A Nautical, Fall Wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts
Bryan Hoffman (26 and a program manager) and Josh Rodriguez (30 and a sales manager) met online, though Bryan would like to say that Josh was the one to message first. With a first date of watching a documentary on Billy Mays, the infomercial icon, Josh couldn't say no. Bryan proposed to Josh on a privately chartered sailboat in Bar Harbor, Maine on the fourth of July. It was orchestrated brilliantly with a full menu and panoramic views of fireworks. Bryan also made skillfully crafted custom wine bottle labels to ask for Josh's hand. With a love of New England style, they chose the historic Salem, Massachusetts to tie the knot. Moreover, they decided on the Hawthorne Hotel for their venue because it is haunted. Bryan and Josh chose a color palette of sage, light brown, and creme for the reception while they chose gray, purple, and black for their suits. They had their suits custom made so that they were perfectly fitted and breathable. The appetizers consisted of a lox station, lobster rolls, beef brisket sandwiches, and tuna tartare salads on edible spoon crackers. The main course was split between a classic Prime Rib with a goat cheese and eggplant mashed potatoe or a chilean sea bass paired with a lobster risotto. Bryan and Josh also offered a gluten free vegetarian meal for their more food conscious guests. The groom's first dance was a choreographed number to Boom Clap, and Josh's mother son dance was choreographed to a remade dub step version of a very jivey 1940's big band song. "And in true fashion the night did not end without an after party at a local night club where we would finish the night dancing away," says Josh.