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Dec18

Vendors We Adore: Brittany Mullett of Happy Days Lodge and Hines Hill Conference Center

Happy Days Lodge Dressed Up for the 2013 Handpicked Event.  Styling by Baci Designer, Rentals by Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals, Florals by Molly Taylor Designs, Photo by Carman and Pugh Photography.  
Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.
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We have known Brittany Mullett of Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park for so long, that I can’t even tell you when we met her.  Maybe it was through one of our many events over the years between the two properties that CNVP manages?  Maybe it was through our mutual colleague and friend Leslianne Love-Lake from Old Carolina Barbecue?  Wherever it was, we have always been a big fan of Brittany and CVNP.  A little about both:
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In addition to having great special event facilities, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park boasts concerts, a dinner series, art in the park, and a variety of outdoor experiences along the Towpath Trail.  Our family is a group of “frequent riders” both on our bikes, along the trail as well as on the train, in season.
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Brittany, too, is more than just a work connection, but a friend.  To recommend Happy Days Lodge or Hines Hill to one of our clients is always a pleasure, because we know that they are in such, such good hands between Brittany and the rest of the CVNP staff.
The Stone Cottage at CVNP's Hines Hill Conference Center Campus.  Photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography.

The Stone Cottage at CVNP’s Hines Hill Conference Center Campus. Photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography.

The Stone Cottage at CVNP's Hines Hill Conference Center Campus.  Photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography.

The Stone Cottage at CVNP’s Hines Hill Conference Center Campus. Photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography.

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Something New Entertainment’s Anna-Jeannine “DJ AJ9” Herman, W.E.D.®: What first interested you in venue management and coordination?
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Brittany Mullett: I have always loved staying organized and helping other people. I have always been service oriented and have loved our National Park. Once I heard about the Conservancy, I was automatically intrigued by their mission to enhance our park right here in Northeast Ohio. By coordinating weddings with the Conservancy, I am able to help brides make their vision come to life while helping the park at the same time, it’s a win-win!

The Barn at Hines Hill Conference Center. Photo by Studio Elle Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The Barn at Hines Hill Conference Center.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The Barn at Hines Hill Conference Center. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

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DJ AJ9: How long have you been hosting weddings at CVNP‘s Happy Days Lodge and Hines Hill Conference Center?
BM: I am going into my fifth wedding season with the Conservancy, but we have been doing weddings for about ten years now.
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DJ AJ9: How would you describe Happy Days Lodge’s and Hines Hill’s style?
BM: Our wedding style is rustic chic to the fullest. We love the idea of having an event that is one with nature, while being elegant and functional at the same time. Happy Days is the best of both worlds with the windows showing off the beautiful park outside, but we are protected from the elements with both heating and air-conditioning 🙂
Happy Days Lodge Dressed Up for the 2013 Handpicked Event.  Styling by Baci Designer, Rentals by Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals, Florals by Molly Taylor Designs, Photo by Carman and Pugh Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Happy Days Lodge Dressed Up for the 2013 Handpicked Event. Styling by Baci Designer, Rentals by Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals, Florals by Molly Taylor Designs, Photo by Carman and Pugh Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

DJ AJ9: What are some of the most favorite creative new trends or tried-and-true styles you’ve seen at Happy Days Lodge Weddings, during your career?
BM: Happy Days Lodge is where we see all things rustic. Mason jars are a crowd favorite, but I also love wooden planter boxes that allow for bountiful floral arrangements.  I think that having a living centerpiece truly brings life into your décor.  I also love it when people coordinate some formal/glamorous aspects to their rustic décor such as chandeliers, crystals, and formal glassware and chargers.

A Tento on the Grounds at Hines Hill Conference Center.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

A Tento on the Grounds at Hines Hill Conference Center. Photo by Studio Elle Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

DJ AJ9: What are some of the most common ways that wedding clients use the spaces?  What are some options or opportunities most people generally miss?
BM: Most people have their ceremony on our porch at Happy Days followed by a reception in the Great Hall.  I had one couple rent a tent outside for their ceremony so they could have their cocktail hour on the porch.  After the ceremony, guests could go outside under the tent all night to play games and take a break from dancing.  I think our lawn space is the greatest missed opportunity.

A Tento on the Grounds at Hines Hill Conference Center.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

A Tento on the Grounds at Hines Hill Conference Center. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

DJ AJ9: What special training, certifications, awards, or other honors have you earned to prepare you for this position of responsibility?
BM: I graduated with honors from The Ohio State University where I was ServSafe and ManageFirst certified in numerous fields. I am blessed to be going back to school currently for my masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Kent State University with a focus on parks.
The View from the Head Table at Happy Days Lodge.  Photo by Suzran Photography.

The View from the Head Table at Happy Days Lodge. Photo by Suzran Photography.

DJ AJ9: What do you enjoy most serving wedding clients?
BM: My favorite time at each wedding is the look on the guests’ faces when the see the reception hall decorated for the first time and their full vision come to life. Making that moment happen for people is my never-ending goal.

The Fire Pit at CVNP’s Hines Hill Conference Center Campus. Photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography.

The Fire Pit at CVNP’s Hines Hill Conference Center Campus. Photo by Studio Elle Photography.

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DJ AJ9: What is the most important consideration couples should make when choosing a venue for their wedding ceremony and/or reception?
BM: I think the most important consideration is one for your guests. You have to make sure your guests are going to be comfortable and happy, and that you hire the right people to make that happen for you.
A Winter Wedding at Happy Days Lodge.  Photo by Ken Love Photography.

A Winter Wedding at Happy Days Lodge. Photo by Ken Love Photography.

DJ AJ9: What’s the question I’m not asking you but you wish I would, or What’s the question that clients usually don’t ask you but you wish they would?
BM: I think clients are shy to over-communicate. I just want everyone to know that I do not mind! We can email back and forth every week if you’d like. The more I know about your wedding, the better I can serve you.
A Tento on the Grounds at Hines Hill Conference Center.  Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

A Tento on the Grounds at Hines Hill Conference Center. Photo by Tiffany Luc Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The Barn at CVNP's Hines Hill Conference Center Campus.  Photo by Studio Elle Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The Barn at CVNP’s Hines Hill Conference Center Campus. Photo by Studio Elle Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.


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DJ AJ9: What do you look for in a great wedding vendor “dream team,” and what are your colleague pet peeves? How can your “co-workers” help you, hurt you, or irritate you throughout the day? Tell us why you’re excited to be working as part of this team.
BM: A vendor dream team would be anyone who has as much respect and love for our historical building and the park as I do. When we serve these weddings, it is easy to forget that we still must protect the wonderful space we have been blessed with. I am excited to work with this group of professionals because I think they “get it.” They see our mission and are excited to work in our space. They also know how to serve our guests above and beyond what is expected by industry standards.
Happy Days Lodge Dressed Up for the 2013 Handpicked Event.  Styling by Baci Designer, Rentals by Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals, Florals by Molly Taylor Designs, Photo by Carman and Pugh Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Happy Days Lodge Dressed Up for the 2013 Handpicked Event. Styling by Baci Designer, Rentals by Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals, Florals by Molly Taylor Designs, Photo by Carman and Pugh Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

DJ AJ9: What do you look for in a great DJ and what are your DJ pet peeves?  How can your DJ “co-workers” help you, hurt you, or irritate you throughout the day?  How can Something New Entertainment do better, or how have we already excelled?
BM: I look for the whole package—someone who provides extensive coordination for both ceremony and reception.  I like for the DJ to “drive” the event.  My #1 DJ pet peeve is a messy “DJ booth” with cords all over, outdated signs, and total apathy for appearance.  The DJ area is a main focus and should look the part.  A DJ who plays longer than expected or completely runs off schedule can truly hurt the flow of an event (of course, a DJ can go slightly off schedule to please a crowd, but we also have to keep in mind getting everything done before closing time).  I believe that Something New Entertainment excels in all of the manners I have discussed—coordination, appearance, and logistics.

Something New Entertainment's Own Anna-Jeannine Herman, WED®, Presents Personalized Bios for Each Bridal Party Member Upon their Grand Entrance at the Hitched Wedding. Lighting design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Ben and Jodi Photography.

Something New Entertainment’s Own Anna-Jeannine Herman, WED®, Presents Personalized Bios for Each Bridal Party Member Upon their Grand Entrance at the Hitched Wedding. Lighting design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Ben and Jodi Photography.

 

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About Brittany Mullett:
I am Brittany Mullett, and I am the Events Coordinator for the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I have a passion to create magical weddings each and every weekend at both of our wedding venues, and I truly believe in extraordinary customer service.
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About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park: The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. The Conservancy aspires to engage the public as advocates, volunteers, and philanthropic supporters to ensure that Cuyahoga Valley National Park achieves its full benefit to the citizens of Northeast Ohio and the nation.
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