It’s official! Jamie and I tied the knot this past weekend, celebrating with an event filled few days with family and friends. We got so lucky with 4 days of great weather in Windham, New York. Jamie and I arrived very early and had a few days to chill out with my parents. We tied up some loose ends for the party weekend, played a round of golf and then moved into our rental house.
Our venue Ski Windham
Ski Windham patio
Jamie on the patio at Ski Windham, this is where we held the cocktail hour
Windham golf with Mom and Dad
Jamie and Pops on the golf course
Our Rental House for the weekend in Windham, Morningstar Chalet
Back deck of the rental house
Inside, the party space!
Jamie’s parents came up early on Wednesday afternoon so with them and my parents the 6 of us had a really nice dinner out at Vesuvio’s in Windham. The following day, Thursday, would be the start of our weekend festivities. Our goal was to offer a weekend getaway for our family and friends and then toss in some nuptials some where in the middle. I think we accomplished our goals to provide a fun and relaxing weekend away! We started with an open house Thursday night at our rental pad for anyone arriving early. These are the pictures from Thursday.
Open House Party on Thursday night! View from the loft
Hanging on the deck. From left, Renee, Rick, Nancy, Laurie and Steve
Ben, Sue and John
Cathy and Chris
From left; Laurie, Sheri, Steve, Cathy and Renee
Cathy, Jenn, Laurie
Nancy and Renee
Tracey, Nancy and Pam
Pops, Joanne and Debbie
Joe and Rick
Some fun in the Rec Room at the awesome rental house
Ed and Chris
Cathy, Porter, Courtney and Brandon
Tom, Ben and Jamie
Cathy chillin’ with the tall people, Ben, Robbie and John! (I’m squatting!)
Jamie with Genny and Abby
Renee and Tyler
Tom and Tricia
Tom and Rebecca
Grandma Dee and Momma Russo
Sheri, Debbie, Joanne and Matt
Cathy and Mr. Welpott
Jenn and Jonas
Momma Russo, John and Robbie Bouman, Cathy, Joanne and Jamie
John and Cathy
Jenn and Ed
Carole, John, Pat, Cathy, Chris
Tracey and Chuck
Don, Jodi and Caroline
Gettin crazy with Tracey, Chuck and Tom
Joanne and Poppa Russo
John, Jenn and Pat
Thursday night was definitely a blast!! But Friday was the big day. Prior to the nuptials beginning at 5:00pm, everyone who was in town relaxed during the day, went hiking, or hung out in the town of Windham. We started with the cocktail hour outside on the patio at Ski Windham. It was chilly and a bit windy but not too bad with the heat lamps and a fire pit!
Friday Fun Day at the Range prior to the party
The Club Room at Windham Mountain
A few last touches to the room
New York Maple Syrup
Cocktail Hour on the Patio
My parents and my new in-laws!
Steve and Laurie with Sydney and Tyler
Jamie with Mom and Sis!
Jamie with my Dad and sister Joanne
Renee and Sydney
Jamie with his nieces and nephews
The Happy Couple!
We then moved inside for the nuptials with the judge and the main event where we partied the rest of the night!!
Guests entering the Club Room
Relax before the ceremony
Time to seal the deal!
Having fun with our personal vows
Our first dance to Van Morrison~I’ll Be Your Lover Too
Yummy Cheesecakes made by Mom and her friend Stephanie
The Cooper’s looking all danced out!
Gathering around for the last dance, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond of course!
The next day, Saturday, we planned for a golf outing for about 20 of us. Everyone else scattered around the Catskill Mountains for various activities but most ended up at the Hunter Mountain Wine and Brew Festival which was only about 20 minutes from Windham.
Chairlift rides at Hunter Mountain
Jenn and Jonas at Hunter
Sandra, Joanne, Jenn and Bill at Hunter Festival
Michael, Jenn and Anna
Hungover golf on Saturday!
Golfing on Saturday
Chris lining up the shot
Ben chillin’ in the cart
That evening, following the festival and the golf outing, we all met up at 5:30 at the Windham Country Club where we hosted a BBQ dinner. It was a low key night for most of us as many of us were still recovering from Friday night!!
Jamie, Tom, Jodi, Sam, Nina, and Tracey at The Golf Club BBQ
The bar at the Windham Country Club
Tricia and Lillian
The Buckeyes beat Iowa that day!
Ben, in the middle, traveled from Australia to be with us, Thank you BEN!!!
My niece Lillian
Group shot at the end of the BBQ dinner
…and then the group got bigger!
We couldn’t just end it here, we had to host one more party! A Sunday brunch at our rental house to feed everyone before they take off on their journeys home. Some close, some very far away. Our friends and family traveled from NY, NJ, NC, FL, VA, RI, MA, ME, MD, PA, Ohio, Colorado, Brussels, and Australia!
Yummy food thanks to my Mom, Sister Jenn and the Windham Country Store for catering!
One of the coolest surprises of the weekend was a gift from my sisters Tricia and Jenn and my brother-in-law Harold. They found an online service that took our entire blog from our website www.wanderingtheplanet.net and converted it into a book! 410 pages, 73 chapters. Every picture we ever took, every word we ever wrote on that blog is in this book for us to keep forever. Amazing!
The Awesome Blog Book!
The Blog Book
There are hundreds of more pictures! We plan to post more in the gallery of this blog and upload the rest to a Google Picasso album.
We want to thank our family and friends for your endless support and love throughout the years. Jamie and I had an incredible time spending this special weekend with all of you!
We will continue blogging until we figure out where we will be living and what we will be doing!!
~ Cathy & Jamie
may the adventures never stop