since becoming engaged to Kurt in July of last year, our time apart has not really been all that great (or exciting for that matter). and I’ve shared with you the time I’ve been able to spend with him. but what hasn’t been shared yet are the wedding plans that are starting to unfold!
so I am happy to provide for you all the update of what has happened so far, and the plans for what is yet to come. let the wedding planning posts begin!
not long after becoming engaged, Kurt and I had decided that a wedding in Pennsylvania would be both practical and beautiful. and it would definitely allow my grandparents, who are both starting to show their age, to attend. when considering venues, we talked a lot about who was on our guest list, what type of experience we wanted to provide for our guests, and most importantly what we wanted to highlight as the backdrop for our day. I compiled a list of about ten venues, Kurt and I whittled it down to five, and my parents and I successfully visited four of them when I was home for Thanksgiving last.
funnily enough, it was my dad who suggested the visits. I was only planning to look at one venue with my mom on a whim – when dad found out, he asked if he could join in the visits and encouraged me to schedule more! the two days we spent visiting venues were wonderful and exhausting and confusing and clarifying. and by the end of it, we had a decision and a date all picked out!
on the first day of visits, we drove south toward Philadelphia for two venues; the Lake House Inn and terrain. both venues were so different from one another, and each were both very lovely. but elements about each very quickly put them on the list of venues that wouldn’t quite fit our desired wedding.
the Lake House Inn
the next day, we drove north toward the Poconos for the second two venues; Skytop Lodge and the Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake. growing up in Pennsylvania, the Poconos has always been one of my favorite places; it feels like a true destination while still being close to anything someone might need.
on this day, I was really expecting to love Skytop Lodge. we had vacationed there when I was a child and I have such fond memories of the time spent there. remembering reading in the library and flying down the toboggan run had me itching to make the visit, but when we got there, that feeling I was expecting to have just didn’t come to fruition. it was beautiful, and we certainly could have had a fabulous wedding there, but it just didn’t feel like “us”.
the Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake
which leaves the Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake. when my parents and I drove onto the property, I was mighty skeptical. my dad had never head of the location, (and he knows just about everything there is to know about the Poconos) and the curb appeal of the property left me a little wanting. but, when my parents and I set foot into the reception space, we all were just taken over by the beauty of the place. with floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the building and a positively elegant interior, we all knew that we had stumbled on a fantastic location.
after comparing notes and our pro/con lists, I was able to share all of the highlights with Kurt. he was so thrilled that the location he liked based on their website also ended up being the location I loved the most. when I visited Kurt in October, we had selected three date options and the Monday I returned to Indianapolis after Thanksgiving I called the venue to successfully secure our date.
so far, planning a wedding via email and Skype has not been the easiest. being eleven hours away from my parents and 4000 miles away from Kurt does not make this process simple at all. but our wedding will not be until October 2015, which gives us twenty-one months to plan, and I’m hoping that with that much time it will be completely stress-free! as we continue our research and decision making, I will absolutely share the highlights here with you all. and if you have tips, I am so ready to hear them!