Had a chance to upload photos from this weekend. Thanks Kendra and Brian for getting married and inviting us. We appreciate you!!
Mike and I are attending a wedding in Ithaca, NY this summer with some folks we worked with at Bradford Woods.
We thought we could be cool and rent a house for everyone…then we ran into issues with cost and distance.
Then I remembered how much of a pain it was to plan our wedding…and didn’t like that part (though it was worth it). Glad we don’t have to plan any more weddings!
In the end, we are going with the hotel with the block of rooms!
…planning a wedding!!!
So, in our first stages of planning, we have been going back and forth on WHEN DO WE WANT OUR WEDDING TO BE??? Do we want a 3 day weekend to be more convenient so people can travel and not have to take a day off…or would we want to do a regular 2 day weekend when the airfares and travel are typically cheaper but most likely have to take a day off…ugh, so many things to ponder and this is just the beginning!!! We decided we would really like to have a wedding at Bradford Woods in the fall. It really is very beautiful with the foliage, temperature and there are much less bugs! Looking at Labor Day weekend, it would still be way too hot, and looking at Columbus Day weekend that would be Mike’s birthday…so we said no. So we decided to tentatively book the weekend of October 3, 2009 for our gathering (yes, a 2 day weekend). Hip hip hooray!! So we will see how far we get with that date until everything falls apart…but we are hoping to keep it for the time being.
With that, we also hope that friends and family would join us for the weekend, we are planning to have lots of fun things to do and to celebrate!!! We would like to make some options available to stay at Bradford Woods ranging from the
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to the Agape Lodge:
and even to Tents (if that is your type of thing). Each have a different price per person per night…which we can get back to you on if you would be interested in staying. Every option would be very close to everything that is going on and have electricity, showers, bathrooms, beds, good company etc. Sorry tvs are not included!
We like to get a count of who may be interested in staying where so we can reserve those lodging options. There are also hotels in the area…but we plan on leaving that up to you if you go that route. So please let us know what you are planning to do so we can reserve things accordingly.
So let us know what you think overall. We would love feedback and where you would be interested in staying if you will be staying!!! We are thinking we will have lodging available in the Manor House on Friday and Saturday and in Agape/Cabins/Tents only on Saturday…but let us know!!!
Camp is around the corner, as in 2 weeks, so for the last 2 and a half weeks, I’ve been pretty much focusing on nothing but that. In the middle of it all, I did manage to make a call to the Woods to see if I could get a hold of the retreats coordinator who I’d been emailing. It ends up that she quit, and her last day was a couple days after my last contact with her, and she never passed the info along that we were looking.
In the interim at least, our friend Shane has taken responsibility for retreats. This is very good, as it not only means that we are actually talking to someone who cares, its someone we know in the first place, so we feel much better about it. We are just waiting to hear back from him regarding a few dates, and then next thing you know, we may have some dates set!
Also, over the weekend, you probably heard that the Midwest took on some heavy flooding in some areas, Bradford Woods and Martinsville included. below are some photos Jaime Head sent us who in turn got them from someone else. The funny thing is, all these photos are of spots that we were talking about having the ceremony or the reception of both. So, here is a sneak peak of whats (maybe) to come for our gala event:
Back where the cars are…thats one spot
Here you can see the dam, which overlooks the lake, a very pretty spot
And heres the pavilion by the beach, which is also a wonderful spot. the dam would be about in the upper left corner of the photo.
So, so far so good, right?
So, obviously, if you have been paying attention to this site, you will notice the significant lack of updates in the last two months. Unfortunately to say, there has not been much to update on regarding our impending wedding of the century(!). One of our catchups is that we do not know where we would like to have the wedding, since I’m from Illinois, Becca is from Connecticut, we live in New Hampshire, and we met in Indiana, which pretty much sums up our 4 most realistic choices (the 5th being Pennsylvania, but I think I have been outvoted for that one)
Of those four, Indiana is our first choice, as it is where we met, we’ve had a lot of great experiences there, and it would bring things back full circle. The biggest concern for us is that we were not sure if we would be able to get married in Indiana, because if we were to, we would want it to be at Bradford Woods (www.bradwoods.org), and when we used to live and work there, there was a semi-strictly enforced “we don’t do weddings” policy that varied depending on who asked to be married there. So we thought that the best course to take was to get in touch with my old boss who still works there, hoping he could pull some strings if need be. Well, if you know Jim, its no surprise, but he is a very difficult person to get a hold of. I first started calling him around mid February, and finally got a hold of him about late April.
It was great to speak with him, and find out more about whats been happening since we’ve been gone, and he was very excited to hear that we were engaged and very excited for us to want to get married at the Woods, and that yes, it was a possibility for us to do, we’ll just have to speak with Karen in retreats. Which leads me to this thought; no one in Indiana knows how to use a phone because I started calling and leaving messages for her, only to have to email her to get a hold of her.
So, long story shortened, we are now in talks with BW over the possibility of having our wedding there. I’m thinking it’ll be a “Journeys to the Watershed” thematic event.
Stay tuned for details.