Saturday, June 27, 2009

Temescal Gateway Park

If you would like to see pictures of the reception site, please click here!

Monday, June 15, 2009


If you would like to purchase us a wedding gift from our registry, please find the information below:

Crate & Barrel -
~ Go to the main website. Click on the gray "Gift Registry" on the top left corner. Type in either one of our full names into the website to find us.

Bed, Bath and Beyond -
~ Go to the main website. Click on the white "Bridal & Gift Registry" tab located above the search box. Type in one of our full names into the website.

Heifer - (if you would like to donate to a charitable organization in our honor, we have registered at Heifer to make it easier for you)
~ Click HERE to go directly to our page. If that doesn't work, go to the red "Gift" tab and select "Gift Registry" in the drop down menu. Enter in either of our names to find our list.

Note: If you are having problems finding our name, try not typing in our full name in case you are spelling it incorrectly. The search engines will work with only part of a name filled out. It would probably be easier using Derek's name as many search engines have a hard time finding "JJ" Also, we registered under "JJ" not "J.J."

Thank you again for all your love and support. We truly appreciate it!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


We have booked our caterer! We are going with Contemporary Catering. Our meal will be gluten-free! Can you believe it?!? They have prepared a special menu just for us.

Here is a sample of what you can be expecting:

Mango-Avocado Salsa on Cucumber Medallion
Lime and Chili Marinated Skewers of Grilled NY Strip
"Take-Out" Noodles - Thai Style Rice Noodle "Salad" with Julliened Vegetables, Scallions, Sesame and a Soy-Honey Vinaigrette
Skewers of Grilled and Sliced NY Strip with a Dijon-Peppercorn Dipping Sauce
Grilled Chicken Breast with a Lime-Cilantro Marinade

Asian Style Napa Cabbage Salad with Red Peppers, Carrots and Black Sesame
Soy-Ginger Marinated Vegetables with Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Red Peppers, etc...
Thai Style Quinoa with Seared Basil, Mint and Mango
Roasted Tropical Vegetables - Baby Corn, Mango, Pineapple, Papaya, Pettipan Squash
Red Curry-Coconut with Fresh Chicken Breast
Sauteed Filet Mignon with Fresh Vegetables, Mint and Chili

Derek and I went to our taste testing yesterday. We didn't sample everything, but the food we did have was excellent (the red curry chicken was my favorite)! Please let me know if you have any food allergies.

Nathaniel there is really great. He is also going to be coordinating some of our other stuff (a few vendors, rentals, etc).

I couldn't be more thrilled! What do you think of the menu?!?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Official date and location!

We officially have the church and reception site reserved!

Our wedding will take place:
October 17th, 2009
Ceremony: Bel Air Presbyterian Church
Reception: Temescal Gateway Park in Woodland Hall

Stay tuned for further details! :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The dress has been found!

After only two days of shopping here in Dallas, I've already found my wedding dress! :D

Can't post a picture here because Derek might see it, but I will post the link to the Circle Park Bridal Boutique that we found it at.

I went with my Mom and my aunt, June, just to browse dresses to get an idea of what I wanted. Also, I have the additional problem of having the ceremony at the church and the reception at a possible beach location (TBD) so I needed to find something that would look good at both. Let's face it, it seems a little extravagent to have one dress for the ceremony (which will probably last less than 20 minutes) and another one for the reception.

So, we went just to look and try on different styles and colors to see what I liked best. I wanted something that wasn't strapless and didn't have a ton of beading/lace. Oh, and something that wasn't completely made of poof. Let me tell you, that's not an easy thing to come by! ;)

One thing I had learned from going wedding dress shopping with my cousin, Katie, is that you HAVE to take pictures of the dresses that you try on because some of the dresses that look great on you do NOT photograph well. I almost had my heart set on one dress, but when I got home and saw the picture on the big TV I changed my mind! The dress I ended up with was the overwhelming crowd favorite and was originally my second choice (after the un-photographic dress). I'm much happier with that choice in the end. I think it fits the overarching fun feeling that Derek and I want to have at our wedding.

I decided after going back today and trying on my dress that it really was the one for me so why not go ahead and buy it now! The great thing about Circle Park Bridal is that you just buy everything off the rack, no ordering required! The dress is now wrapped and hung up in my closet. I love it. I made the right choice!

Oh, and I got a SUPER cute veil too. :D

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wedding Ceremony Location

A few people have been asking me what church Derek and I are going to get married in. After talking to each other, we decided to get married at the church we attend (and where we met!), Bel Air Presbyterian Church in the main sanctuary. Here are some pictures (that I found online) so everyone can get a feel of what it looks like and how huge the sanctuary actually is!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More proposal photos

I just added some more proposal pictures to my flickr account!

I mean, could you say NO to this face?!? ;)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Colors: Blue & Yellow/Orange

Here are our current thoughts on our possible blue & yellow/orange colors. I'm thinking maybe more of a yellowish orange instead of the bright orange that's super popular right now.


Colors: Blue & Coral

Examples of Blue/Coral Weddings:

Whadda think? Thought that it looked very "beachy" without just being tropical colors or blue/sand colors.

Possible Wedding Colors

So, the biggest question I keep getting from everyone is about what wedding colors we are thinking about. Here are our current thoughts:

1. Blue/coral
2. Blue/yellowish orange (tangerine, etc)

More to come later!

Proposal pictures!

I'm sure we'll spend more time describing the actual proposal in the near future, but in the mean time checkout the proposal pictures here!

Also, you can check out the somewhat live stream I captured on my Posterous account as I was preparing everything here:

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Blog!

Everyone keeps asking me what Derek and I are planning on doing for our wedding... Date? Location? Colors? Will there be booze at the reception?

So, I decided that Derek and I will post our planning info on this blog back and forth so that, not only can we make comments on what we find, but so can you!

Please feel free to leave us comments and questions. Thanks for being a part of our engagement! :D