Hello, I’m Mike Evans and I am excited to be assigned the awesome role of observing and writing about things happening in and around Carl House!! As a writer, marketer and musician, I am over-the-top happy to be joining owner BB Webb and the whole Carl House team as their new Marketing Specialist. I hope to share a fresh perspective as I report on all things ‘Carl House’ and other things happening in the wedding industry and beyond!
First impressions are crucial when choosing the location of your big event, and the casually elegant ambiance and over the top attention from the Carl House team, enthralled me from the very start. I was spellbound. So too when visiting my first event, the wedding reception of Ana Bedoya and Tim Ross Jr.
I arrived, like a fly on the way, to witness the wedding party taking pre-ceremony photographs in the pasture behind Carl House. Tonya Douglas and her crew of photographers joked with the wedding party as they captured a magical evening and a sky speckled with perfect stormy clouds. The joy of this evening was felt from the very start. The Carl House team was quick to attend to the wedding party with tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, (including my favorite, bacon wrapped shrimp!) and delicious Coronas.
Onward to the Carl House kitchen with Executive Chef Max Teich and his team detailing the farfalle pasta with garnishes, working next to meticulously complete his work-of-art entrees: a Boston bibb salad bar, roasted portobello mushrooms, grilled asparugus and squash, smoked gouda mac and cheese, and a tantalizing herb encrusted pork loin. A potpourri of spices filled the air, as servers shuffled in and out to replenish their hors d’oeuvre trays. There was energy and excitement in every corner of this bustling kitchen!
Into the spacious Carl House ballroom next, with its tall windows, gorgeous fireplace and curved staircase, perfect for any bride and groom’s entrance! The warm energy and anticipation of food upcoming, dancing later in the evening, was felt as friends and relatives nibbled hors d’oeuvres. I heard guests talking about the beauty of Carl House and the colorful, fragrant gardens. What fun to observe couples having fun trying on hats and taking photos of themselves with friends in the Carl House photo booth, memories they can capture forever!
One of the things I was most impressed with, was how the Carl House team worked to tend to each and every details of the event, smoothly, efficiently and always with a smile. I felt that all the servers, Kelsey the Wedding Director and kitchen team were flexible to help one another, and both bride and groom, Ana and Tim, had not one care in the world. General Manager, Dawn Tibbles seemed to be present in every corner, assuring that things were flowing as needed and that all the team was supported to do their jobs at the highest level. Guests and the wedding party were all relaxed and free to enjoy the celebration while the able Carl House team tended to all the important details of this clearly, carefully planned event! Things moved like clockwork and everyone had time to enjoy each aspect of the celebration!
Guests quickly found their seats as anticipation grew as the ceremony time drew near. The excitement mounted as the wedding party was soon to appear. When the clock struck 7pm on the dot, the indoor wedding ceremony began with the bridesmaids and groomsmen walking out of the gorgeously appointed main hallway inside Carl House, which lead to the ballroom where guests, with heads turned, watched as the festivities begin! DJ Louis of Spectrum Entertainment, MC and musical extraordinaire for the evening, encouraged everyone to rise as Ana and Tim, appeared atop the curved ballroom staircase, bedecked with shimmering lights to highlight their entrance! As if time stopped for a moment, you could hear a pin drop! And then spontaneously, the entire assemblage of guests rose and broke out in applause, with cameras flashing to celebrate the entrance of soon to be, Mr. and Mrs. Ross! A breathtaking moment surely to remember forever. This was truly a magical moment and event for everyone involved, including this newcomer to the world of weddings. I had no idea how beautiful it could be!
I look forward to visiting my next event at Carl House. I love that each event is uniquely designed according to the bride and groom’s interest, passion, vision and desire! How great is that! And thank you to Ana and Tim for providing such a perfect first event for me to witness in person, a the lovely Carl House! May your lives together be filled with love, joy, passion and delight!
Now readers……it’s your turn– Do you have a favorite Carl House memory? I’d love to hear YOUR comments. And, any advice for a newcomer to this amazing Carl House team and weddings in general?? I can’t tell you how happy I am to be reporting for such a spectacular company and to be working with such interesting and passionate clients. I’m better understanding what all the ‘buzz’ is about at Carl House! Please, share your comments with me, below! I’d like to share YOUR memories with our readership!!