Saturday, December 11, 2010

Just call me mother of the bride!

The wedding plans have begun.  *gleefully clapping hands*  Fun!  

My vegetarian daughter and her vegetarian fiancĂ© are getting married in a somewhat industrial part of Chicago in the west loop area.  In a former meat packing plant.  I know, right?  And it is very cool.  Really.  It is called The Catalyst Ranch

Like I said, The Catalyst Ranch is in a building that was a former meat packing plant, now reclaimed as a cool, urban meeting place.  There is even one smallish room called 'the sausage room' where sausage was made many years ago and you can still smell a tinge of it coming from the brick in that room.  Many companies use the location for meetings, focus groups, more out of the box stuff.  There is play-doh on the tables, hats and wigs on the coat rack and plenty of fun things to spark creativity.  Very cool place for a meeting, let me tell you.  And - they do weddings.  More fun!  The business supplies will be removed for a wedding, so there may be things in the pics that won't be there for the wedding. 

So we went today.  Dani & Dan had been there before, and today - they signed the contract.  Woo hoo!  But this was my first time.  I'm excited - it's not your garden variety wedding venue.  And it suits who D & D are.  Fun, young, and out of the ordinary. In a good way of course.  There are a few floors, the room they are using is on the 3rd floor and it's called The Polka Room which will make certain relatives happy!!  There is a lot of color, all the furniture can be moved around to accommodate the ceremony and later the dinner and dancing.  Oh - and the scavenger hunt.  More on another day about that.  There is a photo booth - the old black and white kind that takes pics in strips.  At the end of the night the ranch will give D & D an album with all the film strips shot during the evening.  I have asked Dani to request that any photos of "junk" be left out of the album but so far I don't think I'm being taken seriously.  Cause you know it's going to happen!

Anyway - here are the pics I took today.  Forgive the quality - I used my phone.  I probably included way too many but the place is just so fun - I had to keep taking picture and picture.  Please have a look and hopefully, enjoy!



Stimey said...

Oooh, it looks so fun! So exciting!

The Beading Gem said...

What a cool place. Totally unique. I enjoyed the pictures because it gave me a sense of what the place was like.

Lavender said...

Awww, Congratulations to all three of you! Nice to have something to look forward to, it sounds like its going to be a fun day, I hope its all your daughter wants it to be and even better, Cheers!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful place for a wedding. And there is no such thing as to many pictures.

JenK said...

Yay! That does look awesome. I bet this is going to be the best wedding. From all your stories your daughter seems like a fun person. Fun people have great weddings.

BetteJo said...

Thank you! Yes, it does look like a fun place and once I get done doing my motherly sobbing - I aim to have fun! Wee-e-e-e!!

Lost A Sock said...

Awesome! Thanks for posting all of the pictures. It's fun to be able to see it, too! I love all of the colors and little details. Family weddings are so much fun. :) :)

Anonymous said...

Very cool place!! It'll be a wedding everyone will remember, I'm sure!
And how did you do that scrolling photo thing? I love it!