Posts Tagged ‘weddings’

22nd July
2009
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.]
24th April
2009
written by Steph

Guys, I’m so sorry about the dearth of updates, but things have been so crazy here and time has been short for writing.  Turns out that even when you have a low-key wedding in mind, it still requires a good deal of planning – just when you check one thing off your list, a new one pops up in its place.  I think weddings might be the Hydra of social events…  I suppose I really shouldn’t complain as our planning has actually been going quite smoothly – dress shopping, suit buying, venue picking, all of that has actually been quite painless and efficiently completed.  That’s right, I have my dress purchased!  I won’t post a picture of it here, but I will show you the shoes I have decided to wear on the Big Day.  They are super fun AND comfy, and I look forward to wearing them at the wedding as well as many years to come.  I wanted a pair of shoes that were funky and expressed who I was, and I love the little snippets of blue (now I just need something borrowed and something old!):

That's right - I'm going to walk down the aisle in zebra-striped shoes with blue buckles!

That's right - I'm going to walk down the aisle in zebra-striped shoes with blue buckles!

And of course, we also had our lovely anniversary celebration last weekend, which was fantastic.  We drove Pip down to Chattanooga, and stayed in a cozy little B&B called the Chantacleer Inn (True story, though: I could never remember the name of this place while we were staying there, and wound up settling on a rather crude version that I COULD remember, which is really no reflection of the inn itself but rather my juvenile humor… I won’t post the name here, but let’s just say it involved a perfectly correct term for “rooster” (the inn’s logo featured one), thought it’s probably not the term you’d use in polite company… Tony tells me that Chantacleer is the name of a rooster from a fairytale, but if this is true, I never read that fairytale, so that mnemonic was not helpful to me).  We visited the Tennessee Aquarium, which we enjoyed immensely (though ultimately decided we’d rather hold our wedding locally rather than 2 hours away from where we live), and also had a great time dining out at some of our favorite restaurants in Chattanooga (this one place has the best stuffed poblano pepper appetizer on the planet, AND their margaritas are to die for!  I had two!).  I won’t lie, however… as we don’t have cable tv at our place, one of our highlights of the weekend involved simply lolling about in bed watching Animal Planet and HGTV in our room!  Hey, it just shows that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to show us a good time! 😉 So, looking at my reading log, I realize that I haven’t finished a book in about 3 weeks, which is why I haven’t been able to review anything lately!  I think this is largely due to me feeling mentally burnt out (I don’t have exams to contend with as many other people do, but things at work have recently come to a head, and hopefully will improve from here on out) and just being too tired to read most evenings.  I started reading The Master & Margarita, which Tony highly praised on the site, but I soon realized that while it normally would be the kind of book I would love, it just wasn’t the right time for me to read it.  It has a pretty discursive narrative, and my poor tired brain just couldn’t keep up.  I was struggling too hard to turn the pages and remember what the heck had been happening, that I decided to put it aside until my brain feels less sluggish so that I can fully appreciate Bulgakov’s swift wit.  I’m currently reading something for a top secret project that I can’t divulge at this point, which I realize is horridly unfair, but all this is to say that you’ll still have to wait a bit before I’m ready to post any new reviews!  Tony has one book on the roster that he needs to review, but he’s been utterly bogged down at work, so the time just hasn’t been available to write about it, but eventually you can expect a review on Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory sometime this year! 😉  And I apologize for not having recipes either… we took a bunch of pictures a while back when I was cooking up a frenzy, but at this point I’m not sure that I can trust my memory to write down reliable instructions (or ingredients) for the dishes!  It might be time to call it a wash and start from scratch… inevitably I’ll wind up making many of those things again, and hopefully I can keep up with them on the site! Some of you may consider memes a punishment, but I thought that it might be nice to post some actual content here on Steph & Tony Investigate, rather than simply another excuse for our shortcomings of late.  So, I’ve ganked an old meme off of Claire’s site, which she borrowed from Tuesday, and I thought I’d give it a whirl.  It’s supposedly the über meme, so hopefully all of the important bases will be covered!

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14th April
2009
written by Steph
Who wouldn't?

This poster comes nowhere near to illustrating the horror that is Jason Segel's hair in the movie proper

I know!  Another wedding movie!  But this one focuses on the groom side of things, and is not remotely depressing, so you can’t fault us for going to this one on a recent date night!  It has Paul Rudd!  And Jason Segel (who we love, if only he could do something about his hair… is he on drugs?  Because he really looks like he is…)!  Truth be told, we would have gone to see this if it were about non-wedding things, like skydiving or grave robbing (or you know, skydiving grave robbers). But as it stands, I Love You, Man revolves around straight-laced but all around nice guy Peter Klaven’s (Rudd) search for a guy best friend so he can have a best man at his wedding.  It’s not clear to me why Peter couldn’t just ask his brother or his dad (or both) to stand up with him.  Also, if his fiancée (played by Rashida Jones, perhaps best known to you as Karen Phillipelli of The Office, who seems like a middle of the road actress but who really needs to not wear bangs as they make her look dowdy) were really so concerned about not having him feel awkward about having a smaller social circle than herself, why couldn’t she have just had her two best friends be her bridal party, rather than having a bridal part of like, 8 girls?  Clearly I have thought about this too much.  ANYWAY, Peter has always been a girlfriend guy rather than a guy-friend guy, so he sets out to rectify this.  It seems as though Lady Luck smiles on Peter because after several awkward “man dates” (and just crippling awkwardness on Peter’s part), he happens to cross paths with one Sydney Fife (Segel) while hosting an open house.  They hit it off, have a series of misadventures, a bunch of laughs, things get rocky, but ultimately both of them learn from the other and become more fulfilled in the process. It’s a fun movie that will make you laugh and will also make you cringe.  The plot is mostly predictable, but there were a few welcome surprises along the way, and really, you’re not going into this movie hoping for something earth-shattering anyway.  Segel is good as Sydney, but Paul Rudd is better as Peter – he plays the straight man really well, and is convincing in his portrayal of Peter as an average guy who’s nice and just a bit uptight and a whole lot of awkward.  In essence, Peter is dorky in the way that all nice guys kind of are (@ Tony: but not you, honey!  Nothing dorky about you at all!).  Particularly enjoyable are the frequent moments when Peter experiences massive verbal diarrhea, whether he’s trying to come up with a good nickname for Sydney, his attempts at using slang or employing any kind of accent, or any moment where he’s trying to come off as blasé, when we all know he’s secretly squealing like a little girl inside.  Segel and Rudd do banter well, and they get a nice synergy going; think Turk & J.D. on Scrubs and you've got the picture. Really enjoyable movie that’s great for a date night out.  You will laugh a lot.  Well worth the ticket price. Rating: 4 out of 5
10th April
2009
written by Steph
Thankfully, a completely different experience (I hope!) from Steph Getting Married

Thankfully, a completely different experience (I hope!) from Steph Getting Married

I swear that our recent engagement has not inspired me to rent every movie that Netflix offers with the words “Married” or “Wedding” in the title.  This one has actually been sitting on our side table for a few weeks, I think – I’m pretty sure it entered our house pre-engagement.  We’ve been putting this one off because even though we’d heard it was supposed to be excellent, we had also heard it was a bit of a downer and neither of us has really been in the mood for depressing movies lately.  Watching this not long after The Squid & The Whale definitely packed a pretty hard one-two punch. The movie theoretically revolves around the weekend of the wedding of a young woman named Rachel, but it really focuses more on her sister, Kym, who has struggled with drug addiction for most of her life.  In fact, in order to attend the wedding, Kym is given but a temporary leave-of-absence from the rehab facility where she is currently receiving treatment. (more…)
6th April
2009
written by Steph

Yes, we realize these are traditionally wedding bands, but we exchanged them in honor of our engagement

Yes, we realize these are wedding bands for most, but not for us!

Who: Steph & Tony

What: Got engaged

When: April 2nd, 2009

Where: Racquetball Court #1, at the Downtown YMCA (Seriously.)

Why: Because we love each other! (Awwww)

Lots of people have asked if it was surprise, and while in a way it was, it also wasn't.  I've always thought it was weird when people said they never saw the proposal coming, because it's a pretty big step, and it seems to me like spending the rest of your lives together would be something you'd want to talk about and make sure you're on the same page, but to each her own.  I certainly didn't expect to be proposed to on a racquetball court, but it's nice to find the romance in every day life (plus, not many people have that story, I'm betting).  It would have been nice if Tony had managed to work in a little Pride and Prejudice into his proposal ("You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you..."), but I'm not really complaining! 😉

We thought long and hard about the right way for us to symbolize this step forward and ultimately decided that we wanted to wear matching bands during our engagement, which we will customize/engrave when we actually get married.  For now we still don't have a date or any specifics set.  We're just going to take some time to enjoy this special time and revel in being engaged!

Squeee!

By the lake at Centennial Park

By the lake at Centennial Park