Live: Andrew and Rachel’s Wedding

Watch live at: https://www.dropcam.com/p/flc

The wedding starts at 4pm Montana time on Saturday, June 8th, 2013:

  • If you live in Seattle: 3pm
  • If you live in Denver: 4pm
  • If you live in Chicago: 5pm
  • If you live in New York: 6pm

Now, normally I know you’d all just call me if you had any issues, but I’m getting married so that won’t work out. Instead, if you need help you can check out: https://www.dropcam.com/support or call them at 877-345-3767 (they’re open Monday through Saturday until 7pm Montana time).

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Wedding Live Stream

If you can’t make it to the wedding, you can still see us get married! It’s pretty easy, just go to https://www.dropcam.com/p/flc

You should see something looking like:
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However, if you see something like looks like this:
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…you may need to download or update you Flash Player: http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/

The camera is on right now, but it may get turned off. Don’t worry, it will be back on tomorrow. The wedding starts at 4pm Montana time on Saturday, June 8th, 2013:

  • If you live in Seattle: 3pm
  • If you live in Denver: 4pm
  • If you live in Chicago: 5pm
  • If you live in New York: 6pm
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T-Minus One Day: Last Minute Briefing

We’re just about all here in Bozeman (last few people in the wedding party are flying in this afternoon), getting everything ready for tomorrow. The rehearsal is later today, where we can iron out the last kinks before we’re go for launch.

A couple of things to pass along:

  • If you are unable to make it, we will be live streaming the wedding! We’ll post more information later tonight, but you’ll be able to see the live stream at First Lutheran’s DropCam site: https://www.dropcam.com/p/flc.
  • If you are coming and you have an iPhone or an Android, download our WedPics app (iPhone users click here – Android users click here) and put in our Wedding ID: Ferguson.
  • Here’s the forecast in Bozeman for tomorrow (as 12:37 pm on Friday):
    Weather

See you all tomorrow!

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Take Pictures At Our Wedding

Have we got an awesome update for you! Remember how Back In The Day™ people would have disposable cameras on the tables at their wedding? We would all grab them and make silly faces and take awesome and hilarious pictures.

I was never actually at a wedding that did this, digital cameras had become ubiquitous enough by the time my friends started to get married that we just took our own pictures.

The problem with people using their own cameras (digital or otherwise) has been: how do the bride and groom get the photos from everyone after the wedding?

Myriad of providers have seemingly popped up overnight vying to get a slice of the cake. I’ve spent the last several months field testing, reviewing, observing, and analyzing. After searching high and low we settled on WedPics.

WedPics has an awesome app for iPhone and Android that will easily let you take photos and upload them to our online album automatically1. Sign in using the Wedding ID: “Ferguson” and then create a user account2.

Taking and sharing pictures is as easy as 1-2A-2B-3:

1) Take the Picture
1) Go to the camera to take the picture
2) Edit the picture (if you want)
2A) Edit the picture, you can even apply filters
3) Caption and then upload the picture
2B) Caption, select an album (if you want), and then post
3) Post the picture
3) Leave a note on and “Love” other peoples photos!

Frantically Anticipated Questions:

Q: Do I have to wait until June 8th to download and use this app? – Jose, New York
A: No way, Jose! Download the app now and take pictures on your trip out to Bozeman! We even created a special album just for that: “Guest Road Trip!” There’s also a “Memory Lane” album if you have any pictures you want to share now, maybe from that camping trip we went on last year.

Q: What if I normally post using Instagram? – Carmen, Seattle
A: WedPics will also let you upload pictures that you take in other programs, like Instagram (#arfwed) or AfterLight. In the WedPics Camera pane, tap the iPhone album icon (bottom left), then choose one or more photos to upload!

Q: Do I get a copy of the pictures? – Rachel, Billings
A: Yup, for all the picture you take a local copy is also saved on your device. You will also be able to browse, in real time, photos our other wedding attendees have uploaded. You can “like” them and comment on them too!

Q: What if I don’t have a phone that can run WedPics? – Kolby, Seattle
A: Don’t sweat it, Kolby. If you don’t have an iPhone or Android3, log on to WedPics.com when you get home to upload and share your photos with us!

Q: What if I want to post on Twitter?
A: Just use #arfwed

Q: What happens if I take pictures using WedPics on the road trip but I don’t have a cell phone signal?
A: WedPic will save the pictures and wait for you to get back into reception range. Once it has data access, it will automatically upload any photos taken while you were offline!

Download Now:


  1. This also solves “The One With The Red Sweater” issue 

  2. You can also sign in with your Facebook account, if that’s your thing 

  3. no services we evaluated currently support Windows Phone, which is a bummer 

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Diving into the numbers: Have you RSVP’d?

If you are reading this, odds are you have probably RSVP’d. If you haven’t had the chance, here it is! Jump on it! .

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For the last several days, I’ve been staring at this chart — and the accompanying data — to try to deduce just how many people are able to make it to our wedding.

It’s been a nervous, exciting few months, mostly wondering, “How many will make the journey?

As of this writing, we have a 41.7% response rate with 53.2% of those responding yes.

I’ve attempted to create several statistical models and most are predicting somewhere around 58.2% of all invitees responding yes. However, the linear trend-line is only predicting a meager 34.6% turnout.

Personally, I think we’re going to get pretty close to our predicted number of guests, we may even be a titch under.

This is your opportunity to go on an awesome adventure to Montana for a certain June wedding!

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Invitations: Sent — Have You RSVP’d?

Invitations have been sent out and hopefully you have them in hand by now!

It was a really fun process to work with Shannon on designing them and having Savage Color, a local company, print and score them.

The front is based off the sign atop the Baxter Hotel where our reception is being held. The mountains on the back side are a silhouette of the Bridger Mountain Range. There’s also a small tribute celebrating another event that will occur almost 50 years later in Bozeman, Montana.

Don’t forget to RSVP (by May 3rd) and we hope to see you all in six short weeks!

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Preliminary Guest Information

We’ve sent out our Save the Dates! Hooray! Here’s the online reveal:

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Photo by Bryce Covey. Design by Shannon Erickson.

Now that you have the date saved, you probably need to get to Bozeman. We’re working to update the site with resources to do just that. First up is Guest Information, which has information on getting to Bozeman if you’re from out of town, and most of you are:
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There’s currently information on flights and travel distances if you’re driving. If you are interested in carpooling, shoot us a note — we’ve received several requests already! In the next two weeks or so, we’ll be posting information on accommodations and fun things to do in Bozeman.

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Our Reception Venue – The Baxter!
Mike Greener/Chronicle; The neon Hotel Baxter sign will be relit this winter. The historic sign was erected in 1929 when Bozeman's tallest building was built.

Our Reception Venue – The Baxter!

Mike Greener/Chronicle; The neon Hotel Baxter sign will be relit this winter. The historic sign was erected in 1929 when Bozeman's tallest building was built.
Mike Greener/Chronicle; The neon Hotel Baxter sign will be relit this winter. The historic sign was erected in 1929 when Bozeman’s tallest building was built.

Our venue for the reception is the historic Baxter Hotel. We are so excited! Extra excited because last week the large sign on the top of the building was relit for the first time in decades. Here is the low down: The Baxter Hotel was built in 1929 and is no longer a hotel as the rooms have been converted into apartments. The ground floor holds two bars (the Bacchus Pub and Ted’s Bar) and a restaurant, Ted’s, which one of my favorite places to eat in Bozeman. We’ll be celebrating in the Ballroom on the second floor.

Watch a short video on the relighting of the sign here

Unique features of the Baxter building include a 32-foot high by 45-foot wide electric “Hotel Baxter” sign on the roof. Erected when the building was completed in 1929, it was intended to be seen from the top of mountain passes up to 70 miles away to “serve as a beacon for travelers.”The red neon sign was nonfunctional for decades, but was refurbished, repaired, and officially re-lit on January 10, 2013. The roof of the building also features a flashing blue light, which is turned on throughout the winter to alert local skiers that fresh powder snow is falling at the Bridger Bowl Ski Area. First installed in 1988, it is activated every time Bridger Bowl accumulates two inches of fresh snow, and remains on for 24 hours. Local skiers depend upon the beacon because the ski area can have a great deal of fresh powder, dubbed “cold smoke” by the locals, even when it is not snowing in Bozeman. For this reason, maintenance of the light is a priority for skiers. It has only been out of operation for two days in the last 20 years.

I can’t wait to see everyone at the Baxter! Bring your party pants/dress and dancing shoes. There WILL be dancing. Yipee!

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