(Queenstown, M.D., February 8, 2012) — Couples in search of that truly unique, exclusive, and memorable destination wedding venue need look no further than the Aspen Wye River in Queenstown, Maryland. Overlooking the sparkling Wye River on over 1,100 acres featuring picturesque woodlands, rolling pastures, an orchard of Cherry Blossoms, and an 18th century garden, the Aspen Wye River (managed by Marriott Hotels & Resorts) hosts just a few weddings each year and still has some availability for 2012 according to general manager Peter Cantone.
“Due to our locale, we can only do a handful of weddings a year. Couples can opt for very exclusive weddings of up to 150 people or something more intimate for 30 to 70 guests,” adds Mr. Cantone.
Situated on Maryland’s Eastern Shore near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the Aspen Wye River is easily accessible from Newnam Field Airport in Easton, MD; BWI Airport, and Reagan National Airport. The private facility allows couples to take over the entire property and have their ceremony in the gazebo in the 18th century gardens, dockside overlooking the Wye River, or in one of two onsite buildings. Brides can even arrive by horse-drawn carriage if they so choose! The opportunities to design a dream wedding are endless here with the capabilities to create a tented gala, poolside cocktail reception, and a formal wedding in the mansion.
The Aspen Wye River features a total of 7,440 square feet of event space which can accommodate up to 100 guests for a banquet and provide the opportunity to host guests at two on-site facilities:
Houghton House: A stately Georgian Manor with antique furnishings and formal 18th century gardens. The home offers a total of 25 overnight accommodations, as well as, a number of smaller intimate gathering rooms, perfect for a cocktails hours and brunch. Included at the Manor are a sunlit dining room, library, drawing room, patio, fitness center, and pool.
River House: A chic home on the secluded banks of Wye River provides the best of modern comforts in a location rich with character. The home offers 26 overnight accommodations, as well as a number of smaller intimate gathering rooms perfect for a cocktails hours and brunch as well. Included at River House are an entry foyer, sun room, dining room, library, drawing room, patio, game room, and fitness center. Additionally there is a conference room and lounge.
“The Aspen Wye River is truly a spectacular location for an intimate destination wedding weekend,” adds Mr. Cantone. “No matter what time of year the wedding may be, the location is always stunningly picturesque and the property’s extensive facilities make it a great venue for a family who wants to have a rehearsal dinner, wedding celebration, and post-wedding brunch as well as the opportunity to relax by the pool or engage in volleyball and other activities as well as golf, tennis, and sailing nearby in season.”
Megan Beth, a professional photographer who recently shot a wedding at the Aspen Wye River adds, “Shooting a wedding here is absolutely a dream for any photographer. This hidden gem has beautiful sprawling grounds providing endless possibilities for amazing imagery. Every direction you turn is just as gorgeous as the last.”
For additional information on hosting a wedding at the Aspen Wye River, visit marriottmodules.com/wedding/hotels/hotel-information/travel/bwiwy-aspen-wye-river-conference-centers/aspen_wye_weddings/ or call 410-820-0905.