Much like the first dance as a couple, a wedding as a whole should be perfectly choreographed. No one should have to think about a thing and nowhere coordinates these precious events more seamlessly than the Distinct Hospitality Group, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Under the nurturing eye of Rachel Brand, the highly experienced Maître D’ to Sales, couples are guided through all the steps necessary for a perfect day. From the first planning meeting to the final send off, Brand and the events team anticipate every need. Brand maintains a high level of involvement with each step of the event.
Brand says, “I have helped planned multiple events from 1st birthdays to complex weddings. The events staff has worked together for many years. Our goal is to create an event that suits every individuals vision.
“I want to give my clients everything they could desire, and that starts with listening closely as they discuss their dream event. We are not bound by a brochure. There is no pre-packaging because we focus on being sensitive to all traditions.”
Her years of event planning have given Brand the experience to ensure that everyone is well cared for, even to the point of providing a private room for some “breathing space” for the couple as their guests move seamlessly from ceremony, to cocktails, to dinner. “After all, the couple wants to enjoy the day as much as the guests,” she points out. Her entire team is unruffled and smoothly orchestrated.
Recently renovated, the lush garden setting for the ceremony and the cozy cocktail area are alive with greenery and warm wood touches. The tone is refined but comfortable. The area is designed to take advantage of nature while providing cover if there is a sprinkle. Along with an inviting fire pit, putting green, and indoor heated pool, this venue is sure to please. Consequently, Hilton Garden Inn can be booked for any time of year. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast and dinner and the upper patio/ fire pit area is also open unless booked by a private event.
Moving into the formal dining room is like entering your own intimate dining setting. The finely coffered ceiling and paneling sets the stage for inviting tables set with fine china and glassware. The use of oval tables enhances intimacy and conversation. The ballroom can accommodate parties as large as 200, with ample room for entertainment or a live band. The ballroom can even be split into three smaller spaces for meetings.
The kitchen and beverage service are expertly overseen by the Director of food and beverage John Goeke, who is also a trained executive chef. All the teams, from the front of the house to the vital but unseen housekeeping staff, work collaboratively toward the same goal of a worry-free day.
The Hilton Garden Inn is but one of three properties that are available for accommodations, depending on a party’s needs. The hotel offers a welcome reception, rehearsal dinner, and/or a private send-off breakfast.
Each event, wedding or otherwise, is conducted with consistent fluidity and grace. Guests are personally greeted and welcomed to the venue. Brand emphasizes, “Our services are all inclusive. Nothing is left to chance because our experience has taught us to anticipate needs. At the end of the night, our guests get to take the elevator ‘home,’ still drifting in time to the precise choreography of the perfect day.”
Hamilton Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Route 130 South, Hamilton. 609-585-6789. www.hgievents.com.