Danvers, MA, Ipswich, MA & Around
|The happy couple|
Upon our arrival in Danvers, we enjoyed a mini family reunion over dinner with Scott's parents and various aunts and uncles, all of whom had driven in from Michigan earlier that day. At the rehearsal dinner, co-hosted by Kyle's parents on Friday evening in Ipswich, MA, additional familial catching up was accommodated over cocktails and a sumptuous dinner in a private room at the gorgeously cozy and seasonally decorated 1640 Hart House.
|Post-rehearsal dinner, toasting the bride and groom with the beer from our hotel check-in welcome bags|
|Taking in the scenery in Marblehead before the wedding|
Preceded by casual mingling and champagne on the inn's gracious covered porch and overlooking the water, the late afternoon ceremony took place on the wide lawn at the Inn at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, located in charming Ipswich, MA.
|Enjoying a little bubbly before the ceremony|
After the handwritten vows were recited and the bride was kissed, the festive celebration began with cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres on the lawn, followed by the reception in a stylishly converted barn also located on the property.
The Crane Estate offered a beautiful setting, inside and out, and the entire affair was a masterpiece of understated elegance. The bridal couple - Kyle, dressed in a well-cut, stylish pale grey suit and Kristen, veil-less and simply breathtaking in a perfectly formfitting, sleeveless, low-cut ivory lace gown with satin ribbon detailing at the waist - was the epitome of elegant, modern wedding style. From the signature seasonal cocktails (a tasty bourbon and cider concoction) and complimentary hand-rolled cigars offered during the cocktail hour to the creative (and creatively displayed) table cards, gorgeous flowers, talented multi-piece band and copious quantities of exceptionally delicious food, truly no detail was left untouched.
It was really wonderful to reconnect with family as well as to get acquainted with members of Kyle's new family. We joyously and energetically danced the night away, taking only a short break in the photo booth with cousin Ben and his wife Melanie. At 10 pm, we tore ourselves away from the waning merriment before the shuttle bus left without us for the ride back to the hotel. Well done, Kyle and Kristen, well done! Many congratulations to you both and Kristen, we couldn't be more pleased to welcome you to the family!
|First clams of the trip! Visiting nearby Newburyport, MA before Friday's rehearsal dinner|
|Charming Rockport, MA|
|Riding in comfort and style to the Crane Estate|
|Wedding guests arrive at the Inn at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate|
|Catching up with cousin Ben and his wife Melanie over pre-ceremony champagne|
|It's a perfect day for a wedding!|
|Kristen makes her grand entrance on her dad's arm|
|Denise & Jerry enjoy cocktails after the ceremony with the mother of the groom, Janet|
|The Brooks clan|
|Photobooth memories with Ben & Melanie|