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Ipswich, MA –On Saturday, April 17, The Trustees of Reservations hosted their first-ever sustainable wedding show. The show featured over 60 area vendors from food to photography, with an emphasis on sustainable products and services. Three hundred attendees were amazed at the sustainable efforts, and were excited to learn about their options on how to make a smaller imprint on the earth for their wedding day. The Private Event Department at the Crane Estate would like to thank the sponsors who generously donated their services and products for the show: Peterson Party Center, Inc., Port Lighting, Seacoast Tents, and The Perfect Details.
The result of the exclusive caterers and hand-selected vendors was a beautifully executed affair. Food included a sweet and savory Creperie station, Tuna Tartare in tiny cones, Herb Braised River Rock Farm Short Rib of Beef on Sweet Pea and Asparagus Risotto, and Cupcake and Candy stations to mention a few of the delectable fare. Creative displays of floral arrangements consisted of perennials that could be replanted into the garden, photographers with their laptops showing portfolios of wedding photos, and musicians displaying their creative talents. Gorgeous eco-friendly wedding gowns were on display, and a cathedral veil cascaded down the Grand Staircase. Simply elegant!
Music throughout the afternoon was generously donated by Lisa Calvo, harpist, Copley Chamber Players, D.J. Raffi Professional Music, Murray Hill Talent, and Siman Entertainment.
The Grand Allee landscape restoration project was a definite highlight and the response was extremely positive from the attendees. To see The Trustees’ sustainable landscape restoration project in action, Castle Hill will be open to the public, free of charge, on Sunday, May 2 between 11AM and 5PM at our annual Spring Open House. Bring the family and join us for self-guided tours of the historic, lawn games, refreshments, and May Pole dance demonstrations. Celebrate Spring with us on the Crane Estate. Visit www.craneestate.org or call 978.356.4351 for more details.
About The Trustees & The Crane Estate
The stately seaside estate is owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and conservation organization with 102 beautiful reservations located around the state; 20 of which are on Boston’s North Shore. More than 250,000 people from New England and beyond visit the historic Crane Estate year-round to experience it's unrivaled beauty, swim at it's world-famous beach, paddle in it's breathtaking waters and surrounding salt marsh, and enjoy it's historic Great House, Inn, trails, and rolling lawns.
The Crane Estate encompasses more than 2,100 preserved acres that include: The Great House on Castle Hill, a National Historic Landmark; Crane Beach, a popular summer destination; The Inn at Castle Hill on The Crane Estate, a renowned B&B; and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a natural treasure boasting many plant and animal species.
Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr. first purchased the 2,100 acres that would become the Crane Estate in 1910. Crane was captivated by the beautiful landscape, and over time worked with eight leading architects and landscape architects to shape his summer retreat. In 1928, he crowned the estate with a grand 59-room, Stuart-style mansion, designed by the world- renowned David Adler. Nearly 100 years later, the Crane Estate plays a vital role in the local community and beyond as a place for year-round recreation, historic house tours, weddings, corporate and private parties, art show, summer concerts, lectures, movie filming, summer camp and public volunteer opportunities.