For nine years, Laura Daley has worked for The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR), and during this time, has served as the private event department manager for the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts. While in this role, she has increased the awareness of The Bradley Estate, a “hidden jewel” in the town of Canton. Once a colonial farmstead known as Cherry Hill Farm, this 1902 country mansion is landscaped with manicured lawns, walled garden and a brick-edged parterre. Truly, a secluded but central wedding getaway.
SNEW: What makes The Bradley Estate unique?
LD: The Estate is 90 acres of conservation land and is surrounded by manicured gardens as well as pastoral fields and hiking trails. The Trustees’ mission is to preserve land for everyone to enjoy today and for future generations; it is unique in the fact that this land is supported by individuals like you and me; anyone can become a member to enjoy the many benefits of TTOR properties throughout Massachusetts. Private events help to support TTOR in their mission to preserve and protect important scenic, cultural and natural landscapes and landmarks for everyone, forever. We encourage sustainable events by having caterers and vendors that practice sustainable means within their organization. One sustainable choice makes a difference, such as potted plants that can be replanted in the garden, printed invitations on recycled paper, or caterers who compost food in their commissary or buy local food from an array of New England purveyors. We host both the ceremony and reception in our location, which is more sustainable by guests not having to drive to two separate locations for the wedding.
SNEW: What type of event spaces are available to couples looking to get married at the Estate?
LD: The formal garden area is a beautiful setting for a ceremony, which can also be tented as an inclement-weather option for an additional fee. The interior of the house will accommodate up to 100 guests for a seated dinner, and up to 180 guests for a tented reception on the lawn overlooking the pond, under the canopy of trees on the Estate. The house is also the perfect spot for rehearsal dinners!
SNEW: What is included with your wedding bookings? What can couples expect?
LD: A private event manager who will oversee the final details on the couple’s wedding day, use of the first floor of the house, a changing suite for the couple or bridal party to use two hours prior to the ceremony, the formal garden, the surrounding lawn areas overlooking the pond and pastoral fields, and free parking.
SNEW: What style wedding would you say matches this venue best?
LD: We have hosted an array of weddings at the Estate, from country to glitz. Receptions for over 100 guests are tented…we allow them to customize their wedding day with our exclusive tent vendor, and are excited that they can hand select their menu items with our exclusive caterers. All the caterers support local farms and suppliers if the couple would like to highlight a farm-to-table meal, traditional New England dinner, or shake it up with a culturally eclectic mix.
SNEW: Does the Estate host other events? If so, what type?
LD: We host corporate outings and all-day seminars. I am hoping that we can host more corporate events throughout the year. The grounds are the perfect setting for a corporate summer outing or family reunion. Our season is April through November, but we are open to hosting off- season events, weather permitting.
Laura Daley, Private Event Department Manager
The Crane Estate / The Bradley Estate
Photo Credit: Images courtesy of The Bradley Estate