Gracious Events Blog

A Winter Wedding at The Woodstock Inn, Vermont

Written by Tania Atkinson

With all the snow we’ve had in the north east, the last thing most people are thinking about is a wedding!  But at Gracious Events we’re always thinking about weddings, so we decided this would be the perfect time to feature a beautiful winter wedding in Vermont.  Steve and Lynsey live in Michigan, but Steve grew up spending weekends and vacations in Vermont, so it seemed fitting for their special day to take place in picturesque Woodstock, Vermont.  The Woodstock Inn was the perfect setting for this intimate family wedding in February.

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Wanting a traditional New England themed wedding but also realizing that their four little girls would be in the wedding, Lynsey did an amazing job of combining practicality and style to the wedding.  The fur stoles she and her bridesmaid wore as well as the fur muffs the girls had looked gorgeous and kept everyone warm and toasty.  The girls’ matching blue rain boots were perfect for the short walk to the church, and such a good idea, that Lynsey wore a stunning white pair herself!  One fabulous tip Lynsey came across (Which I think is genius!) was to use silk flowers in anticipation of spending a lot of time outside for pictures.  So she made her bouquets at home in Michigan and shipped them to Vermont before the wedding.  And they looked fabulous!

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With all the barns, covered bridges and the numerous Rockafeller Estates throughout Woodstock, Paige Hiller did an amazing job of capturing the many photo opportunities!  The weather was a little chilly and damp, but nobody seemed to notice as there was lots of laughing as they were tramping through the snow!

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Steve and Lynsey topped off their beautiful wedding by making it a weekend get away for everyone.  Their guests enjoyed shopping and dinners in Woodstock and skiing in nearby Queechee.  They did a wonderful job of making their wedding day special for the two of them, but also having something for all family and friends who came from all miles away to celebrate.

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All images by Paige Hiller

Somewhere a Little Different for your Wedding Venue

Written by Tania Atkinson

As wedding planners, one phrase we repeatedly hear from our clients, is “I want a wedding that is different from all the other weddings we go to”.   Like children, no weddings are exactly the same.  This being said, we decided to feature venues in the Boston area that have a somewhat “unusual” flare to them.  Though these venues have all been hosting weddings for quite some time, they all have a flavor that is truly unique and out-of-the-ordinary.

Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA definitely fits the description of “something different”!  Set in the 1830’s, this venue allows guests and wedding party alike to literally, be a part of history.  Here, you can host a wedding up to 300 guests with authentically dressed musicians to go along with the historic buildings offered for your ceremony and reception.  This unique venue provides all-season options for couples, so you can arrive at the Center Meeting House for a winter ceremony by horse drawn sleigh or casually stroll down the lane in the summer sun to the Oliver Wight Tavern to meet your guests and family for the reception.

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Perfect for the history buff, a wedding at Old Sturbridge Village provides a sort of local, destination wedding adventure.  Guests can come for the day and enjoy the living museum during the wedding, or stay for the weekend at one of the many inns and really become immersed in the ways and lifestyles of colonial New England.

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The New England Aquarium is perfect for that couple looking for “original” yet still in the heart of the city.  With a breathtaking harbor view outside and the calm serenity of the the sea life inside, the aquarium provides a cornucopia for the senses!

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Whether you are looking to dine along side 80 penguins, or 300 humans, the New England Aquarium delivers a truly unique experience.  The 200,000 gallon ocean tank provides a breathless backdrop in the Main Exhibit Gallery, while guests can enjoy the largest shark and ray touch tank in the East Coast in the West Wing Gallery.  The Harbor View Terrace and Tent provide a stunning view of the Boston Harbor for you and your guests to enjoy while dining and dancing the night away.

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The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA is as original as wedding venues can get.  Ideal for the car enthusiast, this venue houses America’s oldest collection of automobiles.  With sweeping lawns perfect for a tent or lawn wedding, the museum can accommodate up to 500 guests outdoors, and for a more intimate gathering, up to 150 guests can fit indoors in the Carriage House.

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You and your guests can go back in time as you dine next to an 1899 Winton Runabout, one of the first “horseless carriages” or step back into the roaring 20’s along side a Renault Torpedo or Luxor Taxi.  The Carriage House, located on the grounds of the Weld Estate,  holds 14 of the Lars and Isabel Andersons’ original car collection.

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Because there is no separate function room in the Museum, the breathtaking vintage automobiles can be an actual part of your wedding.  Guests can casually mingle around the exhibits for as long as they would like, and staff is available the entire time to inform guests and assist with any and all event needs.

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Rather then trying to come up with a creative guest book, or original favor idea,  the setting for your wedding can be all you need to make your day unique and special for your family, friends and guests.

Photos courtesy of PINTEREST

 

{VENUE SPOTLIGHT} Mill Falls, Meredith NH

 

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Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Mill Falls is situated in the quaint town of Meredith New Hampshire along the beautiful shore line of Lake Winnipesaukee.  They have four Inns on their property to choose from: Bay Point and Church Landing located right on the water, and Mill Falls and Chase House.  If you’re looking to have a wedding Church Landing is the perfect spot, sitting directly on the shores of Meredith Bay.  You have a choice of their Winnipesaukee Ballroom or  their outdoor waterfront setting for your ceremony and/or cocktail reception. Another stunning option is their flagship ballroom at the Chase House, with a location that provides an intimate spot situated across from the Lake with a lush grass patio that can be used for your ceremony.  A charming village with 4 beautiful inns, 7 restaurants, a full service spa and 12 unique shops the only thing left to do is make a lifetime of memories…and of course take a photo in their famous white adirondack chairs with a view that will leave you speechless.

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An “out of the box” New Years’ Eve wedding

Written by Tania Atkinson

There are two things we consistently love in a wedding: The first is an “out of the box” venue.  We love to plan weddings in unusual settings – a venue one would not initially think of for the ceremony, somewhere not typically seen in the bridal magazines, somewhere that really gets our creative juices flowing!

The second is a New Years’ Eve wedding!  Many of us have gone low-key on this fantastic night, but I think we all agree it’s nice to dress up and celebrate in style every now and then.  You know everyone (for the most part) will be in the right frame of mind to dance and have fun!

We were fortunate to plan a wedding with our two favorite elements for Tony and Kallie.  Their elegant wedding took place at Springstep, in Medford, MA.  A contemporary building housing dance studios and creative works of art.  One could say the building itself is a form of contemporary art!

Kallie knew right away that she wanted silver and yellow for her color palette, which was introduced to her guests in the adorable and creative stationery by Two Paperdolls Invitations

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Gregory from Flou(e)r Specialty Floral Events, did an amazing job of bringing those colors to life with the use of a rich yellow flowers, tree limbs and crystals creating a warm winter feel.  One of the dance studios was transformed into a gorgeous ceremony space with the use of candle lighting, and a striking aluminum tree branch arch adorned with crystal garland and rich yellow orchids for Kallie and Tony to stand in front of to exchange their vows.  Large yellow carnation pomanders with draping silver satin ribbons lined the ceremony aisle.

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Following the ceremony guests had cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying some of the displayed artwork in Springstep’s open atrium.  Kallie creatively attached name tags to miniature champagne bottles to emphasize the New Years’ Eve theme in the place card table.

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The silver and yellow theme continued upstairs to the large dance studio.  There, the clear Mirage chairs, metallic grey linens, and deep yellow centerpieces of varying heights were reflected in the studio mirrors.  With the tables illuminated from below, guest were immediately met with a feeling of elegance and excitement upon entering the room.

Kallie, Tony and their guests enjoyed a wonderful meal artfully prepared, presented and served by the staff of Above and Beyond Catering  all without an on-site kitchen! Following the meal, they all danced the night away until the stroke of midnight, when complete with New Years’ Eve hats and noise makers, welcomed in the new year and gave one last toast to the newly married couple.

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Event Vendors:

Photographer:  Peter Clayman

DJ/Lighting:   Move it Music

Florist: Flou(e)r Specialty Floral Events

Caterer:  Above and Beyond Catering

Stationery: Two Paperdolls Invitations

 

 

 

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