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Spring has Sprung! Pepper’s Artful Events Wedding Cakes

Go Bold! Choose Vibrant Color for Your Day


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Contents

FEATURES 12 Shop Local Personal attention from locally owned

small business’.

26 Go Bold! Add a splash of style to your wedding with

vibrant, bold colors.

38 Spoil Your Squad Personal and seasonal bridal party gifts.

60 Peppers Artful Events Wedding Cakes Delightful flavors and dramatic colors. 76 Most Loved Trends Local bridal shop owners share what’s trending

in bridal gowns.

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48 Wed with Weed How to incorporate Cannabis into your big day.

84 Sparkling This Season Wedding jewelry trends. 88 Savory Seasonal Delights Bursting with color, flavor and creativity.

FEATURED VENUE 72 Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge

IN EVERY ISSUE

Nearby Nuptials

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Jennifer & Jacob Chelsea & John Katie & Andrew Alisha & Mark Erika & Shane

DIRECTORIES

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92 Function Facility Guide

Our Spring cover features the following contributors:

96 Wedding Resources Guide

Planning & Design: All Aboard Event Planning allaboardeventplanning.com

A note about our Spring cover photo As we have all been anxiously awaiting spring, we decided to create our own spring in this “spring has sprung” inspired shoot. Ella Farrell coordinated with Olio to secure the amazing venue. Shortly after she reached out to Jenny of All Aboard Event Planning to help her pull all pieces together. Jenny then brought in her Lead Stylist, Danielle to handle the styling and design of this project. We knew we wanted to go wild with florals so we chose one of the best florists we know to conquer this large project, Holly with Flair! Floral & Event Design. Over 6 weeks of work went into making this project happen with over a dozen extremely talented vendors just in time for Spring to arrive!

Photography: Ella Farrell Weddings ellafarrellweddings.com Florist: Flair! Floral and Event Design flairfloral.com Venue: Olio oliopeabody.com Hair & Makeup: Pretty Wife Beauty prettywifebeauty.com Wedding Gown: Ve’Lace Bridal velacebridal.com Model: Elizabeth Eddy Arch: Kelco Carpentry kelcocarpentry.com

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General Manager K.C. O’Brien

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Shop Local by Cindy Papish Gerber

Isn’t it comforting to know that, with just a click, all your wedding items can be shipped directly to your doorstep? Before agreeing enthusiastically, think again. Cybershopping via websites that claim “special pricing” may not give you what you bargained for. Let that old Roman maxim, caveat emptor (“Let the buyer beware.”), be your guide by leading you straight to the door of your friendly neighborhood retailer.

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“By shopping at a local small business, you get more,” says Maria Buduo of Maria’s Fine Jewelry, a trusted 38-year mainstay in downtown Worcester, MA. “A small business has the ability to provide personable, memorable, hands-on customer service. You can feel their passion, dedication…and find unique, well-made products,” from staffers who know your name, are familiar with inventory, and put your needs ahead of racking up sales. “You can sort out issues by speaking directly to the owner, rather than with an overseas call center,” she says. Furthermore, it feels good to support neighborhood establishments that give back to your community by donating to civic causes, generating hometown jobs, and contributing to local tax revenue. “There is no replacement for working one-on-one, in person, with someone who knows how to help you,” says Monica Hurst, whose September 2018 wedding to her husband Christopher took place at The Publick House Inn in Sturbridge, MA. “I spent a lot of time researching vendors, projects, and designs to help us plan a great celebration.

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With few exceptions, “all our vendors were locally owned businesses. We worked directly and met them at least once before our wedding day.” The Hurst’s signage (at the bar, favor table, welcome sign, guest book, and card box) was created by ArtStudio54, an independent vendor they discovered at the Crompton Collective in Worcester. Monica says that another of her excellent decisions was to design invitations with Nancy and Judy Whalen of Creative Papers in Shrewsbury, MA. Up until then, Monica found herself “completely overwhelmed… spending hours scrolling through online invitation options and putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself” to cut costs. In the end, she shares, ”the beautiful product and amazing customer service we received was more cost-efficient and valuable than anything I found online.” Nancy Whalen agrees: “There’s nothing like having the ability to touch and feel the card stock, view hundreds of sample invitations, and actually have a true professional… to guide you through all the steps of choosing and designing the best invitation at the best price,” as opposed to dealing with a stranger on the internet. Similarly, ”Engaged couples should entertain using locally grown and sourced flowers,” says Susan Falso of Cherryhill Flowers. “The varieties are endless; the freshness, colors, and the scents are amazing.” By dealing with a dependable local florist, who can obtain locally sourced foliage, you will not only receive arrangements especially created for your wedding day, but save on additional shipping costs. “If you see a wedding gown online, and the price seems unbelievable, it probably is!” says Sally Lorensen Conant, Ph.D., certified wedding gown specialist and owner of Orange Restoration Labs. “The dress you buy online may be nothing like the photo when it arrives. When you shop in your community, you can rely on what you see…and depend on trained consultants to be sure you are completely aisle-ready” for your big day. 14 Spring 2019

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As the originator of the National Bridal Sale Event (NBSE) and owner of Jay West Bridal in Haddonfield, NJ, Sue Maslowski appreciates the uniqueness of every bridal boutique. “Each shop selects its own merchandise. Brides get wedding gowns at great prices, the advantages of buying from a reputable salon, and the ability to touch, see, and feel what they are purchasing—with no surprises. Brides can also take home their dream wedding dress that day, with no waiting or delays!” “Don’t be taken in by bait-and-switch overseas websites,” warns Anne-Marie Theriault, owner of Couture Bridal. “A colleague of mine knows a bride who ordered a counterfeit gown. It wasn’t clean, was poorly made, needed major alterations, fell apart, and was treated with chemicals that made the bride sick! If brides and grooms are truly looking for the best prices, selection, and special experience, they will find it all by shopping at their local stores.”

“Engaged couples should entertain using locally grown and sourced flowers.”

Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

Sources ArtStudio54 facebook.com/artstudio54 Maria’s Fine Jewelry mariasfinejewelry.com The Publick House Historic Inn publickhouse.com Cherryhill Flowers cherryhillflorist.net Couture Bridal couture-bridal.com Creative Papers invitationsbycreativepapers.com Crompton Collective cromptoncollective.com Jay West Bridal jaywestbridal.com National Bridal Sale Event nationalbridalsaleevent.com Orange Restoration Labs GownRestoration.com

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Jennifer and Jacob Francis August 3, 2018 Harrington Farm, Princeton, MA Images courtesy of Zac Wolf Photography: zacxwolf.com

Jennifer and Jacob met in high school when they both worked at the same grocery store; Jake bagged the groceries that Jennifer rang up. They became friends and went to prom together. Jake moved to California after college, but they reconnected when he moved home five years later. They met up for dinner one night and have been together ever since.

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The couple got engaged on the Fourth of July, which has always been Jennifer’s favorite holiday. They spent July 3rd at a friend’s beach house in Marshfield and then went to a cookout at her parents’ house the next day. Jake always jokes about the fact that, whenever they go to the beach, Jennifer collect rocks and brings a few home. They had just gotten home from the above-mentioned holiday and were relaxing when Jake asked, “Are these the rocks you found at the beach? I found a rock at the beach too!” When Jennifer went over to see, Jake had an engagement ring and he proposed. It was the perfect moment with just the two of them. They started looking for a venue online right after they got engaged. Harrington Farm was the first place they visited, in August 2017, and they both loved it so much that they booked their date for the following August. They knew that they wanted an outside ceremony in a barn so Harrington Farm was the perfect fit with its beautiful outdoor spaces and charming old farmhouse. www.bridegroommag.com

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One of the highlights for Jennifer was the quest for the perfect dress. Here’s how the process unfolded: “I had seen it on Instagram and messaged Allure asking for the style number. They responded that the dress was not out yet and was part of the upcoming spring 2018 bridal collection. When I saw that Allure was having a spring trunk show at Alexandra’s Boutique in Fall River, I made an appointment. When the day came, I looked through the collection and picked out a handful of dresses to try on. That dress was the first one I tried on and I knew it was the one. I tried the others on, but I didn’t change my mind. When I put the dress on the second time, I unexpectedly started to cry. My mom, my sister, Jake’s mom, and I had a champagne toast.”

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“You simply can’t go wrong with the food there—everything is amazing!” Most couples enjoy the food tasting phase of wedding planning and Jennifer and Jacob are no exception. The food tasting at Harrington Farm is done with other couples who are also getting married at the venue. An array of tables are set up, each with different linens and centerpieces. Jennifer related, “It was fun to see the different looks you could choose for your reception. The food was so good. I wrote down notes as we tried different appetizers and dishes, and we laughed later when we looked back because all of my notes said ‘delicious’ or ‘so good’ or ‘yummy.’ You simply can’t go wrong with the food there—everything is amazing!” The couple chose jewel-tones as the color scheme— from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the colored glass bottles spread around the venue with flowers. Some of the bottles came from a personal collection that Jennifer had acquired from antique and secondhand stores over the years. While they were planning the wedding, she remained on the lookout for bottles of different colors and sizes.

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Jennifer’s dad is a beekeeper and she has always enjoyed helping him. So much so, that they incorporated a bee motif into the wedding and the favors. They also had a custom mirror designed by Emma at Gold Heart Designs. “Emma designed a beautiful mirror and added a bee into the design,” said Jennifer. Extending the bee theme for the wedding, the favors were jars of honey and beeswax candles. All of the honey came from hives kept by Jennifer’s parents at Turtle Brook Honey in Plainville, MA, and the candles were handmade from wax from their hives. Jennifer’s mom melted down and cleaned the wax, and they poured all of the candles themselves. The flowers came from Inspired Flora in Franklin, MA. Regan is a friend of the family and does beautiful work. She created loose bohemianinspired bouquets with muted shades of ivory, peach, plum, and blue flowers with light blue/ grey greens. The colored glass bottles were

cutting. For the dessert, there were apple cider

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys. The

spread around the cocktail and reception areas

donuts from Carlson Orchards in Harvard, MA,

cocktail hour featured acoustic music from the

with a few stems of flowers and greens. Regan

displayed on vintage cake stands that comple-

90s and early 2000s. The bridal party entered

decorated the arbor in the ceremony area and

mented the jewel tone color palette.

the reception to “Thunder Struck” by AC/DC (be-

the mantles of the fireplaces at the reception area

BJ Knights provided live music during the

cause they love the Patriots). When the newly-

with garlands. The seating assignments were dis-

ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. For the

weds walked in, the song was “What’s Golden”

played on a windmill wheel that Jennifer snagged

ceremony, they chose to have acoustic guitar.

by Jurassic 5, and the first dance was “Perfect” by

at Pastimes Consignments in Wrentham, MA.

The bridal party walked out to “Old Pine” by Ben

Ed Sheeran. The band played a variety of songs

A mini chocolate salted caramel cake from the

Howard. The bride walked out to “Here Comes

at the reception and had everyone out on the

Bean Counter Bakery in Shrewsbury was used for

the Sun” by The Beatles and the recessional was

floor dancing.

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A friend, JOP, Heather Labenski, officiated. Jake’s suit was custom made from Men’s Warehouse and the groomsmen also got their suits from Men’s Warehouse. The bridesmaids wore dresses from LuLus and Azazie. Makeup and hair was done by I Do Wedding Hair and Makeup. Memorable moments for Jennifer include, “getting ready with my mom, Jake’s mom, and my bridesmaids. That day, the forecast said there was a chance of thunderstorms all day. We checked in with Harrington Farm a few times throughout the morning because we had to decide if we wanted the chairs set up outside or inside. We decided to go with outside and hoped the rain would hold off. It did! The cocktail hour was outside and right as it was ending, the sky opened up and it started to pour! Everyone made it inside just in time. The rain held off and it was almost like we custom ordered a perfect day.” When asked if she had any advice for future brides and grooms, Jennifer responded, “I would tell them to enjoy the day. Everyone told us it would go by fast and it did. I wish I could have slowed it down. Just remember that, in the end, the only thing that matters is that you get to be with the one you love. The day is about you. Take a moment to step back—just the two of you—and look at all the family and friends who love you and came today to celebrate you. It is truly special.”

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GO BOLD! by Cindy Papish Gerber

They’re fun. They’re modern. They‘re vibrant. And when they’re used creatively, big, bold wedding colors can add a splash of style and a dash of excitement to your wedding.

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While subdued beiges, whites, and pastels will always be popular (and safe) choices, top wedding influencers are currently showcasing rich and vivid hues. “We see this trend going through the industry right now, and we think it’s here to stay,” observes Shana Perry of Love & Perry Photography. “Couples are choosing bolder colors for their big day more and more”…eye-catching tones, “that fit with the time of year they are getting married.” Noting that “reds, greens, yellows, gold, maroons, blues, and even oranges are super trendy right now,” Perry recalls photographing an October 2018 barn wedding that featured a range of pale apricot-to-rich-salmon tones throughout the bridal party’s attire, table linens, and flowers. Only two months later, global color authority Pantone proclaimed Living Coral as its 2019 Color of the Year. Described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge,” this bold shade radiates versatility. “I think it’s important to add color—even if it’s a deeper shade of a base color—into any wedding palette,” says Victoria Warren, lead wedding planner and founder of Everlasting Affairs. “Several of our couples have incorporated salmon, pink, burgundy, gold, orange, navy, purple, green, and even yellow, into their color schemes. The colors they choose reflect their personalities…and we love it!” She encourages clients “to utilize colors that complement their venue” while ensuring the end result remains cohesive. To achieve that end, she recommends, picking one or two neutral base colors such as white and grey, “then bringing in a ‘pop’ of color to brighten the space” and serve as a focal point. Your coordinator should be able to help steer you away from tricky color combinations and towards hues that complement each other.

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“It’s all about balance,” maintains Elizabeth O’Zemko of O’Zemko Designs. Since her business customizes wedding décor and gifts, she understands how small details play a large role. “From the time you send your save the date, until the last thank you and everything in-between, bright colors can be beautiful in healthy amounts.” For example, if you’re featuring a bright yellow wedding cake, “it makes the most sense to have a cake sign that doesn’t clash, but rather complements the yellow.” An “easy way to throw in a bold color would be though your florals,” shares Michelle D. Martinez, owner of Allure Consulting & Event Planning who is also the creator and co-host of The Big Wedding Planning Podcast. She cites classic examples of “red roses against a white wedding gown” or a ruby-red rose centerpiece atop a white tablecloth set with white china.

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dark pinks, and light to dark greens for spring; saffron, fuchsia, and emerald greens for summer; and burnt orange, mauves, purples, warm caramels, and vintage pink for fall.” Martinez is also noticing couples selecting “bold colors that work around a theme. “I did an Alice in Wonderland–themed wedding with lots of coral and cobalt blue accents. Currently, I’m helping a couple who want design elements inspired by India, so we’re using saffron, fuchsia, emerald green, and gold. The invitations are emerald green with gold foil print; the linens will be ivory, and the florals will have saffron, fuchsia, yellows, and greens. We will also be floating marigolds in the pool.” Her advice to brides and grooms who still may be intimidated about choosing bold colors, may feel creatively challenged, or who “don’t know where to begin” is: “Just think of your favorite color and that of your partner’s and use those!” Cindy Papish Gerber is a regular contributor to BRIDE&GROOM™. She writes from Connecticut.

Sources Love & Perry Photography loveandperry.com Everlasting Affairs everlastingaffairs.com O’Zemko Designs ozemkodesigns.com Allure Consulting & Event Planning allureconsulting.com The Big Wedding Planning Podcast thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/hosts/michelle

Reversing that concept, try going bold with your table linens. “Most rental companies and venues offer linens in primary colors; just keep your floral centerpieces more muted or monochromatic. If that isn’t possible, “use black, white and (insert a color), as pretty much anything goes with black and white.” The timeless black, white, and red color trio is one of Martinez’s personal favorites for winter weddings. Some vibrant color ideas for other seasons include “mineral blues, light to dannydong.com

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Chelsea and John Stone Jr. July 20, 2018 Zukas Hilltop Farm Spencer, MA Images courtesy of Kara Emily Krantz Photography

“Nature has always been spiritual to us and we decided getting married outside was perfect for us.” — Chelsea and John

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Cake and food prepared by Zukas.

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DJ Brian of Champagne Toast kept the party going.

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“Loving him is easy. He holds me on my worst days and laughs with me on the greatest.” — Chelsea

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Being an art teacher, Chelsea painted her shoes like Starry Night by Van Gough.

Wedding rings from Garieri Jewelers . Sturbridge, MA.

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Wedding dress from Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal. Auburn, MA. Bridesmaids dresses from David’s Bridal. Natick, MA. Men’s suits from Bonardis Formalwear. Auburn, MA.

“Give up all the control that day and live in the moment.” — Chelsea and John www.bridegroommag.com

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Spoil Your Squad Personal and Seasonal Gifts for your Bridesmaid Besties by Emily Marcus

They were there when you first wore your ring and when you said yes to the dress, gushing and sharing in the joy of your engagement. They planned you a top-notch bachelorette party, organized an “aww-inspiring” bridal shower, and exulted over flowers, table settings, and all the little details that went into making your day so special. Show your bridesmaids just how much their friendship means to you with these “wow-worthy” gifts, tailored to every wedding season:

Spring Floral Bridesmaid Shortie Set—Plum Pretty Sugar Set of 5/$280 plumprettysugar.com/bridesmaid-shortie-set-of-5various-prints Whether it’s for a classic getting-ready photo shoot or a luxurious sleep-set for all your post-wedding slumber parties, choose one of the many floral prints from Plum Pretty Sugar that best matches the floral designs of your wedding. That way, whenever your girls slip into these adorable pajama sets, they’ll remember your special day and how much fun they had celebrating!

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Monogrammed Umbrella—EverlyGrayce, available on Etsy $16.99 etsy.com/listing/221425774/sale-monogrammedumbrella-clear-dome Although no one hopes for spring showers on their wedding day, make sure your besties are ready for any weather with their own monogrammed umbrellas. EverlyGrayce offers 20 different colors, so you can choose her favorite. Plus, your girls will appreciate the practicality and usefulness of a sturdy umbrella.

Summer Tropical Beach Tall Tumbler—Marry Me Wedding Accessories $23.99 marrymeweddingaccessories.com/collections/bridesmaids/products/tropical-beach-tall-tumbler Personalized with her name, these acrylic and BPA-free tumblers will keep your girl cool all summer. They come in different tropical styles to appeal to the beachy, nautical, outdoorsy, or trendy bridesmaid. Plus, a gold lid tops it off, adding a bit of glam!

Reversible Awning Stripe Pool Towel $39.50 potterybarn.com/products/reversible-awning-stripe-beachtowel-navy Heading somewhere warm for your bachelorette party? Why not celebrate Christmas early by giving your bridesmaids a posh poolside accessory! No one will steal her lounge chair with this nautical towel, personalized with her name or monogram, laying across it.

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Winter Faux Fur Hooded Bath Robe – Ivory Alpaca $59.99 potterybarn.com/products/faux-fur-robe-ivoryalpaca Winter is the season to get cozy! With all of the trendy silk or cotton robes out there, a warmer, plusher option should not be overlooked. She’ll be thanking you in the chilly months, when she’s wrapped in this delicious faux fur robe. Include a monogram for a personal touch, or for an added bonus, pick up a copy of a book you know she’ll love, and her winter season will be complete!

DIY Spa Set—available at Nordstrom $39.50 shop.nordstrom.com/s/herbivore-botanicals-cocorose-luxe-hydration-trio-51-value/4800425 You know everything about your besties favorite pampering products—from nail polish colors to onesheet facial masks. Show your girls how much you appreciate them by creating a pampering kit for each of them, complete with favorite bath bomb or a gift certificate to a favorite nail salon. They’ll be grateful for the added relaxation! Or opt for a great winter set for when we all need a little extra moisture, like Coco Rose’s Luxe Hydration Trio.

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Fall Wood and Marble Coasters, Set of 4—Mark and Graham $39 markandgraham.com/products/monogrammedwood-marble-coasters When your big day is in the fall, you’ll want to celebrate the fact that fall is also the season of enjoying the world’s best beverages—pumpkin spice lattes, hot and cold ciders, mulled wine, and more. These marble and wood coasters are a classy and elegant item your girls will be sure to use for years to come. They also make a great accompaniment to a bottle of her favorite beverage!

Custom Name Tote Bags— Marry Me Wedding Accessories $24 marrymeweddingaccessories.com/collections/bridesmaids/ products/custom-name-tote-bags Fall is the season of farmer’s markets and weekend trips to peep at foliage, but it’s also the time to get more organized. These custom tote bags will help your bridesmaid stay equipped, starting with your wedding day, when she’ll need to keep track of a whole bunch of items over the course of the event. She’ll also think they’re great for her day-to-day errands. We love the added floral detail, gold font, and the fact that these totes are 100% cotton.

Wrapping it up The bridesmaid gift trend has exploded in the past few years, with thousands of options to customize every possible item a girl could dream of. Ultimately, you know your best friends; you know what they’ll use and what they’ll cherish for years to come. So while this list may be a great source of inspiration, think about the individual and all she has done to make your wedding dreams a reality. Any added thoughtful detail to show you appreciate her spirit will go a long way!

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Katie and Andrew Lederman June 9, 2018 Gurney’s Resort & Marina Newport, Rhode Island Images courtesy of Robert Carlo - New York

Andrew proposed to Katie at Gurney’s in Newport on the lawn by the lighthouse. They decided to have the wedding in the same spot because they felt an instant connection to the place and wanted to share it with family and friends.

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Katie wanted to have a floral arch as the alter so she asked Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design to create one. It made for a beautiful backdrop as they exchanged their vows.

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White calla lilies perfectly fit the classic aesthetic Katie and Andrew sought. “Stoneblossom did an amazing job and they were an absolute dream to work with.” raved Katie

Katie wore a Suzanne Neville gown with a tulle skirt overlay which she purchased at Wedding Atelier in NYC. Andrew wore a custom tuxedo from Bonobos. Maid of honor Liz Barna (Katie’s sister) and bridesmaid Jamie Sangesland (Andrew’s sister) wore cornflower blue gowns by Carmen Marc Valvo—two different styles from the same collection from Nordstrom’s. Katie’s three best friends wore black and white dresses and handed out programs and escorted guests to their seats before the ceremony. www.bridegroommag.com

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Photo courtesy of Gurney’s Resort & Marina

The food was Andrew’s thing, and he made sure there was an endless supply of fresh seafood from Gurney’s, because … Newport, right?

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The four-tiered cake was made by Scrumptions in East Greenwich, RI.


For the first dance, Katie changed into a white Black Halo jumpsuit, and the couple performed a choreographed routine they had been rehearsing for months to Chance the Rapper’s remix of Francis and the Lights’ “May I Have This Dance.”

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Wed with Weed How to Incorporate Cannabis into Your Big Day by Emily Marcus

As the dispensaries open up around New England in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine, the marijuana industry is booming and adapting at every moment. With legalization comes a plethora of creative products that appeal to different crowds—from edibles to oils to elegant pipes and bongs. But this victory also brings a lot of questions: How will pot affect the alcohol industry? How do I choose what to consume and how from the myriad options? Should I offer weed at my wedding? How would I even do that? Lucky for us, expert Philip Wolf, CEO of the Cannabis Wedding Expo, has some advice.

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To Weed or Not to Weed? The first issue every couple should consider is whether or not they personally want cannabis involved in their wedding. “Whether they are cannabis consumers or not, it’s become the responsibility of the bride and groom to at least think about this question, but also to give the guests options,” says Wolf. People who are traveling from faraway places–places that may not have the access to dispensaries that New England does—will appreciate the choice. “At least have a section where people can consume,” Wolf advises. “As far as couples who are consumers on the regular, this is their big day. On your big day, you should incorporate what you love.”

“The first issue every couple should consider is whether or not they personally want cannabis involved in their wedding.” It’s Not Black and White While some couples may decide they want no part in the pot party, for most people, the question is rather: To what extent do I want to have cannabis involved? Wolf notes, “It really depends on whether the couple wants consumption outward facing or inward. For some couples, they keep it as simple as the ritual of smoking a joint before going down the aisle. I think the common attitude for cannabis right now is more internal and not outwardly expressed; there are plenty of couples who consume while they’re getting ready. A lot of times, when people travel to a state where it’s legal, they’ll know which of their guests are consumers and put a gift in their gift bag. But they know who is getting what bag.”

Interstellar Images: Taken at the 2019 LA Cannabis Wedding Expo

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Interstellar Images: Taken at the 2019 LA Cannabis Wedding Expo

and comfortable. Double check that your venue is weed friendly, and assure them that you’re staying within the law. If you’re going to mellow out while getting ready, make sure your hair and makeup artists are comfortable. And you definitely want to have a conversation with the guests’ hotel so you can let your guests know if it’s okay to consume and advise them where to purchase if you aren’t providing. If you are going to be serving cannabis products, Wolf advises, “You must have an educated person who is serving it. If people haven’t consumed in a while or are curious first timers, you need someone who is well-informed to answer questions. An educated budtender or chef and serving staff will make sure people understand what they are consuming. Also think about hiring a cannabis wedding planner. They do everything a wedding planner does, but they also can advise about the consumption of cannabis and how it’s going to make people feel.” If you do serve edibles, make sure they’re labelled and not within the reach of children. Innovative Ideas Now that we’ve asked the important questions, here are a few trends worth considering: • Cannabis Décor: Says Wolf, “Cannabis leaves and flowers are beautiful and also have beautiful aromas.” Add a bit of bud to your bouquet or incorporate the flowers into your table arrangements.

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Avery Wong: Taken at the 2019 LA Cannabis Wedding Expo

• Sip Your Smoke: Bello just launched the first Vapor Tap, which slowly fills a cocktail glass with vapor for an elegant way to consume. • CBD-Infused Mocktails: As an alternative to alcohol, CBD may not be as intense as weed, but still offers a calming option. • Just Eat It: Edibles are taking on a whole lot of new looks. “Edible favors would be a perfect addition: gourmet brownies, cake POTs, and candy. Perhaps even some edible weed along with a snack pack for the munchies,” says Brett Galley, director of special events at Hollywood POP Gallery. • Mary Jane Makeup: Check out lip gloss infused with CBD or cannabis for a unique party favor. So whether you decide to have minihookahs for your besties in your bridal suite or go all out with a cigar bar–style server, make sure to choose the option that’s best for you and your guests. And for more ideas and vendors, be sure to check out the Cannabis Wedding Expo, which is coming to Boston in October: cannabisweddingexpo.com. Emily is a Massachusetts-based freelance writer whose focuses include weddings, travel, lifestyle, and corporate events. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at UMass Amherst. www.bridegroommag.com

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Alisha and Mark Lambert October 14, 2018 The Manor Banquet Facility West Boylston, MA Images courtesy of Karlen Photography

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St. Mary of the Hills, Boylston, MA

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Us in our limo, my husband’s work dump truck! Photo courtesy of Jim Aulenback

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Cake from Lorraine Crete of Mix it up in West Boylston, MA.


LED Balloons from Balloominators.

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Make-up artist. Shauna Smollin Autenrieth Owner of “On the move� Entertainment from A Whirling Disc. Videographer: Andrew Cosenza of ACE Productions.

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Exceeding Brides’ Expectations Since 1939

Enjoy Wachusett Country Club’s breathtaking views overlooking the Wachusett Reservoir while enjoying one of our two beautiful reception rooms. On-site Ceremonies available and Weddings Receptions from 50-375 508-835-4484 ext. 223 events@wachusettcc.com Wachusettcc.com

Prime 2019 & 2020 Dates Available

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


Happiness is

Peppers Artful Events Wedding Cakes

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Delightful Flavors, Brushed in Gold & Silver Accents, Dramatic Colors, Sprinkled in Bright Fresh Flowers.

Metallic cakes are in. A simple gold brushed metallic color adds a beautiful element to your cake design.

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Black Thumb Photography

Square tiers create a modern feel and add dimension as seen with this blue airbrushed cake with silver flake accents.

The bottom tier of this blush cake features rosettes and pearls to create an elegant glam feel. Olivia Edvalson

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Far left: A train of bright flowers pops against the dark color of this fall inspired wedding cake. Left: Themed cakes are especially fun and allow our cake designer to get creative. For a dungeon and dragon themed wedding our pastry team hand molded a dragon to wrap around the exterior of the cake. Bottom left: A soft and romantic wedding cake with classic textured buttercream adorned with fresh blush and ivory flowers.

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Bottom right: The brides wedding dress was the inspiration for this wedding cake which incorporated all the details of the dress right down to the ruffles and pearl buttons.

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A lightly frosted naked style cake with real flowers on display at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Dare to go dark. This black and gold wedding cake fit perfectly with the couple’s vintage great Gatsby themed wedding. www.bridegroommag.com

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Suzanna March Photography

Top left: Don’t fear colors when it comes to your wedding cake. This tie dye cake with gold brushed details made a big statement at a spring wedding. Top right: Make it you. This engagement cake included an outline of the couple walking their dog along with the Boston skyline wrapping the side of the cake. Bottom left: A musical cake with the couple’s favorite song lyrics written along the tiers of the cake took center stage at a wedding at Hanover Theater. Bottom right: Showing your personality is what this cake is all about. Two tiered cake with buttercream fern accents and a dinosaur cake topper. 64 Spring 2019

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Drip cake meets naked cake in this beautiful cake design blending of these two style trends.

Joanna Fisher Photography

Our client’s delight in our unique flavor combinations with offerings from green tea with toffee buttercream and dark chocolate ganache to lemon poppy seed cake with house-made lemon curd and fresh blueberries (as seen to the right). You will also find traditional favorites on our menus like carrot cake, red velvet, and devil’s food cake. Flavor of cake is just as important as design to our team. Peppers was recently recognized at The International Caterers Association Catersource Conference as the award winner in the best celebration cake category.

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Erika and Shane Waldron November 4, 2018 The Barns at Wesleyan Hills Middletown, Connecticut Images courtesy of MJL Photography & Films

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Shane and Erika wanted to have a rustic wedding. Once they stepped foot into the barn there was no going back.

Cake topper was Wall-E and Eve from the movie Wall-E designed by NewTopperLine through Etsy. Cake designed by JCakes, North Brandford, CT. www.bridegroommag.com

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Custom Made Wedding Sign by FearfullMadeCreations.com.

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Their flowers were done by the wonderful florist It’s So Ranunculus Flower Shoppe in Marlborough, CT.


Top: Blazing Donuts! Donut holes flambéed and served to order. Bottom left: Bride’s dress was made by Justin Alexander, and bought at Ve’Lace Bridal in Bellingham, MA. Bridesmaid’s dresses were made by David’s Bridal. Bottom right: Bride’s hair was done by Eddie C. Makeup by KiSSandMaKeUp in Manchester, CT. Bridesmaid’s hair was done by Eddie C. and Jesse Rose.

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Left: Suits were customized by Indochino in Boston, MA.

“You have to be patient. Make sure you stop and breathe, and remember you’re doing this all for love. Above all else, compromise.”

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Publick House Historic Inn

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& Country Lodge by Jennifer McNally Monac

re you looking for a standout place to stand up and say “I do”?

The Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge in Sturbridge has a

long-established reputation as a classic and tasteful, wedding venue, but don’t box them in as an antiquated yawn; this is an enduring spot where old and new co-exist, seamlessly. Although it’s steeped in history and experience, the Publick House could be the setting for an event that’s both different and daring. 72 Spring 2019

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Conveniently located where the Mass Pike and US Route 84 meet at the Connecticut/Massachusetts border, this centuries-old inn has stood the test of time. Even the name sounds quaint and charming, and with more than 245 years in business and 50 plus years as a go-to wedding spot, why wouldn’t it? But they don’t rest on their laurels at this venue, and they take nothing for granted. This is an exceptional place where rustic elegance abounds and platinum customer service is at the centerpiece of everything they offer. “We believe the couple getting married on that day is the only couple on the planet getting married that day,” says Cathy O’Brien, director of catering. “As a complete team, we strive for excellence in service and do everything we can to create a romantic and magical experience for our couples to cherish for a lifetime.” No matter the time of year, the Publick House staff are seasoned party planners, who specialize in making a couple’s romantic dreams come true, whether it be outside on the resplendent grounds of their 60-plus-acre property, or inside Paige Hall—a substantial post-and-beam structure adjacent to a picturesque antique barn. Together these buildings offer excellent indoor solutions, especially for a charming New England winter wedding, perhaps even during the holidays, when the hall is decorated like a winter wonderland. The venue’s wide-open space is complemented by natural light from large windows by day and the romance of magnificent chandeliers by night. This room accommodates up to 190 people comfortably. The ceremony can be held here, followed by a cocktail hour in the adjacent barn, while Paige Hall is quickly transformed into the dining room for the reception, with hardwood floors and a center-area dance floor. If outdoors is where you want to be, there are three exterior offerings perfect for tying the knot. The Hillside Arbor is the newest spot for ceremonies, and it features bench seating for guests and a lovely wisteria-covered arbor made from

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wine barrels. The second and most popular option is the Meadow—a specially maintained open field, with two picturesque barns in the distance. A grand lotus tree is the main focal point here, and many couples have chosen to be married under its lovely boughs. The third option is the Garden Gazebo, with white chairs (enough to seat 220) set in a pristinely 74 Spring 2019

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landscaped area with seasonal garden flowers and greenery. This venue is connected to a grand reception tent for those who would like to experience the magic of a tent reception, available from late spring through autumn. The tent can be heated, and a variety of lighting options, well beyond twinkle lights, will help create a truly enchanted setting.

The Publick House features two wellknown restaurants on the property, so all weddings benefit from on-site caterers who handle the event menu the pros they are. This venue is also recognized for its in-house bakery, making the cake and pastry options exceptional. In fact, the famous pecan sweet rolls are a reception standard. You can add a little whimsy with


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one of their beverage bars, such as the gourmet hot chocolate station, a fresh lemonade stand, or hot apple cider, depending on the season. You can opt for a homemade sangria station or offer a collection of select beers, if that’s what you desire. Couples are encouraged to put their individual spin on whatever is offered. How about a specialty french fry or mashed potato station or a bar where guests can decorate their own cupcakes? There’s even an old-fashioned hot dog cart for uniquely nostalgic post-wedding fun. At this historic country inn, the party often continues after the reception is over. The Publick House offers more than 125 guest rooms, between four buildings

across the property. That’s a real value, not only for guests, but also for couples who don’t want the party to end! Room selections range from stately and historic with modern amenities in the original inn to newly renovated guest suites in the Chamberlain House to 28 newly constructed guest rooms in the Tillyer House, which also features a spa and salon, as well as post-wedding gathering options. There’s even a motor lodge–style country inn on-site with a few pet-friendly rooms that are available upon request. They really have thought of it all! From renovated lodgings to a variety of ceremony and reception venues, each bubbling with historic charm, to on-site catering and a top-notch pastry shop, to the potpourri

of gathering spots across the property, including the fantastic photo opportunities at every turn. It’s a lot of work making sure every last detail is well-thoughtout so brides and grooms don’t have to, but that’s exactly what they do at the Publick House! You truly can’t go wrong here. Jennifer McNally Monac is a freelance writer and real estate agent, who lives and works on Cape Cod.

For more information Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge 277 Main Street Sturbridge, MA 800-PUBLICK publickhouse.com www.bridegroommag.com

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Most Loved Trends

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Two of the areas top bridal shop owners share whats trending in bridal gowns. Lynn Reed, Carbonneau Bridal and Formalwear, Worcester MA & Shadia Khoury-Velez, Ve’Lace Bridal, Bellingham MA

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Lynn Reed, owner of Carbonneau Bridal and Formalwear located in Worcester, MA is our go to gal to find out what’s trending in bridal wear and shares her thoughts about what’s happening this season. With thirteen years of experience in styling, Lynn knows exactly what brides to be are looking for. She and her team offer top designers and newest looks in gowns, veils, headpieces and jewelry.

“Destination weddings are up, and white bridal dresses are out! Selling 1 white dress to every 50 ivory, ivory/champagne or nude/ivory.”

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“Halter necklines are making a comeback this year.”

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“Lace is still huge but more requests for less traditional lace and more unique patterned lace.”

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“More interest and curiosity then ever in dresses with sleeves.” “Requests for Cathedral Veils are up and that definitely was influenced by Megan Markle look.” Designer brand shown: Eddy K Bridal. All gowns shown on pages 76 -79 are available at Carbonneau Bridal and Formalwear.

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“Most recently, especially since the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we here at Ve’Lace Bridal are seeing clean, simple, and classic styles on trend.”

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Shadia Velez, owner of Ve’Lace Bridal in Bellingham MA says, “opening her bridal shop six years ago has been the best decision.” Shadia and her friendly, experienced team make you feel at home and at ease. They get to know their brides and cater to one at a time which makes the the experience very special. The Ve’Lace tag line seems to say it all, WHERE HAPPILY EVER AFTER BEGINS.

Designer brand shown: Essense Designs. All gowns shown on pages 80-83 are available at Ve’Lace Bridal.

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“Brides are requesting for little to no lace or sparkle in their wedding dress and opting for minimalistic gowns with clean lines.�

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^ “In addition, although all silhouettes have been popular, on trend, and in demand, the ball gown silhouette is making a very strong comeback!�

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“We are happy to report that headpieces and veils continue to be on trend! Veils of all lengths, lace or sparkle edging has continued to be requested - we are loving it because these final touches really do complete the bridal look.�

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SPARKLING THIS SEASON Wedding Jewelry Trends by Stacey Marcus

Anyone who follows the wedding industry knows that the latest trend in jewelry is personal expression. Brides today enjoy the freedom of creating their own unique style and accessorizing with elements that resonate with their hearts. We reached out to area jewelers to see what’s sparking in their shops this season.

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Julia McGuinn of Sachs Jewelers informs us that today’s brides favor stackable wedding bands and mixed metals, and there’s a definite preference for alternating white diamonds with gemstones like rubies, emeralds, and diamonds. “We see a lot of brides creating stackable wedding bands comprised of small, delicate and microthin bands that they stack on either side of their diamond,” says McGuinn. She notes that many brides are mixing white, yellow, and rose gold, making the days of matchy-matchy a part of history. An up-and-coming trend that McGuinn has spotted is the popularity of broaches. “Broaches are hot!” she exclaims, pointing out that many brides are creating stunning bespoke floral bridal bouquets curated from a medley of broach flowers.

Grooms are also expressing themselves in nontraditional ways. McGuinn sees many grooms selecting bands designed with materials like tungsten carbide and meteorite. “Meteorite rings are a big trend with men who are creating really cool rings,” notes McGuinn.

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Sandy Shaul of Golden Link Fine Jewelry sees alternative metals trending for men, as well as customization. Her husband, Haviv, delights in creating custom bands for couples that reflect their style and illuminate their love for each other. He notes that he has crafted many same-sex rings for couples who desire bespoke bands. Sandy also says that brides are all about “glitter, gold, big and bold,” describing how voguish brides are making statements this season with dazzling pieces. Brides are also taking advantage of the gorgeous pieces available that feature cubic zirconia.

According to celebrity and wedding stylist Diane Lloyde Roth, some brides are deciding to go all white, and pearls are back in style in a fresh new way. Moonstones are a favorite as well. And to keep things on the cutting edge of contemporary, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, has been popping up in wedding jewelry.

McGuinn also relates that she sees many brides selecting beaded bracelets strung on silk cords. “There’s no chance of tugging if there isn’t a clasp,” she notes.

What gems will be tugging at your heart this season?

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The Party Continues... Entertaining New England for Over 35 Years!

Festive Events knows every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding reception. Festive Events Professional DJ/Entertainers work with you from start to finish on the planning process. We’ll ensure your event is the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Enjoy the music and great entertainment while everyone has fun with Festive Events.

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Savory Seasonal Delights Bursting with Color, Flavor & Creativity from Peppers Artful Events

Mini Caesar Crisp, Garlic Croutons, Shaved Parmesan

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Tuna Poke Spoon, Sesame, Soy, Wasabi Aioli


Top left: Crab Cakes Bottom left: Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, House-made Lemon Curd, Fresh Blueberries Top right: Statler Chicken Breast, Risotto, Seasonal Vegetables. Bottom right: Bouillabaisse

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Top: Maple Glazed Apple Cider Donuts with Bacon Bottom left: Braised Short Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Asparagus, Fried Leeks Top right: Steak Au Poivre, Roasted Onion Crisp, Garlic Aoili, Micro Greens Bottom right: Spiced Butternut Squash and Burrata Salad, Candied Pecans, Lola Rossa, Pickled Cauliflower, White Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Top left: Eggplant Rollatini, Ricotta, Spinach, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Garlic Tomato Sauce Top right: Lamb Chops, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Red Wine Reduction Middle right: Eggnog Milkshake Shooters, topped with Whipped Cream, Cinnamon, and a Chocolate Leaf Garnish Bottom right: Saffron Poached Lobster, Fennel Confit, Aioli

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FUNCTION FACILIT Y P L A N N I N G

G U I D E

Grouped alphabetically throughout Worcester County

Reception Facility Asa Waters Mansion (10)

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$30 - $75

No

Yes

25/150

Yes

1

No

123 Elm Sr., Millbury, MA 01527 Ph: (508) 865-0855 JMcElroy@townofmillbury.net www.asawaters.org

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.

Beechwood Hotel (Back Cover)

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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: Kim McDermott.

Devens Weddings and Events (11)

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

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

Great Wolf Lodge (94)

E, B, D, W

Varies

$30 - $50

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

250 Max

5/500

10/400

Yes

Yes

Yes

1

1

3

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

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

Harrington Farm (5)

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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.

J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Function Facility (58)

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206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

Leicester Country Club (17)

$65- $100

Under $30

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

50/225

75/260

Yes

Yes

1

E, B, D, W

$30 - $70

Yes

Yes

20/300

Yes

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.

Mechanics Hall (71)

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Yes

No

No

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

2

No

1

No

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

(Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

Old Sturbridge Village (97)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75 +

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Yes

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 (51)

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

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

Shaker Hills Country Club (9)

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Reception Facility

$35 - $68

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Max 250

200

Yes

Yes

Number of Events

Varies

1

Yes

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.

Sturbridge Host Hotel (95)

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

The Barn at Wight Farm (25) 420 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (774) 241-8450 info@T3Chefs.com www.T3Chefs.com

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Max 350

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

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.

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Reception Facility The Harding Allen Estate (93) Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 Ph: (978) 355-4920 www.harding-allen.com

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

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

Yes

1-3

No

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

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (6)

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

$35 - $100

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 (37)

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.

Twin River

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

$30 - $75 +

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

25/400

10/150

50/1200

Yes

Yes

No

2

1

No

Yes

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

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.

Wachusett Country Club (58)

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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T he

Sturbridge Host Hotel on Cedar Lake

Where Dreams are Filled and Memories Created

Lakeside or Ballroom Receptions ~ Two Outdoor Ceremony Locations Bridal Showers ~ Rehearsal Dinners ~ Post Wedding Brunches ~ Overnight Guestrooms 366 Main Street • Sturbridge, MA 01566 • 508-347-7393 • email: info@sturbridgehosthotel.com

www.sturbridgehosthotel.com


Wedding BRIDAL SHOPS Carbonneau Bridal & Formalwear (16) 292 West Boylston Street, Worcester MA (508).595.0400 www.mydress4less.com Carbonneau Bridal offers expert bridal consultants and a large selection of bridal, mothers & bridesmaids gowns. Tuxedos, prom gowns, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Hair & makeup available onsite. Open 7 days, walk ins and appointments welcomed.

Bridal Shops

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Bridal Shows

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Cakes

96

Catering

96

Donation Services

96

Entertainment

97

Florists

97

Invitations

97

Jewelry

97

Limousines

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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.

Photography

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CAKES

Reception Facilities

92

Specialty Lighting

98

Tuxedos

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Videography

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43 Hudson St, Northborough, MA 01532 (508) 393-6844 EventInquiry@peppersartfulevents.com Peppersartfulevents.com A full-service catering company with over 30 years of experience in crafting unforgettable celebrations. Pepper’s can provide everything from catering and bartending to custom cakes and floral design.

Wedding Internet Services

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Ve’Lace Bridal (4) 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.

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (IBC)

Pepper’s Artful Events (IFC)

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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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Pepper’s Artful Events (IFC) 43 Hudson St, Northborough, MA 01532 (508) 393-6844 EventInquiry@peppersartfulevents.com Peppersartfulevents.com A full-service catering company with over 30 years of experience in crafting unforgettable celebrations. Pepper’s can provide everything from catering and bartending to custom cakes and floral design.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

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

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

ENTERTAINMENT Festive Events (87) 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.

FLORISTS

LIMOUSINES

Herbert E. Berg Florist

AA Limousine Service (37)

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 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.

INVITATIONS Creative Papers, Ltd. (10) 1 Taha Drive Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 930-5521 (508) 925-5377 Creative.papers@townisp.com Invitationsbycreativepapers.com Since 2001, CPL has seen and done it all. We specialize in classic, contemporary, fun and elegant wedding and party stationery. Ask us about our digital guest addressing, now available!

JEWELRY 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.

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

ROCKSTAR LIMO (24) 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.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

TUXEDOS

VIDEOGRAPHY

AVR Photography & Video (36)

Bonardi’s Formalwear (8)

AVR Photography & Video (36)

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 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.

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.

RECEPTION FACILITIES (see page 92)

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (87) 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.

Men’s Wearhouse (59) 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.

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 (IBC)

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

Tag us in your wedding pics on Instagram for a chance to be featured in @BrideAndGroomMag #BrideGroomMag

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Massachusetts & Rhode Island Expos to Choose From

robinsonweddingphotography.com

Show times 11:00 am - 3:00 pm November 3, 2019 Twin River Casino Events Center, Lincoln, RI November 17, 2019 Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA January 5, 2020 Twin River Casino Events Center, Lincoln, RI Discounted tickets available at originalweddingexpo.com Produced by

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