We have a wonderful 2017 Internship Program available. e couldn’t be happier that you are considering a career in the wedding industry! Just like in any career, the wedding industry takes time to learn - it just so happens it’s an incredibly exciting business to learn. If you are interested in working in a fast-paced, learn-as-you-go environment with a fun and driven team, then an internship with The Fête Companies (Chanteclaire Farm, Farmhouse Fête and Sounds Fun DJs) may be a great fit for you.
Farmhouse Fête’s design and floral teams have created eight unique centerpiece looks to capture the essence of the country fête. We started with our favorite floral looks, then edited each vase, votive, riser and table number until we achieved the perfect tablescape.
Below, you'll find the floral image that inspired us followed by the items we've chosen to complement its look. And of course the florals are all signature Farmhouse Fête arrangements, and the items below it are all available to rent on first-come, first-served basis.
All floral arrangements shown below are conceptual. Amy, Farmhouse Fête’s lead florist, will work with you to create your perfect floral vision. Contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Floral: This beautifully detailed glass pedestal dish is the perfect size and height (7 1/2'' tall x 6'' wide) for an uncluttered table. The deep green glass pairs beautifully with any color scheme and allows for a free flowing and organic looking floral design.
Design: When we saw the original antique Fenton glass compote that Amy wanted to design around, the design team scoured antique shops until we found 20 in perfect condition. This piece is stunning and understated at the same time, so we looked for complements that were equally feminine and stately. The addition of a simply framed table number and rose gold colored votives make this collection versatile, compact and polished.
Floral: A simplified version of option 1, this centerpiece offers a more traditional approach to your table. With a smaller pedestal (3 inches tall) and smaller diameter (3.5 inches wide), it is low and perfect for a smaller centerpiece. The neutral champagne color goes well with most floral choices and despite it's small size, it can stand up to a variety of sizes/shapes of flowers.
Design: We've discovered more modern metal table numbers in a champagne color to match the dipped votives. This is a great option for centerpieces that are compact and simple without sacrificing style.
Floral: This mercury glass vase in a golden-bronze finish is unequivocally vintage glam and pairs nicely with other metallic shades. It is best used with a more structured arrangement. It perfectly complements monochromatic blooms in a single variety, such as the roses featured in the photo or fluffy white hydrangeas.
Design: Bronze votives add drama to this table's elegance, while the unique door knob table number holder literally brings something new to the table!
Floral: Nothing says country wedding like mason jars and wildflowers! We've taken it up a notch by using authentic antique jars with metal accents around the rim. We then paired it with 3 small bottles to highlight individual blooms.
Design: Placing the arrangement on a distressed cream pedestal helps to define the space and bring out the sweetness of a wildflower bouquet. Chalkboard table numbers on a neutral colored holder and mason jar votives allow the wildflowers to stand out in any color combination.
Floral: Clean, simple and modern. Using only one bloom per bottle allows for high impact. This look is best suited for statement flowers with a big wow factor, such as fully opened peonies, fluffy garden roses or hydrangeas. Whether you want a mix of bold colors or softer shades, this is a great choice for creating a high impact design.
Design: This unique centerpiece will leave your guests in awe. We lowered the vases directly onto the table but added two taller bottles to amp up the drama of these stunning single blooms. The antique shapes of the bottles, silver mercury glass votives and vintage door knob table number holders bring this very modern look seamlessly into a countryside setting.
Floral: When we heard what the design team wanted to do with this centerpiece, it took us a moment to fully understand. But now that we see their ideas (below), we couldn't be more thrilled when we added an industrial edge to lush greenery and white accents.
Design: Our unique black pedestal puts an industrial twist on relatively monochromatic arrangements. The key to making this centerpiece stand out is using rich greenery. We've added a wrought iron and brass telescoping table number stand, gold votives and simple table number. The rustic pedestal adds much needed height and definition without overtaking the table. You won’t be able to find this rare centerpiece anywhere else!
Floral: A natural wooden planter box overflowing with a variety of fresh-picked buds and blooms makes this centerpiece charming and full of joy! Best used for a "farm stand" kind of look, it lends itself well for a more natural and free flowing floral approach. The flowers meander and flow wherever they desire, spilling over the sides wherever it suits them.
Design: It's hard to improve on this one for a countryside event. We added some additional depth to the tablescape by alternating wooden boxes with multi-height bottles with single blooms. This helps reduce the overall number of blooms required without diminishing the impact. The table numbers mimic the whimsy of a chalkboard while the votives add a nice sparkle to the table.
Floral: Elegantly rustic. The charming cream crackle finish vase complements the lovely muted shades of sage green, soft tan, ivory, burgundy and other colors.
Design: Perched atop two varying sizes of log rounds adds more definition to the table, and the raffia ribbon complements this rustic tablescape. We chose to pair it with a bronze picture frame table number and bronze votives. Nobody said rustic couldn't also be elegant!
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The location for Aliya and Kyle's mountaintop wedding was kind of like that scene in Princess Bride on the hill, except for the whole falling down part. At the top, the view was so amazing and serene.
Aliya and Kyle wanted something relaxed, but also wanted a celebration that would last all night long. They chose a picturesque location for all the events of the evening.
They envisioned a fun outdoor wedding with hay bale seating, a park bench lounge area, unique lighting, bonfires, outdoor lawn games (we provided corn hole, oversized Jenga and oversized tic-tac-toe). They wanted a very casual ceremony with a fun, outdoor celebration that goes all night long. The wedding was relatively intimate, with about 100 guests.
On Thursday evening, we went with Kyle to the wedding location to see see how things looked. We set up the larger items including the outdoor lighting, hay bales, picnic tables and the ceremony twig arbor. It was a beautiful evening with an even more beautiful sunset.
THE WEDDING DAY
The day of the wedding was beautiful, after the monsoon went over the mountain of course. We spent lots of time setting up the different decor areas. There were many setups to create and flowers to place including the bar area, photo booth station, ceremony, lounge with oversized games, table centerpieces and other floral designs. The view was amazing, as you can see.
Congrats Aliya and Kyle and thanks for having us be part of your amazing wedding day!
For information on Farmhouse Fête's florals and wedding styling services, contact us at email@example.com or call her at 301-750-6790.
The perfect woodland wonderland wedding starts with finding the ideal spot-an old growth forest whose foliage high above you filters the glaring sun. The forest floor is covered with ferns and packed earth, allowing you to meander through the trees without worry of stumbling through thick brush and low hanging limbs. And the light is nothing short of magical. Watching the morning rays break through the tress takes your breath away. Even on a cloudy day the swaying branches create such movement in the light that you will swear you're been transported to Wonderland.
The space feels private and peaceful, an unspoiled natural beauty. If you long for the mood of Walden, On Golden Pond, or even your long ago summer camp, this type of venue is for you. For our styled shoot, we found our wooded bliss at Blue Moon Rising in Deep Creek, Maryland. Less than a mile away is the bustling area of Deep Creek Lake during peak tourism season, yet you would never guess that such activity was occurring so close by.
Blue Moon Rising is an eco-resort designed to be a completely natural experience. Their wedding areas give you access to the woods in a way that is both comfortable and completely respectful of the environment. It took only a brief visit to Blue Moon Rising for the design mavens of Farmhouse Fête (that's us!) to envision the woodland wonderland wedding that would fit beautifully there.
Decor was kept simple, utilizing wooden and wrought iron pieces that would complement, but not compete, with the natural setting. We wanted the floral design to appear organic, as though these gorgeous blooms were growing directly out of the earthen forest floor. The bride would appear as mother nature, covered in her flora. There would be no picked and process bouquet for her- the blooms would appear to grow across her body and drape from her wrist.
When thinking through any celebration, we at Farmhouse Fête are guided by our founding principles: inspire, connect, captivate. "Weddings are about love, but not just the love between the happy couple. They are one of the only times you will be surrounded by all of the people you care most for in the world", says Amy White, Farmhouse Fête's Director of Floral Design. Michelle Atkinson, Fête's Event Stylist adds, "We love to design events in a way that is genuinely reflective of a couple's personality and invites guests into their world, while enabling them to relax and live in the moment."
As the evening progresses, excitement builds, and the day becomes a celebration of all love, while inspiring hope for the future and renewing faith in friendship, commitment, and family." Designing in a peaceful wooded paradise is a natural fit for our philosophy, as the connection with nature further fosters human connection. Farmhouse Fête, based out of Friendsville, Maryland, brings a chic worldly design perspective to a rural area. It is part of The Fête Companies, a group of wedding businesses dedicated to redefining the modern wedding.
The stunning photography was captured by Shannon Gray Photography, and the dress was supplied by Kaposy's Bridal Shop. Our gorgeous model was Caroline Miller, wedding coordinator with The Fête Companies.
FLORAL+EVENT DESIGN: Farmhouse Fête
VENUE: Blue Moon Rising
MODEL: Caroline Miller (who is also The Fête Companies/Chanteclaire Farm's Event Coordinator)
DRESS (provided by): Kaposy's
PHOTOGRAPHY: Shannon Gray
For information on Farmhouse Fête's florals and wedding styling services, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 301-750-6790.
With Fête being a mere 35 miles from campus, we see many WVU students and alum planning their weddings. If you're a proud blue and gold wearing, first down chanting, Hail, West Virginia singing Mountaineer fan, here are our top venue choices for hosting your big day.
1. WVU Touchdown Terrace
Our first choice is a no-brainer. For the true football fanatic, Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium is a perfect choice with great views of Mountaineer Field. Many couples choose the stadium as the perfect backdrop for their engagement photos- what better way to highlight your love for each other and WVU football.
2. Erickson Alumni Center
WVU's Erickson Alumni Center was built to mimic the architecture of Woodburn Hall, one of the university's most popular buildings. The Alumni Center is only 400 yards from Mountaineer Field, and has some great views. Ruby Grand Hall is a banquet space that can accommodate up to 400 guests. Mountaineer Courtyard is a gorgeous open square featuring a working outdoor fireplace. This area can be tented and accommodates up to 200 guests.
3. Stonewall Resort
Stonewall Resort is a perfectly blended combination of the gorgeous natural beauty that is West Virginia and the convenience and amenities of a four diamond resort. Located in Roanoke, WV, Stonewall has picturesque lake and mountain views, and several different venue options. The Grand Hall is a popular ceremony space, with stunning architecture and large windows. During warmer months, the Terrace Lawn has a great lake view, and can be tented. For those wanting a more traditional feel, Stonewall also has a Ballroom option. There are several smaller rooms and patios for more intimate events, and the Little Sorrell Cruise Boat is great for smaller parties and cocktail receptions. We're a big fan of the fact that the Resort has everything in one location: great restaurants and lounges, activities such as swimming and golf, and room blocks so guests don't have to worry about travel.
4. Cooper's Rock
Many a WVU student has taken a break from their studies to visit nearby Cooper's Rock. The breathtaking views are perfect for clearing your mind and calming your soul, and are the ideal backdrop for couples looking for an intimate ceremony. A true Mountaineer has an adventurous spirit, and this venue will certainly convey that. Make sure your guests understand that the terrain can be a bit rocky, and encourage comfortable shoes. If everyone in your party is willing to venture out to the overlook, the backdrop for your "I Dos" will be one they never forget.
5. Chanteclaire Farm
Although technically in Maryland, Chanteclaire Farm is a popular spot for WVU couples to say "I Do". Chanteclaire is located a short half hour trip down I-68, but will convince your guests that the hills of West Virginia have merged with a European farm estate. Unlike any of the other venues on our list, Chanteclaire focuses exclusively on weddings, and they have perfected the art of wedding planning. Guests will be wowed by the gorgeous views, eclectic decor, and barn reception which manages to be both quaint and chic. The renovated silo was transformed into a steampunk themed bar, which is always a guest favorite. Mountaineers will identify with the farm's appreciation of their history- the cabin and farmhouse available for bridal parties are historic buildings that have been lovingly restored. Owner Leigh Clarke tells us that Country Roads is the most often requested last dance at a Chanteclaire reception.
Interested in having Farmhouse Fete style your big affair? Give us a call at 301-750-6790, or email email@example.com.
Fête recently had the honor of styling the McHenry Lodge for Wisp Resort's 2016 Wedding Showcase.
At our vendor booth, we showed off one of our rentable arbor options, dripping with greenery and blooms. We featured some of our clients' favorite products: the flask tie and flask scarf (big hits for bachelor and bachelorette gifts), the girly go- garter, and our preppy selection of bow ties and pocket squares. Sitting in front, we featured our rentable chivari chairs in gold and white.
We always get excited for an opportunity to get creative with our floral design, and decided to focus on creating a range of options, each using some truly unique and beautiful blooms. Parrot tulips, ranunculus, anemones, pink astilbe and lush greenery were flown in from Italy and Holland. We chose runners in subtle blush tones to set the mood for each chic look. The variety of centerpiece options were brought together with our telescoping table number holders, and a selection of some of our favorite votives.
We recently found ourselves at Wisp Resort styling their three event venues and thinking about how to optimize the unique personality of each space. You are probably familiar with the Wisp as Deep Creek’s ski resort and golf haven. Here we’ll give you an overview of Wisp as a wedding and event venue, along with our vision of each reception location.
There are three reception sites available: McHenry Lodge, the Wedding Tent, and the Yurts. Couples can marry, dine, and dance in these spaces, although most choose to say their I Dos on top of the mountain with views of the lake below.
All three venues have access to:
- Large on-site hotel for guest accommodations
- Restaurants and activities (golf, ski, mountain coaster, skating rink, etc)
- Grand entrance up the mountain on the ski lift (additional fee may apply)
- Katie and Jessica, Wisp Resort's Wedding and Social Specialist and Wedding Coordinator. These ladies are great to work with, always answering our questions promptly and helping us create a great experience for our clients.
- Wisp Resort provides all of the catering and alcohol for events on their property.
- Cakes and cookies may be brought in for events, but a cutting fee may apply.
- No open flames may be used in the Wedding Tent due to fire code regulations.
- Room blocks of 10 or more are eligible for special discounted rates.
McHenry Lodge is a large multi-purpose space located in the main resort building. The room is used frequently throughout the year for meetings, business dinners, and to accommodate skiers, so it is designed to be more durable than elegant. Here at Fête, we know just how to jazz the space up, and play up the unique and interesting aspects of the room, so the more commercial attributes seem to fade away. Our favorite design aspects: the large window in the front of the room looking out to the slopes, and the industrial beams that crisscross the high ceiling. Be aware that this is likely the least private of the spaces available, as other guests of the resort also use the main building. Wisp provides large black curtains to add privacy to your event.
One of the primary strengths of the room-it's size- can also be a challenge. The Lodge can accommodate even the largest of guest lists, but may seem like a dauntingly large space to decorate. Clients who have chosen this space have taken advantage of our large rentable pieces to bring structure to the room, making it feel more intimate. The Lodge provides a great opportunity for guests to customize the space to suit their needs and tastes. Many seem to agree that the addition of our rentable chair covers can make a huge difference in the feel of the room.
The Lodge has the ability to be dressed up for a formal affair, or decorated more casually if you prefer.
Clients who choose the Lodge generally have large guest counts, or are drawn to the beauty of the view of the slopes from the large windows. Most are willing to get creative with decor in order to bring the space to life.
Mountain Mist Tent
The wedding tent is a new addition to Wisp Resort, having only been open since 2015. It is located off to the side of the hotel, where few passers-by would interrupt. The tent has windows looking toward the slopes and the golf course. There is also a covered entry that we love decorating for events. The large white tent is air-conditioned, which keeps it comfortable during the warm summer months. Our favorite design aspect: the hanging chandeliers against the draped white ceiling.
Of all the venue options Wisp has to offer, the tent is the most traditional space. The large white space provides a literal blank canvas for couples in choosing their wedding decor.
This location tends to appeal to clients who want their event to feel elegant and sophisticated. While the word tent may conjure more casual visions, one look at the space will convince you it is perfect for a black-tie affair. The Wedding Tent is the most traditionally formal venue space at Wisp Resort.
Clients are drawn to the tent for the gorgeous views, both inside and out. It's a perfect choice for those wanting a formal and traditional feel for their big day.
Sundown Yurt Village
Here at Fête, the concept of a Yurt was new to us with Wisp's introduction of this venue option. A Yurt was traditionally a portable, round tent used by Nomads in Central Asia. Ski resorts have adopted the design style across the country. The Wisp has three connected Yurts that they use for weddings. Our favorite design aspect: the circular room with high ceilings featuring a skylight. We love the idea of progressing through the connected buildings, from cocktails, to dinner, to dancing. Keep in mind that the yurts are the smallest of the venue options, and may not work for clients with large guest counts.
The wooden trellis surrounding the room is a traditional design feature of a Yurt, and makes it a choice for couples wanting a rustic garden feel for their wedding. There are several distinctive touches in the room’s decor, but it is not so stylized as to limit options for styling your event.
The Yurts put you in the mind of the ideal Sunday brunch location. The smaller size can create a more intimate feel for the event. The trellis, skylight, and fixtures create a space that is attractive, but not black-tie formal.
If glamping is your ideal vacation, the Yurts are the choice for you. The circular shape and trellised walls create a trendy and unique space for couples truly looking "outside the box" for their event.
If you are interested in hosting your wedding or event at Wisp, please contact Katie at 301-387-4000. If you’re interested in having Farmhouse Fete provide your floral design or style the space, contact us at 301-750-6790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the Lavender Farm opened a few years ago, we were instantly intrigued with the idea of using local products, such as their soaps and sachets, as wedding favors. After visiting this season, we understand why clients would love it as a venue.
The Lavender Farm is quite small, so it’s appropriate for intimate weddings, bridal teas, or luncheons. The growing season for lavender is short, so if you are wanting to catch the bushes in full bloom, plan to schedule your event mid-June into July.
- Lovely view
- On-site restrooms
- Facility tours available
- Gift shop with homemade products
- Lavender-themed snacks and drinks, such as lavender lemonade and lavender chicken salad.
Outdoor locations, especially ones with this lovely of a view, are always fun for us here at Fete. We love creating a beautiful and purposeful space for your event in the great outdoors. Using our larger rentable pieces, we can bring the structure and flow of an indoor space into the beauty of the lavender fields.
Decor is the key to determining formality in this space. While an outdoor venue will never be black-tie formal, the decor you chose can be used to give the space a rustic feel or a more elegant tone.
The ideal client for the lavender farm would be looking for a place to host a small, intimate event in a unique setting that is elegant yet simple. Clients should be willing to devote a portion of their budget to providing the tables, chairs, and decorations necessary to turn the outdoor space into an event venue.
For more information about Deep Creek Lavender Farm, contact Ann at 240-608-8282 or email@example.com. If you’re interested in having Farmhouse Fete provide the floral design or styling for your event please contact us at 301-750-6790 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gorgeous chair covers don't have to break your budget. Use our elegant rentable options to really wow with your sweetheart table. Choose a more economical option for guest tables.
Layering black, white, and striped layers brings richness and depth to your guest tables..
The gorgeous chandeliers create an elegant atmosphere.
We'd like to thank Jessica Fike Photography and Wisp Resort for their assistance with this shoot. As you can see, Wisp's wedding tent is a literal blank canvas, so contact us today to paint your own gorgeous event there. For information on events at Wisp Resort, please contact Katie Morris at 301-387-4000. To book Farmhouse Fête for floral or event styling, contact us at email@example.com or 301-750-6790.
This month in Fête Vetted, we take a closer look at one of the most charming wedding venues in the Deep Creek area, Chanteclaire Farm.
Chanteclaire Farm brings the casual elegance of the French countryside to an authenticly beautiful American farm. Couples love the outdoor ceremony setting, and the barn reception that is anything but rustic. One thing we hear over and over from clients is how stress free their Chanteclaire Farm weddings have been. The Farm focuses exclusively on weddings, so the care they put into planning and executing is second to none.
- Private location on 100 acres
- Outdoor Ceremony Location
- “Plan B” Covered Ceremony Location
- Onsite farmhouse and cabin available for rent
- Experienced DJs and Emcees to coordinate the day’s schedule
- Food and cake prepared onsite
- Parking for 80+ vehicles
- 4 finished bathrooms
- Bonfire "After Party"
Chanteclaire Farm has been designed and styled for elegant country weddings. Clients can personalize the space through floral design and tablescapes, but the majority of the decoration has been thoughtfully prepared by the venue. The reception space features chivari chairs, chandelier lighting, and antique relics hanging from the walls. There is natural greenery and fairy lighting draped the length of the room, creating an incredibly romantic effect when the chandeliers are dimmed. A red canoe serves as the salad bar, and the buffet is made from reclaimed barn wood. The hardwood floors are gorgeous, so you'll have none of the typical barn worries about stability or splinters. And unlike barns that are not fully dedicated to weddings, you won't see a bird, bat, or mouse.
Despite the barn setting, a wedding at Chanteclaire Farm is far from casual. Guests in shorts and flip flops would be seriously out of place, but we wouldn't recommend full black tie either. The best looks at Chanteclaire are going to be hip, stylish takes on the tuxedo or a sharp navy or tan suit. Female guests be advised that the ceremony takes place on grass, so stilettos are not recommended. Need some inspiration for making style choices? Look to the steampunk inspired Silo Bar, whose construction was featured on Renovation Wild on Animal Planet.
Chanteclaire Farm is far from a rent-a-venue. Clients should expect a great deal of attention to detail from staff in both the planning and execution of their big day. Because the farm only hosts weddings, it is the perfect venue for clients wanting a stress-free experience.
The Chanteclaire team takes pride in their knowledge of event flow and timing, and have turned wedding execution into something of a science. They will certainly let you know if they think your ideas would disrupt or diminish the perfect guest experience. If you feel the need to control every process and item of decor, this will not be the venue for you.
Chanteclaire provides all food for their weddings, including the cakes. Meals are served as a buffet, where the staff makes each plate as the guest walks through. Clients can provide their own alcoholic beverages. No open flames are permitted inside the venue. Clients are free to use decor items from the farm’s sizeable storage room.