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CM THE RECORD
THE EUROPEAN GETAWAY
LDWOOD INN HOSTS WEDDINGS, MORE
BY CAROLINE BASILE
B ehind a wrought iron gate, hidden
away on Lillian Miller Parkway, is
a sprawling four-acre lot where
Denton's premier luxury hotel stands.
The WildwOod Inn is a European-
style hotel offering 14 rooms. It blends
the ideas aK a bed and breakfast with a
Built in 2001, the hotel includes a
four-star restaurant featuring local
chef Pam Chittenden:. The restaurant is
open to the public Thursday Eriday and
Saturday o\filings from 6 to 10 p.m.,
and is also open for a Sunday brunch.
The inn was sold in 2006 to I \T
alumni Sarah and Keith Waters. Hotel
manager and wedding coordinator
Kendra Howell has been with the
Wildwood for four years.
"People always think we're: someone's
big, old houlft: but we were built
new to look old; it's vejy unique,"
The inn regularly hosts dinners and
business meetings fon tTBT.
"Most of our wait staff in the
restaurant are LINT students/1' .Howell
said. "They're: all from different
backgrounds and majors, like Erench,
English arid psychology, and not just
Howell saidWildwQod Innholds about
110 weddings a year, each one a unique
experience with a different lliciiic.
jlfSSr day is different and we have
4 £We were
built new to
look old; it's
different brides every time," she said.
"We've 11 a<l everything from very gothic
weddings^ to 'I .onl of lli<■ Rings' and
'Moulin Rouge' themed. There's not
really one special moment that stands
out but there's always that one moment
during the night where you see how in
love they are and it just brings tears to
The cost of hosting a Wedding at
the inn varies, I l ow el I said. Prices
range from b-1,500 i,> $8,500 or higher,
depending on a variety of factors such
as the number of guests, decorations,
cake and how many rooms are needed.
Denton bakery Candy Haven has
a partnership with the. Wildwood
Inn, baking most of the wedding
cakes offered in the hotel's various
"We try to give back to DentOn as
much a.s possible, Howell says. aIt's a
great town to live in and we're happy
to be here and be a part of that."
Assistant front Counter manager and
TQnT student Taslor Bailey, who has
been with the Wildwood for more than
two years, said she enjoys building a
relationship with each guest that stays
at the inn.
"It's just, coming in and getting the
experience," she said. "It becomes so
personal and you bond with the guests.
They become like your friends and
family and it's always a little sad to see
them check out arid leave,"
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