So, I changed up the menu at the top of this here blog a little bit so you can jump straight to the wedding posts if you want. After doing so, I realized that I should probably put some more content into that section besides just: hey, we’re engaged!, hey, there’s a ring!, we’re planning! and we promise we’re planning! As such, it’s time to tell you about the venue : )
We’re getting hitched Saturday, March 10th in La Grange, TX at Lutherhill Ministries. Lutherhill, straight off their own website is: “a Summer Camp and Year Round Retreat Center. It is a great place for youth and adults to explore God’s world and word. People of all faiths are welcome to come and enjoy our 85 acres of wooded and wide open spaces.” I found it by some crazy complicated Googling after our first grand idea of getting married at a historic church here in Houston fell through. What really sold me on investigating them was this blog entry from Whitney Lee Photography featuring a wedding held there. I mean, look at that chapel! Bill loved that they were a) affordable, b) not urban/Houstonian and c) seemingly perfectly made for us.
Once I contacted them, I was blown away by how kind and helpful they’ve been (not to mention their awesome price and accommodations). They haven’t even balked once at my bajillion questions! We’re very much looking forward to getting married out in the beauty of the Texas countryside, surrounded by our family and friends. It reminds me a lot of my childhood in Gilmer, camping with my family all over the country and the many years spent at the PC(USA)’s summer camps. They’re a great venue also because they include their tables and chairs in the price, let us have our rehearsal the night before at no extra cost, allow us to bring in our own booze without a TABC licensed bartender and offer catering services in-house or we can bring in our own.
Our ceremony and reception will both be held in the beautiful Carby Chapel Center looking out over the camp. Both before the wedding and the night after, we’re so lucky to have many of our family and friends able to stay in Lutherhill’s lodging right there! They have several retreat lodgings with everything from bunkbeds to singles, so we’re gonna be having Camp Emily and Bill out in La Grange that weekend : ) It’s a triple win because the lodging there is much more affordable than a hotel, we don’t have to worry about people stumbling back to a hotel post-reception imbibing, and we get to have our folks all around us as well.
So, that’s the place! And the time! What do you think?