Christine + Michael – Old Town Hall and Colonial Hall, Salem, MA

I love everything old because it comes great stories, which Salem, Massachusetts is chock full of! So bear with me as I intermingle some interesting facts with Christine and Michael’s beautiful wedding day!

Christine and Michael were not only planning their wedding from afar, but many of their guests were from out of town as well.  From the cobblestone streets to the historic buildings and tours, Salem makes for an incredible destination wedding weekend spot.

The bridal party got ready at The Hawthorne Hotel which dates back to 1925.  As for the hotel, not only have many famous people stayed there but several television shows and movies have also served as the backdrop to this beautiful hotel.  It’s old time charm is undeniable and was such a lovely place for Christine and her girls to get ready for the big day.  I just love Christine’s classic and timeless birdcage veil which was first revealed photos taken at the hotel.

Next historic spot was Old Town Hall.  This Federal Style building, dating back to 1816, is the earliest surviving municipal structure.  It’s a very dramatic building with green doors and a steep staircase to enter the building (I learned that these stairs also serve as a resting spot for many). Michael and the guys arrived first, and soon after, Christine and the girls walked over.  The bridal party and flowers were in the most dramatic scarlet red.  This really complimented Chrisine’s vintage look.  While I can only begin to imagine the types of things that took place in this building, for Christine and Michael it was a very intimate Ketubah signing and ceremony.  As their guests arrived they were directed to the ceremony on the second floor of the building.  While guests were taking their seats, and with immediate family and bridal party present, Christine and Michael signed their formal marriage contract.

The final location was Colonial Hall at Rockafella’s which is located in the historic Daniel Low Building.   This building was originally built as a church in 1826 and later purchased by Daniel Low & Co., which was the first mail order catalogue company.  It remained there until 1994 before being turned into a banquet hall.  This room has high vaulted ceiling and lots of natural light.   Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the balcony of the grand ballroom.  The florals were an assortment of high and low arrangements in the same striking scarlet red.  The table was set with simple silver bengaline linen and white chiavari chairs.  The evening was full of many, many toasts (which they fully warned me of), dancing, great food and good times.  There is something so rich about a place like Salem with all it’s history and makes it so nice to tie into any event.

 

Event Coordination: The Day Of

Ceremony: Old Town Hall, Salem, MA

Reception: Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, Salem, MA  

Floral Design: Evan’s Flowers

Photography: Benj Haisch

Entertainment: Party Time Boston

Wedding Cake: Rockafella’s

Hair: Bella Hair  

Makeup:  Rouge