Allan is visiting me in Winthrop this week as he has spring break. This means a few things: 1. I’m eating far more complex meals that take more than 10 minutes to create start to finish, 2. I’m eating less chocolate and getting more hugs, and 3. we’ve figured out what we’re doing for the wedding, finally!!
Allan loves the idea of a brunch following a quick officiation in a park. So, we’re going to talk to the managers of the Sea Dog in Bangor, Maine to see if we can rent out a room for about 30 people, family, and have their brunch buffet on a Saturday morning. Then, in the evening we’ll get our friends together and see if we can get a table for 15 at Woodman’s in Orono, Maine and if we can hire a jazz band to play in the evening.
The brunch will be sunny, relaxed, family-oriented. We’ll have little pansies in pots for wedding favors, chocolate shapes (haven’t decided yet) on the table, and lots of story telling and all that other family stuff.
And then, in the evening, we’ll let loose and have fun with the friends at the best bar in town.
Part of the reason we had so much difficulty in planning the wedding is that we couldn’t rectify planning for family with planning for friends. Planning for friends would allow us to do everything we’d like and then some. Family is harder because there are so many people who do not engage in our liberal, progressive lifestyle and who would not enjoy the type of event we’d plan. So, we realized the best thing we could do is have two separate festivities.
After the two shindigs, we hope to wing off to Europe, England?, for a week of touring. We’d love to see the gardens, as many as we possibly could, and see as many sites of literary heritage as possible. I’d love to have photos of me at the historic homes of the Romantic poets to bring into my classroom this fall. It would help build my reputation as an English teacher. 🙂
If we don’t go to Europe, we’re thinking of heading to the northwest to see the red wood forest, Mt. Rainier, Seattle, and some of the other places we’ve been wanting to visit for a long time now.
The great thing is, I’d be checking a ton of things off my 101/1001 list either way!