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Wedding venue hunting
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A few weeks back I stumbled across this amazing website, the Wedding Wire, while beginning our wedding venue hunt. I feel like maybe everyone in the matrimony world knows about this wedding bible and maybe I'm just SUPER out of the loop. But HEY, I found it! Praise the wedding gods!
The Wedding Wire has many tools to help you plan the big day all on your own, but the part I've found the most helpful thus far is the venue reviews by fellow brides and grooms. You can search by zip code to find the venue perfect for your vision. The reviews include testimonials from people who wed there, star ratings, pictures and information on everything from capacity limits to catering to hotel accommodations. It's basically purrrrfection.
SO, one day I sat down and attacked this site searching for all the venues that pulled at my heartstrings. I found such a variety... a Chesapeake bayside hotel, a wine vineyard with ceremonies offered in the grapes, a private garden, a log cabin. You name it, I found it. If I kept looking I probably could have found a damn castle.
But one of the venues I found kept coming back to me. I knew it was the one I wanted to visit first.
So a few weeks later Josh and I made an appointment to go see our very first venue,
I. AM. IN. LOVE!!!!!!
When we first pulled up in the front I wasn't sure about it. I wanted it to be a little farther tucked away from the street but thought the tree-lined entrance was beautiful and the manor house looked awesome.
After we walked inside I was hooked.
The original house was built in the 1700s and later expanded in the 1800s and early 2000s. There is so much history and character in this house. I never knew I was so into old homes like this until I was asking the owner where the hidden tunnels were and was snooping around in the "Staff only" rooms. Whoops. I couldn't help myself!!!!
The updated kitchen is perfect for preparing food to keep our wedding party from being wasted at the ceremony, appetizers for the event and room for Chipotle to set up. Yes you read that right. We are 99% sure Chipotle will be served for dinner.
There are fireplaces in almost every room, extra sitting areas for any party guests who need to take a load off away from the debauchery and even a kid's room with a DVD player and Xbox. My little bro is gonna be stoked about that. He's also gonna be stoked about the old school pinball machines they have in the groom's room. Randomly awesome? I think so.
Upstairs is the bride's suite. When I walked into this room I kid you not I started choking back tears. I don't know if it was the exposed beams, the beautiful view, the sunshine pouring through the windows, the private balcony or just picturing my closest friends, family and myself getting ready for the big day... but I knew in that moment we had found the place.
The backyard sealed the deal.
When you walk out back you can see a beautiful, sprawling view of the 220 acres the home sits on. The owner even made a point to tell us, "You won't have to worry about noise ordinances here." I told him that was very important for our ridiculously rowdy group of guests.
There's a large stone patio that leads to a large reception tent and down to the ceremony site. There's even room for a bonfire, which I think was Josh's number one concern. We may not be getting married in Montana but we have to have a little of Montana with us!
The reception tent features a barn-style wood floor made of reclaimed wood that will go perfectly with the rustic feel I love. I can't wait to see it all in person when everything is in bloom. It's going to be beautiful!!
This shot totally reminds me of Ever After... anyone else?! Papa!!! Drew Barrymore's best role EVER. Well, that and Never Been Kissed. Okay, sorry. Moving on...
You can see more pictures of Walker's Overlook and other weddings there at this link and at the venue website.
While I don't recommend making a decision after seeing just one venue... I do think you should follow your gut feeling! If you walk into a place and can picture your special day there, the price is right and they have the date you want available... why not go for it?!! Doing lots of research online ahead of time really helped us as well.
We are SO excited that our wedding planning has officially begun and can't wait to share all the fun details with you guys :)