Following the ceremony, we are holding an intimate cocktail-style reception for family and invited guests.
For details, click on the expandable headings below.
Location and Date & Time
AUGUST 17, 2022
THE MORRIS ARBORETUM
"Out on a Limb"
UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA
100 E. NORTHWESTERN AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19118
Guests may also arrive and depart, whenever convenient. We do not have a formal programme (no speeches!).
Photographs of the grounds are encouraged!
The following menu is tentative and subject to change. All items will be casually served, small-plate, and vegan.
Stationary Appetizers (One-hour Display)
Traditional Hummus and Sweet English Pea Hummus with Fresh Thyme
Traditional Tomato Bruschetta, Roasted Corn and Poblano Bruschetta
Toasted Naan & Croustades
Carrot & Cucumber Chips
DIY Tacos & Bowls with Flour Tortillas and Mexican Rice
2 Protein Selections: Black Beans or Beyond Meat
Toppings: Pico de Gallo, Salsa Verde, Guacamole, Shredded Lettuce, & Shredded (Vegan) Cheeses
Slider Bar, Served on Artisan Brioche Slider Rolls
Tofu Banh Mi Slider Soy Glazed Tofu, Pickled Carrot, Cucumber, Soy Ginger Aioli (Vegan)
Traditional Falafel Slider Tzatziki Sauce, Fresh Mint
Crispy Corn + Black Bean Fritter Slider Lime & Jalapeno Aioli (Vegan)
Grilled Seasonal Vegetable Slider with Toasted-Garlic Hummus
Fresh-Infused Seasonal Lemonade & Herb-Infused Water
Mainstay Brewing Co. (PA), Love Your Park Pale Ale
Victory Brewing Co. (PA), Summer Love
Allagash Brewing Co. (ME)
A selection of Dottie's Donuts
Transportation & Parking
Transportation from Center City and the Ceremony
There are two, separate SEPTA Regional Rail lines that both run from LOVE Park to Chestnut Hill (the neighborhood near the Arboretum): "Chestnut Hill East" and "Chestnut Hill West." At the last-stop train stations for the "East" and "West" lines, an Uber or Lyft can take you the remaining 1.5 mi to the Arboretum.
The trip is about 75 minutes long. Feel free to check the train schedules here.
You can also take an Uber or Lyft from Center City to the Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. The approximate one-way cost will be $40. (See here for an Uber ride estimator.)
There is a free, on-site parking lot, adjacent to the Visitors' Center. (See the maps, below.)
Near to the Ceremony
Near to the Morris Arboretum
Attire, Guest Book, & Music
As with the ceremony, we recommend casual-comfortable (but also festive) clothing. You may want to be more casual than during the ceremony. Wood planking and metal grates constitute the flooring of the Out on a Limb space; therefore, narrow heels might not be recommended.
We will have a Guest Book, located near the entrance to Out on a Limb. Please consider signing-in as you arrive. Note, also, that there are benches immediately adjacent to the entrance, which are also available for our use.
We will be playing music from a public Spotify playlist. Feel free to contribute song ideas here! Scroll to the bottom of this page, if you'd like to hear the current set.
COVID-19 Related Policies and Weather & Related Considerations
COVID-19 Related Policies
At the present time, the Morris Arboretum is following the COVID-19 related policies of the City of Philadelphia for outdoor spaces. We are not aware of any special considerations, and as with the COVID-19 information shown on our ceremony page, we encourage guests to do whatever necessary for their own comfort.
Weather & Related Considerations
In the event of rain or thunderstorms, we will relocate to a large, tented space adjacent to the Visitors' Center. From the entrance to Out on a Limb, follow the pathway toward and behind the Visitors' Center (downhill).
You may want to prepare for heat, sunshine, and insects, as well. We are told that mosquitos are not usually a problem there, but Josh is from Maine and tends to attract them. Spotted Lanternflies are likely to be hanging around, as well. They are not harmful to humans, but they can be annoying.
As the sun begins to set, the Out on a Limb space will become quite dark. We will have dim table lights setup, but you should take care in walking throughout the space, which is not fully smooth.
While there is a rope-climbing area for little ones (or big ones who are little at heart), traversing the Out on a Limb space does not require climbing stairs or ropes of any kind. It is a wooden pathway that extends from near the Visitors' Center out into the canopy of the Wissahickon Valley forest.
For those with sensitivity to height, note that the farthest outpost of the Out on a Limb space is also 50+ ft above the forest floor. There are, however, spaces for socializing that are much closer to ground-level. There are also two, small, covered areas within the Out on a Limb space.
See a detailed map of the grounds of the Morris Arboretum here.
The following image highlights the locations of the driving entrance, parking, restrooms, the "Out on a Limb" entrance, and the inclement weather location (which will be located underneath a large tent, adjacent to the Visitors' Center).