Gracious Events Blog

Rustic Chic

Written by Tania Atkinson

Since “Rustic Chic” is such a hot theme for weddings right now, I wanted to feature a wedding we did at the historic Smith Barn in Peabody, Massachusetts. Right from the get-go, Jacqueline, and her fabulous mother Kim,  knew how she wanted her wedding to look and feel. Cowboy boots and fuscia throughout were used which were the perfect accents to the dark wood of the barn. When using a historic venue like this, the barn itself is what provides the unique decor.   We worked with all the vendors to make sure the flowers, linens and decor didn’t detract from the wonderful bones of the barn.


Adjacent to the barn is the charming Brooksby Farm where Jacqueline and Nate had planned to hold their ceremony. However, in typical New England fashion, the weather did not cooperate. After waiting hopefully, and patiently , for the rain to stop Jacqueline made the decision to save her gorgeous gown (and the hair of many guests from the almost certain doom of frizz and flop) and held the ceremony inside the barn – in the reception space. So on that drizzly day in June, guests found their table numbers on the adorable, painted barn door (the mother of the bride found it at a gem of a local resell store called Flukes and Finds), sat down with their friends and family members, and witnessed Jacqueline and Nate exchange their vows.  The backdrop was amazing, a misty view of the 250 acres of orchards and conservation land of the Felton-Smith historic site, through the giant open barn doors.



04_Jaclyn and Nate



Following the exchange of unity sand, guests remained right where they were and let the party begin around them! As it would happen, the rain did stop and the wedding party and guest were able to enjoy the grounds outside while sampling passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  Following a sit down dinner back in the barn, everyone danced the night away under pink and white Japanese lanterns and white string lighting.



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Photographer:  Alison Taylor Photography

Florist:  Flou(e)r

Paper goods: BeeCustom Design

Corporate Annual Meeting

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Why do we love corporate events? There are too many ways to count!  We’ve been honored to do this annual meeting for the last 12 years and every year we walk away saying we wish we had more clients like this.  As you know in the olden days (5 or so years back) most corporate events were a bit on the safe side – and now a whole new world has opened up and sky’s the limit on a teams ability to impress their guests.  Which means fun for us!

The event was held at the Four Seasons hotel in Boston and as always they did an amazing job.  In fact our team always jokes that we could grab a glass of wine, sit back and not even be missed that’s how good the staff is.   Their attention to detail throughout our process every year and the fact that every employee at the hotel (and we mean from the houseman to Mr. Taylor) makes sure our events always go smoothly and we wish we had  more events there.


The floral arrangements were provided by Gregory Costa-Saint John of Flouer who did an extraordinary job- as always. His vision was to coordinate with the corporate client’s colors of silver and navy as well as appeal to an audience of both male and female.



This year our client wanted to showcase one of their latest portfolio acquisitions, Party City, and we worked with them to put together a sports room honoring all things New England – and that guests could take away with them.  It was a huge hit, and we can’t thank them enough for flying across the country and bringing their morph suits and making us laugh!  Also, Dunkin Donuts (another portfolio company) was on hand to show guests their new line up of foods for the winter, and as always it was a huge hit.  We will miss them as it was their last year doing this with us!  Thank you Mark and team.




Another year down and onto year number 13!  Our lucky number.

All photographs courtesy of Denise Barry Photography

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