July 2018

July 20, 2018


If one night seems a little too short for your last hurrah with the girls, you’re not alone. More and more brides are opting for the bachelorette party trip—a fun-filled weekend away with your besties, complete with gorgeous backdrops, Instagram-worthy cocktails and meals, and out-of-the-ordinary adventures. And if a swanky excursion isn’t in the budget, swap the pricey plane tickets for an upgrade; New England has deluxe destinations right here for every bride-to-be. With the money you save by staying local, you can posh up any party.

New England’s Drivable Bachelorette Party Destinations

For the Bucolic Bride—The Berkshires, Massachusetts

Stay: Garden Gables Inn, Lenox, MA

This historic bed and breakfast is just steps away from Lenox Village and is surrounded by five acres of gorgeous scenery. The Vittori family also owns the nearby Hilltop Orchards, where inn guests enjoy free trail access and unlimited wine tastings. Transportation is available from inn to orchard for special events such as a wine tasting with appetizers, dinner under the stars, apple picking, a full moon hike, or snowshoeing with hard cider. gardengablesinn.com

Indulge: Blantyre, Lenox, MA

Enjoy award-winning American-French cuisine in this elegant and romantic hotel. Stop by before your meal for a glass of wine in the Music Room with live entertainment by pianist Karen Tchougourian. blantyre.com/dining/

Explore: October Mountain State Forest

This 16,500-acre October Mountain State Forest is the largest in Massachusetts, providing trails for all levels of hiking and biking. Get your fill of outdoor fun, then head over to nearby Tanglewood for a concert. mass.gov/locations/october-mountain-state-forest

For the Beer-Loving Bride—Portland, Maine

Stay: The Pomegranate Inn


It’s all about color at this spirited and funky spot amidst Portland’s Western Promenade. Contemporary art abounds at this quirky and whimsical bed and breakfast. Take on the adventurous mindset first thing by sampling their unlimited homemade breakfast-style tapas. pomegranateinn.com

Indulge: East Ender

Bachelorette party with no brunch? Blasphemy! Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy branched out from their food truck success and created this hearty, locally sourced, relaxed restaurant, which they purchased and re-opened in March 2015. Creative brunch-style concoctions include Eggs in Purgatory with House Ricotta & Grilled Peasant Bread and Vadouvan Spiced Chicken Wings. eastenderportland.com   


Explore: The Maine Brew Bus

If the bride-to-be loves a cold craft beer, Portland is her go-to destination. The city is over-flowing with breweries, distilleries, and wineries. There to make sure you see it all is the Maine Brew Bus, a bright green school bus that offers tours like the Local Pour Toor and Beerunch! Knowledgeable tour guides offer trivia, treats, transportation, and of course, lots of tasty beer. themainebrewbus.com

For the Beachy Bride—Newburyport, Massachusetts

Stay: Essex Street Inn and Suites

Make-up artist and bachelorette party expert Sarah Lord, of Makeup by Sarah Lord, recommends this charming, cozy inn at the heart of downtown Newburyport. Just a short drive from the beautiful beaches of Plum Island, Salisbury, or Rockport, the Essex Street Inn and Suites features thirty-seven unique different rooms. Lord says, “one room in particular has a small balcony, which is a fun bonus!” essexstreetinn.com

Indulge: Michael’s Harborside

This iconic and easygoing spot offers gorgeous views and, according to Lord, “they just renovated to add an outside bar area filled with high top tables.” michaelsharborside.com

Explore: Private Yoga with Sarah Oleson

Need a little calm before the wedding? Lord notes, “a unique thing to do in town is a private yoga session with Sarah Oleson, as she picks different fun areas in town to really enjoy some zen. Newburyport is home to a gorgeous boardwalk, and I’ve seen her hold classes on the lawn overlooking the water, and she also jumps around from studio to studio to offer her expertise to everyone.” saraholesonyoga.com


For the Boating Bride—Newport, RI

Stay: The Woodbine Cottage—George Champlin Mason House

Embrace history (and mansion lifestyle) at the 1873 palatial residence of architect George C. Mason. Larger parties can rent the entire home in the Historic Hill neighborhood of Newport, and Bliss Cottage is available for smaller parties. architectsinn.com

Indulge: Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant

Satisfying everyone can be difficult, but you won’t have any trouble with that at this landmark establishment. The extensive menu (six pages long) has anything and everything you and your girls could want including pizza, tacos, pasta, and of course, lots of seafood. And if decisions overwhelm you, you can never go wrong with Newport’s Favorite Lobster Salad Roll.  brickalley.com


Explore: Sailing Excursions with Classic Harbor Line Company

Get nautical on your own privately chartered yacht. Go overboard with cocktails, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres while you sail through the breathtaking Narragansett Bay. Operating out of the iconic Bowen’s Wharf, save time for a stroll down the Newport Cliff Walk or a jaunt around The Breakers mansion. sail-newport.com






July 19, 2018

You cherry-picked them to be part of your inner circle to help you plan and celebrate one of the most important days of your life. Maybe he or she is your best friend, favorite relative, or a random person who crept into your heart when you got engaged. How can you express your gratitude to the gang? We have nine fine ideas:

Great Gifts for Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

by Stacey Marcus

Personal Reflection

Bridesmaids will adore these sleek hexagonal compacts engraved with their names, the wedding date, or #beautifulbridesmaid.


ShotFun Wedding

This set of six glasses, each designed with a different decoration, is ideal for groomsmen to celebrate good times with friends while remembering your wedding.


Sweet Sentiment

Express your appreciation with a Godiva’s delicious four-piece favor, featuring personalized ribbons that are hand-tied and imprinted in a classic script font.


Cool Coasters

A great gift for the whole wedding party, these brightly colored, mid-century style personalized coasters will be the toast of the bridal party.


Mint Idea

Perfect for trendy toasts, this mint julep cup is a great gift for both bridesmaids and groomsmen. Personalize it with your wedding date and create a keepsake gift your wedding party members will treasure.


Gulp and Give Back

Keep your bridesmaids hydrated with water bottles in colorful patterns or decorated with inspirational messages. All water bottles are made in the USA, plus 10% of sales go to fund education for people interested in pursuing careers in manufacturing.


Virtual Views

Create, edit, and organize various albums and playlists to be shared instantly with your Nixplay frame. Curate pictures to create custom albums for each member of your A-team.


Reel Fun

Create a custom photo reel from your wedding digital pictures and your bridesmaids and groomsmen will receive their own RetroViewer and photo reel in the mail a few days later.


Signature Sentiment

This lovely and chic 14kt yellow-gold bar necklace is an extra special gift for your maid of honor. Add an engraved message and your wedding date to create a keepsake she will treasure forever.


July 17, 2018

Gina Brocker

What images come to mind when you think of Nantucket? If you’re like most people, you imagine sand dunes, bikes with bells and wicker baskets, brilliant blue hydrangeas, and long summer days. This pristine island is a favorite spot for A-listers and families to enjoy sun and fun in summertime, and it’s also an ideal spot to get hitched come winter.

Winter Weddings in Nantucket

by Stacy Marcus

Gina Brocker

While some couples choose spring and fall to get married in Nantucket to avoid high season, Rachel Dodson, wedding and events manager at the Nantucket Hotel & Resort notes that Nantucket is a hidden gem for a winter wedding.

Runaway Bride Nantucket

Claire Drexler agrees. Her family has been vacationing on Nantucket for as long as she can remember. Claire and her husband Kyle, whose father built one of the yacht clubs in Nantucket, now live in Kenya and originally thought they would have their wedding in Africa, but then realized that Nantucket was the perfect spot. “We didn’t want the typical Nantucket wedding and thought how cool it would be gather family and friends off-season in Nantucket.” recalls Drexler.

Runaway Bride Nantucket

She was right. “People who have been going to the island for sixty years felt like they had seen it for the first time,” says Drexler. “It was so magical,” she recalls, noting that although they were prepared for the weather not to cooperate, the skies were blue and everyone enjoyed the island. “It was like our own personal Christmas stroll,” says Drexler whose wedding shimmered in metallics and the natural elements of the island such as birch and cranberries. One of her treasured memories is when the hotel manager at the Nantucket Hotel & Resort made grilled cheeses for the wedding party at midnight.

Gina Brocker

Marybethe Sabeti agrees that Nantucket is brimming with magic. It’s where she and her husband Amdi escaped to on a whim back in 2013 before they were married. “Over the years it became our go-to getaway place where we discovered a little slice of heaven,” says Sabeti. When the couple was looking for a spot to tie the knot, Nantucket made the most sense. “I always wanted to get married at Christmas, and we wanted to share the beauty of Nantucket with family and friends.”

Runaway Bride Nantucket

“We got to see Nantucket in a whole new light,” says Sabeti, who added some merry touches to the wedding such as flowers on chestnuts and wedding cake that resembled presents. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort had a huge Christmas tree and Mother Nature even brought a dusting of snow the night of the wedding. “It was just fabulous.”

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Dodson notes that, along with the promise of a winter wonderland, hosting your wedding in the winter in Nantucket has myriad benefits:

• Event prices are lower than during other seasons and room rates across the board are less expensive, making it an affordable way to bring guests to Nantucket for a wedding.

• You practically have the island to yourself. It’s much quieter than at other times of the year.

• You can plan fun winter activities like exploring the island and coming back to the resort to enjoy s’mores around the fire pit.

• You can create a unique signature drink to warm the hearts and souls of your guests. (Think dark rum.)

“Couples moved from spring to fall to host weddings on Nantucket, but I can see winter weddings becoming a rising trend.” notes Dodson.

Nantucket Hotel & Resort

Nantucket Hotel & Resort

July 11, 2018

Sterling National Country Club
33 Albright Road
Sterling, MA 01564
Contact: Georgiana Mathieu, 978-422-0275, georgianam@sterlingcc.com

Weddings at Sterling National Country Club

When you hear the phrase, “country club wedding,” it’s only natural to expect a certain sense of class and prestige. It’s a term that conjures visions of a place with impeccably manicured landscapes and scenic views, as well as an elegant event space, just perfect for entertaining. The Sterling National Country Club in Sterling, Massachusetts, does not disappoint as it delivers on all of those fronts and beyond. What sets this private club apart from the rest, however, is its personalized commitment to its brides and grooms. More than just an exclusive spot with a lovely setting and space, the staff of the Sterling National Country Club makes this notoriously high-end variety of wedding approachable, inviting, and within reach of your budget. They take pride in becoming an intimate and integral part of each couple’s wedding experience, and in many cases, lasting friendships develop.

The Imagery Studio

“We have one shot at making memories of a lifetime for brides and grooms, and we don’t take that lightly. We are deeply invested in the couples who choose to begin their lives together here,” said Georgiana Mathieu, the venue’s wedding and special events consultant. “Couples walk through our doors not sure what to expect, but by the time we are done, it’s inevitable we’re connected to them and committed to helping them reach their wedding goals. Planning a wedding is like a journey, and at the Sterling National Country Club, we walk that road, side by side with our couples, every step of the way. More than just a contact at the country club, I consider myself a sort of wedding consultant, a bridal assistant, and a coach too, with the ultimate goal of helping brides and grooms bring their wedding vision to life in a way they can afford.”

Rick Reade

The Sterling National Country Club recognizes that each and every wedding is unique. Of course, that’s true no matter where you tie the knot, but at this country club in particular, each individual style is nurtured and embraced. Rather than trying to cram brides and grooms into prefab packages that tell them what they can and cannot have at their wedding, the staff at the Sterling National Country Club takes a step back and gets to know the personality of each couple. They work with brides and grooms, striving to design an event that speaks to who they are and what they want to convey to their guests. Anything is possible here and its a la carte. But don’t confuse that with a running tally of expenses. Sterling National gives couples what they want, rather than up-selling couples on what they don’t need. The goal is to build a memorable event, while keeping a couple’s budget in mind. The country club doesn’t charge extra for using certain chairs or specific room setups. Just about everything is included here—mirrors, votives, linens—in fact, if you want two colors of linens and napkins of another hue, they will make that happen. “No surprises,” is one of their mottoes. Whether you want to get married on a Friday or Saturday night, or even a Sunday morning, each day is available and prices are consistent, no matter what day you choose.

Ericson Photo

The Sterling National Country Club is known for its consistency, while, at the same time, for being a bit of a chameleon. What that means for couples is that they can depend on important features, such as food prepared by a five-star chef, friendly and helpful personnel, and an atmosphere of elegance and romance, while at the same time, they can rely on the staff and their preferred vendors for their flexibility and a flair for creativity. The country club has hosted just as many rustic weddings as upscale New York–style nuptials. The decor is classic and neutral in color, so brides and grooms are encouraged to see beyond the lovely room and dramatic views to envision an event infused with their own panache.

“Planning a wedding can be stressful,” said Georgiana. “At Sterling National Country Club, it’s all about using the support and expertise of our cohesive staff to reduce that stress. We make sure enjoying the process and savoring the day is on the menu for all of our couples!”

Ericson Photo

Rick Reade

Rick Reade

Erica Ewing

July 3, 2018

photo: Debbie Segreve

Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566

Contact: Alexis Conte

Weddings at Old Sturbridge Village

Attention engaged couples: Are you looking for a memorable wedding venue that will excite your guests, while making your photographer drool with the possibilities? Look no further than Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and rest assured, this is NOT an elementary school field trip we’re talking about.

photo: Debbie Segreve

Did you know that Old Sturbridge Village, so well-known as a first-class living history museum, is also a top-notch wedding destination and venue for brides, grooms, and their guests? Unmatched anywhere, this magical place gets an A+ for having it all. It’s rustic, yet elegant; historic, yet timeless. OSV truly offers the wedding experience contemporary couples are searching for.

photo: Stephanie Craig

“We like to say the setting at Old Sturbridge Village is a world unto itself,” said Alexis Conte, vice president of Visitor Services at OSV. “Our space features over 200 acres of pure beauty with multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations, so the possibilities are endless. If you can think about it, we can help you create it.”

photo:Debbie Segreve

Since the late 60s, couples have been saying their “I do’s” at Old Sturbridge Village, the place that had its beginnings in 1946, when it opened as a drive-through museum. Over the years, the museum grew and evolved as buildings were brought in (there are now a total of fifty) in an effort to design what is now a meticulously recreated, centuries-old New England village. This carefully crafted museum setting is recognized for its thorough attention to detail.

photo:Edson Dias

It’s that amazing attention to detail that has helped OSV develop into one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Central Massachusetts. In recent decades, as the wedding industry has exploded, so has the demand for a unique location with space enough for large weddings, while maintaining a feeling of intimacy and personalization that speaks to each individual couple. Discerning brides and grooms have discovered that OSV offers just that, with so many choices to boot.

photo:Edson Dias

For years the Bullard Tavern was the only significant indoor offering on the campus. Built to replicate an 1830s tavern, this special building was constructed by piecing together reclaimed lumber from an antique covered bridge and combining it with the aged beams and planks from an old barn. The hard pine floors and large stone fireplace create a rustic and cozy structure located right in the heart of the museum’s town common, with space to seat eighty guests comfortably. Equally distinctive is the Oliver Wight Tavern, the largest indoor venue at the museum. This elegant 1830s-inspired restaurant was built in 1999 to meet the needs of brides and grooms seeking a larger venue for their reception. It is situated on the grounds of the museum, yet outside the town common, with a brick walkway and larger space known as Times Square, which is surrounded by lovely trees and shrubs.. This area can be decorated with romantic candlelit tin-lanterns lining the pathways and square, making it the perfect place for an outdoor cocktail reception before guests head inside for an unforgettable event. Depending on whether couples are looking for a stationed meal or a more formal seated and plated dinner, the Oliver Wight Tavern can accommodate anywhere from 250 to 300 guests, while still creating an intimate wedding experience for all. Additional buildings can be incorporated into a couple’s ceremony as well, especially if there’s a meaningful museum location that’s special to the bride and groom.

photo:Jennifer O'Malia

Outdoors, no matter the season, OSV is a sight to behold. There are picturesque apple orchards, herbal and heirloom gardens, gazebos, winding country paths, pastoral fields, and scenic water views across the property’s 200 acres. There are also stunning woodland walkways, a historic meeting house, vintage barns and buildings with rustic fenced spaces and stone walls, along with a variety of other exceptional locations for ceremonies and amazing photo opportunities.

photo:Jennifer O'Malia

Brides and grooms can choose from OSV’s six wedding packages, but that’s just to give you a taste of what your event can become. One of the coolest parts of planning a wedding at OSV is selecting from all of the special features and offerings that elevate an event here to the next level. For example, celebrate the festivities with muskets being fired off, or enjoy an old-fashioned bonfire on the common. You can even add a s’mores package for extra fun! Some couples have even been married in period attire or with museum role players or costumed interpreters playing a role in the special day. Guests can be transported from one area of the museum to another by riding in a horse-drawn carryall or carriage. And for those looking to make it a destination wedding, the Old Sturbridge Inn and the Reeder Lodge both offer great overnight accommodations for the newlyweds and their guests. You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate all of the choices at your fingertips at OSV. Everything here is wonderfully charming and fully customizable–it’s truly timeless, historical, and unforgettable. Couples are encouraged to dream big and make history at Old Sturbridge Village!

photo:Edson Diaz

photo:Tim Nosenzo

photo:Tim Nosenzo

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