The joys of being an event planner include creatively working with couples to design their magical wedding day; building relationships with corporate clients to provide educational opportunities; and simply knowing that an 80th birthday will forever be remembered. It is for all these reasons and more that Amanda Clarke pursued her career in event planning, and why Langdon Hall is the perfect venue to enjoy them all.
Growing up in Exeter, Ontario with two younger brothers and one younger sister, Amanda has always had a close connection to her family. As a small town girl, she loves the bond of a close-knit community but also had the urge to explore what lay beyond. This led her into the Tourism Management program at the University of Guelph with a focus on event planning.
“During university I worked at the family-run historical Hessenland Inn serving and bar tending at events,” explains Amanda. “This was my first introduction to the industry and the owner Liz inspired me to pursue event planning.”
After completing a wedding planning course, Amanda considered starting her own business. However, when a job came open in Jasper, Alberta she was packing her bags and off to join the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
“Jasper was a great experience and exposed me to hotel reservations and front desk,” recalls Amanda. “But I knew I needed to broaden my knowledge and become familiar with a large city, so I applied for a two year working visa and moved to London, England.”
Amanda was able to transfer to the newly renovated Savoy, a Fairmont managed property, and helped create a new role focused around group reservations and events. However, before long her two year visa came to an end and she found herself moving to Toronto to join the Four Seasons.
“Living in England was phenomenal – along with the constant traveling to various countries,” says Amanda. “My move to Toronto was a great transition from London and I was able to help the Four Season develop their group reservations position.”
Becoming a dedicated event planner was still Amanda’s goal, while also moving her way back towards home and family. That’s when a job posting for an Events Coordinator at Langdon Hall caught her eye.
As she drove up the lane during her first visit she knew she found something special. “I remember walking in the front door feeling immersed with history and charm – it just felt right,” recalls Amanda.
As Meeting and Event Coordinator, Amanda oversees the planning for corporate and social events, as well as weddings at Langdon Hall. In her first summer she helped send 30 brides down the aisle – a moment she calls her favourite part of the role. Also a moment she is personally looking forward to this September as she returns to Hessenland Inn with her fiancé Chad to say ‘I do’.
“The day after our engagement a new floral arrangement had arrived in the front lobby with white roses and blue thistles – I instantly fell in love and chose them as my wedding florals,” recalls Amanda with a glowing smile.
Her role at Langdon Hall has not only developed her career goals but aided in planning her own wedding. The best lesson learned – “on the day of the wedding, let go of all the stress and enjoy the special moment surrounded by family.”
“I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else at the moment,” says Amanda. “Langdon Hall has welcomed me into the family and I’m proud to be a part of creating lasting memories.”
With their new pup Macallan, Amanda and Chad are excited to begin this next chapter in their lives, and their family at Langdon Hall couldn’t be happier for them.