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Mount Hope Farm — Venue Spotlight

If you’ve dreamed of having a farm wedding that is anything but ordinary than Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI is the venue for you. Charming rustic appeal combined with sweeping views and exclusive catering by Russell Morin Catering & Events, Mount Hope Farm has it all. Learn more…

Photography: Erin McGinn

1. How long has Russell Morin Catering & Events been the exclusive caterer at Mt Hope Farm?

Russell Morin Catering & Events has been the exclusive caterer at Mount Hope Farm for the past three years. We’re excited to announce that this past December, we renewed the contract!

2. Do you offer full event services or strictly catering? 

We offer full event services at Mount Hope Farm! From the time you book your event, you’re working with our team for guidance throughout the whole process. We assist with your menu, your rentals, and your day-of coordination. In addition, we communicate with any outside vendors on your behalf to ensure a flawless finish!

3. Is the entire farm available to rent or only certain areas? 

In addition to our historic twelve-room bed & breakfast, we have multiple locations on-site that are available for events. Our two wedding venues, The Barn and Cove Cabin, are separated by 1.25 miles. We also have an Education Center, that is perfect for a corporate gatherings! However, we do offer a rental of the entire property for anyone who is interested in a really exclusive and unique experience.

4. How far in advance should clients book the venue? 

We have had clients book with us anywhere from 5 months to 2 years in advance of their wedding.  If you’re set on a specific date, we recommend booking sooner than later, especially if that date is in June, September or October as those are the most popular wedding months!
Our winter months are also starting to fill up quick now that winter weddings are becoming so desirable. The Barn is the perfect location for a cozy and romantic winter wedding, although the space is really great for any time of the year!

5. What makes Mt Hope Farm unique? 

If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor venue in the Bristol area, Mount Hope Farm offers a unique experience that your guests are sure to remember forever!

Our historic Barn, accompanied by beautiful lush gardens, is charming, cozy, and rustic. Enjoy your ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors, while hors d’oeuvres are passed to your guests as they play lawn games in our field. Join us indoors for the reception, while the Barn’s door remains open to allow the aesthetic of the property to decorate your entire evening.

Photography: Erin McGinn

Photography: Erin McGinn

Cove Cabin, a 1930’s Adirondack style structure located directly on Mt. Hope Bay, overlooks the stunning view of the Mount Hope Bay Bridge. This unique space offers a waterfront ceremony location and cocktail hour on the back deck of our Cabin as the sun begins to set directly in front of you. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous tented reception or a more intimate affair with the historic structure, Cove Cabin does not disappoint.

Photography: Erin McGinn

Photography: Erin McGinn

 

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Mount Hope Farm — Venue Spotlight

If you’ve dreamed of having a farm wedding that is anything but ordinary than Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI is the venue for you. Charming rustic appeal combined with sweeping views and exclusive catering by Russell Morin Catering & Events, Mount Hope Farm has it all. Learn more… 1. How long has Russell Morin Catering & Events been […]

BLISSbash 2018 – a party to remember!

New England’s top event professionals, stylists, and visionaries alike gathered for BLISSbash at the newly renovated Waterfire Arts Center for the unveiling of our 2018 issue.

With infinite ceilings, vast windows, and raw industrial architecture, the event space at the Waterfire Arts Center was the perfect location to host BLISSbash. Greeted with their choice of our signature cocktails of the night; the Hi-Bliss-Cus Sparkler or the Forbidden Cocktail and a copy of the magazine, guests made their way inside. Two weathered iron beams framing a massive white wall provided a canvas for Ormonde Productions to project the pages of the magazine so everyone could see their breathtaking contributions on the big screen.

Savory passed hors d’oeuvres like duck confit sliders, avocado toast topped with fire-roasted corn, and buffalo chicken rangoon crafted by Russell Morin Catering & Events whet everyone’s appetite as they mingled and flipped through the pages of our 2018 issue. Lush floral arrangements in vibrant spring hues and soaring areca palms designed by Sayles Livingston Design softened the space making guests feels as though they were attending a swanky outdoor soiree in the tropics. Cozy lounge areas mixed with high-top tables from Party Rental LTD offered a variety of places to sit while guests feasted on the ethnic cuisine from each of the serving stations. A retro silver Airstream trailer-turned-mobile-bar by Hive Events offered a whimsical spot to get a refill on cocktails, beer, and wine. Decked out with marquee lights, a reclaimed wood bar, and a comfy seating area — once guests got in they didn’t want to leave! It was the perfect, unexpected touch of nostalgia that completed the night.

 

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BLISSbash 2018 – a party to remember!

New England’s top event professionals, stylists, and visionaries alike gathered for BLISSbash at the newly renovated Waterfire Arts Center for the unveiling of our 2018 issue. With infinite ceilings, vast windows, and raw industrial architecture, the event space at the Waterfire Arts Center was the perfect location to host BLISSbash. Greeted with their choice of our […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Smith & Wollensky

Vendor Spotlight is on Smith & Wollensky; known as America’s Steakhouse, the location at Boston’s Back Bay Castle is like no other of its kind.

1. How did your business come be?

Smith & Wollensky opened in the Back Bay “Castle” in 2004, and is one of the most unique dining experiences and venues in Boston, indulging guests’ sense of history and feeling of luxury in its grand architecture and space, and rich furnishings.  The historic stone and brick castle was built in 1891 and originally served as the headquarters for the First Corps of Cadets, and is now listed on the National Historic Register. The first floor gun room, social hall and museum floor now feature the bar and main dining room. With four floors and 26,000 square feet of space, The castle boasts an expansive selection of private dining and event rooms, including the “Battle Room” ballroom – with features such as working fireplaces, a balcony, high ceilings and historic artifacts.  The uniqueness and history of the venue make it one of the most coveted settings in Boston to host corporate and social occasions.  The venue hosts groups from 20 to 150 for seated dining events and up to 250 for receptions.

2. What are the services you offer?

As your in-house event planners, we’ll support and accommodate all of your needs in creating a spectacular celebration for you and your guests. Whether it is florals, music, specialty linen or just a hand to hold, we would be honored to be your partner in planning your wedding. With over 20 years of event and wedding planning experience, we’ll guide you through the planning process with the utmost professionalism, courtesy and attention to detail. Our flawless execution, coupled with award-winning food and wine selections and our one-of-a-kind event spaces, will create all the elements for an unforgettable occasion.

-Onsite Event Manager

-Complimentary Menu Tasting for up to Four

-Complimentary First Anniversary Dinner for Two

-10% Discount for Military / Veterans

3. Where are you located?

101 Arlington Street | Boston, MA 02116

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

Typically 8-14 months out, but we just booked a wedding for 100 guests 6 weeks out! If we have your date we can make it happen!

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

It’s important to be able to connect with your event planner. This leads to trust and when you have trust you can sit back and relax and really enjoy your special day. Because we all know, it goes by in the blink-of-an-eye!

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: Smith & Wollensky

Vendor Spotlight is on Smith & Wollensky; known as America’s Steakhouse, the location at Boston’s Back Bay Castle is like no other of its kind. 1. How did your business come be? Smith & Wollensky opened in the Back Bay “Castle” in 2004, and is one of the most unique dining experiences and venues in […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Marc Hall Design

This week’s Vendor Spotlight is on Marc Hall Design; known for their dramatically beautiful floral sculptures, installations, and creations.

1. How did your business come to be?

As I was contemplating my tenure as creative director of Winston flowers, I wanted to experience more creatively than the brand would allow and after resigning in November of 2010, I contemplated my options…

Some clients I had worked with during my time there and others that I had been producing work for prior to my position for the Winston brothers reached out with out-of-the-box projects. Some were garden design projects, others interior design projects and staging along with a couple of corporate and wedding inquiries. I decided to look for an office of sorts after 3 months of accepting the jobs and actively working on them. I needed and wanted to get out of my loft where I live to add more structure to my work. I registered my business name, Marc Hall Design, because I wanted to continue to pursue design projects and challenges that were outside the realm of events albeit I do love the event industry.

I first searched for a design house that could produce my flowers for me, but I felt there wasn’t a qualified floral company that existed who understood my approach. By default, I began importing my own flowers and developing relationships with domestic growers along with supplementing product with local brokers at flower exchange here in Boston.

I eventually found an abandoned space within an old turn-of-the-last-century mill — we actually brought daylight into the space for the first time since the 40’s!

2. What are the services you offer?

Marc Hall Design is a diverse design firm that offers concierge services to clients looking to enhance their lives with a celebration of one of life’s moments (invitations, decor, florals, furniture rentals, lighting design plans, stages, dance floors, tents CAD drawings, site visits, complementary prototype meetings, designing gardens, outdoor living spaces, accessorizing interiors and projects of the like.

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

We are located in the historical district of the south end neighborhood. We can travel and have traveled globally to provide product and our services to a dichotomous client.

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

For event design work we recommend 6 months to a year in advance and I would have to recommend if you’re planning an event in high season, that you even call on us 2 years in advance.

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

I don’t just give them one piece — I offer the whole pie! In a way I’m being facetious, but honestly, we are so thorough with providing our perspective and engaging the client with a high quality of knowledge, inspiration and experience. Trust and respect for the design team you are considering to work with are paramount and we always encourage our clients to be forthcoming with their financial goals. It is so important to us to learn this from the start so that every meeting is productive and that we are presenting ideas and concepts that are within their means.  In my opinion a huge injustice is done when the design team here cannot extract that number from a client prior to releasing an estimate and we end up presenting ideas that are lovely and exciting, but totally beyond their ceiling.

Photography: David Murray Weddings

Photography: David Murray Weddings

Photography: Clark Walker

Photography: Corinna Raznikov

Photography: Corinna Raznikov

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: Marc Hall Design

This week’s Vendor Spotlight is on Marc Hall Design; known for their dramatically beautiful floral sculptures, installations, and creations. 1. How did your business come to be? As I was contemplating my tenure as creative director of Winston flowers, I wanted to experience more creatively than the brand would allow and after resigning in November […]

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