Recently the County challenged a number of Lake County wedding professionals to come up with a unique vision for a wedding. Our challenge was to come up with some ideas for a vintage wedding - and boy did we do so. So, if you would follow us back in time, we'd love to take you on a journey through a very special wedding day that will happen in the past - during the time of Prohibition...
Nestled in a meadow under the shadow of old-growth oak and redwood trees is a secret speakeasy comprised of retired railroad cabooses that only a few special people know about. It is the destination for people who want to enjoy some incredible hooch, but has also been known for some unique entertainment and is a great place for weddings, if you know the right people.
Word is there's going to be a wedding at the Speakeasy today and some of the most important people have arrived by the latest in horseless carriages with the latest 1928 models in a parade of beautiful paint.
As people grab seats facing out at Clear Lake, a beautiful Chris Craft appears on the horizon speeding toward the shore. Sure enough, there are a bride and groom aboard the fast-moving wooden boat and it pulls right up to the pier at the Featherbed Railroad and the couple bounds out and toward the waiting guests. There will be a wedding today for sure!
After a beautiful ceremony music fills the air from some Thomas Edison's great Victrolas and there are a number of them around the property. It's almost as if there is magic in the air as they're all playing the same songs which are the latest from the hit parade.
Suddenly it becomes apparent that a number of food purveyors have descended with a variety of treats that represent milestones in the wedding couple's lives - treats from their trip to the south, crepes from Paris, sausages from Germany and more. Everywhere you turn there is something different to enjoy and having food all over the property encourages exploring and mingling. What an adventure!
Word is that there is also some alcohol to be had and the secret knock on the door of the "hidden caboose" in the back grants you entrance to the speakeasy! They're serving some secret wines grown right near by as well as underground beers and even absinth. With drink in hand it's time to return to the festivities.
Back outside you notice that chandeliers have been suspended from the trees and are beginning to cast their glow on the grounds. Several magicians have been retained and are performing feats of magic right in front of everybody, mesmerizing 2-20 people at a time. As night time descends people begin chatting about seeing a moving picture right here at the Speakeasy!
Sure enough, a giant screen is stretched across the front of the house and flickers to life. How did the Speakeasy get a copy of a movie that's still in theater houses - Buster Keaton's The General sure is appropriate in a place surrounded by cabooses and there's word it may win an award by a new organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
With your most favorite people in attendance and so many wonderful activities throughout the afternoon and evening, a glorious variety of food that represent's the bride and groom's travels and some incredible wine secretly grown right near by this was a treasured day of amazing and mesmerizing happenings. And truly an unforgettable experience.
This kind of magic is certainly possible - your Featherbed Railroad team would be happy to help you turn your vision of a very unique destination celebration into a reality to impress and amaze your friends and family. Contact us today and share your vision with us.
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