Kaitlin and Freddy came to Wisp Resort knowing exactly what they wanted for their wedding: a huge celebration of love in an elegant, classic style. With a Mountain Top ceremony, dinner and dancing in the McHenry Lodge, and help from the Wisp Staff and some incredible vendors, they achieved just that.
Kaitlin and Freddy met during their freshmen years of college at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and were engaged in December of 2014. The bride grew up spending summers at Deep Creek Lake, as her grandfather has a cottage on the lake. She always dreamed of getting married at the lake, but never thought it would be an option. In July of 2016 her dream came true at Wisp Resort.
The couple chose to say their vows at Wisp Resort’s Mountain Top and celebrate with a reception at the McHenry Lodge. The magical ceremony was kicked off by a surprise horse-drawn carriage for Kaitlin! The parents of the bride surprised their daughter with the ride just moments before Kaitlin was to make her grand entrance. The processional was made even more unforgettable when the bride and groom’s boxers, Ralph and Reba, made their way down the aisle.
When the ceremony came to an end, the newlyweds making their way back down the aisle to Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.,” the guests and wedding party headed down the mountain to the McHenry Lodge, where Joelle of Wedding Elegance by Joelle had created a breathtaking space for the 330 guests to celebrate the couple. The centerpiece of the space: a bejeweled cake-pop cake by Christine of Harvest Moon Bakery.
A cocktail hour in Wispers Bar and outside on the deck at the McHenry Lodge featured the couple’s signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres selections of bacon wrapped scallops, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and tomato bruschetta. The Wisp staff served a buffet dinner of chicken piccata, broiled flounder with crab imperial and roasted round top sirloin before dancing broke out for the rest of the evening.
“When it came down to picking a wedding location it was easy to pick the Wisp. No matter what, either the bride or groom’s families would have to travel. We made an executive decision to have a “mini” destination wedding, so that both families would have to travel and no one’s feelings would be hurt. The Wisp was the first and only place we visited.”
The bride and groom’s families rented homes on the mountain for the wedding weekend, and took advantage of all the Deep Creek Lake area has to offer. They rented a boat and jet skis to get out on the water, and rode the Mountain Coaster and chair lift here at Wisp Resort. The group enjoyed rounds of miniature golf with their guests and raced go-karts. And, of course, a wedding weekend at the Lake would not be complete without a celebration at the local hot spot, Honi-Honi Bar!
Photo/Video: Adliv Collective / Cake: Christine Lewis or Harvest Moon Catering / Florist, Decorator & Planner: Joelle Hadix of Wedding Elegance by Joelle / HMU: The Lake Salon / Attire: Kleinfeld Bridal; Miller’s Tuxedo Rentals & Sales / Transportation: Red Carpet Limousine; Pleasant Valley Dream Rides (Horse & Carriage) / Jeweler: Kranich’s JewelersLast Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Annemarie and Adam came to Wisp Resort seeking the perfect place to host a wedding celebration with a “light, garden party feel with lots of flowers.” The couple fell in love with the high, silk-draped ceilings, golf course views, and open, light-filled space of the Mountain Mist Tent. Add in the amenities offered by Wisp Resort and the activities in the Deep Creek Lake area, and they knew this was the place!
The bride and groom both grew up in West Virginia, and were engaged in Morgantown on February 6, 2015. They are “die hard Mountaineer fans,” with a love of summer, travelling and boating. They are also a couple of self-proclaimed food connoisseurs – the Wisp Resort catering staff was all too happy to meet their standards with the delightful selections offered within the Mountain Meadow dinner package.The Wedding
Many couples enjoy making an entire wedding-weekend celebration out of their nuptials when traveling to Wisp Resort and Deep Creek Lake. Annemarie and Adam kicked off their weekend-long celebration with cocktails on the McHenry Lodge Deck and rehearsal dinner in Wispers Bar.
The next day the couple was married at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Oakland, Maryland. Cocktail hour kicked off on the patio of the Mountain Mist Tent as their guests returned to the Resort. Elaborate displays of fresh fruit with Grand Marnier whipped cream and imported and domestic cheeses with crackers were served alongside a variety of other hors d’oeuvres. After a brief respite with their bridal party at their private cocktail hour in the Sundown Village, the newlyweds were introduced into the tent to the cheers of their guests! The party officially got started with toasts to the couple before dinner, and gave way to dancing until midnight. The evening ended with a sparkler send off – guests lined the path from the Tent, as Annemarie and Adam made their way to a get-away golf cart.
The next morning, a farewell brunch, featuring the bride’s favorite Crème Brulee French Toast, was held in the Crawford Room of The Lodge at Wisp.
“An unforgettable moment of the weekend was being introduced as husband and wife into the reception! The staff and everyone we interacted with were always very helpful and accommodating to our needs! Because they loved Wisp Resort so much, we had family and friend that ended up going back for a vacation later that summer!”
The wedding party kept their celebration going all weekend long by renting a boat and enjoying time on Deep Creek Lake. The bride also rode the Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort with her family!
Photographer: Tim Ray Photography / Cake: Mountain Flour Bake r/ Florist: Bella Fiore / HMU: Mandee Kozar with the Beauty Xpert / Attire: Sorelle’s Bridal; Groom and groomsmen attire from Macy’s / Jeweler: Jacqueline’s JewelryLast Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, December 11, 2017
Wisp Resort has always been a special place to Claire’s family, as they have spent many winter weekends skiing the 34 slopes and trails. When she and Adam first began dating, Claire brought him along on a weekend trip. After a summer visit to the Mountain Top, the couple fell in love with the view and knew Wisp Resort was where they’d host their traditional, elegant wedding ceremony and celebration.
Claire and Adam grew up as neighbors in Cumberland, Maryland, located about 45 minutes east of Deep Creek Lake. Together they enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking – Claire even taught Adam how to ski on the slopes here at Wisp Resort! The couple was engaged in December of 2014 during a game night at the bride’s family home.
A classic, Mountain Top ceremony began the evening festivities for the couple, their families and their 170 guests. A violinist played while a Wisp Resort golf cart whisked guests back and forth from the parking area at the Mountain Top, setting a relaxed scene for the start of the event. Directly following the ceremony guests made their way to the Mountain Mist Event Tent patio for a cocktail hour featuring an open bar and the Resort’s signature miniature crab cakes alongside other hors d’oeuvres. The newlyweds were introduced into the Tent to get the party started! After a round of toasts, guests enjoyed a fabulous Mountain Meadow buffet dinner, took photos in Karlo Gesner Photography’s photo booth, indulged in cupcakes from Mountain Flour Bakery, and danced the night away. The couple made sure to take some time to sneak away for a sunset photoshoot on the golf course in front of the Mountain Mist Event Tent.
“Our favorite moment of our wedding was getting to celebrate our special day with all of our family and friends on top of a beautiful mountain with an amazing view. It was truly a special experience that we will never forget.”
The couple held the rehearsal dinner and a morning-after breakfast at the bride’s family’s house on the shores of Deep Creek Lake. Guests of the newlyweds and their families were hosted at the Lodge at Wisp Resort in the couple’s wedding room block.
Photographer: Karlo Gesner Photography Cake: Mountain Flour Bakery Florist: Pharmacare Floral HMU: Madison Reiter, Makeup; Deep Creek Salon, Hair Decorator/Planner: Wisp Wedding Team Rentals: Farmhouse Fete Attire: J&B Bridal; Men’s Warehouse Jeweler: Eddie Greenan Jewelers
Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, December 11, 2017