Directions to Boxtree from the hotel

Here are some directions from the Holiday Inn to the wedding, for anyone who doesn’t have or doesn’t trust their GPS. If you use Google Maps you get essentially the same thing, just without the details. I’d recommend planning for 25-30 minutes since traffic can really slow you down on Rt. 24 in Vinton.

9.7 mi – about 17 mins (estimated by Google)

START: Holiday Inn Hotel Roanoke – Valley View
3315 Ordway Drive Northwest
Roanoke, VA 24017
(540) 362-4500

1. Head south on Ordway Dr NW toward Ferndale Dr NW 0.2 mi
2. Turn left at Hershberger Rd NW 167 ft
3. Merge onto I-581 S/US-220 S via the ramp to Downtown 3.9 mi
4. Take exit 6 for VA-24/Elm Ave 0.2 mi
5. Turn left at Elm Ave E – you are now on Rt. 24. The name of the road will change some, but just stay on 24 for 3.2 mi
6. Slight right at Hardy Rd/State Route 634 (the road you are on will already be called Hardy St before this turn) – here you are leaving Rt. 24. This slight right is just after the Lake Drive Plaza Shopping Center, which is just after Famous Anthony’s (both on the right). 1.7 mi
7. You will go under a stone underpass, directly afterward you can turn right at Hammond Dr. Follow the signs to Boxtree (Not Braeloch), and then go through the wooden gate labelled “Parking.” We plan to have Wedding signs along this road as well.

END: Boxtree Lodge VMCC
2393 Hammond Drive
Vinton, VA 24179-2370


Sounds like our last post made it more confusing for some people instead of the intended less confusing…

So here are some examples are what you could wear to our wedding:

  • For the Ladies:
    • Sundress
    • Skirt and top
    • Pants and top
    • Dress
  • For the Men:
    • Pants and polo shirt
    • Pants and button-down shirt (short sleeve or long sleeve)
    • Suit (if you really want to…but beware, it will be hot)

When we say “pants” we really just mean anything at least a step above jeans. Khakis are definitely OK. Pants covered in holes…probably not. The main point is that we want you to be comfortable and presentable, and otherwise we don’t really care. We just want you to enjoy the day and not die of heat exhaustion!

If you have a hat you want to wear to beat the heat, you are more than welcome to do so!

In case it matters: the groomsmen are wearing black suits, and the bridesmaids are wearing knee-length green dresses.

Looking forward to seeing you all in less than a week. :)

Summary of What You Need to Know

It sounds like people have some questions about the wedding, so I wanted to quickly summarize a lot of the information you can find throughout the site for anyone who has forgotten:

  1. The ceremony will be outside, the cocktail hour will be outside, and the reception will be inside (with air conditioning). All areas are handicap accessible.
  2. Any family who will be getting to town early are welcome to come and help us set up on Friday afternoon! We would love any help you can give.
  3. My Aunt Diane is our Day-of coordinator, and she will help make sure everything runs smoothly on Saturday. She will thus be making sure everything gets done that needs to be done that day, so one of us may ask you to help out with something!
  4. Dress should be church clothes, maybe what you’d wear to an Easter service? Basically, no jeans, no cutoffs. We’d like you to be comfortable and ready to celebrate while still being “presentable”…that’s it!
  5. Family and Wedding Party were invited to a Rehearsal Dinner, I believe the RSVP deadline has already passed.
  6. We’re really excited to see you all and have you celebrate with us!!!

Please let me know if you have any other questions that haven’t been addressed!

Gift Registry Update

We added another registry to our list: Crate & Barrel.

Yesterday we were buying a present for a friend’s wedding and ended up there. This was the second time in the past few months we’ve bought wedding presents from their website, and we realized we really liked what we were buying for other people! So that led us to browsing their store and finding some things we haven’t been able to find anywhere else! Since we already knew we probably needed a little more variety, we went ahead and started this other registry! So if you are still looking for a gift for us, you can consider this store as well.

A few people have asked us what we actually want on our registry. We have been very careful to only put things on that we would love to have and know we’d use, so anything you buy from there will be greatly appreciated! And of course, awesome things from elsewhere are also appreciated (see earlier registry posts). :)

Thanks to all of you who have already sent us gifts! It’s been so exciting to open the packages, and we are already enjoying all of the items!

Let the Countdown Begin!

Now we’re at TWO WEEKS before the wedding! Time sure does fly, especially when you are out of town for most of it! It’s amazing how much we have left to do in 2 weeks, but we’ve accomplished a lot!

A little after writing the last blog post we managed to find our wedding bands! I’m super excited about them. Tim already has his, but I probably won’t have mine until the week of the wedding. We both love them though. We did not go with matching bands, but instead each picked out what ring we wanted for ourselves. I’ll leave what they look like as a surprise for the wedding day!

Friday we spent hours working on music for the reception (such as a first dance song), and timing for the events of the reception. Yesterday we tackled most of the shopping that was left to do for the wedding. We now have all of the apparel items for everyone in the wedding, our centerpieces (minus the flowers, of course), decorations for wedding and reception, and it only took 6 hours at the mall! What a tiring day, but well worth it.

This week we have to finish deciding on the details for the ceremony, determine final counts for the caterer and the final menu, decide on cocktail hour menu, and get as much information as possible to the DJ. Look for more information up soon about things to do in the Roanoke area in your spare time!

Looking forward to seeing you in less than 2 weeks!

One month left?!?

Well, time sure is flying as we reach the end of our preparations. I was out of town the last 3 weeks for an intensive workshop, and am just now getting back into the swing of things! While I was gone Tim managed to book our florist, and a new friend in Santa Fe bought me a pair of earrings to wear during the wedding! We also ordered our favors earlier this week. So we are making progress! Plenty is still left to do though: buy wedding bands, make seating chart, find out rest of RSVPs, figure out music (& talk to DJ), buy Tim a tie, finalize food, finalize timeline for the day, …and the list goes on.

July will be very busy for us as I’ll be out of town for a week at a conference and have to spend much of the next week preparing for my presentations. We are very excited about the wedding though, and look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP please!

Thank you to everyone who was able to RSVP to us in advance! For anyone who has not sent us their RSVP, we would definitely appreciate hearing from you as soon as possible. Today is the RSVP deadline we gave in the invitations, but if you still need time to figure out if you can come due to work/vacation schedules or some other reason, please send one of us an e-mail with an estimate of when you’ll know for certain. We certainly don’t want you to say “no” just because it is too early to know. However, the more RSVPs we have by this week the easier our lives will be, so we greatly appreciate all promptness!

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the wedding, and are sorry to hear of those who will not be able to make it!

Hotel Block Reserved

We have a block of rooms reserved until June 30th under our names at the Holiday Inn Roanoke Valley View for $79/night. The code for reserving is “OWW” (yes, our last names make fun acronyms…and yes, both W’s are supposed to be there). You will need to call the hotel to reserve via our reduced group rate. Once the block of rooms we reserve are booked you will still be able to reserve under our reduced rate, but only while there are still rooms available at the hotel. So as soon as you know how many nights you need it will probably be best to go ahead and book your room.

Holiday Inn Roanoke Valley View
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, VA 24017
Hotel website
Reservation group code: OWW
Rate: $79/night for any combination of Friday and Saturday nights

Important: you must say “in house reservation” at the beginning of your call, otherwise you will be transferred to the 800 number where they will be unaware of the room block.

The hotel has an indoor/outdoor pool, volleyball court, free parking, a shuttle to/from the airport (although you will still need a way to get to the wedding), free wireless internet, and was recently renovated. Breakfast is $9/person.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask us or the hotel staff (the ones we talked to were quite nice!). We hope that this hotel will work great for everyone. It is easy to get anywhere in Roanoke from the hotel as it is near an on-ramp to the local highway (581).

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Today is the day where everyone thinks about the Earth and how it might be good to try to make it last a few more hundred years and beyond. I’d like to encourage all of you to really think about that every day, and try to live more sustainably. We only have one planet, and with the rate of waste and human population growth there is a good chance that in our lifetimes and our children’s lifetimes the world will be in very bad shape. Let’s stop that destruction now.

View at Yellowstone National Park

View at Yellowstone National Park

There are so many easy little things that can have a huge impact: recycling, using re-usable instead of plastic disposable water bottles, using a mug at work for coffee instead of a disposable cup, turning off lights, turning down the max temperature of your water heater, washing clothes in cold water, buying natural products, buying items made from recycled materials, etc. Buying used items, and donating used and still usable items instead of throwing them away, can also make a big difference and really help your community at the same time. A towel can work as well as a paper towel, and cloth napkins really aren’t that hard to use every day. Start with a few small goals, and then work toward the big ones! You don’t have to buy solar panels, or invest in wind energy; just being conscious of your trash creation is a great first step.

I know some of you reading this are way more into sustainable living than I am, but I wanted to share some ideas with everyone anyway. Since we are trying our best to have a Green wedding, it only feels natural to comment on such a holiday. :)

A few ways we are going Green for our wedding: recycled paper invitations, online RSVP, local vendors (caterer/cake/etc), local seasonal flowers, minimal paper usage for the day, and a location within driving distance for the vast majority of our guests. We aren’t perfect, but we are certainly trying to do our part to keep our wedding from having the huge environmental impact of the typical American wedding.

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to consider helping the Earth all year round, but either way, Happy Earth Day!

Eight is the magic number

So I just made the mistake of counting how many weeks I have in Amherst before the wedding: EIGHT! We are over 3 months away from the date, but only 2 months of that will I be at home. Granted, one of those weeks I’m “gone” is the week right before the wedding, when we’ll be in Virginia for all the last minute stuff. But still, time is disappearing! It will be interesting to see how many things come up between now and then, and just how much we’ll have to do in July.

In just a few weeks though we’ll be able to visit our venue again and really figure out where everything is going, how we can decorate, and what we need to buy/rent/make. I’m really looking forward to that part, because it seems like it will be really fun!