There are those weddings when every single moment and detail is so perfect that we are awestruck by the magic. This was one of those weddings…..
Images by wayne & angela
Images by wayne & angela
Indian weddings can be day-long affairs offering your guests an eye-catching experience filled with splendid ceremonies and the gorgeous vibrant colors of traditional dress. Wedding receptions can be quite large and as they can include many ceremonies that require exceptional customer service, event orchestration and traditional dishes it is important that the venue be up to the task.
Contact Elegant Venues to ensure that your wedding takes place in a stunning location to serve as a backdrop to your day.
My first career was in social work-a world I thought a million miles away from wedding planning. Every once in a while I joke with my brides that I still am a social worker and recently I began thinking of how true this is.
So many of the qualities that I am proud to say I possess are tapped in my work with couples and their families. First and foremost, my genuine love of people. I love speaking to and meeting with couples and hearing their engagement stories. My first question often is “Was it a surprise?” and I watch as the couple share where they were engaged-sometimes in Paris or some other romantic location which does make me pretty envious! It brings me easily back to my engagement and it is easy to get teary-eyed as I recall my special night.
I don’t think of my job as being in sales as much as I do as listener and helper. I enjoy hearing of my couples’ plans as I offer input on ways to incorporate their unique personalities into their wedding ceremony and reception. I am often asked about any “Bridezillas” that I encounter and much to my interviewer’s disappointment I exclaim that I don’t meet “Bridezillas” for I believe that you get back what you put into a relationship. I am very fortunate to work with fun people who I enjoy interacting with.
Meeting with and working with couples’ families is a major part of what I do. Parents continue to be an integral part of their children’s planning process and often I am the recipient of some pretty tough Moms and Dads as they work to ensure that their son or daughter’s reception will be perfect. Family dynamics are apparent as everything from what to serve for signature cocktail to how many guests are on the invitation lists can trigger upsets that only each family member can identify with. At those times I sit calmly and realize that I am invited into their living room at that moment. All the love is evident and at the same time family annoyances come through. I am not embarrassed and realize at that time that it is a privilege to be privy to each couples’ family dynamics-their little bit of dirty laundry. For better and for worse it is as much a part of my job as it is to ensure that their wedding venue will be romantic and fun and memorable. And I am grateful that my social work skills are still valuable as I help my clients plan their special day.
Susan Sambrano is the President of Elegant Venues, LLC. www.elegantvenues.co/blog
reprinted from Featured NH Wedding Resources http://www.nhweddingmagazine.com/plan-your-nh-wedding/expert-advice/tips-advice/privilege
A Special Thank You to Jeff Foley who provided these fantastic images
If you envision your guests sipping mint juleps in the romantic gardens while awaiting your wedding ceremony this Victorian mansion will fulfill your dreams. Nestled in a quaint Vermont town with the ability to host your wedding either indoors or out, this property features the cuisine of one of the most outstanding chefs we have come across in our work with unique New England wedding venues. Your Vermont destination wedding will be the wedding that you, your family and guests will remember for a lifetime.
Couples planning a smaller wedding of perhaps 20-40 guests or so are often faced with the challenge of finding that perfect venue that provides all of the elegance and service of a larger reception location but without the strict minimums imposed for weddings of under 100.
This gorgeous property located in Lenox, the charming heart of the Berkshires provides both indoor and outdoor options. Intimate ceremonies and dinners of 40 can be accommodated inside while larger weddings can take place during the summer and fall by tenting on the stunning grounds. A huge porch is the perfect space for cocktail hour and lounging during quieter times and there are plenty of recreational opportunities in the area. All of the guest rooms are suites and provide you and your family and guests with the perfect accommodations for your wedding weekend.
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