Cambridge Mill helps local couple looking for a wedding venue

The couple were due to get married at the Old Marina restaurant on Saturday, but the venue burned down

It was an unusual Saturday as the Cambridge factory was not full and had an extra room, usually used for weddings.

Alex Kastner, the factory’s general manager, said he was having a meeting with his staff when he got the call about a couple scrambling to find a last-minute venue. The couple were to be married at the Old Marina restaurant that evening, but a tragic Fire left the building in ashes.

“When I spoke to him on the phone, you could hear several people on the phone in the background working hard to come up with solutions,” Kastner said. “We were following what was going on at the old marina through various people who were there and friends of friends who worked there.”

When asked if the mill would be able to host the wedding, Kastner said “yes” and his staff swung into action.

“Within seconds, everyone was up from the table, moving quickly,” he said. “Our executive chef was on the phone for extra protein and food. Our sister property, Whistle Bear Golf Course, was kind enough to provide us with desserts for the event. »

It was truly a team effort from everyone involved. Lunchtime staff agreed to extend their shifts to help with the wedding bartender, while members were called in on their days off to help out. The couple’s decorations were already set up at the old marina, so factory staff had to put everything together within hours.

“The wedding went off without a hitch. They had a delicious dinner and then they danced the night away. They were such a loving and grateful couple, so it was definitely worth it.”

75 guests were present.

The couple had already postponed their wedding once before due to the pandemic, and Kaster knew he wanted to help in any way he could.

“We are only as strong as the community in which we exist,” he said. “We have seen Cambridge Mill and so many venues over the last few years see so many disappointed faces due to changing government restrictions, closures, postponements, cancellations. Ultimately, if we had the opportunity to Turning a disappointed face into a smiling face is our responsibility and our pleasure to do so.”

Kastner added that at this time they have not heard of what will happen with the remaining weddings scheduled to take place at the old marina, but they are certainly ready to help.

“Despite all the negative that the pandemic has done, I think the only thing it has done is understand a bit about how difficult it can be in the hospitality industry and I think about that when it becomes difficult, restaurants and other venues are working together to make sure we can support each other. There are a few messages on my answering machines today, and like Saturday, we’ll do whatever we can to help.”

It’s not just couples — Kastner said he’s open to having conversations with anyone directly affected by the Old Marina fire.

“The old marina, for a lot of people, was quite an important place for the guests as well as the employees who worked there. Many of them had worked there for some time. So I think in that respect we want to try and create an opportunity for any of these staff or couples.If you need any help or a job and would like to have a chat please don’t hesitate to contact us, we will certainly do that. that we can to help you.”