As we wrap up the month of February it is important for me to share this blog.
If anyone had told me during those first few months after I started Detailed Engagements that 7 short years later I would be living my dream and working with the best clients & vendors in the world I would have been in awe. I started writing this anniversary blog about 10 times this month. Each time I started I turned the music down in the office and stare at the page. Every time I was overcome with emotion thinking how far I have come and the journey I have taken to get here. Each time I started writing I began thinking about all of the amazing weddings & events throughout these 7 years. This month I have had the pleasure of meeting with 6 potential new interns for Detailed Engagements. Their excitement was contagious and their enthusiasm for this industry that I call home was palpable. We talked about their dreams, their goals and how DE may fit into those. We talked about what I do, where I came from and how I started this business and the journey it has taken to get here today. It seemed fitting that today after these meetings have wrapped that I finish writing this blog and share it with you.
I love what I do. Simply put every day I walk in to my office I feel like I am the luckiest person in the world. Detailed Engagements and my role as the owner and lead wedding & event planner is not simply a job to me- it is my life. My passion. And I am so incredibly lucky and thankful to live my dream each and every day.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am not usually the emotional type but this year is different. Thank you so much to everyone who has believed in me, supported me and allowed myself and Detailed Engagements to be part of your weddings & events throughout the years.Thank you to my friends and family who have been there every step along the way. You all mean more to me than I will ever be able to express but as I celebrate the 7th anniversary for Detailed Engagements I promise you that I will continue to walk into my office every day thankful for what you all allow me to do. Big things are in the works for Detailed Engagements. This 'little' business I started in a spare bedroom in my parent's house 7 years ago with little more than a dream and a won't-quit attitude is taking me places I never dreamt of. I promise to make this year, our 7th year in business, even better than all of the rest. I promise to continue to make each and every client feel like they are part of our DE family.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of you who have trusted in me through the years and chose to work with Detailed Engagements. You have helped to make me who I am today and for that I truly thank you. I have spent a great deal of time this month reflecting on the past 7 years and I have just had a smile on my face thinking of it all. I am one lucky girl and I will never forget that. I have the best job in the world.
Cheers to you my friends!
~Tiffany J. Learned
I was invited to spend the weekend at the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield. NH by their catering manager Ms. Katie Norris and I jumped at the opportunity! My better half and I left work early a few Fridays ago and made the beautiful drive up to the White Mountains to this stunning resort. As soon as we arrived at the beautiful grand entrance a bellhop named Daniel welcomed us and set the tone for all that we were about to experience that weekend! We were quickly checked in and brought to our gorgeous room. We thought it was absolutely stunning with its picturesque views of over 30 mountain tops including Mt. Washington but we later learned that this was actually the bridal suite where the bride usually gets ready on the day of her wedding! It was spacious and a perfect set up for this with its separate sitting area, breakfast nook and large bathroom. Well played MVG! Once we were all settled in we decided to enjoy our first evening at the resort with a cocktail on their sprawling front porch known for its spectacular views of the sunset. And the sunset that evening did not disappoint. It was an absolutely gorgeous view and all I could think about was how stunning a mountain side ceremony at sunset would be at this one-of-a-kind resort. We did a little exploring on Friday evening to see as much as we could. We came across a game room that had a movie theatre across the hall! We saw the outdoor skating rink and an outdoor fire pit. We sat by fire places enjoying their oversized leather chairs and an adult cocktail or two from their in house tavern. If we hadn't already figured it out- this little self guided tour would have told us that the MVG resort was truly special and we were in for a wonderful weekend.
We enjoyed all that this historic resort had to offer while we were there from dining in Harvest Tavern on Friday evening and chatting with Lauren our fabulous bartender to competing in an Ax Throwing competition on Saturday morning before enjoying some time in the pool and sauna. But one of the top experiences we enjoyed was dining in the 1865 Wine Cellar on Saturday night. This was phenomenal! The moment we walked down the stairs and stepped into this impressive setting we knew we were in for a wonderful experience. From the quiet, relaxing setting to our exquisite meals everything was perfection! But our waiter Javar made the night! From his wine knowledge to food suggestions- it was just perfect. We enjoyed our chats with him and ended up having a relaxing meal that lasted over 2 hours! While we were enjoying ourselves down in the Wine Cellar we felt like time had stopped and we were in our own little world. I can't say it enough- it was perfection.
The whole time I was enjoying myself I kept imagining this resort as the perfect setting for a wedding, a large corporate retreat or any event for that matter. What the Mountain View Grand Resort has created is not just a wedding venue or an event space but a feeling and an experience. From the second you and your guests step out of your car and enter up the stair way into the grand entrance you will become lost in the experience and never want to leave. From winter nights roasting marshmellows by the fire the night before your wedding to welcome parties on the veranda on a warm summer evening- this resort has it all. I haven't even mentioned their gorgeous venue spaces yet! With something for every group size, every style and every event- they do not disappoint. If you have not thought about this resort for your wedding or event or even just a weekend away you are truly missing out. This is a NH mountain resort at its finest located in the beautiful White Mountains.
Just writing this is bringing back all of the feels from our trip and is making me want to go back again! Hmmm... when do we have another free weekend?! MVG here we come!
For more information on weddings and event at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa or to book a weekend away for yourself visit:
www.MountainViewGrand.com or email Katie at KNorris@MountainViewGrand.com. Make sure to tell them I sent you ❤
~Tiffany J. Learned
Lead Wedding & Event Planner
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