Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Beautiful Bride at the Eolia Mansion in CT

The Eolia Mansion
ford CT

This is actually the second post on a wedding venue in a row. I am not forgetting about makeup, it is just I love nothing more then to write on things that inspire me. In my travels as a Makeup Artist working on brides I am blessed with the fabulous opportunity to come across some pretty neat places. This is another much talked about Venue in Waterford, CT in Harkness State Park.

Right of the back this place reminded me of one of the Newport Mansions. You don't expect the view in the back to be so amazing but when you see it, it takes your breath away. I am definitely not a photographer and these few pictures do this place NO justice. This mansion sits on over 230 acres of lavish green lawns and has 42 rooms. Overlooking the ocean and adorned with beautiful and lavish gardens that change with the seasons. To think that at some point this belonged to someone as their home is astounding. I long for the day I can wake up in a place like this!! Even if it just on vacation!

When it comes to weddings, you can choose where to exchange your vows. Whether it be in the Pergola and covered Tea Room with views of the award winning Italian Gardens and beautiful ocean views or you may choose the Sea Side Amphitheater which is surrounded by all of the beauty of nature. Either way you cannot go wrong as both provide breathtaking views!

The history of this home dates back to 1906 when it was built and the purchased in 1907 by Edward and Mary Harkness to be used as there summer home. "Eolia" was named after the island home of the Greek god of winds. Edward was heir to a fortune of his father's investments in John D. Rockefellers Standard Oil. He also gave many charitable gifts in his time and was a noted philanthropist. The mansion was left to the State of Connecticut in 1950 and became a part of the State Park System in 1952.

Whether you are planning the day of your dreams or just simply a history buff looking to explore the grounds, Eolia should be on your "To-Do" list. At the very least, simply pack a lunch and enjoy the park!

You can check out the website down below for months of availability or to check out the information on mansion tours.


Friday, September 3, 2010

A Winvian Wedding

As a Professional Makeup Artist, a good portion of my business is comprised of doing makeup for weddings. In my travels I sometimes I come upon a place that captures my attention. This was the case with one of my recent weddings I had the honor to be a part of.

Before going to the wedding I had done some research on the location as I do from time to time. When I had arrived on this site I knew it was quite different! I had actually seen this resort on t.v. at one point. Once I realized where I would be going I was beyond thrilled and couldn't wait to arrive! That was if I could find it! One of the wonderful things about this resort is how secluded it is. It is tucked away in the Litchfield hills. What a wonderful place if you are planning and event of any kind or just looking for some much needed R & R. Upon entering I had to receive clearance to get in. Did I mention privacy?? If you don't have a good reason to get into the place...you won't! So if privacy and seclusion is what you are looking for you have certainly found it. Speaking of privacy the grounds were being set up for the ceremony which was so enchanting. One of the ceremony locations offered today was a short walk through a small field that opened up to a pond surrounded by nothing but the resort and nature at it's best. It was simply beautiful and straight out of someones imagination. Elegant, charming and enchanting!

One of the other really cool things that makes this place really shine are the unique themed cottages that adorn the property. Each cottage comes with two bicycles for your use. When I pulled up to the cottage I was going to I saw these two bicycles on the patio and it evoked feelings of vacation, relaxation and operating at a whole different pace of life, it was charming and quaint to say the least. I wanted to roll up my pant legs and run through the grass carefree and able to unwind with nothing on the agenda but simply whatever I pleased. Upon the 113 acres of lush greens you will find the 18 uniquely themed cottages crafted by many architects. I promise you this place is like no other! There is a main building and a spa for you to unwind and indulge your senses!

Some of the cottages you will find on the property are The Treehouse, Helicopter Cottage, Golf cottage, Stone Cottage, The Log Cabin and many more. Some cottages are also dog friendly should you not want to leave your best friend at home! they have taken it all into consideration. Whatever your pleasure you are sure to find a cottage that will far exceed your imagination. Entertaining all the senses. Complimentary for your use you will find muck boots and wet weather gear, Games Room, Fitness Equipment, Playground, snowshoes, bikes and concierge service. Should you decide to go off site they offer Mercedes Benz for your use.

If you are adventurous and find yourself the type that wants to explore, no worries they accommodate that too! Once you are done exploring your cottage of choice there are many activities to find yourself able to enjoy! Winvian offers many things to tickle your fancy. whether it be hiking, biking or snow shoeing. Also nearby you can find activities such as Hot Air Ballooning, Fly Fishing, Glass Blowing, Kayaking, Horseback riding and more. The opportunities are endless.

Winvian may be private and secluded but you wont have a hard time finding them in the press. They have been featured in over fifty publications which include but are not limited to Conde Nast Traveler,National Geographic Traveler, New York Post, LA Times, British Vogue, Instyle..just to name a few.

Whether you intend to have a meeting or are planning your wedding the Winvian is Connecticut's hidden treasure! Check out their website for more information at www.winvian.com! Be sure to check out all the cottages. Sit back relax and enjoy the view!

Professional Photographs by Angela Hanlon of Hanlon Photography, check out some of her great work at www.HanlonPhotography.com. You can also see some of her work on my website at www.AndreaMarano.com. Thanks for reading! Feedback is always welcomed!!