Getting Married at the Tea Room?

I had so many questions about getting married at the Tea Room at Gambrill State Park (it definitely is a DIY venture!).  I searched for pictures, reviews, even emailed people who had gotten married there asking for tips!  Because I had so much help from strangers during the planning process, I would love to do the same for other potential Tea Room couples.  I’m keeping this website up even though the wedding is over, and I’ve updated it with some information about and photos from our wedding.

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Here are some things that might be useful (most of these links can also be found along the top of this page):

I found looking at online albums of other Tea Room weddings really helped me visualize the space.  Here are a few:

I tried to avoid overloading on Pinterest or other online wedding resources that seem designed to make a person feel inadequate.  But here are a few that I found particularly helpful.

  • A Practical Wedding is the best, most grounded wedding resource I found.  The blog is not just about wedding tips (although it does feature fantastic and diverse weddings).  It focuses on relationships, love, and even harder topics.  It gave me so many words of wisdom (one of  my favorites: “The wedding should not be a surprise party for the groom.”) and it kept me focused on what was important.  This post  in particular kept me sane when I kept trying to worry about silly things (oh yeah, this one too!).  I hugely recommend her book as well
  • I loved Offbeat Bride as well (in particular their Tribe — completely worth the hassle of filling out the bio).  Sometimes I don’t feel quite offbeat enough to fit in with the crowd (Steampunk, polyamorous, vegan, mountain climbing wedding?  Rock on!), but it gave a lot of good ideas.
  • I’m a huge fan of reddit (when used responsibly!), and I loved the community in some of the wedding subreddits.  I recommend r/weddingplanning, r/wedding, and r/weddings.  They were great for sharing ideas or asking advice from people who had no vested interest.

Good luck in your planning!  Please explore this site and feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.  I’m going through a little wedding planning withdrawal, so I’d be happy to help!

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Married!

It’s official! It was a crazy hot day in October (high 80’s), bright and sunny. The day was a happy blur, and I’m so grateful for all of the wonderful friends and family who were a part of it. We’re patiently waiting for our professional wedding photographs, but here are a few taken by guests.

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This was taken after our first look.  Brian forgot his shoes, so he’s wearing sneakers instead!  A wonderful friend picked up a new pair of dress shoes in time for the ceremony.

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This is one of my all time favorite pictures ever of Brian.   This is pre-wedding

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The views off the balcony were awesome!

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We had our ceremony on the balcony.  It was a good size for our 40 guest wedding.

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We spend all day Friday decorating the Tea Room.   I’m so happy with how it turned out (aside from the stink bugs!).  My mom made the beautiful table runners.  Poor Brian looks so lonely in this picture!

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Hooray for cupcakes!  We got them from Sprinkles, and they were AWESOME!

I’ve noticed that this blog has been getting traffic from people searching for information about weddings at the Tea Room at Gambrill State Park.  Because I had SO much help from folks who had their wedding here, I’d love to pay it forward by keeping this blog up.  I’ll be updating it with more pictures, advice, and other information for future Tea Room couples.  To start, here is a link to my vendor reviews.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions about getting married at the Tea Room, and good luck with your planning!