In addition to that, chef Pete Gulesiam customizes every meal to the specific tastes of the couple.
“I like getting the chance to sit down with the bride and groom and customizing their meal for them,” Gulesiam said, adding that the winery is a chef’s dream. Over the years, the favorites seem to be his sun-dried Tuscan chicken and a roast beef with Cabernet wine sauce.
Surrounded by hotels, there is no reason for patrons of the winery to worry about a long travel back for the evening. Baker said that a partnership with Jennifer Smith of Staybridge Suites allows discounts for group parties who are exchanging their nuptials there.
Couples wanting a little more outdoor flavor to their special day might consider the historic Blanton House in Danville. A picturesque park setting awaits, with a stately house in the backdrop.
Jeri Bice, promoter for the Blanton House, says the scenery, nostalgia, and customization make the venue perfect for weddings.
“It’s very private because you have this gigantic backyard that is backed up to the woods,” she said. “We don’t have to tell you that you have to use certain caterers or a certain DJ. Just rent the house and the ground and everything else you do is up to you. Grill outside or have it catered, it’s anything you want and it’s beautiful.”
She said that while couples typically get married on the lawn, the venue is compact enough to where those that might not be able to stand the sultry summer heat can be in the house taking part in the ceremony and be just as close to the couple.
The also have two portable gazebos, a large verandah, a patio, and an area to put a tent as large as a 30x75-feet. She also said that over the years, couples have had bounce houses, yard games — whatever suits them, which isn’t always an option at a wedding.