Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Beautiful Bridal Attendants

As I was walking through the lobby on New Year's Eve, I noticed these four beautiful young women who were obviously waiting for 'their' bride. I asked if I could blog them, and they happily agreed.

I hope you enjoy this candid look at the lobby and life of the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Wedding Wonderland

Yesterday we had a lovely wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel, right in the middle of the first blizzard of the year. The bride and groom looked spectacular, as did the decor. I hope you enjoy getting a peek at their special day.

Michele and Jason

We hope to see you here.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Link to Martha Stewart Weddings Reviews

Here is a link to this website. There are a number of reviews by writers who had their weddings here at the Hawthorne Hotel. We thought you might enjoy reading their comments about their weddings.

We hope this is helpful to you.


Friday, December 05, 2008

Unusual Elements Add to the Special Flavor of Kelli and Brendan's Wedding


Here in the first photo you see Kelli holding the Memory Board that her guests will sign as they arrive at the reception after her wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel tonight. She included our Hawthorne Hotel Winter Postcard as the centerpiece of her memory board, a sweet touch that made us smile!

We also love the favors that she made, seen in the second photo. They are so cute.

The final photo is of her wedding program, which also includes the same image as her memory board, of the Hawthorne Hotel in a winter greens wreath. A perfect touch to tie things all together.

Thanks for sharing your nice ideas with the Hawthorne Hotel Wedding Blog audience, Kelli. We are happy to be a part of your life.

Juli (and Christine, and the TEAM of the Hawthorne Hotel)
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Joe and Ann!

We received the following thank you note and photo of a wedding which took place one year ago on the same day that Joe and Ann came to celebrate their anniversary with brunch for themselves and friends and family. To better read the note, just click on the image to enlarge it.

Today this very happy family came to our Sunday Jazz Brunch in Nathaniel's to celebrate the First Anniversary of Joe Wojtowicz and Ann Gilmor (pictured below). They were married right here in the Hawthorne Hotel last year, and could think of no better place to celebrate their anniversary than with us.

We love it that our guests are able to establish such a connection with us, and are able to continue their life celebrations by coming back to the Hawthorne. This is something that you cannot do when you have your wedding in a catering-only function hall or other historic home, since there is nothing there that is open to the public. While we realize this is not going to be the sole determining factor when you choose where to hold your wedding reception, it is just another little thing that sets the Hawthorne Hotel apart from all the other places you can choose -- we do have a way for you to celebrate your special anniversaries. Whether a romantic dinner for two, a big family brunch, an overnight getaway, or just a casual lunch in our Tavern, there are many options here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

We hope you will choose us for your most special day -- and for many celebrations beyond this one.


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Ballroom in its Most Classic Holiday Look

Here are some photos of Friday night's wedding in the Ballroom. I took them because I thought the Ballroom looked its CLASSIC BEST -- the Christmas wreaths with greens, lights, and bows make a lovely background, the chair covers and their gold bows echoed the bows in the windows, the dancefloor was gleaming in the candlelight. It just seemed perfect.

I thought you would enjoy seeing it too.


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Monday, November 24, 2008

A Nice Thank You Email

Check out our post on the Hawthorne Hotel blog today for a lovely testimonial about a wedding, that we received yesterday.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tonight's Wedding Tasting

Once you book your wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel, or Hawthorne Catering, you will be invited to a Tasting for your wedding. This was tonight's tasting. I took photos of some of the elements so that the couples didn't have to remember everything.

I hope you enjoy getting an insider's look at what we do here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


Upgraded Flower Arrangement

Standard Flower Arrangement with upgraded linen (runner)

Standard Flower Arrangement

Standard Flower Arrangement (candle ring), with upgraded overlay tablecloth

Sophia's set for the tasting

Wild Mushroom Risotto Cake with Tomato-Basil Sauce

Field Green Salad, Goat Cheese, Spiced Pecans and Champagne Vinaigrette

Napkin Fold Samples

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

One Year Later . . .

Here you see Atina and Brian, who were married here at the Hawthorne Hotel one year ago.
They came back this week to celebrate their first anniversary, and we offered to take these photos since they forgot their camera. I had them pose outside under our awning, like the wedding photo you see of them one year ago.

. . . and still madly in love!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

A Beautiful Couple Sends Us a Beautiful Note

Here is a very lovely and heartfelt thank you note that we received in our off-site catering division office this past week. It is for a wedding that we did at the Peabody Essex Museum.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did.


Flower Girl?

If that is what the tee-shirt says, it must be true, right?

This past weekend we had yet another reason to be happy that we are a pet-friendly hotel here at the Hawthorne -- "Miss Dottie", the Flower Girl, was able to participate in Wendy and Don's wedding here in the Library of the Hawthorne Hotel.

Rarely does the photographer get into the photos, for obvious reasons, but it is apparent that David LaChappelle really enjoyed getting to be involved in this wedding, so we snapped his photo for this blog post. David is a great photographer, so I'm sure his photos of this unusual flower girl are better than these.

Wendy looks ready to go, but "Miss Dottie" seems to be on strike.

A face only a 'mother' could love?

I hope you enjoy this peek at yet another unusual wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Ballroom Looks Beautiful in Blue

While not the color one would normally choose to use in our Ballroom, these photos show that this room is just neutral enough to work with virtually any color palette.

The navy blue satin bows, blue hydrangeas, and blue fondant ribbon on the wedding cake all coordinate so nicely.

The use of alternating tall arrangements, with the lower arrangements on some tables gave a nice energy to the room.

This was the charming favor, given to each guest. What a nice thought!

I can't wait to see what you choose for your wedding.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wedding at PEM in Salem, Massachusetts

As you may already know, we are the preferred caterer for the functions held at the Peabody Essex Museum here in Salem. We also hold the liquor license there, so we are the exclusive provider of alcoholic beverage service.

We recently received this link to a wedding video that is on You Tube, of a wedding at PEM where we provided both the food and the liquor. I thought you might enjoy seeing it:

If you are interested in learning more about having your wedding reception at the Peabody Essex Museum, (PEM) please contact Lindsay Otis at 978-745-9500, extension 3156, or Natalia Laskaris, extension 3115.

We hope to see you here or there!


Saturday, October 11, 2008

The First Dance

Here are two photos that I snapped from the Grandmother Windows overlooking the Ballroom. These windows were once used by the grandmothers of the community who came to chaperone dances held in the Ballroom. Today, they give me a perfect opportunity to take photos of the activities in our Ballroom here at the Hawthorne Hotel. Tonight that activity was the couples 'first dance' as man and wife.

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