Terri is the founder and President of Extraordinary Destination Weddings and the owner of Something Borrowed, Something New Events. She has actively been planning exceptional events and weddings for the past 23 years.
A distinguished graduate of the Association of Bridal Consultants Professional Development Program, Terri carries the designation of Professional Bridal Consultant ™ with this esteemed association. Terri has appeared on local radio shows as a guest speaker and is quoted regularly in the press on various wedding topics. Her weddings have also been featured in K&K brides, a London based bridal magazine specializing in brides of color.
Thus far in 2014, she is the winner of the Wedding Wire “Couple’s Choice Award”, Best of Weddings at The Knot, and the New England Wedding Professionals “Setting a Higher Standard in the Wedding Industry” award. In 2013, Terri received the Industry Experts Award for Best Wedding Planner in MA and top 25 worldwide. While Terri routinely handles weddings for local couples, her specialty is destination weddings.
Best Reasons to Get Married in Boston and New England
It’s the birthplace of America offering both historic glimpses of our past and modern testaments to where we are some 200 years later.
Within a four hour car ride, you can be taking in a play on Broadway in New York City, wiling away the hours on the idyllic islands of Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, skiing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or Vermont, visiting the mansions of Newport, or enjoying a good old fashioned lobster bake in Maine.
New England is a great place to visit anytime, but if you’ve never visited us in the fall, you will be greeted with Mother Nature’s best artistic renderings. As the leaves change New England is a riot of colors with the most amazing reds, oranges, yellows and greens that you will ever see. Couple that with the blue sky on a crisp fall day and you will think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
World class sports teams – New England Patriots (football American style of course), Boston Celtics (basketball), and the Boston Red Sox (baseball).
We can boast that we are the home of some of the finest and best known Universities in the world – Harvard, Boston College, Yale, Brown, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Brandeis to name but a few.
Every bar in Boston is like the bar in the television show “Cheers.” By the end of the night, everybody will know your name.
The dollar is weak making the U.S. more affordable overall for our foreign clients.
Great food, great shopping, great music, great times and a wicked good fireworks show on the 4th of July with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra. Around every corner, there’s a new adventure waiting to happen.
View a video of a wedding we oversaw in this lovely state! (courtesy of Brighter Lights Media)
My daughter and son-in-law chose to hold their destination wedding at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. After meeting Terri, I was confident that she would create the right atmosphere for my only child’s wedding. From the first meeting Terri asked all the right questions and honed right in on what my daughter and her fiance wanted for their wedding. To say that the wedding had an eclectic theme and not your run of the mill traditional wedding would be an understatement. Terri and Janice, her associate embraced all of their ideas and desires and guided them along the way to their wonderful wedding day. Terri and Janice’s work not only met but exceeded all of our expectations.
I would highly recommend Terri and Janice to anyone who is planning a wedding. I got to enjoy every minute leading up to the day of wedding and the day itself. That time was a priceless gift that I will forever appreciate.
I could not have asked for better service from Terri. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Having a destination wedding certainly provided unique challenges but Terri was able to make everything incredibly easy for me. Terri had custom made centerpieces, favors and more all sent to Mexico for us. When we arrived at the reception the tables were gorgeous. I didn’t have to lift a finger and she somehow managed to have everything taken care of. I would highly recommend Something Borrowed, Something New Events. I wish I could get married all over again every year and this is all thanks to Terri.
Ways to enhance your wedding experience in New England…..
Take in a sporting event while you’re in town. We can arrange for your group to see the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, or Bruins at one of their home games.
Walk the Freedom Trail, visit all of the historical sites, and witness where America was born.
Visit the Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods Casino for a little gambling action and take in a show featuring world class entertainment.
Go on a pub crawl and visit all of the great bars in Boston via a Bustonian bus tour.
Visit the Boston Commons, ride the swan boats, and visit the public gardens.
Join high society when you take a tour of the mansions that made Newport famous during the Gilded Age.
Spend the day antiquing in quaint New England towns and villages. No doubt you’ll walk away with a few treasures to remind you of your visit to New England.
For the art lover, spend the day on the CT Art trail. where you can visit 15 museums, artist’s homes and studios and finish the day at a glass blowing workshop.
Hoist the sails on an authentic tall ship on your own private sunset cruise or party the night away with new friends as you sail around the Boston harbor.
Head north for a day of skiing in the White Mountains and finish off the day with a world class hot toddy.
Go clam digging or seashell hunting on our hundreds of miles of beaches.
Challenge yourself to find the best Yankee Pot Roast, Cannoli, Lobster, or Clam Chowder. You’ll gain a few pounds, but you’ll love the experience.
Take off in a hot air balloon at sunrise and spend the afternoon learning how to drive your own race car at the Skip Barber Racing School.
Lay in bed with a good book, order room service, and do absolutely nothing.
Whatever your heart desires, we will do our best to fulfill your every dream and show you the best time that New England has to offer.
We look forward to assisting you with your destination wedding, honeymoon, or renewal of vows. We work with anyone who is in love and wants to celebrate their love no matter how that celebration may unfold. We look forward to hearing from you.
My Favorite Properties
Santarella ~ The Berkshires
Located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, Santarella Estate, affectionately known as the Tyringham Gingerbread House, is a truly unique and beautiful setting, a magical place where you can make your dreams come true. Our lovely grounds and unique and artistic facilities afford endless opportunities for you to create a one-of-a-kind event and long-lasting memories. From the stained-glass windows and steepled roof and stonework of the Gingerbread house to the lily pond, stone bridges, and babbling brook in our gardens, there is a enchanting, fairy-tale feeling which will transform any wedding into something extraordinary.
Santarella accommodates 14 guests on-site; eight in our charming 4-Bedroom Colonial-era home, four in the recently renovated, whimsical ‘Grand Silo Tower’ suite and two in the romantic ‘Silo Studio’ cottage (AKA ‘Honeymoon Silo’).
Come and experience the magic!
Larz Anderson Auto Museum Brookline, MA
Located just minutes from Boston with a view of the Boston skyline, you will find the amazing Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Set in a 62 acre park with several outstanding outdoor ceremony sites to choose from, it’s no wonder that this beautiful property has the distinction of being named one of the top five romantic settings for a marriage proposal and a Knot pick as one of the top ten museums to host your wedding at in Boston.
The museum is located in the carriage house on the estate that once belonged to Larz and Isabel Anderson who began their love affair with the automobile in 1899 shortly after they married and upon purchasing a brand new Winton Runabout, a true horseless carriage. Much of their original collection can still be viewed at this gorgeous museum and very unique location for a wedding.
Follow in Larz and Isabel’s footsteps and continue your love affair with a magnificent wedding ceremony on the museum’s lawn or adjoining park, followed by an extraordinary reception surrounded by some of the finest automobiles the world has ever seen.
Glen Manor ~ Portsmouth, RI
Glen Manor is the masterpiece of famed architect John Russell Pope who was also responsible for designing the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. The design for “The Glen” as it’s lovingly nicknamed, was inspired by the French Petit Trianon of Versailles and was quite unique for its period. Completed in 1923 for the Taylor’s, the property remained in the family until 1953 when it was then sold to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart who moved their Elmhurst School from Providence to Glen Manor. The town of Portsmouth purchased the property via a bond offering in 1972 and the Portsmouth Historical Society has been responsible for its oversight ever since.
Just minutes from historic Newport, the Glen Manor House stands proudly overlooking the banks of the Sakonnet River. This gorgeous French chateau with its extensive terraces and formal gardens combines both elegance and the relaxed atmosphere of a country estate.
The Glen Manor House offers everything you would expect from an elite wedding facility, and the location is superb. With just one wedding per day, this Portsmouth mansion is the perfect venue for an unforgettable wedding ceremony and reception.
Winvian – Morris, CT
Winvian, a unique getaway set amidst 113 acres of nature and serenity, was created to recharge and indulge all of the senses in a unique way. It features 18 individual architecturally designed cottages and The Hadley Suite which complement the Spa, Restaurant and Gordon Brown House. All are nestled on a property that lures you with surprises, warmth and charm.
Consider renting the entire property and treat yourself and your guests to an unforgettable weekend in the beautiful Litchfield hills of CT at this one-of-a-kind property that has received every major award that the hospitality industry has to offer.
Best times to get married in New England
New England is beautiful all year round, but we are arguably best known for our amazing Autumns. Since New England is a fairly large area you will get the best color in the northern regions beginning in mid to late September with color spreading further south as we move through October.
Being a true four season region, New England can cater completely to whatever season happens to be your favorite time of year however. High season occurs from April through the end of October through much of the region although areas that tend to be more tourist oriented have a shorter high season with the summer months through Columbus Day being the busiest.