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We are using Chamard Vineyards as our Ceremony reception location (We are having our ceremony and full reception on different days). The ceremony will have around 20 people, and Chamard is the perfect place. The wine cellar is a secluded room that is wonderfully decorated with a rustic feel, old wine bottles, tables made from reclaimed wood, family style meal, stone walls. It doesn't need any additional decorations (which is awesome! one less thing to do). Their menu is amazing, local farm raised products. They are very flexible and helped us stay within budget, but get everything we wanted. We will also have a tasting and short history of the Vineyard during the dinner (per our request). We can bring our own music on an mp3 player, and hook it up...some smooth jazz for the evening will fit the ambiance. It was easy to book the room, we had a visit with the event coordinator, Alexis, who showed us the room, it was too dark to see the vineyard, but it's really nice as I had been there before. We only wanted our reception dinner there, but everyone knows, an October wedding in New England can bring...100 degrees and humid, a torrential down poor or a snow storm. Chamard is very accommodating and said that if the beach doesn't work out (for what ever reason) we are welcome to just move everyone there!
Chamard Vineyard (and its events coordinator, Alexis) did a phenomenal job with our rehearsal dinner! We rented out the barn area which was perfect and secluded from the restaurant and tasting room (and the barn has its own bathroom). It overlooks the vineyard and pond/fountain and made for amazing photos as the sun set. Not to mention that the food is amazing- thanks Chef Matt! There are some different options and prices to choose from and everything is delicious. After dinner we invited other guests to come and join and Alexis and her staff built us bonfires at dusk which made the night very romantic and cozy. Lots of charm, great food & wine, courteous staff, and relaxing atmosphere.
Sour Grapes! Save yourself the trouble, ladies.
Chamard Vineyard was our choice for wedding venue. We went for a tour and tasting, loved the wine cellar, and booked immediately. Three months before our wedding there was a shady change of personel (of which we were never notified) and suddenly the director of sales, Bridget, decided that the contract and written word from the previous events coordinator didn't stand. The vineyard decided to open a "bistro" in the middle of the building we had privately rented for our event, and then said we could no longer use the catering kitchen that we were promised. After spending two months researching and booking our caterer, photographer, florist, officiant, buying invitations, etc, we had to start from scratch. They more or less threw our deposit back into our faces and told us they were not going to budge on our wedding day, even though we had been promised a private event in the estate winery building. The management is rude, dishonorable, wouldn't respond to either my or my father's phone calls, and clearly has a different definition of what it means to conduct themselves professionally. I even received a personal email from the general manager, Jeff Vernon, saying that despite their behavior, they gave back our deposit so we should feel that was sufficient. Anyone planning a wedding here should run the other way. I'm appalled by their behavior towards my family and myself.
Don't patronize a business such as this.