Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Weekend Wedding Planning Recap

Hello Lovelies! Now that we're back from our weekend trip, I wanted to share some of the photos I took of the winery we visited this past Friday. As you might know, this was our first bit of wedding planning, so we still have a long way to go before we decide even the most basic of things (where, when, etc). However, I really enjoyed visiting this winery, and look forward to checking out other places in the near future!

Here is the main entrance to the building. Although we want an outdoor wedding, I think the stone archways, as well as that old barn in the background, would make for some pretty great photo ops. I actually wish the barn was in a bit better shape, as I would consider it for the reception.
There were also several other old shacks on location, which I found rather charming, but I'm not sure if others would feel the same.
If we decided to have our wedding & reception here, there would be plenty of space for a tent should we choose to have one, but I'm still not sure if I want that. I would honestly love to have an open air outdoor wedding/reception, but since I also want a fall wedding, I don't think that will be possible.
The beautiful vineyards should nicely contrast against the red, yellow, and orange leaves in the fall, which would make for another great photo op.
Here's another shot of the vineyards. While the land was quite lovely, my fiance and I both agreed that we would really love it if there were some water (e.g. pond or stream) nearby. Still, I love the rustic feel of this location, and will keep it in mind as we continue our search.
As for the food and wine, we were quite pleased with both. The menu featured a lot of seafood Friday evening, and we tried a bit of almost everything! There were only a few items I didn't really enjoy, and all the deserts were phenomenal (though I guess that isn't as important if we only plan on having a cake). While some of the wines were more typical of wines from the midwest (not too impressive) there were actually a few we tried that were rather tasty. The white wines were most impressive, but there were a couple reds that I didn't hate. Luckily, my fiance plans on brewing a couple beers for our wedding, plus we want a full open bar, so there will be plenty of options when it comes to the libations (I love that word)! :)

So, what do you all think of this first location? If you've gone through this whole process, do you have any tips regarding the selection of a venue or important things to think about that I have overlooked so far? I'd love to hear your thoughts and any advice you can offer!


  1. It is absolutely beautiful! I remember planning my wedding. Finding a venue where the catering was included was such a plus. Not having to worry about outside catering made things run so smoothly. I think this vineyard is perfect for a fall wedding!

  2. very very beautiful location :D thanks for sharing



  3. This looks beautiful and very different. Love it!


  4. It is so difficult to find the perfect place to have a wedding. Mr. A and I looked at about 20 of them before we found our number one. It's exhausting but super fun!

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  5. Thanks everyone! Glad to hear others like this location as well! Bonnie, I can definitely see how this might get exhausting, but hopefully we can find a place in less than 20 trips! :)

  6. What a pretty location, but I can see how you'd like a water location. Love the idea of a spot like this though. Mine was in a temple because it was super affordable compared to other local options and gave us the financial flexibility to totally do up the space and get great food and drinks.