A Few Words from the Father of the Bride

This little video snippet is from the June 9, 2012 wedding of Sara Hawley and Daniel Graciaa. The ceremony took place in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The reception was held on the lawn of the historic Tippecanoe Place in South Bend, Indiana.  The brides father, Dr. Phil Hawley completely caught me off guard, during his reception toast, when he directed his comments toward me. Here is what he had to say:

Cyndi Basker Rocks! from Keith Anderson Films on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Keith Anderson, Keith Anderson Films for sending this and allowing me to relive this sweet moment.

Bridesmaid Gift Idea for the Notre Dame Bride!

If you are planning to have your wedding on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, we think these flip flops from Ipanema are the perfect bridesmaid gift! Great for them to wear at the reception once the dancing has begun – and long after the wedding is over as well, they will be a great remembrance of the time they spent with you at your wedding at Notre Dame. Featuring a navy blue foot bed, gold straps with kelly green and a blue crystal embellishment, these flip flops are coveted for their comfort, and affordability. Priced at only $20.00, they are a gift that can fit into anyone’s budget.  Available at our sister company – Girly Girl Gifts & Accessories, contact us today to order!

New Event Venue on Notre Dame Campus

There is a brand new reception & event venue on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, for brides and grooms getting married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart! Workmen were putting the finishing touches on Club Naimoli, located inside the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center, when I was invited to tour through it yesterday. Amber, from Catering by Design led me through the event space, which can hold up to 350 guests, including a dance floor! Guests enter the Joyce Center through the newly renovated Gate 10, then ushered up to the event space via elevator. As you step off of the elevator, in front of you is a wall, covered in sapphire blues, with subtle, iconic images of Notre Dame. If need be, there is a coat check available. Walking into the main event space, I was first struck by the windows that overlook the campus, and the light that was streaming in from them. There is comfortable, overstuffed furniture that can be grouped together in various ways to create seating areas or a perhaps a ‘lounge’ area which made the room feel so inviting. State of the art flat panel television screens were mounted in various areas around the room. These can be used to run a slide show, video, or can be simply tuned into the television station of your choice. The space has custom ND themed tables and chairs (see photos), however, if you are planning to host your wedding reception there, this furniture can be removed, and replaced with tables that can host 8 guests, as well as banquet chairs. You can also bring in specialty rental chairs, i.e. chivari ballroom chairs, to compliment your event design.

There are two outside balcony areas, situated on either end of the space, that overlook the campus, providing views to the east, south and west. The space hosts hard wood floors, with gorgeous wood accents on the walls and around the bar area that give the room a warm feel. Another feature, on the wall/area opposite the windows, is the option to open up part of the wall, which then allows views into the arena – very cool!

If you are interested in this space, call Amber M. Pena, Sales Manager at Catering by Design – 574-631-7859. While the Club is not ‘officially’ open, Amber informed me that they have already booked two weddings! I’m so excited to have this new venue on campus! I see so many possibilities with regard to how the space might be used – Rehearsal Dinners, Wedding Receptions, Sunday After Brunches, Welcome Partys – to just name a few!! Isn’t it exciting?!!

Destination Wedding Hotel Scoop: Eddy Street Commons

I met today with Meghan Phillips who is sales manager for 4 Marriott properties here in South Bend and Mishawaka. While we talked about those properties ( Courtyard, Spring Hill Estates and Residence Inn), I have to admit I had an ulterior motive. I’ve been trying to get accurate information about the hotels that are supposed to open up in the Eddy Street Commons, across from Notre Dame University. Without getting into the confusing world of hotel properties and their managing companies, I finally lucked out with Meghan, whose properties are managed by the same company that will manage the proposed hotels in the Eddy Street Commons.  Here is what she was able to tell me – there will be a Fairfield Inn & Suites, due to open in September 2010 and a full service Marriott, due to open in approximately 2 years (there is no guarantee on this time frame, however).  The Fairfield will have 200 + rooms. The Marriott will have a ballroom as well as meeting space.   While it is exciting to have not one but two hotels literally across the street from Notre Dame, there will also be a new venue for wedding receptions! For those of you who are planning on having your wedding at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart some day, this is great news! Most of you, as well as your guests, will be coming into town from out of town, so this scenario will be ideal! You can host your wedding reception at the Marriott, and your guests can stay at one of the two properties, all within walking distance of the campus!