Mike and Kim
October 10, 2009
information venue staying travelling bethel

Dear family and friends,

We're finally getting married! It's been a long time coming!

We're working hard over the next few months to create a fun celebration, an event that marks our milestone with a huge bang. Please join us on October 10th at the Glen House in Sunday River, Maine.

As details bubble to the surface, we'll share them with you here.

Mike & Kim

Latest news! Sunday breakfast: The folks at the Jolly Drayman Pub at the Briar Lea Inn have graciously agreed to host a continental breakfast for us on Sunday morning. There will be muffins, bagels, fruit, and some hot egg-based dish. All wedding guests are welcome! It's a small place, and the intent is not for a long drawn out sit down breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 9:30AM-11:30AM. NOTE: The address for the pub is 150 Mayville Road, Bethel, ME. Google maps puts the address in the wrong location! Use a different mapping site or look at the map on our web site. Our GPS put it in the right place. You'll pass the Drayman/Briar Lea Inn on Routes 2/5 on your way to the hotel, so keep an eye out for it. We hope to have directions typed up and available at the wedding. It should take about 20 minutes to get there from the hotel.

Intimate gathering: We decided that the most important part of our celebration is that it should last as long as is humanly possible. Ideally, there wouldn't be external constraints that would force us out of the venue at a prescribed time. We've achieved our goal by renting a pretty big house, but unfortunately, it's still not big enough for everyone we know. The short guest list is limited to close friends and family.

Far away: For most guests, it's going to be a decent haul up to Bethel, Maine. Since it's a long weekend, we hope that you can spend a couple days enjoying the area and the company of friends and family. We'll continue to make updates to the website as our plans evolve.

Schedule: 2:00PM ceremony, 2:30PM cocktail hour, 4:00PM dinner. Standard "ish" disclaimer applies.

Dress: It's not a formal wedding. Mike is wearing a swanky navy pinstripe 2-button suit, and Kim is wearing a long handmade burgundy silk dress. As dictated by the infallible rules of wedding etiquitte, your dress formality for the event must not exceed ours on the high end, and it must not stoop as low as jeans on the low end. Anything else is a go! Be comfortable! You guys clean up pretty good.

We plan to be outside as much as possible, and it is likely to be chilly at night. The average high for the beginning of October is 60°F, and the low is 30°F. Feel free to bring a change of clothes for later in the evening.

Kids: While we adore your children, we have to keep the guest list number low. Unless you are staying at the rental house or are our immediate family, please leave your children at home or with a sitter. If this is a significant concern for you, please contact us.

Transportation & Parking: A van from SR Stagecoach will run between the hotel and the Glen House. A 15 passenger van will run from 1:15PM until 2:00PM. Not all guests will fit in one trip so please plan accordingly. A smaller van will run from 6:00PM until 11:00PM. There is limited parking at the house. If possible, please plan to use the transportation we are providing for your convenience and safety.

Group photo: There will be a group photo immediately following the ceremony. The bar will not open until Andree gets this photo, so pay attention when the time comes. :)

Bar: We expect to have an open bar! The bartender won't be able to make every cocktail, but we'll have a bunch. We'll also have wine, beer and sangria available as well as assorted non-alcoholic drinks. Oh, and aquavit!

Toasts: We're going to do things a bit differently and allow anyone who wants to make a toast, to do so. If you would like to give a short toast, please let us know. Or speak up at the reception if you are so moved. Oh, these toasts are not "readings" - the toasts need to be in your own words - no quotations!

Dinner: Dinner will be served from stations - sort of like a broken buffet. View current version of the menu. Seating will be a free-for-all. We'll have some round tables with chairs and some tall tables for standing around, plus random scattered seating.

Registry: We aren't doing a wedding registry. We've been living together over 10 years and have too much stuff already! In lieu of a traditional wedding gift, please consider giving a bottle of your favorite wine or making a charitable contribution to an organization of your choosing.

Trees: You should read more about all the work Mike put into the trees on the Save the Date cards, invitations and splash page! A little geekiness from us to you.

See you on October 10th!