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i think i've found it...
We were looking at the Ecotarium in Worcester, MA for our wedding, but they have a contract with Currier and Chives Caterers and I don't like the look of their sample menus. Just like some sites are too elaborate for the party I want to throw, their food looks too elaborate. I actually sort of gives me the creeps. I mean, I'm sure it's lovely, but I'm looking for steak and potatoes and they're offering me foie gras and caviar (not literally, but you get my drift).

So today I started tooling around the Internet. Somehow, Mount Monadnock caught my eye -- it's a frequently climbed mountain here in New England. I got to thinking about the inn where we had our senior class trip: the Woodbound Inn in Jaffrey, NH (except that their website says Rindge, but to this day, I can still hear my class saying in unison "THE WOODBOUND INN IN JAFFREY, NEW HAMPSHIRE," so that's how it stays in my mind). It's very nice, but it didn't stir me. So I kept looking in the Monadnock region.

I think I found it. When I saw these pictures, I started crying. I did the same thing when I read this article about Viking weddings, and got to the part about exchanging vows on the hilt of a sword -- it seemed right and fit that we two, so dedicated to protecting each other and our families, should pledge our lives to each other like this. (I didn't read the part about divorce -- no point to that, is there?)

When I pictured our ceremony, I pictured a place like this. I even mentioned to my dad that I thought it would be cool to find an orchard to have the ceremony in. My hometown has two commercial apple orchards and a couple of u-picks; I basically grew up surrounded by apple trees.

I think this is it. I'm just holding my breath and hoping that we'll be able to afford it.

i feel: hopeful hopeful

5 trips or shoot the rapids
ealdthryth From: ealdthryth Date: May 10th, 2003 07:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That's a beautiful site. I hope it works out for you. I sympathize with you in your search. Six years ago we were in major search mode. We drove to places in the mountains and searched the internet. We ended up at the UU church in Greenvile because that satisfied our requirements and it the wedding was wonderful. I wish you the same kind of success!
bellatrixx From: bellatrixx Date: May 11th, 2003 01:11 am (UTC) (base camp)
:blinks. AMAZING.

Now, a word of advice. Location can be the most powerful aspect of your ceremony. This place would give you virtually no need for flowers. Apple and rose centerpieces! TONS of apples in in the food (that pork dish under recipes looked amazing).

Oh, I hope you can afford it too, it's sublime!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 13th, 2003 04:51 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Heh... wonder what fruit will be ripe in June? Apples aren't usually ready till fall... they just had the Apple Blossom Festival in my hometown, on the Common.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 13th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Your Wedding . . .

Have you looked into *Longfellow's Wayside Inn* in Sudbury, MA . . . (www.wayside.org)? My husband and I love to go there for dinner, just the two of us, and with friends; and we have really enjoyed staying overnight. It is so romantic, and very *basic* (but not boring) *meat and potatoes* types of meals. There is even a *secret drawer society* where people leave letters in a drawer telling about their reasons for staying there and their experiences at the Wayside. The story behind it becoming *Longfellow's* Wayside Inn is very sad and romantic. They host many weddings throughout the year. Feel free to email me if you want to know more. I live in Ashland, MA (mw@weixel.com).
Best of luck,
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 13th, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Your Wedding . . .

I did actually, but I don't think that a Colonial-type inn is an appropriate venue for a Viking wedding. Sigh... every now and again I wish we were Rev War re-enactors instead of medieval. Then I remember their authenticity standards and the underpinnings for the gowns, and I breathe a quiet prayer of thanks for Viking apron dresses and smocks.
5 trips or shoot the rapids