Jeff and Ashley ~ March 24, 2012
Jeff and Ashley took a trip to Savannah, GA in mid January of 2010 as a belated 30th birthday present for Ashley. It had been really cold the week before they left, so they hoped they might be able to drive a little further and see snow, since both are native Floridians and have never seen snow. Jeff planned to propose the first time they saw snow. Unfortunately, it warmed up a bit before they left, so they would have had to drive hours to get to snow. They had a great time in Savannah and after eating at Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons restaurant, Jeff asked Ashley to marry him with an amazing antique engagement ring. Since they had been discussing this for several years, Ashley said yes!
The Mayor Oak Tree in front of Mennello Museum
The ceremony will take place under the Mayor Oak Tree which is thought to have been growing since 1688. Limited parking is available at the museum. Additional parking is available at the reception site. Directions and the address to the museum can be found here: Mennello Museum
Loch Haven Neighborhood Center
The reception will take place at Loch Haven Neighborhood Center, which is located approximately 1/4 of a mile from the ceremony site. Parking at this location is preferred. It is located at 210 N. Lake Formosa Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 which is directly across from the hospital.
4 Rivers Smokehouse will be serving pulled pork, smoked chicken, smoked brisket, baked cheese grits, baked beans, coleslaw, and cornbread! Ashley and Jeff are very excited to share their favorite BBQ with their loved ones! River City Catering is bringing a big variety of mini desserts too!
Lodging and Attractions
Orlando has the most hotel rooms per capita in the US, second only to Las Vegas! The closest hotel to the wedding is Comfort Suites Downtown. Parking here is free and there is free breakfast. It is also pet friendly. Another well reviewed hotel in the downtown area is Doubletree Downtown Orlando. Parking here is $15/day. For those visiting other attractions such as Universal Studios or Disney World, here's a link to hotels in the Universal area and another to the Disney area. Loch Haven Park, where the wedding will take place is home to many cultural attractions such as the Orlando Science Center and the Orlando Museum of Art.
Ashley and Jeff have a small registry on Amazon.com. You can view it by clicking here. Gift cards to Target or Wal-Mart would be appreciated as well.