This week’s #WeddingWednesday wedding took place at Château Élan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia. Dianne wanted a destination wedding where their guests and family could enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend getaway. Timeless and rustic describes the feel of the wedding.  The woods were an inspiration for them so they incorporated earth tones – ivory flowers and shades of green for bridesmaid dresses.  Dianne also wanted a princess feel so she brought in gold and rose gold for décor elements. Their first dance was a great cover of “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Toto Sorioso and Lulu Panganiban which we at Wonderland actually helped her pick.

Vendor Team

  1. Wedding Gown: Sincerity Bridal from Wonderland Bridal
  2. Flowers: Design House of Flowers
  3. Cake: The Baking Grounds
  4. Catering: Château Élan
  5. Entertainment: One Night Entertainment
  6. Invitations: Minted
  7. Wedding Planner: Southern Charm Details
  8. Hair: Bombshell Creations
  9. Nails: Blow to Paris
  10. Make Up: Bombshell Creations
  11. Photographer: Sarah Jordan Photography
  12. Videographer: Indy Productions
  13. Dance Instructor: I Do Dance


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Experience the sounds of the North Georgia Wind Orchestra this Summer at Chateau Elan.

If you are looking for convenient entertainment between Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia then join us on Sunday April 26, 2020, at Chateau Elan for a Spring Concert featuring the North Georgia Wind Orchestra. Enjoy a delightful afternoon at the award-winning Chateau Elan with this 90-minute Symphony concert and optional afternoon tea. The concert is held in the Debussy Ballroom and will have two 45 minute halves with a 30-minute intermission. 

$20 Concert Only Tickets (Tickets increase to $30 after April 1)
$60 Tickets include concert and afternoon tea

Cash Bar will be available.

Learn more about the North Georgia Winds HERE.

Click HERE to book your ticket.

Seating with a direct view of orchestra is not guaranteed. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Concert begins at 2:00pm.

More events and Summer specials are continually being announced such as the 1st Annual Cars of Chateau car-show, and upcoming concerts.

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Celebrate this coming Easter, April 14th 2020, at North Atlanta’s most popular resort destination Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. 

Chef Rodney Ashley has created a specially curated gourmet buffet for this season’s annual feast.  A delightful dining experience for the entire family is planned under the sunny glass atrium ceiling of the Chateau Elan Inn where the newly reimagined and redesigned Versailles Restaurant calls home.

The Easter Feast is open to both non-hotel guests and overnight guests.  Reservations are required, and the special Easter Buffet overnight package includes a luxurious overnight stay at the world-class Chateau Elan Inn and Easter buffet for two.

View the menu and book your stay with the link provided below.


Easter Feast | Sunday, 4/12/20
12:00PM – 5:00PM
$89 pp + tax per adult / $25 pp + tax per child 6-11 / 5 & under free.
Lunch reservations can be booked by phone 678-425-0900 x41

Easter Buffet Package 
Arrive Sat or Sun
Includes overnight accommodations at the Inn and the Easter Buffet for two in Versailles on Sunday, April 12th. Taxes and meal gratuities not included. Reservations required for Easter Buffet

Book Overnight Package HERE.



Easter Feast Menu
Menu subject to change.

Rise & Shine
Eggs Your Way: Peppers, Onions, Spinach, Mushrooms, Jalapeno, Olives, Ham,
Shredded Cheddar, Mozzarella, or Goat Cheese Crumbles
Smoked Bacon, Corned Beef Hash

From the Ice
Chilled Shrimp, Mussels, & King Crab Legs
Cocktail Sauce, Spicy Remulade, Lemon Aioli
Raclette & Prosciutto Station
Heirloom Tomatoes
Garden of Herbs &Arugula, Assorted Salts & Ground Spices
Balsamic Reductions, Vinegars, Flavored Oils, Hot Sauces

French Baguettes & Buttery Croissants

Charcuterie & Cheese Display
Local Southern &American Cheese Boards
Pepperoni, Breasola
Southern Smash, Black Pepper Sorghum
Assorted Jams, Cornichons, French Baguette, Crisp Cracker

Asparagus & Cantaloupe
Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Arugula

Baby Spinach, Berry, & Spiced Pecans
Strawberries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Baby Spinach, Crumbled Goat Cheese
Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Roasted Squash Salad
Broccoli, Green Lentils, Roasted Red Onions, Field Mix Greens
Harissa Lemon Juice Dressing

Classic Caesar
Parmesan Cheese, Creamy Dressing

Kids Buffet
Mac and Cheese, Chicken Tenders, Fries

Hot Dishes
Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Honey Glazed Baby Carrots & Brocollini
Herbed Rice with Pearl Onions
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Roasted Rainbow Cauliflower
Brown Butter Whipped Potatoes
Honey Lavender Roasted Chicken Chicken

Carved to Order
Prime Rib
Au Jus, Horseradish Cream
Atlantic Lemon-Dill Salmon
Watercress Tartar Sauce
Pork Steamship
Dijon & Cracked Black Pepper Crusted

Assorted Mini Desserts
Chocolate Marquise, Strawberry Verrine, Carrot Opera, Blueberry Verrine, Pineapple Coconut Opera, Pecan Pie,
Brownie Cheesecake, Apple Pie, Lemon Bar
Easter Cookie Decorating

Atlanta Easter Hotel Package


Only Georgia’s own Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, located in North Atlanta, boasts many awards and his highly recognized across its wide variety of luxury offerings.

Chateau Elan’s unique personal service, amenities, and facilities are truly world-class and regionally renowned for top-tier hospitality in the luxury resort and meeting destination travel industry.

Experience it for yourself.  Start planning a weekend getaway, corporate meeting, a fairy-tale wedding or special eventBut don’t take our word for it!

Atlanta Meetings & Events

Remarkable Atlanta Convention Center ResortConventionSouth “Remarkable Resorts” 2020
After thousands of likes, shares and comments in ConventionSouth’s “Remarkable Resorts” social media contest, Chateau Elan was picked as the winner! Out of over 800+ resorts in the Southeast, readers and fans voted for Chateau Elan as one of the top.

ConventionSouth “Reader’s Choice Award for Georgia” 2019

Meetings Today Magazine’s “Best of Meetings” 2018

Learn more about North Atlanta’s best corporate meeting location.

Chateau Elan Inn

Nominated for Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” 2020
Southern Living’s “South’s Best” 2019
Conde Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice Awards” 2018

Chateau Elan Golf

Golf Advisor’s “Top 25  Best Golf Vacations for Couples” Read more. 


The Knot “Best of Weddings” 2019
Wedding Wire “Couples Choice Awards” 5-Star 2019


Marc Bar & Restaurant OpenTable’s “Diner’s Choice Award” 2020

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL: Chardonnay Reserve & Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
SILVER MEDAL: Cherokee Rose

Beverage Wine Tasting Institute of Chicago
93: Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
88: Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
89: Fingerprint Collection Malbec

World Wine Championship
90: Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
86: Fingerprint Collection Les Petits

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Experience something new on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia. 

Our culinary team has created an exclusive event for lovers of hot teas and sweet treats simply called Afternoon Tea.

This is the perfect opportunity to unwind with a cup of tea and a selection of delectable treats in addition to an optional and extensive wine list during our traditional Afternoon Tea held in the Versailles Restaurant.

The Versailles Tea experience includes a variety of delicious teas accompanied by a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, pastries and sweets.

Tea is served from 2pm-4pm by reservation only Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting February 22, 2020. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Online booking only.


Afternoon Tea $55
Afternoon Tea with Sparkling Wine Flight $75
Children (12 and under) $15



Sample tea offerings below. Menu items may vary each week.
Ask your server for our extensive wine menu if desired.

FEZ #39: Rare green tea from China combined with aromatic spearmint grown in the Pacific Northwest and a hint of lemon myrtle from Australia. Fez artfully evokes old Morocco and tastes best when shared with friends while lounging on pillows.

Jasmine Silver Tip #96: Delicate, tender green tea leaves from China’s Fujian Province are harvested each May and steam-fired to maintain their fragrance. Many call it the perfect marriage.

British Brunch #18: The perfect lunch tea. Sophisticated and delicious at any time of the day. A rich blend of full-bodied Indian Assam teas paired with succulent Ceylon Dimbula, intense and floral Ceylon Uva and a touch of smokey China Keemun from Anhui.

Lord Bergamot #55: A flavor somewhat superior to traditional Earl Grey. Fragrant Ceylon Dimbula and Uva are artfully combined with select teas from India’s Assam valley, then scented with the flavor of bergamot from the realm of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Meadow number #67: A caffeine-free blend from Egyptian chamomile flowers and mildly stimulating, fragrant hyssop joined with smooth Cape rooibos, rose petals and linden flowers.

Big Hibiscus #25: The cabernet of hibiscus teas. We join luscious red hibiscus with Indian sarsaparilla, ginger, pink rose petals, and elderflowers from Europe. Deep red, complex, nuanced and caffeine-free, this tea almost needs a corkscrew.

White Petal: These delicate, shade-dried leaves from China’s Fujian Province are naturally high in antioxidants. Egyptian chamomile petals and Chinese osmanthus flowers add a fragrant, toasty, creamy and
slightly sweet bloom of flavor.

Ali Shan Oolong: This lightly oxidized oolong is produced in the Ali Shan range of eastern Chaiyi County in Taiwan using the Si Ji Chun (Four Seasons Spring) tea cultivar. It is prized for its full mouthfeel, robust tropical floral notes, and candied finish.

Yunnan Silver Needle: Harvested in early spring, this white tea is produced in the Yunnan Province of China, the birthplace of tea, and is made from only the bud of the tea bush. With delicate sweetness and melon-like flavor, it has subtle floral notes and a lingering complexity telling of the terroir of Yunnan.

Chamomile Flowers: Soothing and caffeine-free, with a subtle taste and aroma that is apple-like and toasty, Egyptian chamomile is an eternally pleasant infusion. These golden buds are harvested just for us from January to April.

Rooibos: Caffeine-free rooibos, also known as red bush, grows near the South African town of Clanwilliam. In September and October (their spring), the tender, topmost leaves are carefully handpicked and processed for a sweet, creamy, tea-like flavor.

Kandy: Named after one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka, Kandy brings together full and flavory Dimbula with highly aromatic and intense Uva and lightly scented high-grown Nuwara Eliya. A tea made for sipping with pleasure all-day

Tea is served from 2pm-4pm by reservation only Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting February 22, 2020. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Online booking only.




This week’s #WeddingWednesday has a ceremony held on the Matisse Lawn and a reception in the Winery Pavilion.  Are you looking for a premier wedding destination in North Atlanta or simply near Gwinnett?  Then look no further than Chateau Elan as the area’s premier wedding destination!

Congrats to Sam and Tim on their special day!

Photo Credit: Jaimie Dee Photography or on Instagram @jaimiedeephotography



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Just in time for Valentines Weekend! In case you missed it, Chateau Elan Executive Chef Rodney Ashley cooked LIVE on Fox5 Good Day Atlanta sharing his Lover’s Fondue recipe. Missed the segment? You can watch it HERE. Try the recipes yourself at home, don’t forget to tag us in your photos! Cheers!

Lover’s Fondue in Versailles at Chateau Elan

2 Cloves Garlic (Chopped)
1.5 Cup Dry Chateau Elan White Wine
8oz Gruyere (Grated)
8oz Cream Cheese (Room Temp)
8oz Raclette Cheese (Grated)
2 Tbls Cornstarch
2 Tbls Lemon Juice
Pinch White Pepper
Salt TT

Pour wine in a fondue pot with garlic on medium heat.
When liquid comes to a high simmer, sprinkle handfuls of cheese at a time while stirring until combined
Whisk corn starch and lemon juice together until the starch is dissolved and add to the cheese mixture.
Transfer the fondue pot to table above heat source or use a hot cast iron. Cast iron retains heat.
Fun items to dip: Diced Cheddar, Sourdough Bread, Strawberries, Melon, Sausage, Shrimp, Scallops

Flexi-Chocolate Ganache
3 grams Gelatin leaf Sheets
450 grams Heavy Whipping Cream
100 grams Glucose
1 teaspoon Salt
3 grams Agar Agar
10 grams Sugar
190 grams Dark Couverture Chocolate
Bloom gelatin Sheets in cold water.

Mix the Agar Agar in with the sugar. In a sauce pot mix the heavy cream, glucose, salt and sugar/agar mixture. Whisk over low heat, as soon as it comes to a boil turn off heat.

Drain the gelatin sheets and add to cream along with the chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Pour into a greased loaf pan or an acetate lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate 3-4 hours. Score and cut into strips or shapes that you prefer.

Meringue Bites
6ea egg whites, room temperature
¼ teaspoon Cream of tartar
1.5 grams granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Begin whipping egg whites until Frothy. Add in cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add in sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until dissolved and stiff glossy peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Using a piping tip, pipe rosettes, stars or dollops onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Place in the oven and allow to bake until firm. 30-35 minutes



This week’s #WeddingWednesday highlights the Atrium and Ballroom ceremony and reception space at north Atlanta’s premier wedding destination.

Congrats to Kale and Morgan on their special day!

Venue: Chateau Elan Atrium and Debussey Ballroom
Floral and Design: Jim White Designs
Photo: Kelly and Logan Photography
Video: Up and Up Weddings
Hair: Melanie Sorrow
Makeup: Robin Shanael
Dress: Bridals By Lori




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The enchanting château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, Château Élan Winery & Resort, today proudly announces the completion of its $25 million dollar comprehensive renovation. As the first major renovation since its inception in the mid-1980s, the full redesign ushers in the newest chapter in its storied history by introducing a fresh, yet timeless, modernized design, while still honoring the existing estate’s 16th century-style charm. Beckoning a new generation, the transformation includes a complete overhaul of 251 guestrooms and 24 suites, four new food and beverage outlets, the winery, as well as the resort lobby, with a facelift to the existing pool terrace and immersive spa

“As we complete this renovation, it is clear how every decision was made to positively impact our guest experience,” said Neville Erasmus, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “We’re beyond proud to bring this vision to life and reintroduce the new Château Élan to our beloved repeat and new guests alike.”

During the nine-month project, Atlanta-based interior and architectural design firm, BLUR Workshop, was tasked to lead the multi-million-dollar renovation formulating a design concept representative of the resort’s vast southern locale – inspired by the surrounding rolling hills and lush vineyards. Further defining its sense of place, the property is accessorized with local artwork and features a modern palate painted in variations of gray and taupe with pops of chartreuse, turquoise and gold, warmed by rich wood accents, elegant lighting, white Calcutta marble and industrial touches including tufted leather, wrought iron and carved limestone. Giving a nod to its topography, the design also boasts vineyard inspired details throughout, with the most dramatic being a custom 1,400-piece glass chandelier hand-blown in the Crystal Valley of the Czech Republic, shaped to mimic the shifting grape vines along the vast rolling hills.

Maximizing every square foot to enhance the resort’s public spaces, the renovation included:

The full redesign of 251 guestrooms and 24 suites provides a sleek new look to compliment the overall resort, while incorporating modern enhancements for the needs of today’s guest. The rooms include custom designed carpeting, bathrooms with upgrades including freestanding vanity areas made of wood and stone, a color palette of greys and taupes to simplify the backdrop, allowing for pops of walnut, brushed oak and the studded, leather-tufted headboard to make a statement.

The lobby was updated with its central location in mind. The space was dressed with leather tufted lounges, softened by a mix of fur and partnered pillows, wingback chairs, and limestone fireplace. The biggest addition to the lobby space was adding Le Petit Café – the coffee and wine bar complete with a curated gift shop.

The Atrium was also fully transformed with white marble and natural details complimented by polished bronze and gold accents, in addition to adding a cozy, vintage-inspired library and 1,400-piece crystal chandelier dripping across the glass ceiling – evoking the shifting landscape of the vineyard.

Adding flair to both flavor and design, four of the now ten food and beverage outlets were completely re-envisioned from everything including the décor to dining concepts and menus.

A staple at Château Élan, Marc Bar & Restaurant has been reintroduced as a southern-inspired bar and chophouse with a completely refreshed menu and a special focus on artisanal libations. The restaurant also added a French oak, soapstone bar to the back of its space as a new gathering area.

To anchor the grand space within The Atrium, the resort added a new Atrium Bar crowned with an iconic 40-foot Douglas fir wood sculpture, which was crafted to mimic the vineyard’s movement and be an interactive display, changing views as you drift through the space.

Versailles, the internationally-inspired American buffet led by Executive Chef Rodney Ashley was reimagined to compliment the new, simplistic design in the glass-topped Atrium – adding additional seating with pops of teal. The space also provides a new private dining room for groups.

The all-new Louis’ House of Bourbon is a contemporary sports bar with the ambiance of an old-world speakeasy. With wood paneling, leather furniture, eclectic art, neon signage and a curated bourbon display behind the glowing amber bar, the lounge evokes southern charm while its old-world accents recall the bar’s French namesake, Louis.

“After years of planning, we’re humbled to experience the final product that now matches the level of service Château Élan has provided for decades,” said Keith Manning, vice president of asset management, Wheelock Street Capital. “The new design enhances the opportunity to deliver unmatched experiences and to welcome guests of all ages.”

The Resort held a Grand Unveiling Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Chateau Elan Inn on January 14th, 2020.


About Chateau Elan Resort
Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan Winery & Resort is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X. Collection, which represents renowned properties that feature the finest accommodations coupled with attentive, engaging, and exclusive personal service. The 3,500-acre resort offers guests a unique destination experience accessorized by lush vineyards and marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to one of the most awarded wineries on the east coast, 10 total bars and restaurants, 40,000-square-feet of meeting space, a 35,000-square-foot European spa, 45 holes of championship golf and a golf club and tennis center, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.

About HEI Hotels & Resorts
HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality company that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, as well as, premium select-service hotels throughout the United States under such well-known brand families as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. HEI takes a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees by setting the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focusing on the central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. For more information about HEI, visit www.heihotels.com.

About Wheelock Street Capital
Wheelock Street Capital (www.wheelockst.com) was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with 30 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has raised over $3 billion in capital commitments from well-known institutional investors and focuses on real estate investment opportunities throughout the United States, in both public and private markets. The firm may invest directly or with high quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations. Wheelock’s investment team benefits from extensive experience from top-tier institutional investment firms and highly regarded real estate operating companies and has produced a 10-year track record of demonstrated and consistent outperformance over industry benchmarks.

About BLUR Workshop
BLUR Workshop is a design firm based out Atlanta, GA comprised of a team of energetic and capable professionals that have worked together continuously for the last 23 years. Our team offers full professional design services for both hospitality interior design and hospitality architecture. These services are led by industry veterans Liz Neiswander, Foreman Rogers, Scott Sickeler, Peter Green and Scott Morris. Together, this team has been instrumental in the design of $2.75 billion and 10,750,000 sq. ft. of constructed, award-winning work, delivered in budget and on time without a claim. BLUR Workshop was created with purpose. Even the name reflects our vision. We believe great hospitality environments blend exterior and interior, architecture and interior design. We think this notion is even more important in making a great resort. It is this blurring of disciplines that truly represents the way we approach our design process. The Workshop portion of our name comes from a desire to have a more hands-on design process in which models and mockups become even more integral to our detailed and thoughtful design process.