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?