Friday, February 28, 2014

First Look Scouting

Even though The Atrium is a gorgeous spot for pictures, I knew from the get-go that I wanted a different setting for our first look. 

Thankfully, there are two state parks 15 minutes or so from The Atrium - McConnell's Mill and Moraine State Park. 

After our tasting on Monday with Medure's, Dude and I scoped out McConnell's Mill as a potential first look spot. 

At McConnell's Mill (prepare to be shocked) there is an old mill sitting next to a small waterfall and surrounded by gorgeous woods.  As soon as we got out of the car, I saw this spot that leads down close to the waterfall.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  First Look Spots - McConnell's Mill

What do you think?  Dude waiting down there, facing the waterfall, I'll walk up behind him?  Bonus, there is a wooden door here, covered with hearts and initials.  We could totally carve our names into that door with our wedding date!

Doeblerghini Bunch:  First Look Spots - McConnell's Mill

Oh and here's the waterfall close up.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  First Look Spots - McConnell's Mill

Pretty neat, huh?

Doeblerghini Bunch:  First Look Spots - McConnell's Mill

There's another little alcove on the other side, closer to the waterfall.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  First Look Spots - McConnell's Mill

I'm the dark blob in the corner in case you can't tell! 

I guess these waters are more treacherous than they look because all around this area are life raft rings (I know there has to be a better word for these).

Doeblerghini Bunch:  First Look Spots - McConnell's Mill

Right next to the mill, there's this super cool covered bridge that I think would be great for either a first look, wedding party shots, or both.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  First Look Spots - McConnell's Mill

Of course, there's also a lot of wide open space surrounding this area where we could take our running from zombies photo!

Oh and look what we saw while we were there - people ice climbing!!  Can you see the guy with the orange helmet in the center of the picture, between the two trees?

Doeblerghini Bunch:  First Look Spots - McConnell's Mill

I was embarassingly excited about seeing these guys.  I was screaming "WOW THAT IS SO COOL!!" over and over until Dude shushed me.

But seriously, so cool, right???

We didn't have time to check our Moraine, so we'll have to do that on another day, but McConnell's Mill is definitely a contender for our first look spot!!

What do you guys think?  Which spot at McConnell's Mill do you think would be the best for our first look?  Have you ever been ice climbing? 

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