Whist Club Weddings: A Venue Spotlight

Jan 29, 2020

The Historic University and Whist Club

I am excited about this blog post! There are so many reasons that I am ALWAYS excited to shoot Whist Club Weddings! First of all, The University and Whist Club just feels like home as it is almost quite literally in my backyard. The Tilton Mansion (home of the Whist Club) sits in the Cool Spring/Tilton Park neighborhood (which happens to be one of the BEST neighborhoods in Wilmington, Delaware if you ask this humble resident). Also, I really love the history of the Tilton Mansion (You can learn more about that here). Historic homes and venues have that extra element of character that just can’t be matched. And undoubtedly, The Whist Club is simply a gorgeous venue. With recent indoor renovations, and the Carriage House restoration, it is now better than ever.

Get to know Margaret Reilly!

Margaret Reilly is the wedding and social event coordinator at The University and Whist Club. She is anther reason that I love working at this Wilmington venue. Margaret has a ton of experience working with engaged couples – and therefore, she knows what it takes to make a wedding day run smoothly! I recently had an opportunity to ask her some questions so that you can get to know her (and the Whist Club) a little bit better. Check out these pics of some beautiful events I have captured there followed by my interview with Margaret!

My Interview with Margaret

Katie: Margaret, what do you love most about your job?

Margaret: I love meeting and working with all the diverse clients. Every couple has a different personality and a vision for how they want their special day to come together. Their personal touches and themes make each wedding unique and seeing their reaction the day of is very rewarding.

Katie: What makes The University and Whist Club unique as a wedding venue?

Margaret: We only host one wedding a day, which provides each couple the attention to detail they deserve. In addition, we have a grooms’ room, a fabulous all-inclusive package, ambience and historic presence.

Most Memorable Whist Club Weddings Moments

Katie: Do you have a most memorable wedding?

Margaret: I have “pieces” of several weddings that were unforgettable. There was a bride whose daughter had passed away and wore an antique pendant that contained her daughter’s picture and a clip of her hair. Another who gave everyone a book and bookmark as a wedding favor, and a personal, handwritten note on every bookmark. There was also a bride who carried a bouquet adorned with a charm of her father and grandmother who had both recently passed.  

In addition, I remember the wedding ceremony with a chair where a photo of the father-of-the-bride was placed. 

There was also that time the fire alarm went off and everyone had to evacuate the building! Luckily it was before any guests had arrived, but the bride decided to have her photo taken on the fire truck.  (side note from Katie:  that’s amazing!  I love that that bride made a fun memory out of it!)

And finally, there was the New Year’s Eve wedding, which dropped 1,000 balloons at at the stroke of midnight.

Katie: What do couples love most about your venue?

Margaret: Our five-star reviews speak for themselves! We are accommodating, organized, responsive, detailed, professional, patient, flexible, efficient and our food is to die for! (you can find some of those 5 star reviews here)

Find out What Whist Club Weddings are Like for Yourself!

So, if you’ve never been to the University and Whist Club in Wilmington,  your chance to visit is coming up!  Whist Weddings 2nd Annual Bridal Show takes place on Sunday, March 29th from 11am-3pm.  Tickets are only $5 each!  You can register here.  I photographed the event last year and had a table to displaying my photography business.  It was a GREAT DAY.  Come out on March 29th and tour the mansion, visit the Carriage House, meet lots of fantastic vendors and maybe even win a door prize!  Following are some highlights from last year’s bridal show.

More Helpful Info

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  This is the third in a series of venue spotlights.  You can find the others here and here.  If you need a photographer for your upcoming event, I’d love to chat.  Get in touch!

Vendors featured in the Whist Weddings Show photos from 2019:

M.Coty Designs

Something Borrowed

Trabeona Travels

Veuve Clicquot

Cakes by Kim

Irini’s Originals

Flowers by Yukie

Weddings with Lorraine

Desserts by Dana

Blo Blow Dry Bar Wilmington



  1. SEO Referral Program

    January 31st, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Awesome post! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  2. Katie Sica

    January 31st, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you!

  3. Emily Tolliver

    January 31st, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    What a beautiful venue and beautiful pictures!! ❤️ I LOVE that they only do one wedding per day! You can’t get enough special attention on your special day. 😊

  4. Katie Sica

    January 31st, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you, Emily! Yes! It really is unique that the University and Whist Club only does one wedding per day. Just one more reason to love them!

  5. Aiste Stanley

    January 31st, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I came to the venue as a potential vendor for their bridal show and decided to have my own wedding there! What a beautiful place and the staff is amazing!! Thank you for writing this blog and featuring my business as well. Love it!

  6. Katie Sica

    January 31st, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    You made a great choice with The University and Whist Club! Congratulations and best wishes in the coming year for Trabeona Travels!

  7. Kristina

    February 2nd, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Such cool shots! I love the variety of backgrounds/settings you highlighted and love that cool stair picture!

  8. Katie Sica

    February 3rd, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you, Kristina! The black and white ‘stair shot’ is one of my favorites too – I love that perspective!

  9. Chris C.

    February 4th, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Event Coordinators always have the best stories! I have some of my favorite venues that I love to shoot at and a big part of why they are my favorites is because of the amazing staff! Great shots =)

  10. Katie Sica

    February 4th, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you, Chris! And yes! The staff can really make working at a great venue that much more amazing!

  11. Taylor

    February 4th, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Very helpful information and lovely pictures 🙂 I second that stair shot is GREAT <3

  12. Katie Sica

    February 5th, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you, Taylor!

  13. Rebekah Taylor

    February 5th, 2020 at 5:02 am

    Beautiful pictures, but I LOVE the staircase photo best of all! What a neat picture!!

  14. Katie Sica

    February 5th, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks so much, Rebekah! That staircase photo is definitely one of my favorites ever from the times that I’ve shot at the University and Whist Club.

  15. Lilly

    February 5th, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I didn’t realize they were renovating the carriage house, what a great space! I love how you frame the shots to include the special details of the venue – the doors & exposed beam work are beautiful!

  16. Katie Sica

    February 5th, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you, Lilly! So many beautiful details in their space – you’ll have to check out the carriage house at the University and Whist Club sometime soon!

  17. Jen Shoemaker

    February 6th, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Oh WOW! Gorgeous wedding and that location…swoon!

  18. Katie Sica

    February 8th, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Yes! Such a beautiful spot – I love that the University and Whist Club is so close by, I love shooting there!

  19. Blak Walters

    February 7th, 2020 at 12:41 am

    What a beautiful venue! I love this series & how we can have peek into these beautiful places!! Also that veil in the first few photos is just beautiful!!

  20. Katie Sica

    February 8th, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Yes, isn’t it? So much detail in that veil. Thank you for checking out my venue series, Blak!

  21. AffiliateLabz

    February 15th, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

  22. Katie Sica

    February 15th, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you!

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