Fête Vetted

Wisp Resort

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.

Amenities

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.  

 

POLICIES

  • 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

 Photocredit: Shannon Gray

Photocredit: Shannon Gray

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.

Style

 

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.

Formality

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The Lodge has the ability to be dressed up for a formal affair, or decorated more casually if you prefer.   

Ideal Client

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

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike Photography

Photocredit: Jessica Fike Photography

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.  

Style

 

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.

Formality

 

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.

Ideal Client

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

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike Photography

Photocredit: Jessica Fike Photography

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.

Style

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.

Formality

 

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.

Ideal Client

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 info@farmhousefete.com.


Deep Creek Lavender Farm

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike Photography

Photocredit: Jessica Fike Photography

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.

Amenities

  • 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.

Style

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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.

 

Formality

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.

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike Photography

Photocredit: Jessica Fike Photography

Ideal Client

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 deepcreeklavender@gmail.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 info@farmhousefete.com

 

Chanteclaire Farm

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.

 Photocredit: Mountain Soul Media

Photocredit: Mountain Soul Media

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.

 Photocredit: Joyeuse Photography

Photocredit: Joyeuse Photography

Amenities:

  • 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"
 Photocredit: Chad Heller

Photocredit: Chad Heller

Style

 

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.

 Photocredit: Cassidy Duhon Photography

Photocredit: Cassidy Duhon Photography

Formality

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.

 Photocredit: Vision Quest Studios

Photocredit: Vision Quest Studios

Ideal Client

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.  

 Photocredit: Karlo Photography

Photocredit: Karlo Photography

Policies

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.

 Photocredit: Amanda Ivy

Photocredit: Amanda Ivy

 

If you're interested in hosting your wedding at Chanteclaire Farm, please contact Ann at info@chanteclairefarm.com.  If you're interested in having Farmhouse Fête provide your floral design or tablescaping, please contact us at 301-750-6790 or info@farmhousefete.com.