Aisles With Style
Thanks to some serious revamping, these five Bay State venues are some of the freshest spots to say “I do.”
Autumn is a dazzling time to book this sprawling 60-acre golf resort in Bolton, an area known for its apple orchards. Here you’ll find a refurbished ballroom, updated guest rooms, and a new bridal suite—not to mention food that’s a cut above banquet fare (chef Joseph Brenner spent years working with Todd English, and now works with couples to design menus to their specifications). Meanwhile, an on-site spa offers a truly transporting massage, and those who love the links can enjoy access to two championship courses—perfect for a post-rehearsal tee-off. 159 Ballville Rd., Bolton, 978-779-6911, theinternational.com.
At this beloved Cambridge restaurant, couples can celebrate with an intimate Italian dinner party on the heated, vine-wrapped terrace, opened just last summer. The space, which holds 40 people for a seated dinner (more for cocktail receptions) under a twinkling awning, has already become popular for smaller weddings. As for the food? Recent selections on the customizable prix-fixe menu have included Macomber turnip soup, Venetian duck pâté on bulgur crackers, and butter-poached lobster, making this a unique choice for lovebirds in search of a venue with exceptional cuisine. One Bennett St., Cambridge,
Wychmere Beach Club
The much-respected Boston-based Longwood Events purchased this waterfront property in Harwich Port, Cape Cod, last year and set about restoring it in a style the company calls “Ralph Lauren meets Cape Cod” — which means you can expect plenty of preppy navy blues, ivories, and beiges set against breathtaking vistas. Outdoor ceremonies can be held on manicured grounds overlooking Harwich Harbor, while inside, the stately Harbor Room accommodates up to 300 guests—who afterward can spill out onto white sand for a seaside reception. The venue also benefits from Longwood’s signature flexibility; planners fulfill special requests of every kind, from photo booths to clambakes. Snow Inn Road, Harwich Port, 617-854-5000, longwoodevents.com.
Museum of Fine Arts
Big news: The MFA now hosts weddings. Its crown jewel is the spectacular glass-walled Shapiro Family Courtyard, a soaring 12,000-plus-square-foot stunner designed by famed London architects Foster + Partners. Elsewhere on the property, the Koch Gallery, lined with 17th- and 18th-century European paintings, provides a regal backdrop for smaller weddings. Restaurant Associates — which serves up food at celebrations in other landmark museums, including the MET — provides the catering. And as a bonus, attendees can view the galleries, including the new Arts of the Americas wing. Just be prepared for a hefty
tab: A $30,000 gift to the MFA is required to throw a wedding fete here. 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300, mfa.org.
Mandarin Oriental Boston
The soul of this swanky Back Bay hotel is its only outdoor space (also known as the “sitting grove”), which now accommodates ceremonies spring through fall. Here guests can take in lush greenery—tangles of wild ginger, red peonies, and Oriental poppies—along with the bride and groom’s vows. Cocktail receptions and “high-end picnics,” as the Mandarin likes to call them, also work well in the space; guests can luxuriate on lush blankets and ottomans while feasting on Asian-inspired (but locally sourced) bento boxes filled with whatever a couple may desire. 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8888, mandarinoriental.com/boston.
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