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Old 09-30-2014, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fordyce Wedding....

Long story short... back in May I proposed to my old lady and it looked as if we'd be getting married where I proposed, on the beach. But after a trip up to the Trek, she had a wild hair and two weekends ago, we went back up, looked around and decided it was perfect... a wedding in the TNF.

We drove up the 49 and looked at all kinds of interesting places, took some time and drove around Fordyce, Sterling, Weber, Jackson, French, and maybe another one that I forgot.... and while many of them had their charms, Meadow just seems the most accessible when I consider some of the guests might be utilizing walkers, etc..

It's far from where we live, a ten plus hour drive. Then you have the lack of facilities from those that require that kind of thing.

Hopefully I can use some of your guys and gals knowledge on the area and maybe even "destination" style weddings that are done in a forest. Shit... even with the little planning we have done, my head is spinning, it's a whole new world of things I have never pondered.

So far... this is what we've come up with (we are 100% open to other ideas and suggestions!!).

Ceremony in PG&E campground number three, as it looks to be the best one with flat areas, good views, lots of space, ability to light a fire, etc.. Then possibly having the reception either in the same campground or move it over to the group site (big bonus is the bathroom and concrete pad). Wedding will be mid-July, 2015.

We looked around Truckee and Sierraville a bit... doesn't look as if Sierraville is going to offer much, but Truckee seems like it could fit the bill.... maybe? The four advertised florists in the area weren't too promising, at least by the responses we got. Two never returned phone calls, one returned the call two weeks later, and one I am not sure what came out of it (there was a young man working, but he knew little about wedding stuff, I believe we left our number, but am unsure if there was a call back or not?).

So... any suggestions on florists, catering, and hair dressers would be great.

I have to admit.... my old lady is quite the woman. Not only is she going to let me have a wedding at the end of one of my favorite trails, she's going to let me wheel the day after as well (and ALL of it was her idea, so really.... she's not letting me do crap, she's just the perfect woman!!!).

Damn.... first day of our marriage will be wheeling.... JACKPOT!!

And the bachelor party. Do you guys think building a pole and placing dancers overlooking WH3 is a bad idea? Seeing how hard the Pillow Line is this year, maybe I should put the pole on that side as incentive?

Seriously.... any help/thoughts/ideas/whatever would be very much appreciated.
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Couple things:

If you have more than (25 -75) people on the Forest by invitation - you may need a permit. Permits require lots-o-hoops and cost recovery expenses. Meadow Lake is a FS Campground.

Piazza knows more about that.

Facilities - I can't imagine not doing this at a camp site of some kind with restrooms. Did you check out Cisco Grove and their camp sites? They have all of the amenities you are looking for, plus hotel rooms (a few) and a lodge. And - it's private property.

Good luck to you and your PW (Perfect Woman)
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Couple things:

If you have more than (25 -75) people on the Forest by invitation - you may need a permit. Permits require lots-o-hoops and cost recovery expenses. Meadow Lake is a FS Campground.

Piazza knows more about that.

Facilities - I can't imagine not doing this at a camp site of some kind with restrooms. Did you check out Cisco Grove and their camp sites? They have all of the amenities you are looking for, plus hotel rooms (a few) and a lodge. And - it's private property.

Good luck to you and your PW (Perfect Woman)
Thank you.

The regs I recall reading on the TNF site said something about this... and basically, if my memory serves me right, it should be just fine to host on public land staying under that figure of 75. I'd guess between the distance and perceived accessibility issues, we'll stay under that number.

I do plan on asking both Steve and Amy for some advice once I have more of my ducks lined up... hopefully they won't mind my pestering too badly.

We did look at Cisco... while I agree with you it would be a nice spot and the owners have always seemed very accommodating to me, it kind of gets away from what she fell in love with and we noticed it was up for sale (it looked as if the sign was on their property), so we aren't sure what might be of the place next summer.

The restrooms are an issue.... no doubt a large one. So if done at Meadow, we'd likely use the PG&E Group Site for the reception. I have a small issue there as we'd lose the lake view, but if we marry in the lake side campsite, then it's a decent compromise (and she lit up when she saw the pad, so I know she'd be happy with that).

I see you live in Auburn... we stopped there, nice little town! We also talked with a florist there and might use her if we can't find anything more convenient that we feel comfortable with... I'll have to get her name to run by you just in case there is something I should know. lol
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Auburn Blooms - she's fantastic Auburn Florists - Flowers in Auburn CA - Auburn Blooms

Hair - I have a friend who lives in Forest Hill and does Hair, I'll check with her and get back to you.

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Auburn Blooms - she's fantastic Auburn Florists - Flowers in Auburn CA - Auburn Blooms

Hair - I have a friend who lives in Forest Hill and does Hair, I'll check with her and get back to you.

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Thanks again.

Auburn Blooms... I think Lisa? Yes, that is the shop we went into and she seemed great. Glad to hear the same from actual experience. My PW (Jackie) also loved her store and much of the stuff she packed into it.

Looking forward to your other suggestion and I'll talk to her about BBQ.
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The meadow campground is hosted and not sure if they do reservations. Mid July is peak season and you may have to contend with other campers, trail traffic etc. again, just mentioning what I've seen at other FS campgrounds, but no reservations also usually means no "saving" sites.
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Give Amy or I a call or send me a PM :-)

As a far as dancers and a pole on wh3. it just really depends on how stupid drunk you get. :-)

Honestly I would camp at Fordyce lake and wheel in from the bypass. Great flat campground, Lake access, Trail access etc.




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Congrats and good luck. My better half won't even get in the jeep, let alone go wheeling. It's too...loud, too dusty, too hot, too cold, takes too long, la la la...

Not sure it's a blessing or curse. As it us, she says go have fun, see you Sunday. Also a lot less gear to take along...

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The meadow campground is hosted and not sure if they do reservations. Mid July is peak season and you may have to contend with other campers, trail traffic etc. again, just mentioning what I've seen at other FS campgrounds, but no reservations also usually means no "saving" sites.
Yes... an issue for sure. We can secure the PG&E Group sites as far as I understand, then I'll just go up a couple of weeks early and "grab" the lake shore site, as I believe I can squat on one for two weeks. We have backup sites measured and will map them out logistically if the main idea fails for some reason.

Peak traffic might be a concern, but if we wet down the road next to the site to keep the dust down, I think it will be okay, especially with the reception is at the group site.

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Give Amy or I a call or send me a PM :-)

As a far as dancers and a pole on wh3. it just really depends on how stupid drunk you get. :-)

Honestly I would camp at Fordyce lake and wheel in from the bypass. Great flat campground, Lake access, Trail access etc.




Just remember to remind your participants about packing it in and packing it out. No white flowers.


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Hey Steve, thanks... I plan on getting with both of you (well, if Amy allows) and asking a few more pointed questions when I have a few more ducks lined up. You two should have lots of great info for us, but I want to make sure when I pester the two of you, its for good reason.

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Congrats and good luck. My better half won't even get in the jeep, let alone go wheeling. It's too...loud, too dusty, too hot, too cold, takes too long, la la la...

Not sure it's a blessing or curse. As it us, she says go have fun, see you Sunday. Also a lot less gear to take along...

Best wishes in the nuptials
Yes... I am blessed with her. She doesn't complain when I'd sometimes like to... ya know; weather, trail fixes, stupidity. But you do have a point.... wheeling solo is easier on so many things, but it's also nice to have her interested in my hobby... much easier to spend money and time on it.

Thank you.
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