Monday, October 15, 2012

Awesome Wedding With Darling Details

At the Hawthorne Hotel we see so many weddings that there are times when you could say we have seen it all.  Then someone comes in with a vision for a wedding, and executes it in just that special way that makes us sit up and take note.

Last night's wedding was one such event.  It was both special and beautiful at the same time.  While it had a tiny touch of Halloween incorporated into it, there was nothing garish at all about it.  From the runner at the wedding ceremony, to the gorgeous centerpieces, and everything in between, it was done with great taste and attention to detail.

Katelyn and Daniel were so fun to work with, as was Katelyn's mother who was so creative.  Thanks so much for letting us photograph and share your ideas here on our Wedding Blog for the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

We hope you enjoy seeing these photos that I took last night.

Darling holder for gift card envelopes.  It was an off-the-shelf piece that was modified to accept the envelopes.
The "small detail" was in getting them out, but that is a story for another day.

Guests were asked to leave thumb prints in purple and orange on this lovely personalized tree.  

Place card holders are slices of birch tree, picking up on the Fall theme with the leaves very nicely.

Directions to guests regarding the thumbprint tree

Bridesmaid bouquet

Bride's bouquet

The beautiful bride and her attendant prepare to enter the ceremony in the Grand Ballroom

So lovely, waiting on the landing for her cue.

Liz Dube, Banquet Manager directing the flower girl and ring bearer into the room

With Dad
Liz closes the doors, waits for the right moment in the music and directs the bride and dad into the room.

The runner was exquisite, each edge covered with crystals and purple flower petals, all handmade by the bride's mother and aunt.

The room looked so beautiful for the ceremony
The bride, Katelyn, entered the room as a "Baxter"
And she became a "Musser" at the end of the runner.
The stationed hors d'oeuvres at the cocktail reception

These arrangements did double-duty.  They served as part of the decor for the wedding ceremony, and then became centerpieces for alternating tables at the dinner.

The program for the wedding

Alternating tables had ivory cloths with beautiful sheer scroll overlays.  Those tables had centerpieces made in pumpkins.

The alternating tables had aubergine tablecloths with the same scroll overlays, and they got the tall, branches with lights and crystals for their centers

The sweetheart table had an arrangement made in a white pumpkin.  The window sills had decorations too.

The wedding cake echoed the theme of Fall, and had a darling customized topper of him and her.

The table numbers were leaves.

The beautiful upgraded green water goblets really helped the room glow, and echoed the leaf theme.

The "guest book" tree with "leaf" thumbprints

The crystals in the centerpieces echoed the crystal chandeliers in the Grand Ballroom.

I hope you enjoy seeing all of these many photos of this extra-cool wedding here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel. Juli


  1. beautiful, the creativity is wonderful. i love the thumbprint guestbook idea. the centerpieces were gorgeous. love the little birch tree place card holders.

  2. Cheryl Baxter5:35 PM

    To everyone who made this wedding so special.
    Lindsay Otis was the first person we met when we came to see the Hawthorne for our daughters wedding. She is so awesome. Every single things she recommended that we did, did not do or looked at was simply amazing. Liz Dube was present for the event and looked me in the eye and told me not to worry about anything. And I didn't have to. The food was to die for and there was not one negative comment. It was delicious. From the moment we set foot in the hotel everything was wonderful. You helped us with every detail with people from across the country even shipping in kosher meals which I hear were amazing. I never needed to worry about anything. As we left the hotel we left with everything all nicely packed by your wonderful staff. I so wish I could remember everyones name. There is a woman who is hostess to the bar area but also worked the event as the head overseeer other than Liz. Can you thank her for me. She made sure not just my husband and I but everyone was taken care of. I will send my proper thanks soon but kudos to everyone of you. There is not one thing that could have been done better. For all the brides to be work with Darlene, Chris Culkeen, David LaChapelle and Montillios each of them were so awesome and did many things by email since our daughter lives in Arizona and did not even see the venue until a month before her big day. Thanks to all of you more than I can express here.
    If anyone needs a recommendation please feel free to give out my email address I would be happy to help.

    Cheryl Baxter

  3. We are thrilled to read this! Thank you for your kind words! --Juli Lederhaus, General Manager