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FEATURES 10 Going Wild for Flowers Picking your own farm fresh flowers.

34 Conscious Style Beautiful ways to ditch plastic at your wedding. 44 No Commitment Temporary ways to celebrate your love of body art.


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24 Best Foot Forward Selecting the perfect pair of shoes.

56 Sweet Talk Artisan chocolates. 64 What's for Dessert Exploring the latest wedding trends. 80 Classic Cocktail Comeback Timeless libations for every season.

FEATURED VENUES 48 The Barn at Wight Farm 70 The Mansion at Bald Hill


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Going Wild–for Flowers! by Cindy Papish Gerber

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What could be more thrilling than seeing your wedding venue magically transformed by incredibly beautiful floral arrangements? Knowing that you had a hand in picking the farm-fresh blooms right from the source!

Emily Day picking Edelweissat at The Farm at SummitWynds

Lavender bouquet from The Farm at SummitWynds

Photo: Courtesy of Jess Stewart


Flowers by Semia

Sally Pinera Photography

Whether you go DIY or collaborate with a

design. “We encourage anyone interested to

reducing on the day of her wedding?” She

designer, you can find local farms and nurs-

take the plunge and make that dream a real-

looks forward to the debut of SummitWynds’s

eries growing fresh seasonal flowers that go

ity,” says Semia. To achieve your dream look,

sunflowers in 2020—yet another late-summer

directly from “field to vase.” Some of these

she advises couples “to start off with a wish

option for budding brides.

working floral farms do double duty as stun-

list of colors. Identify which flowers correspond

“The opportunity to relax and play with flow-

ning wedding venues.

to your season, know your budget going in,

ers is a fantastic destressor,” says Maida Good-

“The farmer/florist movement is here to stay

and be open-minded.” And if you don’t see the

win, horticulture manager of the historic 140-

and we’re so happy to be a part of it,” says Se-

colors you dreamed of, don’t worry because

acre Quonquont Farm in Whately, MA. “When

mia Dunne, owner and founder of Flowers by

they will “find your favorite shades in a differ-

local flowers are used, combinations, textures,

Semia and The Floral Reserve in Providence,

ent bloom,” assures Semia.

and colors are much more vibrant, varied, and

RI. “The benefit of purchasing local flowers

Whether it’s used on its own or as an ac-

unique. I love it when couples have a picking

brings in a beauty that is hard to find from im-

cent, lavender’s versatility is undeniable. “It’s

party and do some—or all—of their own flow-

ported florals. The fact that they were grown

easy to cut, comes in variations of purple, pink,

ers. It’s a wonderful way to include family and

and sourced locally is so special. Not only are

and white, in several stem lengths, and can

friends . . . and the results are truly beautiful.”

you supporting a small business, you are get-

be picked fresh or dried,” says Amy Parker,

She suggests picking flowers, “no more than

ting something that may be unable to grow in

owner of The Farm at SummitWynds in Jef-

48 hours before the wedding and preferably

other parts of the country.”

ferson, MA. Noting that lavender’s aroma has

the day before.” How large a block of time is

Flowers by Semia also offers classes where

been proven to reduce anxiety, Amy points

needed depends on “how many bouquets/

brides (and others) can learn the art of floral

out, “What bride doesn’t need a little stress-

arrangements/boutonnieres, etc., you are

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planning to do, and how many people you have to help.” Quonquont has a checklist on their website to help you navigate the DIY option. More tips from Maida include: “Get an early morning start and always go simple. Begin with one or two flowers as the main ‘actors,’ and surround them with a small supporting cast and a few extras (fillers). Practice so you get the feel of how to construct them. Test and test again to see which flowers will last some time out of water on the date of your wedding. Flowers that do fine on a cool September day may immediately lose it in July heat. She warns against using roadside wildflowers, many of which are invasive, state-regulated, and negatively impact native species. Instead, seek out local growers who carefully cultivate their blooms. “Aiming for a rustic, natural feel” for their August 2019 wedding, Nikki and John Murphy were excited to learn that Quonquont Farms grew fresh flowers onsite. Working together with Maida, they “loved being able to add fresh floral details to our bouquets, boutonnieres, flower-girl crown, my hairdo, chairs, arbor, cake, and table centerpieces . . . and completely tailor our floral arrangements.” For her July 2019 Quonquont Farm wedding to her husband Scott, Kelli Woodward had each bridesmaid create her own individualized multicolor bouquet from her favorite just-picked flowers. Not to be undone, Kelli used the lace sleeve from her late grandmother’s dress to wrap her bridal bouquet. “Every

Bridal bouquet from Quonquont Farm wrapped in a lace sleeve.

Lauren Halvorson Photography

Flowers from Quonquont Farm

Lauren Halvorson Photography

bouquet was unique,” Kelli recalls, “yet they looked beautiful together. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!” Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

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Best Foot Forward by Cindy Papish Gerber

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“Shoes are a huge part of the bride’s style. I love that my brides spend time picking the perfect pair,” says Brooke Allison of Brooke Allison Photo, describing a best-case scenario she captured for a lucky Connecticut bride, who wore cornflower blue Sam Edelman Shoes custom-designed by her relatives Sam and Libby Edelman.

To guide you through your shoe-shopping quest, Bride & Groom has enlisted the expertise of Ron Davis of Shoes to Dye For and Lynn Reed of Elegance by Carbonneau. First Steps RD: From when you start getting dressed until your last dance, you’ll be on your feet. Pick a style and brand of shoe that you can be comfortable in. If you’re not accustomed to wearing high heels, your wedding is not the time to see how it will work out. For outdoor weddings, a heel or wedge will prevent you from sinking into the grass or getting your heel stuck between bricks. The thicker heel will also let you tear up the dance floor with confidence. LR: Wait until you have your dress before selecting the shoe. If a gown gets ordered without a custom length, you have no idea exactly how long it will be until you try it on. Other considerations are the height of the groom (and whether or not that matters to you), comfort, and season. If it’s rainy season, I would stay away from a dyeable shoe, as they will run and stain.

One or Two Pairs? RD: Why not just buy one pair of amazing shoes? Designers today are focused on creating a much better product than in years past. Two vendors that come to mind are Angela Nuran and Bella Belle—handmade shoes made from the finest leather and silks. LR: If you’re heart is set on wearing a glamorous shoe that may not be a good choice for wearing all night, I absolutely would invest in a second pair that you can change into.


DIY Bedazzled or Dyed? RD: A great way to add sparkle to your shoes and save money is by doing it yourself. If you’re looking for that pop of color though, I would leave it up to the professionals to avoid ending up with the wrong shade. You could also streak or otherwise ruin the shoes. LR: You don’t see many brides bedazzling their own shoes these days because there are so many options that are already jeweled that they just don’t have to.

Photo courtesy of Badgley Mischka

Sneakers? RD: I would save them for later in the night, if you must! People wear sneakers every day but they don’t wear a beautiful bridal gown every day! LR: Some brides choose cowboy boots and sometimes Converse. Like all trends, the bridal sneaker comes and goes. Does Price = Quality? RD: When shoes are made from high-end materials, they tend to be softer and more cushioned. More expensive shoes breathe, whereas cheaper brands are made from synthetic materials that will not breathe or stretch for comfort. LR: Price does reflect quality. For example, Badgley Mischka shoes come with leather soles rather than plastic, which can be slippery. You will definitely feel the difference in the general construction of a well-made shoe versus a poor one.

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Online Shopping? RD: Buying online is easy, but by the time you return the pairs you don’t want, is it really worth it? If you can try multiple shoes on at a store, it’s always better than looking through pictures and reading other people’s reviews. LR: The public should support their local small businesses in all aspects of purchasing just about anything. But if you are buying online I would make sure that there’s a return policy that works for you. Trends RD: Thicker heels, wedges, and platforms; more lace and embroidery. The simple elegance of a closed toe is making a comeback, as are gorgeous flats. LR: A lot of our brides come in with Betsey Johnson Shoes, which feature their signature blue-bottom sole. Badgley Mischka is also popular.

Sole-Full Advice RD: If you have a hard-to-find size or “problem“ feet, you definitely want a higher-end shoe. Research brands like Lady Couture that can accommodate sizes up to 12 wide. LR: Find a pair of shoes you love to wear that feel great and look fabulous. When in doubt, ask your wedding photographer, event planner, or coordinator for advice. They’re likely to have some sage advice on the matter.

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Conscious Style: Beautiful Ways to Ditch Plastic at Your Wedding

by Connie Jeske Crane Drink cups, cutlery, water bottles, straws, coffee stirrers, swizzle sticks. Sure, individually these are small items. But multiply that by 150 to 200 wedding attendees, and it’s easy to see how your reception could create a big pile of plastic trash in a few short hours. Want to avoid all that plastic? Just as communities across New England are currently rethinking the wisdom of single-use plastic items, many couples want to do the same at their weddings. While it may take a few extra moments to source eco-conscious alternatives, there’s a happily-ever-after ending: Ditching plastic can pay off bigtime when it comes to style. We talked to Lauren Mace and Ruthie McDonald, co-owners of Eutopia Events, based in Greenfield, MA. We asked them to tell us their ideas on stylish alternatives to plastic for weddings. Here’s what we learned:

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Confetti and Bubbles If you want to supply guests with confetti (and your venue allows it) avoid giving guests non-biodegradable products or plastic items like bubble blowers. A better option is to “go wild” with confetti cones filled with biodegradable dried flower petals or lavender. It’s much more romantic! Tableware Can anything match the feel of fine china, solid cutlery, and luxury linens? Even if you’re planning an outdoor reception, McDonald says reusable dishware isn’t just more ecofriendly, it adds a wow factor. “I think it just feels a bit more substantial and nice.” If you’re not at a full-service venue, McDonald says, hiring a rental company to provide and later pickup your dirty tableware is very convenient, and companies often have a good range of tableware and linens. Want something more disposable? Here, Mace recommends sustainable, compostable options for cups, cutlery, and plates. With disposable tableware these days, she says, “there are alternative materials to plastic, like bamboo or palm leaf. “They have kind of a nice rustic look,” she adds.


Florals “If you’re using a florist and you’re concerned about plastic, you could ask them about what materials they use and request that they do arrangements that don’t include floral foam,” says McDonald. To further lessen the environmental impact, talk to your florist about any other eco-friendly steps, like avoiding cellophane wrap and using seasonal flowers. Wedding Décor and Signage When it comes to those individual décor pieces—signage, vases, candleholders, cake toppers—McDonald and Mace say you can get the look and feel you want at your wedding without buying everything new, with all the plastic packaging that typically involves. They advise renting and sourcing vintage and pre-loved items. “We really try to give people resources so they don’t have to go to a store and buy 20 new items for their wedding,” says McDonald. In fact, Eutopia now runs a small business that offers quality used wedding décor items. It’s called Eventiques, and it’s located at Innovintage, their store in Greenfield, MA. Catering Catering is a key place where plastics can creep in, so when you’re interviewing caterers, Mace suggests asking them upfront about their ecofriendly practices and any steps they’re willing to take to reduce plastic. “Instead of getting plastic drinking straws for the bar,” says Mace, “they might get paper straws, or for coffee stirrers they might get wooden ones or something that is more compostable, or they look for items that can be recycled or reused.” Some caterers, Mace adds, may take extra steps, too, such as sourcing food ingredients locally and asking their suppliers to avoid plastic packaging.

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Gift Registry

Vendor Ideas

“Don’t register for something just to register,” says McDonald.


“I think sometimes couples feel pressured to to have a variety

Heirloom Fire,, Richmond, MA

on their registry, and it’s really not necessary. With registries,

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she advises couples to be selective and mindful and to avoid

Saltbox Catering,, Concord, MA

plastic and cheaply made items. “Things like that won’t last as long, therefore, you’re just making more waste.”

Rentals, tableware, vintage, and pre-loved items: Michaels Party Rentals,, Palmer, MA

Wedding Favors

Quality Rental,, Pawtucket, RI

Believe it or not, some couples today forgo wedding favors

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altogether, says Mace. “I find most guests actually don’t care either way,” she adds. Etiquette-wise, nixing favors is

Eventiques,; Instagram: @eventiquesmarket, Greenfield, MA

absolutely fine.

Innovintage,, Greenfield, MA

On the other hand, for couples who want to give favors, Mace advises them to avoid cellophane wrapping and choose products that are eco-friendly and meaningful. Great examples here, she says, could include wildflower seeds, locally made

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The key is to choose thoughtful gifts your guests will want to

Red Fire Farm, flowers-from-the-farm, three locations: Boston area, Western, MA, and Worcester

take home.

Aster B. Flowers,, Essex, MA

treats in reusable jars, or natural soap with minimal packaging.

Confetti/favors: Connie Jeske Crane is a full-time freelance writer and reports frequently on weddings, parenting, sustainability, and social media. You can visit her at

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No Commitment: Temporary Ways to Celebrate Your Love of Body Art at Your Wedding by Connie Jeske Crane

Tattoos. They may feel trendy and contemporary, and in one sense, they are. In the U.S. right now, for example, we’re getting inked like never before. And the trend is particularly strong among younger Americans—the biggest group getting married right now. As a 2019 IBISWorld report noted, “About three in 10 Americans have a tattoo, and that proportion climbs to nearly five out of 10 among millennials.”

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Yet while they’re edgy and of-the-moment, tattoos, body art, and the idea of incorporating them into rituals actually stretches back centuries. “Henna has been used to adorn young women’s bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age,” notes the New World Encyclopedia. And we humans have also been marking our bodies with tattoos for thousands of years, as Smithsonian magazine notes, “in designs sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal.” If you and your partner share this timeless love of body art, and you want to incorporate it into your wedding, there are many possibilities—from ancient to contemporary and from fun and quickly fading to everlasting. On the more permanent side, as reported by the New York Times, some couples are getting special pre-wedding tattoos together; others are hiring professionals to tattoo willing guests at their receptions. If that sounds like too much commitment, and you prefer to dial it back a notch, there are also lower-commitment ways to embrace body art. Here’s a look at two interesting options: Temporary Tattoos For a no-regrets kind of fun, look no further than the temporary tattoo. Doris Loves USA, based in Braintree, MA, arranges temporary tattoo stations at receptions. Alison McDonald, co-owner, relates, “A lot of times, people who already have tattoos love doing this at their wedding because it’s a personal interest that they can share with their guests.” McDonald explains that these tattoos are “exactly like you might have had when you were a kid, except the quality is amped up.”

Ross MacDonald, co-owner of Doris Loves USA

Doris Loves USA has a catalog of designs couples can choose from, and they also handle custom work. “We had a wedding this summer with a couple in Provincetown, and they wanted their dog to be the tattoo.” Tattoo stations can be quickly and unobtrusively set up, says McDonald. “We usually do it right in the room where the reception is being held.” Chosen tattoo designs are set up in a wooden display for guests to choose from. continued on page 46


“Then we just sponge them on, pretty much

designs fresh, and to make sure that all-natural

anywhere they want—within reason!” says Mc-

henna will be used.

Donald laughing, and adds that tattoo stations

Finally, one of the loveliest things about

drive some nice cross-generational fun. “At first

bridal henna is the pause it affords the bride

we thought mostly younger clientele would be

and her circle. “With a traditional henna party,

interested in this, but it turns out everybody

family and guests gather one to three days

loves it.”

before the wedding,” explains Caunt-Nulton.

Cost for the service starts at $300 for 90

She says brides frequently comment on how

minutes of tattooing with one attendant; there

wonderful these moments are during the

are extra costs for custom design work.

pre-wedding rush. “You can’t really do any-

A Mehndi (or Henna) Party

thing; you just get decorated. One Indian tradition has your mother feeding you and

A traditional form of body art, mehndi involves

handing you your drink

applying a paste (created from the henna

ting your henna done, so it represents your

plant) on skin in decorative designs. Long a

last experience of being mothered. It’s a

tradition in the Middle East and India, in the U.S. henna parties are moving beyond tradi-

Design-wise, brides have limitless choice. In

tional communities and cropping up at fairs

fact, Caunt-Nulton does a pre-party consulta-

and special events and weddings.

tion to nail down a bride’s wishes. Cost-wise,

Heather Caunt-Nulton of Henna by Heather

she says you can expect to pay $100 to $200

in Boston says, “More than half [of my cli-

per hour for an artist. “My average bride takes

ents] are families where henna is a tradition

about four hours to do,” she says, adding it

for them.” But the other portion of her bridal

could range from two to eight hours. Caunt-

clientele, she relates, “choose henna because

Nulton advises brides to book henna parties

they love the look.”

just a couple days before the wedding to keep

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while you’re get-

touching moment.”

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The Barn at Wight Farm by Diana Whelan


t’s rustic. It’s elegant. It’s got some majorly

drool-worthy cuisine. It’s the Barn at Wight Farm, located in idyllic Sturbridge, and it’s the perfect wedding venue for any couple dreaming of an unforgettable day and night.

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The charm starts with the exterior of the building, which spans four acres of gorgeous manicured grounds in a quaint colonial village. With lush flower gardens, a bluestone patio, and a picturesque gazebo, the Barn at Wight Farm has all the makings for outdoor Pinterest-worthy wedding photos that will last a lifetime. Inside, the venue offers a barn with all the modern amenities. The ceremony space boasts a rustic post and beam structure with sophisticated string lights hanging overhead, giving an extra twinkle to an already magical day. Your walk down the aisle on barn floors recovered from an old New England mill will be forever cherished, by both you and your guests.


When it comes to party time, the reception space oozes with rustic elegance, from an old wooden dance floor to candelabra chandeliers to a bar made out of reclaimed lumber. When you book your wedding with the Barn at Wight Farm, which can accommodate up to 175 guests, you’ll also get an event manager who’s at your beck and call the entire day to take care of whatever you need—from holding your veil to bustling your dress and everything in between. And the bridal suite that’s just steps away from the barn offers convenience for the entire bridal party, whether they’re getting glammed-up in the morning or enjoying appetizers after the ceremony. The perk that really sets the facility apart goes far beyond the aesthetic—it’s the paramount hospitality. “You’re going to feel like you don’t have to worry about anything,” says Danielle Green, sales event manager. “We create a level of comfort, making sure that you know you’re in a place that’s going to take care of you.” “Our staff members are all hospitality professionals who have been in the industry for years,” says Daniel Gonya, who manages the award-winning Table 3 Restaurant Group, of which the Barn at Wight Farm is a part. “People feel very at ease when they’re here. The staff bends over backwards.”

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Photo: Amanda Morgan

Having hosted so many events, the Barn

Guests will salivate over the passed hors

make it the wedding you want it to be, at the

has a list of wonderful preferred vendors—pho-

d’oeuvres at cocktail hour, such as the phyllo

price you want it to be. “There’s something for

tographers, DJs, florists, bakers, and more—to

filled with smoked salmon mousse or the cru-

everybody,” Gonya says.

keep your decision-making as stress-free as

dité shooters. And for the main course, all the

Don’t just stop at the wedding. The venue

possible. “We take a lot of the headaches off

classic dishes are available—from prime rib to

can also host your bridal shower and rehearsal

of you,” Gonya says. “If you come in with a

rack of lamb to stuffed lobster tail to baked

dinner, and even your future baby shower.

blank sheet and you’re looking for us to get it

scallop casserole.

“We’re truly a one-stop shop,” says Gonya.

done for you, we’re there for you.”

There are plenty of stations you can add on,

Sound like a good fit for your wedding? Visit

And let’s not forget about the crème de

too, like a suckling-pig carving station or des- to learn more

la crème of all weddings: the food. After all,

sert enhancements like an ice cream sundae

about this dream venue.

what’s a wedding without a solid meal? Gonya

or brownie bar. There’s even a brunch menu

promises restaurant-quality food at each and

option if you plan to have a daytime wed-

every event. “All our kitchens are all-scratch

ding, with a menu full of delicious early-bird

kitchens,” he explains. “We make our own


stocks; we cut all our meat in-house. We make it all.”

The best part about hosting your wedding at the Barn at Wight Farm is that you can truly

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Elena Viapiano and Christopher Catlin October 5, 2019 The Farm at SummitWynds Jefferson, MA

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The Particulars Caterer: The Local Tavern Photographer: Racheal Provencher Cake & Desserts: Baked Bakery Florist: Danielson Flowers DJ: Scott Pryor of Mega Jam Productions Boutique: Beautiful Bride Boutique Hair: Jillian Coyle of Top Shop Salon Hair Extensions: Paul Boyd Make Up: Jessica Duchnowski Lashes by: Jessica Sullivan of The Lash Bar Suit Shop: Bonardi’s Formalwear Invitations: Minted Wedding Planner: EC Events & Weddings Photo Booth: Fort Photo Booth


SWEET TALK by Stacey Marcus Looking to add a delicious dash of sweetness to your wedding celebration? Jodie Martin of Jubilee Chocolate thinks creating custom chocolates is a divine way to celebrate your wedding brand. Martin has been helping corporations stand out from their competitors through creating custom chocolates for over two decades and is delighted that couples are opting to tailor treats for their wedding. “There are so many ways to customize chocolates, including monogramming with initials, incorporating colors, and featuring themes,� notes Martin.

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So Many Ways to Celebrate Chocolate “There are so many ways to create chocolate favors that showcase a bride and grooms’ personality, taste, and style,” says Judy McCarthy, owner of Hilliards Chocolates. “We’re finding that brides love anything that reflects a homemade touch, A good example would be chocolate-covered pretzel rods carefully decorated to look like a bride and groom. We also find that the traditional chocolate truffle box is always in demand. Chocolate is just so classic and versatile that it will never go out of style.”

Clean Confections Couples looking to gift clean confections should check out Bixby & Co. whose chocolates contain zero artificial ingredients of any kind, are glutenfree, non-GMO, and many are organic. The elegant cream and champagne filling molded in Bixby & Co.’s own bean-to-bar dark chocolate make elegant wedding favors.


Raising the Chocolate Bar Another way to incorporate chocolate into your wedding reception is to create a hot chocolate bar, the perfect addition for a chilly New England evening. “Guests are able to customize their own cups of cocoa with selections of mini marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon, chocolate shavings, and sprinkles. It’s a cozy, fun way to end the night of wedding festivities and is best featured as a table treat since the display can be as elaborate or quaint as the couple wishes,” says Sarah Ombry, PR and marketing manager of Mission Point Resort.

Sweet Memories “I can’t tell you how many times people have mentioned that they had Harbor Sweets at their wedding and the sweet memories that they have when they bite into our chocolates!” notes Phyllis LeBlanc, owner and CEO. Harbor Sweets’ Nautical Collection, including its signature sailboat-shaped Sweet Sloops, is perfect for a seaside or beach wedding but just as delicious in the city or in the mountains. They also offer Dark Horse Chocolates, beautiful chocolates for the equestrian or horse lover. Gather Chocolates have local wildflower honey and part of the proceeds are donated to the Pollinator Partnership to help save the bees.

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Luxury Is Luscious “Premium chocolate is the perfect wedding favor. What a sweet way to end a celebration of love! Couples enjoy tasting and customizing bonbon boxes for their guests,” says Jacques Torres, who notes that popular wedding flavors include Love Potion #9, Love Bug, Wicked, and Alize Hearts.

“There are so many ways to customize chocolates, including monogramming with initials, incorporating colors, and featuring themes.” — Jodie Martin of Jubilee Chocolate




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The Particulars Reception: New Tradition Co. (Main-South Motorcycle Repair Shop, Worcester)

Caterers: simjang, Armsby Abbey, Wooden Noodles, Wooberry, The Boynton, Bali Marle, L’Oven Feeling Photographer: Joseph Gonzalez-Dufresne Cake/Dessert Baker: Canice McGarry (The Bride’s Nana) Florist: Sparkle (Ceremony) Kathleen Sloane & FiveFork Farms (Reception) DJ/Band/Entertainer: Jon Strader Bridal gown boutique: (for both the bride and bridal party) BHLDN Hair/Makeup Artists: NKD Kristie Lee Laskes Tuxedo/Suit shop: Nordstrom Invitations: Whisker Kisses Designs Transportation: Police Escort Wedding Planner: Yvonne Caole Sousa (Unique Melody Events)


What’s for Dessert? Exploring the Latest Wedding Trends by Connie Jeske Crane

For about a century, having a traditional wedding cake—multiple tiers of towering confection finished off with swirls of royal icing—was essential to any big day. It just didn’t feel like a wedding without it. Yet, as we reported last January in our Winter 2019 issue, we’re seeing a shake-up at the dessert table. While traditional cakes haven’t exactly disappeared, lots of couples today want something less formal and more personalized, or they’re looking for a completely fresh concept at dessert time. This means that there are lots of exciting new options out there. If you want to rethink your dessert course, consider some of the latest oh-so-pretty and crowd-pleasing ways to do it: 64 Winter 2020


Wedding Cake with a Twist If you love the idea of having a showstopper cake but want to play with the format, talk to your bakery. Innovative cake designers are rendering cake tiers in unconventional tones (like dramatic black, mauve, or metallic), adding showers of edible flowers, or painstakingly applying hand-painted designs. At Soul Cake, a studio bakery in Woburn, MA, for example, owner Gayoung Kim is getting rave reviews for her graceful and contemporary masterpieces. Soul Cake’s recent creations have included a four-tiered cake done up in cream and black fondant and clean gold lines, which Kim says was inspired by the couple’s elegant wedding invitations. For a wedding at the Museum of Science, Soul Cake did a three-tiered design featuring white fondant and textured fondant pieces resembling a night sky with zodiac signs painted in gold.”



Dessert Tables Dessert tables loaded with choices are another huge trend these days. Not only does it please the guests, this format lets couples accommodate various dietary restrictions. “We do get a fair amount of interest for dessert spreads,” says Kim. “A dessert spread can really enhance the presentation of a dessert table and create a lot of excitement for wedding guests.” Alongside the dessert spread, many couples still find room for a cake, although this cake may be smaller and used mainly for the cake-cutting ceremony. So, what desserts should you include on your table? Soul Cake offers cake pops, macarons, mini-cakes, cupcakes, and donuts on its regular menu, but your options can run the gamut. We see many couples today sharing their favorites with guests—from pecan pie or cheesecake to ice cream sandwiches.

Celebrations of Culture Whether you take your inspiration from your travels or your ethnic background, celebrating cultural traditions is another beautiful way to indulge at dessert time. Imagine a classic French tower of croquembouche; Italian specialities like cannoli, gelato or millefoglie (a puff pastry cake with pastry cream and, typically, berries); or truffle-shaped Brazilian brigadeiros. Kim says she has also personalized a wedding cake with dried olive leaves, light-gray buttercream, and a deckled edge for a couple who wanted a modern nod to their Greek heritage.

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Brunch Creations With the rise of brunch weddings, another trend we’re seeing today is creative and playful “cakes” that reference brunch favorites: flower and fruit-bedecked towers of pancakes, crêpes or waffles, donut stands, or even layers of drizzled cinnamon rolls.

Cheese Wheel Cakes Rapidly gaining popularity in North America, a cheese wheel cake is a mouthwatering option for cheese lovers, and it’s quite visually stunning as well. Julia Hallman, the general man-

As for how to get that Instagram-ready look for

amount of cheese they’ll need and to select

ager at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, says

your “cake,” Hallman says if you want the aes-

a nice variety of cheeses. And talk to your ca-

she’s seen a huge uptick in demand. “This

thetic to center on edible elements like fruit

terer, too. “We tell them to talk to their caterer

past year, we’ve had a lot of different couples

or nuts, it’s best to work with your caterer. Al-

about the cheese. And if a caterer doesn’t feel

come in—mostly for weddings—requesting

ternately, she advises, “If couples want a floral

comfortable with any aspect of the process, to

cheese wheel wedding cakes.” Happily, Hall-

element on the cake, then they should speak

get in touch with us, because, in the end, the

man says a cheese course pairs wonderfully

to their florist for help with the design.”

caterer is the one who’s going to dissemble

with other dessert fare, so you can still serve sweeter options as well.

To pull this off, Hallman suggests that couples talk to a cheesemonger to determine the

the cake and serve the cheese, so it’s very important that they feel comfortable.”

Selected Vendors For starters, here are just a few vendors who can create wonderful and creative wedding desserts: Formaggio Kitchen: formaggiokitchen. com/catering, Cambridge, MA—cheesemonger Modern Pastry:, Boston and Medford, MA–Italian bakery LaDoce:, Boston—Brazilian brigadeiro boutique Praliné:, Belmont, MA–macarons, chocolate, confections Soul Cake Shop:, Boston–custom cakes and desserts Union Square Donuts:, Boston and Somerville, MA —artisan donuts The Chocolate Rose: chocolaterosecakes. com, Mashpee, MA—dessert tables, premium cakes, waffle cakes Three Sisters:, Providence, RI—house-made ice cream Zinneken’s:, Boston, Cambridge, Lynnfield, MA— authentic Belgian waffles

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Bald Hill

by Jennifer McNally Monac

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

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

“The Mansion features an eclectic seasonal menu prepared with great care and presented with an artistic flair.” The property itself has been standing for over a century, and eight years ago, chefs Joel Therique and Scott Plaintier opened the restaurant on-site, bringing their passion for fine dining and customer service to the table; in fact, it is the centerpiece of what they offer. By doing so in this amazing space, they have brought energy back to an age-old summer home, breathing new life into it again. In adding weddings to their repertoire, they are now presenting a top-notch experience where couples can begin their lives together. Although the Mansion hosts up to 270 people for cocktails, there are no minimums. In fact, on the day I first spoke to Janet Waterman, she had just finished working with a couple who had eloped and were getting married in front of one of the 14 antique fireplaces inside the Mansion. continued on page 72


It was the couple, a photographer, and a Justice of the Peace, creat-

patio with a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs and a patio with a

ing an intimate and lovely beginning together. They honeymooned

waterfall and a three-tiered water feature to set the mood. There’s also

that night at the Bed & Breakfast (an added convenience and feature

a two-sided propane fireplace—one side is outdoors and the other is

available to brides and grooms, plus a few guests, too). Talk about

in a room that holds 60 people comfortably with rich leather furniture

full service; Waterman says 99% of all of the couples who have their

and traditional decor, making it a perfect spot for cocktail hour or even

weddings at the Mansion at Bald Hill actually have the ceremony there

a rehearsal dinner. Everything is very well-thought-out and managed

as well. Following the renovation, they now have the space to accom-


modate it all. There are a variety of spaces on the grounds or on-site to

When it comes to the food, the Mansion features an eclectic sea-

have the ceremony, whether it’s in front of a fireplace or in a breathtak-

sonal menu prepared with great care and presented with an artistic

ing garden (there’s always something blooming starting in the spring

flair. They accommodate allergies and offer vegetarian and gluten-free

through October), or in a special room (created as part of the addi-

meals as well. But most importantly, couples can build their meal

tion) and they still do tents, too. Other features include a hardscaped

experience as they wish; individualization is key.

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

For more information Brides and grooms meet with Janet Water-

implementing and beyond. “Convenience and

man as they design their perfect day from start

Personalization” is her motto. She makes ven-

to finish. She is there throughout the entire

dor referrals based on her longtime experience

process—from planning, to coordinating, to

working with brides and grooms, and she wants

The Mansion at Bald Hill 29 Plaine Hill Road Woodstock, CT 06267 860.974.3456




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Classic Cocktail Comeback

Timeless Libations for Every Season by Emily Marcus Nothing quite sets the mood at an event like a great drink. Cocktails transport us, giving us a taste of an earlier time or an exotic location. When it comes to concocting creative beverages, more and more couples are opting for the tried-and-true classics to complement their elegant, retro, minimalist, or vintage vibe. In the words of Robbi Jo Oliver, director of wine and spirits for Mastro’s Ocean Club, “Traditional drinks are crowd-pleasers. If you are concerned about your guests and want to make sure they are pleased with the drink options, stick with the basics.” Likewise, bar manager Jenn Harvey of Cambridge’s Temple Bar notes, “Guests are opting for traditional drinks that don’t need much explaining. After all, simplicity is key.” Think simple equals boring? Think again. As the traditional trend booms, mixologists and bartenders are adapting their creations for modern times. Oliver advises, “To elevate these classics and make them more personal and fun, make a garnish bar with many kinds of olives, spices, peels, and maybe some inedible ones such as flowers and mini umbrellas!” Another option is to adjust the actual recipe: “Infusing a spirit is a simple way to take a classic and make it more you. You can also sub in a different spirit or modifier,” explains Kelly Coggins, beverage director of City Winery Boston. Coggins also suggests a drink-testing party before the big day for those looking to experiment. Or you could get more creative with the vessel the drink comes in, quirky ice cubes, unique food pairings, or a meaningful name. Photography courtesy of Mastro’s Ocean Club

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However you choose to modify your concoctions, our experts agree that the most important aspect of any wedding cocktail is that it reflects the couple and their spirit (pun intended). Here they weigh in on their top choices for every season:

Spring “As the snow starts to melt in Boston and the days get warmer, but still not as warm as you want, I think most people start to wishfully drink, moving back to light-colored spirits in hopes of drinking summer into existence. I love making variations on the classic Tom Collins this time of year, using local peas and juicing them to give the drink a bright color and spring flavor.” —Kelly Coggins, beverage director, City Winery Boston “Spring is tricky here in New England, so I like a drink that represents the tug of war between winter and summer. The Periodista, featuring dark Jamaican rum, lime, triple sec, and apricot liqueur is a wonderful option. The dark rum speaks to winter, while the stone fruit notes of the apricot liqueur hint at the warmer months to come.” —Jared Sadoian, assistant bar director, The Hawthorne


Summer “I think sparkling cocktails play great in any season, but using fresh seasonal produce can always take a perennial classic to new seasonal heights. For example, a little muddled strawberry shaken and strained in our French 75 could be a nice, seasonal twist” —Gina Goyette, bar manager, Explorateur “Any citrus classic would be great during summer such as a gin/vodka Gimlet or a Margarita.” —Michael Ray, beverage consultant, Chopps American Bar and Grill

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Fall “Bamboo, a sherry cocktail with hints of baking spice. It’s a gorgeous amber color so it really looks like the season, too.” —Jared Sadoian, assistant bar director, The Hawthorne “I tend to move to a more spirituous drink. Something cozy with a fuller flavor that I just want to settle into with a great book. I love an Oaxaca Old-Fashioned. The smoky notes of the mezcal mingle with the mole bitters and reposado tequila to make the whole so much better than the sum of its parts.” —Kelly Coggins, beverage director, City Wintery Boston

Winter “A Boulevardier. The warmth of whiskey is perfect for the colder months!” —Robbi Jo Oliver, director of wine and spirits, Mastro’s Ocean Club “Stirred drinks are more fitting—particularly cognac and bourbon-based cocktails. Guests should try a Vieux Carré or a Negroni made with mezcal.” —Chris Keith, lead bartender, il Casale Belmont

Ultimately, drinks are one of the many ways a couple can get creative and add those magical (and delicious) details their guests will remember for years to come. Where they take their inspiration from, what flavors reflect their personality, and who they wish to honor can all be reflected in a carefully selected cocktail. While the classic trend is a great place to start, don’t be afraid to taste and tweak until you’ve found drinks that represent the most important part of any wedding: the bride and groom.




Grouped alphabetically throughout Worcester County

Reception Facility Asa Waters Mansion (43) 123 Elm Sr., Millbury, MA 01527 Ph: (508) 865-0855

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

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Package Plan Available

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$30 - $75







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




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

Devens Weddings and Events (9)

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

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

Great Wolf Lodge (89)

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150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Ph: (978) 516-0139

Harrington Farm (33) 178 Westminster Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-5600 x222

Leicester Country Club (IBC) 1430 Main St., P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 • Fx: (508) 892-1331

Mansion at Bald Hill (IFC) 29 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock, CT 06281 Ph: (860) 974-3456

$30 - $50

$30 - $50














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. E, B, D, W

$65- $100







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. E, B, D, W

$30 - $70









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. E, B, D, W






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

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

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Reception Facility Mechanics Hall (87) 321 Main St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 752-5608 • Fx: (508) 754-8442

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

Publick House (8)

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

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

Sturbridge Host Hotel (47) 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (508) 347-7393 • Fx: (508) 347-3824

The Barn at Wight Farm (79) 420 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (774) 241-8450

The Harding Allen Estate (46) Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 Ph: (978) 355-4920

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (23)

E, B, D, W

$35 - $68

$30 - $60





Max 250








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

$57 - $102



Max 350




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.

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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. E, B, D, W

$35 - $70









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

$35 - $100





42 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01538 Ph: (508) 835-4722 • Fx: (508) 835-3893

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 (90)

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69 State Rd East Route 2A, Westminster, MA 01473 Ph: (978) 874-5941 • Fx: (978) 874-0914

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.

Twin River

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

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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.

Worcester Art Museum (6)

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








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.

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


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11 Mechanic St., Bellingham, MA 02019 (508) 966-0091 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.




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

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343 Providence Road, South Grafton, MA 01560 (508) 839-3458 • 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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CATERING Buggy Whip Catering

I Do Foundation 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 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 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 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 Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

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



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

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



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

92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 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.

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269 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 795-0201 We are a 38-year-old family owned business serving Worcester county with expert jewelry design and quality craftsmanship.

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SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (4) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

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




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Bonardi’s Formalwear (78) 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

92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 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.

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

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Bride & Groom Magazine - Winter 2020  

Gorgeous local weddings. Farm fresh flowers. Beautiful ways to ditch plastic at your wedding. Stunning local venues.

Bride & Groom Magazine - Winter 2020  

Gorgeous local weddings. Farm fresh flowers. Beautiful ways to ditch plastic at your wedding. Stunning local venues.