Saturday, November 15, 2014

We LOVE Our Wedding Couples

. . . especially the ones who really WANT to be on our blog.

That was the case of Marcy Smolow and Jesse Freeman who were married here on February 16 of 2013. (Yes, you are reading that date correctly -- we just didn't get their photos until this fall.)

Marcy and Jesse had a winter wedding with a vintage theme (just a week after the blizzard so there was plenty of pretty snow).  Their vendors included: Rabbi Dawn Rose, Flowers by Darlene, DJ Emelita from Entertainment Specialists, and Alicia Schneider Photography.  Their wedding cake was made by Montilio's. All the photos you see in this blog were taken by Alicia Schneider and her husband.  In lieu of favors, they opted to make a donation to the M.S.P.C.A. and created a collage to honor our friends' and families' pets, many of whom were rescue animals.

Here are some quotes from emails Marcy sent to us about her experience with the Hawthorne Hotel and Hawthorne Catering.  This first one is about the elements of our "package" wedding that she purchased:  

"I was so pleased with that cake...both the design and taste.  I was also pleasantly surprised that I could get something that beautiful as part of my wedding was great that Montilio's allowed some customizations to be made without charging a bunch of extra fees.  It was an example of how the wedding packages offered weren't just a value, but a value without compromise (something important to many brides)."

"I was going to mention too that back in August, my husband's cousin (Zach Freeman) had stayed at the Hawthorne hotel with guests when they had their wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum.  In addition to the wedding, we attended the brunch the following day at the hotel.  I believe the catering for the wedding at the Museum was also done by Hawthorne.  Zach and his now-wife Emma had attended Jesse's & my wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel and we had recommended they consider it when they got engaged.  While they didn't have their wedding there, I was glad to learn that they had still incorporated the hotel into their wedding weekend."
These are such a great testimonials that we want to shout them from the rooftops.  Thank you so much, Marcy!

I hope you enjoy these photos:

The Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom

As the light begins to fade, with snow still on the Common and the twinkling lights on the trees.

Gorgeous cake by Montilio's


Looking out of the "Grandmother" windows onto the Grand Ballroom
Lovely sweet couple

I hope you enjoy this blog post as much as we did creating it.  As we said in the heading, we LOVE our wedding couples!

Will we see you here?


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Lovely Thank You Note for a PEM Wedding

Sometimes our guests just say it "all" for us.  What a great testimonial to both the staff of Hawthorne Catering, and the leadership of Lindsay Otis.

I hope you enjoy reading our mail today.

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Monday, October 06, 2014

Beautiful Fall Wedding -- In Perfect "Fall" Location

Certainly Salem has its very own season, and that season is the Fall.  A wedding that took place here on September 26 optimized that wonderful seasonal feel, using fresh, vibrant colors of orange and purple as accents.   Here are a few photos that I snapped with my iPhone of the Grand Ballroom all set up to receive our guests that evening:

Our lovely couple,  Sarah and Adam, so enjoyed their time with us that they sent us photos for our blog very quickly.   These photos were by Amore Photography, David LaChapelle, who does such a nice job for our clients.  We hope you enjoy them:


I hope to see you here.


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 recently received this lovely Thank You note from the mother of the bride, and thought we would add it to this post:

Dear Sara,

I want to thank you for all the attention you put into helping me, Maddie and Ross plan for their wedding on September 19th, 2014. You always made yourself available for consultation, even at last minutes notice. You are amazing! Hawthorne Hotel is lucky to have a beautiful, gracious, patient, and intelligent Wedding Coordinator! The wedding went off without a single glitch. Guests raved about the food, d├ęcor, flowers, set-up. Everyone had a wonderful time! There were no concerns---We all enjoyed the evening from the opening appetizer reception hour to the main event in the Ballroom! What a fabulous job you and the staff at Hawthorne did! I can't thank you enough! My daughter's wedding at Hawthorne was everything we had expected, wanted and more!

Thank you, also, for all the effort you put into acquiring the special liquor requested. It was enjoyed by my guests and added a special touch. My guests also enjoyed the international coffee station you added! Breakfast in the Library also went very well. Guests enjoyed the assortment of breakfast foods and pastries. The attendants were attentive to everyone's needs.

I would highly recommend a Hawthorne Wedding to anyone!

Thanks again for everything!


Joann Maglio


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


We recently received a really nice on-line review on WeddingWire from this couple and thought you might like to see it as well:
We cannot say enough good things about the Hawthorne! It was such a great wedding venue. We decided early on that we wanted a venue that would take care of most of the coordination for us and the Hawthorne was the perfect choice! Their Saturday night prime time (summer months) package included so many things - centerpieces for tables, the cake, a limo (although we just took the $$ credit for that), open bar during cocktail hour (key!) and a lot more. Alaina was our coordinator and she was fabulous - answered all of our emails and questions promptly and provided informative timelines for when we needed to get stuff done. Liz was our day-of coordinator and she was wonderful as well! We had multiple meetings with Alaina throughout the process, but I met with Alaina and Liz a week ahead of time and gave them all of our "stuff" (decor, escort cards, card box etc) and outlined my vision with them. They definitely pulled it off! We received so many compliments on how lovely the Hawthorne was, how beautiful the ballroom (with those gorgeous tall ceilings!) was, and how professional and pulled together it all seemed.

There are so many perks to using the Hawthorne, but one of them is the tasting dinner they provided. The bride & groom + two guests can attend a dinner with other couples getting married soon and they go all out - a full buffet of almost everything you can request for the wedding, passed hors d'oeuvres, cocktails. The tables are all done in different styles with different centerpieces for inspiration, and your coordinator is there to answer any questions and guide you through their selections. The tasting was a wonderful night in and of itself!

I would recommend the Hawthorne to anyone. Compared to other Boston-area venues it is very reasonably priced, and so much is included in the package. It is a beautiful historic hotel and the town of Salem provides an amazing backdrop for pictures. Our guests loved spending a long weekend in Salem!

Wedding: 07/19/2014
Services Used: Ceremony & Reception Venue Reviewed On: 10/09/2014


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.