by Kim Choy
On April 20, WPIC had the pleasure of attending a networking night hosted by The Estates of Sunnybrook.
We had such a great turn out - 64 WPIC Alumni attended this free event in Toronto!
The property offers three different buildings to hold any function. The Coach House, the McLean House (built in 1928) and the Vaughan Estate (built in 1931).
The evening started out in the McLean house, guests were greeted at the door by Darren Bryant, Director of Sales and Marketing (who is so helpful and fabulous!) and Diane Forrester, Social Sales Manager (who is sweet and friendly and full of information).
Upon entering, we were able to see the beauty of the house. The fireplace, the chandeliers, the details. We were greeted with plates of appetizers such as jerk chicken with a mango salsa, lobster bisque shots, delicious scallops, spring rolls, lamb shanks and many more. A raspberry flavoured champagne drink was passed while we were invited to enjoy the various food stations. The food stations included baked brie wrapped in a phillo pastry, venison served ontop of potatoes with an au jus and an oyster bar!
Our networking commenced in the conservatory, which was simply decorated, and offered a fresh and clean look with an Estates of Sunnybrook Package at each place setting. Darren & Diane were introduced by Danielle Andrews Sunkel and Tracey Manailescu of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada.
Darren and Diane spoke about the history of the property and the family who used to reside on it. They briefly spoke about how their on-site coordinator works with an independent wedding coordinator on the day of the wedding or event.
After, the group was split into two so we could tour the different buildings.
Here are some pictures of the McLean House:
The Coach House is a perfect venue for smaller weddings, Jack & Jill's, Bridal Showers or small engagement parties!
After our tasting, tour and being absolutely spoiled by The Estates of Sunnybrook, we had the pleasure of hearing Claudia Kent, our very own WPIC Alumni speak about her job as an in house coordinator. Claudia shared her trials, struggles and successes of owning her own Wedding Planning Business, and then becoming an in house coordinator for a venue.
All in all it was a fabulous night with a great turn out!
Thanks to Darren and Diane at The Estates of Sunnybrook and every WPIC Alumni who came out to make that night such a great success!