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2017 Best of The Essex Room Wedding Partners List

2017 Best of the Essex Room Wedding Partners

Weddings are complex events. Aside from the ceremony itself and all the questions that surround it, the reception can be fraught with details easy to overlook. As a couple, you want to be assured that everything from the flowers to the lighting to the music are not only taken care of, but able to dazzle, impress, and frame the most romantic moment of your life.

Here at The Essex Room, we have vendors whose exceptional talents and resources we’ve seen firsthand in countless weddings. Here are just a few of our vendors that we work with.

Accommodations

No matter the size of the wedding, making sure everyone has a comfortable place to stay is vital.

Shea’s Riverside Inn & Motel (Formerly the Essex River House Inn & Motel)

Sheas Inn Cottage Woodmans Vendorshttp://www.sheasinn.com/

One of our own neighbors from just down the street, built alongside the scenic salt marshes and stunning ocean waters. Offering rooms both as an 18th century style inn and a modern 15 room motel, and featuring hand-selected antiques, there is comfort for everyone on the guest list. Even in the colder months the view is a must see—seals might even swim by!

The Peabody Marriott Hotel

Marriott Peabody Woodmans Vendorshttp://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bospb-boston-marriott-peabody/

Continuing the Marriott tradition of innovation, integrity, and excellence, The Marriot Hotel in Peabody offers all the comforts of home with an eye to elegance and convenience. With a fitness center, pool and free (yes free!) high speed internet, this is the perfect place to stay for a New England wedding in any season. Plus if you book online there are no upfront payments!

Rockport Inn & Suites

Rockport Inn and Suites Woodman's Vendorshttp://www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

As part of the beautiful coastal community of Rockport—just a couple towns away from us—the Rockport Inn & Suites is perfectly situated for a walk to a bustling, culturally vibrant downtown with restaurants, art galleries, and beaches to explore before and after the wedding. It’s sure to appeal to every guest or to newlyweds looking for a few romantic moments before the ceremony. They even offer pet-friendly rooms and tennis courts.

Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Wakefield

Four Points Woodman's Vendorshttp://www.fourpointswakefieldboston.com/

Part of the appeeal of a Massachusetts wedding is the proximity to historic and scenic Boston, and one of the best ways to enjoy both the seaside beauty of the North Shore and the cosmopolitanism of Boston is to find excellent accommodations between the two. Four Points Hotel meets that requirement and then some. Located in a central location between The North Shore and Boston, it also offers affordable and spacious rooms, fitness room, pool, free Wi-Fi, and a bar and grill for a causal dining experience. It also boasts pet friendly rooms.

Wedding Cakes and Desserts

Is there any symbol of weddings more prominent and crucial as the wedding cake? It puts the icing on the cake—if you’ll excuse the pun—of a sweetly romantic day. Here are some of the top bakers nearby who are happy to make the cake that best symbolizes the start of your new life.

Montilio’s Baking Company of Boston

http://montilios.com/Montilio's

With over five decades of experience combining a family history of baking and European traditions, Montilio’s provides beautiful wedding cakes and other pastries. With an eye to details as well as sophistication and elegance, the professional bakers of Montilio’s can bring traditional and modern styles to your dessert course.

Topsfield Bakeshop

Topsfield Bakeryhttp://www.topsfieldbakeshop.com/

Owned and operated by the Bandereck family–who share experience in award winning pastry baking and food services—The Topsfield Bakeshop boasts not only fifteen years of bringing sugary delights to the Northshore but also a dedication to using no preservatives in their products. They won the 2016 Northshore Magazine Wedding Awards Reader’s Choice for Edible Favors, and they can not only wow your guests with a wonderful cake, but also with their cookies, pies, and pastries.

Cake Ann (Gloucester)

Cake Ann Woodman's Vendorshttp://cakeann.com/

Right on their front page, Cake Ann proclaims their devotion to exceptional quality and using the best ingredients. They’re so confident in their amazing quality that they say you’ll fall in love with their desserts. Given our experience with them we believe them. Not only do they bake incredible wedding cakes, they also bake specialty desserts like the Kouign Amann (pronounced Queen Amon)–a lightly buttery and sugary pastry that perfectly complements your wedding cake.

Cakes for Occasions

https://www.cakes4occasions.com/Cake For Occasions

A boutique style gourmet cake and pastry shop that was selected as the 2017 winner of the Knot’s Best of Weddings. With a vast selection of classic, themed, colored, shaped, tiered, and cupcake cakes—and with the option for completely nut free cakes—their cakes can fit any wedding theme and any party size.

Chococoa Baking Co.

https://chococoabaking.com/Chococoa

Most famous for the Whoopie—a bite size, richer, triple chocolate version of the classic whoopee pie filled with chocolate ganache or vanilla cream—the Chococoa Baking Co. has been featured by Oprah Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Using only premium chocolate and all natural ingredients, you can now order a wedding tier of the Whoopie in the same style as a cupcake cake.  It’s a totally unique cake for a unique day and a unique couple.

Bridal Shops and Dresses

The old saying is that the wedding is the bride’s day. Whether or not that’s true, it’s important that the bride look her absolute best on this romantic day. Here are some of our favorite bridal shops that can provide a dress for brides of any shape, size, and style.

Bella Sera Bridal

Bella Sera Bridal Woodman's Vendorshttp://bellaserabride.com/

Since opening in 2005 and acquiring Lorraine Roy, this boutique bridal salon has become an institution in its own right. Bella Sera Bridal seeks to create an atmosphere of balance between the excitement of the approaching nuptials and the relaxation a wedding party deserves in an ocean of possible stress.  They provide special attention to every bride-to-be and will work to find the right dress that perfectly fits you. Their quality won them a place among the Best of Northshore by Northshore Magazine from 2011 to 2015.

Blushing Bride

http://blushingbride.me/Blushing Bride Woodman's Vendors

This boutique bridal shop can help you find the designer wedding dress and perfect bridesmaid dresses for the big day. But Blushing Bride also features the Northshore’s largest selection of Mother of the Occasion dresses. In their own words, you can’t forget about the Queen Mother.  They also offer in-house seamstresses with over 40 years of experience.

Tulle Bridal Designer Outlet

Tulle's Bridal Woodman's Vendorshttp://tullebridals.com/

Tulle Bridal is a boutique with a more relaxed and warm atmosphere featuring a wide swath of famous designer labels to choose from, in order to find the right dress for you. They welcome Pinterest suggestions, working closely with the bride to get her looking her best on the big day.

Tulle Bridal also contributes to Brides Across America, a charitable organization that provides free dresses to military and first responders—a truly excellent cause.

Wedding Bands, DJs, and Entertainment

What’s a reception without music? Well, it certainly isn’t the reception you want. The debate of live band or DJ is an eternal one, but here are some of our favorite providers of both entertainment options.

As the Sparrow

As The Sparrow Woodman's Vendorshttp://www.asthesparrow.com/

Some couples may be more indie-minded in their musical selections. They may not want the traditional wedding band, instead preferring bands with a distinct personality.

Boston’s own As the Sparrow can more than fill that desire. With their distinct classic rock, country-folk edged sound, they’ll be a wedding band that none of your guests will ever forget.

Men in Black Wedding Band

Men In Black Woodman's Vendorshttp://www.bostonweddingband.biz/

This professional Boston wedding band has a list of accolades that must be seen to be believed. Most prominently, they were selected the winner five times in The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” by its readers. Men in Black have performed at thousands of weddings—over 50 weddings a year for two decades. They promise that your wedding will have a perpetually packed dance floor and no dead air for the entire reception.

ECF Entertainment

ECF Entertainmenthttp://www.ecfentertainment.com/

ECF is a multi-talented business. They’re a DJ service with award winning DJs. They’re lighting experts who use wireless LED lighting to arrange color experiences ranging from the tasteful to the radiant. They provide photo booths or their specialized Oh!Snap Photo Kiosk to give your guests another spark of fun to enjoy at the wedding. The real question is what can’t they do—and the answer is very little.

617 Weddings: Boston Weddings

617 Weddings Logohttp://617weddings.com/

617 Weddings brings 15 years of wedding DJ experience and professional LED lighting talent to your big day. They also bring multiple award winning talent and the ability for you to hand-selected the music from their extensive library of tracks. That’s pretty impressive.

What’s more impressive is that they also offer wedding photography and video services so you can remember your romantic day with fondness and without stress. 617 Weddings even offer wedding planning services to take even more stress out of your life.

Party Excitement

Party Excitement Woodman's Vendorshttp://partyexcitement.com/

A Woburn-based wedding reception team of DJs and lighting experts that may seem typical on the surface but in fact offer more in their parties. They’re a provider of party novelty entertainment: lighted dance platforms, pro lights show, and the innovative Superbooth. Each of Party Excitement’s novelty entertainment options is sure to make your wedding even more memorable.

NuImage Entertainment

Nuimage Entertainment Woodman's Vendorshttp://nuimagedj.com/

NuImage Entertainment has 20 years of experience working in wedding entertainment, and over the years they’ve honed their talents to a brilliant polish. Their DJs are specially trained to keep the party’s energy level up, for instance. But what makes them unique is NuImage’s lighting capabilities—their lighting portfolio is sure to impress, with over 300 custom colors to choose from. They can even light trees and gazebos.  There’s a reason they’re in The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

They’re also focused on making sure you get the party you deserve with VIP treatment. Your wedding is the only event NuImage has that day, and they’ll send two entertainers to make sure that the energy never drops!

Proud supporters of the LGBT community.

Sound City Entertainment

Sound City Entertainmenthttp://soundcityentertainment.com/

For over 25 years, Sound City Entertainment has been entertaining Weddings and functions. Their broad range of services covers sound systems, lighting, videography, photography and limousines, and they can group these together into wedding packages, making your choices very simple. As a smaller, family owned and operated company, you get personal service as well as award winning entertainers and photographers.

Meritage Entertainment

Meritage Entertainmenthttp://www.meritagedj.com/

Modernity is the value Meritage Entertainment strives to uphold with every wedding reception. Their DJ and uplighting services are designed to appeal to the modern couple. Each DJ has experience performing music, and their lighting services can create candle-like ambiance or dramatic changes. They must be doing something right—they’ve been in business for a decade without becoming cheesy or cliché.

Florists

It makes sense that when starting a new life with your partner, you’ll want to be surrounded by beautiful symbols of spring, life, and growth. Flowers can serve as accents pieces, centerpieces, or other parts of the décor. Here are some of our top florists.

Blooms of Boston

Blooms Of Boston Logohttp://bloomsofboston.com/

Launched in 2010 by longtime friends, this is a boutique floral and event design company sure to meet whatever your floral needs are. The owners are trained by Boston’s renowned florist Winston Flowers and by industry leaders from all over the world. Blooms of Boston provide youthful, modern designs and contemporary arrangements. Each is lush and cutting edge, with only the freshest, most in-season flowers, handpicked to develop their clients’ themes and individual expressions.

Celia’s Flower Studio

Celia's Flower Studiohttp://celiasflowerstudio.com/

Intelligent designs. Customized designs. Encouraged direct involvement by the customer as much as possible. A focus on personalized service.  This is what Celia’s Flower Studio offers to every bride-to-be the moment she walks in the door. Beauty is not a trifling thing, and Celia’s Flower Studio proves that. They even offer free consultations.

Gordon’s Florist

Gordon's Floristhttp://www.gordonblooms.com/

Family owned and operated since 1922, this florist shop specializes in a classic style, using timeless arrangements with a unique and creative flair. Each cut flower is of the highest quality, and Gordon’s also offers a wide variety of seasonal outdoor plants. They even grow their own mums, annuals, and perennials.

Garden Designs by Kristen

http://www.gardendesignsbykristen.com/Garden Designs by Kirsten Woodman's Vendors

When Kristen Blais says garden designs, she means garden designs. Gardens inspire all of her arrangements from bouquets to reception centerpieces to ceremony displays. It brings an earthy beauty to everything she does. She’s a multiple award winning florist, including the 2015-2017 Couple’s Choice Awards.

Invitations

The first step to making your wedding special is making sure that everyone is there and in the spirit of the day. And what better way is there to get them excited to celebrate with you than with an elegant, individual invitation? Here is an invitation printers we know can offer you exceptional service.

Over the Rainbow

http://www.overtherainbows.com/Boutique_Information.htmlOver the Rainbow Woodman's Vendors

For the past thirty years, over the Rainbow has offered boutique-level personal service and extensive etiquette knowledge to provide quality guidance in selecting the perfect invitation stationary. They even handle custom work in-house for excellent quality assurance.

They also serve as a bridal dress consignment store with a constantly changing inventory of dresses from recognizable names in the industry at affordable prices.

Officiants

The reception is the after-party for the centerpiece that is the ceremony. To make sure it goes smoothly, you want an experienced and empathetic officiant to conduct the ceremony. While many people may have a trusted priest, rabbi, or imam to conduct the service, others may not know who to turn to. Here are a few officiants we’ve met in person and seen perform beautiful and meaningful ceremonies.

Marty Abrams of Mitzvah-to-Go

Mitzvah To Go Woodman's Vendorshttp://www.mitzvahtogo.com/index.html

Bif and Marty Abrams are Hebrew school tutors by trade. However, Marty is also a legal Justice of the Peace empowered by the state of Massachusetts to conduct weddings. He specializes in planning and officiating Jewish and interfaith marriages.

Justice of the Peace Elizabeth B. Gemelli

http://jpliz.com/Eelizabeth Brennan Gemelli Woodman's Vendors

With 20 Years of experience as a wedding consultant, and over a decade of experience as a Justice of the Peace, “JP Liz” can not only perform a beautiful service, she can also help you with full ceremony coordination and rehearsal planning.

Reverend Sue Koehler Arsenault

http://www.revsue.net/Rev Sue Koehler-Arsenault

In her own words, Reverend Sue Koehler Arsenault is “a minister without walls.” With over 20 years serving interfaith, nonreligious, and those of the Roman Catholic tradition who might want an open air ceremony, she’s flexible and willing to get to know you as a couple to help you personalize your wedding ceremony.

Stylists and Hair Professionals

The dress shouldn’t be the end-all be-all of your appearance on your wedding day. You’re the star, and you deserve to look like it. We know about some truly excellent hair salons and stylists to make you look better than your best on the day all eyes are on you.

Shear Madness in Gloucester

No website – call (978) 525-3960

Shear Madness can make your hair look fabulous for your walk down the aisle. They’re up to date on the latest cosmetic products, accessories, and trends and carry the best beauty products. They’ll treat your hair like a piece of art.

Studio 197

Studio 197 Woodman's Vendorshttps://www.facebook.com/studio197ipswich/

Another excellent option for hair care, beauty tips, nails, and general salon quality hair care for brides and bridesmaids of any age and individual style.

Renew Hair & Makeup

Renew Hair and Makeuphttp://www.renewhairandmakeup.com/

Renew Hair & Makeup is so devoted to making sure you look good on your big day they have Hair Style Trials and Makeup Trials to make sure that the style you’re thinking of for your walk down the aisle suits you perfectly. It’s just one way they strive to make every client look and feel beautiful.

Styled by Hannah

Styled by Hannahhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/styledbyhannah/about/?ref=page_internal

Over a decade of experience in styling hair and winning the adoration of many has let Hannah become an exceptional wedding stylist. Her Facebook page is filled with photos of happy, fashionable brides ready for their big day. With just an appointment, you can be one too!

Photographers

During your wedding, you’ll most likely be caught up in the emotions of the moment, in the whirlwind of romance and family celebration. It may be such a rush you may even have a little trouble remembering every detail from a huge day in your life. Hiring a professional, creative photographer can preserve those memories forever.

Benoit & McCarthy Photography

Benoit McCarthyhttp://www.benoit-mccarthy.com/

A husband and wife photography team, each with their own distinct educations and career paths in the field of photography, together make a combined 30 years of talent. Utilizing a simple style with European elegance and a candid flare to reflect modern times, they’re ready to capture those little moments of your wedding with passion and energy.

Ebersole Photography

Ebersole Photographyhttp://www.ebersolephotography.com/

Northshore Magazine describes Danny Ebersole as a master of his lens, perfect for capturing the real, intimate moments between people.

That’s probably why they awarded him Best Wedding Photographer.

He’s studied photography since high school, and now he works with his wife and partner Brandi-lin to capture the details and in-between moments of your special day using both digital and film.

Newbury Photographs

Newbury Photographshttp://newburyphotographs.com/

Lead photographer Nicole Mason knows that having a relaxed, real connection to the couples she photographs will result in capturing authentic, beautiful moments. It’s all about meaningful details, natural light, and an appreciation of the “in between” moments. You’ll be delighted by Nicole and will cherish your photographs for generations.

Reflections by Christen

Reflections by Christenhttp://reflectionsbychristen.com/index2.php?v=v1#!/HOME

For Christen Grugnale, photography is a way of life. She continues to study the field so she’s always on the cutting edge. She focuses on natural expression and brings her personal passion into every wedding shoot.

Lisa Gilbert Photography

Lisa Gilbert Photography

http://www.lisagilbertphotography.com/

Lisa Gilbert is a master photographer who takes crisp, clean, natural photos that perfectly capture the love between couples with a laid-back attitude. She brings a love of sunlight into her authentic and ephemeral photographs.

Tallen Photography

Tallen Photographyhttp://www.tallenphotos.com/

Here’s a young, fresh, and innovative husband and wife photography duo ready to help you preserve your wedding day forever. Tim and Trish Allen have studied and embraced photography as a way of life, bringing natural photo sensibilities with an emphasis on natural lighting to their art.

Mikhail Glabets Photography

Mikhail Glabetshttps://www.mikhailglabets.com/

Starting his career as a graphic designer before becoming fascinated by wedding photography for its boundless creativity, Mikhail Glabets took on a new life as a photographer. Talented at capturing the unscripted moments of your big day, Mikhail can help you find those little romantic, funny, and touching moments you might otherwise miss.

Transportation

Ah, transportation. The unsung hero of every wedding. Getting people from hotel to ceremony to reception can be a logistical nightmare for anyone planning a wedding. Why not take that responsibility off your hands by hiring these exceptional luxury transportation professionals?

Black Tie Limousine

http://blacktielimo.com/Black Tie Limo

Black Tie Limousine offers excellent service, brilliant style, and a touch of sophistication to your transportation to and from the ceremony and reception. It can also get you to and from guest parking and bridal parties. You can even hire party limos for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Prepare to feel like royalty.

North Shore Shuttle

North Shore Shuttlehttp://www.bedriven.com/services/limo

The North Shore Shuttle offers individuals or groups of any size luxury comfort transportation and style. Relax with a comfortable cruise to anywhere you need to go on your special day.

Salem Trolley

Salem Trolley Woodman's Vendorshttp://salemtrolley.com/group-chaters-events-5.html

Looking for a unique way to transport your wedding party and guests to and from the hotel, ceremony, and reception? Look no further than Salem Trolley, providing transportation aboard one of their replica turn-of-the-century trolleys, and making your event completely stress-free, safe, and fun. Vehicles seat between 32-36 passengers, and can be decorated according to your theme or style.

Just for Fun

Of course, sometimes the thing you want to make your wedding day perfect doesn’t quite fit into any one category. Sometimes you may not even know what’s missing to make everything come together. Here are a few suggestions that can add some sparkle to your wedding.

The Event Co.

The Event Company Rentals Lighting Woodman's Vendorshttp://rentent.com/

Sometimes you want the best of both and indoor and outdoor reception. Thankfully, The Event Co. can help you achieve that with their tent renting service. Each tent is perfect for hosting an outdoor reception to enjoy a beautiful day and the shade. Also, these tents can feature beautiful dance floors and stages for bands and DJs.

They also feature beautiful lighting with different colored paper lanterns for an enchanted feel for your wedding, as well as tables and chairs, and stages for your entertainment.

PEAK Event Services

PEAK Event Serviceshttp://www.petersonpartycenter.com/

Perhaps the oldest vendor in our esteemed list—founded in 1877 and formerly known as Peterson Party Center—PEAK Event Services not only provides the widest selection of rental tents but also tables, chairs, linen, china, and glassware. They can even create custom design floors and staging for each and every tent. Never has renting a tent or setting up the dining room at a reception been made so easy.

Creative Light Events

Creative Light Eventshttp://www.creativelightevents.com/

A small creative team dedicated to original creative exquisite lighting design. With decades of lighting design experience in theatre, they can bring that same creativity to your wedding.

Espresso Dave’s

Espresso Davehttp://www.espressodave.com/

Coffee Catering. Yes. Coffee Catering. Everyone loves a good cup of coffee, and Espresso Dave’s offers espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes.

Iced, hot, with or without chocolate, with or without Italian syrups, hot chocolates, chai lattes, smoothies, Italian sodas—bring a little extra perk to your dessert course.