Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, trains and automobiles...all three might be possible modes of transportation for our wedding weekend next July. Almost all of our guests will be traveling by plane and/or car to reach our (not-too-far-away) destination wedding town of Hood River, Oregon. The actual wedding location is about 15 miles south of Hood River. So, high on our list of priorities is making sure everyone can get easily to and from our venue without worrying about getting back after enjoying some adult beverages. Thankfully, our ceremony and reception are at the same place, so we just have to arrange transportation to the the wedding and back to town (a.k.a. the after party). So this week, I've been looking at different options for transportation. Not all of them work for our location, but they sure are fun to look at!

My friends had one of these red buses at their wedding last summer and it was awesome! Guests love them and (bonus!) they are such a perfect photo opp!


If I was getting married here in San Francisco, I would love to use trolleys! I used to live on the trolley line on California Street and even with that constant buzzing of the trolley line out my bedroom window, I never got sick of them.



School buses would be super fun and actually would work with our location...

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As for the trains, there is actually a train in town that you can take around the area. Might be a fun pre-wedding day activity.

Did you provide transportation to and from your wedding? Any fun ideas that I'm missing?

From Fantasy to Reality!

If you can't tell already, I have quite an obsession with vintage cars and motorcycles. I've already written two blogs about it and had to restrain myself from writing every single blog about these beauties. Well, to fill you in on a few gaps... pretty much since the day Kyle proposed, we talked about driving off from our wedding in something that sputters and spits oil, but has so much character I could burst. We spent the first few months trying to sort out how we could get a motorcycle with a sidecar. Turns out they're not as easy to rent as I had hoped. Like, not at all available. Then, if you want to buy one, you either need to get a knock off Dnepr that isn't quite drivable or a way-to-expensive new Ural. So, sadly, one night we put that dream to bed.

Wild Weddings, photos by Nick and Bella

So next I started looking into renting a vintage car, but let me tell you, those are hard to come by! Although you can hire those beautiful old Rolls Royces instead of a limo fairly easily, finding a fun little vintage sports car that someone else will trust you to drive is a difficult thing. Finally I found a fantastic Porsche 550 Spyder replica (originally made famous by James Dean) that you could rent by the day. Success!


And that was our plan for the getaway car and wedding weekend fun car. That is until my dream car showed up for sale in our town. The car I've been dreaming about for years, that is quite difficult to come by, was for sale. It wasn't in perfect condition, but we can't afford perfect condition, so this was as close as we would get. After all, we had been saving for years for this exact reason.


We went to go check out this 1957 Triumph TR3 this past weekend, and the second we got into the car to take it for a test drive, I leaned over to Kyle, my eyes brimming with tears, and said "We have to have this car. This is it."

Needless to say, we made a deal that day. Well, today we were finally able to pick it up and drive it home to our very own garage!!! I can hardly believe that my dream car is really here! I'm BURSTING with excitement, I can hardly stand it. Here's my very own James Dean driving it home.

She needs a little love, but here is what we hope to turn her into over time.


So we finally have the vintage transportation I've been swooning over and I can't wait to show you pictures from our wedding featuring the new addition!!

Okay, now off to go sit in the car like an idiot.

Transportation Inspiration

I've got transportation on the brain this week.  My fiancé and I decided that a "must" for our wedding would be to arrange buses to shuttle our guests to and from the venue so that no one has to drink and drive, as well as limos for the wedding party to get to the venue. I knew it might be a tricky task trying to organize it but I was not prepared for just how frustrating it could be.  We assumed it would cost us about $1500 total...imagine our surprise when the first quote we received was for over $3800! Luckily, I found a great company that will provide bus services for a very reasonable price.  Now I have the task of organizing transportation for the wedding party. Every company I've contacted has a 3 hour minimum for limo service which, even though it's standard, really bothers me since we only need it for less than one hour.  I don't even particularly like limos but it seems to be the easiest option for getting us all there as a group.  In my quest for finding suitable transportation options, I've come across some really fabulous and fun alternatives for the bride and groom to make their exit.  Take a look!

What are you doing about transportation?  Are your providing it for your guests?  How are you and your hubby-to-be getting home (or to a hotel) after the wedding?  I'd love to hear about your plans!

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