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Ty and Quincy Tie The Knot

July 4, 2012 by theAddison

 Ty and Quincy came to us last week and had a lovely ceremony with a few family members in our courtyard. The courtyard is such a nice spot for a wedding service.  I love her dress! It looks like something out of Swan Lake.

We have had several weddings lately at the Addison. We have had so many weddings lately that we even got an article in the local paper about us. We be famous!

Randy, Oksana and Jules…. A New Family

November 17, 2011 by theAddison

I posted a few weeks ago about Randy and Oksana coming to get married at the Addison.  It is done.  They arrived Sunday with their son Jules (pronounced Yulee, just like the local town), got married in our courtyard on Monday and now, Thursday, they check out of the Addison and head to Disney World for a couple of days.

The wedding service was nice and easy.  They picked up their license at the courthouse just two blocks away and I read the service in our courtyard.  Jules managed the photography with a certain flair, scampering about the courtyard like a monkey, taking photos from every angle. 

They had a great few days here.  Jules got to drive the Amelia River Cruise boat under the supervision of Captain Pajama Dave.  They went on the Segway tour of Kingsley Plantation yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed that.  The fall weather has been so nice they even managed to get some beach time. 

Jules just loves Maggie Doone and really wants to get a dog of his own.  The attached photo is of the new family sitting at the Green Turtle with Jules sitting next to Maggie Doone.  This isn’t a great photo what with the back of Maggie’s head and the blurry edges but don’t they all look happy?

When Friends Marry Friends

October 5, 2011 by theAddison

We have had a lot of weddings at the Addison over the last three years.  110 to be exact.  Most are elopements or small gatherings of friends and family but we have had up to 70 people for a wedding in our courtyard.  

I just heard from a friend and ex-coworker (yes, I used to have a real job) and he is coming to stay at the Addison in November to get married and he wants me to do the service!

I met Randy (on the left in the photo) in the far east of Russia on a project on Sakhalin Island.  We worked together again on a project in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.  He has bounced around a it since working in Oman and a few other places but has settled back in Virginia.  Oksana, his fiance, comes to us from Russia.  This photo was taken in Aswan, Egypt, when they were boating on the Nile.

It is always fun to have friends come to visit us at the inn and I’m really looking forward to seeing Randy again and meeting Oksana.  Maybe some of the other project team members will show up for the service.  Allison? David? John? Beuller? Anyone?

Happy New Year!

January 4, 2011 by theAddison

Happy New Year!  May 2011 be a good year for you.

I started off the New Year by marrying a couple of friends.  Gil, head honcho of our local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), and Wendy, his former girlfriend now wife, asked me to marry them at sunrise on January 1st.  They rented a beach house with great views of the dune for a few days.  It was a lovely ceremony and the weather was perfect.  The morning was warm with enough cloud cover to make the sky interesting.  They had a handful of relatives and friends in attendance and finished off the day with a reception at the beach house.  I couldn’t stay after the ceremony of course.  I had a full house of guests ready for breakfast when I got back to the Addison

Wendy and Gil getting married

View of the dune from the deck.

That is me on the left there, blocking out the sun.  No Hawaiian shirt and I was wearing long pants.  And no, Gil and Wendy are not little people.  The camera angle just makes me look huge.  

So, that is how I started off the month.  What’s next?  Restaurant Week starts January 23rd.  The local restaurants are preparing special menus at special prices for the week.  The Olympic Triathlon is on February 7th and don’t forget Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  The Book Festival is on February 18th and 19th and is followed by the Third Amelia Island Film Festival starts on February 24th (watch for the Maggie Doone movie to win!).  The spring gardening season officially kicks off with the Amelia Island Garden Show on March 5th and 6th.  This is all in addition to the weekly Farmer’s Market and regularly scheduled events at Fort Clinch and at our local museum.

So much to do, so little time.  And just who is the man behind the scenes who is assisting in the development of these events and promoting them?  Well, that job is Gil’s and his team at the CVB.  So far, so good.  Maybe you can catch some of his handywork on your next visit.   

Amy and Justin Get Married

December 14, 2009 by theAddison

In the last year I have married over 40 couples in our courtyard. Most of these services have been a small ceremony between the bride and the groom with me presiding. Sometimes a photographer is hired, sometimes I take a few photos after the ceremony but, all said and done, these are typically pretty small events.
This weekend we had a major wedding event. The Bride’s mom rented the entire inn for two nights and they invited friends and family to watch the young couple get married. The rehearsal was Saturday night in the pouring rain. It was a game crowd though and everyone was optimistic for the weather on Wedding Sunday.

On Sunday the clouds parted and the skies were blue. Seventy of their closest friends and relatives came to watch the ceremony in our courtyard. One of our local Executive Chefs, Nori-san, prepared the food and the crowd loved it. The Shrimp Spring Rolls were a big hit and the Smoked Salmon on Baguette really went fast. The wedding was at 2PM, the food was on the tables by 2:30 and at 5 a horse-drawn carriage picked up the newly married couple and the party was over.
There was a hectic breakfast this morning as most people needed to catch early flights but we served a Peach-Blueberry Tort and Breakfast Panini Sandwiches with Pan Fried Potatoes to get everybody filled up before they left. A lot of them had a long day of air travel to look forward to and they don’t serve food on planes anymore so what we served this morning had to get them through to dinner at home.
It was a nice weekend and a good crowd. They all checked out today and the inn is quiet tonight. Sometimes we look forward to a quiet night and a chance to sleep in. We don’t like it very often (and neither does the bank) but after a full-house weekend we do look forward to it.
The pictures above were taken by me. The real wedding photography was done by Ashley and Greg of Brooke Images (http://www.brookeimages.com/) The photos turned out really well and we have an album of them on our facebook page. The pictures give you an idea what the courtyard looks like all decorated for a wedding with 70 people milling about.

Car Show Weekend

October 17, 2009 by theAddison

We are having an incredible weekend here at the Addison. We’ve got a full house (always good) and there is lots going on to keep everyone busy and happy. The weather is absolutely gorgeous with a high of 75 and nothing but sunshine.

We started off with cooler Fall weather on Saturday morning. I was up early and walked with Maggie Doone down Center Street. The Amelia Cruizers Car show is this weekend and they were filling up Center Street with some fantastic cars. They started late last night and we could hear them driving up all morning. Last year there were 280 cars and this year there should be a few more. This car show is my favorite local event. It is close by, it is free, and the cars have largely been restored by their owners. It is also a favorite of some of our guests and we had a few “repeat offenders”, as we call them, this weekend.

We also had another wedding today in the courtyard. The first wedding service I performed was one year ago. George and Harlene were married at 1PM on Car Show Saturday and they are still married! At least that is what her friends that stayed with us a few weeks ago said. So, now we have an annual tradition… Car Show Elopement! Sign up now for next year before all of the good spots are taken!

After the wedding I took Maggie Doone and “One Eye” Louie for a walk downtown. They really liked the car show, I think mostly because people had been dropping and dripping food all over the road all day. We went to the Turtle and listened to the Face For Radio band. They were pretty good and played all afternoon. They played outside in the courtyard so we had to sit inside because Maggie just does not like the drums.

But wait, there’s more! Nothing says “Festivity” in Fernandina Beach like a pair o’ pirates. Arr! We ran into these two at the Turtle (sorry for the photo quality) as they drummed up support for their Blood Drive. The Blood Bus is at the end of Center Street and last year they got 86 pints for local hospitls at the car show. I’m not sure that a bar is the best place to be recruiting blood donors but I’m not a doctor, I just watch one on TV. The important thing is that everyone was having fun.

We had a good Happy Hour today, too, with almost perfect attendance. Lee modified our popular Spinach Dip by adding chopped bacon and it was great! The rest of the bacon is going on top of the Breakfast-In-A-Boat tommorrow morning.

So, the day, she winds down. As my mother says… As sand through the hourglass flow, so go the days of our lives.

Another Great Group of Guests

September 27, 2009 by theAddison

We have had another really good group here at the Addison this last weekend. We had an almost full house and everybody really clicked. It is Sunday evening, Happy Hour has just finished and a couple of our couples are heading out for dinner together.

We had another couple of couples check out this morning who really hit it off and before they left they exchanged e-mails and addresses. I suspect we will see them back here as a group some day. One of the couples (we’ll call them Noel and Lucinda) were here celebrating their 10th
anniversary with a vow renewal. They came prepared for a nice intimate service in the courtyard that would confirm what they have lived the last ten years and reafirm that when they wed 10 years ago they knew what they were doing. But they did not bring a photographer to record the event.
Enter “Nick” and Donna”. They are repeat guests here at the Addison and it was nice to see them again. They stepped right in as photographers using Nick’s camera as well as Noel’s camera and video cam. The pictures you see here are courtesy of Nick’s family. The two couples spent a lot of time together over the weekend and it was nice to see new friendships develop.

We also have two guys here this weekend who are re-connecting with their loved ones after extended deployments overseas, one in Kuwait and one in Iraq. A couple of women are visiting us from the west coast; one from Oregon and one from California. We have couples celebrating anniversaries, celebrating birthdays with their spouses and couples just getting away for a few days to relax and unwind.

In the next few days we have personal guests showing up as well. I have a friend that I used to work with who is coming to wisit us with his wife on his way to south Florida. I haven’t seen Kirt in years, at least two “real jobs” ago. Lee has a friend from northern Ontario showing up soon as well. She will spend a few days with us and then head of on a tour of south Florida.

We feel lucky to have so many visitors from all over the world pass through our inn and spend a few days with us. We hear from so many of them after their visits with us have ended that it really feels like we have made new friends and not have just had guests stay with us.

More Weddings at the Addison

August 24, 2009 by theAddison

it is always good to hear how are guests are doing after they leave the Addison. We received a note from Gary and Lee yesterday. They live in Alaska and came all the way down to Florida last May to get married at the Addison. The Addison’s Elopement Package is definitely our most popular package for our guests. Lee tells me that they stopped in Washington State for their honeymoon on their way back to Alaska. They also sent a nice wedding poem attributed to Joseph Addison, a poet from the 1600s.

A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship,
All the enjoyments of sense and reason,
And, indeed, all the sweets of life.
We had another couple get married last month and they were from equally far away as Alaska. Mark, the groom was originally from England and his daughters still live there. Some of the family came from as far away as California. It was a nice group who all stayed with us for several days and enjoyed the island. Their soon-to-be-born daughter will be named Amelia as Mark and Jenn met each other on Amelia Island. I guess it is a good thing they didn’t meet on Jeckyl Island.
Mark and Jenn’s wedding photos are courtesy of Tania at Clear Skies Photography

How Not To Feed a Horse

May 26, 2009 by theAddison

Boomer is the biggest, best behaved horse in Northeastern Florida. He wouldn’t harm a fly. You see that little braid hanging down in front of his face? That swishes flies out of his eyes so that he doesn’t have to swat them with those huge feet of his.

Whenever our guests have Boomer pick them up at the inn for a private tour of the Historic District we give them some apples or carrots for Boomer. When feeding the carrots to Boomer you hold your hand flat with the carrot on top and let Boomer muzzle it right out of your hands. You can hold your hand there even after he has taken the carrot and feel his big ol’ horse lips. They are soft, almost velvetine.

If you take a good look at the big head on this horse you

can see why you have to be careful when feeding him. His mouth is far away from his eyes, tucked away under that nose and he can’t see what he is eating.

We had a nice young couple staying with us in April and they got married in our courtyard with yours truly

presiding. Boomer came to take them on a carriage ride and, as usual, I offered carrots for the bride to feed to Boomer. She didn’t hold her hand flat and Boomer bit her finger. The photographer just happened to be snapping a picture at the moment of the nip.

Horses have sharp teeth. Something about cropping grass. The Bride got a bit of a nip on her finger. She claims it was an accident but I think Brides just like to be the center of attention and Boomer was getting all the attention at the time.

The Bride was a good sport about it though and after some first aid the Bride was all patched up. They started their tour with Boomer pulling them down the road with The Bride sitting in the back of the carriage, as far away from Boomer’s mouth as possible..

Three Weddings and a Festival

May 16, 2009 by theAddison

I just realized that I haven’t posted a blog in weeks. My bad. The only excuse I have is that we’ve been busy. So far this month we’ve had three weddings and a festival.

May always starts off with the Shrimp Festival. We had a great crowd staying with us, most of whom were repeat guests. The parade went right in front of the inn and we all had a close-up view. These small-town parades are a real community effort. Sometimes it feels like everybody who lives here is in the parade. This year’s parade even featured Felix and his Mom.

And May is the month for weddings. Jennifer and Jason came to us for an overnight visit from Jacksonville to get hitched. A few days later Gary and Liz arrived from Anchorage, Alaska for a 5-night visit and a wedding in our courtyard. We also had guests from England with us that week. We figured out that Alaska and England are pretty much the same distance so it was a tie for the “Guest From Furthest Away” contest. The next day a nice young couple from Luxembourg checked in and won the contest.

This weekend is our third wedding. Mark and Lisa have come down from Virginia and have the whole inn booked for their friends and family. They are both marine biologists and have brought 400 of their closest clams with them. Our in-house chef, Grant, is doing the catering for the event and he steamed up some test clams for us yesterday. Mmmm, tasty. The wedding is this afternoon with yours truly presiding and tables full of Chef’s food to follow. He’s been prepping all morning and the house smells great.

The weather is perfect this time of year for weddings, touring or just hanging at the beach. Eighty degrees, sunny and no humidity yet. Captain Carol has spotted a few manatees so you know the water is warming up. Summer is coming but so far it is still Spring time in Fernandina Beach!
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