December 2, 2022

Triumphant transformation is no easy feat. And yet, in the heart of Sandy, a talented team accomplished exactly that as it reimagined a decades-old event center into Twenty & Creek—a freshly conceived and crafted venue for weddings, retreats, conferences and celebrations. 

Photos by Rebekah Westover

The welcoming walnut-paneled foyer gives way to the venue’s immense, light-filled grand hall. Strategically laid herringbone-patterned wood flooring draws the eye through the hall and out to views of the patios and gardens.
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In the foyer, a charcoal velvet settee sits below a mirror that reflects natural light and garden views flowing through leaded-style windows. 

One visit to the Sandy property and 20 chandeliers ago, Megan Bonham gazed at the ornate chateau-style venue and envisioned something new, fresh and timeless in its place. She purchased the property and then hired The Fox Group’s Cara and Tom Fox, Ferran Construction, landscape designer Emily Brooks Wayment and architectural designer Peter Fillerup to help turn her vision into reality. “Our goal was to have this venue stand the test of time, making it as relevant today as it will be 20 years from now,” Bonham says. 

An elegant staircase connects the upper-level bride’s suite with the spacious main-level hall. Spectacular architectural details include a 20-foot coffered ceiling, broad wall panels, and oversized baseboards and casings. “They layer details into the room and are scaled to suit its impressive size and dimensions,” Tom Fox explains. Broad sliding door systems open the hall to large patios and lush gardens in back. 
 A crushed limestone fireplace anchors the grand hall’s open space while providing one of many thoughtfully curated settings inside Twenty & Creek. “This venue serves up moments on a silver platter,” says Tom Fox, describing the many vignettes and backdrops designed and positioned for memory-making photos and videos. 
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The handcrafted staircase boasts iron and brass railings; 

The team saw eye-to-eye on a basic premise: Twenty & Creek had to be a uniquely beautiful and enchanting place where clients could make and memorialize their own special moments. But this objective produced a curious challenge: How do you create distinctive design that inspires and delights while still allowing each client’s individual style and personalized celebration to prevail? 

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Feminine but not too frilly, the bride’s suite is washed in soothing blue tones and features a three-panel walnut-framed mirror specially designed for the space. Soft patterns charm the suite including the sitting area’s striped chairs and the bathroom’s floral wallpaper by Ralph Lauren.

“We had to create spaces that are warm, welcoming and elegant but not too taste-specific,” Cara explains. One of the best examples, the designer points out, is the grand hall. There, sparkling chandeliers, classic molding and a monumental cast-limestone fireplace impart elegance and distinct character to the soaring, open space. However, the hall’s white surfaces, light-toned wood floors and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows deliver a blank, albeit gracious, canvas upon which personal style and festive furnishings can be easily introduced. “This allows each of our guests to truly create their own special moments here,” says Julia Seamons, project and facilities manager. Nearby, the venue’s ethereal ceremony hall and broad, garden-wrapped patios similarly invite expressive styling and spirited staging. 

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Black walls, honed Nero Marquina marble and swanky plumbing fixtures deliver a decidedly dramatic, masculine vibe to the men’s suite bathroom. 
The lower level men’s suite boasts an opulent club style, with indigo blue paneled walls, leather furnishings, brass accents and a separate dressing room furnished with richly stained built-in wardrobes and framed mirrors

Twenty & Creek’s more intimate spaces are decidedly more design-driven and wrought with details that give each an opulent, bespoke quality. Handsome walnut paneling wraps the foyer, hushed hues and dressmaker touches charm the top-of-stairs bride’s suite and dark indigo paint cocoons the handsomely paneled groom’s retreat on the lower level. Luxe fabrics, patterned papers, gleaming marbles and brass fixtures create a decorative thread that embellishes the more private spaces throughout, adding surprise and splendor to the otherwise understated décor. 

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A brass console gleams against a shimmering backdrop of floor-to-ceiling handmade Moroccan tiles in a lower-level bathroom.  

In the center of it all, a stately staircase elegantly detailed with brass and iron railings gracefully connects the grand hall with the bride’s suite above. One of the main hall’s three enormous handcrafted chandeliers sparkles overhead. One can easily imagine a gorgeously gowned bride slowly descending the stairs to join her groom and guests in the nearby ceremony room. “This place is all about moments, and we knew that a beautiful staircase would be part of the most memorable experiences,” Cara says. 

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“Megan wanted the bathrooms to be ‘wow’ moments—super high-end and very memorable,” says Cara Fox. The main level’s “pinstripe” bathroom is exactly that, boasting a brass console, Carrara marble sink and dramatic, honed Nero Marquina marble walls.

“For many people, this venue represents the best day of their entire lives. Love and happiness happen here, surrounded by family and friends,” Bonham explains. “It was important for us to create an environment that memorialized those special days, which meant creating spaces that were iconic and could capture the feelings of each client’s special day.”  

Broad slider doors open the grand hall to large patios and beautiful gardens designed by landscape designer Emily Brooks Wayment.
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Megan Bonham, owner of Twenty & Creek

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