A Destination Fairytale
By Lindsey McGlaughlin
Nestled in the rolling hills of Wheeling, West Virginia, the historic Oglebay Park—featuring a restored mid 1800’s mansion—offers once-in-a-lifetime weddings to couples from across the country. It’s sprawling views and historical beauty provide the perfect backdrop for romantic ceremonies and receptions alike.
Just ask Pittsburgh natives Shannon and Trevor Gibson who hosted their recent nuptials at the picturesque venue. “Our ceremony was something out of a storybook. A horse-drawn carriage brought me down the aisle for the dramatic entrance I had always dreamed of,” said Shannon. “Our Mansion Woods ceremony was everything I had ever imagined.”
Boasting a wide variety of ceremony settings ranging from the rustic Camp Russell to the manicured landscapes of the Formal Gardens, customizing is the name of the wedding game at Oglebay, especially when it comes to menus and venues.
For the reception on the big day, couples can choose among different packages—Diamond, Platinum, and Gold—featuring a four-hour hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, and a delicious plated or buffet dinner.
Depending on the tier, the packages can include Chicken Provencal with herbed polenta, crab-stuffed sole with caper vin blanc, tenderloin of beef with foraged mushrooms, and Oglebay’s own jumbo lump crab cake, plus a variety of sides, salads, and vegetables. A three-tiered wedding cake from Oglebay’s in-house bakery tops off the celebration.
For Shannon and Trevor, the stately Glessner Auditorium with its dramatically draped wooden ceiling, unique split-level layout and elevated stage provided the perfect reception venue to dance the night away with family and friends to the sounds of the award-winning Bachelor Boys band. “But it wasn’t just about us,” Shannon recalled. “With guests traveling in from Pittsburgh, Florida, New York and California, we made it a priority to plan a memorable getaway that everyone could enjoy.”
Entertaining their guests for a weekend-long event was a breeze with a pre-wedding golf outing, welcome party, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at various points of interest across the historic park. And resort-style accommodations in Wilson Lodge and recently-renovated cottages guaranteed a relaxing retreat for all.
“Our guests enjoyed having the whole weekend to explore Oglebay and celebrate with us,” Shannon said. “Everyone had a taste of what they wanted to do—hiking the trails, golfing, visiting the Good Zoo, or watching sports at Glassworks Grill.”
Oglebay’s picturesque beauty is only surpassed by its staff’s commitment to excellence in providing every guest with a truly memorable experience. “Everyone was so accommodating and eager to make our day a success,” Shannon and Trevor reminisced. “It was as though the entire Oglebay team was enjoying the day right along with us.”
Visit www.oglebay.com and begin planning your fairytale wedding today.