Venue Spotlight: Gore Place

Gore Place

Gore Place is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. We planned our first event here in August 2012 and can’t wait to go back! Conveniently located just twenty minutes from Boston, Gore Place has so much to offer; beautiful grounds, a charming estate, free parking, a newly renovated carriage house and it even has a farm (so you can take adorable photos like the one below)!

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Photo Credit: Ars Magna Studio

History

Gore Place is one of the finest country estates that remain from the Federal era, with 45 acres of landscaped grounds, farmlands and gardens.  The home of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore (1758-1827) and his wife, Rebecca (1759-1834), was in their time an oasis of refined living in the country.  It is still an oasis today in suburban Greater Boston.  Although conveniently located nine miles outside of Boston, the grounds continue as a pastoral, peaceful setting for any event.

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Rooms/Options

The estate’s 45 acres of gardens and lawns provides a beautiful setting for your tented reception, from the smallest to the largest of gatherings. The spacious green lawns allow flexibility in arrangements, so that each function can to be sited in a special place.  Surrounded by large evergreens and magnificent hardwoods, the beautifully maintained grounds are an attractive setting for all manner of gatherings. Gore Place maintains an elegant 50×80′ three season tent on the grounds available from May to November.  The Gore Place tent has 3 beautiful clear sides for guests to enjoy the amazing view of the grounds and Mansion. The tent is a carpeted tent with a 20×20 wooden dance floor and has electricity and lighting. The rental of the Tent also includes access and use of the Carriage House and access to the Mansion and Museum for a Dressing Room and picture taking. This rental includes the use of tables and chairs for up to 125 guests.

The newly restored 1793 Carriage House is one of the few enduring structures of this type remaining intact in New England. This recently moved and restored building offers a unique setting for smaller gatherings holding up to 100 guests. The rustic feel of this structure will awe your guests while still providing modern amenities such as new restrooms, heating, air conditioning and a caterer’s space.  The flexible floor plan allows many possibilities for your set up and is completely handicapped accessible. This rental includes the use of tables and chairs for up to 100 guests. The Carriage House is the perfect location for ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions.

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Gore Place has a preferred list of vendors (that Swank is lucky enough to be on!) who are familiar with the venue and the rules and regulations. Any outside vendors must be approved by Gore Place prior to the final contract. Gore Place highly suggests you choose a vendor from the list. They have all worked on the site and are familiar with the policies. Additionally, Gore Place has a restricted music provider list and no outside services may amplify music.

Rental Information

Depending on day, time of year and amount of guests, rental fees range from $2,500-$5,500.

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Contact the function manager for more detailed information and to book your next event: functionrentals@goreplace.org or 781-894-2798 ext. 11.

Happy Planning!

The Swank Team

Vendor LOVE: Brighter Lights Media

Brighter Lights Media: Christian and Chris

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We had the pleasure of first working with Christian and Chris on Dennis and Viji’s amazing wedding at the Crane Estate in Ipswich.

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Our first impression of these guys was wow, they’re so patient for answering all of the crazy questions we threw at them! Our second was wow, these guys are seriously talented and also pretty fun! The fact that they managed to shoot footage of the entire day and still avoid getting in the way of the photographer’s shots is a skill in and of itself.

To give you an idea of just how fun these guys are, we asked them to tell us a little more about themselves!

Where did you grow up?

Albany, NY

How long have you been in business and how did you get started?

We’ve been in the wedding industry since 2011, but we’ve been professional videographers for 6 years with work ranging from commercial to corporate clients.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

There’s a ton of things we enjoy about our job so we can’t list just one. One of the best parts is being able to meet a lot of new and interesting people from all over the country. We’ve done weddings in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Pennsylvania, and later this year we’ll be heading down to Florida. We love that living in New England allows us the opportunity to experience a variety of different locations. Our other favorite part of the job is the extreme level of trust granted to us from our clients. They allow us to tell their wedding story in such a way that’s usually not perceived by them after experiencing it firsthand. Having that creative freedom is really what drives us and our work.

How would you describe your style?

We have a very clean, modern style of cinematography.

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What’s your guilty pleasure?

The Mindy Project, Coffee, Netflix and our dogs Chance and Harvey.

What’s your favorite quote?

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

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What makes you unique in your field?

Part of what makes us unique in our field is how much attention we spend on the “why.” What we mean by that, is we’re always looking for purpose in our shots, how we edit, the juxtaposition of particular scenes, etc. If the significance of a couple’s wedding day is lost in our edit, then we haven’t done our jobs correctly. Our prerogative is to always focus on quality over quantity, and so despite the fact that our films are of a shorter length, the amount of time and attention to detail that goes into the craftsmanship of them is quite great.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?

This isn’t particularly related to videography, however I think the best piece of advice I can offer is to do what you want to do. Don’t feel pressure from family, friends, magazines, blogs, etc. to derail your wedding plans. Keep it personal, forget the norm and do what feels right to you, and your guests will get behind it.

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Check out more of Chris & Christian’s work at www.brighterlightsmedia.com!

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Our Unique Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas – Put to the Test

As you may remember, in November we shared some Unique Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas with you. One of our planners, Jeanette, decided to put these ideas to the test during her annual Friendsgiving celebration! The results: our ideas proved to be a huge hit; everyone had a blast and were really impressed with all of the little details.

Jeanette created customized food labels for the appetizers, cocktails & desserts and displayed a chalkboard menu listing all of the delicious dishes she planned to serve.

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Jeanette’s husband is obsessed with all things bourbon, so she came up with the idea to have a “Create Your Own Old Fashioned” station and designed a sign for the bar.  She also created a sign for the ladies drink, sparkling cranberry apple sangria (loosely based on Chow’s spiced cranberry sangria).

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For the table settings, she used these adorable utensil holders from Craftaholics Anonymous and gold charger plates for a pop of color.  She also created edible pilgrim hat place cards (made out of a shortbread cookie and a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup) with each guest’s name.

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For a rustic, elegant look, the centerpieces consisted of white hydrangeas, gold painted pumpkins, and cylinder candelabras on top of burlap squares.

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After a few old fashions and glasses of sangria, the guests used these Thanksgiving themed props from The Dating Divas and for a cheap photo booth alternative, she set up the Photo Booth app on the MacBook. As you can see, everyone loved it!

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Contact us today for more ideas and tips on how to make your holiday season unique, creative and extraordinary!

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Photos courtesy of Carl Saccone Photography