Designing a Dream: One Couple's Pro Tips for Tying the Knot

 

Planning a wedding. The mere utterance of those words, whether internally or aloud, is enough to drive your heart rate up. There are so many elements to consider, contemplate, and decide on. Choosing a venue should be one of the initial decisions, and one that will drive many others - including ceremony, florals/decor, photographs, accommodations, and more. The venue should be a vehicle for your theme, and help to illustrate your love story throughout your wedding.

Last August, Elana and Ryan were married at Airlie, and when the photo gallery came back, our team reacted with a collective jaw drop. Stunning doesn't begin to describe it. So we thought, why not ask them to describe it? Read on for an insider's view of planning and hosting a wedding, and how their vision drove their decisions - there are some great insights you will want for yourself!

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Airlie's Formal Gardens: A Historical Treasure

 

When I set out to write this blog, the idea was to focus on Boxwood care. After a little bit of research, I was able to find a digitized copy (thanks Google!) of House & Garden Magazine from 1907 which featured Airlie... and down the rabbit hole of history I went. I was entranced by the fact that what started as Harry Connelly Groome's private residence has now evolved into a beautiful, thriving property for so many to enjoy. Can you imagine Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. walking through the Boxwood hedges while working on 'I Have a Dream,' or Senator Gaylord Nelson taking a stroll after presenting the initial concept of Earth Day?

And for so many couples, it has served as their path to the altar - full of emotion, joy, and love. Oh, if those stems could talk. But I digress - and quote the great Lewis Carroll, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" So history it is, with a few tips for all the Boxwood owners out there. Read on to learn more about the past, present, and future of Airlie's treasured landscape - the formal gardens.

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Working the Fun Factor: Company Picnic 101

 

We’ve talked a lot about team building and the importance of bonding activities in an off-site meeting. However, we see the company picnic as an essential element which is simply about fun. While the annual holiday party is a celebration of the company, the annual picnic is a celebration of the employee; a thank you for the continued hard work and effort put forth each and every day. As such, there are a variety of ways to plan and execute a successful event for your team.

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Raising the Bar at Harry’s: Taylor Malinowski pours creativity into every cocktail she serves

Like an artist in her studio, Taylor Malinowski is in her element behind the bar, where she loves to create flavorful compositions. Taylor’s palette of ingredients includes much of what you’d expect — rum, vodka, grenadine, etc. — but also some less expected choices. 

“I’d love to get my hands on some fresh lavender, or hibiscus,” she said. “There’s so much I can do with those two ingredients.”

Fortunately, spring is just around the corner and she’ll soon have a wide variety of herbs and other ingedients from Airlie’s organic garden to choose from. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Read on to learn more about Taylor.

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Stephanie Dee turns her passions for photography, travel and weddings into a rewarding career

There has hardly been a period of Stephanie Dee’s life not spent behind the lens of a camera. Starting out with disposable cameras in elementary school, photography developed into more than just a creative outlet for her, it became a passion. She also discovered a passion for travel. And a love for weddings. So it’s only natural she ended up starting a wedding photography business. And, with 136 weddings under her belt so far, a very busy wedding photography business at that.

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2018 Meeting Trend Report

 

2018 is well underway and we are in the midst of assisting planners with their upcoming off-site meetings at Airlie. This process always invites reflection and thought regarding how the impetus has changed in both the short and long term. What are the long-term reasons for hosting an off-site? What program elements are planners focusing on? How has the global climate affected the planning focus or concerns of the organization? Read on to learn more about the trends and themes we're seeing through the eyes of our planners. 

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Quaid Coxsey: wedding and event planner, style guru, equestrian enthusiast

Coco Chanel once said: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Enter Quaid Coxsey, Airlie wedding and event planner extraordinaire, and (if we do say so ourselves) the perfect combination of style, sophistication and sass. While consistently abreast of what’s trending, Quaid’s keen sense of time-honored, classic style is a bonus for both our wedding couples and event hosts alike. His prior experience in both the equestrian and floral industries left him with exceptional time management skills, diligence, and process. The result? A distinct and personalized experience for our clients. Read on to learn more about Quaid.

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2018 wedding trends embrace bold florals, natural elements, donuts, Instagram-worthy table decor, and more.

 
It's engagement season and we know all of the newly betrothed are pinning, favoriting, and following to collect ideas while planning for their big day. In 2017, Airlie hosted over 70 weddings, and we're currently in the midst of planning many more with our 2018 (and 2019!) couples. You could say we've got the inside scoop on what to expect in the trend department, and even what's on the way out. Read on to learn more. 

 

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Harry’s celebrates the holidays with the 12 Cocktails of Christmas

This holiday, we’re celebrating big! In addition to this being our favorite time of year, our new restaurant, Harry’s, is now open daily. In traditional “go big” Airlie fashion, we’ve created 12 festive cocktails to serve — in progression — at Harry’s throughout the month of December. You can either plan ahead for your visit according to the list below, or just stop by and ask your server or bartender about the holiday cocktail of the day.

If you can’t make it to Harry’s this month, not to worry. We’ve included all of the recipes below. Try them out, mix a few for friends and family, and be sure to share your insta-worthy pictures with us on facebook, twitter, and instagram @airlieva. From all of us at Airlie, we wish you a joyful holiday season. Cheers!

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Rosanna Smith squirrels away vintage furniture and decor to create beautiful vignettes at weddings and events

As a child, Rosanna Smith figured she would grow up to be a businesswoman. And she did. But she had no clue her business would involve styling vignettes with vintage furniture and decor for weddings and events. Of course, her business Bella Villa Antiques & Vintage Rentals is much more complicated than styling events. She’s also busy responding to inquiries, drafting proposals, meeting with clients, coordinating deliveries, managing inventory, and many other tasks. 

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