The Event of Awesomeness

aka Alex & Jeremy’s wedding/party

Shuttle 7 July 2009

Filed under: Ceremony,Lodging,Reception,Travel,Wedding Day — Palila @ 23:42

Staying at the hotel and not interested in driving to/from the ceremony/reception? The shuttle from the hotel is leaving at 4:30 to go to the Mary Gay House and will make multiple trips, as necessary. The shuttle will return to the MGH at 10pm, and will, again, make trips as necessary.


Weekend schedule 5 July 2009

The high-level weekend schedule. The main, major events are bold. Optional items for everyone who are in town are in plain font, items for the Wedding Posse only are italicized.


  • 9:00 am – The House – Flower fun (centerpieces, bouquets, etc…)
  • 2:00 pm – Decatur – Nap time
  • 5:00 pm – MGH House – Rehearsal
  • 7:00 pm – The Watershed – Rehearsal Dinner
  • 9:00 pm – Twain’s – Meet ‘n Greet. Let’s hang out!


  • Noon – Holiday Inn – Lunch & start getting ready!
  • 5:00 pm – Adair Park or Mary Gay House – Wedding Ceremony
  • 5:30 pm – MGH Patio – Beverages and appetizers. Enjoy music from Whistlin’ Rufus
  • 6:15 pm – MGH Main Room – Wedding Posse introductions, reception order as follows (times would be very approximate)
    • Dances
    • Dinner
    • Cake and toasts after dinner
    • Let’s party!
  • 10:00 pm – Twain’s or another bar (depends on how we’re all feeling) – hang out, finish the evening


  • 6:00 am – 11:00 am – Holiday Inn, Side room by the breakfast area – Farewell breakfast
  • Afternoon – Chilling out at The House

Ceremonial 27 June 2009

Filed under: Ceremony — Palila @ 14:53

Last night and this morning, we worked on finishing up the ceremony. We’re finializing the details of the ceremony itself after some input from our officiant, but when we went to look for some sort of “this is the front! Gather ’round here!” markers, we lucked out. We originally thought a garden arch or arbor would be nice, but also thought they were pretty expensive. Lowe’s had our favorite from our online browsing last night.  So, on the way to Lowe’s we stopped by Target… and found that we could get two fancy shepherd’s hooks and a trellis for way less than an arbor, and those pieces were on clearance. Sold! We can definitely use them in our yard afterward and they’ll be easier to decorate and transport than an arch.


Licensed to wed 2 June 2009

Filed under: Ceremony — Palila @ 15:30

Friday, before skipping town for a pre-wedding mini-moon, we ran a whole lot of errands:

  • We re-mailed a bunch of returned invitations (returned because the address rubbed off),
  • Extended the hotel block to Thursday for those arriving on the 9th,
  • Expanded the regular hotel block, so nobody should have a problem booking (remember, block with the discount closes on the 11th!), and
  • Got the marriage license.

To get the license, we had to visit the “Marriage and Pistol License” office, another reason I like Decatur- efficiency.

Once in that office, we filled out some forms, swore that they were correct, and got the license to marry. No expiration or ceremony date on GA licenses, so we’re ok if the Event of Awesomeness gets postponed or if we need to swing by the courthouse a little early to ensure we have dotted every “i” and crossed every “t”.


Pre-weekend update 21 May 2009

Filed under: Ceremony — Palila @ 12:25

Plans are coming along nicely. Now that the big items are booked/mailed, we’ve got a million little things left to do, the biggest of which is planning the ceremony. We’re trying to find non-loveydovey, shortish, meaningful readings and vow ideas, but I can only read a couple a night before I either want to gag or get all weepy while reading them.

Any readings or vows you’ve heard that you really like?


The main event site 4 December 2008

Filed under: Ceremony — Palila @ 23:47
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One of the things we did over the holiday was go to Adair Park (the park next to the Mary Gay House) and look for a ceremony site. We know that we’ll have a stand-up wedding, so we were looking for a place in the park with enough open space for everyone to gather ’round, but also with enough shade that nobody bakes and burns during those 10-15 minutes. We found some good spots for gathering ’round, and Jeremy and I will certainly be back with Mr. Dog to judge shade cover when it’s not raining and once the leaves return to the trees.

The favored spot right now? At the top of the hill past the sign, in the clearing near the benches.
Wedding site