August 2018

August 29, 2018

Looking for a fun twist to your wedding menu? Why not share your fetish for French toast or celebrate your passion for pancakes? Couples are adding brunch items to their wedding menus no matter the time of day. “Brunch is interactive and colorful. Donut bars, loose-leaf tea bars, and champagne are great choices for casual and creative wedding celebrations,” adds Elaine Twombly of the Catered Affair in Hingham.

Enjoy Your Breakfast Favorites on Your Wedding Day

by Stacey Marcus

The Catered Affair

At the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, director of catering Nicola Dresser says, “Brunch items are a great crowd pleaser with endless options, whether as a late-night snack to keep guests dancing or as an unexpected treat for a daytime wedding. Tartines are a great way to pack a flavorful punch! They pair easily with sweet or savory brunch items—a sweet tartine with fluffy scrambled eggs or a savory tartine with a delicate, buttery pastry. We give couples the ability to be adventurous and create their own tartine with our chef to reflect their own personal style and tastes. This is also a nice change from the all-so-popular avocado toast. When planning an afternoon soiree, all that’s left to add are fun and festive cocktails!” notes Dresser.

Emma Roberts of Capers Catering has a smorgasbord of brunch offerings for weddings. “I think couples are drawn towards brunch options when they want a more casual and relaxed reception. Everyone loves brunch food, and there’s such a wide variety of fun items to choose from...crepe bars, top-your-own waffle bars, bagel bars, cold-pressed juice bars, omelet stations, top-your-own bloody mary or mimosa bars, to name just a few,” says Roberts.

Fun and funky selections are just what make wedding menus special. “Couples are adding a unique twist to their wedding receptions by including classic breakfast and brunch items such as French toast with fresh fruit, whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup to their dinner menu. Many couples have also taken a liking to having an omelet station available for their guests. These quirky menu selections really make weddings stand out,” says events manager Nancy Mascera of Avenue in Long Branch, NJ.

Nicole Mattiello of Pranzi Catering and Events notes that donuts are a fun and trendy way to sweeten your wedding. “Make a beautiful donut tower wedding cake, include them in your dessert display, or use them as favors that guests can enjoy the following day! Who doesn’t love a delicious donut? They are so flavorful, and many donut shops and caterers will even customize donut flavors to coordinate with your event theme,” says Mattiello.

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Nancy Batista-Caswell, proprietor of Oak + Rowan in Fort Point, says the team loves to create the exact experience couples are looking to achieve for their guests. “For couples looking to serve brunch not just during the day, but also into the evening, we offer stationary/passed items such as ham and whipped ricotta tartines with kumquat and fig on our house-baked bread, along with buffet/sit-down selections such as vegetable frittata, eggs Florentine, and French toast. Bloody marys, mimosas, and a selection of wines and beers are also available,” says Batista-Caswell.

As you can see, opting for a brunch-inspired menu is so much more than your classic “breakfast-for-dinner” meal. Brunch foods combine comfort and fun with a sense of adventure and decadence.

The Catered Affair

August 20, 2018

Dan Doke

On May 19, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said their vows before a crowd of thousands inside St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Millions of brides across the globe watched, taking notes, and wondering, How can I create a royal wedding of my own?

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Your Own Royal Wedding

by Cindy Papish Gerber

“Location, location, location,” emphasizes Pania Montumer, owner and event coordinator of P&M Events. ”One of the best things about being a New England bride or groom is that there are so many amazing venues available.” If you always dreamed of getting married in a real castle, it’s achievable!

Winnekenni Castle majestically overlooks Lake Kenoza in Haverhill, MA. This landmark, known as the “City’s Hidden Crown Jewel,” is surrounded by 200 acres of scenic conservation land and walking trails. It offers couples the use of the great hall (equipped with a baby grand piano and interior balcony), an outer deck, a manicured lawn, a courtyard, and a formal garden.

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Searles Castle at Windham, a magnificent quarter-scale replica of an actual medieval manor house, is located only 30 miles north of Boston. “Couples not only have an English Tudor castle as their backdrop,” says Shaun DeLorey, sales and operations manager, but the venue “also brings guests through history. As they enter through the authentic Gothic doors from Windsor Castle and past Napoleon’s fireplace from the Tuileries Palace in France, “our couples feel like they are hosting their very own royal wedding.”

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“Nestled on Gloucester’s rocky Atlantic coast, Hammond Castle is the perfect setting for that memorable event,” says Linda Rose, function coordinator. The captivating great hall, Renaissance dining room, courtyard, and oceanside lawn exudes charm, offering a breathtaking backdrop for photos. What’s more, “Walking down the aisle in an actual castle can make you feel like a princess marrying your prince charming!”


Using a horse-drawn carriage will make you “feel just like a queen,” says Jon Frost, owner of Remembrance Hill Carriages. “We provide a team of horses with driver and footman in full livery and top hats. Our white wedding carriage is a replica of the English ‘sociable’ or French ‘vis-a-vis’ design, similar to those used in Europe.” With room to accommodate additional members of your wedding party, this posh carriage will guarantee you a grand entrance.

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Although the royal bouquet will likely contain at least one traditional sprig of myrtle (a custom dating back to Queen Victoria), lily of the valley, and peonies, Sally E. Jablonski, president and owner of Herbert Berg Florist, Inc., advises, “There are other ways to display a royal quality while keeping down costs. By using substitutes like freesia, hydrangea, dahlia, or garden rose, “we can design a romantic-looking, English-inspired short cascade.”


According to UK press sources, Prince Harry has requested that banana (his favorite flavor) be featured in the royal wedding cake. For local couples, Amanda McHugh, owner of Cakes by Amanda, suggests combining “banana cake with a caramel buttercream or adding some gold elements, which are very popular. Nothing says royal like gold!”

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While Prince Harry will wear a military uniform, Meghan Markle’s jeweled tiara and exorbitantly priced haute couture gown unquestionably created a major impact. “When Kate Middleton wore a full lace ball gown with a high neckline and long sleeves at her royal wedding, it sparked a trend that’s still happening right now,” explains Natalie Hanson, manager/buyer at 125 Bridal. “Designers will need to quickly translate Meghan’s look for American brides.”

Decor and More

Go all red, white, and blue with British Union Jack decorations or employ an English garden party theme that combines pastels, chintz, and doilies. Alan Greaves, owner of Brits R US, a Massachusetts-based retail and online store—“A Source for All Things British and Irish”—suggests couples offer, “small gift bags at each table with an assortment of individually wrapped British candy and cookies,” as favors. Attaching place cards to imported tea bags or jam jars is yet another “jolly good” idea.

“Adding gold and silver accents, playing with textures like velvet or sequins, a touch of candlelight, and even a bit of sparkle can really change the whole ambience,” says Pania. “It’s important to remember that luxury is personal. Whatever makes you feel like’s all about personal preference.”

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Dan Doke

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