A story about a bride using part of her wedding to highlight her brother's proposal to his girlfriend is all over the wedding forums right now. According to Gulf News, it was the bride's idea to tweak her bouquet toss for her brother and future sister-in-law. When it was time to toss the bouquet, the bride asked the GF to take the bouquet as the brother walked over and got on one knee.
When I first read the story's headline, I thought that it was sweet, but I doubted that I would be so generous at my own wedding. This is, after all, the couple's very special, and likely painstakingly planned and expensive, day. But after reading the story, having this romantic addition towards the end of the celebration must have been really beautiful without stealing the couple's thunder.
What do you all think? Is it ever appropriate to propose to someone at someone else's wedding?
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Click to watch a real wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hamden, MA.
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Click to watch a real wedding at Springfield Country Club in W. Springfield, MA. This couple had bridal prep. at Homewood Suites in Holyoke and their ceremony was at Our Lady of the Cross Church in Holyoke, MA . They also went to the Wisteriahurst Museum for a photo session.
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Click to watch a real wedding at Crestview Country Club.
When I first got into wedding photography and videography, outdoor weddings were rare; vendors were just figuring out how to move the show onto the grass, while brides and grooms were put off by the risk of bad weather. How far the industry has come!
I would say more than half of the wedding ceremonies I shoot are outside, with about a quarter of the receptions under the sun and, later, stars. Us vendors have gotten the hang of working with Mother Nature and have developed ways to keep the good times going even if she doesn't want to cooperate by bringing the good weather. Capitalizing on this shift, The Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts, recently added “The Upper Vista” to its event spaces.
The Upper Vista is a completely outdoor wedding venue on The Log Cabin property. It's outfitted with a luxury tent that can accomodate an entire wedding celebration complete with a dining area, bar and dance floor (if you’d like). I’ve shot weddings there before including the one where I was the videographer for Kayla and Michael's fall wedding at the Upper Vista. They worked with staff to create a posh wedding that takes full advantage of the Western Massachusetts scenery. (Check it out in my video below.)
If you have any attachment to the Pioneer Valley, it’s all but guaranteed that you’ve been to some function at The Log Cabin. I can’t even begin to count how many weddings and other celebrations I’ve attended as a guest. (If you’re looking for appetizer suggestions, the bacon-wrapped scallops are great.) Set on Mount Tom overlooking acres of trees and quintessential New England towns, The Log Cabin has a number of event spaces on site. They cater and provide bar service as well as customized decorations.
Even though I’ve been to The Log Cabin many times, there are some aspects I still haven’t experienced. Like, did you know you can have a late-night mashed potato bar at your event?
The Log Cabin is co-owned by Peter Rosskothen (he launched Boston Chicken, which later became the Boston Market rotisserie chicken franchise) and executive chef Mick Corduff. With his former business partner Larry Perreault, Rosskothen resurrected the Log Cabin in 1996 as a banquet facility. Since then, Rosskothen has added to his empire to include the Delaney House (amazing brunch!) and Log Rolling (The Log Cabin's food truck) among other hospitality and food related ventures.
For more information, check out The Log Cabin’s website.
Click to watch a wedding at The Log Cabin, Upper Vista in Holyoke, MA
This former paper mill has been renovated into a gleaming events and mixed-use building right alongside the historic Holyoke canals.
Buzzfeed recognized Mill One at Open Square as one of 15 stunning wedding venues under $3,000 nationwide. I'm a fan, too. The brick walls and high, exposed ceilings are kind of like an open canvas for your day and, in the video below, you can see just how awesome the wedding Mark and Elizabeth threw there in May turned out. I personally like the industrial look (you should see some of the lamps I have at home that were cobbled together out of random machine and assembly line parts ... but that's for another blog), especially when it's mixed with a touch of Western Massachusetts' rural, rustic charm.
One of the nicer things about Mill One, outside the space itself, is loads of information the owners provide on their website about pricing and customization.
Mill One is a leader in Holyoke's revitalization; taking a piece of the Paper City's storied past and making it fresh, new and exciting.
For more information, check out their website.
The couple in the video below were married at Skinner Memorial Chapel in Holyoke, which boasts great acoustics ... something that can be difficult to find in gothic churches. I was curious and looked up who Skinner is. Turns out, Ernest M. Skinner was a famous American pipe organ builder in the early 20th century. According to Wistariahurst, Holyoke's city history museum, Skinner moved his family to Holyoke in 1874. His sons went on to be pretty important to Holyoke, too, with the launch of their successful Skinner's Satins business and dedication to philanthropy.
Click to watch a real wedding at Mill One Open Square, Holyoke MA
It kind of sounds like a ride at Disney: the “Mountain Magic,” but it’s actually the name the folks at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area have given their signature wedding venue.
Set on the side of the state’s second highest mountain and straddling Princeton and Westminster in Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wachusett’s Mountain Magic weddings range from traditional to chill. Wedding themes include New England clambake, barbecue and brunch.
Venue options include getting married by the pond, using the mountain’s white events tent or partying in the Granite Room, which features giant windows so even if you’re inside, you don’t miss the view.
One of the perks of getting married here is that couples can take a “skyride” during the cocktail hour if they wish. The skyride is a trip up and down the mountain on a ski lift. It’s a great way to get a quiet moment with your beloved before the party begins and let the sense that the world is now your oyster sink in. Plus, it makes for cool video footage. (Check out mine below.)
Want more info? Go to Mount Wachusett’s website.
P.S. This is quite an historic mountain in Massachusetts. "Wachusett" is a Nipmuc word meaning "near the mountain." The place was a gathering location for Native Americans for centuries and includes “Redemption Rock” where treaties were signed and deals brokered.