The Bride and Groom
For Chris, it just didn't make sense to ask her anywhere but… “the place where we would begin our lives together.” Katie and Chris were planning that new life together in Vancouver, BC and went there in January 2012 to look for places to live and check out the schools. Chris knew he wanted to ask Katie to marry him but he wanted the special place where he would ask to be memorable. Anxiously he scanned the city for romantic vibe, magical ambiance and the maximum number of high gravity taps. Finally he decided on the perfect spot: the Olympic Cauldron! What a beautiful site - right on the water - where enormous torches crisscross the skyline. After dinner and a fortifying libation on that cold crisp evening, they grabbed a cab to supposedly head back to the hotel. Chris asked the cab driver to take them down to the waterfront instead. They strolled around for a while, enjoying the night and the sparkling city mirrored in the harbor until they came to the magnificent torches. Snow began to fall from the beautiful evening sky and Christopher got down on one knee, it was just magical! Chris asked Katie to be his wife …Katie said yes and the rest is history! Best friends, soul mates, husband and wife…true love forever!
The Wedding Weekend
Leonard Lake Reserve
Be our guests for the weekend! All accommodations, food and drink are provided by your hosts. If you have a special snack, breakfast cereal or beverage that your cannot live without, you can pick it up in Ukiah before you arrive.
Guests may arrive Thursday evening after 4:00 pm and leave Sunday by 11:00 am. Invitations will be sent in April and housing assigned later.
Take Highway 101 north through Ukiah. Turn left on Reeves Canyon Road and follow the signs to Leonard Lake. Leonard Lake is approximately 45 minutes from Ukiah.
Leonard Lake is around 3 hours from San Francisco, Oakland and the Sacramento airport. Please plan to arrive before dark and be patient on the drive in. When you turn off of Hwy 101 about 10 miles north of Ukiah you will be on Reeves Canyon Road – 9.4 miles of a narrow, winding, dirt and gravel road. Plan on staying at 15mph (max) for about 45 minutes. Enjoy the scenery. Keep an eye out for sasquatches.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, July 17
Arrive after 4:00 pm
6:30 Pizza Dinner
Friday, July 18th
No need to leave, we have plenty to do here! But if you want to explore the area, this is a good day.
Breakfast and Lunch
5:00 PM: Cocktails
6:00 PM: Celebration Dinner
Saturday, July 19th
Enjoy Leonard Lake: swimming, paddling, hiking, crafts and board games.
Breakfast and Lunch
6:00 pm: Wedding Ceremony
Feasting and festivities to follow
Sunday, July 20th
11:00 am: Checkout
ABOUT LEONARD LAKE RESERVE
Leonard Lake Reserve offers a beautiful, memorable and private setting. Spend your days swimming, hiking, playing or relaxing in the secluded atmosphere at the lake. Leonard Lake is the largest natural lake in Mendocino County, and sits in the heart of rare old growth fir and redwood groves.Miles of hiking trails criss-cross the almost 4000 acres to provide you with access to forests, chaparral, natural springs, grasslands and craggy rocks. Leonard Lake Reserve is bordered by Montgomery Woods State Park and BLM land, so there is almost unlimited wilderness access.
There is a beautiful trail circling the Lake, which showcases groves of old growth fir and redwood. Other trails lead you to open grasslands, and reveal remnants of bygone eras. We have canoes and kayaks to explore the far reaches of the lake, and floats for the relaxed swimmers and kids, and sunbathing chairs on the docks. Dangle your lure for small mouth bass, and watch our resident osprey dive-bomb bluegill. Or you can simply enjoy your favorite book in a comfortable hammock. At night you can stargaze with no interference from light pollution.
Leonard Lake photos courtesy of Paul Miller
Sarah Jordan, Best Woman
Joel Bolanos, Best Man
We hope you enjoyed staying with us for the weekend. As long as you have traveled this far, you might want to consider adding on some extra time before or after the wedding to enjoy this beautiful area of the country.
Places to Stay
Things to See
Your presence at our wedding is the greatest gift we could ask for. The time, effort and expense of traveling to be with us is something we deeply appreciate, and we are thrilled that we will be able to celebrate with you. For those of you unable to make it we also appreciate your love and support that you have given us to be able to say "I do" on our special day.
Moving across the country to Canada to start our newly engaged lives together, we have already begun to amassed quite a few items that couples typically put on their registry. Also, living in Canada with its high duty rates on gifts made a registry seem improbable. We finally decided on a honeymoon registry would be best for us. We both value travel and new experiences to be the best part of life together. Our trip will leave us with a lifetime of happy memories and we will fondly remember these gifts for years to come.