Friday, August 22, 2008

Sweet Unique - Sarah Porter Memorial

A while back I posted about our love affair with unique venues. Staging/decorating . . . working . . . planning . . . . oh they are oodles of fun! Unfortunately, however, in the state of Connecticut there seems to be somewhat of a limited supply as even some of the once most discreet and unheard of places have gained so much popularity that they seem less and less unique. As such, I was delighted to be introduced to the Sarah Porter Memorial at First Church today (truly a hidden gem) by Tara Coakley of Emily's Catering, who has just signed an agreement to be their exclusive caterer. We've worked with Emily's many times and they always do a bang up job in terms of food, presentation, staff and service.

The Sarah Porter Memorial is the quintessential New England venue located across the street from the picturesque Miss Porter's School in Farmington. Honestly, what could be better than having one's reception across the street from Jackie O's alma mater??? The venue is indeed in an ideal location as it is near great restuarants such as Piccolo Arancio and The Grist Mill Restaurant as well as the Farmington Inn for out of town guests.

View from Main Street

View from the side

What I love most about this venue is that the ballroom is graceful and a sweet blank slate in which to make it your own for a guest list of 100 or so. The windows have gorgeous arches and shed off fabulous light.
As you can see, there is a stage for a band.

The room boasts a fireplace nook that would make a nice lounge area or even an alternative indoor ceremony site.

There is also veranda at the side of ballroom perfect for cocktail hour, but as I was checking the venue out for a winter client I did not take a photo, shame on me!

The rental fee begins at $1650 for 6 hours and includes tables and chairs, which certainly makes it more affordable than some of the other spaces nearby.

As you can see, I am totally smitten. I hope to have the opportunity to work there soon!



  1. Great find, Lindsay! Thanks for posting.

  2. Hi Jess, thanks for visiting. Love your blog too :).