Tuesday, May 30, 2006

You're Invited!

You are invited to share in the outdoor wedding celebration of Courtney Palmer and Mark Williams on June 24th 2006 at 3:00 pm. There will be a lightly catered/potluck picnic following the ceremony (let us know if you want to bring something!) For anyone in town on June 23rd, we will be having a rehearsal dinner. Instead of rehearsing we will be setting up for the wedding. Both the wedding and the rehearsal dinner will take place at the Duff Family Farm:

3132 Laketon Rd.
Penn Hills, Pennsylvania

Monday, May 15, 2006

We're Getting Married!!!

We are so excited to be preparing for our much anticipated wedding day, for the celebration of our lifelong committment to each other. We feel so blessed and so grateful to be able to share this joy with you, our family and friends--thank you for all your love and support! We hope that all of the information below makes planning for your trip to Pittburgh a little easier, and please let us know if you have further questions or concerns. Just post a comment and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Directions to the Wedding...

We have been so blessed by the generosity of the Duff family to allow us to celebrate our wedding on their family farm. Located in Penn Hills, the farm is now surrounded by neighborhoods and is easy to miss, so don't lose heart when trying to find a farm in the suburbs. Hopefully MapQuest can be of some help, or feel free to cut and paste the address into your favorite directions search engine, or you could even look it up on an old fashioned paper map!The address is 3132 Laketon Road; Penn Hills, PA 15235-4157. Unfortunately, parking is limited at the farm, so we have decided to ask our city friends to carpool as much as possible and for all of those coming to the wedding to park down the street at Hebron United Presbyterian Church, at 10460 Frankstown Road; Penn Hills, PA 15235. We will have a make-shift shuttle system, so after parking wait patiently to be picked up and driven down the hill to the Duff family farm.

Places To Stay...

For your convenience, we've held rooms at the Holiday Inn in Monroeville for the wedding weekend. You can view the hotel link at www.holiday-inn.com/monroeville or call 412.372.1022 to reserve your room- just make sure that you say you're with the Williams-Palmer party. We know that there are also rooms currently available at the Hampton Inn (412.380.4000) and the Comfort Inn Conference Center (412.244.1600), but these are not being held in our name. For those of you looking on your own for a place to stay, Monroeville is easily accessible to the farm, as is anything located on the east end of the city. For the more adventurous, there are many campgrounds east of the city in the Laurel Highlands and links to these and other state park resources can be located at www.dcnr.pa.us/stateparks/parks. And if you're hardpressed for cash and don't care where you sleep, let us know and we can hook you up with a couch in someone's basement or enough space in a back yard to set up a tent.

Wedding Gift Ideas...

We have thought long and hard about the issue of receiving wedding gifts and have finally decided not to register for gifts because we feel so blessed to have so much already. Your presence with us for our wedding celebration, and even just knowing that we can count on your prayers and support are the most blessed gifts that we could receive. However, we do understand that some of you may feel that you best show your love through the act of giving. For that reason we have decided to direct people toward the Kiva organization at www.kiva.org. By purchasing a gift card in our name through this amazing organization, a loan will be made to a small business in the developing world, helping the world's working poor make strides toward economic independence. And as the loan is repaid, we will receive the money to help us realize God's plan for our family. And so in giving this gift, the blessing is mulitiplied beyond measure. We also would love to encourage you to channel your gift-giving desires into homemade, heartspun creations. We cherish the stories and the heritage of our friends and family and would love anything from pictures, to letters, to stories, to whatever you feel could serve as a reminder of your constant support for us in our daily lives.

Things To Do in Pittsburgh...

From its parks and museums to its distinctive neighborhoods, we think that Pittsburgh is a real little gem of a city. For all of you out-of-towners, we thought that we'd list a few of our favorite spots and some links to Pittburgh directories so that you can leave with the proper appreciation of our beloved Pittburgh:
= The National Aviary = The Strip District (outdoor markets- best on Saturday!) = Mount Washington = The Children's Museum = The Carnegie Science Center = The Mattress Factory (art museum) = Ohiopyle State Park = Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater = Kennywood (one of "America's Finest Traditional Amusement Parks") = and the list goes on and on....
For more information about Pittsburgh's attractions, events, parks, or restaurants check out these helpful links:

About us...

For two and a half years now we have been living in Pittsburgh and have been growing more in love with the city and the people. Mark is working as a high school tutor and basketball coach at The Pittsburgh Project, a Christian non-profit on the city's northside, and loves building relationships with the students. He also helps care for the garden at The Project and has a growing passion for opening up more opportunities for urban gardening in the city's neighborhoods. Courtney is excited to have only one year left to finish her degree in Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. For the past two summers, she has interned with a non-profit farming initiative, Grow Pittsburgh, and has cherished the experience of learning more about farming, selling at market, and educating the community on the importance of local and sustainable agriculture. She is also working as a birth doula and loves the opportunity of loving and encouraging women as they make the transition into motherhood. After almost seven years of dating, Mark and Courtney are so excited (and relieved!) to be getting married and look forward to whatever adventures lie ahead!