Interning at the Stone Barn

by Gabriella Latini ’19

Victoria Amaro and Gabriella Latini ’19

Agritourism and Events Director Victoria Amaro (left) mentored Gabriella Latini ’19 during a summer internship at the Stone Barn that focused on wedding planning. The Stone Barn hosted eighteen weddings this year. Photo: Peter Nielsen.

As an Elementary Education major, I plan to pursue a career in teaching, but I have always had a passion for event planning. I’m a musician who has sung at many weddings over the past ten years. In high school, I had the pleasure of planning two proms, our graduation, project graduation and more fundraisers than I can count. I always say that planning a prom is just like planning a wedding. From decor and seating charts to food and budgets, it’s very similar. So, for my career, I’m hoping to combine the two–event planning during the summers and teaching during the rest of the year.

This summer, I interned with the College’s Agritourism and Events Director Victoria Amaro and focused on wedding planning. I assisted with the preparation and set up for each wedding and provided some office assistance. We have found that it is much easier to manage the staff, bride, and family with both of us there!

“I have learned a lot about what it is like from the perspective of the venue and what roles come along with that.”

I think that the Stone Barn at Sebago Lake is a beautiful wedding venue. It’s so unique compared to other wedding barns in our area. It is rustic and elegant at the same time.

Even though I had a lot of experience in event planning already, I have learned a lot about what it is like from the perspective of the venue and what roles come along with that. I have enjoyed every event at the barn that I participated in.

Gabriella is originally from Westbrook, Maine, but currently lives in Windham. She is off-campus for the fall semester while completing her student teaching.

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