Join me as we count down the days to a great networking and business event in Dallas, TX, one of the prizes awarded by SCORE and Sam’s Club to the 2017 American Small Business Champions! We’re one of the Champions, and it’s Day 10 of the countdown!
What goes on here is a lot like what goes down at your house, likely, with maybe a few more public evens thrown in. This week I wanted to share a few holiday photos with you.
Hope you enjoy your preparations that lead up to this lovely and blessed holiday. Love it all and be the light. Gotta run – cookies are in the oven. We’ll catch up next week!
Hope you made some happy memories last night whether you were trick or treating with the kids, greeting superheroes at your door, or just reminiscing about your best Halloween costume ever. I know that once the candy wrappers are cleaned up and the kids come off their sugar high, your thoughts will turn to the holidays and the folks on your gift-giving list.
As I approach my second anniversary as Innkeeper, my thoughts turn to the wonderful guests who have walked through my door to spend time here. Their reasons for staying are as varied as the stars in the sky: they came to the Inn to escape their busy routines, to savor a relaxing dinner, to visit family and friends, to tour our beautiful Lancaster County, to enjoy some pampering, to celebrate a life event, to honeymoon, and even to be married in an intimate ceremony surrounded by those they love.
Whatever their reasons, I know they went home with some incredible memories of their time away that they’ll treasure and share for a long time. I am excited to help you become a great memory-maker this holiday season with some great offers I’m going to be sharing with you through the month of November.
Each week there will be a new surprise and a little extra something to make your gift of time away (for you or anyone else!) extra special. While you’re anticipating our first offer, your job is to draw up your Naughty and Nice list. I’m so looking forward to helping you give great memories and to welcoming your family and friends to spend some time with us.
And hey, be sure you’re on the list, too. You pick which side; we’re not here to judge whether you’re Naught or Nice haha!
It might be bigger in Texas, but it’s a awesome here! Unlike our incredible January blizzard wedding, the day was made to order for this weekend’s I Dos, and nobody had to worry about whether or not the joint was plowed out or if guests’ flights would be diverted, or whether the minister could make it out of his driveway.
Both Jessica and Michael, as well as many of their friends and family, live and work in the Lone Star state so we had quite a few people flying in. They came from Texas, from Florida, from Oman (that’s by Saudia Arabia – I had to ask), and even from Mount Joy. When the wedding was ready to begin that evening we had moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, sisters and brothers, babies and cousins all cozied up in the living room and dining room to witness the ceremony. Best friend Robert was the officiant and, I’ve got to hand it to him, wrote a pretty good little speech. You’d have thought so, too. I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me.
What I love about weddings here is that they are so intimate and so…family…with the bride and groom totally surrounded by people who love and care about them. Since we take care of cake, flowers, decorations and other odds and ends, they don’t have to worry about those details and can just be immersed in their celebration. Feel the love, right?!
Following their vows, Jessica and Michael cut the cake which Amazing Joan and I served, while Shareen took pictures. Nobody had to stand around and wait, and it was a very tasty cake so I heard. Great local bakery here. Dinner was just a short drive away at Cameron Estate, then the family returned to the Inn to further celebrate. I think it’s a huge bonus that when your party is over, all you have to do is walk upstairs and go to bed and walk downstairs for breakfast the next morning. So convenient.
In the upcoming months we’re hosting several wedding and baby showers. Pretty soon the gardens in the back will be in full bloom and the town fountain out front will be bubbling. Don’t you love that Mount Joy has a town fountain, and that it’s right on Olde Square Inn’s own little corner? I sure do.
We’re so lucky to be able to help people celebrate their heart-felt moments, and I can’t wait to find out who we will host for first outdoor wedding this summer. Call me at 717.653.4525 or email me if you have a date in mind or need some help planning. We’re here to make it a fabulous event for you!
It was the Storm of the Century, they said. Blizzard winds, they said, Stay off the roads, they said. Thirty inches of snow for sure. There was a parking ban. There was a driving ban. But didn’t they know there was also a wedding?! Our first wedding of 2016 had been in the works for a long time, and you don’t just not hold it due to a little blizzard. Right? You don’t reschedule? Right?!
(It’s blizzard day and one day before the wedding. It’s snowing like a…, um…, uhh…, like a blizzard. The bride-to-be, the calmest bride ever, is calling, just a touch concerned). Ring, ring, ring.
Bride-to-Be: Nancy, I’m not sure what to do. There’s a blizzard, my fiancé is on crutches, our Best Man is on call plowing snow for the Borough, I have pneumonia, the place with my dress is closed, we can’t pick up the cake, I don’t know who’s going to be able to make it, my MeMe is snowed in at a hotel somewhere, and the wedding is tomorrow.
Bride-to-Be: Yeah, I know. And on top of that, the minister is in the National Guard and could get called away and might not be here to perform the ceremony. I’m not sure what to do.
Me: Hmmm. Well, what do you want to do? (I studied psychology as you can tell.)
Bride-to-Be: We already have the flowers and they’ll wilt and will be no good if we postpone, but what if the roads aren’t opened and nobody can make it?
Me: Well. If you want to postpone, I’ll help you reschedule, but if you want to go ahead, we’re ready. Call me tomorrow and we’ll do whatever you decide.
Bride-to-Be: Okay. Thanks for your help! Sounds good! I’ll call you in the morning.
See? Is she awesome, or what? Then, the next morning. Ring, ring, ring.
Bride-to-Be: Okay, we’re going to go ahead with the wedding, but there’s just one thing. I’m snowed in and can’t get out of my driveway, and I can’t get my hair done, and we have to get the dress, and do you think we would be able to postpone the ceremony a few hours until late afternoon?
Me: Really. We’re plowed out and ready. Don’t worry; everything will be amazing and you’ll have a great story to tell.
And she will have a great story to tell and beautiful pictures to go with it. I got a few, but to see all the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and wedding glory, you’ll have to talk to Niki and Todd. It all came together almost without a hitch. Nearly everyone made it including MeMe, and a few of them even walked from their nearby homes. Amazing Assistant Joan and I ushered in shivering guests, took coats, and chatted with Todd and Niki’s friends and family while the wedding party took care of their own last minute details.
As it turned out, the minister didn’t get called out to the National Guard, but rather called to say he couldn’t get out of his driveway. Luckily, the maid-of-honor knew a minister in the neighborhood who graciously came out at the last minute to unite and bless the relieved couple. It was a nice day for a white wedding. The only one missing was Billy Idol.
Congratulations Niki, Todd, and Gracelyn and best wishes for a wonderful life. It was a beautiful day.
Can’t wait to see how our February wedding unfolds! Stay tuned.