1.27.2012

The Benefits of Blogging & Why I LOVE People Like You!

I originally started this blog to stay in touch with friends and family on the east coast after I moved across the country with the love of my life. I thought I would just write brief notes and post crappy pictures for those even remotely interested back home. Yet, this baby blog has become such an asset to me! Through it I have made connections with AMAZING people who a) are weird like me and take the time to blog {it is time consuming and you all are kinda weird}, b) give me awesome advice, c) bring me encouragement through their sweet comments and emails, and d) flatter me by reading about my mundane life.

Recently, I was contacted by Sarah who gave me advice concerning a wedding venue in the Seattle area. She read this post about my wedding planning progress {or lack thereof} and referred me to the venue her and the hubby got married at on Whidbey Island.

What Sarah, and most of you, didn't know is that my original vision was to get married in a barn. That's SUPER easy in West Virginia. I could just go to my neighbors house or an abandoned lot with a barn on it! {HA! Okay, probably not} But I was having trouble finding a barn style wedding venue in WA. The barns I found online were either a) WAY, WAY, WAY over priced! {Seriously? IT'S A BARN PEOPLE! A BARN!} or b) were in no man's land. 

When I clicked on the link Sarah sent me, I knew almost instantly that this is where I wanted to get married. Sarah raved about the the gorgeous views and the food and after reading other reviews, I knew she wasn't exaggerating! I soon contacted the owners and set up a date to meet and view the barn! I already told Steven to have his deposit ready because I know we will be booking this venue on the spot! You can take a look for yourself here

The funny thing is that this venue never showed up in any of my online searches {and trust me, I searched A LOT}. If Sarah wouldn't have shared her experience with me, I may never have found this ideal location --and that would have been a shame. 

So with all this said, I just wanted to say Thank You, Sarah! And thank you to everyone else who has left me comments concerning wedding planning and marriage advice! They all are truly appreciated and cherished. 
All Photos Found HERE!

20 comments:

Jenna said...

That is SO cool how that worked out, Danielle! I feel the same way about blogging. I feel like a few of my closest friends are now girls I met on Blogger, which is totally crazy.

So happy you get to have your barn wedding!! :)

sea to shining port said...

The venue is beautiful!!! Mara had an amazing wedding in a barn, and it was seriously magical. Perhaps a wedding planning date in Seatown soon?? Can't wait to hear more details!

Caitlin

Meghan Goheen said...

So pretty.
See it's all coming together :)
This is going to be wonderful.
From your "weird" blogger friend Meghan
http://inthekitchenandonthecouch.blogspot.com/

Holly said...

What a gorgeous venue!! & I'm right there with ya on the benefits of blogging - I can't even tell you how many times I'm received helpful advice & great ideas from fellow bloggers. It really is a great & helpful community. :)

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

Blogging leads to great weddings. Who knew? ;)

And once upon a time, like a month ago, you knew great people like me. I'm MIA in MIA. Haha. I love getting o say that.

I took a blogging/reading break and am back to blogging...sort of...but haven't caught up with the reading stuff yet. Sorry!

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

...getting TO say that.

Ugh. Pet peeve. Typos. ;)

How's Huckleberry? Naughty naughty? Did you see my post that Sasha can read? Seriously. It's awesome. Lol.

Allison said...

Hey Danielle, Just popped over from Hollie Takes Notes and I decided to follow you. I feel similar about blogging, I started to keep in touch with friends and fam far away and have recently decided to make it much more than that, and have met some amazing people!

Ruthie Hart said...

Blog land has been amazing for building such deep friendships! visiting from the follow fest! have a great weekend!

meghan said...

Yay for blogging. I found your blog through Hollie's link-up and I'm so glad I did. I'm originally from the Seattle area and miss it so much!

xoxo,
megs
Shine On

Jayme and Mendi said...

That's amazing!! I love the power of blogging, the community, the positivity and all of the support!!

This venue looks perfect. My hubz & I considered a barn here in Virginia for our wedding, but we ended up going with a gazebo on a lake. It "fit" us perfectly. I can't wait to follow along to hear what you think after seeing it in person. :)

Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Vivian said...

Blogland is a good world. Seems more uplifting than facebook or any other social media site...I can't even think what my life was like before I blogged. I am so glad I've met some wonderful women out there (including you) thanks to blogging. Hope you know I'm always there for you and I'm so excited to keep up to date with your wedding.

Jamie said...

The timing of this post is incredible! I'm moving from NJ to Seattle in June. I've been waiting to plan our wedding until we move. We both wanted a barn. Thank you thank you thank you!!

20 Going on 80 said...

That's awesome! I love meeting new blog friends. Just found you through FF and am excited to start following :)

Holly said...

That venue is gorgeous :D I always pictured a barn wedding for myself too (my horse was going to be my MOH!) but it was really important to my husband to have a church wedding - so we did that instead.

Elle said...

Beautiful! I wanted to get married/reception in a barn too. I'm a horse person, so it was extra special for me. However, we couldn't find one big enough :( My BFF is getting married in barn so I will just have to live through the two of you :)

Chelsea Coleen said...

so perfect! so many good pinterest ideas i have seen to add to it too!

Erica said...

Oh, how wonderful! Whidbey island is absolutely beautiful. I'm sure Steven told you that we went to outdoor education camp there in elementary school. I was able to go back a few times to be a counselor -so glad you found this location! Blogging is great, for sure. I love reading blogs, but I guess I'm not weird enough to have one of my own =) just kidding. Thanks for being a blogger... I love reading yours!

lori said...

gorgeous pictures!! i love barn weddings... and the venue looks stunning. your wedding will be amazing :)

Sarah Louise said...

You're SO welcome! :) I just saw this post, and am very happy that you are so happy! Did you get the chance to go check the venue out? Well, you'll have to keep me updated and let me know if you need any help or more information! Happy wedding planning!

norah said...

Today’s wedding planners have one of the most powerful and helpful tools at their fingertips - the Internet. If you are planning your wedding, take advantage of these user friendly online wedding planning tools to quickly formulate a personal planning agenda and easily navigate through any wedding planning hiccups.

Online Wedding RSVP