I considered getting married at the Loretto Chapel. Not seriously, but my first step to wedding planning was to look for a sufficiently interesting location. To that end, I googled something on the order of “offbeat wedding chapels.” I found a list including the miraculous Loretto. I’ve since lost the link and forgotten the other locations, but the chapel held my imagination since it has a fun story. A mysterious carpenter arrived and built a staircase that seems to hang suspended without proper support.
The implication of the story is that the mysterious carpenter was none other than Jesus Christ who performed a miracle for the needy nuns. If you’re Catholic, you may have heard more stories like this than I have. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I’ve come to understand that the appearance of saints in unusual times and places fits into the Catholic tradition.
Here are a few of the other wedding locations I considered. I haven’t been up to Marblemount in years, but I’ve seen old family photos with the Wildwood in it. I think my Grandmother was pretty taken with it.
The Wildwood Chapel in Marblemount, Washington:
As I call it, the “beer chapel” at the North Fork Brewery along Highway 542 up to Mount Baker in Washington. That would have been an amazing wedding: sunrise hike, followed by nuptials, followed by beer and pizza. Sigh…
Ultimately I did pick a tiny chapel to get married in, but one that is much closer to home. The Apple Blossom Chapel in Fennville, MI.