To Whom It May Concern:
This is a wholehearted thank you to Cynthia Nicholson and the staff at Chateau de Challain for making our wedding day and trip as special as it was in July 2007. We know that we speak for all in our group of 23 people when we say that the castle grounds, atmosphere, service and food were nothing short of magical.
The welcome we received upon our arrival to the castle was unlike anything anyone in our group had ever experienced. Our initial concerns about having our wedding in a foreign country, making wire transfers of not only our funds but our guests' funds, and relying on unknown people to make our day special were immediately erased.
All of the rooms in the castle are quite elegant, modern and classy. Every morning we started our day with a delightful breakfast including fresh pastries, croissants, fruit, coffee and juice. Upon arriving at the castle Cynthia welcomed everyone, gave a tour of the castle and showed our guests to their rooms.
Cynthia completely took care of setting up the wine pairings, deciding in which rooms the guests were best suited to stay, the color coordination for the wedding rehearsal dinner and for the wedding dinner. She also assisted us with our transportation needs, which included locating two large vans, driving 30 minutes each way with two staff members to pick up our vans, then returning them at the end of our trip.
Cynthia's attention to detail was superb and our entire stay, especially the wedding day, was perfect. Due to inclement weather, our hopes for an outdoor wedding were dashed the night before. However, Cynthia immediately and effortlessly rearranged the foyer of the castle into a grand ceremony site. We are extremely happy that we had the ceremony inside and now cannot imagine it any other way. All of the flowers and their placement were perfect and made for a romantic location. The bridal and maid of honor bouquets as well as the flowers for the groom and groomsmen were exceptional and unique, designed to fit our desire and style. Cynthia helped us locate and secure a contract with a photographer and videographer for the wedding day. She was also responsible for hiring the bride's hair and makeup artists, both of whom did excellent work.
The delicious menus we chose for the wedding rehearsal dinner and for the wedding dinner were made more exquisite by the castle's chefs than we ever imagined. The table was decorated most beautifully, complete with napkins and decorations that matched our wedding colors. The entire dinner setting proved to be a castle feast fit for a king and queen.
Cynthia's lovely daughter Tabitha served almost exclusively as our private tour guide and friend to all of our guests, but especially bonded with the young people in our group and made everyone feel welcome.
Our five-day stay, and most especially our wedding day, at the Chateau de Challain were superb and breathtaking. We continue to hear from everyone in our group that it was the trip of their lifetime. The only problem was that we had to leave the beautiful castle. We fully and wholeheartedly endorse Cynthia's talents and managerial skills and ability to make any and every event at the Chateau de Challain magical.
With warmest regards,
Patrick and Julie Sheehan