On May 15, we attended our first VAWP members’ mixer, which was held at The Barn at Boyden Farms in Cambridge, Vermont. What a location! The early 1800s hand-hewn post-and-beam structure has 30-foot cathedral ceilings, a 4,000-square-foot open floor plan, and four raised and railed seating areas with antique oak square tables and matching slat-back chairs for up to 200 guests. There is also a 1,000-square-foot stone patio with outdoor seating for up to 30 guests.
Our purpose in attending the mixer was to introduce the Wine Chime Toasting Bar to VAWP members and to discuss ways that IronSong International might collaborate with other wedding vendors and service providers. We displayed a 56-inch Wine Chime with clear glass immersion bases and invited participants to try it out. VAWP member Sarah Jo Willey from Creative Muse Floral Designs provided our elegant floral arrangements—beautiful sprays of Lyre-flower, tulips, and daffodils.
While the evening was technically business, it was also a lot of fun. Toasts were made in merriment and experiment—for many people, the Wine Chime was entirely new. The food provided by The Hindquarter—sliders with Boyden Farm’s own beef—and the finger foods presented by Tina Patno of Tasty Persuasions and Suzanna’s Catering proved to be quite a delicious distraction for me! The music for the event was as rich in character as the setting itself—Hazen Metro’s bagpipes.
I found VAWP members to be friendly and inviting, which led to an evening of good conversation: Jamie Proctor Bressard of Letter 10 Creative.com is an up-and-coming photographer and graphic designer; Vermont wedding officiant Annie Alexander-Kramer has received wide-spread national publicity for her work, including coverage in The Knot; Lorin Holmes of Vermont Weddings gave me great food for thought in terms of marketing the Wine Chime; and the innkeepers Sarah Scaruto and Greg Hagberry of 1824 House even offered their event facility as a possible location for a future Wine Chime photo shoot.
As a thank you for the warm welcome from VAWP, IrongSong International is offering a 30 percent discount for all Wine Chine purchases for VAWP members. Details will be distributed shortly.
All in all, a great evening. I look forward to future VAWP events and our future collaboration.