After 684 days of dating, 100+ blog posts, and 5 different homes together, we're going to get married! And we hope you can be there to help us celebrate.
We're looking forward to being married on the prairie near Topeka, Kansas, and we're planning a weekend of events for our family and out of town guests so that we'll get to spend as much time as possible with you. Regardless of where you're from, we hope you'll join us for as many (or few!) of our weekend activities as you like.
This page is a work in progress, but we'll keep it updated as our plans evolve. We can't wait to be married, and we can't wait to see you!
Samantha and Jake
Friday, August 27, 6:00pm
Circle S Ranch
Especially for family and out-of-town guests, we'll have a casual outdoor meal, play Aerobie and bocce ball, and enjoy the sun. Or if it rains, perhaps dinner, Pictionary, and Duck Duck Goose... Then we'll make s'mores and maybe enjoy the hot tub or go stargazing.
Saturday, August 28, 11:30am
Lunch - Come one, Come all!
Circle S Ranch
Please join us for a laid-back, picnic-style lunch at the Ranch with Jake and Sam. Then rest up for an evening of goodness.
Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Circle S Ranch
After we get married, we hope you'll join us in celebrating until the wee hours.
Sunday, August 29, 10:00am
Location: Samantha's Parents' Home in Topeka
Because we'd like to see you one last time before we all go home, we hope everyone who's available will join us for Sunday Brunch. Details TBD.
Many of you will be traveling to Kansas from far away. Thank you! It means the world to us to get to spend our special day with you. So we'd like to make your travel plans as easy as possible.
Rooms for our guests are being held at special, discounted rates until July 27th at two different hotels which are located about a block away from each other. Both are within walking distance to the dozens of shops and restaurants in beautiful downtown Lawrence, Kansas.
The Eldridge Hotel
The Eldridge is a landmark in Lawrence and one of the nicest hotels around. Its history includes destruction by pro-slavery forces in 1856 and again in 1863. Now that the Civil War is over, it's a much better option. The Eldridge underwent a major renovation five years ago, and now it's a great choice for beauty, comfort, and a local feel. (Sam loves it! Can you tell? ;) Mention the Crow/Quist wedding to receive a discoutned rate of $139/night.
This Marriott-owned hotel's rooms lack the historic character of the Eldridge, but they're newly renovated, very comfortable, and even more affordable. All the rooms are on one side of the hotel so that every room faces the river. (This would be Jake's choice!) Mention the Crow/Quist wedding and our group code, "CROX," or reserve online with the group code "CROCROA," for a discounted rate of $112/night.
There are a lot of hotels in Lawrence, but we highly recommend one of these two options. First, we'll be providing transportation back and forth from these hotels to our evening events. Second, we think you'll enjoy their happy, lively downtown setting. And third, we're expecting a lot of out-of-town guests, so you'll be in good company!
Kansas City International (MCI)
60 minutes to the hotels and 90 minutes to the Circle S Ranch
Since we've decided to provide transportation to the Friday and Saturday evening events, you can choose between renting a car and taking a shuttle from the airport to the hotels. Having a rental car will be handy if you wish to join us for lunch on Saturday or explore the area, but if you choose to take an airport shuttle, the most widely known brand in the area is the KCI Roadrunner. We're sure there are also taxi options, but we don't have any brilliant advice about which one to choose, sorry!
The Circle S is beautiful and picturesque, but it's not easy to find in normal circumstances: Google Maps places it in the wrong location by about 20 miles, Bing Maps (yes, we checked Bing Maps) does better but still has a few wrong street names on their directions, cell phone reception (and its associated Internet access) way out there in the country is spotty, and our GPS likes to guide us to drive on as many dirt roads as possible to get there. And this summer in particular, just to keep you on your toes, the highway exit you'd normally take to the Circle S from I-70 is closed for construction.
So! If you drive yourself out to the Ranch, please check your directions carefully before you go. We've made a special map to help you find your way, so please check it out beforehand.
Please don't feel compelled to buy us anything. Really. Many of you are traveling from far away to be with us on our wedding day, and that's already an enormous (enormous!) gift to us. Really. We're incredibly grateful to you already. But if you still want to get us something, we're in the process of thinking up some suggestions.
We've registered some charities that are significant to us here. We'd love nothing more than to know that not only the two of us, but also some strangers somewhere, are living better lives because of our marriage.
If you really want to get us a practical gift, we've registered traditional household items at Dillard's and a variety of practical and fun items at Amazon. (Our Amazon registry is through the I Do Foundation because... 4% of Amazon's revenue from our gifts goes to the charity of our choice. Is that cool, or what?!).
Our wedding weekend is August 27 - August 29, 2010. We understand that not everyone can make it to every event, but we'd love for our out-of-town guests to join us for as many (or few!) as you can.
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