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Candlelit Weddings Flickering and Romantic

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FEATURES 12 #Hashtag #Wedding Sharing your wedding photos on social media. 38 Take the Stress Out of the Dress Tips, tricks and tools to avoid wedding

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46 Candlelit Weddings Set your wedding aglow. 52 Extreme Wedding Photography Going cliffside for your wedding photography.

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42 Under the Sea Chefs dish about scrumptious seafood selections.

60 Sommelier Sip Tips Wine experts uncork great ideas. 74 Winter Weddings in Nantucket Quaint and magical off-season weddings. 80 Posse Presents Great gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen. 84 Road Trip New England driveable bachelorette

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Who needs a wedding hashtag? You do. Although your professional wedding photos are worth waiting for, in today’s social-media obsessed world, “there’s an immediate need for visual images,” says photographer Allison Niles. “It takes time to perfect, edit, and export images … and a wedding gallery turnaround can take between four and eight weeks. Because couples like to see pictures right away, hashtags have become really big!” Hashtag photos are instantly uploaded and shared to public galleries on Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. “There are apps and add-ons for phones and iPods,” adds Niles,” that add filters and special effects.” Other than posting, couples’ sneak peeks before proofs are ready, Niles “typically doesn’t contribute” to hashtag feeds. She also recommends couples integrate “unplugged moments into their wedding,” in order to prevent guests from snapping away during quiet moments. For her clients Kerin Soares and Edi Naço, that meant enforcing a “no photo” policy during the ceremony portion of their October 2016 Chocksett Inn wedding. “I didn’t allow cell phones,” Kerin recalls, “so as not to disturb the integrity of professional shots.” Come reception time, guests were encouraged to take and upload photos to Kerin and Edi’s #NacoConKSo hashtag (pronounced na-cho con queso), explains Kerin. “My maiden name is Soares and people have

called me K-So. My husband’s last name is pronounced nacho. Conceived by Kerin’s sister, their clever NaçoConKSo hashtag fit perfectly. Selecting a hashtag takes persistence and ingenuity. Begin by plugging in your names, and wedding date on a few free webbased hashtag generators. If you find a winning combo, you’re #done! If not, brainstorm. Incorporate rhymes, puns, numbers, places, or key words until you’ve achieved success. Then, perform a test search to make sure your chosen hashtag doesn’t pop up on other Instagram feeds. Next: share and conquer! Include your hashtag on your save-the-date cards, invitations, and website; reveal it at your bridal shower; spread the word on social media. “Encourage the hashtag, have your DJ announce it in a fun way, spell it for people, and tell them to use it,” says photographer Aram Orchanian, co-owner of Kataram Studios with his wife Kateryna. continued on page 14

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They use hashtags when uploading wedding photos, “to make it easier for our clients.” He suggests couples use reminders in order to help their guests memorize it. “Have cards set on the place settings, use signs all around,” and prominently display “a large photo of your hashtag.” “Hashtag sharing is great for vendors, newlyweds, and their guests,” says Chris Sullivan, owner of the New England–based 77 VW Bus Photo Booth Rental—a “cool, fun, entertaining photo-booth experience” that operates out of a 1977 vintage VW van. Sullivan recently worked two weddings where the bride and groom incorporated hashtags into customized VW-themed photos and filmstrip graphics. The photo bus, which was parked on the grounds of the Gardens at Elm Bank during Allison Chou’s May 2017 wedding to Kory Ng, “was a hit!” enthuses Allison. The VW filmstrip photos were among many shared to #chouwedng, a clever mash-up of the couples’ last names with the word “wed” in between. “More than half of our 185 guests used social media,” Allison recalls. “Our day-of coordinator also wrote our hashtag on the chalkboard sign outside the photo bus, on signage throughout the venue, on our wedding website, invitations, save-the-date cards, and programs.” Guests at the September 2017 wedding of Deborah Bang and Sean Lee at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI, also “happily took photos … and displayed Instagrams” of the VW photo bus,” says Deborah. Their #SeAnDeborah hashtag, which she admits didn’t come easily at first, “was unique to us … catchy and easy to remember.” Deborah also made a keepsake wooden block hashtag sign, which she placed prominently at the guestbook signing table. “Out of 100-plus tagged photos taken, you’ll end up with 10 percent good ones,” says Allison Niles. And some, as you might guess, will be not so good. Thankfully, there are features and apps that can edit or delete those embarrassing candids and selfies from your online album. With more than 800 million Instagram users, it’s clear that hashtags are here to stay. Niles maintains, “They’re a fun way to keep everyone busy and show what everyone is doing at your wedding.” Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

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Carissa and Ryan Kittredge July 1, 2017 Lord Thompson Manor, Thompson, Connecticut Carissa and Ryan Kittredge were wed July 1, 2017, at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut. One day in 2011, their friends came up with the idea to connect the two of them and called Carissa and Ryan to see if they were interested in coming out for a group dinner. The dinner arrangements almost got called off because of a hurricane, but they braved the weather and made it out to the restaurant. They were all happy that they did because Carissa and Ryan had a great connection from the start.

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Three years later, Ryan proposed while the couple was on a vacation in Yellowstone National Park, at the summit of Mount Washburn. Ryan had been carrying the ring around with him the entire trip until he found the right moment. They were with some friends, and when Ryan took Carissa over to the spot where he proposed, their friends trailed behind to take a video. Conveniently, their friends had glasses and champagne in their backpack so they wasted no time in starting the celebrations. Carissa and Ryan are grateful that they have the video of the proposal to look back on and watch. They took their time setting the date, wanting to enjoy just being engaged. Once they found the perfect venue, they took about a year to plan, which seemed like plenty of time to get everything done for the wedding. Carissa really wanted to enjoy the planning process, so she told herself right from the start that she wouldn’t let herself get too stressed out. She took her time in the beginning and left the smaller details for later. She cautions brides-to-be not to believe those people who tell you that there will be a “lull” near the end of the planning process. She says that there were a lot of things she could have been working on throughout the year (e.g., bridesmaid gifts, vows, jewelry, etc.), but she put them off until the last minute. As a consequence, she had a lot of late nights as the big day got closer. Carissa still enjoyed the process, which she feels is super important. They both had fun creating the event and seeing it come to life on the day. In the end, it was everything they could have hoped for. When Carissa and Ryan got engaged, they knew right away that they wanted a venue where they could stay and host a wedding weekend. Ryan has a lot of family who live in the South, so they knew they’d have plenty of guests traveling up for the event. They wanted to be able to spend as much time with them as they could. The Lord Thompson Manor was

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exactly the type of venue they were looking for, considering the wedding weekend is one of their specialties. The wedding party had the entire venue from Friday to Sunday for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and brunch the morning after. Carissa wanted their wedding to have a glamorous/romantic feel, so she chose blush pink, gold, rose gold, and a light taupe for the color palette. The bridesmaids wore gold, taupe, and blush pink. The men wore French blue instead of traditional black. For favors, there were pashminas for the ladies (which also added to the décor), and Jackie at the manor did a fabulous job with the floral arrangements, inspired by some photos Carissa had shared with her on Pinterest. Ted, another

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member of the team at the manor, decorated the arbor exactly like a photo Carissa had provided, and it came out beautifully. The manor team also did all of the decorating with props that they had on hand: sequined pillows, lots of candles, and different eclectic pieces on each table. It all came together nicely and Carissa believes that the members of the manor team are amazingly talented when it comes to orchestrating a wedding. For Carissa and Ryan, the food was a strong selling point in favor of the Lord Thompson Manor. They take great pride in the quality and quantity, so no one was left hungry. In fact, there were so many appetizers that many people were full by the time they got their entrée—sirloin and scallops over risotto accompanied by mashed potatoes.

For dessert, there were cupcakes by My Sweet Escape Treats in exotic flavors such as salted caramel, red velvet, cookie dough, lemon raspberry, dark chocolate merlot, and blue moon (an orange flavored cupcake with vanilla frosting and a Blue Moon shot on top). Chef Mike at the manor made a small cutting cake, and he was responsible for the amazing food they enjoyed all weekend long. The incredibly talented Silver Arrow Band provided the music. Carissa believes that there’s something about a live band at a wedding that adds a magnetic energy to the festivities. The bride’s dress was designed by Lillian West and her shoes were by Badgley Mischka. The bridesmaids purchased their dresses at David’s Bridal, and Ryan and his groomsmen wore suits by Mantoni.


One of the most memorable moments of the day was after the ceremony. Carissa and Ryan went up to the balcony to give a toast and looked down to see everyone who had come out to celebrate with them. The band was also a crucial element in the event’s success, keeping everyone on the dance floor throughout the evening with their eclectic and upbeat mix of songs. There was also an after-party outside where everyone could hang out in cabanas—the perfect way to wind down the evening. What advice would Carissa and Ryan give to couples about to tie the knot? As with any big event, planning is essential, but before any of that gets done, think about and identify the most important aspects for you both, so that you know where to dedicate the resources to make the day what you want it to be. Find the right people to help you organize and coordinate the wedding on the day, so you don’t have to worry, and you can fully enjoy every precious moment of your special day.

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A Vow Renewal

Kim & Shiloh Chauvin April 15, 2017 Newport Beach House Newport, RI

When Kim Lyn Chauvin and Shiloh Aaron Chauvin were married on July 21, 2012, they had absolutely no budget and no one to help out. Five years later, they made up for that when Kim surprised Shiloh with a vow renewal ceremony. Kim says, “Our vow renewal was our dream come true.” The couple planned their wedding in three months. “Crazy, but it can be done,” assures Kim. The vow renewal was planned over the course of five months. Kim kept going back and forth trying to figure out if she should wait or not.

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They met in sixth grade at a bowling alley Shiloh likes to tell the story, but Kim doesn’t seem to remember this momentous occasion. Apparently, Shiloh has liked her since that first day. He kept trying to introduce himself, but she wouldn’t pay him any mind. The two of them didn’t get together until they were in their twenties.

“I really loved writing my vows for Shiloh and renewing them was amazing.” In 2012, Shiloh planned a trip to New Hampshire for Valentine’s Day. They were celebrating it two weeks late, and he rented a cabin in the mountains. They drove up in the middle of a serious snowstorm; Kim was scared out of her mind, but Shiloh kept her calm. Originally, Shiloh had planned on taking a hike to a waterfall because the weather had been great up until that weekend. Needless to say, the hike didn’t happen, so the couple lit a fire and settled in for a cozy evening in the cabin. While they were slow dancing (they slow dance a lot) Shiloh began by telling Kim how much he loved her, and the next thing she knew he was down on one knee. They snuggled by the fire the entire night. The next morning, they woke up to watch the sunrise and there were deer in the yard. It was a beautiful moment they will always remember. Being a wedding photographer, Kim has worked with Longwood on many beautiful weddings. Since their wedding had been so low-key, she was inspired to have a ceremony to renew their vows. Shiloh had no idea what Kim was planning and got quite a surprise on April 15, 2017. continued on page 24

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“We spend lots of time by the ocean. It’s our happy place,” says Kim, so the Newport Beach House was the perfect venue. Kim wanted everything to feel and look cool, clean, and romantic. She praises the Longwood vendor team and says they did an amazing job. The couple’s four sons stood up for them as the wedding party, and they even recited some scripture from the Bible. Kim says, “I really loved writing my vows for Shiloh and renewing them was amazing. Especially with our sons present.” Kim says, in hindsight, she would definitely have done a “first look.” It’s not an easy decision, to put superstition and tradition behind you, but Kim says she would have hired the BEST photographer and trusted in his or her vision.

The Particulars Location: Newport Beach House Longwoodvenues.com Photographers: Kearsten Taylor Photography, kearstentaylorphotography.com Tiffany Von, tiffanyvonphotography.com Baker: Wingate Cakes wingatescakes.com Florist: Bloom Floral Designs bloomfloraldesigns.com Videographer: Ayan 5 Media ayan5.com Bride’s Dress: Ve’Lace Bridal velacebridal.com Groom’s suit: Express express.com Planner: Mollie Morracco molliemarroccoevents.com Planner: The Newport Bride thenewportbride.com Paper goods: The Paper Perfectionist thepaperperfectionist.com Hair and Makeup: Tiffany Cantin tiffanycantin.com Decor: Ryan Designs ryan-designs.com Rentals: BBJ Linen bbjlinen.com Flatware: New England Country Rentals newenglandcountryrentals.com

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Stephanie & David Ciaschini October 8, 2016 Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Worcester, MA Stephanie and David Ciaschini tied the knot October 8, 2016, at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Worcester. The ceremony was followed by a picturesque reception at the Sterling National Country Club. Stephanie and David’s first date was unique, but in traditional New England–style, they arranged to meet on Thanksgiving night. The two met through a dating site, and although Stephanie had her doubts about finding “the one” online, she decided to give it a shot since many of her friends and family members had met great people that way. Because everything is closed on Thanksgiving except bars and fast-food joints, Stephanie had to think outside of the box and decided they should meet at Dunkin’ Donuts.

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David ordered a coffee and Stephanie ordered a vanilla chai tea. The meeting was on November 24, 2011, and they have been thankful ever since. David proposed to Stephanie on June 25, 2015, in Wells, Maine. Luckily they share a love of coffee and the beach. They were vacationing for the week and celebrating the end of another school year working in the public schools with children on the autism spectrum. That weekend, Stephanie’s father, and her sister and brother-in-law with their ninemonth-old daughter, came up to celebrate Father’s Day. Everyone knew what Dave was planning including Stephanie’s co- workers who managed not to spill the beans at the year-end get together. Stephanie even missed the hint when her sister asked her when she thought Dave would propose. David initially wanted to go to Perkins Cove for a walk, but the rain put off that adventure. They decided on a shopping trip in Portsmouth instead. David was so anxious he just got down on one knee and proposed at his family’s beach house. The rain finally stopped and, of course, they celebrated with a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts and a walk through Ogunquit. The two joked that if the proposal had happened at Perkins Cove, the ring might have gotten lost in the rocks because David’s hands were shaking from nervousness. Taking a little more than twelve months to plan their wedding, Stephanie and David enjoyed every second of the process. Touring all the possible venues and seeing all the great choices Central Mass has to offer got them excited about creating the wedding of their dreams. An October wedding in a church were two priorities for the couple. Stephanie’s faith is very important to her and she had always dreamed about getting married in the church she was brought up in. After looking around at countless options, they decided on Sterling National Country Club because of the breathtaking views and amazing services. “The events coordina-

tor was absolutely wonderful to work with. She is genuine and extremely passionate about her job.” With no set theme, they decided to play off the season. Beautiful blooms of sunflowers and calla lilies dressed the tables and adorned the wedding party’s arrangements. For centerpieces, half of the tables had sunflowers in mason jars and the

“Beautiful blooms of sunflowers and calla lilies dressed the tables and adorned the wedding party’s arrangements.”

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other half had pumpkins with candles inside. The wedding favors were magnetic frame strips for their guests to take home their photo booth pictures and, of course, two-ounce Dunkin’ Donuts bricks of coffee. Incorporating Stephanie’s heritage as second-generation Polish-American was also a priority, so they honored that by having an Eastern European blessing of marriage, which includes wine, bread, salt, and a silver coin. Each item represents a wish or blessing of the marriage. Religion and heritage aside, Stephanie had one more priority: to make sure they did the chicken dance at the reception. The day went by quickly, but the most memorable part for Stephanie and David was the first glance they had at each other as Stephanie’s father walked her down the aisle. Some advice the couple would like to share is that if something small goes wrong, don’t sweat it; mostly likely no one noticed. Don’t worry about anyone else but the two of you. Enjoy just being the new Mr. and Mrs., and give a groomsmen or bridesmaid the duty of keeping problems and negativity away from you.

The Particulars Ceremony: Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Worcester, MA. olcworcester.com Photographer: Dina Godzik Photography Worcester, MA. dinagodzikphotography.com Reception: Sterling National Country Club, Sterling, MA. Sterlingcc.com Music: DJ Dan Campbell, (Meritage Entertainment) Wilmington, MA. meritagedj.com Baker: Cakes by Chris, West Brookfield, MA cakesbychrisgadaire.com Florist: A Beautiful Bouquet, Leicester, MA. abeautifulbouquet.org Wedding Dress, Maid of Honor Dress and Tuxedos: Carbonneau Bridal & Formalwear, Worcester, MA. carbonneaubridal.com Videographer: Jason Giroud, 508-340-3405 Music: DJ Derek, 508-344-3163

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Lindiana & John Semidei April 22, 2017 Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Lindiana and John were meant to be together since the moment their paths crossed. They share many passions, including a love for salsa dancing. Every detail of their wedding reflected the beauty of their love. It was breathtaking.

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“Lindiana and John were meant to be together since the moment their paths crossed.” They were surrounded by loved ones as they said their vows, which brought tears of joy to many. The bride and groom danced the night away under the stars with the distinctive song of the Puerto Rican coquí in the background. The fresh air from the El Yunque rain forest carried a breeze that mingled with the fresh flowers placed around the reception, leaving everyone feeling enchanted. The couples’ beautiful wedding ceremony and reception took place at the stunning Hacienda Siesta Alegre, a uniquely designed Spanish Colonial venue that features countless open spaces and lovely gardens. The “house without walls” allows the gentle trade winds to cool and the delightful sounds of the evening to thrill. continued on page 36

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This is possibly the most romantic setting in Puerto Rico, and the nearby El Yunque rain forest helps to make the landscaping everlastingly lush. John proposed to Lindiana during a couples photo shoot he had arranged with Teranie, owner of New Life photography. Lindiana had no idea he was about to propose. She was thrilled when he got down on one knee in front of city hall in Worcester.

The Particulars Venue: Hacienda Siesta Alegre Inn siestaalegre.net DJ: Big J Music bigjmusicservices.com Bride’s dress: Vows bridepower.com Decorations: Black HC Flowers Catering: Nilsa Colon Officiant: Aida M. Mari-Roca Wedding Coordinator: Yolanda De Jesus Photographer: New Life Photography newlifephotographyma.com Assistant Photographer: Youri Claessens

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Take the Stress Out of the Dress

Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Avoid Wedding Dress Disasters by Emily Marcus

You spent hours in fitting rooms with extended family and friends, scoured magazines and websites, laughed, cried, and eventually triumphed—you said yes to the dress. Ball-gown, A-line, trumpet, or, sheath, the wedding dress is far more than an article of clothing. Yet with these delicate, expensive, gorgeous, white works of art comes a lot of pressure: How can I keep it looking perfect during my entire big day? Whatever wedding dress woes are keeping you up at night, we have the solution. 38 Winter 2018

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Strapless Dress Slipping Down Don’t just go to a tailor, prepare for the tailor. Tiffany Hogan, wedding expert and private event sales manager at VIP Country Club in New Rochelle, NY, advises, “You should purchase all of the undergarments that you will be wearing on your wedding day prior to the final fitting. Move around in the dress while at the fitting—sit down a few times, lean in for a hug, lift your arms, dance! Making these movements prior will target any flaws before the big day.” Lindsey Bennett, lead wedding dress designer for Azazie, suggests features like corset backs and silicon elastic to keep strapless dresses in place and fitting perfectly up until go time and beyond.

“You spent hours in fitting rooms with extended family and friends, scoured magazines and websites, laughed, cried, and eventually triumphed—you said yes to the dress.” The Weather If you are having an outdoor wedding, you likely have a rain plan. But if rain is the only forecast you are prepared for, you may want to think again. Heat and wind are two wedding dress threats you may need to combat. To avoid wrinkles, Bennett says, “With the improved technology, polyester dresses will keep longer and make steaming easier. Also, every single bride should have a hand-held steamer in her purse.” As for avoiding sweat, or at least hiding it, she suggests wearing lightweight synthetics like poly-chiffon over heavy woven fabrics, satin, and silk.

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wedding dresses have many layers that are often delicate. Stay calm and try separating the layers so that you only have the stained portion, and then use a cloth or Q-tip to dab with a mixture of soap and water. For oil-based stains, dish soap works even better at cutting the grease. If you have a stain stick, this would also work if the stain is not very large.”

“The most important wedding dress disaster to avoid is letting your dress control your day.” Getting Stuck in the Restroom Wedding dresses can be long, heavy, and hard to take off and on. If you’re worried about spending most of your wedding day in the restroom, check out products like Bridal Buddy that help gather and lift your dress without extra assistance. Though, as Hogan notes, “Most wedding venues have a bridal suite. This particular endeavor is easiest with increased numbers, so ask for at least one member of the bridal party to assist; two is even better. A bridal suite will provide privacy and a cleaner atmosphere in case the dress accidentally hits the floor. If a public restroom is the only option, make sure that the dress is either completely off, or at the very least, that all fabric is lifted out of the way, including the veil.” The most important wedding dress disaster to avoid is letting your dress control your day. Lastly, it will be easiest to relax if you feel prepared. Make sure to pack an emergency tool kit. For the dress, Bennett and Hogan recommend Tide-to-go, fashion tape, safety pins, sewing kit, Band-Aids, Q-tips, oil absorbing sheets, a lint roller, scissors, a backup wrap, and a change of clothes. Being prepared will let you focus on what your wedding day is really about—the people who are celebrating with you—so relax and enjoy.

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Under the Sea Chefs Dish about Scrumptious Seafood Selections

Couples who want their menu to reflect their passion for seafood have by Stacey Marcus

plenty of options in New England. Surrounded by coastal waters brimming with under-the-sea delicacies, New England offers a unique opportunity to create a menu brimming with local and fresh seafood. We fished around for some creative advice from area chefs. Sean Dutson, chef at Revere Hotel Boston Common, believes couples should embrace seafood on their wedding menu, especially in New England where fresh seafood is abundant. “Seafood selections add to the elegance of the party and give those guests focusing on healthy eating a great choice,” says Chef Dutson. Boston Harbor Hotel chef Daniel Bruce always recommends that couples select fish as a great alternative to beef as the entrée for wedding guests. Born and raised in New England, Chef Bruce loves being located on the water and using fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Charlie Foster, chef at Woods Hill Table, likes to get creative. Swordfish Belly Pastrami is a favorite and is currently paired with, trout roe, lemon crème fraîche, radishes, and crispy rye on top of a bed of baby lettuce. Made from rotating sustainable ingredients to celebrate each season sourced from the restaurant’s own farm—The Farm at Woods Hill—and other small-scale purveyors, the various textures and flavors create an unforgettable dish. Kimpton Marlowe Hotel’s executive chef, David Bazirgan, notes that one of the more popular items on wedding cocktail menus right now is locally sourced oysters on the half shell passed with artisanal accompaniments made onsite at Bambara Kitchen and Bar. “I think the oysters are playful and an unexpected appetizer for couples and their wedding guests,” he says. continued on page 44

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Executive chef Robert Bruce at the RitzCarlton, Boston, recently planned a wedding that was framed around a New England Style Seafood Boil in the newly redesigned Grand Ballroom. “The contrast between our sleek new design and the couple’s favorite childhood comfort seafoods suited both them and our new space perfectly,” says Bruce. “For cocktail receptions, one of our most popular items is our Mini Lobster Tacos, which are made with fresh lobster meat mixed with crème fraîche, tarragon, and citrus, and served on a dollop of fresh guacamole. They’re a winning choice, not only for their fresh, bold flavor, but also because they’re simple enough to eat while balancing a drink or greeting guests during cocktail hour,” says Bruce. And for those fish fanatics who want to make a seafood statement, Peter Papegelis, general manager of Mastro’s Ocean Club, advises, “Custom building a seafood tower of their favorites and sharing oysters instead of a cake makes a great photo opportunity. And to make the night even more luxe, split a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne.” Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead. www.bridegroommag.com

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Candlelit Weddings: Set Your Wedding Aglow by Cindy Papish Gerber

“Candle lighting is a primal element; we are all drawn it,” says event designer Andrew Rubenoff. “The soft light produced by a flickering candle is not only pretty and romantic, but it’s the most flattering of all light sources. With more than thirty-three years of lighting experience, Rubenoff, “approaches wedding design in the same way” as he does a theatrical production. He ranks candles on the top of his list for inspiring creativity.

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Unlike cut flowers, candles and their containers can be reused and repurposed, and they don’t come with a hefty price tag. “Whether it’s a twenty-five-cent votive or twenty-five-dollar candle, it generates the same brightness,” Rubenoff maintains. “The only difference is a torch or bucket candle, which, due to its size, has a bigger, brighter flame and is ideal for outdoor/patio weddings.”

“The soft light produced by a flickering candle is not only pretty and romantic, but it’s the most flattering of all light sources.” Candlelight infuses a magical glow to into just about any venue—when used safely. Local and state-mandated fire safety ordinances pertaining to candle sizes, designs, assemblies, placement, and usages can be found online, but if you have any questions, please ask your wedding coordinator or banquet manager for exact guidelines. Year-round, indoors and out, there are two factors that affect candles: heat and wind. “Candles put out a lot of heat,” cautions Rubenoff. Wind, blowing through A/C vents, as well as unpredictable New England wind gusts can fan flames. All candles should be surrounded by fireproof hurricane shades or straight cylinders and set apart from flammable items. “Here in Rhode Island, we can only use candles in glass containers; there cannot be an open flame,” says Erica Trombetti, owner and lead event specialist of Infinite Events. A candle enthusiast, Trombetti, “loves using them everywhere! On the tables, mantels, your escort table, cake table, gift table, etc. Candlelight sets the tone for a romantic ambiance, and it can be used for any type of event—for daytime weddings as well.” To achieve that wow effect, she likes to combine continued on page 48 www.bridegroommag.com

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different sizes, shapes, and colors that complement the décor. “I would consult your florist for the best option for your specific event and design … as there are many variables that go into it.” “Erica took the dream we had and made it come to life,” shares Rachel Orabone Boulware about her October 2015 wedding held at [Carolyn’s] Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton, RI. During the church ceremony, Erica and her groom Jason lit a unity candle. “It was a special, symbolic way for us to show that we two had become one,” she recalls “to live a shared life together forever. At our reception, all our tables were brimming with traditional candles—a mix of small clear glass and mercury glass votives were sprinkled around the floral centerpieces. The soft light radiating from the candles just oozed romance and elegance, providing an ethereal ambience and the perfect glow for pictures.”

If using real candles is prohibited at your venue, LEDs are an excellent alternative. Placed up and down the aisle floor, set on banisters, altars or columns, LEDs can safely and beautifully illuminate your wedding. “A LED will not light on fire if one gets knocked over accidently,” Trombetti points out. Rubenoff is also impressed with the recent selection of “vastly improved, competitively priced LEDs that look very convincing.” Since some varieties, “may appear too amber and not as bright,” he suggests buying a few for a test run before ordering dozens. Both Trombetti and Rubenoff are not in favor of using scented candles in centerpieces, where the overbearing odor may mix with food smells. Trombetti also points out that some guests might be allergic to the smell. Instead, reserve those spice, floral, fruit, or ocean-scented candles for entry foyers, powder rooms, or as wedding favors. 48 Winter 2018

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“There’s a formal quality to candlelight and it can really add warmth to an overcast, rainy, gloomy day or dark-paneled room,” says Rubenoff. For optimal effect, he makes certain that dining staff are instructed, “to go around and light candles at weddings as the sun sets …. at the last minute. Part of the drama of having candles is seeing them being lit. And the more candles, the better!” Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

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Extreme Wedding Photography by Diana Whelan

Would you climb a mountain for your spouse—literally? Most of the time, happily ever after begins with some kind of adventure. To some, that could mean an exotic honeymoon to Bora Bora. To the clients of Jay and Vicki Philbrick’s, it could mean a mesmerizing post-wedding photo shoot atop the stunning Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire.

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Jay and Vicki have been working together as portrait and wedding photographers at Philbrick Photography in New Hampshire for the past fifteen years, yet it wasn’t until 2008 that they decided to take their services to the next level (or higher). Jay, a former climbing guide, has admired Cathedral Ledge for years, and something told him it had more of a purpose than just looking pretty. “I’ve always had this idea of getting a couple on that one ledge,” Jay said. “I just thought, it’s such an improbable place to have a bride and groom standing.” He decided to suggest a day-after cliffside shoot to a couple he was currently working with—and to Jay’s delight, they were on board.

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After several shoots on the ledge, the stunning photos started to get famous on the Internet. While the response is mostly positive, “some people immediately thought the photos were fake or edited in Photoshop,” Jay said. But actually, there’s no editing done to the photos; everything you see is what he sees through his lens. “No harnesses, no ropes, no anchors— nothing. It’s all hidden,” Jay said. Other immediate reactions to the photos are that it seems irresponsible or unsafe. Jay has an answer to that, too: “Statistically, we’re all at much more risk driving to and from the cliff than we are on [that cliff]. It’s really quite safe.”

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So how does it all actually go down (or up)? Photo shoots start super early in the morning—or late at night depending on how you look at it. Between 2:30 and 3:00 am, Jay and his professional partner, mountain guide Marc Chauvin, begin setting up the ropes, anchors, and everything they need to make the photo shoot happen. Vicki, who takes behind-the-scenes photos during the shoot, comes by as well. “The goal is to have the couple securely anchored before sunrise,” Jay said. The team always goes for two different shots: one before sunrise and another after sunrise, both of which have completely different vibes. “We go the extra mile to get something unique for our couples,” he said. Once everything is set up and the bride and groom arrive, the two are lowered down in harnesses onto the ledge. While the groom can don his pants, shirt, and tie before being lowered, the bride is told to wear baggy clothes or something she can hide under her wedding dress. Once securely on the ledge, Marc will dangle down with the gown, veil, and any other accessories. Nothing like a wardrobe change hundreds of feet off the ground!

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The bride transitions out of her harness and into a slimmer harness that can fit under her dress, and a small hole is made in the back of the dress to feed the rope through. The best kind of dress for this type of shoot? “Ones with a corset back—you can easily fit the rope through it,” Jay said. More often than not, Jay and Vicki are working with couples who aren’t professional climbers. But out of twenty photo shoots, they’ve never had anyone bail out. “We love that couples are always very excited to go through with it—it’s something they’ll never forget for the rest of their lives,” Jay said. Whether you aren’t a fan of your wedding photos or just want to do something unique (an anniversary celebration, anyone?), Jay and Vicki Philbrick offer something truly unique and magical. Each session costs $1,500 (though the memories are priceless). To learn more and see photos of past photo shoots, visit philbrickphoto.com and philbrickphotography.pixieset.com/ cliffsidephotos.

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ndrew Rich, Woods Hill Table’s sommelier and beverage director, always

asks the wedding couple what wine they enjoy drinking because he beleives that the essence of a wedding is to celebrate the couple. Just having tied the knot a couple of weeks ago, Rich is an expert on wine as well as weddings. He took a moment from his busy job at Woods Hill Table to uncork some thoughts about wine and weddings:

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• We provide the food and wine, but the wedding is really all about the couple. Rich emphasizes that couples should serve their favorites vintages so that guests can learn what they like while celebrating their nuptials. • Classics ring true. When it comes to pairing food and wine, Rich is pretty old school, serving white wine with seafood and poultry and red wine with meat. He notes that a sommelier will know best what to serve with your specific wedding menu. Wine tastings are a great way to explore pairings. • “What grows together, goes together” is Rich’s mantra. Think of the major cuisine from an area like Italy—spicy Bolognese, chicken parmesan—and you can see how well a Chianti Classico works with these dishes.

Bruno Marini, sommelier and food and beverage director at CHOPPS American Bar & Grill and Boston Marriott Burlington has a few simple tips for couples to keep in mind while selecting wine for their wedding reception: • Go with something that you’re familiar with. While unique varietals might be tempting or seem like an exciting alternative, you want to offer something that is recognizable to your guests.

• Make sure you taste the wine before making your selections. Every vineyard yields a unique wine each season, so make sure that you taste the wine that will be poured on your big day. Plus, who doesn’t like a wine tasting? • Focus on the quality of the product. Don’t let price be the sole factor that that rules your decision. Ray Osborne, head sommelier and assistant general manager of Bistro du Midi notes, “For white wines, a white Burgundy is a good place to start. White Burgundy wines are often crisp enough to appeal to drinkers of Sauvignon Blanc and have enough Chardonnay flavoring to appeal to drinkers of domestic Chardonays. For red wines, Osborne says couples should consider choosing a California Pinot Noir. Many California Pinots can be reasonably rich, but what they don’t have is the pigmentation that’s going to stain everyone’s teeth—no purple smiles for the reception photos.” Rich shares a final word about wines at weddings noting that you should, “ Have fun. It’s your day. It’s time to open a Jeroboam or Imperial-size bottle and let the good times flow!

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for a memorable wedding venue that will excite your guests, while making your photographer drool with the possibilities? Look no further than Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and rest assured, this is NOT an elementary school field trip we’re talking about.

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Did you know that Old Sturbridge Village, so wellknown as a first-class living history museum, is also a top-notch wedding destination and venue for brides, grooms, and their guests? Unmatched anywhere, this magical place gets an A+ for having it all. It’s rustic, yet elegant; historic, yet timeless. OSV truly offers the wedding experience contemporary couples are searching for. “We like to say the setting at Old Sturbridge Village is a world unto itself,” said Alexis Conte, vice president of Visitor Services at OSV. “Our space features over 200 acres of pure beauty with multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations, so the possibilities are endless. If you can think about it, we can help you create it.” Since the late 60s, couples have been saying their “I do’s” at Old Sturbridge Village, the place that had its beginnings in 1946, when it opened as a drivethrough museum. Over the years, the museum grew and evolved as buildings were brought in (there are now a total of fifty) in an effort to design what is now a meticulously recreated, centuries-old New England village. This carefully crafted museum setting is recognized for its thorough attention to detail. It’s that amazing attention to detail that has helped OSV develop into one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Central Massachusetts. In recent decades, as the wedding industry has exploded, so has the demand for a unique location with space enough for large weddings, while maintaining a feeling of intimacy and personalization that speaks to each individual couple. Discerning brides and grooms have discovered that OSV offers just that, with so many choices to boot.

For years the Bullard Tavern was the only significant indoor offering on the campus. Built to replicate an 1830s tavern, this special building was constructed by piecing together reclaimed lumber from an antique covered bridge and combining it with the aged beams and planks from an old barn. The hard pine floors and large stone fireplace create a rustic and cozy structure located right in the heart of the museum’s town continued on page 64

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common, with space to seat eighty guests comfortably. Equally distinctive is the Oliver Wight Tavern, the largest indoor venue at the museum. This elegant 1830sinspired restaurant was built in 1999 to meet the needs of brides and grooms seeking a larger venue for their reception. It is situated on the grounds of the museum, yet outside the town common, with a brick walkway and larger space known as Times Square, which is surrounded by lovely trees and shrubs.. This area can be decorated with romantic candlelit tinlanterns lining the pathways and square, making it the perfect place for an outdoor cocktail reception before guests head inside for an unforgettable event. Depending on whether couples are looking for a stationed meal or a more formal seated and plated dinner, the Oliver Wight Tavern can accommodate anywhere from 250 to 300 guests, while still creating an intimate wedding experience for all. Additional buildings can be incorporated into a couple’s ceremony as well, especially if there’s a meaningful museum location that’s special to the bride and groom. Outdoors, no matter the season, OSV is a sight to behold. There are picturesque apple orchards, herbal and heirloom gardens, gazebos, winding country paths, pastoral fields, and scenic water views across the property’s 200 acres. There are also stunning woodland walkways, a historic meeting house, vintage barns and buildings with rustic fenced spaces and stone walls, along with a variety of other exceptional locations for ceremonies and amazing photo opportunities. Brides and grooms can choose from OSV’s six wedding packages, but that’s just to give you a taste of what your event can become. One of the coolest parts of planning a wedding at OSV is selecting from all of the special features and offerings that elevate an event here to the next level. For example, celebrate the festivities with muskets being fired off, or enjoy an old-fashioned bonfire on the common. You can even bring your own s’mores for extra fun! Some couples have 64 Winter 2018

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even been married in period attire or with museum role players or costumed interpreters playing a role in the special day. Guests can be transported from one area of the museum to another by riding in a horse-drawn carryall or carriage. And for those looking to make it a destination wedding, the Old Sturbridge Inn and the Reeder Lodge both offer great overnight accommodations for the newlyweds and their guests. You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate all of the choices at your fingertips at OSV. Everything here is wonderfully charming and fully customizable–it’s truly timeless, historical, and unforgettable. Couples are encouraged to dream big and make history at Old Sturbridge Village!

For more information Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA 01566 Sales Office 508-347-0306 osvweddings@osv.org

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“We have one shot at making memories of a lifetime for brides and grooms, and we don’t take that lightly.” What sets this private club apart from the rest, however, is its personalized commitment to its brides and grooms. More than just an exclusive spot with a lovely setting and space, the staff of the Sterling National Country Club makes this notoriously high-end variety of wedding approachable, inviting, and within reach of your budget. They take pride in becoming an intimate and integral part of each couple’s wedding experience, and in many cases, lasting friendships develop. “We have one shot at making memories of a lifetime for brides and grooms, and we don’t take that lightly. We are deeply invested in the couples who choose to begin their lives together here,” said Georgiana Mathieu, the venue’s wedding and special events consultant. “Couples walk through our doors not sure what to expect, but by the time we are done, it’s inevitable we’re connected to them and committed to helping them reach their wedding goals. Planning a wedding is like a journey, and at the Sterling National Country Club, we walk that road, side by side with our couples, every step of the way. More than just a contact at the country club, I consider myself a sort of wedding consultant, a bridal assistant, and a coach too, with the ultimate goal of helping brides and grooms bring their wedding vision to life in a way they can afford.” The Sterling National Country Club recognizes that each and every wedding is unique. Of course, that’s true no matter where you tie the knot, but at this country club in particular, each individual style is nurtured and embraced. Rather than trying to cram brides and grooms into prefab packages that tell them what they can and

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cannot have at their wedding, the staff at the Sterling National Country Club takes a step back and gets to know the personality of each couple. They work with brides and grooms, striving to design an event that speaks to who they are and what they want to convey to their guests. Anything is possible here and its a la carte. But don’t confuse that with a running tally of expenses. Sterling National gives couples what they want, rather than upselling couples on what they don’t need. The goal is to build a memorable event, while keeping a couple’s budget in mind. The country club doesn’t charge extra for using certain chairs or specific room setups. Just about everything is included here—mirrors, votives, linens—in fact,

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if you want two colors of linens and napkins of another hue, they will make that happen. “No surprises,” is one of their mottoes. Whether you want to get married on a Friday or Saturday night, or even a Sunday morning, each day is available and prices are consistent, no matter what day you choose.

“We make sure enjoying the process and savoring the day is on the menu for all of our couples!” The Sterling National Country Club is known for its consistency, while, at the same time, for being a bit of a chameleon. What that means for couples is that they can depend on important features, such as food prepared by a five-star chef, friendly and helpful personnel, and an atmosphere of elegance and romance, while at the same time, they can rely on the staff and their preferred vendors for their flexibility and a flair for creativity. The country club has hosted just as many rustic weddings as upscale New York–style nuptials. The décor is classic and neutral in color, so brides and grooms are encouraged to see beyond the lovely room and dramatic views to envision an event infused with their own panache. “Planning a wedding can be stressful,” said Georgiana. “At Sterling National Country Club, it’s all about using the support and expertise of our cohesive staff to reduce that stress. We make sure enjoying the process and savoring the day is on the menu for all of our couples!”

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Rachel Dodson, wedding and events manager at the Nantucket Hotel & Resort notes that Nantucket is a hidden gem for a winter wedding. Claire Drexler agrees. Her family has been vacationing on Nantucket for as long as she can remember. Claire and her husband Kyle, whose father built one of the yacht clubs in Nantucket, now live in Kenya and originally thought they would have their wedding in Africa, but then realized that Nantucket was the perfect spot. “We didn’t want the typical Nantucket wedding and thought how cool it would be gather family and friends off-season in Nantucket.” recalls Drexler. continued on page 76

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She was right. “People who have been going to the island for sixty years felt like they had seen it for the first time,” says Drexler. “It was so magical,” she recalls, noting that although they were prepared for the weather not to cooperate, the skies were blue and everyone enjoyed the island. “It was like our own personal Christmas stroll,” says Drexler whose wedding shimmered in metallics and the natural elements of the island such as birch and cranberries. One of her treasured memories is when the hotel manager at the Nantucket Hotel & Resort made grilled cheeses for the wedding party at midnight. Marybethe Sabeti agrees that Nantucket is brimming with magic. It’s where she and her husband Amdi escaped to on a whim back in 2013 before they were married. “Over the years it became our go-to getaway place where we discovered a little slice of heaven,” says Sabeti. When the couple was looking for a spot to tie the knot, Nantucket made the most sense. “I always wanted to get married at Christmas, and we wanted to share the beauty of Nantucket with family and friends.” “We got to see Nantucket in a whole new light,” says Sabeti, who added some merry touches to the wedding such as flowers on chestnuts and wedding cake that resembled presents.

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The Nantucket Hotel & Resort had a huge Christmas tree and Mother Nature even brought a dusting of snow the night of the wedding. “It was just fabulous.” Dodson notes that, along with the promise of a winter wonderland, hosting your wedding in the winter in Nantucket has myriad benefits: Event prices are lower than other during seasons and room rates across the board are less expensive, making it an affordable way to bring guests to Nantucket for a wedding. You practically have the island to yourself. It’s much quieter than at other times of the year. You can plan fun winter activities like exploring the island and coming back to the resort to enjoy s’mores around the fire pit. We can create a unique signature drink to warm the hearts and souls of your guests. (Think dark rum.)” “Couples moved from spring to fall to host weddings on Nantucket, but I can see winter weddings becoming a rising trend.” notes Dodson. Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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You cherry-picked them to be part of your inner circle to help you plan and celebrate one of the most important days of your life. Maybe he or she is your best friend, favorite relative, or a random person who crept into your heart when you got engaged. How can you express your gratitude to the gang? We have nine fine ideas:

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2. ShotFun Wedding This set of six glasses, each designed with a different decoration, is ideal for groomsmen to celebrate good times with friends while remembering your wedding. jungleeny.com

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5. Mint Idea Perfect for trendy toasts, this mint julep cup is a great gift for both bridesmaids and groomsmen. Personalize it with your wedding date and create a keepsake gift your wedding party members will treasure. personalcreations.com continued on page 82 www.bridegroommag.com

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6. Gulp and Give Back Keep your bridesmaids hydrated with water bottles in colorful patterns or decorated with inspirational messages. All water bottles are made in the USA, plus 10% of sales go to fund education for people interested in pursuing careers in manufacturing. be50strong

7. Virtual Views Create, edit, and organize various albums and playlists to be shared instantly with your Nixplay frame. Curate pictures to create custom albums for each member of your A-team. nixplay.com

8. Reel Fun Create a custom photo reel from your wedding digital pictures and your bridesmaids and groomsmen will receive their own RetroViewer and photo reel in the mail a few days later. image3d.com

9. Signature Sentiment This lovely and chic 14kt yellow-gold bar necklace is an extra special gift for your maid of honor. Add an engraved message and your wedding date to create a keepsake she will treasure forever. ritani.com

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Road Trip!

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New England’s Drivable Bachelorette Party Destinations by Emily Marcus

If one night seems a little too short for your last hurrah with the girls, you’re not alone. More and more brides are opting for the bachelorette party trip—a fun-filled weekend away with your besties, complete with gorgeous backdrops, Instagram-worthy cocktails and meals, and out-of-the-ordinary adventures. And if a swanky excursion isn’t in the budget, swap the pricey plane tickets for an upgrade; New England has deluxe destinations right here for every bride-to-be. With the money you save by staying local, you can posh up any party.

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For the Bucolic Bride—The Berkshires, Massachusetts Stay: Garden Gables Inn, Lenox, MA This historic bed and breakfast is just steps away from Lenox Village and is surrounded by five acres of gorgeous scenery. The Vittori family also owns the nearby Hilltop Orchards, where inn guests enjoy free trail access and unlimited wine tastings. Transportation is available from inn to orchard for special events such as a wine tasting with appetizers, dinner under the stars, apple picking, a full moon hike, or snowshoeing with hard cider. gardengablesinn.com Indulge: Blantyre, Lenox, MA Enjoy award-winning American-French cuisine in this elegant and romantic hotel. Stop by before your meal for a glass of wine in the Music Room with live entertainment by pianist Karèn Tchougourian. blantyre.com/dining Explore: October Mountain State Forest This 16,500-acre October Mountain State Forest is the largest in Massachusetts, providing trails for all levels of hiking and biking. Get your fill of outdoor fun, then head over to nearby Tanglewood for a concert. mass.gov/locations/october-mountain-state-forest

For the Beer-Loving Bride—Portland, Maine Stay: The Pomegranate Inn It’s all about color at this spirited and funky spot amidst Portland’s Western Promenade. Contemporary art abounds at this

quirky and whimsical bed and breakfast. Take on the adventurous mindset first thing by sampling their unlimited homemade breakfast-style tapas. pomegranateinn.com Indulge: East Ender Bachelorette party with no brunch? Blasphemy! Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy branched out from their food truck success and created this hearty, locally sourced, relaxed restaurant, which they purchased and re-opened in March 2015. Creative brunch-style concoctions include Eggs in Purgatory with House Ricotta & Grilled Peasant Bread and Vadouvan Spiced Chicken Wings. eastenderportland.com continued on page 86

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Explore: The Maine Brew Bus If the bride-to-be loves a cold craft beer, Portland is her go-to destination. The city is over-flowing with breweries, distilleries, and wineries. There to make sure you see it all is the Maine Brew Bus, a bright green school bus that offers tours like the Local Pour Toor and Beerunch! Knowledgeable tour guides offer trivia, treats, transportation, and of course, lots of tasty beer. themainebrewbus.com

For the Beachy Bride— Newburyport, Massachusetts

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Stay: Essex Street Inn and Suites Make-up artist and bachelorette party expert Sarah Lord, of Makeup by Sarah Lord, recommends this charming, cozy inn at the heart of downtown Newburyport. Just a short drive from the beautiful beaches of Plum Island, Salisbury, or Rockport, the Essex Street Inn and Suites features thirty-seven unique different rooms. Lord says, “one room in particular has a small balcony, which is a fun bonus!” essexstreetinn.com Indulge: Michael’s Harborside This iconic and easygoing spot offers gorgeous views and, according to Lord, “they just renovated to add an outside bar area filled with high top tables.” michaelsharborside.com Explore: Private Yoga with Sarah Oleson Need a little calm before the wedding? Lord notes, “a unique thing to do in town is a private yoga session with Sarah Oleson, as she picks different fun areas in town to really enjoy some zen. Newburyport is home to a gorgeous boardwalk, and I’ve seen her hold classes on the lawn overlooking the water, and she also jumps around from studio to studio to offer her expertise to everyone.” saraholesonyoga.com

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For the Boating Bride—Newport, RI Stay: The Woodbine Cottage—George Champlin Mason House Embrace history (and mansion lifestyle) at the 1873 palatial residence of architect George C. Mason. Larger parties can rent the entire home in the Historic Hill neighborhood of Newport, and Bliss Cottage is available for smaller parties. architectsinn.com Indulge: Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant Satisfying everyone can be difficult, but you won’t have any trouble with that at this landmark establishment. The extensive menu (six pages long) has anything and everything you

and your girls could want including pizza, tacos, pasta, and of course, lots of seafood. And if decisions overwhelm you, you can never go wrong with Newport’s Favorite Lobster Salad Roll. brickalley.com Explore: Sailing Excursions with Classic Harbor Line Company Get nautical on your own privately chartered yacht. Go overboard with cocktails, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres while you sail through the breathtaking Narragansett Bay. Operating out of the iconic Bowen’s Wharf, save time for a stroll down the Newport Cliff Walk or a jaunt around The Breakers mansion. sail-newport.com

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FUNCTION FACILIT Y P L A N N I N G

G U I D E

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

Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

250 Max

Yes

1

Yes

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

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

Mechanics Hall (51)

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 events@mechanicshall.org www.mechanicshall.org

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

Worcester Art Museum (4)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Varies

Yes

No

25/175

Yes

1

No

East of Worcester DoubleTree Hotel (73) 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 616-7470 • Fx: (508) 366-3950 allie.nurkanovic@hilton.com www.bostonwestborough.doubletree.com

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

30/500

Yes

2

Yes

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

South of Worcester Coachmen’s Lodge (Inside Front Cover)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

240

Yes

2

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

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

Twin River (33)

E, B, D, W

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

$30 - $75 +

Yes

No

50/1200

No

1

BRIDE&GROOM

Yes

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

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

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

Yes

75/260

Yes

1

No

West of Worcester J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Function Facility (72) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

Leicester Country Club (49)

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 (78)

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 (45)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (66)

E, B, D, W

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

The Barn at Wight Farm (21)

$35 - $68

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Max 350

Yes

Varies

Yes

2

Yes

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

Varies

Yes

Yes

40-175

Yes

1

No

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

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

The Harding Allen Estate (26)

E, B, D, W

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

Yes

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

Yes

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

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75+

Yes

Yes

50/300

Yes

1

Yes

North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (9) 59 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-3355 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 weddings@chocksettinn.com www.chocksettinn.com

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

Colonial Hotel (6)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

25/500

Yes

1-3

Yes

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

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

Devens Weddings and Events (27)

E, B, D, W

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

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster (95)

E, B, D, W

99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 534-9000 • Fx: (978) 466-3400 www.leominster.doubletree.com

Great Wolf Lodge (58)

$30 - $50

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5/500

1/500

Yes

Yes

1

2

Yes

Yes

Experience the most magical time of your life in our exquisite Grand Ballroom or beautiful garden pavillion. Call today to schedule a tour. Contact: Social Sales Manager. E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

3

Yes

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

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

Harrington Farm (10)

E, B, D, W

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

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

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (41)

E, B, D, W

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

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

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (97)

E, B, D, W

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

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

Shaker Hills Country Club (15)

E, B, D, W

$65- $100

$35 - $100

$30 - $50

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

50/225

25/400

10/150

200

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

No

No

1-3

No

2

1

Yes

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

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

Sterling National Country Club (59)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

No

40/225

Yes

1

No

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

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

Wachusett Country Club (83)

E, B, D, W

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

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

$30 - $50

Yes

No

50/400

Yes

2

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

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Wedding BEAUTY

DONATION SERVICES

Deana Mills – Independent SeneGence Distributor

I Do Foundation

10 Lucille Drive Greenville, RI 02828 (401) 954-8859 LipstickLane1@gmail.com Senegence.com/deanamills

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

Senegence is a cosmetic and skin care company that offers many products such as skin care, anti-aging treatment solutions and long lasting cosmetics.

Beauty

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Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

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Cakes

96

Catering

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Donation Services

96

Entertainment

97

Florists

97

Honeymoon Spots

97

Jewelry

97

BRIDAL SHOWS

Limousines

97

The Original Wedding Expo™ (88 & 89)

Photo Booths

98

Photography

98

Reception Facilities

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Specialty Lighting

98

Tuxedos

98

Videography

98

Wedding Internet Services 98 Wedding Planning

98

European Wax Center 290 Turnpike Road Westborough, MA 01581 (774) 512-0095 Terri.Radley@waxcenter.com Waxcenter.com We provide the ultimate wax experience! Unlike traditional waxing, we believe in revealing beautiful skin. Less time, less pain and lower price point

BRIDAL SHOPS Ve’Lace Bridal by Shadia, LLC (11) 11 Mechanic St., Bellingham, MA 02019 (508) 966-0091 Velacebridal@gmail.com www.velacebridal.com Ve’Lace Bridal offers you a fresh and updated yet warm and welcoming atmosphere. Step into our modern, clean boutique as we provide you with the full bridal experience.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worcester County Food Bank

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (79)

474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663)

16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com

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.

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.

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

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ENTERTAINMENT

HONEYMOON SPOTS

Buddy D. Sound Unlimited (78)

MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (90 & 91)

P.O. Box 1612, Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 765-1240 djbuddyd@djbuddyd.com www.djbuddyd.com

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

Professional Disc Jockey Service, reverend services, picture slide show presentations, Up-lighting, 32 years wedding experience, latest in audio and lighting, superior rates.

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.

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

JEWELRY

Festive Events (32) 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 (5) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com

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

LIMOUSINES AA Limousine Service (72)

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

FLORISTS

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

Gray’s Limousine (50)

Herbert E. Berg Florist (58) 19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com Herbert E. Berg offers creative floral designs and personalized service. Call today for your floral consultation.

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

The 1761

Old Mill

Restaurant, Cracker Barrel Pub & Country Store

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

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

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

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AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

PHOTO BOOTHS MA Photo Booths (5) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com www.maphotobooths.com

Doros Photography (26 & 98)

Fun, unique, and productive! Photo booths produce creative guest sign-in books and instant party favors. Packages include everything you’d want at an affordable price.

PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (20) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com

11 Moulton Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 755-9213 bill@dorosphotography.com www.dorosphotography.com We are a very caring team with over 25 years, our experience will help you have one of the best photographed weddings in New England.

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 92)

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (32) 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 (5) 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.

TUXEDOS Bonardi’s Formalwear (8) 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 (67) www.menswearhouse.com With over 1,000 locations nationwide, including all Men’s Wearhouse stores, ordering, picking up and returning a tuxedo has never been easier.

VIDEOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (20) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com

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

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (88 & 89)

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

WEDDING PLANNING P & M Events Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (774) 253-8456 pandmevents@gmail.com pandmevents.com An event planning company dedicated to helping you plan the event of your dreams by eliminating the stress that comes with planning your big day.

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Bride & Groom Winter 2018  

Extreme Wedding Photography. Candlelit Weddings. Hashtag Weddings. Take the Stress Out Of Your Day. Winter Weddings in Nantucket.

Bride & Groom Winter 2018  

Extreme Wedding Photography. Candlelit Weddings. Hashtag Weddings. Take the Stress Out Of Your Day. Winter Weddings in Nantucket.