The Venue, Part Dos

When we left off, Mr. Panther and I had officially booked a venue without a) being engaged or b) having seen it. No big deal. The venue is only one of the most important parts of the wedding.

Luckily, when I arrived at the Inn at Longshore—even though it was the middle of winter—it was everything Mr. Panther and I had imagined. Phew!


Yay, we’re here! (personal photo)


Oooh, um, snowy! (personal photo)


There’s the ceremony site! (personal photo)

OK, I admit it was tough to picture what this frozen tundra might look like in July. But the interior really was beautiful. The Inn at Longshore is very old—it used to be a country club where F. Scott Fitzgerald was a member!—and it’s got that historic feeling.


This is a view of the whole ballroom from a raised area on the side, which is where our photobooth will be! The stage in front was a major deciding factor for Mr. Panther. (personal photo)


Even the bathrooms are pretty! (personal photo)

So, the venue visit was a success, and I went home really excited about our choice. But you ladies might not be convinced by my crappy Cyber-shot photos, so here are some pro pics to give you an idea of what the Inn might look like all decked out in midsummer.


Now that’s a ceremony site! (Source)


The cocktail hour will be on the lawn next to the ceremony area. (Source)


Yum, ballroom. (Source)


Beach! Boats! Rocks that will probably destroy my shoes! (Source)


A view of the Inn from the lawn. (Source)


Now that’s what I’m talking about! (Source)

So that’s our wedding venue! Not too shabby for something we picked off the Internet, right?

Did any of you ladies pick your venue without seeing it? How about without visiting any other choices? For those of you who went the traditional route, how many venues did you visit before you made your choice?


Mrs. Panther

Atlanta GA/Westport CT
Wedding Date:
July 2011
The Most Expensive Dress I Will Ever Wear
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    Miss Peach Tree 339 posts, Helper bee @ 12:27 pm

    I am very convinced. It looks so glamorous, but completely not fussy. Well done google ninja!

  2. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:35 pm

    You picked a very gorgeous venue!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:38 pm

    The inside is gorgeous! You’re gonna be able to do so much good stuff with it!

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    Entangled 2616 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:44 pm

    We did most of our research off the internet, then decided we couldn’t handle doing things sight unseen and decided to get married in California instead. Though more lenient liquor and curfew rules might have had something to do with that…

    We did only visit three places… we knew the third was the one, and canceled the appointment we’d made for later that day.

    Your posts are making me so homesick, though! Those shots where you can see the lines of trees all the way across the water? I grew up behind those trees! Feel free to PM me with any questions about Westport… we’re not getting married out there but I know the area pretty well.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:56 pm

    That is beautiful! I picked ours off the internet too so hopefully it will rock as much in person when we get down there! 😉

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    MsBunting 229 posts, Helper bee @ 12:59 pm

    Looks wonderful!

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    missDNA 231 posts, Helper bee @ 1:00 pm

    it is beautiful! I love everything about it. Your wedding is going to be gorgeous!

  8. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:03 pm

    This venue is so pretty, I think you made a good decision!

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    Violet Violet 985 posts, Busy bee @ 1:07 pm

    Love it! We had a blast exploring the rocky beach when I was a bridesmaid for my sis. The pictures were priceless. Congrats!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:10 pm

    water, roaks, boats? yes please! what a stunning locale for your special day, panther! the photos are going to look soooo pretty….

    mr. ostrich and i also picked our wedding venue without seeing it in person. since we’re having a destination wedding in hawaii, even a quick weekend scouting trip costs a pretty penny! so we did lots of research {and watched one of our favorite funny movies, “forgetting sarah marshall!”} and finally found our place. and we adore it!

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:22 pm

    @Entangled: Wow, that must have been a pretty awesome childhood, you lucky girl! I’ll remember you when I start coming up with lots of Westport questions … :)
    @Miss Meerkat: Can’t wait to see yours! I find that trusting your gut tends to be successful.
    @Miss Ostrich: LOVE “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”! Why can’t I find your post about your venue? Did you write one??

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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:31 pm

    Looks like the perfect place to host a wedding! I would do it just for those chairs! I would have killed for those (maybe not, but you get the idea!).

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    Entangled 2616 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:33 pm

    @Miss Panther: Aw, thanks. It’s a fantastically gorgeous place to grow up, but it was actually pretty boring. Unless you’re right downtown, it’s not a great place to be when you’re too young to drive. Definitely let me know if you have any questions – now that I’m so far away I get much more attached to home than I was as a kid.

    I’m pretty sure Longshore is where my parents wanted me to get married, by the way. It is gorgeous. :)

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    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 1:38 pm

    Your venue is incredible!! I would have booked it in a heartbeat.

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    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:46 pm

    What a gorgeous space!

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    tocarat 324 posts, Helper bee @ 2:16 pm

    I love the older feel of the Inn, and with a view of the water, its incredible!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:18 pm

    I can’t believe you took bathroom photos! That’s hilarious (oh and they totally are pretty!)

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    photographernico 527 posts, Busy bee @ 2:25 pm

    That ballroom is gorgeous. Great outdoor space! It’s going to be loverly

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    Mr. Bowtie 202 posts, Helper bee @ 2:37 pm

    Love those bathrooms!

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    HardyPooleParty 632 posts, Busy bee @ 3:17 pm

    Love the venue! Totally gorg! The place is totally classical elegant. Nicely done!

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    jgoulart 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:35 pm

    The waterfront ceremony site is fantastic! Wonderful choice Panther!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:19 pm

    it looks perfect! Great choice :)

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    HolyVowels 338 posts, Helper bee @ 5:10 pm

    Beautiful venue!

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:19 pm

    I would totally take pictures of the bathroom, too — great minds. :) Also, this? “Beach! Boats! Rocks that will probably destroy my shoes!” is hilarious.

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    ktmcculloch 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:29 pm

    love all the pictures!

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    eeper 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:48 pm

    The stage & the raised bar & lounge area totally sold me – it’s the best layout. We had a photo booth too – it was totally the hit of the party! It was great that guests didn’t have to leave the ballroom to get to it!

    What also sold us was Plan B – I was so excited for the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, but it poured on my wedding day :( Moving indoors for Plan B still worked out great!

    PS – I live 10 minutes away from this venue and used all local vendors, feel free to PM me if you need any info!

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 pm

    Gorgeous! Not too shabby for not even being engaged =)

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:14 pm

    @Mrs. French Fries: My poor shoes are very delicate. I might need a back-up pair just for the beach pictures!
    @eeper: LOVE that bar! I can’t believe I forgot to post a picture of it! I’m glad to hear that your Plan B ceremony/cocktail hour worked out well, though I’m sorry you missed out on the outdoors! I’m prayingprayingpraying for a dry day, but it’s definitely nice to know that we’ll be OK if it does rain.

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    windmills 688 posts, Busy bee @ 9:24 pm

    It’s absolutely beautiful. Great choice!

  30. cheetah Member
    cheetah 297 posts, Helper bee @ 9:59 pm

    Love it! Congrats on finding such a great venue!

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    seashell 1689 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:22 pm

    Such New England wonderfulness!!!

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    feministbride 283 posts, Helper bee @ 10:33 pm

    Looks amazing – and LOVE Fitzgerald, what a cool factoid about your venue.

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    Wedding Beaches, Guest @ 6:17 am

    The ceremony site view is marvelous. I love your venue..

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:59 pm

    @feministbride: Isn’t that awesome?! Allegedly, “Rockefellers” and “Roosevelts” were also members … not sure which ones, though. 😉

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:29 pm


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