Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Wedding Loveliness

Here are some photos of the wedding we had in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday night, December 21.  I hope you enjoy seeing this lovely winter wedding.  This adorable couple was just in from taking photos on the Common.  Don't you love all the twinkling lights!  And her sweater!  So cute!

If we can assist you with the wedding of your dreams, please call us at 978-825-4358.  I can assure you that you will be happy with the results.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Photographer Blogs About a PEM Wedding

Here is the link to a blog post written by photographer Stacie Kirkwood which shows a few photos of the Hawthorne Hotel, and a lot of photos of their wedding reception at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM.)

Wedding Reception at PEM

I hope you enjoy this look at yet another lovely wedding that we catered utilizing our Offsite Catering Division, Hawthorne Catering.

If we can be of assistance to you in planning a wedding, please call us at 978-825-4358.


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Get Out Your Box of Tissues

Lindsay Otis, who handles all of our off-site wedding bookings, recently received a lovely thank you email which you can see here:

Hi Natalia and Lindsay,

I apologize for not taking the time earlier to say a huge thank you for all that you both did to make such an incredible reception for Alastair and I.  I know you guys are used to doing this on most weekends but for us it was absolutely wonderful and we couldn't have been happier.  Our families and friends were in awe and everything turned out beautifully!  Thank you for your time and patience and kindness.  I just received the trailer for our wedding film.  I'm not sure if it would interest you all that much but I wanted to send it in case you wanted to see the culmination of all your hard work at the PEM.  Also, I've included a link to a blogpost from my photographer Scotland Huber who put up a selection of photos from the wedding.

Lindsay forwarded it to me with these comments:

Below is a gorgeous Wedding video and photos from a very kind-hearted and beautiful bride.  

This bride and groom worked together on a mission in Sierra Leone, so we planned her wedding from 4,300 miles away.

She was always a delight.

Being in the "wedding business" we see a lot of weddings.  The video that you will see if you click on the link below is one of the loveliest I have seen in a long time.  I hope you agree!  And do get out the tissues.

Wedding Video at PEM

still photos

If you would like to work with Lindsay, you can call her at 978-825-4358.

I hope to see you here, or at PEM, or one of our other venues for a beautiful wedding.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Black and White Wedding

In the second week of November we hosted a wedding that chose to use Black and White as their colors. The couple did add a tiny accent of yellow, which I thought was just the perfect "pop" of color in this otherwise very simple color palette.

They carried that theme out very nicely, and I thought you would enjoy seeing some photos I snapped of the set-up.

I hope you enjoy seeing yet another wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Touches of Purple" Wedding

Here is a link to the photographer, Deborah Zoe's blog post for a beautiful wedding that took place just last week.  The couple had their reception at the Hawthorne Hotel.  While the first part of the blog has lots and lots of photos of the gorgeous couple, if you scroll on down you will also see lots and lots of photos of the reception here at our gorgeous hotel.

This is a terrific overview and I know you will enjoy these photos because they will help you see exactly how a real wedding reception can look look in our beautiful location:

Nice job, Ms. Zoe, on the photos, and congratulations to our happy couple!


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Parker-Rowley Wedding

On Saturday November 16 this beautiful wedding reception took place in the Hawthorne Hotel.  There were so many lovely details, we had to take photos of them all.  I hope you enjoy this peek at Cathy and Travis' wedding -- ideas and special touches.  If you want to see things in more detail, just click on the photos to enlarge them.

The guest book and place card table was amazing in its details.

Their "save the date" postcard was made from a replica of an historic Hawthorne Hotel postcard.  You can see it in this cute luggage container below:

Instead of a guest book, guests were asked to sign in on a scroll which requested their "John Hancock" please -- and the backdrop to that was a selection of carefully chosen books by Nathaniel Hawthorne and other such classics from New England.

Click on his to enlarge it, and see what the place card for Table 9 says -- too cute!

An antique typewriter graced the place card table, and gave a heartfelt message to the guests.

Both parent's wedding photos anchored the other end of the placecard table, located at the top of the stairs, outside of the Essex Room:

In the Essex Room, on the ledge, here was a photo of each of their grandparents at their weddings, along with memorial candles.  It was so sweet of them to think about their grandparents this way.

Golden caramel apples, with the message "Appily Every After: 11.16.13"  So sweet!

Lovely "reserved" cards for the placesettings of the parents of the bride and groom.

This display was of memorabilia related to Cathy's parents' wedding which took place right here at the Hawthorne Hotel, 28 years ago.  Interestingly one of the bartenders who took care of this event on Saturday night was likely working that wedding here 28 years ago, as she just celebrated her 28th work anniversary with us here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Do you love seeing the comparisons of the Grand Ballroom 28 years ago, with the beautiful Palladian windows covered over to make the hotel look more "modern" -- what fun!  See the very next photo for how it looks now.

Meaningful gifts used on the night of their wedding reception.

Beautiful "toasting" glasses for the bride and groom:

And last but hardly least, the lovely couple.  Congratulations to you both!

I hope you enjoy looking at all these lovely details, and the result of a lot of planning and coordination by this super-nice couple and their wedding planner, Alaina Ferriero.

Special thanks as well to Evening Manager, Elizabeth Buchanan, who helped me take all these photos.