Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
This past weekend I had an incredible time in the mountains. My first stop was the nearly new Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon for Megan & Jamil's wedding. I was excited to stay at and do a wedding with the Westin because it was completed this year and is a LEED certified hotel - it was built green and has over 300 initiatives in place to operate green. Not only does the hotel provide wonderful services, but it does so in an environmentally friendly atmosphere!
Megan & Jamil chose the Westin because of it's green initiatives and made an effort to imprint green and sustainable pieces throughout their wedding weekend - from the handmade coat hanger chandeliers, to the organic and locally grown flowers for the bouquets and centerpieces, and the bio-dynamic wines chosen for their reception. They had a lovely fall day for their outdoor ceremony on a private ranch, and the Westin staff provided excellent food and service for their reception later that evening.
The next day, my husband Brandon joined me and we headed over for a one-year anniversary visit to the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch. You might remember my past blog post from earlier this year when I met with the catering & sales staff at the Ritz. A few of the members of the staff have moved on to other Ritz properties since then and I wanted to re-acquaint the Ritz Carlton staff with Calluna Events. As I've mentioned before, everything about the Ritz Carlton exudes elegance, luxury and comfort and the service is impeccable! We spent the day hiking around the hotel and then spending a few hours in the spa. :) We ended our evening with a scrumptious dinner at Spago - their own restaurant on property.
Our hostess, Karen Conklin spent the next morning with me. We talked about weddings at the Ritz and the services they provide for their clients that sets them apart. In the summer, the mountain backdrop creates an incredible view for a wedding ceremony. In fact, there are several places on the property to hold outdoor ceremonies. The entire property is stunning! The ballroom, the cocktail space, the guest rooms....everything. Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is definitely a notch above other properties in the area and it's their service and attention to detail that sets them apart from other properties. I am thrilled to recommend this wedding venue I'm looking forward to working with them...hopefully in the near future.