The guest book and place card table was amazing in its details.
Instead of a guest book, guests were asked to sign in on a scroll which requested their "John Hancock" please -- and the backdrop to that was a selection of carefully chosen books by Nathaniel Hawthorne and other such classics from New England.
Click on his to enlarge it, and see what the place card for Table 9 says -- too cute!
An antique typewriter graced the place card table, and gave a heartfelt message to the guests.
Both parent's wedding photos anchored the other end of the placecard table, located at the top of the stairs, outside of the Essex Room:
In the Essex Room, on the ledge, here was a photo of each of their grandparents at their weddings, along with memorial candles. It was so sweet of them to think about their grandparents this way.
Golden caramel apples, with the message "Appily Every After: 11.16.13" So sweet!
This display was of memorabilia related to Cathy's parents' wedding which took place right here at the Hawthorne Hotel, 28 years ago. Interestingly one of the bartenders who took care of this event on Saturday night was likely working that wedding here 28 years ago, as she just celebrated her 28th work anniversary with us here at the Hawthorne Hotel.
Do you love seeing the comparisons of the Grand Ballroom 28 years ago, with the beautiful Palladian windows covered over to make the hotel look more "modern" -- what fun! See the very next photo for how it looks now.
I hope you enjoy looking at all these lovely details, and the result of a lot of planning and coordination by this super-nice couple and their wedding planner, Alaina Ferriero.
Special thanks as well to Evening Manager, Elizabeth Buchanan, who helped me take all these photos.