Could I be gushing with thanks? Yeah.. you could say that.
My first experience with Cristiana, the owner of Amadeus Manor, was over the phone. Her thick accent and enthusiam for meeting me left me wondering if this was a put on, Nobody is that nice.Nobody is this accommodating. For several weeks prior, I had been trying to hunt down an intimate, yet affordable venue to have my wedding and small reception. I had been hit hard with the lack of enthusiasm most venues demonstrated after telling them it was a small affair, with maybe 50 guests in attendance. Cristiana was a completely different experience altogether. She made every detail of our needs as though they were her own. She invited us to join her for a meet and greet on a lazy sunday afternoon. She had just finished serving her brunch crowd, and had barely time to relax when this leery couple comes strolling into the almost vacant restaurant. She was having her quiet time before the dinner crowd came in.
Without hesitation, she invited us in, and seated us at a table overlooking the Wilamette river,excused herself and within minutes cmae to the table with a beautiful vase full of fresh flowers from her garden. She sat with us, asking us over and over if she could get us someting to drink, maybe try some schnitzel? So after her insisting, we were delighted to be the guests of the hour, being treated to a glass of wine and samplings of her best fare. When we offerred to pay, as no bill was presented, she scoffed at the gesture and hugged us both and asked if we would come back again to have brunch and bring the parents along. After promising to come back the next weekend and finalize the wedding plans, she thanked us profusely and sent us home with a bottle of the bubbly to celebrate the upcoming nuptuals, that she would be putting together for us in less than a month.
The next week we came for the brunch and brought along my fiance's parents. The place was very busy, and yet her instant recognition of us made us feel right at home. She sat with us, laughed with us, fed us, brought out some albums of past weddings she put together. She shared all that she had with us, while stepping away and greeting her other guests with such kindness and warmth.
When we left that day, everyone was hugging and laughing and looking forward to the day we would marry at her special peice of heaven.
When I arrived to Amadeus Manor on the day of my wedding, everything was more than I had anticipated. Fthe layout of the appetizers dowm to the buffet after the ceremony the food was spectacular. But what made the event even more special for me was that I knew in my heart she cared about our small group of friends and family. She greeted everyone and she made sure every detail was, as she would say,""Perfect!""
Have a unique experience and find yourself wondering if you just stepped back in time where people count and food taste like it's made with love. Treat yourself to the hospitality and care that Cristiana and her staff have waiting for you. I will never regret picking up that phone and meeting her for the first time.