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Stonehurst – The Robert Treat Paine Estate, Waltham MA. Venue for Weddings & Other Social Events.


I visited the Paine Estate last month on behalf of my North Carolina clients who were looking for a venue for their Fall wedding. This venue is so much more impressive in person than it looks from the website.  I also had trouble finding photos of the house interior online so thought I would share these that I took for my clients. They were looking for something elegant and dignified, masculine and architecturally interesting – needless to say they booked it!

EXTERIOR – front and rear images of the property.

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INTERIOR

Great Hall. Perfect for receptions, wedding ceremonies.

Exit from Great Hall to patio

Dining Room. Ideal for small wedding ceremonies.

Summer Parlor. Elegant dinners for corporate events, weddings, private celebrations.

 


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LGBT Wedding in Provincetown: An Intimate, International Ceremony


My first international couple, Anja & Dani, came all the way from Germany to get married in Massachusetts. I accompanied the brides through the marriage license application at Boston City Hall, including a trip to the courthouse to apply for ‘marriage without delay’. We all headed to the Cape for a wedding ceremony the following day on Herring Cove Beach at sunset. Congratulations to a lovely couple!

  

Photos courtesy of Nancy Faria, A New Outlook Photography.


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Intimate Gay Wedding on the CT Shoreline


Beth & Amanda from TN said “I Do” at the Madison Beach Hotel earlier this year. The couple had a lovely, intimate ceremony with a close friend and parents  - and their adorable son who wore the smallest tuxedo I’ve every seen!

 

JP – Robin Sandler

Photography – Jennifer Higham Photography

Flowers – Branford Flower Shop


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2013 Holiday Parties – Is Yours on Trend?


We all like to look good, especially during the holiday season. Here are some tips and trends for 2013 to help you create a brilliant holiday party and make you the shining star.

  • Think about the timing of your event. Look at having the party on a weekday when venues offer lower costs. Consider a holiday lunch for employees or perhaps a brunch if it is a family and friends affair. If you can wait until January you will find more deals during this slower time.
  • Consider an office or in-home event. You will save money on the venue by transforming a conference room or lobby space, and having the party at the home of a boss or colleague adds a personal touch. Spend the money you save on great food or entertainment.
  • Be creative with your menu. People see so many buffets at events and conferences and sit-down dinners can be too formal. Have interactive stations, small plates, and a variety of bite-size treats. Even mac & cheese can be hard to resist if it is served in an interesting way.
  • Provide flexible seating. Encourage guests to mix and mingle by introducing cocktail tables in different sizes and comfy areas of lounge seating. Much more fun and interactive than being stuck at a round table all night with the same people.
  • Don’t scrimp on the bar. Cocktails are making a comeback thanks to shows like Mad Men and Mixology. Offer a couple of specialty cocktails to excite guests. Don’t forget to include a non-alcoholic ‘mocktail’ for non-drinkers and drivers so they don’t miss out on the fun.
  • Spend your decor budget wisely. Lighting can transform a room and create an ambiance much more than elaborate floral arrangements can. Go for lots of candles on tables dressed with linens with a seasonal pattern or sequins.

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Corporate Holiday Parties – No Longer A Thing of the Past


Companies are throwing holiday parties again – hurray! They may not be as extravagant as they once were but companies are realizing they are good for employee morale.

Check out this article for top trend predictions for 2013.

http://www.bizbash.com/corporate-holiday-party-report-top-trends-for-2013/new-york/story/27101?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRogu6XAZKXonjHpfsX56OoqWK%2BwlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ERcNlI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQ7nHMaRo1LgOWhU%3D#sthash.vaO38WLf.dpbs


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A Backyard Transformation with Paper Lanterns


A good friend recently celebrated a milestone birthday. We took over the planning and transformed a Boston backyard into a summer party hot spot using simple paper lanterns hung onto string lights. It looked so good in both daylight and at night. We also had a bit of fun with her Irish background, not only with the color scheme (although orange is also her favorite color), but by adding a Limerick station (we read them all out at the end of the night – hilarious) and naming the specialty cocktail for the night a ‘Diddle-e-dee’. Good times!

 

 

 


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Easy Centerpieces for a Golfing Themed Event


Here are some simple, budget-friendly centerpieces I created for a luncheon after a golf tournament at Wayland Country Club. At my suggestion to the client, we also switched out the existing chairs and linens to add some brightness and color. Company colors were chosen and the argyle ribbon mirrored the argyle pattern used on the invitation. Although we did not spend very much money, these quick and easy changes and additions made a huge difference to the space and took the event up a notch compared to previous years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Gay Weddings in CT – Frequently Asked Questions


Same sex marriage was made legal in Connecticut in 2008. Eligibility and requirements for same sex marriage are the same as for opposite sex marriage.

How do I apply for a marriage license in CT? Both parties must appear at a local vital records office (Town/City Hall) to sign the license; however, you are not required to both appear at the same time. The license is valid for 65 days, starting from when the first person signs it . You must apply for the license in the town where you wish to be married. You must both be 18, no exceptions.

Do I have to be a CT resident? You do not have to be a resident of CT to get married in the state.

What documentation do I need? A government issued photo ID is required.

How much does a license cost? The fee for a CT marriage license is $30.00.

When will my license be issued? The same day! There is no waiting period in CT. Yay! You can get married on the same day if you want to. You must give the license to your JP or officiant; after the ceremony it is his/her responsibility to sign the license and send it to the correct Town Clerk to be recorded.

Who can marry me? Most couples choose a Justice of the Peace to marry them. There are many to choose from; for weddings on the CT Shoreline/New Haven, I like to use Robin Sandler, a local attorney and JP who will perform a lovely ceremony for you.

Where can I have my wedding ceremony? Remember the ceremony has to be in the town where you obtained your license so it’s wise to choose a location (or at least the town) before applying. Once you have made that decision, we can suggest suitable locations to hold the ceremony from beaches and state parks, to rose gardens and more formal settings such as wineries and mansions. Fees and/or permits my apply.

Can you help me plan my LGBT wedding even if it is just my partner and I and a couple of friends? Yes, of course! And no witnesses are required so it could just be the two of you and your officiant. We especially love to help couples who elope to CT to get married. We can come with you during the application and arrange a JP to perform the ceremony the same day if that’s what you want. We can even take some photos for you – but please don’t expect them to be of professional quality! And if you need other elements – flowers, a professional photographer, a cake, dinner reservations – we can help with all of that too. Talk to us about our elopement/small destination wedding packages.

What if it’s a larger affair? Yes, we can do that to. We will chat about your vision and needs so we can help you plan the perfect day.

 


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Gay Weddings in MA – Frequently Asked Questions


How Do I Apply For a Marriage License? Both parties must apply in person for a license at a City Clerk’s office. The license is valid for 60 days and you can use your license from any City Clerk in any city or town in MA but not outside the state.

Do I have to be a MA resident? There is no residency required according to Massachusetts State Law.

What documentation do I need? A government issued photo ID is required. If you are divorced, the divorce must be final for 90 days before applying for a license.

How much does a license cost? Fees vary for each city or town hall. For example, at Cambridge City Hall the fee is $35.00; at Boston it’s $50.00.

When will my license be issued? In MA there is a 3 day waiting period for a marriage license – in other words you have to wait 3 days after applying before you can pick up the license from the place of application. The good news is this is 3 days, not business days. This can be waived by going to a District Court and requesting a ‘marriage without delay’. There is an extra fee associated with this waiver and time spent in court might be 30 minutes or it might be over two hours. It is unlikely that your request be denied but you have to have some patience and be prepared to wait.

Who can perform the ceremony? Most couples choose a local JP to perform the ceremony. There are many to choose from; I like to use Tom Welch who has performed several ceremonies for couples I have worked with. He has such a calming and peaceful presence and truly cares about each ceremony he performs.

Can I change my name on my marriage license? You will be asked about any name changes when you apply. Your new name will appear on the certified copy of your license that you will receive after your wedding.

Where can I have my wedding ceremony? If the weather is good, we can find you a quiet spot in one of Boston’s lovely parks or public places. If the weather is not on our side, we can hold the ceremony at your B & B or hotel or even at City Hall. Permits are required in some public locations. We can also suggest more extravagant locations or venues if that is what you are looking for.

Can you help me plan my LGBT wedding even if it is just my partner and I and a couple of friends? Yes, of course! We especially love to help couples who elope to MA to get married. We can come with you during the application and ‘marriage without delay’ process and arrange a JP to perform the ceremony. We can even take some photos for you – but please don’t expect them to be of professional quality! And if you need other elements – flowers, a professional photographer, a cake, dinner reservations – we can help with all of that too. Talk to us about our elopement/small destination wedding packages.

What if it’s a larger affair? Yes, we can do that to. We will chat about your vision and needs so we can help you plan the perfect day.


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50′s Style Promo: Mad Men Meets James Dean


 

What a fun project this was to be a part of! You can’t go wrong when you are working with such talented individuals as Jennifer Higham of Jennifer Higham Photography and Matt Van Ness from MV Productions. Models are all friends who gave up their day to be part of this fun photo shoot and the chance to dress in some fabulous, authentic 50′s clothing from Lorry Polizzi Vintage Clothing in North Branford. And, boy, was there was a lot of hairspray involved!

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEkdAPXczU0


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