Monday, October 27, 2008

This must Be Heaven

Geeeee, so very pretty. Sigh, if only I could have them it would be a dream come true (not actually but you know what I mean). I catch myself sometimes seriously thinking of spending all my savings on these if I didn't have enough notebooks already.
But guys, now you know what present would make me really happy. :D

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Ballroom Looks Beautiful in Blue

While not the color one would normally choose to use in our Ballroom, these photos show that this room is just neutral enough to work with virtually any color palette.

The navy blue satin bows, blue hydrangeas, and blue fondant ribbon on the wedding cake all coordinate so nicely.

The use of alternating tall arrangements, with the lower arrangements on some tables gave a nice energy to the room.

This was the charming favor, given to each guest. What a nice thought!

I can't wait to see what you choose for your wedding.


Friday, October 24, 2008


Me and Mel are offically twins...or so people say.
But tell you see any resemblance??

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Emo, ummmmm poetry???

Yep. This is what happens when you stick me and Ozie in a room, all alone, with only a rinky-dinky old computer to pass the time.....
Anyway, let's get on with this.


Tears like spears
Eating at my insides
Tearing out the pages
Of my long forgotten life

Kagaroos in the forest
And zebras in the jungle
Hippos on the moon
The cow ran out of milk

Jump jump and never stop
Fly away and lose your top
Eat coconuts on an island
Sink with the atomic bomb

Handprints dripping paint
That tainted your presence
What was supposed to be a saint
Instead brought a wrong essence

I know, you don't have to tell us. It's just beautiful.
We are so winning the noble prize for literature with this Oz.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wedding at PEM in Salem, Massachusetts

As you may already know, we are the preferred caterer for the functions held at the Peabody Essex Museum here in Salem. We also hold the liquor license there, so we are the exclusive provider of alcoholic beverage service.

We recently received this link to a wedding video that is on You Tube, of a wedding at PEM where we provided both the food and the liquor. I thought you might enjoy seeing it:

If you are interested in learning more about having your wedding reception at the Peabody Essex Museum, (PEM) please contact Lindsay Otis at 978-745-9500, extension 3156, or Natalia Laskaris, extension 3115.

We hope to see you here or there!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Yessss YES

MY SISTER DID IT!!!! She graduated today from medical school, with honors!
I'm so proud of you big sis.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The First Dance

Here are two photos that I snapped from the Grandmother Windows overlooking the Ballroom. These windows were once used by the grandmothers of the community who came to chaperone dances held in the Ballroom. Today, they give me a perfect opportunity to take photos of the activities in our Ballroom here at the Hawthorne Hotel. Tonight that activity was the couples 'first dance' as man and wife.

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A Beautiful Wedding and Our New Dance Floor

I could not resist taking these photos on Friday night. The wedding set-up was so beautiful. They used an upgraded overlay on the tables, and rented gold ballroom chairs. The look was opulent, yet refined.

Don't you love our new dance floor? It is bigger than our old one, and so shiny and nice!

I hope you enjoy this peek at a weekend wedding in the Ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Friday, October 10, 2008


This Sucks, I Suck, You Suck, We All Suck....Long Live Stupid People. Screw This.

Monday, October 6, 2008

We made it alive

Indeed. What's left of our family headed off back to italy for a touching (cough cough) family reunion today (all, minus a prodigal sister off in some strange continent learning spanish with a mexican accent). Presently I'm sitting at the dinner table of one of our lovely/noisy family dinners invloving consins, grandparents, uncles and aunts and i'm trying to work off the feeling of being stuffed by way too many pizzas while listening to the rest of us shouting, fighting and laughing. What really made me laugh is my three-year-old cousin managing to get my sis Vale to bite her own finger because he got her to thing it was his while they were play fighting......sigh, it's good to be home.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Promised Pictures

Okay so here they are, just like I said. They're just a few pictures taken on different occasions so you can all see what I've been up to lately.
Btw, we fiddled around with most of them and on one I really did have a LOT of fun.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

This Thank You E-Mail Came with Photos

Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 10:16 AM
To: Karen Cotton
Subject: Thank you for an amazing night


I just wanted to thank you and your staff for such an amazing wedding on the 13th of September. The entire day was just perfect and the wedding reception itself exceeded all of my expectations. The staff was great and Britony was so helpful. I didn't have to worry about one thing the entire night, every last detail was taken care of. Having the gifts delivered to our room with champagne and some pieces of our cake was just the extra touch that made the night so memorable. I have had many people comment that it was the best wedding they have ever been to. I may be biased but I certainly think it was the best wedding!

Feel free to use me as a reference if you ever need one or to post the pictures that were taken. What an amazing night!

Thank you again,

Courtney and Damian

Friday, October 3, 2008

Our Mail Box Was Full of Thank You Notes This Week

Here they are! It is so nice to read that we have met and exceeded our guests expectations when we host a wedding for them. I hope that seeing these will be helpful to you.


Thursday, October 2, 2008


Yes I know, I haven't updated in a while. Bad llama...anyway, I shall update pictures very soon. So keep in touch.