Celebrating The Hampshire House Awards

We’re proud to announce that Hampshire House was chosen for WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award and The Knot’s Best of Weddings for 2016.

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Photography by Celine: Old State House – Boston

WeddingWire is the most trusted and largest online marketplaces for engaged couples, wedding planners and local merchants. The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are given to the top 5 percent of wedding professionals that have demonstrated excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism, determined by recent reviews from more than a million newlyweds.

As the nation’s largest source of wedding-related news, ideas and inspiration, The Knot is the leading authority on everything to do with weddings. The Knot Best of Weddings distinctions are awarded to the most frequently mentioned and highest-rated wedding vendors in all categories and regions of their extensive listings.

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We’re delighted to be honored by such prestigious organizations, and we are especially pleased that these awards were not just voted upon by a committee, but were bestowed by the heartfelt words of appreciation from our wonderful guests. To those of you who have shared your special day with us, it is you who are the true stars of this wonderful story. From all of us at Hampshire House, we thank you!

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How to Pick Wedding Invitations Your Whole Guest List Will be Talking About

A wedding is an extraordinary event in one’s life, and most couples spend considerable time ensuring that everything is perfect. Careful planning is the key to a successful and beautiful day, as there are so many details to consider. But this should be a pleasurable experience as it gives the bride and groom the opportunity to imprint their unique personality on the occasion, sharing the love they have for each other with family and friends. The wedding invitation, as the first public announcement of their joining, is a beautiful and sentimental keepsake.

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Define Your Wedding Style
A wedding invitation isn’t just about letting people know the location and date. It sets the tone of the entire affair and indicates the formalness of the event. Is the wedding to be traditional, classic and elegant or modern, glamorous and stylish? Do you have a special theme, such as a wedding on the beach, a gathering in a wooded area, a traditional Irish ceremony or a Medieval affair? The invitations introduce the personality of the occasion. Visit stationary designers’ websites and online photos of invitations for inspiration and ideas so you have a clear vision of what you’re looking for.

Theme, Colors, Shape and Size
For colors, white, cream or ivory with a black or gold font is classic if your wedding is formal, but for less formal occasions, there are no set rules. You can select more colorful or metallic type, paper, envelopes and liners for greater visual appeal. Just make sure the type style is not overly ornate, and that the ink and background colors are adequately contrasted so that the invitation can be easily read. Stay away from light text on light backgrounds and dark text on dark backgrounds. The standard size and shape of wedding invitations is 6.25 inches by 4.5 inches and rectangular. However, you’re certainly not beholden to that and other invitation shapes are available.

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The One-of-a-Kind Wedding Invitation
There are many variables to create your own unique wedding invitations, such as the design, the type of paper, ink color, typeface and special printing techniques such as engraving and letterpress. You can also use a custom design and include decorative touches such as enclosures and envelope liners. Hiring a calligrapher to address the envelopes adds an exquisite, personalized touch.

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Many varieties of paper stock are available. A heavier paper feels more luxurious, but you can also choose linen paper with a textured surface. Do you prefer a matte finish or metallic paper? You’ll also find natural paper stock such as bamboo, imported papers and rustic recycled papers.

Deciding on the typeface (font) can be a dizzying adventure in itself. There are many to choose from, so narrow it down by your wedding theme. Is the affair to be casual or formal? Traditional or modern? Are you being married on the beach or in a formal and elegant cathedral? There are typefaces that are formal and traditional, informal and whimsical, contemporary, high-tech and retro. Choose a font that will capture the personality of the couple and the occasion.

Once you’ve selected the paper and the typeface, what type of printing would you prefer? There’s offset (flat) printing, thermography, letterpress and engraving. Thermography gives you raised print using special inks and heat. In the letterpress technique, letters are pressed into the paper. Engraved print is raised from the paper.

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Keeping the Information Basic and Beautiful
Although there’s key information you must convey, a printed wedding invitation is a work of art, so placement of text and a balance of white space is important. Not only will the invitation look better if it isn’t jam-packed with non-essential information; it will also be far more legible. Include the location, date and time of the ceremony; the hosts’ and couple’s names, the dress code for the occasion (if there is one) and RSVP details. Any directions and information about the reception should be either on separate cards enclosed with the invitation.

With all the choices for unique and beautiful wedding invitations, you can create a stunning masterpiece of your very own.

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Photography Feature: Amanda Ambrose Photography

As part of our featured photographer series, we’d like to introduce you to the stunning wedding portraits of Amanda Ambrose Photography. Her portfolio of distinctive New England weddings includes a recent wedding ceremony and reception at Hampshire House, exquisitely captured. This collection features posed portraits of the bride and groom, wedding party and guests as well as pre-wedding preparations, a romantic stroll thru the Boston Public Garden, located just across the street from Hampshire House, and a celebration at the legendary Cheers bar, formerly the Bull & Finch, popularized in the “Cheers” television series and located on the bottom floor of the Hampshire House. There are candid moments as well where the love and joy of the couple and their family shine through.

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This artistic and lavish photographic series offers not just a close, intimate account of a couple’s most wonderful day, but also an artistic glimpse inside the historic, warm and richly appointed Hampshire House. There’s the carved oak paneling, Italian marble fireplace and elegant chandeliers of the library, which makes the ideal setting for an intimate wedding ceremony. The upscale New England pub atmosphere of the Cheers bar is a cozy place for celebratory cocktails in the grand Boston Brahmin tradition. A formal wedding reception dinner is then set in the library for the happy couple and their guests, wonderfully luxurious and romantic.

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These sensational photographs capture all the majesty and joy of this beautiful wedding, which we were honored to host here at Hampshire House. Kudos, Amanda Ambrose Photography!

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All Photos courtesy of Amanda Ambrose Photography

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Easter Brunch at Hampshire House

On a day that’s rich in family traditions, our Hampshire House family would like to welcome yours to relax and dine in sumptuous luxury in our turn-of-the-century Georgian revival townhouse located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill.

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Join us at Hampshire House for our special Easter Brunch! Sunday, March 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., we will be serving our three-course brunch featuring delectable selections created by Markus Ripperger, Hampshire House’s Executive Chef. His special menu for the day includes Gulf Shrimp Martini, Smoked Salmon and Spinach Benedict, Grilled Beef Tenderloin Medallions, Wood-Grilled Lamb Chops and New England Lobster Omelet. The Hampshire House menu fuses old New England home-cooked classics with innovative dishes and upscale, modern dining.

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Experience the warmth, comfort and old world elegance of a distinguished Boston residence. When you enjoy a meal at Hampshire House, you step back to a time of carved oak paneling, crystal chandeliers, Italian marble fireplaces and leisurely gracious dining.

The cost is for Easter Brunch is $70 per person including tax and gratuity, beverages excluded. For reservations, please call 617–227–9600. Download the full menu.

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BCHA Oscar Night Cocktail Party

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Photography Provided By Beacon Hill Civic Association: http://www.bhcivic.org/upcoming-events.html

Let Hampshire House roll out the red carpet for the event show of the year at our annual Oscar Night Cocktail Party to benefit the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA). From 7 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, Feb. 28, Hampshire House and the BHCA will premiere the 88th Academy Awards surrounded by the lavish setting provided by Beacon Hill’s most enchanting turn-of-the-century mansion. There’s simply no better way to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night than at this collaborative Hampshire House and BHCA event. BHCA members and non-members alike are welcome.

Dress up in your best black tie apparel and get the VIP treatment with photo flashes provided by the paparazzi and glamorous cocktails inspired by Hollywood. This must-attend Boston Oscar party costs $55 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets per person, red carpet photos and a chance to win great prizes during a movie trivia game. All proceeds go to benefit the BHCA. You may purchase your tickets via BHCA’s website, here. Be sure to reserve your tickets today, as there are a limited number available.

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Chic & Delicious: The Songs of Alan Jay Lerner

What coLERNER_AlanJay_phB1uld be better than a three-course dinner and five-star music? Enjoy all your favorite Alan Jay Lerner tunes performed by Boston’s best musicians while taking in the opulence and nostalgia provided by the meticulously restored Hampshire House overlooking Boston Public Garden. Local performers Valerie Anastasio, Cynthia Mork, Eric Bronner and Benjamin Sears join pianist Bradford Conner and bassist Jim Guttman in our elegant Beacon Hill mansion for a night of Lerner favorites and fine food.

The ensemble will perform favored Lerner songs with music by Frederick Loewe, Burton Lane, Leonard Bernstein and others in selections from “My Fair Lady,” “Gigi,” “Brigadoon,” “Royal Wedding” and “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” The event will take place Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Come in from the cold and enjoy Chef Markus Ripperger’s best selections, including your choice of slow-roasted pork loin, rosemary tenderloin, herb-crusted Atlantic salmon and Moroccan-roasted chicken.

View the complete menu here. The cost for this event is $75 per person and includes tax and gratuity. It does not include alcoholic beverages or a ticketing fee. Purchase tickets here.

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Boston’s Best Winter Engagement Photo Locations (Part II)

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  1. Louisburg Square. Looking to capture that perfectly romantic candid set on a charming street? Let the snow fall as you pose for engagement photos along the enchanting row house-lined way at Louisburg Square. This setting is a must for the traditional bride and groom who adore 19th century Boston architecture. Acorn Street is Beacon Hill’s engagement photo runner-up.

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    Photography by Celine: Old State House – Boston
  2. Downtown Crossing. Is there anything more romantic than a bustling, urban street blanketed in pure, white snow? Tell your quintessential Boston love story when you shoot your engagement photos along Washington Street. This high-energy area offers the perfect vista of the Boston Common Christmas tree.

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    Photography By Bill Ilott: Christopher Columbus Park at Night, Boston, MA
  3. Christopher Columbus Park. The Christopher Columbus Park trellis gets the wintry treatment each season, with hundreds of dazzling blue LEDs that make the picture-perfect backdrop for your engagement photos. Lighted wreaths and boughs of holly make this setting particularly dreamy for holiday-themed engagement photos.

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  4. Arnold Arboretum. Give your engagement shoot the earthy treatment when you cozy up amidst the snow-topped birch trees and pines that meander through the landscape at the Arnold Arboretum. Nearly 300 wide-open acres make this expansive property the ideal nature-focused winter engagement photo location.

 

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Valentine’s Day at Hampshire House: Dining in the Dark

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Be a part of the main event at Boston’s first-ever dark dining experience. Hampshire House will host Dining in the Dark on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. for an out-of-this-world Boston Valentine’s Day date. This unique, darkened dinner gives diners the chance to embark on a journey of the senses. Guests will be blindfolded upon arrival and will be guided through a journey of fine foods, tantalizing aromas and inspiring music. Your ticket includes a four-course dinner set amidst a storytelling experience and musical display that ties together the theme of the evening.

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Dining in the Dark was developed by a blind clergyman from Zurich and was brought to Boston by Massachusetts food trailblazer David Goldstein. The sensory-heightening concept even inspired a Swiss restaurant called blindekuh (blind cow), where guests dine in the pitch-black. Like many events at Hampshire House, the focus of this show will be the food. The cost is $95 per person including tax and gratuity. Please note that the ticket price does not include
alcoholic beverages or a ticketing fee. Click here to purchase your tickets and secure your reservations. Contact us for more information.

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Photography Feature: Christina + Salil’s Wedding

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Photography by Leah Lariccia. leahlaricciaphotography.com.
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Photography by Leah Lariccia. leahlaricciaphotography.com.

Hampshire House recently hosted Christina and Salil’s wedding fete, offering elegant surroundings and sumptuous amenities. The couple’s nuptials were attended by a gathering of friends and family, who subsequently helped the couple dance and laugh the night away.Photographer Leah LaRiccia captured the entire proceeding by offering her particular style and highly-sensitive portraiture. LaRiccia is quite adept at clearly depicting the most beautiful characteristics of the human condition. She is driven to make each of her imaginative and personal shots better than the previous one. And this evocative assertion is clearly supported by her work.

Hampshire House has been creating wedding memories for nearly a half-century. The venue is entirely committed to hosting the most graceful and sophisticated nuptial gatherings in the Boston area. Located in Beacon Hill, the building was originally built in 1910 and embodied Edwardian-Baroque architecture. Today, it lends Old World charm to any event, whether it’s a simple meeting or a large wedding ceremony.

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Hampshire House Mentioned in the Boston Globe

On January 14, 2016 the Hampshire House was mentioned in the Boston Globe article, Where (and why) to Have a Small New England Wedding, written by Jaci Conry as one of the best locations to have a luxurious, intimate wedding in New England. Highlighted were the amazing views of the Boston Public Gardens through the Paladian windows, and the beautiful backdrop of the elegantly carved bookshelves in the library, where many of the receptions are held.

To find out more information on planning the perfect wedding with Hampshire House, take a look at the engagement celebration planned for January 28, 2016.

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