Truly Grateful For a Short Notice

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I have a 7-day notice on my Elopements. Monday evening I got a call wanting the Elopement Package Thursday or Friday. Friday was out because the room is already booked. Thursday is the day my son & his wife were leaving here to go to Finland. I took the reservation because I figured (correctly) my son would want an early hit the road.

I am truly grateful to this couple because the pressure I was under to get everything ready for them has made it so i did not have time to sit here feeling sorry for myself. Baked the cake last night while we had supper and iced it before going to bed. Since "the girl" overslept I did more upstairs than I planned but it was good to have to rush. She finally contacted me and I picked her up - the flowers were ready so got them in that run. )Preacher Beecher just arrived. No bride & groom yet.) She did the "heavy lifting" while I did the borders on the cake and put it together. I even was able to do a FB post with the picture of the cake!

My legs are killing me - thank goodness for Aleeve! - but my eyes are not red. Sky clouded up so I also stopped and got a large, pretty umbrella for "just in case.".I even wolfed down a sandwich! LIGHTS! CAMERA!! ACTION!!!

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There is NO WAITING in Virginia!

But we do require notice here at this place. Our elopements have been all planned out here, none have been soon, the elopement part being "just the two of us" and all that. But we are not opposed to it. 

GREAT PHOTO GILLUM!

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They wanted their photo at the historic marker AND they gave me permission to post a photo on FB. I am only going to use one on FB because when I offered to e-mail some photos to his friend she said no - she was saving them for HER. I think I will use this one with the location sign to be different from all the other elope photos. I did get some nice shots though (out of all maybe a couple are good).

After the ceremony

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I know it was a rush for you..but you made their day! Congrats!

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What a lovely couple!  I can see how hosting a successful elopement could make even the most jaded innkeeper (me?) consider elopement packages.  Good job K!

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And they really liked their cake (my Mom's maraschino cherry cake). I gave them a split of sparkling cider for their toast. They went roaming and to dinner and came back. Then they came down later this evening for a smoke and to sit on the porch so I brought out their goblets and a couple more splits of cider. They have been so appreciative of everything I did. To see the look on their faces when they look at each other! Talk about warm & fuzzie!

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And they really liked their cake (my Mom's maraschino cherry cake). I gave them a split of sparkling cider for their toast. They went roaming and to dinner and came back. Then they came down later this evening for a smoke and to sit on the porch so I brought out their goblets and a couple more splits of cider. They have been so appreciative of everything I did. To see the look on their faces when they look at each other! Talk about warm & fuzzie!

Congrats to a very happy and memorable day in innkeeping!

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And she bought the cup she used for breakfast! I use my mugs instead of the cups that match the dishes for just this hope.

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gillumhouse wrote:

And she bought the cup she used for breakfast! I use my mugs instead of the cups that match the dishes for just this hope.

I use my mug often!

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Nice!

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That's a true elopement! That might happen more often than you're expecting.

Glad you got another one and could make it all happen!

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Wow. What a whirlwind...

(Funny, all I can think of, is that I am legislated out of that business. 21 days notice to marry around here! No way to really "elope" at all.)

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Ours is a 3 day wait period, but you can waive the wait if you pay an extra $10. Go figure! What's the use of having a wait period if you can pay to get out of it!

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It's essentially a silly rule... 21 days is way too much. Especially when you can go just over the border and do it instantly. And we have two different borders within an hour of here.

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