Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rodriguez-Hoffman Wedding, September 20, 2014

Here are some photographs from the Rodriguez-Hoffman wedding reception hosted on September 20, 2014. We have also included a wonderful video from Harris Films, who offered a "Same Day Edit" of the event. You can check that out here.

We hope you enjoy a look at Josh and Bryan's special day!

And of course, we hope to see you here.


Friday, September 26, 2014

A Beautiful, Warm Wedding

We thought we would share some beautiful photos with you from the Maglio-Williamson wedding reception we hosted on September 19, 2014. Our Catering Sales Manager who took care of the couple, Sara Norris, noted that they were absolutely wonderful to work with. The groom's home country is Scotland, and Madeline and Ross were all about ensuring their guests, local and from overseas, enjoyed themselves, even arranging for one of the Salem Trolleys to bring them to the wedding in Marblehead and then to the reception at the Hawthorne.

The couple was warm and fun, which we think is reflected in their beautiful reception. We hope you enjoy a little peek as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

If we can help you arrange the perfect wedding, please give us a call at 98-825-4358.


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.