Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Special Favors Created by a Very Special Grandmother of the Bride

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More Wedding Details

These are some more photos of the Clickstein/Palm wedding from 10 days ago. They chose to have a bagpiper 'pipe' their guests in the front door -- a touch that was enjoyed by many guests and passers-by as well.

The flowers were lovely, and I thought you might like to see those too. The arrangements were created by a friend of the family.

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A Daytime Wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel


Last Saturday Amy and Mark Bucelewicz had their wedding reception in the Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom. They chose to have a daytime wedding, and the elements of sunny lemon-yellow flowers, gold ballroom chairs, and a classic tiered and elevated wedding cake all came together beautifully to compliment the sunshiny-day!

Aren't they a lovely couple?

We hope that we have the opportunity to help you celebrate one of the most special occasions in your life, right here at the Hawthorne Hotel. Let one of our talented and experienced wedding consultants help you plan your special day! 978-825-4358.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

First Dance Video

A wedding couple whose event was profiled here on our blog not long ago submitted the link to the video of their first dance. Be sure to watch it at least half of the way through, even though it is a bit long. Things really heat up at the end -- it is a fun video to watch!

From a recent email we received:

Soooo.... We had a really good time with our first dance - Hopefully, you will enjoy watching it just as much!!


Katie & Ryan, you two ROCK!!!

Thanks for sharing it with us.


Friday, June 26, 2009

More fan mail. . . for Hawthorne Catering

This email thank you for a wedding we catered at the Peabody Essex Museum came in recently, and we thought you might like to see it. Hawthorne Catering is the preferred caterer at PEM.

Hi Lindsay,

Haven't talked to you since our wedding, but I wanted to check in about a
few things.

First: the wedding was amazing! We were so happy with the way everything
turned out and we are still getting comments like "that was the best wedding
I've ever been to" from our friends and family. Most importantly, Nate and
I had a blast.

Everyone raved about the staff and the food. Everything was delicious, but
the sea bass was especially amazing. The room also looked so gorgeous. I'll be sure to send you some photos when I get the back from the photographer.

Second: My mother in law would like a copy of the bar invoice but I left it
in Massachusetts. (Nate and I are back in CT now.) Could you email her a

Thanks again for everything! I cannot tell you enough how happy we
all were with absolutely EVERY detail.

My parents have been pestering me to thank you and I finally got around to
it. Please pass my thanks on to Natalia as well. My mom said, and I quote,
"Lindsay and Natalia were EXCELLENT! You are so lucky you had such wonderful professionals running your wedding."

Best, Lauren

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Beautiful Ballroom Wedding

This wedding was so beautiful, we just had to blog the photos. I hope you enjoy seeing them.

I especially love seeing the mix of high and low floral centerpieces, as it adds such dimension to the room.

Doesn't the cake look delicious?!?

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A very lovely thank you note

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We love learning when are guests have such terrific experiences with us, and hope you like reading about them as well.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Gift Cards and a Gift from Dad

When Howie Clickstein, the father of the bride, learned that his daughter was looking on the Internet for a gift card basket or box, and when he saw what was available, he decided to offer his services. He said "I can build one" and he did, and here are some photos of his handiwork.

Howie put about 40 hours of time into this labor of love for his daughter. The card that was placed on top explains his sentiment.

Howie is a builder who got involved making some custom furniture pieces for some of his clients several years ago, so he was well-equipped to make something like this. It is certainly a special piece, one that can hold mementos of this special day for years to come.

Not only is this a practical and beautiful item, but it is also a very personal gift that will always be a touchstone between father and daughter. Those are the kinds of stories that really make me smile.

The special box, with Howie Clickstein, builder and father of the bride.
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I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more of the 'rest of the story' of a wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel.


A New Thank You Letter for an Event Two Years Ago!

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Now this is what I call loyalty -- when someone sends you a glowing thank-you letter two years after their wedding! Definitely made my day!!!


Friday, June 12, 2009

The Personal Touch at Our Wedding Tasting

In the photo above, you see Michael O'Riordan and Kathryn Murphy who will be married this fall, and are planning to have their wedding reception here at the Hawthorne Hotel. They were speaking to our Executive Chef, Steve Nelson, and during the course of the conversation they asked him some questions about his chef's hat.

In this photo you see Kathryn and our Director of Catering, Karen Cotton, sharing a laugh. In the foreground of the photo you may notice a chef's hat, which was a gift from the Chef to Kathyrn, as a memento of her evening with us at the wedding tasting.

Both Chef Steve and Karen were delighted to be able to make the evening special for Kathyrn and Michael, and their parents who were also in attendance. The wedding tasting events that we do enable our couples to enjoy a multitude of selections of foods, so that when they have their detail appointments with our catering staff, they will be able to really know just how tasty and delicious our food will be for their wedding.

I hope we can help you plan your perfect wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere. . . at the Wedding Tasting

Flowers by Peter Barter

Flowers by Darlene

This beautiful upgraded overlay has flowers embroidered on it, so I felt like that qualified as part of the "Flowers" blog.

Flowers by Peter Barter

Flowers by Darlene

Flowers by Darlene

Flowers by Peter Barter

Flowers by Peter Barter

Flowers by Peter Barter

Flowers by Darlene

In addition to tasting food and wine, our wedding couples are able to see many other aspects of their choices that they may make for their wedding reception.
I hope we have an opportunity to help you with your wedding.

Here are photos of all of the flowers that were there on view. A lucky person at each table was awarded their arrangement at the end of the evening.

Monday, June 01, 2009



This couple created some unique wedding favors, and graciously allowed us to share photos of them with you. I hope you enjoy getting some more ideas from our Hawthorne Hotel wedding blog. To better see these images, simply click on them.


Customized chocolate bars.
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A Special "Guest Book"

Instead of a guest book, Tony and Tammie invited their friends and family to sign their photo. It was a very special photo, indeed, because it was made up of over 500 individual photos of them, in super-miniature size. I took some close-ups of the detail, so that you could see for yourself. This will certainly be a fabulous memento for them in the years to come.

We love sharing our guests special ideas with you, fair wedding blog reader, and hope you enjoy seeing them as well.

We hope to see you here soon.

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