Well, let me talk about the wedding venue search and the adventure that we had over Memorial Weekend today.
We’ve been searching for the perfect place for awhile now, but looking over the website and the packages the venues sent just could not satisfy us, plus we are picky people, we had to go see them (have you met ANY bride that actually booked a place and didn’t even see it before?) So I booked the appointments late April for Memorial Weekend.
We took off Friday afternoon. 6 hours later, we were at
We had an uneventful drive up to our camp site, set up camp and made it in time for our first appointment. The first place was Riveredge Resort. It is a beautiful hotel right on the
See where I am? The balcony is where the jacuzzi is!
Where the reception would be if we decide to go with it
Even though we liked everything there, we decided then that it did not have the 1000
The second appointment we had on Saturday was with Pine Tree Point Resort. The resort itself is surrounded by pine trees (hence the name) and is located also right on the river. The garden is beautiful, although not where the ceremony would be conducted. The ceremony will actually be on the terrace right on the water with
This place is definitely on the top of our list to consider.
After the last appointment for the day, we stopped in at Treasure Island Jewelry and visited Alex and BJ Mosher. This is where we bought David’s wedding ring, and my engagement ring. They had just recently relocated to down the street from where they were and was re-opening the store that weekend. We chatted and Alex cleaned my ring (I didn’t realize how shiny my ring could be!!) and we started talking about wedding bands for me. David apparently had a vision, and now Alex and David have a vision for my ring. So now Alex is working on something so he can show us when we go up for 4th of July. David said that since I picked out my own engagement ring, I lose the privilege of picking out my wedding bands. I can’t wait to see what Alex come up with! It is very exciting to have someone designing your ring for you!
We went back to our camp site and settled in for the night, after all, we had quite an adventure so far.
Sunday started with visiting the Thousand Islands Country Club. The room was already set up to look like a wedding and it was very nicely done. Although it didn’t have the river view, but it has a very nice menu and all the food looked so yummy I was getting hungry just looking at it! Located on
We definitely like the menu here a lot better than the two places we already visited, but a country club is a country club, it just doesn’t have the charm and the river view that signifies the 1000 Islands Region. We’ve decided that we would probably cross this place off our list, but definitely keep it in mind for rehearsal dinner, if we are going to have one.
In the afternoon, we went to see the
After talking with David, we decided that we should probably not go with the castle since we will be planning it from 6 hours away, and we don’t know anyone there to confirm and recommend a good caterer to us. Plus we have to provide the transportation for all our guests to the castle and if any emergency arises, there is no way to get back to the main land immediately. Although we are not going to use the castle for our wedding, we are definitely recommending to all our friends and family to go visit.
We went back to the campsite after touring the castle. We cooked a delicious meal from the camp fire and went into town to get pictures taken for my ring for Alex. Alex snapped some nice picture for his own reference, and we went to Good Dog Charlie to check out the yarn selection. When we walked in, there was a sign right by the yarn section – EVERYTHING 50% OFF! Apparently, the owner is going to close the yarn section due to many reasons! Needless to say, I was super excited! They carry Farmhouse Yarn, Classic Elite, ArtYarns, just to name a few! So I picked up a few things:
9 skeins of Classic Elite Premiere in Black, 6 skeins of Artyarns Ultramerino 4 - 2 in teal and 4 in black, 4 Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles in size 0, 1, 2, and 3, and "Knitting for Dogs" by Kristi Porter
David told the owner that if she still has anything left during 4th of July weekend, we will be sure to get more!
After Good Dog Charlie, we went to the Drive-in to catch the new flick – Pirate of Caribbean. I love the drive-ins. I wish we have one near by. It is such an economical way to see movies, plus David and I can discuss if need to, without anyone turning their heads! One down side of the drive-ins – you can only watch it after sunset, otherwise it’s way too bright to see the screen!
Monday came around quickly, with the news that the part we needed for the truck didn’t come in. We packed up the
The Hart House is a bed and breakfast, and was the original cottage on
Jo came and greeted us and set us up for breakfast (we planned to have breakfast there to try out the food). We were served with drinks and seasonal fresh fruit and cinnamon rolls. The fruit had a dollop of fresh made crème with blueberries in them – yum! Then it was roasted veggie frittata with sausage on the top! It was beautifully displayed and very tasty. After breakfast, Art and Jo (the owners) came and sat with us and went over some details. If we go with this place, we will need to have the ceremony out on the yard, which is full of flowers and has a far view of the river (the Yacht Club is in between), and the reception can either be indoor or outdoor. They were very friendly and honest, and were willing to customize anything for us. The best part is that we would be able to rent the whole house so there are only people staying there that are attending the wedding. Both David and I enjoyed the breakfast, and thought this place would definitely be on our list.
We parted with The Hart House at around 11am and started our journey home. Luckily, it was very uneventful. Needless to say, we talked about our choice most of our way home. Right now, we are torn between the Pine Tree Point and the Hart House. Like I said before, Pine Tree Point has a beautiful terrace to have the ceremony, although the reception area is decent and the menu is typical, and the Hart House has a beautiful yard to have the ceremony, although not as close to the water, still have a far view of the river, and the food is delicious and the space for the reception has its own charm and a nice feel to it. Our debate is “Do people mostly remember the ceremony, or the reception?” What do you think?
We are tying a few loose ends and asking few more questions to both places and hopefully we can agree on a place by this week, since I don’t want to drag this out any longer! I’ll post about what happened to our truck and our adventure to pick it up soon!