Andy and Brandon

05.05.2018

Save the Date

Brandon
Gil
Andy
Birkey

You're Invited

On the 5th of May, 2018
Brandon Gil and Andy Birkey
Hoksila Park in Lake City, MN.

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Hok-si-la Park is located in Lake City, a one hour and fifteen minute drive from Minneapolis, and a 6 hours and 15 minute drive from Peoria. There are no direct flights from Peoria to Rochester (the closest airport to Lake City), but the drive from Peoria to Lake City is beautiful. Delta Airlines offers a direct flight from Peoria to Minneapolis, and many airlines offer direct flights from Chicago to Minneapolis.

Accomodations

There are several nice hotels just a 5-minute drive from Hoksila Park. These are some ideas that we already have some experience with. The venue is also only 20 minutes from Red Wing and one hour twenty minutes from the Twin Cities. Both feature most of the well known chain hotels as well as nice boutique hotels.

John Hall's Alaska

John Hall's Alaska

It's like staying in a cabin, but its actually a hotel. A bit higher end with views of Lake Peppin, and it's only 5 minutes from the wedding venue. We've not stayed here, but the reviews are good. The website is www.sleepalaska.com.

Beds and Breakfasts and More

Beds and Breakfasts and More

Lake City has a lot of great Bed and Breakfasts, condo and cabin rentals, and other unique and comfortable places to stay. Try airBnB or VRBO in and near Lake City for options.

Sunset Motel

Sunset Motel

This is your standard affordable hotel. No frills, older motel which could use some maintenance. A place to crash. Brandon and Andy have stayed there and it will suit your needs if you don't have a lot of needs. Their website is www.sunsetlc.com.

AmericInn

AmericInn

Americinn is located just 5 minutes from Hoksila Park. Brandon and I have stayed here before, and it's a fine hotel. Their website is at www.americinn.com.

Cabins and Camping

Cabins and Camping

We have reserved 3 camp-style rustic sleep cabins (with heat and A/C!) and outdoor group campsites that are within walking distance of the reception. Let us know when you RSVP if you'd like to reserve space in either the cabins or the campsites.

OurStory

When we Met Simon's House
18 May 2011

Poker night

It was magical.

Brandon and Andy met for the first time at Simon's house. We didn't know it at the time, but Simon had secretly been playing matchmaker.

The end of the world Andy's house
21 May 2011

End of the World

The world was supposed to end on May 21, 2011. For us, it had just begun.

Christian radio host Harold Camping said that the Rapture would begin on May 21, 2011. Andy threw a party to watch the world end and invited Brandon. We had a great time and the world didn't end. Republicans in Minnesota Legislature also passed a constitutional amendment onto the ballot that would ban marriage for people like Brandon and Andy, so it was mixed day.

Marriage Equality San Juan
1 Aug 2013

Marriage Equality

That day changed everything

Minnesota voters said no to discrimination and lawmakers said "love is the law." Brandon and Andy headed to downtown St. Paul to celebrate, and it wouldn't be long before wedding plans started to get made.

Engaged San Juan
24 Feb 2017

Engaged

There were iguanas everywhere

At Castillo San Cristóbal, we exchanged rings, took photos, and left the island of Puerto Rico engaged to be married.

CeremonySchedule

Hoksila Chapel 2500 U.S. Hwy 61, Lake City, MN 55041
Saturday 11am

Main Wedding Ceremony

Join us at the chapel at Hoksila for a brief ceremony at 11am.

Hoksila Dining Hall 2500 U.S. Hwy 61, Lake City, MN 55041
Saturday 11:30am

Brunch Celebration

Following the ceremony, join us for a celebration brunch at the Hoksila Dining Hall overlooking beautiful Lake Peppin.

Hoksila Campground
Saturday 5pm

Smores, Campfires, Games, and Woodland Fun

Wedding festivities wrap up at 5pm, but if the weather is nice, we will continue with a camping party.

Casual Attire
Attire

Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable

If you know us, you won't be surprised to hear that this is a casual affair! The ceremony is outdoors and the reception is indoors. May weather in Minnesota can be unpredictable, so be sure to bring something warm!

Our best friends

These people have agreed to be a part of our wedding, and for that we are eternally grateful!

Jake Grey

Jake Grey

Wedding Party

Sarah McGourty

Sarah McGourty

Wedding Party

Dino Kordopitoulas

Dino Kordopitoulas

Wedding Party

Anne Kaminsen

Anne Kaminsen

Wedding Party

Janet Blake

Janet Blake

Wedding Party

Betsy Narr

Betsy Narr

Officiant

Simon Stromberg

Simon Stromberg

Wedding Party

Garland Feldman

Garland Feldman

Reader

Adam Hansen

Adam Hansen

Reader

Lucille Birkey

Lucille Birkey

Flower Girl

Chris Schull

Chris Schull

Ring Bearer Attendent

Aaron Grey

Aaron Grey

Ring Bearer Attendant

Hallie

Hallie

Ring Bearer

Daniel Feldman

Daniel Feldman

Usher

Joe Birkey

Joe Birkey

Usher

Giles

Giles

Ring Bearer

Gift Registry

We've been together for 7 years and have built a great life together! That means we have most of the things we need to be happy. Instead of physical gifts, if you are moved to get us something for the wedding, consider helping us create memories that will last our lifetimes. Below are some ideas to help, or you can visit our honeymoon registry here.