Love Conquers All (Even Snowstorms)

This information originated in American English.

January 15, 2010

MCLEAN, Va. - Although some brides are looking for a winter wonderland, Prianka Kar and Brad Beaulieu probably didn't have December 19, 2009 (one of the worst snow storms in Northern Virginia in over a decade) in mind as they planned their lavish multi-cultural wedding ceremony and reception. They had flown in countless relatives from India and the local area only to be faced with the reality that many might not be able to attend their dream wedding. That early afternoon, however, they took one step into our Grand Ballroom and saw their magical ceremony décor. With tears in her eyes, the bride knew there was no question that the event would take place and that it would be all they dreamed and more.

The team at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner launched into action, embodying Conrad's vision of warmth and hospitality to this family. It became our mission to deliver the couple and their guests with an amazing service experience. Team members braved the volatile weather conditions to service the wedding, even offering to stay overnight to be sure the event was seamless. Some even worked a triple shift to make certain that the bride and groom had their special day. As the night unfolded and the snow continued to fall, we executed a flawless event that had the guests laughing and toasting to a memorable evening that none would soon forget.

The wedding hit the nightly news, with family members proclaiming their appreciation for the staff's commitment to their wedding. Everyone was in great spirits, and we delivered on our promises to the couple to give them an amazing wedding. It was a proud and rewarding experience for us all.

Shannon Carraher, Director of Catering and Events, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, is a six month Hilton Team Member.

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