Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jeremy & I are ENGAGED!

Oh wait, have I used that title before?

It's true, we are engaged, and have been since July 2010, however, we now have the pictures to prove it!

Earlier this month, Jeremy and I, and our awesome photographer, Beverly DeMafiles, got up at the crack of dawn and drove around downtown Austin to take some photos. Technically they're called our Engagement Photos even though we got engaged 8 months ago.

The full set is up on the wedding website, but I'm gonna take you a short tour of Austin with some select photos now.

First stop, Greetings From Austin! At the corner of South 1st and Anne lies this iconic mural. I love it. It's so fun, and says so much about Austin.

Next, take a walk around the corner and down the street.

After walking around South 1st for a while, we headed over to South Congress. I love South Congress Street. First, the shops and boutiques are awesome. Second the food, is great. Magnolia, Home Slice Pizza, South Congress Cafe... mmmm! Some of my favorite in all of Austin. Oh, and did I mention, HEY CUPCAKE!

After playing around South Congress, we took a few more shots at the park and then headed home for a while. Bev was nice enough to come out and meet us again at sunset to take some pictures overlooking downtown. We had to wait a while for the optimal sun, but in the end it was worth it. Here are a few shots at the Long Center overlooking downtown.

Two in one day...

I'm trying to catch up on my blog posting. I know it's been a long while. See, the thing is that I've been busy. Really busy.

The House

The house is coming along... slowly. When you have a 1950's house that is being restored there are TONS of issues. Turns out, if the fire had completely destroyed the house it would have been done being rebuilt by now. Crazy huh?

The latest delay involves leaky gas pipes. I guess I'm not too surprised. I mean, they were put in, what, 61 years ago? And I guess I'm grateful that they discovered the issue now, before the house blew up. But still, it's frustrating.

I've learned a lot of things through this process, one of which, is that a $5000 code upgrade limit is fairly worthless when you own a really old house. And the bitch of it is that you can't even pay to have this ceiling higher. Nope, $5000 is all the insurance company will give you. And it's not just Nationwide, but a bunch of them out there.

So right about now, we're at $8000 in code upgrades, $3000 of which the insurance won't cover, and that's not including fixing the gas pipes. Why are the gas pipes not covered, you ask? Well, because they weren't technically effected by the fire. But, they have to pass inspection before they'll let you put up the insulation and drywall.

Oh well, I guess I can't complain too much about getting a brand new house for only $3000+.

The Wedding

The wedding, unlike the house, is coming along nicely. Venue - check, Photographer - check, Videographer - check, Caterer - check, Florist, Makeup, Hair - check, check, check.

I'm really starting to feel good about everything and where we are. The colors are chosen, as are all the dresses, and hopefully by May I'll have the invitations picked out. But that's no biggie, cause they won't have to go out until like August or something.

I'm so excited about the wedding, that I'm even willing to give you a sneak peek at one of the food items!

Cucumber with Salmon Moose

Don't forget to check out the wedding website and sign the guestbook!