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 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! 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 You can also see some of her work on my website at Thanks for reading! Feedback is always welcomed!!


  1. Good blog: You should start many more. I love all the info provided. I will stay tuned:)

  2. Thank you Sydney!! Appreciate the love!! I enjoy doing it very much. Right now we are in the middle of moving into a studio and my plan is to pick back up where I left off! Many Blessings!

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