Kait & Mark's Wedding Weekend

September 29-October 1, 2017

Everything is happening where we met, became friends, and fell in love: Wilderness Adventure!

11176 Peaceful Valley Road, New Castle, VA  24127

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"The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have."  -Leonard Nimoy

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Where to Stay

We'd love for everyone to stay at Wilderness Adventure (WA) on both Friday and Saturday to be a part of everything.  Wilderness Adventure's "rustically elegant" accommodations are designed for group retreats and spending time with others.  The rooms are shared, beds are real, linens are provided, there's heat, AC, Wi-Fi, and plenty of shared bathrooms to go around.  However, we know there are a few creature comforts outside of the WA atmosphere that some of you will want (private bathrooms?), so we have an off-site option as well!

If you plan to partake in any alcohol and are not staying on-site, please plan to ride with someone else or take the shuttle to and from WA.  

  • Locals!  If you're not planning to stay at WA and would like to ride the shuttle, please let us know where the best place to pick you up is, we'll combine answers and set a central pick-up for everyone. Make sure you let us know by Sep. 8th!
  • Camp-out at Wilderness Adventure.  Bring your own gear or borrow from WA.  
    • $20 per person/night
    • $0 per kid 7 & under
    • Gear, brunch, snacks, activities, and a bathhouse for getting ready are all included.
    • In the case of bad weather, it's a good idea to have a back-up plan in mind, especially if rooms in the lodges have filled up.
    • To reserve a campsite, click here. 
  • Stay in one of Wilderness Adventure's Lodges.  On the chance you're sharing a room with another party/guest, Kait & Mark will be sure you're with someone you know!
    • $40 per adult/night
    • $20 per kid 8-17/night 
    • $0 per kid 7 & under
    • Linens, brunch, snacks, activities, and a shared bathroom or bathhouse are all included. 
    • To reserve a spot at WA, click here.
  • Stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites, in Salem, VA.  Great if you want your own bathroom and don't mind being about 30 minutes away.
    • Call ____TBA____ and reserve a room in the Prairie-Pedigo Wedding Block.
    • Please make your reservation by _TBA__ to get the block rate.  
    • If you would like to participate in the shuttle to and from WA, please make sure you let us know on the Shuttle Form. (If we don't get any interest, we won't have it!)
A winter hike to McAfee's Knob with Betty!

A winter hike to McAfee's Knob with Betty!

The WA Family Reunion 2014!

The WA Family Reunion 2014!

Microfestivus 2014 with Zach & Nicole!

Microfestivus 2014 with Zach & Nicole!

Christmas 2015 in Downtown Roanoke

Christmas 2015 in Downtown Roanoke


Kait & Mark

We met while working at Wilderness Adventure in the summer of 2008.  For a few years, we built a friendship surrounding our time at WA and kept in touch during the off-seasons.  Then, in the summer of 2013, we lost track of time talking on a hike to McAfee's Knob.  The sun set while we were still on the knob, and so we made our way back to the parking lot in the dark, still talking.  When we parted ways that evening, we both knew we'd begun a relationship like no other.  

Mark is eclectic and caring.  He loves baking bread, taking care of plants and dogs, working on computers, and maintaining his firearm collection.  He is currently in school for Network Security and Administration, and spends his free time dreaming up neat ways to use his 3-D printer, and keeping up on the latest sci-fi.  He is also a huge fan of The Golden Girls and cooking dinner for Kait.

Kait is a dreamer and planner.  She loves having reasons to celebrate, reading and writing about the wonders of life, and finding outlets for creativity.  She is currently in school part time for a Masters in Teaching (for High School English), and is the Program Director at Wilderness Adventure.  She spends her free time mostly on Pinterest, but also loves plays, wine, and going on adventures with Mark.

Together, we love hiking, drinking coffee, and geeking out about sci-fi shows we both love (Best show? Star Trek.  Best Star Trek series? He loves TNG, she loves VOY.)  

Our times at Wilderness Adventure and our amazing families taught us a lot about life and love.  Our adventurous, quirky, and caring community of family and friends is our highest priority.  If you're here reading this, we love you and count you as part of that sweet, colorful, beautiful, brilliant crowd.


How to Get Here

By Car  Please use WA's directions.  GPS tends to get people lost when coming from the North.  There's plenty of parking on-site.  If you're planning on drinking and not staying, please consider riding with someone else or on one of the shuttles!

By Plane  The closest airport is Roanoke (ROA, 40 minutes), others nearby are Lynchburg (LYH, 90 minutes), Charlottesville (CHO, 2 hours), and closest major airports are Charlotte (CLT, 4 hours) and Dulles (IAD, 4.5 hours).

By Train The closest station is in Lynchburg.

By Bus  Greyhound has a station in downtown Roanoke.

Please let us know your travel plans.  If we can, we'd like to help you get a ride out to the mountains with another guest or on one of the shuttles!

Grand Tetons with Chris!

Grand Tetons with Chris!

BLT Fest with the Andersons & Pedigos!

BLT Fest with the Andersons & Pedigos!

Summer hike to McAfee's with Megan!

Summer hike to McAfee's with Megan!

Lake Yellowstone with the Prairies!

Lake Yellowstone with the Prairies!


Wedding Party

Mother & Father of the Bride - 

Sharron & Michael Prairie

Mother & Father of the Groom - 

Patricia Pedigo-Dunn & Keith Pedigo

Officiant -

 Chris Prairie, Kait's Big Brother

Maid of Honor -

 Megan Ward, Kait's Friend from High School

Best Man -

 Zach Rawson, Mark's Friend from WA

Kait's Attendents

  • Beth Anderson, Mark's Sister
  • Katie Mizrahi, Kait's friend from WA
  • Maggie Sackman, Kait's friend from St Paul's Episcopal
  • Sean Bryant, Kait's friend and boss at WA

Mark's Attendents

  • David Anderson, Mark's Brother-in-Law
  • Raff Lance, Mark's Friend from High School
  • Kris Wise, Mark's Friend from College
  • Trinity Jennings, Mark's Friend from High School

Ring Bearer - 

Cooper Anderson, Mark's Nephew

Junior Groomsman - 

Patrick Anderson, Mark's Nephew


When is the RSVP deadline?  September 8th, please make your reservations and shuttle plans by then as well!  If you have any changes, please let us know as soon as possible.

Dress?  Please plan your dress to be Festive on Friday and Semi-Formal for Saturday evening.  The weather in September could be crisp and cool, sunny and warm, or cold and wet - please plan to layer up and bring an umbrella!  *We don't recommend stilettos for walking on all the gravel and grass!

Can I bring a +1?  Your invitation will have that information!

Are kids welcome?  Their names will be on your invitation.

Parking?  Gravel lots by your lodge or down by the second entrance.

How will I know what room I'm in?  That info will be available when you check in.  Keep in mind, you might be sharing with someone else you know!

What should I bring if I'm staying at WA?  Wedding clothes, play clothes, a towel & toiletries, layers & raincoats!  All of WA's pathways are gravel, please keep that in mind when choosing your shoes.  

If you'd like to hike or ride the zip line please make sure you have closed-toed shoes and a way to tie back long hair.

Dogs?  If they've been initiated in the WA dog pack and/or you're not worried about them running off or jumping on Kait's Gran's lap, bring them out!  If we get too many, though, we reserve the right to hold them all up in the pig pen... at least until after the cake.

Is there Wi-Fi at WA?  Yes, with limited bandwidth for browsing and using email or social media.  No downloading or streaming unfortunately.

What about cell service?  Verizon is the best, there's an internet phone in the Main Lodge, and a boosted Verizon signal in the Main Office.  Feel free to have people call WA if they need to get a hold of you (540-864-6792).

Do you have a registry?   Yes, at MyRegistry.com.  

Whom should I contact with questions?  (Please note: Kait & Mark won't be reachable after Sep 28th!)

Kait: kait.prairie@gmail.com or 301-848-8042

Mark: markgpedigo@gmail.com or 571-212-5928

Wilderness Adventure (540-864-6792) for venue, shuttle, or lodging questions.  

When you're here, there will be plenty of awesome staff who'll be able to help you with anything you need!  In particular, if you ask for Sean, Ruby, or Ben - they are amazing and can take care of you!