June 9th 2012
The Victorian Crow's Nest is a wonderful place to get married! I had my beautiful, elegant, classic, yet affordable wedding here this past summer. When I think back to my wedding day I would not change one thing. Shirley and her staff did everything to make my day magnificent. From the flowers, DELICIOUS food, invitations, music, decorations, etc. Everything was customized to our specifications and I couldn't have asked for anything more. My family and friends raved that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. I felt that with Shirley, there was nothing I had to worry about. When my rehearsal night and wedding day came, I got to enjoy them instead of running around worrying about small (or big) details, because I knew they were being taken care of. Then weeks later when I received the wedding photos I was so happy with them being taken in such a beautiful and classic setting. All of Shirley's advice and planning made for a wonderful day that I will never forget. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue for any event but especially for a wedding. Thank you so much for such an incredible day!
Jill and Ken Indian Trail, NC
Top of the line wedding at Victorian Crow's Nest. Victorian Crow
Perfect Place for a Wedding!!! (October 8th, 2011). My wife and I strongly recommend the Victorian Crow
April 16, 2011 VCN-The Perfect Setting For A Garden Wedding!.
The minute we walked onto the front porch, I knew this was going to be the perfect place for my daughter's wedding. The beautiful Victorian house, built in 1884, has a romantic and welcoming feeling. We toured the house and then we saw the magnificent ballroom! It is absolutely gorgeous! It tastefully and elegantly decorated. The room is lined with large beautiful windows that overlook the manicured landscaping and meticulous gardens. This was exactly what Jackie wanted for her garden ceremony. As you can see from the pictures posted, the gazebo, with circular steps that serves as a natural alter, is beautifully transformed on the day of the wedding into a beautiful back-drop that enhances the ceremony. The owners have recently added a cultured-stone waterfall that is just magnificent. The walkway was lined with small flower bouquets in colors to matched our wedding colors. It was just perfect! Absolutely breathtaking!
But, the most important reason why we chose The Victorian Crow's Nest was because once we met the owners, Shirley and Cofield Hilburn, I knew my daughter wasn't going to be just another bride who got married there. Shirley made us feel like ours was the only wedding that was ever going to take place at her beautiful home. She spent many hours working with us, giving us very good, honest suggestions and advice. We never felt like she was too busy with other weddings to answer questions or make an appointment with us. She has very high standards that she sets to please her brides and she makes sure that their every wish and dream comes true! Shirley took care of everything except the cake, DJ, and photographer. Her staff is very talented from designing all of the flowers, including the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, table centerpieces, and ceremony flowers, to table decorations, and preparing, and presenting the food. And the food was EXCELLENT! We received so many compliments about the food. Cofield is the "silent" partner and the two of them compliment and balance each other which makes everything run smoothly.
Overall, it was an excellent experience. I honestly cannot say one negative word about this place, right down to the weather. The entire morning it stormed and we thought there was no way we were going to have the ceremony outdoors. But Shirley told us not to worry and we would decide what to do up to an hour before the wedding was scheduled to start. There were tornadoes going on around us but at 4:00 pm when that ceremony was scheduled to start, there was bright sunshine and blue skies and my daughter's dreams came true! I would have sworn there was a plastic bubble over the garden! The next day when we saw the news of all the bad weather that went on around us, we were amazed!
I would highly recommend The Victorian Crow's Nest for any event but it is especially perfect for a wedding.
October 1, 2010 ~ Mandy & Adam Mills. Every little girl dreams of having the most beautiful and enchanting wedding so the moment our daughter Mandy got engaged, I took her to see the Victorian Crow's Nest in Monroe. We weren't even out of the car yet and she was in tears, happy tears! The sheer elegance and beauty of the Victorian estate is magnificent. The proprieters, Shirley and Cofield took us right in and gave us the grand tour. Mandy immediately knew her dreams of the perfect wedding would become a reality at the Crow's Nest. Being recent graduates of ASU, Mandy and her fiance Adam knew they wanted a black and gold Appalacian State theme but weren't quite sure how it would fit with the Victorian estate. With Shirley's expertise, and Mandy's love for sunflowers, the estate was elegantly decorated to capture the theme perfectly. From the outside cocktail party on the courtyard to the magical evening of fine dinner and dancing in the grand ballroom, the wedding was a dream come true! Shirley's attention to every detail made planning a wedding with over 200 wedding guests and quite a large wedding party seem simple! The Hilburn's were the ultimate wedding planners and hosts. Our guests are still raving about what a wonderful evening they had. Thank you for giving Mandy and Adam the wedding of their dreams!
A Magical Place Where Dreams Come True. Our daughter was married at the Victorian Crow's Nest on September 4, 2010. When you listen to your daughter's dream of a magical place to get married - this fit the bill. From the magnificent and manicured grounds and gardens to the magestic Victorian home. Shirely and Cofield attend to every detail and truly listen to the requests of the bride. Shirley is a perfectionist and makes sure that everything is attended to perfectly on that most special day. I truly recommend this place for anyone who is planning a wedding! Thankd you Hilburn's!!
A gem in Monroe, NC!.
Everyone wants their wedding to be the most unique, breathtaking event ever. When I met Shirley and Cofield, I knew that my wedding day would be nothing less than perfect! Shirley was extremely accommodating reassuring me that, though I was planning the wedding from CT, she would certainly remember the things that a new bride overlooks. My emails and phone calls to Shirley never went unanswered, and when I made unexpected visits to the Crow’s Nest, Cofield would escort me as I strolled the grounds fantasizing about my special day. I often felt like I was visiting my home away from home! As you might imagine, the days before the wedding are the craziest. Shirley instinctively eased my nerves and blew away the butterflies when I felt them starting to flutter. She was a dream! I could not have imagined a more perfect day for my wedding on May 1, 2010. The grounds were immaculate. The ceremony and reception flowed effortlessly. When the hiccups arose (as they inevitably do), Shirley and Cofield didn’t miss a beat! They quickly provided little cards for my guests to write on when the guest book was left. Shirley even called me weeks later when she discovered that I had left one behind--her message, “Where do you want me to mail it?”
If you are looking to have a glorious garden wedding with a wedding coordinator that makes you feel like you’re sitting at your momma’s kitchen table discussing your dream of a wedding, then do not hesitate to book the Victorian Crow’s Nest. Thanks to the Crow’s Nest staff, my experience far exceeded my expectations!
Victorian Crow's Nest was AMAZING.
Our March 27th wedding was truly perfect. The gazebo was a beautiful setting for an outdoor ceremony and the landscaping is beautiful. The entry rooms were great for pre-dinner reception (The pulled-pork sweet potato biscuits were a huge hit!) and they even had a room especially for gifts and cards. The reception was wonderful and Shirley performed magic when we had a mis-count on guests!
The room was not only exquistely decorated but also perfect for dancing and drinks. There was even a large TV at the back of the room for our slide shows! The sit-down dinner well-presented and the table decorations lovely.
Shirley truly worked within our budget-no "hidden costs" like many venues. She also handled our invitations and custom-decorated my mother's bible, as well as all the floral arrangements.
It was a pleasure to work with Shirley and Colfield. They are as charming and wonderful as their beautiful Victorian home.
PS: We were concerned about hotel accomodations but the Residence Inn at Stonecrest was less than 30 minutes away and offered special wedding rates.
The Wedding of a Lifetime at the Victorian Crow's Nest.
A parent dreams of what the wedding for their daughter will be. We adopted ours 25 yrs ago & the dream began---it had to be storybook, magical, beautiful , like no other every seen--a cinderella moment. My daughter experienced all of this and more this past weekend - Saturday, 4/24/2010.
Shirley and Cofield Hilburn are the proprietors and the planners. NO STONE GOES UNTOUCHED. The Hilburns are pros at what they do--they think of everything that other planners just wouldn't. They are lovely people with wonderful personalities. Shirley and Cofield are the kind of people you fall in love with because their first consideration is you and your event. Both strive to create your dream and they do. Every detail was perfect and as previously stated---MORE than we asked for/expected.
Shirley is the main planner. We met many times to plan our daughter's wedding. She took the time to get to know me and my daughter and "understand" us. She helped us find vendors, jewelry-----you name it and she did it. Shirley is available at any time for anything.
As far as the actual wedding and reception-------I truly feel that ours could have been on "Platinum Wedding" the reality show., The flowers were beautiful and the creativity along with it was just breathtaking---from the gorgeous gazebo to the elegant silver trumpet vases filled with beautifully arranged flowers, greenery and other elelgant surprises that graced each table at the reception. Flowers were EVERYWHERE--even down to the smallest of details! Shirley is a floral designer and her talents are beyond compare.
Our food was exceptional. We had a morning brunch buffet. The food was delicious----beautifully arranged--set up so that guests could flow quickly and easily. I cannot say enough about that. Our guests were taken care of from the time they entered the reception room while pictures were taken until the very end of the reception. There were mountains of food for our guests. We have received many calls and e-mails from our guests commenting on the culinary end of our wedding.
I know that I have written a long review but a wedding is a once in a lifetime event. We plan and dream of what it will be. We pray for no disappoints and, of course, probably look really hard to find a problem-----but there were NONE! DO NOT GO AND LOOK AT ANOTHER EVENT CENTER UNTIL YOU MEET SHIRLEY AND COFIELD HILBURN! I truly believe that we had the best of the best--------plus the victorian house is gorgeous---that is an added treat!
Thank you so much for reading my review---call them right now!
Victorian Crow's Nest. I couldn't have been any more pleased with the outcome of my wedding at the Crow's Nest. It is a beautiful location, that offers a solution if there is rain on your day. Mrs. Shirley has been coordinating weddings for years and can take care of everything from the food to the flowers right in the venue. Everyone had a great time and commented on how elegant it was and how the food was wonderful!
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