Some of you may have heard that we had the privilege to not only photograph, but also host a pretty awesome wedding event in March. I realize it’s now the end of May, but I have only recently been able to finish up the editing of all the pictures and truly reflect on one of the biggest events Black River Lodge has seen in years! What a fun event, great family, and beautiful couple!
Joe, Lindsay and Lindsay's mom approached us nearly a year ago to start planning their big day. By the end of it the whole process, I almost felt like we had become family! We were with them every step of the way and together made sure their reception was exactly how they wanted it. The bride and groom were married in the Dominican Republic and opted to have a huge beach themed reception when they returned from their trip! Not going to lie, I wasn't sure at first how a theme like that was going to work for our Northwood’s themed lodge... but boy did they do a wonderful job pulling the "beach" out of this place!
The weekend started Friday night with a decorating “rehearsal” dinner party with family and friends staying at the lodge, since the bride and groom were already married the week prior. Over the course of a few hours, the dining room became a spectacle of peach, purple, teal and white tooling. It was lit up wall-to-wall with white strand lights! And, the little personal touches that Joe & Lindsay incorporated were so perfect for them and really added to the intimate feeling of the whole event. As their photographer, you can only imagine how difficult it was to capture every detail. Saturday morning finally arrived and I’d say we all agreed--the hard work paid off. Justin, our staff, and I were so excited for them and how everything turned out! The party kicked off with cocktail hour at 5pm and dinner followed at approximately 6:30. Food and dinner service was provided by locally-known Randi Jackson and was a delicious Carribbean style spread with chicken, pork and all the fixings! Cake was provided by an acquaintance of Joe & Lindsay and offered guests a mix of scrumptious cupcake flavors. The party continued downstairs in the BRL bar where friends and family danced the night away to music provided by a close friend of the bride & groom. Sunday morning breakfast rolled around and while most were still recovering from the night before, all we heard about was how wonderful the whole weekend turned out!
Congratulations Joe & Lindsay!
Joe & Lindsay,
We hope your wedding was everything you could possibly dream it to be! Thank you so much for allowing us to be apart of it all and giving us the chance to show what Black River Lodge can offer. You have an amazingly supportive family who we can clearly see loves you both to pieces. We wish you all the best in your new life together...wherever it may take you!
Justin, Brittany, and staff at Black River Lodge
Photo Credit: Driftwood Photography
BRL will be reopening from our Spring hiatus next week Wednesday, May 20th, just in time for the official kickoff to Summer! There is a big ATV event taking place in the area (take a look at the link below!) and the spring weather has been nearly perfect for the outdoor enthusiasts to start their spring/summer adventures! If your looking for some where to stay & play over the holiday weekend, or this summer for that matter, shoot us a message! We'd love to have ya!
We will be back in the office more regularly starting Monday and we will respond to voice messages asap. Email and social media messages continue to be monitored daily.
30th Annual Memorial Weekend ATV/UTV Poker Run - Hurley, WI
Finished this project the other day and are really excited to share it with our guests this summer...and maybe even this winter! BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair), the new campfire area is conveniently located on the north side of the building, just off of the north lodge entrance and condo-suite entrances. We are just patiently waiting for the new grass to grow around it! We have a few new things planned this summer for this side of the building... will post pics as construction completes :)
First of all, welcome to our freshly updated website! We have a new email address for reservations & inquiries. And, today, I was able to transfer over the existing blog. The old Blogger blog will be removed shortly and we will be updating the website, this blog, Facebook, and Twitter with all of the latest and greatest going on with the Lodge.
So much has changed already in our short time living here at BRL... and we have many new things in the works! I realize I haven't been the best at keeping up with blogging, but hey, I'm sure you can only imagine the chaos and whirlwind of the last year. Winter (our busy season!) has come and gone and while we thought we went into it fully prepared... well... let's just say we learned a lot (in a good way)! To keep it simple, winter is just crazy around here. From Mid-December through Mid-March, we were either completely booked or nearly booked EVERY. SINGLE. WEEKEND. Between the day after Christmas through the New Year weekend, we were booked solid!!! Every single DAY. We compared with years past, and the lodge has not seen traffic like this in many years. Business was great! And we thank each and every one of you who supported us this season. We have yet to figure out if it was just the great weather (150" of snow in NOVEMBER!) or if it was our marketing, or just pure luck. Guess we will find that out next winter. Either way, it was a wonderful rookie year and we couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.
The number one question that we received from guests this season was how we could possibly "do it all"... we live at a lodge, have 2 very small kids, a puppy, and have to cater to hundreds of different personalities daily. Well, I will say Justin & I worked many long hours.. some days it was a complete test of our mind, body, and soul, but most days it was quite rewarding and refreshing to watch our hard work flourish. We certainly couldn't have done any of it without our wonderful staffers - Tina & Sarah. When we were down, these two were able to lift us up and keep the place running smooth. Thanks girls for all of your hard work and dedication!
So here we are... Spring has sprung here at the lodge! We are extremely excited to see where this summer will take us. We've got several reservations on the books already and are super excited for the groups we are hosting this season. The weather is yet again in our favor (right now). Most of the snow melted at the end of March and temps have been at or above normal since Early March. Today for example, a humid 80+ degrees! Not bad for the U.P.! The tree buds have popped and we even have some green showing up already. Last year, it was June before we saw the leaves pop! Soon, we will be planting flowers and have already started a few projects outside. We will be trying a couple of new things outside this year... but more to come on that in future posts. For now, thank you all for catching up with us!
~Brittany & Justin
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