The One Where We Find a Venue

(Friends reference)

When we left off, we had found three venues that we loved, but none of them worked out. So, we started over and narrowed it down to two potential venues—not our first choices, but maybe better. (That happens sometimes!)

I’m going to spoil this post and just let you know that this story has a happy ending!

Announcing…Luttrell Lodge at the Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, the location for our laid-back family wedding. It’s perfect!

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Image via Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center / Photo by Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

We toured the lodge and I took pictures—unfortunately, the quality is so, so awful that I won’t post them and ruin your impression of our venue, since it’s really very nice. Instead, here’s a few more pictures from the website. Trust me, it’s better this way.

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Image via Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center / Photo by Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

This is the inside of the lodge all set up for a wedding. I love that there is a fireplace with a mantel—I’m so excited to use that as the background for the ceremony (what would be the alter if it was a church).

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Image via Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center / Photo by Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

Here is another shot of the inside of the lodge. This one is taken from the kitchen and serving area looking out onto the entire seating area. The lodge technically seats 200 people—there’s plenty of space. We’re doing both our ceremony and reception in the same room (more on this later), so I wanted to make sure guests didn’t feel cramped.

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Image via Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center / Photo by Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

This is the outside deck area of the lodge. The glass doors open into the lodge so guests can enjoy being outside if it’s a nice day. May in South Carolina can go both ways—it could be beautiful and pleasant or it could be humid and everyone will want to stay inside with the air conditioning. This is one of the main reasons I didn’t want an outdoor wedding. If the weather is nice though, it will be great to have the extra room.

Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center is also the home of Camp Spearhead and Camp Courage—two really great ministries for kids with special needs and illnesses. I was very impressed with the camp director and his passion for the camps, as well as the space itself and everything that they’ll be providing for us—and for much less expensive than we found elsewhere.

How did you choose your venue? Any other brides decide against an outdoor ceremony because of the weather?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Lemur

Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    mz2handgrip 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:11 pm

    Lovely! I like the optional outside deck area!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:12 pm

    That’s so pretty!

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    kit_kath 1331 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:40 pm

    That is so pretty! Plus I love when a venue is affiliated with a good cause.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 5:51 pm

    What a gorgeous venue!! I love the fireplace and the outdoor space–very cool.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:39 pm

    What a beautiful venue, the porches are just lovely!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:29 pm

    oh wow, the pictures of the venue are just gorgeous. love it

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:33 pm

    I LOVE that fireplace, it will be perfect as a ceremony background.

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    anjanette.thomas1 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:55 am

    Just beautiful! I love it!

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    mswallaby 2042 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:42 pm

    Aww that looks so cozy! I love the earthy aesthetic, it’s going to make such a gorgeous venue!

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    Carol, Guest @ 8:34 am

    That looks like an amazing venue for a wedding.

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