in mind, says Jackie Watson, a Vermont-based wedding planner and owner of VT Enchanted Events, is that the number of guests is usually the singlebiggest determinant of how much a wedding will cost. For couples on a standard wedding budget, she recommends planning on around $35-$60 per person for a plated meal, which means that every additional invitation comes with a substantial price tag. So, if you’re on a budget, the best thing you can do to hold down costs is limit the number of invitations you send.

The number of guests is usually the single-biggest determinant of how much a wedding will cost.

closernorth.com

42 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

For that reason, Karen Hyde, a Boston event planner and owner of Great Beginnings Events, encourages couples to focus on inviting people who are likely to be part of their lives for the long term. Just because someone has been a significant figure at a previous stage in your life doesn’t necessarily mean he or she should be included, especially if you don’t anticipate that individual


being there for the long haul. Avoid guests who will “be there for the day and then disappear from your life,” Hyde recommends.

Parental Guidance As you’re making your list, bear in mind that each set of parents will most likely have some names that they’d like to see included. The subject of how many guests parents should be allowed to invite is “touchy,” says Watson, but it’s important to leave some room for parents to invite people important to them, particularly if one or both families is contributing financially. “If parents are helping you, then obviously you need to be cognizant,” she says. On the other hand, if parents want to pad the guest list with business associates or acquaintances you’ve never met, it’s time for a heart-to-heart. Approach the conversation gingerly, but be realistic with each family. “It’s not a business event,” says Hyde. “It’s a very important family event. Discuss that openly with your parents.”

The B-list Of course, some of those you invite won’t show up. For Watson’s brides, the figure of no-shows typically falls around 20% of the guest list. You can take advantage of this fact to make out an “A” list and a “B” list of names. The A list gets the first round of invitations, but as RSVPs begin to come in and you get an idea of how many guests won’t be able to come, you can send out a second round to your B list. There are some caveats, however, if you plan a B list: for starters, cautions Hyde, never, ever let guests know which list they’re on. Additionally, be aware that there are occasions when guests decline the invitation initially but then call a week beforehand to announce that they can come after all. “Whomever you invite, you have to be prepared that they will show up,” Hyde warns.

Guests of the Guests One of the biggest dilemmas couples face when creating a guest list is the question of whether guests should be allowed to bring along dates or significant others. Allowing every invitee to continued on page 44

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 43


bring a “plus one” is prohibitive for most couples, but there are some circumstances that call for allowing a guest to bring a date. According to Hyde, there are two factors to consider: (1) How close you are to the guest, and (2) how long the guest has been in a relationship. “It’s common courtesy and common sense that you’re going to allow your sister, who’s a member of your bridal party, to bring her boyfriend who she’s been seeing for a year,” she explains. But if a co-worker asks to bring someone that she just met two

weeks ago? That’s a different story. Simply explain, diplomatically, that budget constraints (or your desire for an intimate wedding) mean that you’re only able to invite those closest to you and your fiancé.

Kiddie Conscious A final guest-list quandary is whether or not to include kids—a decision that can significantly affect both the cost and the tone of your wedding. Hyde estimates that about 50% of the weddings she coordinates these

Holiday Inn Boxborough

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

days are adults-only events, which are not only cheaper, but can be more enjoyable for all involved. “Children can be disruptive,” says Hyde, “and that makes it uncomfortable for not only the reception guests, it also makes it uncomfortable for the parents and the child.” On the other hand, some guests will likely resist leaving their kids at home, and including the whole family is important to some couples. If you do choose to include kids, be prepared to modify the event to make it kid-friendly. For example, avoid serving something like lobster at the reception, says Hyde, since most young kids haven’t developed that kind of a refined taste. Also, remember to budget for a babysitter and for coloring books, crayons, games, and other methods for keeping kids entertained during the festivities. Above all, whether there are kids or no kids, whether the guest list is small or large, stand by the ultimate principle of invitations: surround yourself with those who love you and support your union—those who will cheer you on as you say “I do” and throughout the happily ever after to follow. Jamie Santa Cruz is a freelance writer based in New York City.

Sources

(978) 889-1715 www.boxboroughweddings.com 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA

44 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

VT Enchanted Events vtenchantedevents.com Great Beginnings Events greatbeginningsevents.com


For the Perf ect Wedding Trust your Special Day to the Bakery that has been voted Worcester County’s “Best Bakery” times!

51

• Party Pastries • Cookie Trays • Wide Assortment of Cake Ornaments

Celebrating 50 Years!

133 Gold Star Blvd. Worcester, MA 508-852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 45


Ready, Set, Stowe!

stowemountainlodge.com

Vermont’s Verdant Valley is a great spot for weddings and honeymoons. by Stacey Marcus

I

f fresh mountain air and rolling green mountains are at the top of your list for a wedding or honeymoon, head to Stowe, Vermont. The hills are alive with natural beauty, charming venues, and the ultimate backdrop for breathtaking photos. There is a sense of wholesome wonder in the air as crisp as an autumn apple that invigorates all seasons. stowemountainlodge.com

46 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Ripe with the quaintness of a New England village, Stowe is the ultimate destination for couples with an affinity for outdoor activity. Here you can hike, bike, swim, cycle, ski, sled, or simply delight in the splendor of the Green Mountains. Whether you want to wrap yourself in a ribbon of autumnal colors, launch your life in a swirl of snow, or soak in the sunshine and fresh mountain air, Stowe offers a beautiful bouquet of ways to celebrate love.

Topnotch Resort Couples can reap the benefits of Topnotch Resort’s recent $15 million renovation, which includes the addition of a new arrival experience, a revamped lobby, two new restaurants, a new bar, fully renovated guest rooms, a fitness center and tennis center, as well as two new outdoor event spaces, The Meadowlark Lawn and Mansfield Overlook. These two beautiful outdoor venues offer pristine natural surroundings for events ranging from wedding ceremonies to cocktail receptions and seated dinners. The vast lawn is anchored by an oversized arbor with a rustic crystal chandelier, and lovely trees and flowers surround both outdoor spaces. Topnotch Resort offers a multitude of things for honeymooners to do, beginning with canoodling in one of the sixty-eight fully renovated guest rooms. Along with enjoying sumptuous locally-sourced foods at Flannel, couples can relax and enjoy a light bite at Roost, or indulge in any of the 120 spa treatments available at the 35,000 square-foot spa. For newlyweds who want to play tennis, the yearround Tennis Center awaits, as does the Nordic Barn Recreational Center and Equestrian Center. Of course, watching the sun set over the Green Mountains and enjoying s’mores by the outdoor fire pit are also wonderful ways to launch love.

topnotchresort.com

Stowe Mountain Lodge Stowe Mountain Lodge is a spectacular spot to host a wedding or enjoy a honeymoon. Every aspect of the resort is romantic at any time of year. “By bringing nature and the outdoors inside, it makes for a truly romantic and authentically Vermont experience and event,” says Leslie Kilgore, PR Manager. The lodge’s full-service team helps couples plan their special day and choreograph a customized destination wedding experience, notes Kilgore. A wedding coordinator works with a catering team to help plan each rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and brunch. Things don’t stop there, though. stowemountainlodge.com

continued on page 48

gostowe.com

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 47


gostowe.com

The coordinator also arranges recreational activities, golf, skiing, and spa and salon outings. She even works with the lodge’s catering team to plan unique events atop Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield. “We’ve had couples get married on the slopes, ski down to the spa for treatments and pre-reception pampering, and then treat their guests to an after party with s’mores by our outdoor fire pit and four season pool,” says Kilgore. In terms of a place to honeymoon, Stowe Mountain Lodge not only has 300 gorgeously appointed rooms to select from, as well as cabin rental options, there are many recreational activities and spa treatments available that cater to couples and romance. The delightful Wei Flower essence treatment includes a personal body scrub made for each couple. For couples looking for the chill and thrill of a winter honeymoon, there’s a plethora of ways to celebrate the snow at Stowe Mountain Lodge, including skiing, snow shoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. The resort just launched a new sunrise snowshoe/yoga tour that allows couples to go on a guided sunrise snowshoe hike that leads to an incredible vista. There, participants jettison their snowshoes and are guided through a series of yoga poses before heading back to the Lodge for a healthy farm-totable breakfast. Other seasons offer an array of outdoor activities such as hiking, bird watching, hot-air ballooning, and horseback riding. Bottom line, if you want your love story to start with a breathtaking background in the great outdoors, Stowe is the place to begin your once upon a time . . . Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

Let’s Go! Topnotch Resort topnotchresort.com Stowe Mountain Lodge stowemountainlodge.com

48 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Timeless

Photography Tips What’s hot, what’s not, and how to work with your photographer for the perfect lasting memories. by Andrea E. McHugh

50 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

kristingriffinphotography.com


closernorth.com

O

f all the vendors you work with to make your wedding day an extraordinary, seamless affair, your photographer may just be the most critical. While other vendors still shine on the big day, from the caterer’s culinary creations pleasing guests’ palates, to the entertainment keeping the dance floor full, to the floral designer’s centerpieces setting the mood, the photography will be the only lasting, tangible piece from the day.

Finding the right photographer to match both your budget and vision can be daunting, but having an idea of your personal style as a couple—and what you’re looking to have as the final product—will help guide your search. “Make sure you have researched photography costs and have a good idea of what they cost in your area for the quality of photography that you want,” says Erica Leighton, owner of Closer North Photography based in Maine. “Once you know your budget, it makes looking for a photographer easier and gives you a good base of knowledge beforehand. Think of what you want most after the wedding is over. How do you want to remember your wedding and what will remain after the fact?” Massachusetts wedding photographer Kristin Griffin agrees, adding that even with the best of intentions, do-it-yourself couples often fall short of producing an album. “I think if you don’t offer some-

thing like a printed album, a canvas or something, those images sit on the disk,” she explains. Griffin says that with technology changing so rapidly, even a disk or thumb drive could eventually become obsolete, so setting goals in advance and working closely with your photographer will get you to the finish line. “We’ve created several finished leather albums for couples who’ve later realized it’s the wedding album that would become a family heirloom, and the very first thing they would grab to save should they ever experience a fire in the house!” adds Massachusetts photographer Chris Wakeen of Wakeen Photography, who shoots alongside wife Vickie. “All trends seem to have their day in the limelight, but then ultimately fade away. Wedding albums have endured and they’ll continue to be a big seller for us.” continued on page 52

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 51


Katie Barnes, owner of New Hampshire-based Dreamlove Wedding Photography and Wildflower Wedding Photography, says that while more of her clients prefer DVDs to traditional albums, albums still have their place. “We also let people know if they have images on a thumb drive versus in an album on a table, that album is going to get more picked up and looked through more,” says Barnes. But, with the popularity of newer digital products like tablets, there are other options. No matter what your preference, Barnes advises couples to make sure that their photographer is using up-to-date technology. “We’ve gone from DVDs to thumb drives, for example,” she says, since more and more laptops are being made without a disk drive. “Make sure your photographer is keeping up with technology.”

“You want your album to be timeless and classic, full of expression and joy. Good photography never goes out of style.” When it comes to creating an album that’s fresh and modern but stands the test of time, Griffin says that it’s okay to consider new trends, but don’t let them compromise your personal style. “I think the key thing is to use trendy retouching, posing, framing, etc. sprinkled throughout a well-documented approach with classical shots that never go out of style,” she advises. “If a bride mentions ‘Style Me Pretty’ to me, I know she’s going to want a few overexposed

52 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

photographs with sun flare—I just wouldn’t want the entire album to look that way, because it may not be trendy in a few years. You want your album to be timeless and classic, full of expression and joy. Good photography never goes out of style.” Griffin often asks brides to create a few Pinterest boards for her; one with inspirational photos they love, and a second with images that make them cringe. “It’ll help me get a sense of their style, and I think it helps them feel confident in their choice.” Griffin also advises couples to page through their parents’ albums to pick out classic styles they adore. One trend Erica Leighton says can be very beneficial in terms of timing is the “reveal” or “first look” images. “[It’s] when the couple sees each other before the ceremony,” she explains. “I call it the ‘calm before the storm,’ when the couple can take a moment before the day starts going fast. It’s great for photography as well to get things captured before the ceremony so guests don’t have to wait as long after the ceremony.” Another popular trend, says Leighton, are photo booths. Not only are they fun for guests, but the bride and groom can create a guest book out of the imagery from the booth by mounting the images directly into a book and having guests write fun notes and well wishes. Guests keep a matching photo strip with the wedding date imprinted, making for a great keepsake or favor. Some photographers offer this amenity as an added option; other photo booths are independently owned and operated. Photo booths can be traditional boardwalk-style booths, but some photographers set up a draped “booth” with all kinds of whimsical props such as headbands, hats, masks, whimsical sunglasses, and feathered boas. In this social media age of live Tweeting and posting images to Instagram, Facebook, and more, it’s no wonder that trends like same-day slideshows are so well received at weddings. This sneak peek of images, from getting ready through “I do” can be broadcast on TV screens as guests arrive for cocktails and begin settling in for din-


ner, and it’s an opportunity to reflect on the day and see the whole wedding through the photographer’s lens. Lastly, guests who capture the perfect moment on their smartphones can play photographer for the day via new photo sharing apps. With MyWedding, for example, guests download the free app (instructions and details can be e-mailed in advance or displayed in a framed “how-to” sheet at the reception), take photos throughout the day, then instantly share their snapshots, creating a timeline of the day from all different angles. It’s important to remember, though, that smartphones are not a replacement for a professional photographer. An experienced, well-trained, and creative photographer is a truly worthwhile investment. Andrea McHugh, a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine, writes from Newport, RI.

closernorth.com

Sources Closer North Photography closernorth.com Kristin Griffin Photography kristingriffinphotography.com Wakeen Photography wakeenphotography.com Dreamlove Wedding Photography dreamlovephotography.com Wildflower Wedding Photography wildflowerweddingphotography.com

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 53


Winter

Wonderlands Images provided by Duback Photography www.vermontphotographer.com

54 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 55


Photography and styling by Bellaria Designs Photography, bellariadesigns.com Models: Alora Rose, TBW Models, thebeautywithin.com Florals: Flowers by Santilli, (401) 945-5240 Hair: Alexandra Eisemann for Hair Styling by Alex, Allie1016@cox.net Makeup: Danielle Bisbano, daniellebisbano.com Dresses, lace capelet, and hairpiece: Couture Bridal Co., couture-bridal.com All additional jewelry: Harliquinn Designs Handcrafted Originals, harliquinn-designs.com

56 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 57


DISHING with David

Entertaining expert David Tutera’s tips for tying the knot.

by Stacey Marcus

W

e recently had the pleasure of asking wedding expert David Tutera to share his insight into the industry with Bride & Groom™. Tutera is a leading wedding and entertaining pro and TV personality known for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. He is the author of seven popular books, and is the host of David Tutera: Unveiled on WE tv. Tutera has created events at such prestigious venues as the White House and The John F. Kennedy Center, and his impressive celebrity client list includes Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Vice President Al Gore, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, and Susan Lucci, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians, and socialites. Here’s what he has to say on the subject of happily ever after:

Jasper-Sky Photographers

58 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

maringvisuals.com


Bride & Groom™: How has the wedding business changed over the years? David Tutera: The wedding business has changed a lot because brides—and, surprisingly, grooms—are much more involved in the planning of their wedding and much more hands-on than they were just ten years ago. When I meet with a client for the first time, many times they come with a much more specific vision of how they would like their wedding to look. In the past, I would get to know my clients first and work to interpret their personalities into a wedding style . . . It’s also different to have so many opinionated grooms. It’s not just about the bride anymore!

“I truly believe there is someone out there for everyone.” B&G: What are some of the top wedding trends you’re seeing today? DT: Some of the top trends in bridal today include using strikingly bold patterns in bright colors in place of traditional linens; dressing up a more simple dress with punchy accessories such as a statement necklace, stunning veil, or embellished clutch; focusing equally on the men’s fashion by incorporating personality through custom designed and sewn suits; hosting non-traditional receptions with appetizer- and dessert-only menus; donating to a favorite charity/charities in place of favors, or even instead of a gift for the couple; creating unique and detailed hairstyles highlighted by a birdcage veil or headpiece in place of a more traditional veil; swapping the traditional

wedding cake for desserts that represent the couple such as a gelato bar, cupcake tower, or French macaron tree; and heading to destination weddings in rustic locations, rather than beachy spots. B&G: What’s on the menu for receptions? DT: Receptions, more now than ever, have become the perfect place for couples to truly represent themselves and their personalities. Many couples are opting for non-traditional receptions, where every rule is broken . . . A traditional sit-down dinner is no longer expected at every event, and many receptions are taking place earlier in the day or even late at night. Brides and grooms are also finding this the perfect opportunity to inject some of their favorite things and even bits of their culture or family. continued on page 60

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 59


B&G: Can you share a tip or two as to how our New England couples can add celebrity elements to their weddings in the examples you so gorgeously bring to life on your website? DT: Bling—Try using an abundance of the same flower in your décor to create a lush and luxe look. You can save some room in your budget by purchasing florals in bulk, and they create sleek and elegant arrangements when grouped in big, structural shapes.

Royal—Don’t be afraid to use bold colors to create a unique and special look. Ivory and gold are great traditional wedding colors, but mixing rich purples, vibrant oranges, and opulent metallics create a look that neither you nor your guests will forget! Golden Opulence —Use crystal candelabras and glowing candles to make a huge statement with your centerpieces. Covered in flowers, and even extra strands of dripping crystals, these will quickly fill your reception and add a warm, romantic, sparkling glow.

Grapevine—Find inspiration for your décor in your surroundings and your venue. Instead of trying to hide structural elements in your space, highlight them! This will make your décor feel more seamless and purposeful, and is a great source of inspiration if you’re stuck for ideas. Colors of India—If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, search for unique tent options rather than your typical white. Even though your tents are serving an important purpose, they should still be visually interesting and should add to the overall décor. Colorful or printed tents and tents in interesting shapes are perfect for this! Old Hollywood —Mixing black and white is an easy way to get a clean and elegant look for your décor. Mix and match different patterns and textures in the same hue to easily add interest without overdoing it.

Dressing Men for Special Occasions Since 1923 E Out-of-State Groomsmen are Our Specialty! E Free Custom Color Match E

B&G: Do you have one favorite wedding moment?

Groom’s Rental Always FREE with four others

DT: My favorite moment of every wedding I plan is revealing the reception space to the bride and groom for the first time. Sketches of the design, or even a demo set up in my office always gives my clients a good idea of what their wedding will look like, but it’s never a complete vision until everything is in place in the venue. It’s so rewarding to see this moment and how excited each couple gets.

Worcester * Milford * Framingham Auburn * Sturbridge 800.752.4036 www.bonardis.com 60 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

B&G: Are you a fan of themed weddings? Do you have a favorite?


maringvisuals.com

DT: I like to think of specific wedding styles, rather than themes . . . Many of the brides on my show, David Tutera: Unveiled, come to me with a wedding theme, and it’s usually pretty cheesy. My goal is to take their idea and translate it into something more sophisticated and elegant, while still representing elements of their original idea. The décor of your wedding doesn’t have to be obvious; it should make your guests feel the style or theme that you’re going for without being hit over the head with it. B&G: How can couples integrate their individuality into their celebration? DT: There are so many ways for couples to represent themselves at their wedding! Entertainment and food are always the easiest ways to achieve this, and I especially love mixing cultural entertainment and food with a more traditional wedding. I also think that guests love it when couples serve their favorite foods or desserts, instead of your typical wedding fare. Some of my other favorite ways to incorporate individuality are through bridal accessories, surprises hidden within the décor, and unique printed materials! B&G: Do you believe in happily ever after? DT: I sure do! Love is one of the basic human needs, and though it takes a lot of work on each person’s part to keep a relationship strong year after year, it’s worth it in the end. I truly believe there is someone out there for everyone who will make them feel happy, supported, and fulfilled until the end of their days. To find out more about David Tutera and his gorgeous events, visit davidtutera.com. Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead. www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 61


featured facility

philfoxphotography.com

The Worcester Art Museum by Hana Lasell

S

earching for a breathtaking wedding venue that has equal parts urban charm and historic elegance, along with a big helping of culture? Look no further than the Worcester Art Museum. World-renowned for its collections, which span more than fifty centuries and feature such art history heavyweights as Matisse, Rembrandt, and Monet, the museum is more than just a cultural hot-spot; it’s a truly oneof-a-kind celebration space. “The Museum attracts couples from all over the United States,” says Janice Potter, Event Sales Manager and Wedding Consultant. “Where else could you have your special day surrounded by over fifty centuries of art?” thestudionouveau.com

62 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


tuccelliphotography.com

philfoxphotography.com

From understated, intimate affairs to sumptuous, chic soirees, the museum offers a wide and flexible variety of options for creating an unforgettable ceremony and reception. “It’s a blank slate for you to create,” says Potter. Ceremonies of seventy or less guests can be held in the museum’s intimate Chapter House, an authentic, twelfth-century meeting house that was moved from France to the United States in the 1920s. With its stunning, dome-like architecture, warm uplighting, and gorgeous stained-glass windows, the Chapter House simply exudes romance. Larger ceremonies of up to 120 guests are held in the museum’s Renaissance Court. “The highlight of the Worcester Art Museum is most certainly the unique setting of the Renaissance Court,” says Potter, “Your event will be a true masterpiece!” This regal space is centered by a beautiful Roman floor mosaic and is surrounded by soaring arches on nearly all sides. Look up and you’ll see the famous Wall at WAM, a larger-than-life rotating mural project. The Renaissance Court’s grand staircase provides the perfect opportunity for a beautiful entrance, and is a wonderful backdrop for portraits. During warmer months, couples also have the option to get married in the museum’s Stoddard Garden Courtyard. Wed amongst the flowers, trees, and birds, and in front of a colorful, 45-foot long community mosaic. Receptions take place in the Renaissance Court, where couples have the option to use just the first level of the court, or both the first level and the surrounding second-level balcony. Use of the Museum Café and the Stoddard Garden Courtyard are also available for smaller receptions. Usage of the Renaissance Court includes access to all of the surrounding galleries on the first level of the Museum. As an additional option, couples may choose to open the European Painting Galleries. “The European Painting Galleries which surround the balcony level are a fabulous addition,” says Potter. continued on page 64

cbphoto-designs.com

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 63


thestudionouveau.com

philfoxphotography.com

philfoxphotography.com

“Not only do your guests enjoy your special day but are afforded the opportunity to view a world-class collection.” A recent couple even opted to have the museum create and customize a scavenger hunt in the galleries for their reception. “Knowing that the bride was a geologist and the groom was a brewer for Molson Brewery gave us the theme and we searched the galleries for artwork that would connect and create the questions connecting their life to the museum collection. What fun everyone had scurrying around in their groups.” Dinner menus are created and customized directly with one of the museum’s talented approved caterers. “Couples have the opportunity to meet with this talented group and enjoy a tasting to help in the decision-making process,” says Potter. The Museum holds a liquor license and will provide the beverage needs and bartenders for your event. Weddings at the Worcester Art Museum include full-service planning through the in-house wedding consultant, who guides couples through timelines, floor plans, and coordination with their vendors. As with the list of caterers, a resource list of top-notch florists, photographers, and musicians that

64 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

have successfully worked at the museum is provided. “The day of your wedding a wedding coordinator will greet you at the door and orchestrate all the necessary details and wedding traditions from beginning until the end of your special day” says Potter. With its prime location in the heart of Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum makes for a great local or destination celebration. Several top hotels are located within walking distance of the museum, and it’s proximity to I-290 and the Mass Pike make for a short drive from Boston and Providence. Whether you’re looking for a place to tie the knot, or just looking for a place to spend some time, the Worcester Art Museum is a real must-see! Hana Lasell is the Editor of BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Shrewsbury, MA.

For more information Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA 508-793-4327 worcesterart.org janicepotter@worcesterart.org

www.bridegroommag.com


featured facility

Old Sturbridge Village by Hana Lasell

T

here’s no one way to get married at Old Sturbridge Village. While this 1830s museum might bring to mind visions of a wedding party dressed in bonnets, suspenders, top hats, and petticoats, weddings here can be anything from ultra-chic to downhome rustic. Located in picturesque downtown Sturbridge, MA, Old Sturbridge Village is New England’s oldest and largest living history museum—housing more than forty restored antique buildings on 200 acres of fields and woods. This unique, expansive space makes for a truly customizable, one-of-a-kind wedding experience.

66 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


“Each and every wedding at Old Sturbridge Village is unique!” says Alexis Conte, Director of Sales. “Each couple has a perfect day in mind . . . we’re here to create that day for them. Whether that means a horse-drawn carryall to transport guests to the ceremony and reception, a bonfire (complete with s’mores) on the Common, or nuptials sealed with the ringing of the antique meetinghouse bells (or a musket-firing!), we work with our couples to make their vision a reality.” Unlike other historical venues and museums, which often restrict access to just a few rooms or sites, at Old Sturbridge Village the museum is your oyster. “With 200 acres, an antique meetinghouse, barns and nineteenthcentury buildings, two gazebos, and several gardens and fields, the options for indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony locations are nearly endless,” says Conte. “Whether daytime or evening, and in any season, Old Sturbridge Village provides a stunning backdrop for any wedding ceremony.”

Picture arriving by horse-drawn carriage to a candlelit ceremony inside the Center Meetinghouse; a simple, yet inviting pewlined building located on Old Sturbridge Village’s grassy Common. Or imagine a more rustic gathering inside the post-andbeam Parsonage Barn. If open-air is more your thing, think of an intimate gathering amongst the flowers and greenery in the Salem Towne House Garden or the Herb Garden. Old Sturbridge Village’s picturesque Oliver Wight Tavern makes for a truly festive reception. This modern adaptation of an 1830s rural New England tavern seats up to 250 guests and offers a variety of set-up options for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. “Receptions typically take place in the Federal Ballroom and Parlor with cocktail hour taking place in the Grecian Parlor or Tap Room, or in one of our many outdoor cocktail reception spaces,” says Conte. Glowing fireplaces, beautiful woodwork, and authentic 1830s architecture make this space

the perfect location for an elegant postceremony celebration. The Bullard Tavern, located on the Common, offers nineteenth-century charm in a rustic setting. With space for up to eighty guests, this barroom-style location exudes comfort and joy. “The Bullard Tap Room and Ladies Parlor offers space for cocktail hour with dining and dancing taking place in the Great Room,” says Conte. “Being that the Bullard Tavern is located on the Common, there are also several ideal locations for an outdoor cocktail hour as well.” Old Sturbridge Village offers five exquisite packages that represent a variety of creative selections designed and prepared by its culinary team. The Classic New England continued on page 68

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 67


package includes passed hors d’ oeuvres such as grilled tenderloin crostini with a caramelized onion jam, soups and salads such as New England clam chowder and a spinach salad, and such delectable entrees as roast salmon with apple butter sauce and a rosemary pork tenderloin. The opulent Federalist package includes both stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres, a premium bar during cocktail hour, and four-course dinner. All reception packages include a complimentary champagne toast, a custom wedding cake, candlelit walkways, use of

hand-crafted tin lanterns for your table centerpieces, an on-site banquet manager, and a private wedding tasting, among other great perks. “We believe that planning a wedding should be as stress free as possible and our package inclusions help to accomplish just that!” Conte says. Each and every wedding at Old Sturbridge Village is guided start-to-finish by an expert wedding coordinator. “Each couple works with a wedding coordinator throughout the entire planning process,” says Conte, who has more than ten years of experience at Old

Sturbridge Village. “Our team gets to know our couples . . . from the moment we tour the property until the last guest leaves the wedding reception, we have detailed each and every moment of a day that the couple, their friends, and families will remember for years to come.” Located just minutes from I-84 and the Mass Pike, Old Sturbridge Village is a perfect local wedding venue, but its quaint, historic location makes it a great destination venue, too. The Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges offer on-site accommodations with shuttle service to and from the Village. All told, Old Sturbridge Village is a virtual blank canvas. With a plethora of wedding options, and an exceptionally creative and welcoming staff, it’s the perfect place for the couple looking for a unique wedding that represents them perfectly. As Conte puts it: “A wedding at Old Sturbridge Village is like Old Sturbridge Village in many ways . . . timeless, unforgettable and historical!” Hana Lasell is the Editor of BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Shrewsbury, MA.

For more information Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA (800) 733-1830 / (508) 347-0306 osv.org osvweddings@osv.org

68 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Photos courtesy of paulsrobinsonphotography.com

immaculatephoto.com

70 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


SHOW TIMES

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday February 8, 2014 Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center Marlborough, MA Sunday April 6, 2014 Twin River Casino Lincoln, RI Sunday September 7, 2014 Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel Ballroom Marlborough, MA Sunday September 21, 2014 Sturbridge Host Hotel Sturbridge, MA Sunday November 9, 2014 Twin River Casino Lincoln, RI Discount tickets available at originalweddingexpo.com

Find us on

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 71


featured facility

Sterling National Country Club

ericsonphoto.com

by Cindy Papish Gerber

If you are looking for the perfect ambience for your wedding, a full–service facility that offers a spectacular clubhouse, superb services and onsite catering, all set against an inspiring backdrop, then you should definitely consider Sterling National Country Club. Located approximately one hour outside of Boston in picturesque Sterling, Massachusetts, Sterling National Country Club has secured a reputation as “the premier golf course and club in Central Massachusetts.” But what really sets this beautiful venue apart is its designation as an Audubon International Certified Cooperative Sanctuary. As one of only ten golf courses in Massachusetts to receive this designation, Sterling’s 238 acres of nature preserve and wetlands is a

72 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

carefully managed mix of wildflowers, ponds, active plantings, and colorful landscape design. The unspoiled natural beauty of the terrain reflects the best of New England year round. `“In 2012, I had my daughter Kylee’s wedding here. The staff made this a memorable and wonderful experience,” recalls Jerry Caruso. “I highly recommend this place for any event.”


To help you capture “the most perfect wedding pictures” within this pristine setting, Sterling’s Event Manager personally escorts bridal parties and their photographers to designated areas around the golf course. Imagine the endless photo opportunities! Weather permitting, couples can be married in the club’s Victorian gazebo, which overlooks the magnificent grounds. There are three private rooms on the premises, suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor events. The Sterling Room, which comfortably holds up to 225 guests, is a grand ballroom that provides panoramic views of the golf course through large picture windows. This impressive space features an 18 x 26’ permanent dance floor and an outdoor terrace. The elegant interior is designed in neutral tones, featuring mahogany Chiavari chairs with ivory damask cushions. High ceilings and breathtaking lighting add to the drama. The adjacent Duncan Room provides a sophisticated gathering spot, complete with full bar and private outdoor veranda, which, during warm-weather months, provides an additional option for an outdoor cocktail reception. Those looking for a cozy, intimate space perfectly suited for small weddings, bridal showers, or rehearsal dinners should consider booking the Windsor Room. This formal dining area is surrounded by oversized floor-toceiling windows that also showcase the club’s sweeping vista.

Extraordinary dining is a Sterling National tradition. Couples with discriminating palates aren’t restricted to generic, runof-the mill menu packages. Not only does Sterling’s accomplished culinary and service team focus on executing each event with the highest level of excellence, the club’s Executive Chef will customize an à la carte menu to suit your needs perfectly. By hosting just one wedding per day, Sterling National’s Sales and Events Manger is able to direct full attention on you and your event. In need of private hospitality room? How about a professional Maitre D’ provided to oversee your bridal party? From the

initial booking, all the way through the final moments, Sterling’s professional staff will attend to every detail of your wedding— ensuring a unique and flawless affair. Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

www.bridegroommag.com

For more information Sterling National Country Club 33 Albright Road Sterling, MA (978) 422-0275 sterlingcc.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 73


Bridal Merchants Advertise in

BRIDE&GROOM™

Spring 2014 Street date: May 1, 2014 Advertising deadline: March 1, 2014 bridegroommag.com

508-770-0092 74 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


closernorth.com

W

Love the Skin You’re In Avoiding the pitfalls of wedding-related body image stress. by Hana Lasell

ith endless images of thin, toned, and tanned celebrities splashed all over newsstands and the internet, it’s no wonder that women feel such intense pressure to achieve sometimes unrealistic beauty ideals. This pressure is often intensified for brides. After all, what woman doesn’t want to look amazing on her wedding day? Unfortunately, the pressure to look like a cover girl can sometimes lead to unnecessary stress and emotional pain during what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life, and many women resort to unhealthy methods when trying to achieve their bridal beauty goals. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your absolute best when you walk down the aisle, there’s also nothing wrong with being happy with yourself exactly the way you are. Here are some tips to help you navigate negative feelings and stay sane when dealing with wedding-related body image issues.

76 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

Stay Grounded Remember how you felt when you first met your fiancé? Remember how happy you were the moment you got engaged? When you start to feel like you aren’t good enough as you are, try to channel those feelings from way back when. Chances are, your fiancé is just as into you now as he was then—probably even more so. Remember why you fell in love in the first place; that it was your glowing confidence, unwavering kindness, or weird sense of humor that that drew you together, not your dress size. You might also have feelings of self-consciousness about being in the spotlight in front of a sea of family and friends. But again, remember that they love you for who you are—a sister, a friend, a niece, a grandchild, an aunt, a coworker. You can bet that when they see you walking down the aisle with a big smile on your face, they are going to think you look absolutely stunning.


Get Real It’s very easy to get worked into a tizzy when you’re swimming through a sea of bridal catalogs and websites featuring impossibly well-proportioned women. Many brides feel like they need to look like a model in order to fit into that perfect dress, but in reality, the average American woman looks nothing like the fashion model wearing her dream dress. Most gown designers offer a wide range of sizes, so it’s more than likely that you’ll be able to find THE dress in your size. Remember this when you head into bridal boutiques to try on dresses, and don’t sabotage yourself by ordering a too-small dress in hopes that you’ll fit into it by your wedding date—you could be setting yourself up for a lot of disappointment and unnecessary stress. If the boutique doesn’t carry the dress in your size, ask the salesperson to help you find a similar style, or research other stores that carry your designer of choice. And don’t forget that most dresses are customizable to each woman’s size and shape. A good tailor can bring in a toolarge bust or adjust your seams so that your dress hugs you in all the right places. If you do decide to adopt a diet and exercise plan leading up to your wedding day, it’s very important that you set realistic goals for yourself and avoid anything too extreme. Trying to fit hours-long workouts into an already hectic schedule could result in undue stress, and a poor diet could just compound the problem. Whether your goal is to slim down or bulk up, it’s always a good idea to consult with a health professional or athletic trainer and work with him or her to come up with a plan that works with your life. Be sure to talk about and examine the reasons behind your fitness goals as well. Are you doing this because you want to? Or are you doing it because you feel like you have to? If you’re feeling pressured, it may be time to take a step back and reevaluate things.

Focus on Feeling Good Rather than focusing on looking good, try to focus on feeling good. Do things that make you happy; take your dog for a long walk, throw a Frisbee around with your fiancé, ride your bike to a coffee shop with a friend. The fresh air and companionship could be just the thing to lift you out of a negativity funk and relieve any wedding-related stress. (bonus!) Mindfulness is another great way of relieving stress and warding off negative feelings.

Try a gentile yoga or tai chi class at your local fitness center, or you might even want to try meditation. There even smartphone apps available that aid in meditation and relaxation. Arm yourself with a variety of stressrelief tactics and you’ll have an easier time surmounting negative thoughts.

A man’s ring should be an expression of his personality. Play Up Your Assets Rather than trying to change what you’ve got, why not work it? Flaunt your strong calves with a cute tea-length dress and a great pair of heels. Take advantage of your A cups by donning a super-low backed gown—sans bra. Show off your curves with an old Hollywoodinspired sheath gown. Make the most of your uniqueness and have fun with yourself!

Be Kind to Yourself Perhaps the most important thing you can do when dealing with body image issues— whether you are getting married or not—is to be kind to yourself. Rather than focusing on all of the things you dislike about your body, focus on the things you love about it. Take a look in the mirror: What do you see? Rather than thinking that your body isn’t up to “industry standards,” think about all the amazing things your body can do, like ride a bike, skip down the sidewalk, do somersaults, and—most importantly—hug your fiancé. In the end, just love yourself and you’ll be more beautiful than any couture model on your wedding day. Hana Lasell is the Editor of BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine. She writes from Shrewsbury, MA. www.bridegroommag.com

Exclusively at

Like us on

Follow us on

508-795-0201 269 Plantation Street Worcester, MA 01604 mariasfinejewelry.com BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 77


City Weddings

linneatangorra.com

Downtown Edge, Uptown Flair by Alexandra Pecci

W

hen Alexis and Dan Doherty got married in September 2012,

they didn’t want to simply have a wedding in Boston. They wanted to have a Boston wedding. “Boston’s just kind of our thing. We both went to undergrad there. We lived in the Fenway area together,” Alexis says. “We wanted people to say, ‘Wow this is a classic Boston wedding.’” Although rustic, country weddings are still all the rage, some couples are trading antique barns for cityscapes on their big days. According to Alexis, “little touches of Boston” were scattered everywhere when she and Dan got married. Not only were their ceremony and reception at two classic Boston locales— Trinity Church and the Fairmont Copley Plaza—but even small details reminded guests of the couple’s affection for The Hub.

nicolegesmondi.com

78 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Boston-themed cookies featuring the Red Sox logo, CITGO sign, the public transit “T” symbol, and the Public Garden’s swan boats served as favors. Welcome bags for out-of-town guests featured maps of the city and Cape Cod potato chips. An old-fashioned trolley even transported participants from the wedding rehearsal to the rehearsal dinner in the North End. “We wanted people to get the Boston feel of being in the city,” Alexis says. “That comes up all the time,” says Linnea Tangorra, owner of Boston-based Tangorra Wedding Planning. She says she often works with couples who are eager to incorporate classic Boston themes into their wedding days. “People around here love showing off the city,” she says. And they’re able to show off the city in a number of creative ways. For instance, says Tangorra, instead of having a photo booth at their reception, some couples opt to hire John Forcucci, a well-know Boston caricature artist, to create caricature portraits of guests. Other couples might put up a green screen, allowing guests to pose for pictures with iconic Boston images, like Fenway Park’s Green Monster or Wally, the Red Sox’s mascot.

Couples can also channel Boston in their transportation choices. “Old Town Trolley is a wonderful company, and we use them to transport the bridal party,” Tangorra says, adding that sometimes, the trolleys can take guests on a little tour of city in between the ceremony and reception. For couples getting married in Providence, Rhode Island, choosing an iconic location can help make the city part of the festivities. Andria Medeiros, owner and wedding planner for Providence-based Infinite Events continued on page 80

www.bridegroommag.com

linneatangorra.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 79


points to Providence landmarks such as the Roger Williams Casino, Roger Williams Botanical Center, Waterplace Park, Squantum Association, and the campuses of Brown University or Providence College. She adds that photojournalistic snaps of the bride and groom standing next to hard-looking city buildings make arresting images for a wedding album. “Those are some of my favorite pictures,” she says. Geneve Hoffman, owner and primary photographer of the York, Maine-based Geneve Hoffman Photography, agrees, saying that couples might even consider asking their photographer to take cityscape photos that don’t include the bride or groom, something she’s done for a couple before. “I ended up taking a bunch of stills of the city itself and working it into their album,” Hoffman says. “You really can capture that essence of the city. It’s really special. And it’s a great story to put into your album.” Embracing local culture, vendors, and heritage is how Emily St.Peirre, owner and lead planner of All the Fuss Events in Concord, New Hampshire, incorporates cities into a couple’s wedding day. One couple St.Peirre worked with really wanted to include the waterfront city of Portsmouth in their wedding day, so she had local vendors supply homemade chocolates for guests’ welcome bags, used locally grown flowers in the ceremony, and held their reception at a downtown restaurant. “It was a really great sense of what Portsmouth is; that warm downtown kind of feel,” St.Peirre says. The couple also asked guests to sign the mat around a photo of Portsmouth. “It was a cool memory that they got married in the city,” St.Peirre says. Whether you get married in a small city like Portsmouth or a bustling metropolis like Boston or Providence, making the cityscape an integral part of the festivities is sure to add an extra layer of meaning to your memories—and your guests’ memories, too. “That’s what people remember,” Medeiros says. “The details.”

Sources Tangorra Wedding Planning linneatangorra.com Infinite Events infinite-events.net Geneve Hoffman Photography genevehoffmanphotography.com All The Fuss Events allthefussevents.com

80 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


Love that Dirty Water

Host your wedding at one of the newest and finest facilities in Northern RI.

Couples who want to make the city part of their wedding day need look no

GOLF CLUB

further than what they love most about the city itself. And in New England, that’s often sports, with couples paying

Built on the shores of beautiful Crystal Lake, the club offers wonderful views of our golf course & lake.

tribute to the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics. “A lot of people play that up,” says Linnea Tangorra, owner of Boston-based Tangorra Wedding Planning. Couples can give favors based on their favorite team logo or get introduced into their wedding reception to classic Boston sports anthems like “Sweet Caroline” or “Dirty Water.” Andria Medeiros, owner and wedding planner for Providence-based Infinite Events, has even seen guests spinning

Tracy Hill Wedding Coordinator 401.567.4500 (ext.14)

Red Sox towels, rather than throw-

100 Broncos Highway

ing rice or blowing bubbles during the

Burrillville, Rhode Island

recessional. And people who want to take their

www.crystallakegolfclub.com

love of the 2013 World Series champions to another level can even take their engagement photos in the stands of Fenway Park or have their wedding reception at the park’s EMC Club, Tangorra says.

A Place for Beautiful Beginnings...

linneatangorra.com

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 81


Signature Sips Tired of the traditional champagne toast? We stopped by some of the best bars in Central Mass to find cocktails that are sure to add some real custom flair to any wedding reception.

The Citizen Wine Bar Worcester, MA thecitizenwinebar.com

Knot Tied 1.5 oz Hendrick’s gin .5 oz Fresh lime juice .5 oz Demarara syrup Ephemere Apple Beer Peychaud’s bitters

Wonderboy 1.5 oz Bourbon .75 oz Honey syrup .75 oz Fresh lemon juice 2 dashes of Angostura bitters Garnish: Lemon wheel, maraschino cherry

Photography by Leslie Boudreau, leslieboudreau.com

82 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Oxford, MA janthonysgrill.com

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Martini Pumpkin spice liqueur White crème de cacao Garnish: Cinnamon sugar rim and chocolate drizzle

Strawberry Mint Martini Strawberry vodka, shaken Garnish: Fresh mint and strawberries

Sweet Bakery & Bar Worcester, MA sweetworcester.com

Kir Royale Prosecco Flag Hill raspberry liqueur Garnish: Fresh raspberries

Sidecar Congac Combier Simple syrup Fresh lemon juice Garnish: Sugar rim

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 83


Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel - Marlborough

Timeless, unforgettable, unique. So it’s finally your day … make it one you will cherish forever. From an elegant gala to a quaint ceremony, we can accommodate you with a celebration unlike any other. Get whisked away in our beautiful atrium courtyard, or embrace your love for one another in our vibrant and spacious ballroom. The choice is yours. Make the first day of the rest of your lives simply … perfect.

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel 181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA 01752 Phone (508) 303-1788 Fax (508) 480-9343 ckelly@rplazahotels.com www.rplazahotels.com


www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 85


Oh,

Savannah! The Mansion on Forsyth Park

A steamy, dreamy honeymoon spot.

I

by Stacey Marcus

f your first stop after you tie the knot is Savannah, Georgia, beware. Once you open your heart to this beautiful southern city, you will fall madly and deeply in love and wonder if you picked the right partner. Savannah is one of those fabulous places that has it all: Heart, history, art, style, and soul. Add in the impossibly decadent dining (no calorie counting allowed here), warm Southern hospitality, natural beauty and charm, and it’s easy to see why Savannah is known as the “Hostess City of the South.”

86 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


The Mansion on Forsyth Park Art aficionados and Bohemian spirits will adore the magnificent Mansion on Forsyth Park. Overlooking Savannah’s renowned historic square, this exquisite gem boasts 126 gorgeously appointed rooms and an alluring ambience sparkling in artistic originality. Guests are greeted by Versace furniture and 200 year-old Verona marble columns under a luminous grand chandelier. Along with the dramatic décor, enjoy an exquisite art collection of more than 400 original pieces. Take the time to learn the stories of each of the artists to get a sense of what gives the Mansion on Forsyth Park its special vibe. This mansion truly celebrates art; every crevice is painted with passion. Enjoy low-country cuisine at 700 Drayton Restaurant (be sure to try the fried green tomatoes), or take the leopard-patterned stairway to enjoy jazz and blues music at Casmir’s Lounge. continued on page 88

The Mansion on Forsyth Park

Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 87


The hotel’s convenient location allows honeymooners easy access to Forsyth Park, where couples can stroll under a canopy of trees and see both historic landmarks and delicious slices of everyday life. Here are a few more ways to celebrate Savannah with your honey: • • • • • • • •

Jump on one of Savannah’s historic trolly tours. Take a morning stroll along the river and enjoy lunch at Rocks on the River at Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. Enjoy a private Southern cooking class with Chef Darin Sehnert of 700 Kitchen Cooking School. Shop until you drop at a variety of charming boutiques. Parade around one of the city’s twenty-two squares. Visit the sand dunes and lighthouse at Tybee Island. Tour the Savnnah Bee Company and delight in a honey tasting. Secure your happily ever after by tossing a coin in the fountain at Fountain Square.

Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront

Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

Chef Darin’s Bride’s Biscuits Since food is such a defining element in Savannah’s culture, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give you a real taste of the south! Chef Darin Sehnert of 700 Kitchen Cooking School at Mansion on Forsyth Park shared his recipe for his famed Brides Biscuits. Sort of a biscuit-yeast roll hybrid, Bride’s Biscuits, also known as “Angel Biscuits” are made from a dough that contains all forms of leavening: Baking soda, baking powder, and yeast. If one of the leavening agents doesn’t work, there is another that will do the job, so they are considered truly “no fail.” Yield: 16 biscuits Ingredients: ¼ c. warm water 1 pkg. active dry yeast (or 2¼ tsp. rapid-rise/instant yeast*) 1 tbsp. granulated sugar ½ c. melted butter 1 c. buttermilk 3 c. all-purpose flour 1½ tsp. Kosher salt 1½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda 2 tbsp. melted butter (for brushing after baking) 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2. In a small bowl combine the water, yeast, and a pinch of the sugar. Stir and let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes. 3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and remaining sugar. Mix well and make a well in the center. 4. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter and buttermilk. Pour the milk and butter mixture into the center of the dry ingredients and add the dissolved yeast. Stir to mix, adding enough flour to make a soft dough. Let rest for about 10 minutes.

88 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com

Let’s Go! The Mansion on Forsyth Park mansiononforsythpark.com Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront bohemianhotelsavannah.com

5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured countertop and knead until it develops a smooth, elastic feel. 6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle, approxi- mately 12” long by 6” wide. Tri-fold the dough as you would a business letter by bringing the right side in and overlapping the center third of the dough. Fold the left side over the right. Pinch all open edges together to seal the seams. Roll out and fold once more in the same manner. After pinching the seams, gently pat into an 8 x 8” square. 7. Using a knife or bench scraper, cut the dough into quarters and then cut each quarter into 4 pieces. Spray a 9 x 9” pan with cooking spray and place biscuits into pan. Cover dough with a piece of parchment or wax paper that’s been lightly oiled or sprayed with cooking spray to keep it from sticking. Set aside for 1-2 hours, or until the biscuits have doubled in bulk. 8. Remove the paper from the top of the biscuits and bake 10-15 minutes, or until light golden brown on top. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. *If using rapid-rise or “instant” yeast, omit the water and combine all dry ingredients together, including the yeast.

Chef Darin Sehnert of 700 Kitchen Cooking School


Real Couples Say… Asked at The Original Wedding Expo ™ in Lincoln, RI What’s most important to you when planning your wedding? Finding the perfect gown/tux ............................. 6% Booking the perfect venue ................................ 24% Having a great photographer ........................... 21% Serving amazing food and drinks .................... 26% Going on an amazing honeymoon ................... 15% All of the above ..................................................... 8% www.bellariadesigns.com

What kind of wedding are you having? Big, fat, and flashy! ................................. 15% Intimate and understated ...................... 12% Not too big, not too small ..................... 73%

How did you meet your fiancé? “At a bar. We have the same name!” -Jamie, Bristol, RI

“Through my ex-boyfriend…haha.” -Mary, Danielson, CT

“At a night club. He was dancing with my best friend…oops.” -Kristina, Woonsocket, RI

“I was his boss! Love at first sight. I promoted him so we could date.” -Jessica, North Providence, RI 90 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

www.bridegroommag.com


www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 91


FUNCTION FACILITY P L A N N I N G

G U I D E

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

Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

(Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

250 Max

Yes

1

Yes

Number of Events

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

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

Mechanics Hall (33)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

1

No

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

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

Worcester Art Museum (53)

E, B, D, W

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

Varies

Yes

No

25/250

Yes

1

No

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

East of Worcester Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel (84)

$30 - $50

E, B, D, W

Yes

Yes

25/750

Yes

2

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

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

Charter Oak Country Club

E, B, D, W

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

Doubletree Hotel (61)

$35 - $115

Yes

Yes

30/300

Yes

1

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

30/500

Yes

2

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

Holiday Inn Boxborough (44)

E, B, D, W

Stow Acres Country Club (43)

No

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

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

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

Yes

$36 - $70

Yes

Yes

2/400

Yes

2

Yes

No

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

$30 - $65

Yes

Yes

50/250

Yes

1

No

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

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

White Cliffs (41)

E, B, D, W

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

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

South of Worcester Arrowhead Acres (61) 92 Aldrich St. (Rte. 98), Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-5017 • Fx: (508) 278-3841 info@arrowheadacres.com www.arrowheadacres.com

E, B, W

$30 - $50

Under $30 - $50

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

30/350

50/500

Yes

Yes

BRIDE&GROOM

1

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

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

92 Winter 2014

1

www.bridegroommag.com

No

No


Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

No

50/175

Yes

1

No

South of Worcester cont. Blissful Meadows Golf Club (52) 801 Chockalog Rd., Uxbridge, MA 01569 Ph: (508) 278-6110 • Fx: (508) 278-7223 info@blissfulmeadows.com www.blissfulmeadows.com

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

Crystal Lake Golf Club (81)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

No

50/200

1

Yes

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

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

Highfields Golf & Country Club (15)

E, B, D, W

$35 - 50

Yes

No

Max 220

Yes

1

No

No

42 Magill Drive, Grafton, MA 01519 Ph: (508) 839-1945 x222 • Fx (508) 839-1940 josie@highfiledsgolfcc.com www.highfieldsgolfcc.com

Make an impression without saying a word. The Country Club provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony and reception or any other special occasion. Contact: Josie Billiel.

Pleasant Valley Country Club (15)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

20/400

Yes

1 in each bldg.

95 Armsby Rd., Sutton, MA Ph: (508) 865-4441 • Fx: (508) 865-2276 sales@pleasantvalleycc.com www.pleasantvalleycc.com

Our magnificent views, elegant dining and attention to every detail will make your special occasion a day to remember. Accommodating events from 20-400 guests. Contact: Michelle Violette.

Twin River

E, B, D, W

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

$30 - $75 +

Yes

No

50/1200

1

No

No

Yes

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

West of Worcester J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Function Facility (32) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

Leicester Country Club (91)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

Yes

75/260

1

Yes

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

$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 (59)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75 +

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Yes

2

No

2

Yes

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

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

Publick House (48)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Salem Cross Inn (71)

E, B, D, W

260 W. Main St. (Rte. 9), West Brookfield, MA Ph: (508) 867-8337 • Fx: (508) 867-0351 info@salemcrossinn.com www.salemcrossinn.com

Authentic 1705 farmhouse, spectacular scenery, complimentary wedding planning, established reputation as one of the finest restaurants in New England. Contact: Donna Bennett.

Sturbridge Host Hotel (95)

E, B, D, W

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

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

$30 - $50

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Yes

Yes

6/225

Max 350

Yes

Varies

Yes

Yes

1

2

Yes

No

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

The Harding Allen Estate (45)

$35 - $68

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

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

Be sure to tell these advertisers you saw their ad in BRIDE&GROOM!

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 93

Yes


North of Worcester Reception Facility Chocksett Inn (6)

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

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

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

Colonial Hotel (9)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

25/500

Yes

1-3

Yes

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

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

Doubletree by Hilton Leominster (61)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

1/500

Yes

2

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

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

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (37)

E, B, D, W

$35 - $100

Yes

Yes

25/400

Yes

Yes

1-3

No

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 (79)

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

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (25)

Under $30

Yes

Yes

10/150

Yes

2

No

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. E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

5/500

Yes

1

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

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

Sterling National Country Club (11)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

No

12/225

Yes

1

Yes

No

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

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

Val’s Restaurant & Lounge (35)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Wachusett Country Club (74)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

25/200

50/400

Yes

Yes

Varies

2

No

No

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

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

Wachusett Mountain (5)

E, B, D, W

$30- $50

Yes

Yes

300 Max

Yes

1

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

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

Wachusett Village Inn (29)

E, B, D, W

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

$42 - $60

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

BRIDE&GROOM

Yes

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

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

94 Winter 2014

2

No

www.bridegroommag.com


Wedding fullcirclefjp.com

BRIDAL SHOPS

CATERING

Loren’s Bridal (49)

Buggy Whip Catering

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

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

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

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

Bridal Shops

96

Pronuptia Bridals (8)

Bridal Shows

96

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

Cakes

96

Catering

96

Donation Services

96

Entertainment

97

Fitness

97

Florists

97

Hair & Makeup

97

Honeymoon Spots

97

Jewelry

97

Limousines

98

Photo Booths

98

Photography

98

Pronuptia Bridals is the leading full-service bridal salon in Worcester County, offering the best selection of bridal, bridesmaids, mothers, flowergirls and prom gowns.

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (70, 71) 334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.

CAKES Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (85) 16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby shower cakes. We also have cookie and pastry platters, and decadent desserts for any occasion.

Crown Bakery (45) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com

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

Reception Facilities

92

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

Rentals

98

Culpepper’s Bakery

Shoes

98

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

Specialty Lighting

98

Tuxedos

98

Wedding Internet Services 98

96 Winter 2014

BRIDE&GROOM

resources

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

Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton (91) Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlua Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

www.bridegroommag.com

I Do Foundation (74)

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

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


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

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

Why Me, Inc. (80) 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

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

ENTERTAINMENT Festive Events (17) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (68) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

FITNESS Bee Fit (64) (304) 476-8193 or (304) 844-0196 www.beefitzxt.com Unique and all natural herbal supplements.

Worcester Fitness (69) 440 Grove St., Worcester, MA (508) 852-8209 St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA (508) 363-7000 www.worcesterfitness.com Personal training, fitness, massage, and more.

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

Herbert E. Berg Florist (36) 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers personalized floral designs and superior service. Come in and take advantage of our 75th anniversary specials!

Mugford’s Flowers Shoppe 8 Warburton Lane Rte. 30, Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 836-5554 Mugfordsflowers@gmail.com www.mugfordsflowers.com www.mugfords.com Simple, elegant, extraordinary. From your engagement party to your wedding day; from your first anniversary to your 50th, we make your floral dreams come true.

Perro’s Flowers (40) 284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com www.perrosflowers.com

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (89) Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008 www.diviaruba.com MEGA means more all-inclusive choices! With the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba’s Deluxe ocean-front MEGA category, you’ll have full use of both resorts.

JEWELRY Goldstein, Swank & Gordon (13) Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA (508) 832-9994 Make your wedding even more “charming” with gorgeous, customized PANDORA™ jewelry in 14K gold and sterling silver. Each piece is unique, like your special day!

Hannoush Jewelers (13) Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA (508) 303-6595 www.hannoush.com

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

Celebrate every special moment with the help of one of America’s premier family-owned jewelers. From your engagement diamond to wedding bands and PANDORA™ bridal gifts, trust Hannoush.

HAIR AND MAKEUP

Maria’s Fine Jewelry (3, 77) 269 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 795-0201 maria@mariasfinejewelry.com www.mariasfinejewelry.com

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

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

www.bridegroommag.com

BRIDE&GROOM Winter 2014 97


Elegant Linens Ltd. (85) 296 Providence Rd., S. Grafton, MA (508) 839-9332 www.elegantlinensltd.com If you’re planning a wedding, call Elegant Linens today for an appointment. See the difference our special touch can make for your special day.

SHOES Shoes to Dye For (65) 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.

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (17) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (68)

LIMOUSINES

info@dreamlovephotography.com www.dreamlovephotography

Gray’s Limousine (75)

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

P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 869-3111, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com

We specialize in rustic and vintage wedding photography in New England. We focus on documentary moments that tell the true story of your wedding day.

Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

Linda Jae Photography

TUXEDOS

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

Bonardi’s Formalwear (60)

PHOTO BOOTHS

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

MA Photo Booths (68)

Paul S. Robinson Photography (19)

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

PHOTOGRAPHY

Grafton, MA 01519 (774) 262-5332 chris@wakeenphotography.com www.wakeenphotography.com

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

“My wedding planner knew my vision, and didn’t hesitate to recommend husband-and-wife team, Christopher & Victoria” – Lindsay P., Paxton, MA

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 92)

RENTALS Central Mass Party Rentals

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

Dreamlove Photography 62 S. South St., Concord, NH 03301 (573) 356-6721

98 Winter 2014

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.

Wakeen Photography (85)

Leslie Boudreau Photography (4)

Creative Eye Productions (8)

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

BRIDE&GROOM

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

www.bridegroommag.com

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

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

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com

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

OriginalWeddingExpo.com

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

WedAlert.com

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


Gown by David’s Bridal 121346MWT_V1

modern casual romantic classic unique timeless stYlisH eleGant We’ll help make your wedding

Find your style in-store or at menswearhouse.com


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

© theimagerystudio.com

363 Plantation Street • Worcester, MA • 800.344.2589 • beechwoodhotel.com

Bride & Groom Winter 2014  

Winter Wonderlands, Fantasy Destinations

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you