A Little Night Life and a Lot of Romance 7/21/2013

It’s been a relatively quiet weekend for the Hortons.

The Bayview to Mackinac Race began Saturday, and with winds much more favorable than for the Chicago to Mackinac race last week, five boats have already crossed the finish line.  ll Mostro came in first, second was Wind Quest, and third was Equation.  I’ll try to get a pic or two Monday after I leave the Stuart House.

Friday evening Ted and I met Denise and Mike (from Carriage Tours) for dinner over at the Key Hole Bar and Grill in Mackinaw City.  We’d been hearing about their “all you can eat” perch and ribs special, and we all wanted to check it out.  We had almost a 30-minute wait, but it was worth it!  Ted went through a plate of ribs and THREE plates of perch.  The rest of us just had the “normal” plates, and we were still stuffed.  I have no idea where my hubbie puts all that food!

It's been a while since we've been on the water at night.  We caught the 9:30 Shepler back to the Island.

It’s been a while since we’ve been on the water at night. We caught the 9:30 ferry back to the Island.  As you can see, there was still a little light left in the evening sky.

The Round Island Lighthouse is even more beautiful at night than during the day.

The Round Island Lighthouse is even more beautiful at night than during the day.

It was so quiet as we coasted past the breakwater

It was so quiet as we coasted past the breakwater  . . .

. . . and pulled up to the Shepler dock.  The Great Lakes cruise Ship, York town, was docked

. . . and pulled up to the Shepler dock. The Great Lakes cruise ship, Yorktown, was visiting the Island this weekend.  The Yorktown accommodates 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins.

We called for a taxi . . .

We called for a taxi . . .

. . . and while we waited, I walked down to JoAnn's Fudge and watched a night worker finish up some peanut brittle.

. . . and while we waited, I walked down to JoAnn’s Fudge and watched a night worker finish up some peanut brittle.

It's always fun riding a taxi at night.  We picked up one or two other folks going to the Village on our way up the hill and arrived home to a happy-to-see-us Maddie and Bear.

It’s always fun riding a taxi at night. We picked up one or two other folks going to the Village on our way up the hill and arrived home to a happy-to-see-us Maddie and Bear.

Occasionally I receive a really great email from a reader, and this is one I want to share – with  Katie’s permission, of course.  It’s a lovely story of one little girl’s childhood wish to be married on Mackinac Island and just proves, once again, that when Mackinac is involved, wishes very often DO come true.

Hi, Brenda!  Hoping this email address works. I saw it on one of your Lowell posts a few weeks ago and have been meaning to write ever since. I wanted to say that I love your blog! I kept coming across it over the past couple of years and just recently subscribed to the email feature which handily puts you directly in my inbox. I love it!

I was born and raised in the gorgeous north woods of Wisconsin and took vacations with my family to the Island when my sister and I were both growing up. One of those times (I must have been around 10 yrs old) we saw a bride and groom at the Grand, and it was just SO magical.  I turned to my mom and said, “I want to get married on Mackinac.”

In 2007 I took my soon-to-be fiance to the Island, and in passing I’d told him that story, along with many others of our awesome vacations in the UP. Of course, he fell in love with the Island too. After we got engaged, that same year, we started planning a fall 2008 wedding in northern Wisconsin in my hometown (the beautiful Minocqua).  Things just weren’t clicking though.

Some time later my fiance said, “You should have your dream wedding in your dream place. Let’s get married on Mackinac!”  I broached the idea to my parents, who were paying for the wedding, and we decided it wouldn’t be TOO much more costly to do just that!  I was overjoyed!!!

My mom and I planned the wedding and were DIY maniacs to help keep the cost down.  All the invitations, save the dates and thank you cards were handmade by us, as well as the favor boxes and the seating cards. My sister is a wonderful potter and made pots for all the tables as the centerpieces (pink geraniums). It was so much fun!!! Our theme was bicycles (of course) and pink and green hues. We even ordered our flowers wholesale and made bouquets and boutonnières the night before the wedding!

Our wedding was May 9th 2009. The ceremony was in the morning up on the cliff at the Somewhere in Time gazebo.  I remember it was snowing that morning before we left the cottage (my mom rented McGreevy Cottage for the whole week). I wanted my wedding outside at that gazebo, and I wasn’t going to move it indoors (Mission Church was our bad weather backup plan) for a little snow. Tough Wisconsinite talking!  😉 Anyhow, the ceremony was just beautiful. I could go on and on…but I won’t!

Then the sun came out, and my husband and I took off in our gorgeous wedding carriage to take photos!  There were people waving and yelling out their congratulations along the way, and we really felt like royalty!  It made me think of that day long ago when I’d seen that bride and groom on the Island…and it made me hope that some little girl saw us and thought the same thing I had. Mackinac Magic.

Our reception followed in the Lakeview Hotel. Our guests had an incredible time, and we got to have the wedding of our dreams. It truly was amazing.

We were living in Maryland when we went back for our 1st anniversary, again to run the Great Turtle half marathon in October 2010, and again last summer during the Lilac Fest while I was pregnant. We recently moved to Texas (to hopefully start a vineyard) and aren’t sure when we’ll be able to make it up again. So I’ve been slowly going through your blog posts from the beginning and am really enjoying them. It makes me feel like I’m there again.  Wanted to send you my Mackinac story since I feel like I know you from your posts. It seemed only fair that you know a bit of me too! I think Lucy (our 6yr old, 75lb Plott Hound/Lab mix) has a crush on Bear…

I attached a couple pictures for you to see! Kathryn B. Holt did the photos for us. Armand (Smi) Horn performed the ceremony.  Arrowhead Carriages was our carriage company.  It was just incredible.  Also attached a photo of Lucy last summer on Mackinac.

So, finally, it’s nice to ‘meet’ you! At least online! Keep up the wonderful work!

Katie, TX

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Thank you, Katie, for allowing me to share your story.  I know my readers are all going, “Awwww . . . . .

The heat wave is over.  We had a high of 69 today, and we have 70’s forecast for the coming week.  AWESOME weather!

We have friends from Georgia coming this week – one couple Thursday-Saturday and another Sunday-Tuesday.  So excited to see folks from home!

I’ll be back in a few days with a Mackinac update.  Y’all have a super week!  God bless.

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27 thoughts on “A Little Night Life and a Lot of Romance 7/21/2013

  1. What a wonderful story…a little girls dream come true! Loved your story Katie and thank you for sharing it with us. 🙂

  2. Awww,,,,now that really is a great story. We know because we went through the same experience 12 years ago when our youngest son and daughter-in-law were married on the island. We took our kids there at an early age and they loved the island. Our youngest took his girlfriend there during their dating years. She decided on her first visit this was where she wanted to be married….with…or without him. Thankfully it turned out to be with him and we had a wonderful weekend with family and friends attending. This is the first year since then that we have not returned as a family to celebrate their anniversary. And why is that?…..an extended family reunion in downstate Michigan…whose idea was that anyway? Congratulations to Katie and her husband. She had a great plan !!

  3. Wow Kate’s story gave me goosebumps! To get married on Mackinaw Island was my dream too, but I settled for spending my honeymoon there. Brittany’s dream is also to be married on the island…we ooh & ah at the brides when we see them. We may be calling you in a few years Brenda to help plan a wedding. 🙂 Loved the pictures of the evening ride & the wedding.

  4. Great stories! My husband and I visited the island this weekend (our honeymoon). I kept saying to my husband “hey that’s just like the picture from Bree’s blog!” 🙂

  5. Good stuff Brenda as always. Good to see some more folks from TX getting in touch with you. Sirena and I were married at Mission Point 13 years ago and renewed our vows at the Mission Point gazebo in 2011.

    Good stuff!

  6. It was truly unforgettable. I’m so glad my man suggested getting married in my dream location; I can’t imagine doing a single thing differently. 🙂
    Hopefully sometime in the future we’ll have a summer home on the Island (lottery win?!). I would also love to experience the solitude of winter on Mackinac…
    Thank you for sharing our story Bree!!! Maybe we’ll meet in person some day up north!

  7. Just wonderful. I have always been excited to see the brides on the Island, probably since I was little too. Can’t think of a more beautiful place to be married.

  8. I just got back from the island myself and was happy to see a new blog post when I opened my computer since I’m missing Mackinac already. I can relate to Katie’s story so much–my husband and I got married on the island as well after I vacationed there as a child with my family. It really is a magical place to get married and we come back every year that we can for our anniversary. This year we’re about a month late with our trip, but for the first time we brought both our kids. We had some beautiful weather and a great time showing our son and daughter the place that is so special to us.

  9. What a nice story-I love it when dreams come true! So lucky you got to go the Keyhole Bar! We eat there everytime we go to Mackinaw City-I love that place!

  10. Brenda,

    Thank you for sharing Katie’s wedding with us and thank you Katie for sharing it with Brenda so she could do that. As I’m sure you saw on Brenda’s blog, after 53 years (we almost share an anniversary date May 7, 1960), my wife and I can also attest to the fact that the carriage ride is really something for the memory book. I’m sure you and your husband will be telling your grandchildren about your very special ride before another 49 years have gone by. You’ll probably even mention the wedding as part of the story.

    By the way, Katie, do you live anywhere near Katy, Texas?

    • Lowell – I loved hearing about y’alls visit to the Island again! What an adventure!!! Isn’t spring a great time to get married?!
      We are not near Katy… My husband is originally from the Abilene area. We’re living on the north side of San Antonio (near Helotes) for the moment. Hoping to buy property soon a bit further north in the Hill Country near Comfort, TX!

    • Katie,

      My family lived in Austin and San Marcos when I was a child and my wife and I and our three boys lived in Austin and Dallas. We’ve driven through much of the Hill Country, but I don’t think we’ve ever been to Comfort, although I have known the name for decades. Have you taken a drive through the Hill Country during the first or second week of April? The bluebonnets and yucca are at their peak at about that time in south central Texas and they are beautiful.

    • Katie,

      My wife and I live north of San Antonio, and just south of the Bulverde township in an area called Canyon Springs. We’ll have to look y’all up sometime. Comfort is very nice. We always enjoy motorcycling through there and anywhere in the hill country really. My last weekend I was home in June we rode through the Leakey, TX area. Very nice ride/trip on two wheels enjoying all the twists and turns through the hill country canyons.

      Thanks again as many have said already for sharing your story with Mrs. B.

      • I love that my readers talk to each other through the blog posts!

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    • Lowell – Yes!!! I love the bluebonnets here in spring (we moved down this past February). We even took some photos of our baby girl sitting in a field of bluebonnets a few months ago. Gorgeous!
      Austin and San Marcos are great towns. We drive around between San Antonio and Austin, Fredericksburg and Kerrville a lot visiting different wineries. Plus, my husband is a marathon runner so we go to lots of races in the area!

      Jason – I know where that is!!! Have you been cycling on highway 16 north of Bandera yet? Beautiful drive. If y’all are wine lovers I can suggest a few wineries for you!

      If you want to keep up with us/our future hill country vineyard check out my blog! http://www.mama-makes-wine.blogspot.com I don’t get the chance to post nearly as often as Brenda does (nor are they as entertaining), but I try and cover the highlights!

      Bree – Your readers are all so friendly! I love it!

  11. Brenda,

    Thank you for the community you have formed! It’s so much fun to hear and see all the wonderful bits and pieces from everyone has to share!

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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