When our friends Dave and Addie told us that their daughter Tara was going to get married, they said that the wedding would be held at the camp where Nathanael's parents are the managers. Community is important to Tara and Nathanael, so much so that they have each spent some time living in an intentional community through the church they attend. They've seen how frustrating it can be for the bride and groom to shake the hands of the wedding guests and have no opportunity to interact with them, and they didn't want to do that. So they designated Labor Day weekend for their wedding and invited their family and friends to join them for the Wedding Camp!
The wedding was held at Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp in Central Washington, 20 miles east of White Pass. Driving from Enumclaw over Chinook Pass to the camp took our breath away as it changed from familiar Western Washington terrain to alpine forests and meadows to spectacular rock formations and pine trees. Our return trip, which took us through more of the dry desolate Central Washington and along the Columbia River into Portland. (Look for future posts on the sites and side trips along the way.)
Each person was assigned lodging -- some families stayed in cabins; others tented. Tom and I were split up and stayed in dorm rooms with bunks for ten, with the bathroom down the hall. S'mores and music around the campfire was the Friday night kickoff. Activities -- swimming, archery, zip line, bocci, exploring -- were all options for Saturday, and each person was asked to volunteer for wedding set-up, kitchen duties or clean-up.
|Tommy's sock elephant Gramma made him long ago. It had been |
hiding for years in the bottom of my sleeping bag!
When the ceremony was over, we carried our chairs to the reception. Dinner and dancing completed the evening. After brunch and clean-up on Sunday morning, we were on our way.
|I loved seeing the parents dancing with their children.|
|Kaye, Ken, and daughter Kirsten|
|I made waffles while Tom set up the dining room.|
(Chef Brett is in the black shirt on the left.)
|Hanging lanterns for the reception|
|Table decorations were made from these flowers|
|Waiting for the zip line|
|Addie, mother of the bride, enjoying the ride|
|Tom zipping along|
|Dinner preparations for the reception|
The children were beautiful, but what would you expect? They are, after all, children.
We connected with old friends, tried a few new activities, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Wedding Camp -- I highly recommend it!
|Tom, Dave (father of the bride) and Pat, friends since grade school days|