As we near the end of 2016 we reflect on what a great year it has been at The Mill at Plein Air. Clearly the highlight was the opening of The Chapel. We explored the idea of building a chapel on-site for over a year. Once we made the decision to build -- it was a sprint to the finish. Believe it or not the size of the chapel was determined once we found the 32 maple pews in a Baptist Church in Virginia. (We needed to make sure they would fit.) After the size was determined we set about to find authentic, salvaged church materials and artifacts. We scored when we found 8 huge stained glass windows from a Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania. Then we picked up a dozen classical hanging church pendants from that once lived in a east Tennessee church. The floors came from a warehouse in Charleston, SC. Local artisan Obie Clark built the alter. We held our first wedding in the chapel in early April and have been blessed to host two dozen more since.
Families of wedding parties have found the ease of getting married in the chapel, then walking directly across the street to The Mill for the reception to be a very attractive option. Further, the ability for the wedding party and families to stay at Plein Air, (we've got almost 20 bedrooms for rent), adds to the elegant weekend.
A new restaurant, (named Grit), opened in the Plein Air neighborhood in June. A number of families have chosen to hold their rehearsal dinner in the hip, new 80-person restaurant. Larger groups have moved into the dining room in The Mill.
This is the first year our vision for a turnkey experience has really started to take shape. We intend to add to the offering and deliver an even more seamless experience. We thank those of you that have entrusted us to host your most special day. We never take it for granted and our goal is to exceed our guest's expectations one wedding at a time. Happy Holidays!