Not wanting to give too much away, but we have to give a big shout out to some of the great Dinner Plain businesses that are helping make our big day really special.
Firstly, our friends at Whistler Lodge were our (absentee) hosts for the weekend. Their beautiful cottage has everything you need for a weekend away as a group. No mucking around with one or two door keys between four adults - a coded lock solves all your issues. No issues laying the massive dining room table - the well equipped kitchen comes with a FULL set of everything, glasses, plates, cutlery. No dramas with beds - three bedrooms sleeping eight, and two bathrooms for everyone to spread out. A gorgeous deck, with built in snow gum over the great spa... Which, again, we ended up too busy to use, dammit!
Then the amazing folks at Peppers Rundells Alpine Lodge, who are hosting our wedding reception. We sat down with them for nearly two hours on Sunday and went over so many details! They are helping set up our ceremony site, providing a back up in case of rain and letting us take over their premises to fit dinner, dancing and speeches into their gorgeous space. Next job will be working out the menu with them which is very exciting!
Other venues we love include Mountain Kitchen, right at the gateway to DP and the General, up the road at Hotham. Mountain Kitchen provide beautiful coffees and great food, real cafe culture out on the pavement, and have been incredibly helpful with our planning. No request has been too big or too small, they've been happy to help.
The General was a new spot for us on the weekend. DP is increasingly a five star village, and the options for pub food are shrinking. Last year, J and I went on a desperate search for a burger, after the A5k races were done and we were waiting to head over to presentations. The only burgers we could find were at Sola Copa, which is sadly not open in summer. When I whinged about this to friends in the know, they recommended the General.
So, we headed over to Hotham, and found the General at the bottom of the Big D ski run, only 15 minutes from DP. We walked in and were gobsmacked by the breathtaking views! Fantastic!!!!
The Genny menu covers all our needs, with gourmet pizza, amazing salmon, great BLTs AND... (Drum roll, please!) a great burger! Huzzah!!!
Best of all, when we asked about booking a space for our guests for the Friday night, explaining that we weren't sure how many were going to turn up, they were calm and unruffled. 40? 60? Maybe more? No trouble at all!
One vendor that we didn't get to visit this weekend was Myabi Hair & Beauty, but they are another lynch pin in our wedding plans. Like plenty of girls, I can be prey to real anxiety that my hair won't work on the day. It's probably why I'm happy to put a hat or beanie on and go running around the bush with the dogs. But Adele is wonderful and I feel confident that she'll be able to keep me calm and occupied on the wedding day morning. I'm pretty sure that I'd be popping out of the hairdressers chair every other minute, to go "check on things", otherwise!
And last but not least, the folks who started it all, Australian Sleddog Tours. They sold J his first husky, Ishka, nearly ten years ago. We have been so lucky to have them help with all our plans for the wedding, offering advice on trails, locations, weather and local conditions. Most importantly, they, together with some of our other doggy friends are making it possible to have our fur kids present at the wedding.
Its getting closer and closer!