wedding ceremony

Private Bridal Suite at The Commons 1854

Every Girl needs a place to retreat to on their wedding day! Here are some great photos in the moments leading up to the wedding!

Chaise Lounge to showcase the gown

Jacuzzi tub to do as you please

Its almost time

Gorgeous black and white

The Venue is rich with architecture

The final touches

"Pretty" relaxing

Blog Post by Johanna Esposito PWP®

How to choose your wedding bouquet...simple tips from The Commons 1854

Your wedding bouquet is your most unique and largest accessory you will wear on your wedding day, so choose wisely!  Here are some tips on how to select your wedding bouquet.

Consider these factors: Dress, Veil, bouquet shape, size, color and cost.  Now you know partly what your fiancé went through when he bought your engagement ring!!!

There are many different types of bouquets to choose from for your wedding ceremony and reception this blog focuses on Round, Hand-tied, Posy and Cascading.

The Round Bridal Bouquet...

This is a very clean look which can incorporate one or many different types of flowers.  This wedding dress had no embellishments, Dupioni silk textured material and a cathedral veil. The satin wrapping of the bouquet covered the entire bouquet and the embellishment was the perfect balance to the look.  The bouquet has the ability to add or in this case soften up the texture in a wedding gown. White hydrangea, white calla lilies and antiques roses were incorporated into this gorgeous brides ensemble.

Crystal embellishments throughout red roses
Rhinestone embellishment at the stem base of multi colored peonies and rose bouquet

The Hand Tied Bouquet...

Organic and natural, the hand tied bouquet is a great fit for many different styles and always incorporates a variety of flowers.  This dress perfectly balanced lace and silk and the hand tied bouquet was the perfect accessory.  The veil was a Butterfly style.  The flowers are different in shape making the look more natural.

Posy Bouquet...

The Posy bouquet is composed of one flower or several of the same flowers bunched together. This look is on the casual side and paired perfectly with a simple Sheath dress and no veil. The simple tennis bracelet was polished off the look.
Simple White Calla Lilies in a Posy style Bouquet 

Posy is a nice look for the bridesmaids even with a round or hand tied bridal bouquet

Cascading Bouquet...

The waterfall or cascading bouquet is a classic and traditional option for brides.  While they are quite heavy, they add dimension and drama to a brides look.  A simple A-line, no veil and a tiara was a great look to pair with this bouquet.  A smile is the best and most important accessory and this bride nailed it!

Blog Post by Johanna Esposito

“Beauty and Elegance” A Garden Inspired Wedding at The Commons 1854

Our Garden Terrace was the inspiration for this Wedding!  Think whimsical, vivacious and sophisticated. The classic and understated elegance of the outdoor ceremony space lends itself to numerous wedding themes and styles.  The question is always, will it work in your venue?  If not, this theme can be a disaster. Read this blog until the end to help with what to, and what NOT to do when planning a Garden Inspired Wedding.

The "I Do's"

Michelle waits in the calming comfort of the bridal suite as the guests start to arrive.
The sun peaks through the window, its almost time.
Only those of us who have been there, know her indescribable feeling!

Her white lace embroidered Trumpet gown was perfectly accented by a simple angel veil.
The shades of blue were appropriate to the wedding theme and complimented the brides attendants.

The ceremony aisle boasts 75 feet of orange hand-laid brick, she flawlessly glides down the aisle.

          The ceremony is surrounded with calming green and classic white tones.

 The pops of color derive from the wedding party attire and flowers.

The towering maple trees in the ceremony background make the design easy and inexpensive.  Less was perfect within this garden inspired theme. 

In true Classic New England fashion, the wedding party headed across the street to the historic Gould Barn and Parson Capen house and enjoyed the preserved beauty that historic Topsfield has to offer.  
The escort card table boasted a towering floral design which was the perfect transition from the outdoor garden ceremony into the lively cocktail hour.
A tip toe down the stairs to give her new groom a kiss!
The bride and groom head toward the Grand Ballroom to view their Reception space and the impeccable details that helped to create their theme.
Organic flower boxes and whimsically placed candles were the perfect accent to the large farm tables. 
Alternate rounds and Farm tables for an asymmetrical floor plan..
Rod Iron and clear glass cylinders mixed a bit of modern into the garden design.
The cake incorporated the multitude of colors which tied the wedding decor together nicely.
As the base of event design, the up-lighting color is very important to the theme.  The linens are a very understated silk damask embroidered cloth. 
Above are the "I Do's" with your Garden Inspired Wedding Theme at The Commons 1854

Here is what "I Object" to when planning your Garden Inspired Wedding
Mason jars, vintage ivory lace, birdcages and birdcage veils, cathedral veils, paper aisle runners, cascading bouquets, Sheath wedding dress's, chalk boards, tuxedo's and small windows and 
low ceilings. 

Blog by Johanna Esposito

Photo credit Dave Benoit

May Wedding Ceremony and Reception at the Commons 1854

May is an ideal month for an outdoor garden wedding ceremony on Boston's North Shore.  Valarie and Brian's May wedding's boasted beautiful weather with the perfect cloud coverage for photos, fully bloomed peonies and a gorgeous bride and groom.

Gorgeous outdoor photo of a May wedding in Topsfield, MA at the Commons 1854.

The getting ready photos... Valarie's design was meticulous and it showed.  Just look at this gorgeous dress. 

This wedding dress was stunning!  The Wedding Reception decor seemed to be planned around the gown.    

With all of her bridesmaids help, this beautiful bride is dressed and ready for the first look in the Commons 1854's bridal suite.

Just look at this stunning bride!!!!!!!!!!!

The luxurious vintage curtains make for the perfect backdrop to accent Valarie's wedding gowns train. 

The chaise lounge!

 Valarie couldn't be more exciting about the first look, check out this sneak peak photo prior to the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.  The Commons 1854 has great places for the formal photos before and after the wedding ceremony.  Below (on the right)  is a shot that Beniot - McCarthy photography invented.  

The first look!

The gorgeous classic New England ceremony site with towering Oak trees! 

 And they were pronounced husband and wife!!!!

Let the wedding reception begin!!!

This savvy bride was all about the details with small touches like blackberries in the sparkling pink Rosé
 to start off the reception and cappuccinos with a mocha heart as a sweet treat at the end.

The Candy Station matched the pink peonies!

   Valarie and Brian are "True love sweethearts" so this bride found it more than fitting to incorporate it into her  candy station.  

The Black Menu Card was the ideal color pairing for this formal plated meal for Valarie and Brian's wedding reception at the Commons 1854.  Her wedding guest tables were adorned with crystals and beautiful tall and short centerpieces provided by Petals of Peabody, MA.

The monogram on the menu card matches the gift box and candy station signs!

Gorgeous Orchids in the trumpet vases!!!!

The Wedding Cake with a monogram topper!

The Balcony made a perfect lounge area for their Wedding Reception and a great vantage point for the photography of this bride and grooms first dance.  


Ally & Matt's Summer Wedding

Ally & Matt had their wedding reception and ceremony here at the beginning of July!

Perfect lighting, perfect kiss!

Their outdoor garden ceremony was beautiful - complete with classic navy blue and yellow accents!
Chairs for the ceremony, delicately decorated with baby's breath and navy ribbon.
Is it over yet?
Ally's grandfather officiated the wedding...a memory they will cherish forever.
You may kiss your bride!

Their reception wouldn't have been complete without the live music from Boston Common Band -  everyone danced all night long!

Ally & Matt boogie on the dance floor!
And what would a wedding be without someone doing the worm over an invisible jump rope??

But, the highlight of the wedding reception was THE HORAH!

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Jewish tradition, The Horah is the chair dance!  Ally, Matt, and a few others were raised up...the excitement & energy could have been felt all throughout the New England!

Ally, Matt, and the supportive groomsmen!
The ring bearer!  What a cutie!

Ally's mother...and her first Horah experience!  Think she liked it??
Ally's father...and his first Horah experience!  He definitely liked it!

 The incredible photography was done by Benoit & McCarthy Photography

Here are more photos below for you to enjoy!

Stunning bride, inside and out!
A beautiful portrait taken in the Bridal Suite
Look at that train!
Mother & daughter before the ceremony

Beautiful shot in front of the Parson Capen House

Goofy groomsmen!
The entire bridal party...gorgeous in navy blue and gray!
A moment alone after dinner, captured by the photographer!
We wish you many, many blissful years of marriage, Ally & Matt!

The Commons 1854 is Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue

A Rustic Chic Wedding has been the trend among many brides these days.  Rustic Chic Weddings can include anything from lace-wrapped mason jars as wedding reception centerpieces to hand-painted vintage wooden signs for your ceremony.

The Commons 1854 is the perfect place for your Rustic Chic Wedding.  Located just north of historic Boston, The Commons 1854 is in the heart of Topsfield, Massachusetts.  With burlap, lace, and turquoise as your country chic color-scheme, your guests will feel as though they're no longer in Massachusetts!

Ideas for your Rustic Chic Wedding Ceremony & Reception:
  • Turquoise painted vases filled with baby's breath as centerpieces for the reception
  • Display your signature cocktails on chalkboards
  • Mason Jars for guests' drinks during cocktail hour
  • Mini planter boxes w/ stamped table number as centerpieces for the reception
  • Cowboy boots!
  • Lace-wrapped mason jars filled with sunflowers as centerpieces
  • Wooden signs lining the aisle of the ceremony "from this day forward", "for better or worse", "'til death do us part"
  • Tie place cards to horseshoes or just simply display the name cards in sliced wooden logs
  • Shock your guests by showing up to your ceremony in a vintage Rolls Royce

Happy Planning!

Blog posted by Jennifer LeBel of The Commons 1854