Amanda and I decided upon Armstrong Farms after one location we wanted refused to call us back for an appointment. Well, their loss was Armstrong Farms' gain. We visited them back in October of 2012, and after getting slightly lost we found their beautiful location. Our tour left Amanda completely and totally in love with the area, and I was captivated by the Civil War artifacts found on the farm that were on display.
When we started talking about the details of what accommodations we would receive, our eyes widened and I think one of us was frothing at the mouth.
We would have the entire farm for the weekend, Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon; the three farmhouses one site would be ours (max capacity of 185 persons); 3 barns for our choosing (but we knew we would use the larger, most recently renovated one); complete autonomy in choosing our vendors. After we found out that last detail, we knew we had our place.
With the decorations and details we have in mind, this is going to be a very awesome affair.
From Pittsburgh Int'l, it is about 50 miles and is about an hour by car. If you take I-376 (directions provided below) you will see the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline as you head to the farm.
- To Armstrong Farms from the Pittsburgh Int'l Airport - Directions
- To Armstrong Farms from Washington D.C and South - Directions
- To Armstrong Farms from Albany, New York and North - Directions
If you want or need personalized directions, send me an email and let me know and I'll provide you directions from where you staying or driving from.
We're allotted 20 rooms for no charge, but the family and photographers have priority for these rooms. However, there are rooms for rent on the Armstrong Farms website. If you want to try and plan to stay on the farm, please book with them as soon as you can, and also let them know you are booking a room for the Munroe-Hempel wedding.
There are other hotels around, but they can be a bit of a drive so please plan accordingly, here is a list of hotels in and around the Saxonburg area. The sooner you book, the better deal you will get, so RSVP and book your travel arrangements as soon as you can!
It is December in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so dress warm! You don't have to be a climatologist to know that the northeastern United States can be cold! Take your time, dress warm and be prepared for any delays. Snow is possible, but it is a small chance as the bulk of our snow happens in the second half of winter. Even though the wedding is inside a heated barn, bring a jacket incase you decide to enjoy a beverage or two along the balcony.
We have the entire farm for the weekend starting Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 12:00 all the way to Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at 2:00pm. This is a rough estimate of how the weekend should go, finalized details will be confirmed later on and everyone made aware of that itinerary. As always, plan accordingly as travel delays could happen.
Friday - December 13th, 2013
- 12:00pm - Amanda and various family members and friends head to the farm to decorate. Also check-in time for those staying onsite.
- 1:00pm - Ian finishes his last final for the Fall 2013 semester.
- 5:00pm - Finish decorating and get ready for dinner.
- 6:00pm - Rehearsal dinner.
Saturday - December 14th, 2013
- 3:00pm - Ceremony
- 3:30pm - Cocktail Hour/Photography.
- 5:00pm - Dinner Seating
- 5:30pm - Dinner Service
- 6:30pm - First dance
Sunday - December 15th, 2013
- 11:00am - Brunch w/ family members.
- 12:00pm - Lodging check out and clean up start.
- 2:00pm - Return Armstrong Farms and leave legally married.