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Vendor Spotlight On: Newport Vineyards

Vendor Spotlight is on Newport Vineyards; wine lover or not, the vineyard provides a beautifully unique landscape for any kind of event.

1. How did your business come to be?

On the heals of the 20th Anniversary of Newport Vineyards, owners John and Paul Nunes embarked on a multi-million dollar expansion of the 30,000 sq foot facility which brought the addition of our Meadow Room events venue, along with Brix Restaurant, the Vineyard Café, a new Marketplace store, and a full in-house catering kitchen. We had always hosted smaller private events, however since the expansion we host about 100 private events each year from intimate rehearsal dinners or showers, to wedding receptions, birthday parties, post-wedding brunches or corporate events.

2. What are the services you offer?

We host any type of private event, from showers, to post-wedding brunches, wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, corporate events, you name it! We also offer private tours and tastings, a full public events series, two restaurants and wine of course! For our catered private events, we offer seasonal, from scratch in-house catering menus for all our private events. Being a vineyard we are an agriculture business, we are farmers – so our chef takes the farm-to-table philosophy very seriously. For instance, we don’t use tomatoes out of season, so for our calzones served in the Café our chef will make a “No-Mato” sauce, derived from other root vegetables. It’s delicious and many of our guests prefer it over the traditional tomato sauce! We also have full in-house catering team, event coordinators, reception tables and chairs, on-site parking and a pre-wedding room for couples 1-hour prior to their ceremony.

3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?

We are located just 5 minutes outside of Newport, on Rte 138 in Middletown, RI. Guests appreciate the location as it is easy access from MA, and other points of RI. There’s ample on-site parking and a wide range of hotels near by.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?  

It depends on the event, most of our weddings book 1-year to 18-months prior. Showers and rehearsal dinners are anytime between 6 months to 1 year. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us, whether it’s a short-lead or planning two years in advance, our team will get back to you promptly!

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

Just show up, relax and let us take care of it all, it’s time to celebrate – we’ll have a glass of wine ready for you! Cheers!

Corinna Raznikov Photography

Photo courtesy of Newport Vineyards

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Vendor Spotlight On: Newport Vineyards

Vendor Spotlight is on Newport Vineyards; wine lover or not, the vineyard provides a beautifully unique landscape for any kind of event. 1. How did your business come to be? On the heals of the 20th Anniversary of Newport Vineyards, owners John and Paul Nunes embarked on a multi-million dollar expansion of the 30,000 sq […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Fairmont Copley Plaza

Vendor Spotlight is on Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston; a luxury landmark hotel in downtown Boston symbolizing history and elegance.

How did your business come to be?

Fairmont Copley Plaza formally opened its doors on August 19th, 1912. The hotel was built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts and named in honor of John Singleton Copley, the great American Painter. Ever since its grand opening reception Fairmont Copley Plaza has been known for being the most celebrated address in Back Bay.  From the elegant intimacy of the Venetian Room to the palatial splendor of the Grand Ballroom, with its exquisite details, sparkling crystal chandeliers, and gilded, thirty-foot ceilings, Boston brides have a wealth of elegant options for their special day. Whether your style is soft and romantic, trend-setting modern or show-stopping elegance, Fairmont Copley Plaza is the premier choice.

What are the services you offer?

Our wedding specialists help brides-to-be transform their dreams into reality. Your wedding specialist services your wedding from the first moment you arrive at the hotel to the day of your wedding. From tasting meetings, planning meetings and recommended vendors to detailing an evening timeline and being there when you say “I do” we want to ensure your day is perfection. We also celebrate special occasions such as rehearsal dinners, post wedding brunches and bridal showers.

Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service ?  

138 St. James Avenue, Boston Massachusetts, United States 02116

How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?  

We recommend booking your wedding 12-15 months in advance so you are able to get the perfect date and time of year.

What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

Make sure you are able to relax, have fun, and enjoy the moment. This day is once-in-a-lifetime – try not to focus on the details or you will miss everything that is going on around you.

Photography: Corinna Raznikov

Photography: Corinna Raznikov

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Vendor Spotlight On: Fairmont Copley Plaza

Vendor Spotlight is on Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston; a luxury landmark hotel in downtown Boston symbolizing history and elegance. How did your business come to be? Fairmont Copley Plaza formally opened its doors on August 19th, 1912. The hotel was built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts and named in honor […]

Vendor Spotlight On: The Charles Hotel

Vendor Spotlight is on The Charles Hotel; a timeless, full-service hotel located in Harvard Square in the heart of Cambridge, Ma.

1. How did your business come to be?

The Charles Hotel opened for business in 1985. Over the past 30 years, The Charles Hotel has welcomed celebrities, scholars, moguls, artists, philanthropists, politicians, opinion-makers and world leaders. From Barbra Streisand to former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, from Supreme Court Justices to Ben Affleck to even His Holiness the Dalai Lama, they have all felt at home at The Charles Hotel, an experience the hotel works hard to create for all its guests.

2. What are services  you offer?

We are a full-service hotel here at The Charles. We offer 18,000 square feet of unique indoor and outdoor space for your every need before, during and after your big day. All of our menus are designed by Chef Peter Davis, offering the same quality farm-to-table cuisine that we serve every day at our award-winning Henrietta’s Table. Our catering department will help tailor your menu to your specific tastes. We also have Corbu Spa & Salon on the premises for hairstyling, makeup and general pampering.

3. Where are you located?

Harvard Square, One Bennett Street Cambridge, MA 02138

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?

We recommend securing a date with us as soon as possible, as our event space is in high demand.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

Remember to soak in the moment. Your wedding day can be stressful at times, but it is important for both you and your partner to really enjoy the day. Take it all in and remember to look around at everyone who is able to share the day as it may be one of the only times all of the people you love are in the same room.

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: The Charles Hotel

Vendor Spotlight is on The Charles Hotel; a timeless, full-service hotel located in Harvard Square in the heart of Cambridge, Ma. 1. How did your business come to be? The Charles Hotel opened for business in 1985. Over the past 30 years, The Charles Hotel has welcomed celebrities, scholars, moguls, artists, philanthropists, politicians, opinion-makers and […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured!

1. How did your business come to be?

Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long Hill, in Middletown, CT. The Olmsted Brothers, famous for designing Central Park in New York City, designed the original site plan that included access roads, carriage lanes, and a house. The Beaux Arts style house was completed around 1911 and was utilized by the Wadsworth family until the early 1940s,  including hosting their son’s wedding for 1,000 guests.  After the Colonel’s death the property was bequeathed to the Colonel’s foundation. They sold it to an order of nuns (Our Lady of the Cenacle of Sorrow) who converted it into a  convent and operated a retreat center until the mid-1980s. The sisters, having parceled off acreage during their time, sold the building and remaining grounds to developers; ownership fluctuated, finally resting in the possession of a bank.  After seven  years with no dedicated caretakers,  which resulted in extensive damage to the house, the City of Middletown purchased the estate. With a 5 million dollar commitment from the taxpayers,  the estate was revived and re-established as the gem of the city, opening just in time for a millennium wedding celebration. The mansion is recognized for its unique, customized events and weddings for discerning hosts in New England and across the nation.

2. What are the services you offer? 

As a historic, one-of-a-kind house, the Wadsworth Mansion is not your typical event space.  Weddings are completely tailored to each couple and span a nine hour period that includes setup and breakdown.  In addition to the private use of the mansion, the extensive grounds offer many lovely possibilities for ceremonies, photographs, cocktails, and dancing.   Also included in the standard rental are white chairs for outdoor use, gold chiavari chairs for indoor use, tables in many shapes and sizes, the use of the dance floor, and as much or as little planning guidance as is requested.

3. Where are you located?

Find us up a long, dramatic, tree-lined driveway in the center of Connecticut in historic Middletown, equidistant from New York and Boston.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?   

If your heart is set on a Saturday during wedding season, it’s best to book a year to a year and a half in advance.  If you need a particular date it may behoove you to secure it even earlier since we only schedule one event per day.  Some couples do book with much less lead time, but flexibility is necessary as we generally sell all of our available weekend dates.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides? 

This is the one day when everyone you love comes together to celebrate your marriage and your commitment to your spouse.  Don’t sweat the small details of the event, focus on the enjoyment of your guests, and take the time to enjoy this once in lifetime experience.

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Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured! 1. How did your business come to be? Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long […]

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