Moraine Farm is one of my absolute favorite Boston north shore wedding venues. The space has a calming element that is polished, sophisticated, yet down-to-earth. It is set on 175 acres, mostly conservation forest. The lawns are a beautiful space for an outdoor setting. The interior of the stone estate has a lovely space for the bride to get ready, as well as small rooms and a patio for guests to wander in and out. Moraine Farm’s permanent wedding tent is one of the finest I’ve seen. Also, I know that they’ve upgraded the floors in 2015. It looks amazing. :) Moraine Farm weddings have access to the colorful European-Gardens, one of my favorite places for portraits of the bride and groom.
Maura McCarthy is likely the funniest and most awesome venue wedding coordinator that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. To top it all off, Fireside Catering IS AMAZING.
The Estate at Moraine Farm
719 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Laura, Billy and I hung out one day at the Taj hotel for drinks. My first 30-second impression was, “Holy crap. This girl never stops smiling. This is amazing.” I’ve never meet anyone in my life so animated and so joyous. I love her excitement and energy, even for silly things like… when I shared with her our air bnb strategy (which btw, I’m so glad that you two decided to go with!) Billy thought the same. he tells me that when they started dating, she made him laugh all the time. “We seemed to have an incredible amount of fun whenever we were together.” He says that it only took him a short few months to think – she is the one.
The Estate at Moraine farm in Beverly, MA is like a little oasis in the ‘burbs of Boston. Most of the history property is conservation land and it lends beautifully for outdoor weddings. To date, all of my weddings at Moraine Farm have been sunny and warm. There’s a lucky charm over this estate, for sure. When Chrissy and Louie met there was an instant connection. After only a few months of dating, however, he was deployed to Afghanistan for ten and a half months. While they were thousands of miles away from each other, their connection became deeper and the distance brought them closer together.
On July 5th they got married on Moraine Farm, a beautiful rustic backdrop for a romantic wedding. Before the ceremony started we walked into the room where Chrissy was getting ready in order to photograph bride prep. Her mother, sister, and soon to be sister in law helped her into her dress. Her father was never far off though. He kept peeping in the room to make sure Chrissy was okay.
After Chrissy and Louis said their “I dos,” and sealed that promise with a kiss, the festivities started in a beautiful tent under the setting sun. The toasts were all heartfelt. You could see the pride in Chrissy’s dad’s eyes as he talked about how excited he was to have Louie join his family. Louie’s younger brother, Cole, brought the humor with his speech, as he mentioned that this wedding must be a pretty important event because his dad got a haircut for it. To top it all off, Chrissy’s brother in law, and also one of Louis best men, couldn’t keep the tears from flowing as he wished the newly married couple success.
It was a beautiful day for a beautiful wedding. Congrats Chrissy and Louis!
I am NOT a morning person. After I left my consulting job, I made a strict nothing-before-9am policy! (unless it’s a wedding day, obviously). However, I am super productive in the wee hours of the night (2…3… 4am)! Often in the mornings, I’ll roll over grumpily, grab my phone and scan my e-mails as a way to slowly wake my brain up. “Jon Cakes” sent me an e-mail titled “Proposal photography”. I swear, I leap out of my bed SO quickly to pop in my contacts and run to my iMac and read this e-mail. First off, I LOVE proposals. Secondly, HIS LAST NAME IS CAKES. There’s going to be a MRS. CAKES?! OMG. I thought to myself, “Maybe I can find a way for them to adopt me… or maybe Jon had a brother I could marry so I could be Nicole Cakes”. How cool would that be? It would be SO fitting! I later found out that it wasn’t his real name. A small part of me cried inside. 🙁 Anyway, fast forward to 6 days later, and I camped out for his surprise proposal in Cambridge. See images from Jon’s Harvard Bridge proposal here!
Elizabeth and Jon’s wedding at the Moraine Farm was nothing short of perfect and beautiful. Elizabeth had one of the most memorable vows I’ve ever heard (and kudos to her for memorizing the entire thing). Both Elizabeth and her twin sister are teachers, and so their penmanship is AMAZING. I had tons of fun photographing their hand written chalkboard messages that were strewn around the Moraine Farm wedding.
Their Moraine Farm wedding photos were also published on THE KNOT – out on stands since last Monday (Dec 8, 2013) ! 🙂 Images can be seen on the web here: http://www.theknot.com/weddings/album/141595
Photography Nicole Chan Photography
Wedding coordinator/planner Maura McCarthy
Makeup artist Caitlin Murphy
Hair stylist Caitlin Murphy
Tux/Suit/Men’s fashion designer Jos A Bank
Wedding gown designer Mikaella
Bridesmaids dresses Amsale
Florist Karla Cassidy
Caterer Fireside Catering
Cake artist Cakes for Ocassions
Venue Moraine Farm