Friday, September 19, 2014

Lovely Wedding Collage

We recently received this darling collage of photos for a wedding that was held here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel on September 14.  We loved seeing it, and hope you will too.

I especially liked the very architectural and "artsy" black and white photo in the lower left corner.  Do you have a favorite?

To make the collage larger, just click on it.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nautically-themed Wedding

This wedding took place here this summer. I thought you might like to see these photos taken by our hotel's evening manager, Elizabeth Buchanan. She did a great job!

I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This Little Piggie. . . .

We always love hearing the "how they met" or "where he proposed" or "site of their first date" or similar stories.  And we do get to hear a lot of those doing what we do here at the Hawthorne Hotel, in making wedding dreams come true.

Last weekend we hosted a wedding that had a very unusual cake "topper" on the wedding cake.  Here is the blog post were we wrote about that wedding on our "daily diary" blog:  Sea Shells and Piggies Wedding

When you see this blog in the attached link, you will see why this is called "This Little Piggie" -- because there was a question about why they chose to have two little pigs as cake toppers.

I just learned today that this lovely couple went out on their first date together to a restaurant with "pig" in the name.  Then, when they got engaged, it was at a different restaurant, also with "pig" in the name.  (I believe neither of the restaurants are in Salem.)

So their cake topper of choice became two little pigs -- one that was modeled after her childhood piggie bank, and the other that was a copy of his childhood piggie bank.  This was such a cute idea, I thought I would share it with you right here.

Be sure to click on the link to see this delightful wedding.

I hope to see you here, and learn about your clever ways of personalizing your wedding.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Tiffany-Inspired Bridal Shower

In June of this year, we hosted a Tiffany-inspired bridal shower. Though only for forty guests, the shower was meant to have the large, bold feel one would expect of Tiffany's, and was therefore held in our Grand Ballroom.

As Alaina Ferriero, one of our Catering Sales Managers, explained, "One would think 40 guests would seem lost in such a large room but in reality, the shape of it, combined with creative catering expertise, you will find that it really can work for a group of 40 up to 180 and still feel like the perfect fit. That is what is so great about it."

Cheryl Ennis, one of our Senior Banquet team members, put together the beautiful buffet decor using items Alaina had provided, and the Chefs added their own little touches to make the food presentation "pop."


The Hawthorne's own Edi Rovi is an accomplished pianist and played for the first hour and a half of the event, adding that extra special touch to the day.

Commenting on the event itself, Alaina said, "The beautiful bride-to-be arrived shortly after her guests in a celebrity-like white dress which was tastefully embellished with feathers and glitz. Her look so perfectly matched what Cheryl had put together on the buffet it was unreal!"

The bride-to-be, Marisa Casaletto, wanted an upscale tea brunch with a satisfying menu. Alaina custom-designed the menu to include hot and cold teas, brunch-style hors d'oeuvres, and a brunch buffet.

Tea Wedding Shower
Grand Ballroom
Hawthorne Hotel, June 2014

Bruschetta Station
Bruschetta Toasts with Herb-Infused Olive Oil, Plum Tomato with Basil, Sautéed Zucchini and Sundried Tomatoes, Caponata, Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Red Pepper Hummus and Fresh Mozzarella

Mimosa Station
Chilled Mimosa Bowl with Freshly Chopped Fruit Enhancements
Strawberries, Peaches, Raspberries

Chilled Tea Station
Two Flavored Herbal Teas

Sweet Starters
Miniature Scones with Fruited Icing
Miniature Tea Cakes with Assorted Jams and Devonshire Crème

~ Tea Buffet ~

Chilled Salads
Hawthorne Caesar Salad with Focaccia Croutons, Sundried Tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan

Grilled Vegetables with Sherry Vinaigrette

Chopped Watermelon with Feta Cheese, Balsamic Reduction and Fresh Mint

Cheese Tortellini with Fresh Pesto

Miniature Sandwiches
Cucumber, Egg and Watercress

Smoked Norwegian Salmon and Cream Cheese

Smoked Turkey and Avocado with Black-Bean Spread

Grilled Chicken Salad with Grapes, Walnuts, Pommery Mustard

Assorted Miniature Pastries and Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Selection of Fine Teas with Service
Harney and Sons Selection
 Lemon Wedges, Local Honey, Sugar Cubes


I hope you enjoyed this beautiful, themed bridal shower, and that perhaps it helped spark a few ideas for your own special events!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Wedding "In the Pink"

This week we learned of a lovely review on the website, The Knot, that spoke of a beautiful wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

We thought you would like to see not only the review, but some photos of the wedding as well, so here they are:

From "The Knot" wedding website:

Wedding: 6/27/2014
I got married on Friday, June 27th, 2014, and my wedding reception was held at the Hawthorne. It was a WONDERFUL place to celebrate our marriage with our family and friends. The location of downtown Salem was great for our out-of-towners, the food was incredible, the catering manager I worked with was extremely helpful and was very detail-oriented in our meetings, and seemed to want to get to know us more with each visit.

We had a wedding coordinator for the day of the wedding that was so helpful for all five hours we were there, from when we first arrived, were introduced, throughout dinner and dancing, up until when we were leaving to retire to our wedding suite for the night. She assured us that all our gifts and things from the reception would be safe and secure, whether in our room or behind the front desk. It was a little on the pricey side, but worth every penny. And our catering manager never pushed us to add anything- she even helped us get into our budget by deducting an appetizer. I highly recommend the Hawthorne as a location for your wedding ceremony and/or reception.


I hope this is helpful to you.


Photos by our own Evening Manager, Elizabeth Buchanan.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lovely PEM Wedding "Thank You"

Here is a lovely emailed thank you that we received recently.  We thought you might enjoy reading it, as well as seeing some of this lovely couple's photos taken by Hitched Studios


Hi Natalia! Hi Lindsay! Hi Alaina!

We are still coming down from the high of our wedding.  It was truly magical and no small thanks to you guys. We didn't worry about a thing, which is downright amazing.

We received our officials photos and we wanted to share some with you.  

Our guests were blown away by the beauty of the venue, the deliciousness of the food and the smoothness of all aspects of the wedding.  We could not have picked a more perfect wedding for us.

Thank you a million times! and more!

Natasha and Rob (Robtasha)

 I hope you enjoy seeing some other perspectives on a wedding at PEM (the Peabody Essex Museum) as well as how excited and pleased these clients were with everything.

If we can assist you in booking a wedding, either at PEM or here at the Hawthorne Hotel, please call us at 978-825-4358.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Travel-Themed Wedding

We take photos of as many Hawthorne Hotel weddings as we can, especially when we see something different, unique or just plain fun. We are NOT professional photographers by any stretch of the imagination, but we usually can manage to capture the images we want. So, when it comes to comparing "our" photos with a great professional photographers photos, the pro wins hands down.

We were very grateful when we learned that not only did the photographer for the the Vousboukis-Mannila wedding take over-the-top great photos, but she also wrote her own wonderful blog post about this wedding. Here is the link to her post: Bonnie and Eric's Wedding by Laura Fisher Photography

When we reached out to Bonnie about the different details of her wedding, here is what she had to say:

Inspiration for our wedding theme was not only that we love to travel, but that we took a cross country road trip early in our relationship after being apart for three months while I worked in Arizona. At this point my brother said, " 12 days in a car together will make or break you" lol. 

The blue and champagne dresses/colors were to match the most common colors of globes and maps, and I thought they'd match the ballroom too. 

I have always lived next door to Salem but never really appreciated it until I moved away. Long before we were engaged we checked out the Hawthorne and wanted it, but I was annoyed that he wanted to look everywhere else too. In the end, it was the last place we looked and our first choice. The ballroom is amazing! We had a lot of out of town guests and we wanted them to have something to do for the weekend when not at the wedding. Salem's location and touristy appeal made it feel like a destination wedding even for us- going with our travel theme! 

My mom made the luggage tags and we used them on our honeymoon to Hawaii ( Maui) where we saw the same ones being sold in brighter colors! Our photographer just sent us our pics and they are amazing, some really good ones of the hotel and ballroom! 

I hope you enjoy looking at wedding photos as much as we do, and I especially encourage you to look at the one's on Laura Fisher's blog post, so much so that I am posting the link here again:  This Wedding

And of course, I hope to see you here.


P.S. Our photos were taken by Elizabeth Buchanan, the Evening Manager.  Thanks, Elizabeth!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Some VERY BEAUTIFUL Wedding Photos

Here is a link to some beautiful wedding photos of a winter wedding which took place here in the Hawthorne Hotel in January this year. Beautiful Wedding Photos.  Be sure to scroll through this entire post before clicking on this link so you don't miss a thing!

In addition to the link, here are some additional photos:

I hope you enjoy all these photos.  If we can assist you in planning the perfect wedding, please call us at 978-825-4358 or click on this link to fill out a request for more information:  Wedding Inquiry Form for on-line inquiries