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Western New England’s Monthly Wedding Magazine April 2009

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Inside The Wedding Day Sourcebook This Month The Magazine For Western New England Brides To Be FEATURES Upcoming Events ................................ 4 Ask Rose Eileen..................................... 6 Real New England Weddings .......... 8 Have Your Cake/Eat It Too................. 12 Candles in the Window ..................... 16

CEREMONY LOCATIONS Storrowton Village Museum ............ 5

LINGERIE Underlings Lingerie ............................ 5

DJ After Hours DJ Entertainment ........ 27 Hard at Play DJ...................................... 25

Writers Wanted ..................................... 20 Subscribe!............................................... 28 Things To Do.......................................... 29 Wedding Directory ............................. 30

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MAKEUP ARTISTS/SKINCARE Flawless Beauty Mobile Studio ....... 5 Jafra .......................................................... 21 Lynn Tassinari Wegiel ......................... 13 Mary Kay ................................................. 21

BANQUETS Chandler’s .............................................. 23 Clarion Hotel ......................................... 24 Garden House at Look Park ............. 28 MassMutual Center ............................. 26 Storrowton Tav. & Carriage House . 19 The Camelot Room ............................. 18 The Hotel Northampton ................... 15 Worthington Pond Farm & Garden13 BRIDAL REGISTRY Macy’s ...................................................... 9 BRIDAL SHOWS /EVENTS ................................ 22 4 11 A Day of Elegance ............................... 32 Shriner’s Spring Expo ......................... 14 WNE Fall Bridal Show..................... .... 31 CAKES & CONFECTIONS Creative Confections .......................... 24 Moore Cakes.......................................... 5 Why Cookies? ........................................ 5 CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by MaryBeth Reed ....... 19 Elegant Writing..................................... 6 CATERING Events by Johnsens............................. 15

FORMALWEAR & APPAREL Bancroft Bridals .................................... 7 Bridal Heirlooms .................................. 19 Pearl Bridal Boutique.......................... 11 FLORIST Durocher Florist ................................... 23 Isabelle’s Creations LLC...................... 10 Mary’s Floral Designs.......................... 5 FOOTWEAR Comfort Footwear ............................... 27 GIFTS & FAVORS Chocolate Works .................................. 21 Equus Candle ........................................ 6 Sweet Reveal ......................................... 15 HONEYMOONS Magical Escapes....................................20 HOTELS / INNS Clarion Hotel ......................................... 24 The Hotel Northampton ................... 15 INVITATIONS Lasting Impressions ............................ 5 Isabelle’s Creations LLC...................... 10 JEWELRY Sutter’s Jewelry .................................... 11 Rys and Shine!....................................... 27 Roxy’s Enfield Square Mall................ 10 Silpada ..................................................... 18

MUSICIANS / BANDS Heavenly Elegance.............................. 21 Kurian / Nix Duo................................... 5 Vocals & Flute-Sarah Clay ................. 6 PHOTOGRAPHERS Jennifer Corridan Photography...... 14 Joseph Kushick Photography.......... 21 Karen Geaghan Photography ......... 18 Kerr Photography ................................ 13 Kathleen Miller Photography .......... 24 Perkins Photography & Video ......... 27 Robert Charles Photography........... 25 Seth Kaye Photography .................... 22 Snap Shots Photography .................. 15 The Photography of Phill Davis ...... 20 RENTAL EQUIPMENT Taylor Rental .......................................... 10 UNIQUE ITEMS Rachel’s Table Food Bank .................. 11 VIDEOGRAPHERS Creative Video by Nelson.................. 25 KMJ Videography................................. 10 Skyride Video ........................................ 21 Star Video ............................................... 6 T-Bo Productions ................................. 6 WEDDING CONSULTANTS Affiance-Events .................................... 19

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE Beverly A. Place .................................... 21

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April 2009 • Volume 16 - Issue 4 Published Monthly by: Technigraphics P.O. Box 916, West Springfield, MA 01090 (413) 737-1152 Fax (413) 737-7999 Publisher: Jim Powers Editor: Lisa Powers Ad Sales & Information: (413) 737-1152 Distribution Distributed at no charge to locations in the Greater Springfield area, including: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Brimfield, Chicopee, Deerfield, Easthampton, East Longmeadow, Enfield, Feeding Hills, Granby, Hampden, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Northampton, Palmer, Somers, Southampton, Southwick, South Hadley, Springfield, Sturbridge, Suffield, Three Rivers, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham.


Welcome to Spring! Flowers are blooming, the grass is finally getting green and the next few months are busy with local activities and many are the type that will just make you feel good. Many people in our area have been touched by the generosity of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, MA. The Shriners Hospitals have been helping thousands of children with burns, orthopedic conditions, leg and spinal cord injuries and more since 1922. Unfortunately, economic factors are taking a toll on this wonderful institution and the need for donations is at an all time high. Hearing that call and being personally touched by the good work of the Shriners Hospital, The Finishing Touch Salon and Spa in South Hadley invite you to the 1st Annual Shriner’s Spring Expo, Bridal & Women’s Event on May 17th at Adelphia’s Banquet Hall in South Hadley. They invite you to enjoy a fashion show, dance demonstrations, mini makeovers and more, all while donating to a good cause...the Shriners! A Silent Auction with amazing items will be available to bid with all proceeds directly donated to the Shriners. Stop by and support this much needed hospital for children! Also beginning this spring, Sutter’s Jewelry of Holyoke will host Rise and Shine, Breakfast at Sutters. You’ll learn what to look for in an ideal cut diamond by expert jeweler, James Sutter. Enjoy breakfast prepared by the Log Cabin and meet gown experts from Pearl Bridal Boutique. Tickets are just $20 with all proceeds benefiting the Rays of Hope Walk to Cure Breast Cancer. Call Sutter’s to make a reservation! Watch some reality fun from as a local couple share their experience of planning their wedding. Follow the Wedding Day Sourcebook on Twitter (WedDaySourcebk). Share your wedding plans with us!


Look for a new Sourcebook issue every month at your local public library, bridal shops, florists, bakeries, banks, and many other locations, including our advertiser’s businesses.

Till next month, Happy Spring!


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A Column Of Questions and Answers From Springfield’s Miss Manners Dear Rose Eileen, When my fiancé and I get married next month the only children we’re planning to invite are our nieces and nephews who are actually in the wedding. We just heard from some close friends, who asked if they could bring their kids to the wedding. I really don’t want them to, but I’m not sure how to turn them down. What should I say? Izzy B by email Dear Izzy, Simple. Just tell them sorry, but the wedding is an adults-only affair except for your immediate family. If they’re traveling from out-of-town as a family, you can also offer to locate a babysitter to watch their kids during the wedding. Once you’ve indicated that children aren’t invited to a wedding or any other event, it’s best not to make any exceptions. If you do, the other guests—who didn’t ask and just found sitters—will be annoyed that you let someone else bring their kids. As it is, by asking you to overlook the “no children” rule in their case, your friends are putting you in an awkward position. Dear Rose Eileen, This is a second marriage for both my fiance and myself. We are exchanging vows in a public park with a JP and would like our friends and family to attend. We are not having a formal reception at all. Our invitations have noted that there is no formal reception and that gifts will be respectfully declined. My family and bridal party will be having dinner following the ceremony at a local restaurant. For those who may want to join us for our wedding day, how do we go about letting them know that everyone will be paying for their own food? How would I word the reply card? Carrie the bride, by email

Dear Carrie, There’s just no polite way out of this one. First, never mention gifts on a wedding invitation. It’s just not right. Second, you never invite guests to an event and ask them to pay for it too. It just isn’t polite. If you cannot afford to pay for your guests, it is better not to invite them. Dear Rose Eileen, I’m currently in school, not really working and the only money coming in is from my fiance. We plan on getting married in March, I think. I have the church, that was simple, and know where I want the reception. I just have no idea on how to pull this off without going into debt. I am supposed to have a budget. Any ideas on how I can save money or get this done with out spending a lot would be very appreciated. Jenn P. by email

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Do you have a question about planning your wedding? Rose Eileen invites you to submit any questions about wedding planning by mail or email. Rose Eileen and the advertisers of the Wedding Day Sourcebook will do their utmost to answer them. Send Your Questions About Weddings To: “Dear Rose Eileen”, c/o The Wedding Day Sourcebook P.O. Box 916, W. Springfield, MA 01090 or email her at

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Ceremony: Our Lady of Good Voyage Church in Gloucester, MA Reception: Elks at Bass Rocks in Gloucester, MA Gown: Maggie Sottero from Confetti and Lace Tuxedo: MW Tux Photographer: Karen Geaghan Photography DJ: Nu Image Entertainment Florist: Petals of Peabody, MA Cake: Cupcakes by Cakes for Occasions Hair & Makeup: Sandra and Ashley from Fantastic Sam’s Salon First Dance: Steady As We Go by Dave Matthews Honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii

Be Unique: Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had a cupcake tree.

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Kristie: “The whole day was wonderful, but if I had to pick out one moment it was being introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Lambert during the reception. “ Alan: “My favorite moment was seeing Kristie in her dress April for the first time, as she walked down the2009 isle.”


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If you’re getting ready to get engaged, you’re also about to start planning a wedding. Why not take a major step toward doing both perfectly? Come to Breakfast at Sutter’s, held the last Sunday of every month at Sutter’s Jewelry. You’ll learn what to look for in an ideal cut diamond, discover what is truly conflict free, and learn the basics of jewelry terminology. You’ll also get a one-on-one session with expert jeweler and jewelry designer James Sutter. And you’ll have an opportunity to view a spectacular 4 carat ideal cut diamond from the Diavik mine in British Columbia, Canada. Plus, you’ll enjoy an incredible breakfast prepared by chefs from the Log Cabin and Delaney House, the region’s premier wedding spots. You’ll also have a chance to meet bridal gown experts from Pearl Bridal Boutique. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call Sutter’s at 534-1111 or email to reserve a spot. Tickets are $20 per couple with all proceeds benefiting the Rays of Hope Walk to Cure Breast Cancer.

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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too in a Down Economy We all know that the economy has taken a bad turn, even though lately things do seem to be perking up. We all have to be careful right now when it comes to on what we spend our money. Does that mean you can’t have your dream wedding? No, it does not. These days, it’s easy to assume you can’t have your cake and eat it too when it comes to your wedding , but here at the Wedding Day Sourcebook, we feel differently! We have put together a list of ideas and ways for you to have it all, by not spending a fortune. First things first, map out your budget! We suggest laying it out in relative to its importance. Do create a buffer of what you won’t spend over. Be prepared for compromise.

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Choose 3 priority items ... these are the ones that you are happy to splurge on if it means getting the best out there. For instance, we recommend never skimping on your photography as this is something you’ll keep for the rest of your life! Decide if there are any parts of the wedding you can do without ... for instance, rather than give favors to your guests that they might not use, donate $1 per guest to your favorite charity. It’s also a way to give back in these trying economic times. Go through your guest list with a fine toothed comb. The one thing that will bump up your budget is your guest list. Our rule of thumb, if you haven’t spoken to them in over a year you can probably do without having them at your wedding. Consider ordering wedding cupcakes rather than a 5 tiered wedding cake! Cupcakes are not only more cost effective, but they can give you a variety of flavors and they are unique, too!

Use the linens that your banquet hall provides and then rent a table runner to add color. Table runners are still stylish, but cost less than renting a full table linen. Hire a coordinator! Believe it or not, wedding coordinators can save you time and money! They can come up with all sorts of great ideas to cut costs and will save you time and stress as well. They know all the wedding professionals, they know their price points and can certainly get you exactly what you’re looking for without the extra expense. Find a tux rental shop that offers the groom’s tux for free if your whole bridal party rents from there. You can then opt to divide the savings between everyone to cut costs down all around. Wear vintage jewelry that your family owns, rather than buying new! Not only is this eco-chic, but vintage jewelry usually outshines the new stuff. Borrow a veil. If you’re going to spend money on something, you should spend it on the dress!!! A veil is a veil is a veil ... if you have a married friend, chances are her veil looks the same as the ones in the stores now. Choose a theme that is easy to create, such as “spring.” Use soft colors, spring flowers, with a garden feel. For “fall,” use bronze, copper or orange tones, a fall leaf design on your invitation, place cards, thank you notes and more.

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Candles in the Windows A New England tradition lends its soft glow to weddings at Chandler’s By Jaclyn C. Stevenson When Colonial America was still in its infancy, New Englanders placed candles in their windows during times of celebration. Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle in South Deerfield, Mass. has kept this tradition alive, and its candle-lit ambiance has helped the venue earn a reputation as one of the most romantic spots in New England. Indeed, any bride planning an evening reception will envision her wedding sparkling with thousands of soft, delicate lights. That’s not a tall order for Amanda Malone, special events coordinator at Chandler’s -- on the contrary, she says, it’s as natural as flicking a light switch. “At night, the restaurant is lit primarily by candles – on the tables, in the chandeliers, in sconces on the wall, and along the mantelpiece,” said Malone. “It makes for a really different kind of atmosphere, and candle light just screams romance.” During a normal dinner service, Chandler’s is illuminated by about 250 candles. Malone said that number is nearly doubled when decorating for a wedding reception or another special occasion, by adding votives to shelves, serving tables, and window sills. It’s an atmosphere that requires little embellishment. At a wedding reception, the beeswax candles on the dinner tables glow from behind simple hurricane glass, creating an extra sparkle. Malone added that some brides add a touch of color with a small floral arrangement. “It’s a clean, simple addition to the table, and it adds just enough to the space, which is already unique,” 16 H The Wedding Day Sourcebook

she said. “It’s also a time- and moneysaver – the hurricane lamps are part of the package, and centerpieces are therefore taken care of.” Chandler’s is intimate in both size and feel; it seats up to 120 people for a wedding reception or another celebration, and has a number of smaller spaces that are ideal for showers, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, or even a private, romantic dinner for two. These “niche spots,” as Malone calls them, include the Vineyard Room, which extends from the main dining room, and the Wine Cellar Lounge, which accommodates 55 people and is home to an awardwinning selection of North American wines, plus a new collection of international wines. Both are popular spots for showers during the spring months, and also for luncheons, family dinners, or small celebrations through-out the year. Malone said the Vineyard Room has even been reserved by just one couple, who enjoyed a private dinner with full service from the Chandler’s staff. It’s instances like these, she said, that earned Chandler’s the moniker of Western New England’s most romantic venue. The restaurant has earned the Valley Advocate’s ‘Most Romantic’ distinction in the publication’s annual Best of the Valley edition seven years in a row, and awards of excellence from Wine Spectator magazine for six consecutive years. Both of these are titles Malone said Chandler’s is keenly interested in maintaining. After 14 years in operation, though, Chandler’s also understands the importance of a seamless wedding day. Its manicured lawns are available for on-site wedding cer-

emonies, after which the couple can stroll directly to their reception along a brick pathway. If the weather turns cold or wet, the main dining room can be easily converted into a ceremony space, and dinner tables are arranged family-style, to create a more personal mood. The décor inside is changed with the seasons, as is the menu – Chandler’s chef, Greg Monette, creates customized menus with a New England flair for wedding receptions, using fresh, local produce. Its location on the Yankee Candle flagship store grounds is another boon. Malone said several bridal parties take advantage of the wide selection of candles and other accents at the store to provide favors, and in turn, Yankee Candle offers services tailored especially for brides and grooms. “Small lanterns with tea lights are popular lately – they add that much more glow,” Malone noted. “Plus, Yankee offers customized and personalized favors. Small votives can be wrapped in tulle and decorated with flowers, gems, or other embellishments. They’re assembled with the appropriate labels and tags, and delivered finished. It’s another great time-saver.” Unwrapped on Chandler’s tables, those favors lend their wicks to the soft light of its rooms. And even from outside, any New Englander peering into its windows will know there’s a celebration at hand. Jaclyn Stevenson is a writer based in Massachusetts; jaclyncstevenson@

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Amanda Malone has served as Special Events Coordinator at Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle for five years. She’s been at the helm of several weddings, and shared some of her insights on current trends, avoiding pitfalls, and planning with The Wedding Day Sourcebook. • Having dinner arranged in stations, as opposed to buffet-style or a sit-down meal with service, is a great way to keep waiting to a minimum and mingling to the maximum. Receptions with Tapas menus (small portions of several different dishes shared among guests) are also gaining popularity. • Photo booths at weddings are hugely popular right now. They are a fun activity for guests, and offer instant mementos. “People love trying new things!” says Malone. • Avoid using scented candles as place-settings or in centerpieces – they can become overwhelming when all lit in one room, affect some guests’ allergies, and can also affect the taste of the food.

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• Two Photographers • Highly recommended • Personalized service… that’s all about YOU! 15 Addison Road Wilbraham, MA

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The Calvanese Family welcomes you back to a local tradition...

Storrowton Tavern

Affordable Elegance • Excellent Service • Exceptional Food Banquet and Private Dining Rooms • Seating to 325 Unique & Memorable Setting Traditional New England & Continental Fare

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner on Sunday

At Storrowton Village on the Grounds of the Big E 1305 Memorial Ave. • West Springfield, MA • (413) 732-4188

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Bridal Heirlooms Affiance-Events A Full Service Bridal Boutique

The Village Commons 17 College St, South Hadley

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(413) 204-7818

Wedding Coordination & Corporate Event Planning

Any Location, Any Occasion, Achieving Your Dreams...All of the Time

Call today for your Personal Wedding Planner. Affiance wedding planners are here to make your dreams come true. We can help you plan your wedding from beginning to end, suggest vendors, venues or be there to make your day as stress free as possible. Serving MA, NY, CT and other regions. The Wedding Day Sourcebook

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Due to subscriber demand, writers are wanted for unique stories, business profiles and interviews for the area’s only monthly wedding publication, The Wedding Day Sourcebook. If you are interested in submitting stories or writing on topic, please contact our offices at 413-737-1152 or by email to All articles will be considered. April 2009



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Creative Confections Cakes of Distinction Deliciously Different

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CREATIVE VIDEO by Nelson Breathtaking Quality • Superior Editing • Experience We capture romance, emotion, light, sound and all the beauty of your wedding day and transform it into a work of art. Viewing your video will be like going back in time to that special day. Don’t miss out, call Creative Video today


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Choose from one of our elegant album packages or design the wedding package of your dreams. To set up an appointment, please call

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The newest premier community and banquet facility in this area! Perfect for weddings, bridal showers, Jack N' Jill parties! Simple country elegance that accommodates up to 175. Carpeted, air conditioned with a flexible dance floor plan. Enjoy the courtyard tent for outdoor functions from April to October. Select a caterer from our list of the areas finest. Private Bridal Room with a separate entrance. Seasonal Liquor License Call for your appointment to tour our beautiful facility.

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Things to Do List 6 to 24 Months Ahead • Subscribe to the Wedding Day Sourcebook • Attend every Bridal Show you can! Check • Announce your engagement in hometown newspapers • Discuss and decide on the atmosphere you’d like at your wedding • Talk to family & fiancé about budget • Decide wedding size • Talk to clergy or J.P. and arrange ceremony location & date • Find a reception location available on your date • Plan wedding theme and colors • Choose your wedding party • Compile your guest lists, collect addresses; set up a system to track RSVP’s. • Select all your formalwear gown veil shoes & nylons petticoat or slip jewelry purse handkerchief or lucky items • Select bridesmaids dresses shoes & nylons jewelry hairpieces gloves • Select tuxes and accessories • Register for wedding gifts in your hometowns • Choose a photographer and let him/her know if your ceremony location has any restrictions about lighting, standing on the altar, etc. • Choose a videographer • Choose a cake • Choose musicians for ceremony (find out if your church allows outside musicians or secular music) • Choose musicians for reception and let them know exactly what you want them to play • Choose a florist • Locate a caterer, if necessary • Locate and rent a tent and/or decorative items such as an arbor, wishing well for cards, balloons & helium tank, etc. • Sign up for dance lessons • Send deposits to all your vendors; keep all your contracts in one file with your payment schedules. • Arrange transportation from your house to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the formal photography location, from there to the reception, and from the reception to the honeymoon night location.

4 to 6 Months Ahead • Reserve accommodations for your out-of-town guests • Select and order your invitations and thank- you cards • Arrange your honeymoon travel • Help mothers choose dresses • Look for a place to live and shop for home furnishings • Order rings and engraving • Decide on favors to match your theme 2 to 4 Months Ahead • Address wedding invitations • Collect items to stuff into invitation, including registry cards, hotel reservation information, directions, etc. • Buy enough postage for invitations and RSVP envelopes • Purchase gifts for your spouse-to-be and your attendants • Plan the rehearsal dinner and send invitations 1 to 2 Months Ahead • Make hair and makeup appointments for yourself and your bridesmaids • Have final dress fittings • Attend showers and send thank-yous • Plan a get-together with your bridesmaids to give them their gifts/accessories • Collect luggage and clothes for honeymoon • Purchase or make ring pillow, guest book, toast glasses, cake knife, etc. • Arrange for basket or other location for cards containing money that arrive during the reception • Get blood test and marriage license (fewer than 30 days before the ceremony) • Mail invitations 2 Weeks Ahead • Plan to change your name on your Social Security info, driver’s license, credit cards, & bank accounts -- you will need a certified copy of your wedding certificate. • Make a seating plan for the reception; write placecards 1 Week Ahead • Pack for honeymoon • Pack an emergency kit for the wedding day containing a sewing kit, extra nylons, comfortable shoes, hairspray, bobby pins, kleenex, Pepto Bismol, etc. • Rest and relax -- you’re getting married! Have a massage or a facial - just for yourself and your sanity.

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Wedding Day Directory A Comprehensive Listing Of Greater Springfield’s Wedding Services BALLOONS AND DECORATING Amazing Balloon Decor

(413) 530-0326

BANQUET FACILITIES Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, N’ton Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst

(413) 586-1211 (413) 253-2576

CAKES & CONFECTIONS Atkins Farm/Country Market, Amherst Moore Cakes, Warren

(413) 253-9528 (413) 436-7350

HORSE & CARRIAGE Hollow Brook Farms, LLC

(413) 245-9325

JUSTICES OF THE PEACE Maryann DeLoria Ceremonies Of The Heart (413) 789-2798 LIGHTING AND EVENT PRODUCTION CJC Event Lighting

(413) 737-7555

MUSICIANS A Trumpet For Any Occasion, Robert Ravosa Decorator Music, Andrea Kwapien Gary S. Jones, Singer/Guitarist/DJ John McIntyre, Bagpiper Laurie Festa, Pianist Sheldon Ross, Trumpet Services Starshine (Mr. C) Entertainment Sue Kurian, Flute Services, Northampton Warm Winds

(413)567-7470 (413) 584-4991 (413) 786-8748 (413) 537-5579 (413) 782-6732 (413) 256-4243 (413) 245-4544 (413) 586-2854 (413) 364-2310

PHOTOGRAPHERS Karen Geaghan Photography, Wilbraham Michael C. Mislak Photography, Ludlow Photography by Donna, S. Hadley Sweet Memories Photo & Video, E. Long.

(413) 596-2227 (413) 589-9586 (413) 538-8290 (413) 246-0627

CALLIGRAPHY Elegant Writing

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(413) 245-9325

DISC JOCKEYS After Hours DJ Entertainment, Enfield, CT Always Starshine DJ Entertainment Gary S. Jones, Agawam Jammin Jim’s DJ Service, Somers, CT Peterson Productions, Northampton, MA “The” Dance Party, Greenfield, MA

(860) 749-1630 (413) 245-4544 (413) 786-8748 (860) 763-1164 (413) 586-3183 (800) 987-0350

FLORISTS Atkins Farm/Country Market, Amherst Durocher Florist, West Springfield, MA Green Thumb Florist & Garden, Brimfield

(413) 253-9528 (413) 785-5148 (413) 245-6565

TRANSPORTATION Earl’s Affordable Limousine Service Royal Coach Limousines The Limo Connection

(413) 739-7293 (413) 594-1940 (413) 746-LIMO

FORMAL WEAR & APPAREL Bancroft Bridals, Agawam Bridal Barn and Tux Shoppe, Deerfield Bridal Heirlooms, South Hadley Lorraine’s Fashion Showcase, Holyoke

(413) 789-3073 (413) 774-2691 (413) 532-4848 (413) 533-3774

VIDEOGRAPHERS Star Video, Chicopee Sunset Video Production, Westfield

(413) 539-9769 (413) 562-3326


(413) 204-7818 (413) 786-7700

GIFTS AND FAVORS Equus Candle, Easthampton Chocolate Works, E. Longmeadow

(413) 529-0800 (413) 525-8121

GUEST ROOMS Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst

(413) 253-2576

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The Western New England Fall

Bridal Show

November 15, 2009 • 11am - 4 pm MassMutual Center • Springfield, MA

Don’t Miss the Area’s Largest One Day Bridal Event! • Featuring The Finest Wedding Service Providers in the Area • The Area’s Best Multimedia Fashion Show By Bancroft Bridals • Bridal Goodie Bags • Thousands of Dollars in Door Prizes • Live Music • Prizes and Surprises

Register to win a

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Preregister Online for a CJC Events Goodie Bag Tickets are $5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door

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8th al Annu

A Day Of Elegance

Bridal Show

At The Garden House In Look Park, Florence, Massachusetts

Sunday, September 20, 2009 • 11am-4pm

“Find everything you need for your wedding” •Taste food from the area’s finest caterers and bakers •Enjoy Live Music & Fashions under the Tent •Meet the area’s Finest Wedding Professionals •Many Prizes and Surprises! •CJC Events Famous Bridal Goodie Bags!

Fashion Show at 2:30

Win a Honeymoon in See details online

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