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North Shore Massachusetts Guide to Local Weddings

NORTH SHORE

WEDDING Summer/Fall 2012

MODERN WEDDING, Vintage Details

THE DREAM-COME-TRUE GOWNS of Designer Matthew Christopher

A BREATHTAKING VENUE with Historic Charm



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125 BRIDAL BOUTIQUE ALL THAT EVENTS BLACK TIE VIDEO CHANTILLY PLACE COOK PRODUCTIONS CORPORATE COACH & LIMOUSINE EVERLASTING WATERCOLOR WEDDING BOUQUETS FIRST IMPRESSIONS LINENS JOSEPH O’MALLEY, JP LONGWOOD TRAVEL MY PERSONAL FLORIST NORTHEAST REALTY O’MALLEY’S FLORAL EXPRESSIONS PRESTO MUSIC RICK OBEY’S ENTERTAINMENT RUSSO TUX & LIMOUSINE SENSATIONAL TRAVEL SKIN SAVVY STUDIO 665 DANCE STUDIO THE DESIGN WARD CUSTOM JEWELRY THE ROSE KEEPSAKE CO. YOURS TRULY INVITATIONS Summer/Fall 2012

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Claire Pettibone

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Jim Hjelm

Nov. 16th, 17th, 18th

Happily ever after begins at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Located just 2.5 hours from Boston, this New England icon offers everything you need for a memorable event. Breathtaking venues. Amazing cuisine. Luxurious accommodations. And an ever-changing array of year-round activities for you and your guests to enjoy. Contact our Wedding Specialist today to start planning.

603-278-8813 omnimountwashingtonresort.com

Spa • Golf • Canopy Tour • Alpine & Nordic Skiing • Hiking • Biking • Carriage & Sleigh Rides • Fine & Casual Dining Inset photo by Tom Gibbons Photography. ©2011 Omni Hotels & Resorts

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Why North Shore Wedding Magazine? You can get wedding-planning information from just about anywhere these days, from David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding, to the numerous bridal chat rooms that are filled with even more numerous opinions. It is, however, more difficult to find specific information on the area in which you are getting married. Sure, it’s great to be inspired by a rusticthemed wedding in California that you saw on a blog, but how do you find a florist on the North Shore who can recreate that bouquet for you? We want to help you turn that inspiration into a reality. Our goal is to showcase and uncover the charm and elegance of weddings in the North Shore region of Massachusetts so you can create the best day possible. We’ve been hard at work visiting reception sites, talking with wedding professionals, producing a bridal fashion shoot at the beautiful Willowdale Estate, and simply learning more about what makes this region a special place to get married. It always comes down to the people who make it all happen: the wedding vendors. I’m thrilled to say that those I have met so far are as genuine as they are talented. Brides and grooms, you are in good hands with these folks! While we will be showing you the latest and greatest in wedding locations and vendors, we also want to hear from you. Send us your engagement photos to post on our site, or send us a question we can relay to an experienced wedding professional. We’ll get back to you with the answer. Follow us on Facebook and check our website calendar for updates on events and bridal shows in the area. Subscribe to the e-newsletter to receive special promotions from vendors, too. Whether you are from the area or planning your wedding from afar, North Shore Wedding Magazine and our website aim to be your comprehensive wedding-planning tools. Welcome to North Shore Wedding Magazine! Warmly,

The Wedding Creators

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The Wedding Creators deliver spring, summer, winter, and fall all under one roof

Legendary Vogue

Modern Design & Unexpected Traditions. Jim Hjelm, Claire Pettibone and St. Pucci gowns featured on the grounds of Willowdale Estate.

Historic Elegance & Charm

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Discover beautiful vistas and charming details to plan your quintessential New England wedding.

FORK FRESH

Learn how North Shore Chefs are bringing local ingredients to your nuptial nourishment.

Designer Profile

Matthew Christopher Couture Wedding Gowns.

Kristina Hathaway, Publisher Kristina@northshoreweddingmag.com Facebook.com/northshoreweddingmag Twitter.com/nsweddingmag

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Real Weddings Nautical Charm in Marblehead Autumn Elegance in Beverly

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The Red Barn at Outlook Farm Rustic Elegance with Breathtaking Views... Just Over an Hour North of Boston We Invite You to Join us for Sunday Brunch. www.ColonialHallatRockafellas.com email: functions@ColonialHallatRockafellas.com 978-745-5415 All Star Uplighting Louise Michaud Photographer

All Star Uplighting

Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, with it vaulted ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and gracious balcony is the perfect setting for your wedding. This spacious and elegant ballroom is available for you to create a wedding as unique as you are.

D Louise Michaud Photographer

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Our Favorite Finishing Touches & Delightful Details.

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We discover an unrealized person, place and thing on the North Shore and showcase the beauty and talent each has to offer. Live event painter Gail Fitzpatrick, The Oceanfront Pavilion Event Center at Salisbury Beach, Ovedia Artisan Chocolates of Amesbury.

Build your own sparkly brooch bouquets.

64 the last word Joining lives, and finances…what to consider.

43 the marrying man Fingerprint Wedding Rings. How and where it’s done!

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Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers, MA September 8 – 9, 2012 bellaserabride.com

Planned Perfectly Bridal Soiree

Couple: Julianne & Greg Diamond

The Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA October 10, 2012 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. willowdaleestate.com

Essence and Martina Trunk Show

125 Bridal Boutique Stock Sale

Merrimack Valley Golf Club Bridal Show

125 Bridal Boutique, Plaistow, NH September 9–16, 2012 125bridalboutique.com

New England Bride Bridal Show Lombardo’s, Randolph, MA September 12, 2012 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. lombardos.com

The Original Wedding Expo

Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, Marlborough, MA September 16, 2012 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. originalweddingexpo.com

September’s Spell at Crowell Chapel Crowell Chapel, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA September 16, 2012 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. crowellchapel.com

New England Bridal Affair Wedding Showcase

Location: Moraine Farm, Beverly, MA

Willowdale Estate Open House

Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford, MA September 9, 2012 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. plannedperfectly.net/expos

The Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA September 18, 2012 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. willowdaleestate.com

Photographer: David Tucker Photography, Beverly, MA

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Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA September 23, 2012 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. newenglandbridalaffair.com

Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers, MA October 20–21, 2012 bellaserabride.com

Merrimack Valley Golf Club, Methuen, MA October 24, 2012 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. dreamdaybridalpromotions.com

October at Crowell Chapel Crowell Chapel, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA October 28, 2012 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. crowellchapel.com

New England Bridal Affair Wedding Showcase

Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel, Andover, MA October 28, 2012 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. newenglandbridalaffair.com

Weddingcreators.com Seasons Event Holiday Inn Boston Woburn, Woburn, MA November 4, 2012 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. weddingcreators.com

Casablanca Trunk Show Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers, MA November 17–18, 2012 bellaserabride.com

New England Bridal Expo

Radisson Hotel, Chelmsford, MA November 18, 2012 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. newenglandbridalexpo.com

Willowdale Estate Annual Holiday Concert

The Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA November 27, 2012 6:00 p.m. willowdaleestate.com

Bella Bridal Salon 2012 Trunk Shows Bella Bridal Shoppe, Amesbury, MA

Marisa Bridal: September 21 – 23 Pronovias: October 5 – 7

Claire Pettibone: October 26 – 28 Jim Hjelm: November 16 – 18

Sample Sale: November 23 – 25

Great Bridal Expo (tentative) Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA September 30, 2012 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. sheraton.com/boston

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perfect for a romantic, vintageinspired wedding!

Look like a superstar in this celebrityinspired necklace! Pick replicas of royaltyinspired jewelry like Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, Marilyn Monroe’s earrings, Angelina Jolie’s red-carpet emerald earrings, Jackie O’s jewelry, and more! It’s fun and affordable! Bonnie Giangrande Sales Representative Hot In Hollywood Jewelry Newburyport, MA 978-358-8195

Weddings on the Water Breathtaking. The View. The Venue. The Bride & Groom.

Photo courtesy of MrDrew Photography

This classic-styled custom invitation and menu card donning a rosewood satin ribbon create a perfect theme for a romantic, vintage-inspired wedding! Sheri Burgoon, Sales Representative Yours Truly shopyourstruly.com

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that ‘something old’ you’re looking for I love the addition of a vintage jewelry accessory. A one-of-a-kind pair of gem earrings or a strand of classic pearls is chic and can be that ‘something old’ you’re looking for! Kayla Doyle, Editorial Intern Market Square Jewelers marketsquarejewelers.com

accessories can really define a bride’s wedding day style

Accessories can really define a bride’s wedding-day style. I love this headpiece by Malis-Henderson, made of organza loops and detailed with large Marietta pansy leaves, rum pink colored rosebuds, and porcelain pips. Kristina Hathaway, Publisher 125 Bridal Boutique 125bridalboutique.com

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Receptions • Rehearsal Dinners • Showers • Anniversaries • Post Wedding Brunches At The Pavilion on Salisbury Beach • 978.462.5800 x113 • functions@atlantichg.com

I love the way this sandal sparkles. It’s perfect for a bride, and it will add a touch of glamour to honeymoon looks, too! Jill Prince Kimmins, Writer Isolá “Benne” sandal in gold isolashoes.com, macys.com

I love the way this sandal sparkles what a perfect way to preserve your flowers!

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Look like a superstar in this celebrityinspired necklace

The perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams. Ocean views, waves breaking gently beneath your feet, award-winning cuisine exclusively prepared by Seaglass Restaurant, and a team of event managers to ensure your every wish comes true.

I love the idea of creating a lasting keepsake from a detail of your wedding, and what a perfect way to preserve your flowers! These handmade pieces of jewelry use your wedding flowers in a jeweler’s cast to create something sentimental and truly unique. Jodi Sammons Feil, Editor-in-Chief The Rose Keepsake Co. rosekeepsakes.com

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September 18, 2011 • Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA

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he path to their wedding day was a curvy one, but Emily and Dan never lost sight of each other through the twists and turns. Although they first met in 2002, it wasn’t until 2009 that they knew they were meant to be together. Through those seven years, opportunties and choices would navigate them away from each other, but like a gravitational pull, they would end up crossing paths again. The final time was in New York City, where, coincidentally, they were living three blocks from each other. It was then that they realized they couldn’t lose each other another time, Emily recalls. From that moment, they remained bonded, on the same path. Dan attended graduate school in New York so they could be together. And the next year, on Emily’s birthday, Dan proposed. The rest, as they say, is history.

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the details Ceremony: Chandler Hovey Park, Marblehead, MA • Reception: Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA Catering: Corinthian Yacht Club • Flowers: Leonhard’s Flower Shop, Beverly, MA Photography: Ever True Studios, Londonderry, NH • Music: Eye2Eye Gown: Romona Keveza • Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew Bridal • Menswear: Tommy Hilfiger

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or Julianne and Greg, it was all about moments—smaller, individual moments that added up to a magnificently emotional day. Surrounded by family and friends, they found themselves taking mental snapshots as the day unfolded. Julianne recalls the breathless, romantic moments shared when she and Greg saw each other at the Tea House for the first time. Their soaring emotions continued as they gathered for family photos and realized just how lucky they were to have such amazing people surrounding them in their passage to husband and wife. And as the formalities led to the fun of the reception, Julianne admits that there were “wild moments on the dance floor, as evidenced by the sorry state of our garments at the end of the evening.” The most exciting moment however, they both agree, was the moment they realized that their journey had only just begun. 18

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the details Ceremony & Reception: Moraine Farm, Beverly, MA • Catering: Fireside Catering, Burlington, MA • Flowers: Mimosa Fresh Flower Design, Boston, MA • Photography: David Tucker Photography, Beverly, MA • Music: Soho (Night Shift Entertainment) • Gown: Vineyard Collection, Vows Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA • Bridesmaid Dresses: Designed and constructed by the bride’s mother, Marie Mineo • Menswear: Joseph Bach suits, Men’s Wearhouse, Calvin Klein ties

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or Kim and David, their wedding day was about returning to the place where it had all begun. Many years earlier, while both attending Phillips Academy in Andover, they met in Sophomore English class. From that fateful first date at the Sadie Hawkins dance, they never looked back. Even as their college educations took them to different states, Kim and David endured the long distance. Then, on another fateful evening ten years after that first meeting, David proposed outside their Boston brownstone apartment. In a symbolic gesture, they returned home and took the next step of their journey from the place where it all started.

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the details Ceremony: Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA • Reception: The Lanam Club, Andover, MA • Catering: Same Cake: Cakes for Occasions, Danvers, MA • Flowers: Ford Flowers, Salem, NH • Photography: Derby Studios, Salem, MA Music: Ceremony–Keros String Quartet / Reception–Shine • Gown: Maggie Sottero • Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff • Menswear: Perry Ellis

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We were able to catch up with a few of the members of the Wedding Creators to ask them what they thought was the next “big thing” to hit their area of expertise. Here’s what they had to say: All That Music

Brides were able to glide from one season into the next as they entered each room. Table designs of rich browns and oranges adorned one setting in the fall room. On a table in the spring room, a rectangular box of grass dotted with Gerber daisies evoked that fresh and beautiful time of year. Passed hors d’oeuvres, aperitifs, and side dishes were offered throughout the event to enhance the experience of what each season has to offer. There is no element of the wedding day that is left out—from bridal gowns to transportation, each aspect is represented so couples can truly pull all the pieces together in their planning. The genius behind this showcase is an impressive consortium of wedding professionals called the Wedding Creators, based in North Reading. Two members are chosen from each category and vetted thoroughly before being accepted. They must have demonstrated industry excellence, a track record of exceeding client expectations, and a substantial number of years in the business. As a group, they come together to be greater than the sum of their parts, but individually, each stands firmly within the wedding industry with an above-average reputation. “One of the best commitments of the group,” explains Debbie Webb from Yours Truly Invitations & Calligraphy, “is that we meet once a month at different venues. This gives us first-hand knowledge of many different facilities, and we can then pass that knowledge onto our clients.” Having informed advice on the planning details can make for a more comfortable day. “If we have been to the site,” continues Debbie, “we can advise on where a quartet might fit most comfortably, for example, or where to locate place cards for your guests.” Top: Spring room at the 2011 Nesmith House Seasons event. Above: Spring room at the 2010 Middlesex Meetinghouse Seasons event.

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Mark your calendars for the next Seasons event, scheduled for Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Boston-Woburn. The group will be transforming a ballroom to reflect the seasons of New England, using products and themes that epitomize spring, summer, winter, and fall. See the Calendar of Events on page 13 for more details.

I think in the next few years you will see multi-day wedding celebrations become more popular. One day isn’t enough when family and friends have traveled long distances. With this comes the invitation to children, as families will not want to commit multiple days to a celebration without being able to bring children along. So, I think you will see more attention paid to children’s activities such as clowns, balloon making, and arts and crafts, as well as the hiring of on-site sitters and nannies. Candy buffets and ice cream bars are big now, too, and I think you will also see more late-night snack bars, sushi bars, and annex set-ups at favorite local hot spots. Photo courtesy of All That Music. Sheila All That Music 978-204-7364 allthatmusic.us Sensational Travel Many couples love to take advantage of a honeymoon registry. It’s a great way for the couple to save and to assist wedding guests who don’t know what to give the happy couple. The most popular items are private arrival transfers, catamaran cruises, private dinners on the beach, and adventure tours.  Photo courtesy of Sensational Travel. Marisa Sensational Travel 978-745-2575 sensationaltravel.com My Personal Florist Garden roses and sempervivium together are just beautiful, so this combination is very up-and-coming with couples. Also, many are now choosing to use collections of small vases with different flowers in each as centerpieces, instead of a single vase of flowers, to create interesting textures and color palettes. Jody My Personal Florist 781-942-1841 thebestweddingflowers.com

125 Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo Lace has always been a tried-and-true choice, but I feel in the last year it is becoming more popular. We are also starting to see a lot of dresses that are NOT strapless.  Five years ago, you would have had a hard time finding anything but strapless! Natalie 125 Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo 603-382-4511 125bridalboutique.com Yours Truly Three-dimensional invitations are expected to become very fashionable in the coming year. There are two different styles of 3D invitations: those that have a pop-up embellishment, and those that are designed to have the appearance of a 3D effect. For most, the pop-up design is popular for save-thedate announcements, as opposed to the invitations. We’ve created several unique designs in which the outer layer of the card is opened and the engagement photo pops up on an attached cardstock stand, which can easily be removed as a keepsake. Debbie Yours Truly 978-664-6622 shopyourstruly.com Cook Productions I think the next big thing in the wedding photography arena will simply be quality work. The digital photography revolution has given true professionals the ability to use the latest toplevel digital tools to create amazing photographs—true works of art, in some cases. However, since better technology is so readily available now, many amateur photographers are able to photograph weddings, while they may not have the education and experience to produce the real quality that couples desire. The realization that your photographs are all you have left to remember one of the biggest moments of your life will lead couples back to artistry, expertise, and experience with proven studios. Photo by Tim Cook. Tim Cook Cook Productions 978-409-1373 cookproductions.com

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With a sweep of the brush, she transports you to a moment in time that would be hard to capture in any other medium. You can almost hear the laughter, the music, and the clinking of the glasses as she writes your story on her canvas. By “life sketching,” Gail organizes many small moments into one scene and creates a painting that delivers so much life and movement that it feels real.

Gail understands the significance of small moments. It was, in fact, a seemingly insignificant moment that brought her to the calling of live event painting. She remembers one hot afternoon when she decided to “play hooky” by shuffling through ads on Craigslist. It was there that she found an ad for an experienced artist to create a one-of-a-kind work of art for a wedding. After meeting with the bride and hearing her vision, Gail was inspired. She was hired and hasn’t looked back since. Her inspiration continues to thrive in the spontaneity of each event.

Distinctive weddings and rehearsal dinners paired with exquisite food and drink. Call Today for a private showing! 603.328.9255 brookstone-park.com 14 Route 111 • Derry (North Salem), NH Just minutes heading east off Exit 3 on I-93 Convenient to Manchester, Boston & Seacoast

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The process is time intensive and the attention to detail shows in the final product. Gail will sometimes spend four hours prepping, which entails scouting the location and beginning the background of the painting. Then she spends four to five hours at the reception creating the masterpiece, and even more time back in the studio applying finishing touches. As with any good artist, the process should not be rushed, and patience pays off. As she will tell you, “Your live event deserves its own work of art,” and you won’t be disappointed.

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meticulous renovation of the historic Pavilion building on Salisbury Beach, completed in 2010. The building and surrounding area have a rich history—stars such as Frank Sinatra and Connie Francis performed in glamorous supper clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, and pop bands like Aerosmith and The Fools appeared in the 1970s and 1980s. The Pavilion and other entertainment venues attracted thousands of people to this Atlantic Ocean shoreline for decades. The Capolupo family, longtime residents of the Salisbury vicinity, owns the Pavilion and is committed to the area’s burgeoning renaissance. Echoes of the refinement and elegance of its heyday are evident at the venue, but with a decidedly contemporary vibe.

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The Pavilion offers everything for the perfect wedding on the water all under one roof. A variety of rooms are available for receptions, on-site ceremonies can be accommodated, and there is plenty of space for candy buffets and photo booths. There is even a charming on-site gift shop called By the Sea that can help couples select and order wedding favors. One of the Pavilion’s unique spaces is the Blue Ocean Music Hall, which features a concert stage and sound system, so there is no need to rent expensive equipment. Brides will love the Music Hall’s spacious bridal suite, which has sweeping ocean views, showers, and a makeup station.

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There is a certain romance about chocolate. Maybe it’s the silky texture or the sweet release as it melts in your mouth. Or perhaps it’s the pure lusciousness it delivers, no matter the moment. Whatever the mystique, its long reputation as a potion for passion dates back to the 1700s. Most notably, Casanova was said to offer his lovers both champagne and chocolate as aphrodisiacs. Even according to this legend, he preferred chocolate to champagne.

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No one understands this unmistakable union better than the chocolatiers at Ovedia Artisan Chocolates in Amesbury, Massachusetts. When we happened upon their charming shop on Main Street, we fell in love. In particular, it was the chocolate-dipped wine and champagne bottles that had us hooked. Imagine your favorite vintage being dipped in dark chocolate, then painted with milk chocolate, and as the finishing touch, drizzled with white chocolate. With each sip you break off a bit of the chocolate, letting the deep flavors of the wine mix with the creamy sweetness of the chocolates until you’ve been delivered to that heavenly place and are ready for more. With one quarter of a pound of chocolate on each bottle, the enjoyment can last as long as you can.

Antoinette, second chocolatier at Ovedia, explained—in delicious detail—other options to accompany your dipped libation. Bosc pears, as you have never had them before, are cored and filled with dark chocolate or mocha ganache. The bottom is then dipped in caramel, and the top is painted with milk and dark chocolates. Add two champagne flutes, beautifully presented in a basket, and you have the perfect gift for the bride and groom on their wedding night. Ovedia offers a full line of wedding chocolates, but it’s the romance and sophistication of this particular item that caught our attention. Visit their charming shop in downtown Amesbury and you’ll understand our addiction.

But in this case, it’s chocolate.

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Gown—St. Pucchi Z336, ivory/butterscotch. Shown with a cathedral length cascading veil with silk-satin edge. Bella Bridal Shoppe, Amesbury, MA, 978-388-4388. Flowers—Bridal bouquet of hand tied white peonies, lilacs, white spray roses, cream vendella roses, peach stock and english ivy. Cream satin ribbon. McClay’s Florist, North Andover, MA. 978-683-3164.

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Suit—Jean Yves #111 with classic black vest from the Cardi Collection. Classic Tuxedo, Beverly, MA, 978-922-4005 Flower Girls—Jordan L507 and 9310, organza, brown (comes in 40 colors). 125 Bridal Boutique, Plaistow, NH, 603-382-4511

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Gown—St. Pucchi Z256, ivory. Haute Bride earrings #922. Erica Koesler silk organza flower #5350. Bella Bridal Shoppe, Amesbury, MA, 978-388-4388 Flowers—Hand-tied coral peonies, orange and fuchsia gerberas, orange and pink ranunculus, hot lady pink roses, yellow iris, green button poms, orange spray roses, green hydrangeas, and bupleurum. Brooch-pinned pink satin ribbon. McLay’s Florist, North Andover, MA, 978-683-3164

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Centerpiece—Mercury glass pedestal bowl, hot lady pink roses, coral peonies, orange and fuchsia gerberas, yellow iris, orange spray roses, orange ranunculus. McLay’s Florist, North Andover, MA, 978-683-3164 • Chandelier—30x30 cut crystal. DesignLight, Dover, MA, 508-785-1810 Summer/Fall 2012

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Erdem Kaya of Newburyport’s Kaya Jewelers uses a wax molding process to capture the perfect print. “We come up with the design based on what kind of ring they’d like to have. Then we take a wax carving, warm it, and have them put their fingerprint on it—it’s much like putting your finger in clay. When dry, we cast the molding to get the identical design into the metal.” While the familyowned jewelry store has been designing fingerprint rings for more than ten years in its Newburyport and Portsmouth locations, modern technology now allows couples to see their Erdem Kaya creating a designs on 3D CAD/CAM

software before the process even begins. As the shop specializes in custom jewelry, the process can take one to three weeks.

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Jessica and Brent Williams, the artisan jewelers of Brent&Jess, have designed fingerprint rings since the early 2000s. The Maine couple uses a sculptural process to get the fingerprint impression, which is then made into a ring. “It’s very special to get married. The rings epitomize just how sentimental the moment is,” explains Jessica, who often designs them for children in newly blended families. She and Brent consult with couples about their designs online, send them a kit to make the impressions, then complete the rings eight to ten weeks later. “Jess and Brent are amazing!” says Sadie, a Boston-area bride. “It doesn’t get more custom than actually having your loved one’s real fingerprint in your ring.” Mark William Fine Art Jeweler, a custom online jeweler, uses the traditional ink-on-paper method to capture prints, providing specialized ink strips to clients. The company offers video design consultations for everything from dramatic etched rings to designs emblazoned with family crests. Rings average three or more weeks to complete.

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Matthew Christopher By Jill Prince Kimmins

As a couture bridal designer, Matthew Christopher believes in the power of a first impression, especially when it comes to a bride seeing herself in a wedding dress for the first time. Since 2002, the New York City designer has mesmerized brides with his breathtaking collection of luxurious, ultra-glamorous silhouettes with gorgeous embellishments and show-stopping lines. He recently visited 125 Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo in Plaistow, New Hampshire to help local brides discover the dress of their dreams at his Mother’s Day weekend trunk show. “There really is something about the first gown you put on the bride. So the sales consultant and I choose the dress that will have the best impression, because when she looks at herself in the mirror, that’s it—right there!” he says. Natalie Hanson, 125 Bridal Boutique’s store manager, agrees, “Eighty percent of brides buy one of the first five dresses they try on.” Each of Matthew’s designs is resplendent with cinematic drama, striking architectural lines, and stunning signature details. A true artist who stars as the dashing, impeccably coiffed leading man in his advertisements, Matthew takes inspiration from everyday things like old movies and architectural and organic elements, and creates something exquisite and unique. This results in his wonderfully flattering, jaw-dropping silhouettes and meticulously executed details, from dramatic bias-cut silk to intricately beaded crystal motifs.

Cynthia Vitacolonna, Matthew Christopher stylist and sales specialist with Malis-Henderson, Elen Henderson Designs, a couture bridal accessory company, selects the stunning headpieces, veils, and jewelry for Matthew’s runway looks, trunk shows, and photo shoots. “Accessories make the bridal experience that much more individual, and a trunk show is a great way to highlight couture pieces. Working together with Matthew and being able to offer brides an amazing experience is key,” she explains. A graduate of Iowa State University who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Matthew learned sewing and patternmaking at a young age and knew early on that this is what he was destined to do. As his brides will attest, when it’s right, you just know it. North Shore Wedding spoke with Matthew during his trunk show, where he shared his insights on his new collection and tips for finding the perfect dress.

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Can you describe the inspiration behind your 2012 collection? For 2012, I was inspired by lace—lace has been coming back so much. The inspiration was mostly that it was my ten-year anniversary, and it was about stepping out of the box and doing some really beautiful, grand pieces. I think I just wanted to give a really big “POW” that said “This is what I can do, this is where I can go as a designer,” and I think it’s also the beginning of a bunch of different things that can happen with us. I think you’ve noticed I’ve definitely evolved as a bridal designer, especially with this past collection. Is there a particular style or fashion era you’re especially drawn to? I’m definitely a Hollywood-glamour type of guy, and a lot of my dresses tend to be geared to red carpet looks. I’m such a big musical person—this year’s musical is Singing in the Rain. I’ve always had ad campaigns that had something that was inspired by an old movie or an era. You look back at anything that was ’30s- or ’40s-based, and it will just blow your mind when it comes to lighting and makeup and hair and costumes in a lot of the big, big musicals. There’s actually one musical—it’s called Till the Clouds Roll By with Judy Garland, Lena Horne, everybody you can imagine—I watch it over and over. There are aspects of that movie that I’ve used to inspire myself. And Art Deco—you know that feel from that time—it’s so rich and very glam. I can’t remember a time in art history in this last century that’s been so grand—the furs and the hair and the way everyone was dressed to the nines.

Which fabric do you enjoy working with the most? You know what I’ve loved my whole life? Silk-satin organza. It’s not too light, it’s not too heavy, and it does amazing things! The dress called Dahlia—that’s silk-satin organza. A lot of my gowns that sell like hotcakes are silk-satin organza. But, of course, I love silk duchess. Who doesn’t love a silk duchess dress? It’s like royalty, you know? Do you have any styling tips you would like to offer? I wish more of my brides would wear hats—and short dresses! Also, don’t buy your shoes until your gown comes in. A lot of my brides go for couture shoes and want Manolos or Jimmy Choos with their dress. But before you get your heart set on the shoes, you want to make sure they will really work with the dress. What would you tell a bride-to-be who is setting out to find her dream dress? I think that vision in your head is the only one that is going to work, and when you’re trying on gowns, don’t go and try a hundred dresses. You only need to try on ten different gowns. Shopping around for a dress, you don’t need to go to ten stores, either. You only need to go to one or two really great stores, and go back to the place where you had your best experience.

I think that vision in your head is the only one that is going to work...don’t go and try a hundred dresses.

You only need to try on ten different gowns.

What are most brides looking for in a dress now? Brides are definitely spending more, and they want something that is beautiful and timeless. Girls really want that vintage-modern look. I think Alençon lace—when it comes to a couture gown—has the most vintage look across the board. And you can pass that down, too. When I’m working with a bride and I’m talking about a lace gown, I tell her, “This is an heirloom piece for your family. I mean, this is something you pull out years from now,” and she says, “Wow, I really chose something that’s classically beautiful and is not like everything else on the market right now.”

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Alabaster This sweetheart trumpet gown features delicate lace and beads over a sheer bodice. The synthetic charmeuse skirt casts down to the modified chapel-length train.

Lexie The elegant strapless trumpet gown has a bodice that is elaborately beaded over Alençon lace and finished in a modified chapel-length tulle train.

Tigris The linear seam details of this fitted trumpet gown in silk charmeuse extend from the strapless sweetheart neckline to the modified chapel-length train.

Matthew Christopher Ava This elaborately embellished silk-satin organza ball gown features peacock feathers rendered in dazzling silver embroidery that adorn everything from the tip of the strapless sweetheart neckline and flattering drop-waist bodice to the full chapel-length train. The skirt detail has real feathers and a gossamer-tulle overlay.

Bijou Silk duchess ribbons, piping and crystal embroidery down the strapless sweetheart neckline and modified empire-waist bodice the woven unity knot motif continues down the shapely fit and flare skirt and plays over the modified chapel-length train.

Poppy This modern A-line ball gown with a classic strapless sweetheart neckline and fitted corset shape descends to a flared full chapel-length train. Two kinds of Alençon lace applique over silk shantung complete the design.

2012 Saxony Embroidery extends over this tulle drop-waist gown from the strapless sweetheart neckline to the modified chapellength train. The icicle dusting and the tulle diversify the bodice with texture leading into handkerchief layers that fall down the skirt.

Uma Raw silk chiffon ripples across this modified A-line gown, descending to a fluttery tulle underskirt and chapel-length train. The straps highlight the sweetheart neckline and scintillating low back, while an elegant sash of silk duchess emphasizes the natural waist.

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Liz Taylor Dramatic silk duchess ballgown. The deep V neckline and pleated bodice frame your face, while sublime dimensional flowers trail over the natural waist and full chapel length train. Hidden pockets, too. White and off-white.

Bardot The silk strapless sweetheart bodice features dynamic bias strips racing from top to bottom, while tulle strips fly in alternating directions around the full ball gown and chapel-length train.

Athena The Greek-inspired silk charmeuse gown has graceful pleats that fall from a floral oneshoulder strap. The slim A-line is hemmed at the modified chapel-length train.

Constance The modified A-line gown has alternating silk duchess and pointelle silk-satin organza bands that sweep to a side applique of Alençon lace and down the modified chapel-length train.

Grace This silk duchess and Alençon lace gown has a Queen Anne neckline and an embellished fitted bodice, accented by an eminently flattering wrapsash waist. The dramatic open back and modified A-line skirt ascend to an embroidered modified chapel-length train.

Vertigo This body-skimming silk gown features a ravishing embroidered, scalloped neckline and unique sideswept pleated skirt, finished in a modified chapellength bubble hem. A feathered, embroidered brooch draws attention to the high waist.

Bandeau Dimensional silk duchess bands encircle you in this intriguing combination of structure and dramatic side draping. The off-the-shoulder neckline adds interest, and the modified trumpet skirt is completed with a modified chapel-length train.

I Feel Pretty This synthetic charmeuse V-neck gown grazes your shoulders and wraps into a crescendo of tulle that falls to the end of the modified chapel-length train. The sheer tulle cut-out at the waist adds a bit of drama.

Arabesque This ethereal tea-length tulle gown has a strapless sweetheart bodice that features Alençon lace encrusted with beading and sparkling silver embroidery.

Da Vinci’s Muse This synthetic taffeta ball gown has lace and beading that decorate the fitted sweetheart bodice and skirt with femininity in a blending of new- and oldworld styles.

Sabrina Alençon lace and streaming silk duchess bias ribbons create the most charming sophistication. A floral corsage at the natural waist and the scalloped modified chapel-length train add to the allure.

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Another Place in Time: Historic Weddings on the North Shore

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igh cliffs overlooking crashing waves, lavish estates with sprawling, classical gardens and stunning architectural details—the scenic beauty and historic charm of the North Shore makes it an ideal setting for weddings that capture the essence of a bygone era. Romantic details that celebrate the past—from cherished heirlooms to vintage attire and accessories—add a sense of tradition that makes the day even more special and unique for the couple and their guests, especially when set in the cozy, traditional ambience of a historic locale.

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A lot of our couples came here on their first date or used to come here with their parents.

There’s a real lineage of family history

An evening view of the Great House. Photo Credit: Glenn Livermore Photography Inset: Smaller classic details are spread throughout the grand and classic estate. Photo Credit: Glenn Livermore Photography Opposite: The dramatic rolling lawns at Castle Hill. Photo Credit: TTOR

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nown for its dramatic, rolling lawns, Castle Hill, a National Historic Landmark on Ipswich’s Crane Estate, is home to the Great House, a truly elegant setting for ceremonies and receptions. The 1928 mansion features captivating seventeenth-century English architecture, meticulously appointed décor, and a striking view of the Grand Allée, the lush expanse of grass that spans 2,000 feet outward to the ocean bluffs. “What couples appreciate about the Crane Estate is that it’s secluded and intimate, though it’s so grand. The fact that it’s simple but elegant is key,” says Laura Daley, the estate’s private event department manager. The 2,100-acre estate, which includes a wildlife refuge and the popular Crane Beach, holds special meaning for the local families who have been visiting the property for generations. “A lot of our couples came here on their first date or used to come here with their parents. There’s a real lineage of family history,” she explains. In Manchester-by-the-Sea, the beautifully restored Crowell Chapel offers historic charm with artisan details. Constructed of gray granite, the 108-year-old non-denominational chapel is designed in the Gothic style. Inside, the chapel radiates with the light from the intricate stained glass window above the altar depicting two trees entwined—a symbol of family unity. “It’s spectacular and very unique. All of the

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elements were meticulously restored with such care to ensure their preservation,” says Chris “Woody” Kelly, Manchester Community Preservation Committee chairman and president of the Historic Manchester Trust. “It’s one of the town’s true gems,” adds architectural photographer Steve Rosenthal of the chapel, which includes a 60-foot oak ceiling, striking windows, and beautifully carved pews. With its gorgeous fieldstone manor and beautifully cultivated grounds, the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield offers a romantic atmosphere of charm and understated elegance. This turn-ofthe-century estate, once the summer home of Bradley Palmer, features Arts and Crafts-era details, from mission-style lighting to striking woodwork and windows rich with character. “Our couples are inspired by the thought and talent represented in the structure and details of the estate and often use elements of the property as a starting place to design their event,” says Sarah Boucher, Willowdale’s assistant planning manager, citing a wedding cake design that was inspired by the Delft tiles on the dining room’s fireplace and recalling a 1920s Great Gatsbythemed wedding that was especially fitting, given the parties Bradley Palmer hosted for presidents, royalty, and other luminaries on the estate during that era. Summer/Fall 2012

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A birdcage veil or jeweled headpiece for the bride, a groom in vintage-style wingtips, and groomsmen donning pocket watches all convey a Roaring Twenties feel. Nothing expresses the mood of the Jazz Age quite like music—from classic swing to big band favorites like It Had to Be You.

Couples wishing to create a historic ambience can use well-orchestrated candlelight and inspired decorative accents to bring romance to any type of setting. “Lighting is so important. It really sets the mood,” says wedding designer Jillian McDonough of New England Vintage, who complements traditional lighting with candles and lanterns. At Willowdale, romantic lights twinkle in the garden tent while glistening votives flicker on the manor’s mantels and windowsills. To capture the romance of a historic wedding with flowers, Kathleen Terranova, owner of McLay’s Florist in North Andover, recommends garden roses for their lush, full bloom and mesmerizing scent, and suggests adding an heirloom brooch to a bridal bouquet for a vintage touch. McDonough uses antique tea services bursting with blossoms to create exquisite centerpieces. Top Left: View looking out onto the Crowell Chapel. Photo Credit: Steve Rosenthal Top Right: The grounds of the estate make for beautiful photography. Photo Credit: Schippert and Martin Photography Above: The beautiful interior of the Crowell Chapel. Photo Credit: Steve Rosenthal Left: The gothic style stained glass windows radiate with light. Photo Credit: Steve Rosenthal

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Evoke the eclectic beauty of the Art Deco movement with striking bouquets of calla lilies and sleek invitations and table signs designed in the iconic Deco style. Treat guests to a classic 1930s cocktail, such as the Sidecar, or accent the guest book table with a modern replica of the wooden ‘cathedral’ style radio famous in the era of Fireside Chats.

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The crowning touch for a historic wedding is a gown that conveys all of the romance and beauty the bride wants to exude on her special day. “Today’s brides are looking for lace,” says Ashley Rowell, bridal consultant with Abbey Bridal in Andover, explaining how a fresh silhouette, such as a fitted, trumpet-style gown, can give a modern twist to an otherwise traditional lace dress. Matthew Sobaski of Matthew Christopher Couture recommends “a simple Alençon lace dress, a caged veil, and some amazing glam jewelry” for a simple, yet elegant modern-meets-vintage look.  

The arts and crafts era details at the Willowdale Estate are rich with character. Photo Credit: Lisa Rigby Photography

1940s

Victory roll hairdos, brides in hats and skirt suits, and romantic songs such as I’ll Be Seeing You pay homage to weddings that took place during the World War II era. Favorites like Doris Day’s Sentimental Journey and Ella Fitzgerald’s I’m Beginning to See the Light reflected the country’s devotion and optimism.

1950s

From Grace Kelly’s exquisite lacesleeved wedding gown to playful tealength style dresses, the fifties echoed pure femininity. Capture the joyful spirit of the time with a first dance to the Sam Cooke classic You Send Me, close out the evening with Goodnight, Sweetheart by The Spaniels, or make a romantic getaway in a vintage speedster or convertible.

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uicy red tomatoes; sweet, luscious berries; and crisp, sugared corn—these are just some of the fruits and vegetables being grown at small, local farms throughout the North Shore. To our delight, these foods are making their way to catering menus and onto the plates of your wedding guests. Gone is the dreaded stuffed chicken dish that tasted more like a sheet of copy paper presented on a bed of processed scalloped potatoes. Instead, chefs are infusing unexpected flavors and farm-fresh ingredients into all of their culinary creations.

Many North Shore caterers can produce a long list of the local farms from which they procure their foods. As Chef Robert Bean of Harborside Catering will tell you, “We are big advocates of locally grown anything. We try to source the majority of our products from local farms whenever we can. The freshness enhances the guest experience, and we are helping keep local agriculture alive.”

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The movement toward more locally sourced foods gained significant momentum more than a decade ago in a backlash against genetically engineered foods—foods that could be consistently controlled through chemical processing. “You have no idea where they came from or how they have been handled,” says Bean, who feels the trend toward community is an equally important ingredient in his dishes. “We think that the world has

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gotten so caught up in day-to-day business that we have lost our sense of community. However, I do believe we are trying to get back that sense of community. I prefer to support the local farmers of New England who I know are out there working on their farms every day.” Bean, who has traveled through many kitchens in New England and worked alongside renowned chefs Todd English and Ken Oringer, gets his culinary inspirations from his community. “As chefs, it is our responsibility to source the best possible ingredients to produce the best possible dishes. It is to respect both the ingredient and the farmer who took the time and effort to grow that ingredient. Once we have sourced the ingredient, then comes the respect and care of handling it gently and being able to turn it into something delicious for the diner,” he states. Some caterers, such as Fireside Catering, owned by the Webber Restaurant Group, source from their own farms and are able to control and anticipate a seasonal schedule. “Local sourcing is the way we do business,” says Maura McCarthy, sales director at Fireside. “We don’t just have access to local foods, we grow them ourselves.”

In 2000, Steve Webber of the Webber Restaurant Group bought Gibbet Hill Farm in Groton in an effort to prevent residential development of the 338-acre farm. Since then he has embedded this commitment in the town of Groton and furthered the philosophy of farm-to-table catering by hiring a farm manager and planting more than three acres of fruits and vegetables that now supply produce to Webber’s restaurants and catering company. Catering is one of the biggest wedding expenses to consider, yet most couples don’t think about the ingredients of the dishes that will be served or where they came from. It is becoming more common, however, for caterers to offer a tasting before even being hired. We may even begin to see open house events at the farms from which they source their foods. As Chef Bean puts it, “Sending the best possible dish into the dining room is not only how we satisfy our customers, but it is how we satisfy ourselves; it is what allows us to give back to the farmers who have taken care of us, and what allows us to make our mark on the community. It’s what drives us to be better and better every day.”


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a one-stop wedding destination Mahi Mahi Cruises

Salem Waterfront Hotel

Salem Waterfront Hotel

KIM INDRESANO PHOTOGRAPHY

SALEM WATERFRONT HOTEL

kimindresanophotography.com Kim’s special brand includes connecting with her clients and portraying them as real people on their special day, making her one of the most sought-after North Shore photographers.

225 Derby Street salemwaterfronthotel.com The beautifully appointed and elegantly styled Salem Waterfront Hotel and Marina sits waterside in the historic district. As one of the region’s finest properties, the hotel offers couples a distinctive and upscale environment. The chandeliered Maritime Ballroom makes a perfect backdrop for a Salem wedding.

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ounded in 1626, the town of Salem, Massachusetts has come to be known as an iconic and scenic spot on the North Shore. With its vibrant, urban community, it is no surprise that Salem has become a popular destination among wedding planners. Beautiful historic venues, thriving local businesses, and remarkable museums make up this coastal town. Every year, more than one million people navigate their way to Salem to experience and appreciate all that it has to offer. More recently, brides, grooms, and their families and guests have come to be among these many visitors. For wedding planners, the picturesque location delivers a place that is classic and stunning, while also being fun and eclectic. Famous for the controversial Salem Witch Trials in 1692, this town holds history and remarkable stories, making it a great place to accommodate residents and visitors alike. With a wide array of venues and so much history, Salem can be the perfect place to create some history of your own.

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85 Leavitt St. • harborsweets.com A beloved New England chocolate maker since its humble beginnings in 1973, Harbor Sweets hand dips, molds, and packs its recognizable all-natural gourmet chocolates from within its historic red brick building. The factory’s sweet chocolate aroma greets guests who visit the gift shop or come for tours, which have been described as “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory meets Santa’s Workshop.”

SALEM TROLLEY 8 Central St. • salemtrolley.com Salem Trolley provides exceptional event transportation by transporting your guests in true Salem style. If Salem, Massachusetts is a new sight for some of your guests, Salem Trolley also runs a one-hour narrated historical tour of the city. Your guests will be able to experience the beautiful city as you continue to finish those last minute to-dos before the big ‘I Do’!

BLUE RIBBON CAKE 118 Boston St. blueribboncake.com Blue Ribbon Cake has been making goodness for North Shore bridal couples for more than seventy years. Every cake is created from scratch and is designed perfectly to each customer’s desires. Known for their fresh, decadent buttercream frosting, unique and intricate designs, and nut-free products, Blue Ribbon keeps delivering sweetness year after year.

MAHI MAHI CRUISES 200 Fort Ave. • mahicruises.com Mahi Mahi Cruises brings their customers a unique collaboration between the laid-back essence of the Caribbean and the rich maritime history of the Salem Sound. Aboard the newly reappointed 55-foot boat, Mahi Mahi Cruises delivers excellent private charters and public cruises that are designed to meet the interests of people of all ages. Treat yourself and your guests to a truly unique experience.

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An increasingly popular trend for the creative and crafty bride is the vintage brooch bouquet. Many brides have been spotted carrying this unique gem-covered accessory down the aisle to give their wedding-day ensembles a little more sparkle and shine.

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ompared with the traditional flower bouquet, a brooch bouquet is just as beautiful years after as it is on your special day. By using your grandmother’s favorite brooch or a stunning gem you discovered while vintage shopping, the bouquet quickly becomes a meaningful keepsake that you will have forever.

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FLOWERS BY DARLENE 130 Canal St. • fruitnflowers.com Flowers by Darlene has been proudly serving the North Shore and Salem area since 1982. Being family owned and operated, they pride themselves on offering only the finest floral arrangements for every bridal taste and budget.

HAWTHORNE HOTEL 18 Washington Square hawthornehotel.com Wedding receptions have been a tradition at the Hawthorne Hotel since its opening in 1925. With its grandeur and elegant style, the Hawthorne Hotel can be the classic setting you desire for your memorable day.

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231 Essex St. ColonialHallatRockafellas.com Colonial Hall at Rockafellas is the exciting new function venue in the heart of historic Salem. The grand

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ballroom with vaulted ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, a gracious balcony, and delicious food are all the elements that your wedding guests will not soon forget.

HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES 115 Derby St. • 7gables.org With its stunning grounds and full-bloom gardens, the House of Seven Gables can host parties of 75–300 guests. Embodying everything that makes Salem so unique, you cannot go wrong with this unique venue.

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex St. • pem.org The beautiful Peabody Essex Museum is one of the region’s most exquisite settings for your special event. The museum offers a variety of spaces that are perfectly suited for creating a truly memorable occasion. Cocktail receptions, wedding ceremonies,

formal parties, and photography are expertly planned and executed with the help of the experienced staff.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS INVITATIONS 564 Loring Ave. specialoccasionsanddesigns.com Special Occasions Invitations has been assisting customers with their invitation needs, weddings in particular, for fifteen years. Today, with more than 200 design books to look through, customers can feel at ease and comfortable when browsing and creating their invitations.

HAMILTON HALL 9 Chestnut St. • hamiltonhall.org Located in the heart of Salem, this elegant and historic function hall is the perfect setting for a wedding reception or personal celebration. Having served as the venue for historic balls, Hamilton Hall has period charm, but with modern amenities.

As you begin to collect each bauble and brooch, look for shades that will blend well and complement each other. For an overall cohesiveness, make sure each piece shares the same metal tone, such as silver or gold. Choose jewelry pieces that vary in size. This will give your bouquet dimension by filling in each little space and crevasse. Expect to use between fifty and eighty pieces of jewelry, whether they are brooches, earrings, or necklaces. While you want your brooch bouquet to have meaning, don’t use a piece of jewelry that is of extreme value to you. After lasting through your entire wedding day, the bouquet could lose a gem or two. If you don’t have enough pieces of your own sitting around, go out and collect! Around the North Shore, there are countless vintage boutiques, flea markets, and jewelers who carry thousands of options. Each piece will be different in meaning, shape, style, and color and will create your truly treasurable bouquet. By Kayla Doyle Photography by: Flutter Glass Photography

Supplies: To create the fun and fantastic bouquet, you will need: • 50 to 80 pieces of sparkly gems and brooches • 2 yards of 5"-wide taffeta ribbon • 3 yards of 3/8"-wide velvet ribbon • 2 stems of artificial hydrangea flowers

• Needle-nose pliers • 22-gauge green florist wire • Light green corsage tape • Hot glue gun • Scissors • Wire cutters

Step One: Wire and wrapping In order to attach each piece into the bouquet, thread a long strand of wire through the pin or back of each piece of jewelry. Because each gem you use will be different, so will the wiring. Use your judgment. For larger pieces, use a couple of pieces of wire; smaller pieces will only need one. To test this, if you hold onto the wire, the brooch should not droop or wobble. Once the wire is in place, wrap the green corsage tape tightly around the wire. Repeat until each brooch you plan to use in your bouquet is wired and taped. This should create a sturdy “stem” for each one. Step Two: Assembling the bouquet Holding the bouquet of artificial hydrangeas in one hand, begin to insert the wired and taped jewelry pieces one by one. The hydrangeas (or other flower you choose to use) fill in any holes or gaps your bouquet may have. This will also cover up the wires used to attach the brooches. As you continue to insert each piece, rotate the bouquet to give it a round, smooth shape. Once all the gems are in place, gather all the wire ends together and wrap them tightly with the green corsage tape. Step Three: The ribbon embellishment Use the taffeta ribbon to wrap around and cover the green corsage tape. Choose a color that will complement and not overtake your beautiful piece. Use a little hot glue to set it in place. After it dries, wrap the velvet ribbon of a similar color around the bouquet and tie it in a bow at the top of the stems. This will be the perfect finishing touch to your special-day bouquet! Summer/Fall 2012

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Bella Bridal Shoppe Bella Bridal Shoppe…elegant gowns, private appointments, professional service, proven experience, one-on-one attention, friendly staff, sophisticated wedding, beautiful bride…this is our vision for the ideal wedding. Lines include Allure, Claire Petttibone, Ian Stuart, Jim Hjelm, Marisa, Pronovias, St.Pucchi, and Tara Keely.

Bliss Spa & Salon Bliss Spa & Salon draws on more than two decades of experience in the industry. Our 2,400-square-foot facility offers private rooms for waxing, facials, massage, Reiki, and sunless tanning treatments. A full-service makeup area can accommodate wedding parties, and our manicure and pedicure rooms can accommodate parties of up to four at a time. We also offer a breakfast nook where breakfast, lunch, or snacks can be set up for parties.

Cafe Escadrille Cafe Escadrille has all the elegance, warmth, and charm of a grand country estate— just fifteen miles north of Boston. Brides have trusted their special day to Cafe Escadrille for nearly forty years. The beautiful architecture, legendary food, white-glove service, personalized planning, and convenient location are just a few of the reasons to entrust YOUR day to Cafe Escadrille. We accommodate weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners from 10 to 350 people! Visit our website or call us today to start planning your special day.

Colonial Hall Colonial Hall at Rockafellas is the exciting new function venue in the heart of historic Salem. This grand ballroom with vaulted ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and gracious balcony are the perfect setting for your next special occasion. Enjoy a delicious meal your guests will not long forget. We offer a customized menu option to give your event a personal touch. With space available to accommodate 75 to 300 guests, make Colonial Hall part of your history.

David Tucker Photography David Tucker is a leader in the Greater Boston photography scene. His friendly demeanor and consistency in creating spectacular photos make him highly soughtafter. Special attention to lighting, careful pre-event planning, and making his clients feel truly relaxed and appreciated are at the foundation of his artistic style. Dynamic, emotional images, an unobtrusive manner, exquisite lighting—the essence of a celebration!

Everyday Details Event Planning Laurie Mantegari from Everyday Details will work with you to create a unique and memorable event. Complete wedding planning and day-of wedding consulting are available. An experienced New Hampshire wedding planner, Laurie combines talented design and logistical accuracy to impeccably carry out your most important day. Candy bar rental and design are also available.

Ever True Studios Michelle Kamerman, owner and principal photographer of Ever True Studios, is an artist at heart. She brings a passion for the unscripted to each wedding. Blending photojournalism and fine art with a contemporary flair, Ever True Studios consistently delivers imagery that is simply beautiful.

The Granite Rose Less than an hour from Boston, the Granite Rose is a premier wedding ceremony and reception site serving New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We offer all the special amenities to make your wedding day truly wonderful, including spacious bridal suites; elegant reception rooms; custom menus; attentive, experienced staff; and a personal wedding coordinator. Our Terrace Room and Embassy Room each offer separate outdoor garden areas to accommodate on-site ceremonies and provide breathtaking photo opportunities. The impeccably manicured grounds and unique architecture create a stunning impact.

Kelly’s Taylor Rental Looking for that perfect shade of purple for your wedding linens? Or maybe a tiki bar and palm trees for your island-themed engagement party? At Kelly’s Taylor Rental, our team of event professionals can turn any occasion, large or small, into a great occasion. Located in beautiful Newburyport, Kelly’s offers an array of tables, chairs, china, flatware, linens, canopies, and much more. At Kelly’s, our party professionals provide event consultation, delivery and pick-up, and wedding vendor referrals.

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87 Main Street, Amesbury, MA 978-388-4388 bella-bride.com

419 Andover Street, North Andover, MA 978-689-4400 blissspaandsalon.com

21 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 781-273-1916 cafeescadrille.com

McLay’s Florist McLay’s Florist has been proudly serving North Andover, Massachusetts since 1964. We are family owned and operated with one location, serving the North Andover area. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. We believe all of our customers are important, and our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. We always go the extra mile to make your flowers perfect.

Omni Mount Washington Resort Plan your fairy tale wedding at a fairy tale resort. Set against a dramatic backdrop of high mountain peaks in the heart of New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountain National Forest, the Omni Mount Washington Resort is the perfect place to begin your life together. You can choose from many beautifully decorated facilities and areas within and surrounding the resort, and be sure to take some time to relax and pamper yourself in our spa. Your dream wedding is just a phone call away!

The Pavilion Oceanfront Event Center For your dream wedding on the water, the Pavilion Oceanfront Event Center offers breathtaking panoramic ocean views, an experienced staff, and signature awardwinning cuisine, exclusively prepared by Seaglass Restaurant. You’ll actually feel the waves breaking gently under your feet at this beautiful new venue where the interior décor reflects the seaside beauty surrounding it. Whether planning an event for 30 or 250 guests, our professional staff of event and service managers will ensure a personalized and perfect celebration for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, pre- or post-wedding brunches, and bridal showers. The only thing we overlook is the ocean.

1211 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA 978-683-3164 mclaysflorist.com

310 Mt. Washington Road, Bretton Woods, NH 603-278-1000 omnimountwashingtonresort.com

4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach, MA 978-462-5300 x113 SeaglassOceanside.com/ events

231 Essex Street, Salem, MA 978-745-5415 ColonialHallatRockafellas.com

978-969-2132 dtuckerphoto.com

603-601-6223 everydaydetails.com

978-758-1423 evertruestudios.com

Phoenix Room Located in the heart of downtown Newburyport, the historic Phoenix Room boasts Federal grandeur, including a magnificent brass chandelier, working original fireplaces, hardwood floors, and thirteen six-foot-high windows that offer fantastic views of historic Newburyport. The room also offers an abundance of natural light and is capped with a high arched ceiling. A unique setting for your wedding, corporate function, or any special event, The Phoenix Room is a premier location for both elegant and casual celebrations.

19 Inn Street,

Photography by Linda Photography by Linda is a boutique wedding and portrait studio specializing in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, maternity sessions, babies/children, fashion, and boudoir. Linda Jennings personally designs custom wedding and portrait albums. Her unforgettable and chic imagery, as well as her beautiful line of products, can be viewed at her downtown North Andover studio.

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Planned Perfectly Wedding & Event Planning Leslie Cregg, owner of the award-winning Planned Perfectly Wedding & Event Planning, has been planning unforgettable events for close to a decade. Her vision and attention to detail are unsurpassed. With a desire to make each client her top priority, Leslie personally leads each client through the planning process. Leslie and her team at Planned Perfectly pride themselves on their motto, “Our clients will leave with memories that will last a lifetime.”

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina Magnificent weddings are destined to be truly memorable at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina. Our attention to detail, one-to-one service, and extensive function experience combine to create events worth savoring. On Boston’s North Shore, one venue rises above all others and delivers an experience that rivals the finest city hotels. We are conveniently located at the corner of Derby and Congress Streets, on historic Pickering Wharf, just steps away from museums, historic attractions, shopping, restaurants, and all that Salem has to offer.

Newburyport, MA 978-463-3301 www.harborsidecatering.com/ content/phoenix.html

Andover, MA 800-730-3686 photographybylinda.com

564 Dutton Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 978-885-9475 plannedperfectly.net

225 Derby Street, Salem, MA 978-619-1110 salemwaterfronthotel.com/ weddings.html

22 Garland Drive, Hampstead, NH 603-329-8000 graniterose.com

161 State Street, Newburyport, MA 978-465-6650

The Red Barn at Outlook Farm We invite you to have your wedding or host your next function at the Red Barn at Outlook Farm, located in Southern Maine. Our facility offers several unique venues to host your guests at a function site they will remember for years to come. Imagine your wedding guests mingling, dining, and dancing while enjoying spectacular views of our 18-hole championship links-style golf course from our wedding garden.

Wedding Creators WeddingCreators.com is a network of highly trained event professionals who excel in their individual fields. Our vendors must have impeccable reputations and extensive experience in order to hold a seat among this group of motivated service vendors. All members share the common goal of individualized attention to their clients. Since we all specialize in weddings, you need only shop once; we’re all here. We will be the tools you use to create the wedding of your dreams!

Route 4, South Berwick, ME 207-384-1010 outlookweddings.com

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The Last Word Growing up, I wanted to be someone who could make an impact.

Singing was out—in fact, when my daughters were babies, Santa left a pitch pipe in my stocking as a not-so-subtle hint that my lullabies were off key. The sight of blood made me woozy, so the entire medical field was out. Being Irish Catholic, I could have scored major points with my family if I had become a nun, but that wasn’t going to happen, either—sorry Nani. But I knew I needed to be a resource for my family and protect them from the evil in the world (in comes the Irish Catholic again). About nine years ago I joined my father and mother-in-law in their wealth management practice and have never looked back. Many things have changed over the course of nearly a decade, but the one thing that hasn’t is my passion for guiding and empowering my clients. Money touches us every day and can cause us happiness or despair. True gratification comes when we realize it does not qualify who we are or make us more or less of a person because we have it or we don’t. The goal is to make better choices today so that, together, we can create the best financial tomorrow.

The goal is to make better choices today so that, together, we can create the best financial tomorrow.

by Bridget M. Grella Financial Consultant with Grella Financial Services, Securities offered through LPL Financial Member FINRA/SIPC

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Discuss your financial styles before marriage — Start your marriage off on the right foot by having an honest discussion about financial habits and objectives. Do you know who you are financially? Is it something you feel good about or is it on your short “fix” list? Would you say that your mate is better at handling money? If so, do you plan on having that person handle the family bills and budget? Do you plan on joining accounts or keeping your current accounts separate? Are you a saver, but your prospective spouse lives paycheck to paycheck? Do you prefer investing heavily in stocks, but your fiancé’s portfolio is filled with bonds? What are each of your short- and long-term financial goals? Think holistically — Consider each spouse’s investment portfolio as part of a whole. For instance, if both you and your mate contribute to 401(k) plans and IRAs, see how your investment choices match up. Depending on your goals for retirement, one or both of you might want to invest more aggressively. Or you might find that your combined portfolio is more exposed to risk than the two of you can tolerate. Either way, you can rebalance your asset allocation by shifting money from one asset class (stocks, bonds, and money market instruments) to another or by adding new money to the underrepresented asset class. Review documents — Along with other legal documents, remember to update your beneficiaries on life insurance policies, IRAs, employer-sponsored retirement plans, and pensions. Also, be sure to either create or modify your wills. Sometimes having an independent third party to help navigate you through the discussion is beneficial. If you find that the discussion stalls or that it evokes negative emotion, then it would be smart to consider using professional help. Your tomorrows have only just begun, and the financial journey can be smoother if you understand how you complement each other financially.


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