Brides and Grooms come to Chanteclaire from the Washington DC, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh areas. They typically know the area, vacationing at the nearby Deep Creek Lake or WISP resort areas.
The first thing most brides notice is the lane of oak trees that leads from the main road into the farm. Brides often arrive at the wedding by horse-drawn carriage, being pulled under the arch of trees the way people must have done in the 1800's.
The most important part of a Chanteclaire Farm wedding is just outside. A stone pathway meanders under a flowered archways to a trellis covered deck where the ceremony takes place. Rows of white chairs extend from either side of the path with perfect views of the ceremony, the pond, and the barn.
When the party winds down and the guests get ready to leave, the newly married bride and groom walk by candlelight to the Honeymoon Cabin. Here, they spend their first night as man & wife. There is symmetry in the fact that the couple starts their married life in a place with so much history.
We like to think that it's good luck -- beginning married life in such an old place. We hope that couples will return to this cabin throughout the years to relive the magic of their wedding.