On a Saturday in May, Charlie and Maura tied the knot at The Lace Factory followed by a gorgeous cocktail hour and reception. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be hosted in our courtyard garden oasis but there was rain in the forecast for the day. With The Lace Factory having such a beautiful rain plan/ Plan B option, there was nothing to stress about. The venue still boasts glorious natural bright light and ethereal vibes. Maura's mother was their officiant and they said their vows in front of our shabby chic vintage door backdrop. The color palette lent itself to the natural aquatic colors of blues and greens with touches of soft blush pinks and cream colors to really add that soft and feminine touch.
Maura's gown even gave a nod to the Lace Factory history with a beautiful lace design overlay- much of the swirls on the lace pattern were reminiscent of the Lace originally made here, softened by the unfinished, "eyelashes" of the gown edges.
Cocktail hour was offered on one side of the room, divided by our curtain wall, where guests could sit and people watch in the lounge area or mingle with loved ones at cocktail tables. The gorgeous Spring Harvest Table was the perfect mouth-watering beginning, along with passed appetizers and a John Daley Signature drink our guests were in heaven.
As cocktail hour started to wind down, our staff drew the curtains for a gorgeous "dinner reveal" and invited guests to find their seats, offering a glass of bubbly from our champagne wall. The candles were lit and the room became enchanted in the evening light.
Traditional announcements were skipped and guests were able to watch our couple float around the dance floor for the first dance. A family-style dinner was brought out by our team to each guest table- offering vessels of stuffed chicken breast, shrimp scampi with bay scallops, and a vegetarian paella to those to had ordered the special dish. Seasonal grilled veggies and risotto made for the perfect sides. The guests really enjoyed getting to try ALL the dinner options and not just one item, as with typically plated dinners.
By 7:45 guests were making their way to the dance floor and the ceremonial lemon raspberry cake made for a welcomed sweet treat and a perfectly timed sugar jolt! Each plate of cake also had a cream puff and assorted options of cookies, brownies, and bars for guests to enjoy! Charlie and Maura were able to steal away with their photographer for some sunset photos outside and the shots captured were truly magnificent! There is something so romantic about a couple and steam train! It is like stepping into a movie set. Other photos along the river made for the most exquisite backdrop.
The Essex Steam Train whisked the guests off through the woods along the Connecticut River and brought to their cars at the station in Essex.
It was a wonderful evening and a beautiful labor of love! Congratulations, Charlie and Maura!
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Officiant || Maura's mother
Photos by || Tashography
Planning || Sarah Brehant Events
Florals || The Urban Botanist
Catering || Our sister company, Cloud Nine Catering
DJ || Powerstation Events
Hair and Makeup || Chameleon Bride
Hotel || Waters Edge Resort and Spa
Transportation || The Essex Steam Train