Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beautiful Centerpieces

Last night we hosted our quarterly wedding tasting event.  The floral centerpieces, done by Flowers by Darlene, and Evans Flowers, were beautiful as usual.  Here are some photos for you to see.  This first arrangement is an "upgraded" arrangement as you can imagine.  So beautiful!
By Evan's Flowers 

The following centerpieces are offered as part of our Classic Package Weddings.  Aren't they beautiful?  Of course the florists want YOU to be happy, so they will customize the arrangements to suit your taste, and budget.
Flowers by Darlene

Flowers by Darlene

Flowers by Darlene

Flowers by Darlene

Evan's Flowers
I hope to see you here.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More Wonderful Recognition!

As I'm sure you can tell by now, we love to be a part of special occasions at the Hawthorne. Here is another glowing review from the well-known wedding website, The Knot. This wedding took place in our Grand Ballroom at the end of March.

Amazing!    posted 4/3/2014
The Hawthorne was the venue for my wedding ceremony and reception. Everything was fantastic. The food was phenomenal as was the ballroom where we had our ceremony and reception. The second floor area where we had our cocktail hour was also beautiful. Karen, our catering manager, was terrific and gave us lots of options to fit within our budget. She was also very calm and helped us through the planning process. Liz, our event coordinator, was the best. She managed our rehearsal and wedding ceremony and reception. After meeting her the night of the rehearsal, I wasn't nervous at all about the wedding. She kept everything running smoothly and seemed to just magically appear whenever we needed her! All the staff at the Hawthorne were professional and helpful. In my mind we had the perfect wedding!

As always, we hope to see you here!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Nice Thank You Notes

These are certainly self-explanatory, and we thought you would enjoy reading our mail.  The first one, to Liz Dube who is our Banquet Manager, and the second one, written to the entire staff of the Hawthorne Hotel:

I hope you enjoy reading these first-hand accounts of just have fabulous a Hawthorne Hotel or Hawthorne Catering Wedding is -- you can see how this will be for you!


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Another Lovely Wedding Review on the Knot

If you remember the post about the beautiful flowers and luscious cupcakes in late March, you will know a little bit more about this wedding.  Here is their review on the wedding website, The Knot.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did.


Wedding: 3/22/2014
Member Since: 6/8/2009
Wonderful experience!    posted 3/26/2014
My husband and I just had our wedding at the Hawthorne in March. I could not speak more highly of our experience. Due to unfortunate circumstances we had already planned a wedding that had to be cancelled last minute at another venue. Given our position, we weren't even sure if we wanted to go through planning another wedding. However living in Salem I had always admired the hotel when passing by so I decided to look into it. I saw there were some winter and early spring special opportunity dates so sent an email inquiry. To my surprise I received an immediate response and had an appointment with the catering sales manager Alaina that week. When we met with Alaina late fall, it was clear that the venue as well as the staff were warm and inviting. Given the great special, we quickly booked our day for March. Alaina was very empathetic to our situation and went out of her way to make planning a wedding in just 4 months feel extremely easy.

The entire staff was great to work with throughout the process as well-from attending a wonderful complimentary tasting with the very personable and talented chef Ken to coordinating hotel rooms for our guests. When the big day finally came, nothing could have been better. Guests complimented the food, the service and the beautiful ambiance of the ballroom. Our day of coordinator Liz made me feel so comfortable on that day. She coordinated all logistics that day so that I had nothing to worry about. She coordinated with our band, fed our vendors, helped to set up our photo booth and created the most beautiful display with the cupcakes I had ordered. Any time she needed to pull me away for my first dance or to toss the bouquet she was very calm and professional which allowed me to truly relax and enjoy the day. The next day the staff was very helpful in helping us to pack up all of our belongings and the final bill was within $100 of the estimate Alaina had provided me--there were no hidden expenses. I couldn't be more grateful to everyone at the Hawthorne for allowing us to have such a wonderful experience from start to finish.


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Nice Review, on The Knot

Such a nice review, we had to blog about it everywhere.  Please click on the link below to read what was written about a February Wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel:

February Wedding Was Just Right

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Beautiful Photos of a Lovely Wedding

This is the link to a blog post by photographer, Dani Fine Photography, Aisle Perfect Photography Blog of a winter wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel.   We thought you might enjoy seeing it, as there are great photos for you to browse through.

I hope to see you here.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gorgeous PEM Wedding (Peabody Essex Museum)

It seems the more weddings that I get to see photos of, the more I like to see photos of weddings.  This wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) was so beautiful, I just have to share in this blog post.

The photography, by Sweet Jane Photography, is some of the best I have seen of the beautiful Atrium space there.

Since we catered that wedding through our offsite-catering division, Hawthorne Catering, I thought you might also like to see the lovely thank you note we received from the couple who were married:

"I absolutely recommend Hawthorne Catering at the PEM. Our wedding was this past New Year's eve. We had a very small amount of planning time (less than three months), but Lindsay Otis of Hawthorne Catering did an amazing job, in conjunction with Natalia from the PEM. She was able to make fantastic recommendations and was unbelievably responsive. She was extremely patient with all of our vendors, very calm, and so capable. We truly felt like we had a knowledgeable and reliable friend helping us to plan, and certainly helping us to celebrate at the actual wedding. We also had a breakfast the next morning at the Hawthorne Hotel. My parents planned the breakfast entirely and also raved about the service they received from Lindsay and the entire crew at Hawthorne. We just cannot say enough good things! "

If you want to speak to Lindsay about helping you plan the wedding of your dreams, you can call her directly at 978-825-4363.  

I hope you will!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Beautiful Flowers and Luscious, Cute Cupcakes, for an Early Spring Wedding

This past weekend we hosted a beautiful wedding in our Grand Ballroom.  Our Evening Manager, Elizabeth Buchanan, took a lot of photos so I could share them with you, fair blog readers.

The first set of photos, focusing on the beautiful flower arrangements, are all the more amazing because the bride's uncle, who is NOT a florist, but completely and totally very talented, made the arrangements!

This next set of photos are of the cupcake "tree" which the couple had in place of a wedding cake.  The bride, Tara, made the little signs for them, which really set the display off nicely, as well as being informational.  And she brought in the residential-scale cake risers (we provided the traditional tiered stand) to display her cupcakes, which were baked by Georgetown Cupcakes in Boston.  I am salivating over these photos, they all look so yummy!

 Aren't the "bride and groom" just the cutest ever?

Lastly, we present to you the newest addition to our Grand Ballroom, a beautiful triple oval mirror.  Just think about what a nice addition that will be to "your" photos as well, when you plan your wedding in our hotel!
I hope you enjoy seeing all these lovely touches as much as we have.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Islamic Wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel

With all the weddings we do here, we were actually amazed that this has not come up before.  This past weekend we hosted the first (that we know of) Islamic wedding here in the Hawthorne Hotel.  So many of the cultural and religious aspects of this wedding were new to us, so I did a bit of research, and thought I would share what I found on The Knot's website:

From "The Knot" with thanks, here is some information which speaks generally about Islamic weddings. Since this speaks in broad terms, it is not meant to fully represent what took place here this weekend.

From the United States to the Middle East to South Asia, Islam stretches across a diverse terrain of politics and culture with followers and practices as varied as the countries from which they hail. Marriage in Islam is viewed as a religious obligation, a contract between the couple and Allah.
The only requirement for Muslim weddings is the signing of a marriage contract. Marriage traditions differ depending on culture, Islamic sect, and observance of gender separation rules. Most marriages are not held in mosques, and men and women remain separate during the ceremony and reception. Since Islam sanctions no official clergy, any Muslim who understands Islamic tradition can officiate a wedding. If you are having your wedding in a mosque, many have marriage officers, called qazi or madhun, who can oversee the marriage.
The marriage contract includes a meher -- a formal statement specifying the monetary amount the groom will give the bride. There are two parts to the meher: a prompt due before the marriage is consummated and a deferred amount given to the bride throughout her life. Today, many couples use the ring as the prompt because the groom presents it during the ceremony. The deferred amount can be a small sum -- a formality -- or an actual gift of money, land, jewelry, or even an education. The gift belongs to the bride to use as she pleases, unless the marriage breaks up before consummation. The meher is considered the bride's security and guarantee of freedom within the marriage.
The marriage contract is signed in a nikah ceremony, in which the groom or his representative proposes to the bride in front of at least two witnesses, stating the details of the meher. The bride and groom demonstrate their free will by repeating the word qabul ("I accept," in Arabic) three times. Then the couple and two male witnesses sign the contract, making the marriage legal according to civil and religious law. Following traditional Islamic customs, the bride and groom may share a piece of sweet fruit, such as a date. If men and women are separated for the ceremony, a male representative called a wali acts in the bride's behalf during the nikah.
Vows and Blessings\
The officiant may add an additional religious ceremony following the nikah, which usually includes a recitation of the Fatihah -- the first chapter of the Quran -- and durud (blessings). Most Muslim couples do not recite vows; rather, they listen as their officiant speaks about the meaning of marriage and their responsibilities to each other and to Allah. However, some Muslim brides and grooms do say vows, such as this common recitation:
Bride: "I, (bride's name) offer you myself in marriage in accordance with the instructions of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him. I pledge, in honesty and with sincerity, to be for you an obedient and faithful wife."
Groom: "I pledge, in honesty and sincerity, to be for you a faithful and helpful husband."
-- Robin Beth Schaer

Here is the nice "thank you" email we received already from this lovely couple.  She is from Saudi Arabia her new husband is from Turkey:


We just wanted to thank you for all of the wonderful work. Your help through the entire planning. The patience you had with our (my) million questions. You made our dream wedding come true.

And please send a million thanks for Liz. She did an amazing job. Made our entire experience so smooth and effortless. She kept up with our nervous with grace and lots of understanding. Showing enough firmness when needed :) I can't thank her enough!

And please thank all the serving staff who were so organized and effiecnt. Also the chef and his staff for the delicious food. All of our guest loved it!

Tahani and Orhan

Favors for the gentlemen, seated in the Essex Room

Tables for the gentlemen, in the Essex Room

Tables for the ladies, in Sophia's

Place card table and "guest book"

In place of a traditional "guest book" guests were asked to sign little hearts.  This is not something traditional to an Islamic wedding, just something that the couple liked.

Favors in the room set aside for the ladies

Beautiful traditional cake

Beautiful sweetheart table with special lighting.

Sophia's rich red walls harmonized so nicely with the red rose petals, and other accent pieces chosen by this couple.  In the background on the left side is a small love seat which was where the couple were seated for the exchange of rings.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this particularly unique event, at least as much as we were permitted to share.