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Our Wild Night In A.C.

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in Practical Planning | 3 Comments

I’m a native New Yorker, so when people say Atlantic City to me, I immediately think of my Aunt Lulu on a bus and some Salt Water Taffey.  That said, when we got invited to the Water Club for an evening to check out their ballroom space, I was intrigued.  So Mayra and I spent some time with my adorable Grandparents down in Brick (in a place I like to call Del Boca Vista, and my grandmother calls “Wrinkle City”) before we headed down south to Atlantic City.

From the second we arrived at The Water Club, we were blown away.  First of all, you aren’t just at a lovely resort, you feel transported…. it doesn’t feel like A.C, or Vegas, but like a wonderful Miami resort.  The location proved to be perfect for a mini destination wedding for the style minded AND the dream location for a bachelor or bachelorette (the spa and the Aces train makes it the perfect location for a weekend with the girls.
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The staff literally is thrilled to be there (they said so) and it shows.  We started with cocktails, and met some of the other guests, including the really lovely Maya Kalman of Swank Productions (and her fantastic husband/ partner), and Marc Wilson of Marc Wilson Designs.
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The venue has several indoor pools (that can be plexi covered), as well as some lovely, intimate ballroom space and outdoor space.  The spa is out of this world and the food, with menus created by Geoffrey Zakarian, is to die for.  And, to die is exactly how I felt when I went to the ladies room right as Mr. Zakarian came over to introduce himself.  Finding myself midway in the conversation upon my return, I whispered “who is this?” and she said “I think he’s the sales representative for the property.” So, under that premise, I engage this world famous check in a completely non-sensical conversation involving such probing questions such as “How are sales going?”, “You live in CT. Wow, what a commute! O, you mean, you work in NY?  How do you do sales from NY?” and so on, and so forth.  Thanks a lot Mayra.
After cocktails we headed to dinner (menu by Geoffrey, btw – who I kept apologizing to…. REAL nice, Xochitl) and in addition to being wowed by the staff, service, setting and food, I was bowled over by the entrance of my wedding world Idol, Marcy Blum. I didn’t just get to sit at a table with Marcy, I got to MEET Marcy.  I’ve met her associates many times, but never HER.  And she was lovely.  In trying to explain this to a lawyer friend later, I said, it’s the equivalent, in the legal world, of getting to dine with a Supreme Court Justice.  And we didn’t just dine… The team at the Water Club wanted to show us everything the property had to offer…we dined, AND we danced. Wedding Planners gone wild! (maybe a little too wild, Mayra looked a little green at our walk through the next day ;-)

3 Comments

  1. Engagement101
    March 30, 2009

    Yeah, Atlantic City conjures up images of a secondhand Las Vegas, but this venue looks surprisingly lavish.

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  2. Mark Kingsdorf - The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants
    March 30, 2009

    Xochitl-
    I’m really bummed I miss this event and seeing you!
    Christina from our staff said she had a BLAST and that everything was AMAZING…
    Wish I had been there to see The Water Club and to see you!
    Hope all is well
    Mark

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  3. The Blogsmaid
    March 30, 2009

    Oh, I know! I was sorry to have missed you too! Christina was so sweet. It was a great group of planners there and they managed to wow us.
    Xochitl (So-Cheel) Gonzalez
    Always a Bridesmaid
    Wedding Consulting & Event Design
    212.334.0005 (phone)
    718.504.5204 (fax)
    xochitl@alwaysabridesmaid.us
    http://www.alwaysabridesmaid.us
    http://www.alwaysablogsmaid.com

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