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22nd July
written by Steph
So, Tony & I are now officially hitched and are back from our WONDERFUL honeymoon in Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA. Seriously, why don't we just vacation professionally? That's the life for me. We had a fantastic time, and although there were some stressful moments leading up to the Big Day (what bride hasn't had a meltdown 24-hours before the ceremony? 😉 ), everything went off without a hitch - er, with a hitch! Because on July 10, 2009 at approximately 5:50 pm in the Japanese Garden at Cheekwood here in Nashville, we were pronounced man and wife. And it was awesome. We're back in Nashville now, but we're easing back into things, trying to make that honeymoon glow last (in poor Tony's case, his "glow" may have something to do with a particularly itchy brand of sunburn. That one can go ahead and leave anytime now!). We're still waiting on getting our wedding pictures, so I'm afraid you'll have to wait for a picture post at a slightly later date before you can see some of our choice moments from the day (and also from our trip... it wouldn't seem right to post the honeymoon pictures before the wedding ones!). I'm sorry for the delay, but I just didn't want to keep y'all waiting any longer.  And let me tell you that even though waiting sucks, we've seen proofs of our photos and they are GORGEOUS. BUT, I do have some other content to post along the way while we all wait for the momentous nuptial post, so you can expect the regular erratic posting schedule (i.e., Steph & Tony post as often as they can!) to resume from here on out. I have one book review written, as well as another book binge buying post; I'm sure none of you are surprised. Thank you all so much for the wonderful well-wishes as well as the book recommendations for our trip. In the end, I was so scattered and spread so thin with the actual wedding planning and the hosting of family and friends (let's be honest, the family is where the stress lies!), I just dragged along the few books that were waiting for me at the library. And then of course, we spent more time napping than we did reading while we were away. But the two books that did feature on our trip were The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. I'm still finishing up the latter, but were excellent reads given our travel destinations. I'll hopefully get my review of The Graveyard Book posted in the next few days. Oh, and let's not forget the new Harry Potter movie, which needs reviewing... We've already seen it twice now, and it's only been out for a week, so that probably gives you a taste of what's to come! But anyway, please don't feel that your recs were in vain; I'm always looking for good reads, and even if they didn't make it on the honeymoon, so many of your picks sounded so good and I'll be sure to seek them out in the future! What can I say? Getting married and our honeymoon sojourn were amazing and literally a once in a lifetime experience, but it's also good to be back. Thanks for waiting for us! [P.S. My Google Reader was, as you can imagine, packed to the gills when we returned from our trip. In a bid to retain my sanity, I've decided I'm not going to be able to comment on all of your thoughtful and delightful posts that went up while I was away. I'm going to start fresh and just pick up from here. But I want you all to know that I did read what you wrote, was titillated and amused by your wonderful words, and I'm now decamping from "lurker" status.]


  1. 07/22/2009

    Welcome back and re-congratulations! I’m so glad you had a wonderful trip, and look forward to your reviews, pictures, stories and more! (Aloe and cool baths for sunburn)

  2. Kay

    Congratulations guys! I’m so happy for you, and so glad that everything went well! I can’t wait for you to post some pictures of that amazing day!

    I’m looking forward to your book reviews too and that HP one. We’re going to see it a second time next week, too, so I guess we can say we loved it 😉

  3. Simona

    Welcome back, and congrats again!

  4. 07/22/2009

    Congrats, Mr. and Mrs.! Can’t wait for your reviews. I didn’t love HP6 :(, but I’m excited for your review! I’m so glad for your matrimony!

  5. Lu

    OH MY GOD I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU. (Giiiiirly squealz!) I love weddings. Even ones I only get to experience through the intarwebs. Virtual weddings are better than no weddings! I am holding my breath waiting for your gorgeous wedding photos!!!!!!!

  6. 07/22/2009

    Welcome back. So glad to hear that everything went off *with* a hitch 🙂 A Japanese garden sounds like a lovely setting for a wedding–I can’t wait to see the pictures!

  7. 07/23/2009

    Welcome back and congratulations!!!!!!!! Don’t you sound so happy! I can almost see you all smiling. So excited to see your photos! *hugs*

  8. 07/23/2009

    Congratulations on your wedding!

    Don’t worry about google reader. Everyone’s been taking vacations. Just click “mark as read” and go on with your day. We understand.

  9. 07/23/2009

    Welcome back, and congratulations!

    I want to see the HP movie for a second time, and have been resisting. I think I’ll give in to temptation this weekend though.

  10. 07/23/2009

    Congratulations on your marriage!

    Look forward to hearing your review of Harry Potter and the Gaiman novel. I’ve been considering reading the Gaiman book for some time. Love to hear what you have to say on it. It’ll help me decide if I should make it a priority or not.

  11. Congratulations! I hope you are enjoying life as a mrried couple! Does it feel strange? Steph – did you change your name? I remember feeling really weird for a few months after getting married – it took me a long time to get used to my new name and invent a new signature!

    I’m planning to listen to the Graveyard book next, so look forward to comparing notes.

    All the best for your married life!

  12. 07/23/2009

    @ EVERYONE: Thanks so much for the congratulations and kind words. Should have the wedding pics up sometime this weekend. Thanks for waiting!

    @ Jackie: For ease of immigration purposes, I’m sticking with my original name for the time being. My current passport (which I renewed in Feb or so) is good for another 4 years, so I’d hate to have to replace it so soon… Too much paperwork involved with a name change for now! 😉 Also, Tony has a tricky last name, and I have a tricky first name, so I know that when I do change my name, no one will get either part right!

  13. 07/28/2009

    Yay, you’re back! I am really glad that everything went well and that you had such a beautiful ceremony and honeymoon. Congrats again, and welcome back.

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