The Commons 1854

4 09 2012

I came to Boston’s North Shore wedding venue for an intimate wedding. It was a nice evening so the ceremony was held outdoors at Topsfield Common. Very nice green scenery as a back drop for the wedding ceremony.

Following the wedding ceremony was the cocktail hour on the ground floor of The Commons 1854. Cocktails by selection of the newly weds as we mingled and made our way upstairs to the ballroom for the banquet.

For the first course, we were served the October Salad wrapped in thin English Cucumber. Wild field greens tossed with sugared walnuts, creamy goat cheese and dried blueberries drizzled with homemade cider vinaigrette. Very light and refreshing salad to start off the dinner.

There was a break between the first and second course. Great pause for more cocktails, cake cutting and photos.

As for the second course, apparently my choice of chicken wasn’t part of the menu!? I chose Sole since the prime rib was at least medium. Maryland Blue Crab Stuffed Filet of Sole was stuffed with Maryland lump blue crab meat and buttery crumbs, combined with white wine, aged cheddar and fresh lemon juice. The sole is then baked and served with a pure cream and sherry sauce along with asparagus and mashed potatoes. Very powerful entree, bold in texture and flavor. I was more in love with the crab meat stuffing than the fish itself.

After dinner, the wedding cake was served to all the guests. There was also a coffee station for self service or you can wait for a server to come along. Either way, you still would have to go to the coffee station for cream and sugar. Cookies were passed around during dancing time.

The meal here at Topsfield Common was definitely one of the better venue meals I had in recent memory. The event was nicely managed, as the evening went smoothly and everyone had a grand time with the newly weds.

 

 

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I live in Beantown; but I’m no Bride…

20 07 2010

Majestic view of Boston's Skyline from Hyatt Harborside

Majestic view of Boston's Skyline from Hyatt Harborside

I am certainly not part of that industry; but it’s fun to check out vendors. OK, I really went for the free food and nice view of the Boston skyline.  One of the vendors made very pretty cupcakes. So pretty that I just couldn’t bare to bite away the prettiness and overlooked the name of the vendor. Oops!!

Cupcakes

Artsy cupcakes

I did try the chocolate covered strawberries that was at this table. Personnally, I prefer the ones that have crunchy chocolate covering the strawberries. Too bad that is not the style of this vendor.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I attended Two Bright Lights Bootcamp Tour. Beantown Bride was the co-host. Vendors of the wedding industry attended and mingled. I was the odd ball, “Hi, I’m the potential blogger for this wedding photographer!”

Cheese and Cracker station

Cheese and Cracker station

There was a cheese and cracker table where I just munched on fresh golden cherries. That’s my fruit intake for the week!  There was also passed hors d’oeuvres of chicken satay and stuffed mushrooms.  Not bad for hotel kitchen! The venue for this event is Hyatt Harborside adjacent to Boston Logan Airport. If you like those electric candles on the cheese and cracker station, Savio Lighting does carry those rechargable candles.

Beantown Bride Specialty Drinks

Beantown Bride Specialty Drinks

Hyatt also provided a bar station for this cocktail hour. They whipped up a couple specialty drinks for this event. I wasn’t feeling well that morning/afternoon so I didn’t have any cocktails without much food in my stomach. $4.50 for a can of Pepsi was my choice.

Since I was there already, I also watched Two Bright Light’s presentation of their website. It really has nothing to do with me since I’m not a wedding photography nor a vendor. Interesting concept of wedding marketing.

Beantown Bride's bag of goodies

Bag of Goodies

Of course, like any other event, there was a bag of goodies to top of the night. Now I own a shot glass. All I need now is a donation to fill the shot glass!! Anyone?

We ended the night with taking photos in Shutterbooth. In the booth was a box of props and us ladies went wild!