My mom, brother, and cousin drove over from Tampa to visit me, and we trekked to one of my favorite restaurants in the entire world: The Sugar Mill.
Yep, it's an old sugar mill in the middle of a state park that has been converted into a restaurant. Griddles are built into the tables, and the best thing to order is a pitcher of pancake batter and all the interesting sides you want: chocolate chips, blueberries, pecans, bananas--just to name a few.
Everyone sits around the table cooking their own breakfast. And the meal comes to about $5.
[Editor's Note: You can create something similar at your own house with an electric griddle and an extension cord. Seriously! I've had pancake parties, make-your own quesadilla parties, and grill your own grilled cheese sandwich parties.]
The restaurant is situated on a natural spring that is used for swimming and diving. They even have manatees swimming in the lake during the winter.
I have such fond memories of the place and I thought to myself: "Wow, this would have been an amazing place to have a wedding, even though it doesn't feel like a wedding spot at all!" It would have been so fun to have a morning ceremony and then cook breakfast and spend the rest of the day swimming, sunning, and kayaking.
It got me thinking about locations that don't seem like wedding venues on the surface but actually have a lot of meaning for the couple and would therefore make excellent locations.
Then I read about a couple who got married in a hospital because the bride had been going there since she was a baby to overcome a brain tumor. She was friends with the hospital staff and also wanted to inspire the patients: "We really wanted to give the kids here . . . an ounce of hope that their lives will come full circle like mine did."
Then a commenter on this site left a post about friends in Minneapolis who got married on top of a parking ramp overlooking the cityscape "because the couple spent a great deal of their time hanging out with homeless people around the city and wanted a locale for their wedding their homeless friends wouldn't feel intimidated by."
The commenter went on to say: "It ended up being an absolutely beautiful day, an incredibly fun and relaxed wedding, and the diversity of the guests was a testament to the love that this couple has for everyone they meet."
I am so inspired by weddings that are meaningful and memorable.
What weddings have you been to at locations that are very meaningful to the couple? I'd love to hear about them!