Venue Spotlight: Tupper Manor

DM: We've had the pleasure of working at your amazing venue during events in the past, and the scenery always looks amazing! Can you give us a little history of Tupper Manor? When it was built, what kind of events are usually held there?

Tupper Manor: Tupper Manor at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center is a premier waterfront property, located in Beverly, MA.  Guy Lowell, renowned architect of the Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, designed Tupper Manor in 1901 as the summer home of the Bryce Allen family, a Canadian family known for graciously hospitality and carefully orchestrated, sophisticated entertaining.  Endicott College purchased the building from the Allen estate in 1943 and named it for the Tupper family, the founders of the college. 

From the magnificent fountain that welcomes you to the grounds, to the historic architecture and glorious interiors, Tupper Manor makes an unforgettable impression.  Throughout the mansion, the ocean provides a dramatic backdrop to your celebration.  With events from 10-200 guests, whether you are planning wedding, holiday party, birthday celebration, bar/bat mitzvah or anniversary celebration, Tupper Manor will help turn your idea into a first class event.

DM: When working with a bride and groom, or any other client, on their event what is the experience usually like? Who usually takes charge? Is there a lot of compromise on table distribution, lighting, guest count, etc?’

Tupper Manor: Our wonderful clients find their planning experience to be personalized and unique to their needs, personalities and visions for their special day.  We take a lot of time through the booking and detailing processes to get to know each couple and their families so we can provide them with individualized service and distinctive events and décor ideas.  We strive to assist our couples in creating an event that is distinctly theirs, reflecting their personal style. 

Couples will begin their planning process with Christina Doucette, Catering Sales Manager, who will help them envision their wedding at Tupper Manor and begin to create a theme or look for their big day.  Once their date is reserved, Christina Karsadi-Tadiello, Food and Beverage Manager, grabs the reigns and leads them through the detailing process including vendor selection, menu planning and day-of-coordination.

For weddings, our oceanfront mansion can accommodate up to 180 guests.  The rooms in the manor are quite spacious and airy, with multiple doors connecting each space for a great flow during the wedding that often isn’t found in mansions.  Dinner seating is in our glass-enclosed Conservatory and adjoining Garden Room, creating the feeling of one dining space.  We work with each couple to design a floor plan and order of events that is unique to their guest count and vision.



DM: What is the most unique, or amazing, or your favorite event that has ever taken place at Tupper Manor?

Tupper Manor: There are so many amazing weddings and events at Tupper Manor that it hard to pinpoint a favorite.  We are so fortunate to have wonderful clients that aim for unique weddings so we see so many beautiful touches including rich linens, decadent cakes, over-the-top floral, customized cocktails, personalized menus and so much more.  We love a wedding where we can feel the emotion and love shared between our couple, and where guests leave the wedding with memories that will last a lifetime.

DM: Are there any new trends coming up for the 2011 wedding season that you have seen clients start to bring into your venue? 

Tupper Manor: We are hearing from many couples that they are aiming for a wedding of timeless elegance and grandeur, where in recent years a more simplistic or organic feel was the goal.  Many couples are incorporating vintage touches with a modern twist like ornate lanterns with clean lines, lace-edged detailing to their dress, veil, flowers and paper, mercury glass or milk-glass vases, or modern twists on traditional cocktails like an old-fashioned or sidecar.  For spring and summer we are seeing a lot of creams with blush and celadon and, for fall, a turn to aubergine with mangos and oranges rather than the traditional fall color palette.  Gold is a great accent color for 2011 weddings as well.  With our distinguished Billiards Room, we are creating “man caves” for wedding celebrations that the gentlemen (and ladies!) can relax in throughout the event enhanced by perhaps a cigar roller or photo booth.

DM: How can interested new fans and prospective clients find out more about Tupper Manor?

Tupper Manor: By visiting our website, blog, and social media sites:

Seaside Wedding Show 2011

This year's Seaside Wedding Show at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate was even more exciting and beautiful than last year! It was amazing to get together with so many awesome vendors from across the events industry, including Jenny's Wedding Cakes, Vinwoods Catering, and The Perfect Details, just to name a few! This year we designed our table using inspiration from The Age of Innocence but with a contemporary feel.

By incorporating sleek flatware, stemware, and Acrylic chairs, we were able to provide this traditional look with a modern infusion and keep the elegance and style of The Age of Innocence with traditional china and linens.

The floral design for the table was a tall fluted vase with a large centerpiece arrangement. The flowers consisted of white Hydrangea, light pink Roses, purple Calla Lillies, Cymbidium Orchids, Hanging Amaranthus, Curly Willow and Pussy Willow. By adding crystals to the top of the arrangement, this floral design keeps a modern feel.

Notice our place cards made by Donna Kim of The Perfect Details! We asked Donna to make us circular cards and we came up with trivia questions printed on the back to give future brides and grooms some inspiration in keeping their table design more exciting and interesting! With a couple other details, like the gold beaded napkin holders and an amazing vintage lace scarf we draped across the bottom of the centerpiece, our display looks like the perfect table!  

We also brought in a couple of gorgeous bouquets to show any future brides visiting the show some of our other designs! The first bouquet is bright pink, and made up of Roses and Calla Lillies with some crystal accents, covered stems, and a small rhinestoned butterfly for a special detail. The second bouquet is primarily white, with a couple other pops of color. It is made up of white Frayed Tulips and green Cymbidium Orchids, and has the stems tied off in white ribbon.

The Seaside Wedding Show was a great event, and it was wonderful to see a few clients, and tons of new faces! We're very happy with the response from the show, and looking forward to working with some great people for the future. For all who missed out this year, be sure to check it out next Spring, because it promises to be another amazing experience! A very special thanks to Peterson Party Rentals for the linens and chairs, Bloomingdales of Chestnut Hill for the gorgeous china, stemware, and flatware, and Donna Kim of The Perfect Details for the awesome place cards. 

Vender Spotlight: Demiche Beaute'

DM: We've had the pleasure of working with you on events in the past, and you’re work with hair and make up always look amazing! Can you give us a little history of your business? When/how did it all get started?

Demiche: I openend Demiche in 1997 after a few years freelancing, I wanted  a home base for clients to come to me for consultation purposes. I started out in a salon atmosphere knowing I wanted to do more. I always loved the finish work (hair styling and makeup). I spent several years teaching makeup to aspiring models and makeup artists all over the country, until finding my niche market in the wedding industry. It's like playing dress up for grown ups!

 DM: When working with a bride what is the experience usually like? Does she usually come in with ideas? Or does the stylist usually take charge and show her what will look best?

Demiche: When working with a bride it is always a different experience. Some brides come in with a binder full of ideas and some need our help and advice. We do our best to create the vision she has for her wedding day beauty. Whether, it is completing her vision or suggesting the perfect look for her. We take several things into consideration when helping design her bridal look. A few of those things would be the style of her dress, the venue, the time of day, the color theme and the overall design of her wedding.

DM: Do you have a signature look or something special that you are known for?

Demiche: At Demiche we are known for our classic, timeless and elegant signature designs. We tell the bride that she should be able to look back at  her photo's 10, 20 even 30 years from now and still feel like she was the most beautiful bride in the world. We don't specialize in “one look” we specialize in making our client “FEEL” her most beautiful.

DM: Are there any new trends coming up for the 2011 wedding season in hair and make up? 

Demiche: I am happy to say that the updo is coming back stronger than ever. A more clean polished look is popular. In makeup we are seeing more of a matte look instead of the shimmery glow. Lipstick instead of lipgloss is becoming more popular. False eyelashes are a huge trend that we don't see leaving anytime soon. In addition to false lashes, we are using hair extensions on a regular basis. Brides are able to create beautiful hair styles regardless of how their hair grows.

DM: How can new fans or interested prospective clients get in touch with Demiche and learn more?

Demiche: You can go to our website at, or check out our video blog at Demiche also has an iPhone app that is available at your iTunes store. You can visit all of our social media through that app as well as request and appointment, get directions and be the first to receive info on special events and promotions. Check out our Facebook and Twitter accounts at: and 

Photography provided by: Johnson photography Inc, Binita Patel Photography, Jess Foto, Person and Killian, and

Lounge Furniture

If the words "traditional" and "conservative" are two things you would never say about yourself, keep reading! One of the latest trends we have seen throughout the event industry is bringing in lounge furniture to give your space an entirely new and contemporary look.

The most inspiring thing about lounge furniture is that based on the venue, the lighting, and the type of event the client is looking for, we can use it to create an entirely new aesthetic!

CORT Events Portfolio: Black Swan VIP Lounge at The Next Cool Thing - Photo by Chieu Lee
Cort Event Furnishings
For someone looking for a hip and cutting edge night club style, this furniture can take a standard open space, and transform it. The clean lines and stark white color of these leather couches are totally modern and are able to break up the large empty room into smaller, more intimate sections. With dim lighting, and a few special accents like glowing tables, this room is ready for a great party.

Party By Design
By bringing lounge furniture outdoors, the concept completely changes to a more laid back, but equally as contemporary feel. Having an area sectioned off into a small room in the middle of an expansive open area creates a more inviting atmosphere for guests and offers a place for guests to relax and get to know each other before sitting down for a formal dinner.

Party By Design

Party By Design

Lounge furniture is a great way to fill an open space with something more aesthetically pleasing then leaving it bare. By bringing in couches, tables, interesting shapes, and lighting, we can create an entirely new look for a once average venue. As a new and upcoming trend of events to come, this look will definitely have your guests in awe. 

Party By Design

Maggie and Robert's Wedding

While working on Maggie and Robert’s wedding, we had the opportunity to get to know not only the Bride and Groom, but many members of their families as well! The event took place on an already stunning private estate of the Bride's parents in Sudbury, MA, but the transformation that all of the vendors worked together to achieve brought the property to an elevated level more than worthy of this joyous occasion.

The celebration took place at the beginning of Fall, and from a floral perspective we used a variety of colors and textures that coincided with this season. The outdoor ceremony took place in the lush green yard of the estate, where a Chuppah made of Birch, twisted Grape Vine, Hydrangea, Roses, Seeded Eucalyptus, Magnolia leaves, Dahlias, and Mokara Orchids. Guests sat in rows of white chairs with navy blue aisle markers,arranged in cones filled with burgundy Hydrangea and burnt orange Roses.

Photography by Genevieve Demanio
Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Photography by Genevieve Demanio
Maggie’s Bridesmaids looked stunning in navy blue, carrying their bouquets of burnt orange calla lilies down the aisle before the beautiful bride’s grand entrance. The Bride carried a lush bouquet of burgundy Dahlias, burnt orange Calla Lilies, Hypericum Berries, Cymbidium and Mokara Orchids. 
Photography by Genevieve Demanio

After the ceremony, guests were led over to the reception across the estate where a magnificent tent was set up. The clear material of the tent allowed the navy blue and orange colors of the linens and the lighting from the hanging chandeliers to glow through. Before entering, guests walked by a welcome table of Cymbidium Orchids and votives to set the scene. Once inside, place cards with each guest’s name appeared in elegant calligraphy all placed inside a flat display of Black Magic and light orange Roses.
Photography by Genevieve Demani

As night fell, the tent and its surrounding were aglow

Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Once inside the clear tent, it was easy to see why the Bride and Groom has chosen this aesthetic, it allowed for the wedding to have all of the elegance and amenities of a ballroom, with custom designed chandelier lighting and hard wood floors especially constructed for the event.  All this and still, it had the appeal of an outdoor wedding, with rolling hills of green lawn, tall trees of early Fall’s foliage, and a clear blue sky which lead to a star filled night sky. The tables and chairs were dressed in navy blue, with touches of color appearing throughout, like in the orange napkins with orange and purple Mokara and Dendrobium Orchids tucked inside at each place setting..

Photography by Genevieve Demanio

The epitome of ELEGANCE!!!
Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Photography by Genevieve Demanio

The details continued through the table design, as the Bride and Groom chose to number each of their table’s with a card describing a country they had traveled to in the past. Candles of varying heights were placed around the center of the table as well, creating an ambiance for all of the seated guests.
Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Creating the centerpieces for each table was a challenge in itself, being that they were all constructed completely on site! We used tall glass flutes and created a fan shape out of Mokara and Dendrobium Orchids, stems of Curly Willow, and blades of steel grass with small orchid florets attached. The end product looked amazing, and our talented team did a great job creating our vision the morning of the event!
Photography by Genevieve Demanio
Photography by Genevieve Demanio

Photography by Genevieve Demanio
This wedding was an amazing, vibrant affair, and we are thrilled to have had the chance to work on it with the wonderful Bride and Groom. Best wishes and a lifetime of happiness to Maggie and Robert!