Our wedding and special events manager, Jill Fahey, created several elopement packages in 2007 because of the number of inquiries we received about elopements at our historic country inn and spa.
Lori Nittoli and Bill McCambley of Elmwood Park, NJ, were the first to take advantage of an elopement package in November 2007.
“We got engaged in June and began planning, but we found we didn’t want to deal with the stress, the pressure, the trying to satisfy everybody else’s needs but our own. It was as if we were planning a party for everyone else, and not planning a wedding for us,” said Lori, 37, a sixth-grade teacher. So we decided that we were going to change direction and plan a wedding just for us.”
She saw our brochure and loved the look of the inn and its grounds, made contact and found her needs were well understood and easily met.
“We [she and fiancé, Bill, 32, who owns a personal training studio] visited the property, selected Justice of the Peace Marie Gravell from a list provided by the inn, and a Boston photographer,” said Lori. “I had a photo of a bouquet I cut out of a magazine and had the inn give it to their house florist. I ordered the dress – it was actually a bridesmaid’s dress in champagne – and the veil, and they put a rush on it. Everything was done in five months.” Jill became “our family,” Lori said. “She was great!”
The elopement package included a 90-minute private Swedish massage for bride and groom, a private suite for one night, a wedding ceremony site – Lori and Bill chose the private dining room, in front of a roaring fire – a gourmet four-course dinner for two in Kensington’s restaurant and a petite, two-layer wedding cake.
“When we went back to our suite, the floor was covered in rose petals from the door to the bed, leading to a tray of chocolate-dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Iron Horse Sparkling Wine. They had robes for us embroidered with “Bride” and “Groom” and a gift from the Boutique. Plus breakfast the next day.”
How does she feel looking back on their experience?
“There are not enough adjectives to describe how wonderful it was,” she said. And that’s the kind of answer we in the tourism industry like to hear.
If you are intetested in learning more about our elopement packages, please call us at 860.886.2401 or visit www.thespaatnorwichinn.com.
John G. O’Shaughnessy
The Spa at Norwich Inn