Lanie and Chris's Wedding Blog

December 6, 2009, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Ceremony, Photos, Reception, Travel, Wedding Planning

It’s official!  After months of pounding the virtual pavement, we’ve finally found our wedding venue.  We’re getting married September 18th at Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown, CA!  The big day is Saturday the 18th, but we’ll be having lots of fun activities the day before – so come early and don’t forget your cowboy boots!

I’ve never loved a place more.  The ranch is unbelievably beautiful.  Jim (the owner) is so much fun! – Remind me to send him a thank you note for the hangover.

Here’s a few pics of the property:

Here comes the freezing Bride

That's Jim's cool old truck with the name of his Western Swing Band, "Golden Hill Ramblers" on the side.

There's tons of antique keys hanging from this tree - it's very sweet.

Key Tree 2

A Joshua Tree

Les, if you look really hard, I think you can see the nearest's right next to that rock. No, not that rock - the other one....

The Famous Hatch House

Wall of Doors 1

Wall of doors 2

Hatch House 2 - This is where the band will play!


Mother Nature is a sadistic bitch
September 12, 2009, 6:50 pm
Filed under: Ceremony, Photos, Reception, Travel, Wedding Planning

We moved the wedding venue to California from New York to avoid potential downpours.  Now I’m waaaaaaaaay up in Northern California (we’re talking almost Oregon, people) and my beautiful Meadow that normally looks like this


now looks like this:


Still really pretty as long as nobody looks down.  Ever.

Apparently the grass goes dormant in September up here, so our options are:

a)Call Pearl Jam and and see if Chris can take the month of June off

b)Check out these other venues:



and the Botanical Gardens


The first two pictures are from the same venue.  It’s actually really, really cool and I’m hoping it’s THE ONE.  The third picture is from the Botanical Gardens up here and is totally gorgeous, but would require more work and dealing with Park Rangers.  Ick.  More Work + Park Rangers = Grody.


However, More Work + Park Rangers X SWINGS = a real possibility

THE GOOD NEWS:  No matter which of the three venues we pick, the cute hotel in which we are currently staying is where most of you, dear readers, would be staying…and it’s adorable.

So help me, Smoking Baby, I will make this happen!

Venue Update
August 11, 2009, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Ceremony, Photos, Reception, Travel, Wedding Planning

We skipped the Beaver Del trip because it was monsooning. I had a serious conversation with myself and decided that I would be heartbroken if it rained at our wedding. The only solution is to move it to California where rain is rare.

I’m a member of a couple bridal blogs and a link to this blog is posted there, so I can’t post the name of the town or the venue until we have contracts (those bridezillas will snatch it out from under me), but I can tell you it’s in Northern California and I’ll leave you with this lovely picture of the site.


Leave it to Beaver
June 14, 2009, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Ceremony, Reception, Wedding Planning

So Chris and I recently celebrated our Negative 1st Wedding Anniversary. This past Friday marked one year ’til our June 12th, 2010 wedding and the real planning is starting.

Thanks to S.A.N.A. (the Stupid Allendale Neighborhood Association), we have decided that it might be best to move the wedding out of Chris’ father’s back yard.

After a bit of (emotional) frustration, I came across……drumroll……..The Beaver Del Hotel and Campground!!!!


That’s right – my wedding invitations will probably contain the word, “Beaver”

We’ll be checking it out next month and I can’t wait. In the meantime, I’ve been checking out the weather online. It is not good right now. Do we postpone the wedding by a month in hope of better weather, or do we keep the date and risk having a tent? Note to reader(s): I can’t even type the word without groaning…

Hello world!
April 10, 2009, 7:36 pm
Filed under: 1st Post Ever, Ceremony, Photos, Reception, Travel, Wedding Planning

announcementOh, hello there! Welcome to our blog. Chris and I are super excited to share all the details of our wedding and some of the details of our non-wedding lives with you. We’ll be posting travel info, things to do and see while you’re in the New York, Northern California, Southern California Joshua Tree area, info on the ceremony and reception and of course all the fun tidbits that come with planning our big day.

Click on the picture of our dog to go to the main page – OR – on the left side of this page you’ll notice a list of categories. We’ll be posting travel info and other logistical stuff under links there when we get a little closer to the wedding. In the meantime please enjoy Our Blog!