Gracious Events Blog

{Venue Spotlight} The Dane Estate

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

There are many unique and historical properties throughout New England that offer incredible spaces for weddings and events.  You may  have not known about The Dane Estate but we are here to tell you that you should!  Let us first introduce you to Lovelynn Jensen and Michelle Freedman, they are the incredible duo behind all the events at The Dane Estate on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill.  In 2014 The Dane Estate was the winner of the “Boston Wedding Group Venue Meeting Creativity Award 2014”.  This historical property is on 60 acres of wooded estate and provide a beautiful array of event spaces to suit any function from Weddings & Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to Conferences and Meetings.  They also offer a 476 seat theatre complete with an orchestra pit, dressing rooms and theatre lighting & sound.







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A few weeks ago the GEM Team took a road trip out to Chestnut Hill to visit the Dane Estate!  The entrance to the main building has a beautiful and spacious round cobblestone courtyard, perfect for a cocktail hour before a party or a fun food truck at the end of the night!  Lovelynn and Michelle gave us a private tour that included all the fascinating history behind this classic property.  There are so many quirky and fun elements to this property…they actually have a hidden coat room behind a secret panel.  Whether you want your event inside, outside, with or without a tent, the Dane Estate offers limitless opportunities.

Thank you to Lovelynn and Michelle, we are so happy to have met you and look forward to working with both of you.



All images provided by The Dane Estate

For the love of cake

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Since 2012 Gracious Events Management has been creating inspiration that focussed on fabulous cakes with our weekly {CAKE CRUSH} Facebook post, after all who doesn’t LOVE cake!  We wanted to share some of our favorites which was a challenge as we have so many that we love.  For all the ones that we were not able to spotlight check out our “Cake Crush” PINTEREST board.  If you want to see the cakes we are pinning, go to our Wedding Cake Pinterest Board, we promise you will not be disappointed.  Are you a cake designer or do you know someone that is?  Let us know, we LOVE sharing just submit your cake via email to our Creative Director at

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Marry in Maine Tour – Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau


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Written by Jennifer Hansen

Growing up in New Hampshire I was fortunate enough to be on Lake Winnipesaukeee and Squam during the summers.  And when you only know lake living it takes awhile to start to like the ocean…I blame it on seaweed, cold water and the idea of unknown creatures (okay, sharks and large lobsters that may get you).  BUT fast forward 30 years and Maine is one of my top happy places!

Every time I sit on the beach in Ogunquit, Maine staring at the beautiful ocean and riding the lazy river (aka the bay side) with my kids, and brave thin skinned friends, I keep thinking life couldn’t get much better!  Well, shockingly I found it can, as I was forced out of my comfort zone and up to the Mid Coast of Maine as part of the Marry in Maine Tour the Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau invited us to.

Suffice it to say, we have been lucky enough to coordinate some amazing events in the southern Maine area, but had yet to really explore the mid coast area as much as we would have liked.  This tour gave us the chance to see some old friends and finally see some of the amazing properties we hadn’t had a chance to see.

So before we put out the blogs on these wonderful properties we just wanted to recognize Holly Martzial from the Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau  for putting so much time and effort into this four day whirlwind.  THANK YOU for including us on this adventure, for your well timed (and executed) agendas, for the low calorie meals and soft drinks (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) and for putting together a group of women from around the country (Sarah, Jacin, Jenny, Cat and Emily I haven’t laughed that much since) that clicked from the beginning!  It truly couldn’t have been better and it’s a testament of what a good organization you are part of and your dedication to the events industry.

Thanks again Holly and I hope 3 weeks is long enough for you to recover.

FP Good Times


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Next up, we are excited to showcase all the amazing properties (The Nonantum, The Westin Portland HarborviewPortland Regency, Point Lookout, Black Point Inn and the beautiful French’s Point) and show you what’s NOT in their wedding/event pieces!

The Griffin Photography Museum

Written by Tania Atkinson

The Griffin Photography Museum in Winchester, MA is wonderful combination of old New England charm and modern day imaging.  Ideal for the more intimate wedding, the Griffin Photography Museum can accommodate events up to 85 people.  The indoor space offers a large room with high ceilings and exposed beams featuring new and upcoming photographers’ works. This space is ideal for long farm-style tables, creating a warm and intimate setting.  The museum is heated and air conditioned, so your guests will be comfortable enjoying your celebration and taking in the many fabulous works of art.



The grounds are beautifully landscaped and abut the picturesque Judkin Pond.  Perfect for an open air cocktail reception or a tented dinner, the grounds of the Museums’ outdoor space are as charming and original and the inside.




This venue is ideal for that couple looking to share a love and appreciation for photography while keeping a flavor of New England charm.


All photos courtesy of Griffin Photography Museum website.

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