Jake and I got engaged on December 1, 2012. We went up to York, Maine for a winter weekend getaway and it was there he asked me to marry him! After surprise, shock, awe and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for this man of mine, I said “Yes!” of course, and we had a gorgeous overnight together! We even got up and watched the sunrise in the cold cold winter morning.
Frist things first was to figure out where we wanted to get married and when. He’s from New York, I’m from NH, so family would have to travel a little ways. We did some talking and knew we wanted a great venue, but not the super high price tag, so decided on November for our wedding. We’ve lucked out with weather in November the past few years, so thought we’d go for it! It would still have that fall feel as well, and we just love Autumns in New England. So, then it came to choosing a venue. I’m a pretty decisive person – I either like it, or I don’t, for the most part.
We visited this first, LOVELY place: Willowdale Estates in Massachusetts and we went for an open house tour. Man, this place was gor-geous. It’s a charming country estate that was left as part of the National Parks system and is now used for weddings and special events. It truly was astounding!
Check out this bathroom in the bridal suite!
There was so much else to love about this historical home besides just the toilet room, but one of them (for us) was not the price tag. We were planning a very small wedding (50-60 ppl) and just didn’t want to break the bank on just the venue. By order of importance food ranked much higher for us so we had to pass on this gorgeous place.
After that we basically did a lot of searching online and decided to go back to our original idea of getting married by the ocean. We got engaged by the ocean after all, and I really wanted some blue in the color palette! After looking in the Gloucester area, my mom came across this place, The Emerson Inn by the Sea. It had quite a few more of the items on our list: a place for people to stay, the option of a house rental for an after party, a gorgeous ocean view, and a historic / home-like feel.
On of our favorite features of the Inn was the grand staircase leading down to the parlor and Jake and I decided that we would marry at the base of the stairs. Gorgeous!
The dining room is beautiful too and adjoins this space! I can’t wait to show you more, but after seeing the Inn and meeting some of the charming staff, we were sold after only seeing 2 venues! Time now for all the fun stuff (and I’m not talking about the dress)… invites, crafts, table favors, flowers…