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First Anniversary!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

It’s been a year, can you believe it?  Wow.  It feels like only a few months ago we were shaking our groove things at the beach.  To celebrate this year we went back to Charleston, which is where the cruise ship left from on our honeymoon.  Last year we spent the night in a dinky motel in the smelly part, about 5 or 10 miles from the good part.  This year we stepped it up and stayed at the LaQuinta right across the bridge from the good historic part.  Not so smelly, and we were right in front of a dock with lots of fancy boats, Lori was thrilled!

Hotel Bed Hopping Hotel Bed Hopping

On the first day we walked around and did mostly window shopping. Lori found a dress she absolutely loved, but they didn’t have the right size, then miraculously on Monday we found another store that did have the size!  Something to note about Historic Charleston if you’ve never been is that it’s like that long street in Savannah (not River Street) where all the shops are, but times four.  And it’s a giant maze.  We walked so much and saw so many shops we thought we’d seen it all, but the second day we parked in a different lot and realized there was another section of stores we completely missed.

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Saturday we decided to give gifts to each other, so we could enjoy the presents all weekend.  Lori got a Peacock Feather head band, and Daniel got a veggie T-shirt.  There is a long market there with artists and jewelry and purses and basket weavers and more jewelry, where Lori found her new favorite purse.  Adam gave us a Starbucks gift card that had nothing left on it so we bought coffee to try and keep us going.  We were going to eat at a veggie restaurant outside the Historic part but realized we’d have to leave and come back and park again so we stayed and had bar food.  That night we had Japanese Steak House, which is what we usually do for special ocassions because it’s so awesome.  No one there believed we were old enough to be married.

Huge Big Gigongous Tree Fancy Fancy
Museum Bear

Sunday we went to see a giant old tree, but the tree was closed until later.  So we went back into the city and ate at Yo Burrito.  It was ok, salsa was good but they were out of tofu.  How do you run out of tofu?  Then it was off to the museum where they were having a special wedding exibit.  Anyways, for dinner we went to Mercato, an Italian restaurant, for our actual anniversary dinner.  Oddly enough, there were two other couples seated in opposite corners from us that were celebrating the exact same thing.  One of the couples brought their cake top with them and ended up throwing almost all of it away because it tasted like cardboard.  Our cake on the other hand was just as great as a year ago.  We couldn’t help ourselves and opened it the night we got to the hotel and nibbled on it the whole trip.

Mercato Mercato

The day we left we went to a corn maze that wasn’t made of corn (bushes).  They said if we found 6 of the 10 hole punches for our punch cards we would get a small prize.  We found 9 of the 10, but would have had all of them it someone hadn’t stolen one of the punches from the pole.  When we went to collect our prize there wasn’t anybody there.  The lady that told us we’d get a prize was driving away when we got out of the maze, a full hour before they were supposed to close.  They left us in there alone, in a maze, possibly dead or dying or injured or making out.  Good thing we gots the smarts and could find our way out of what they say is one of the worlds largest mazes.

Almost gone :( Daniel picked all the dead ends


Monday, November 17th, 2008


We have our wedding pictures in the can and on the web.  You can view some of them in the pictures section here.

The photographer has all of the pictures available to view/purchase at her site,  Click Client Login, find our name in the list, the password is manis.

Our Vows

Friday, November 7th, 2008


We wrote our own vows for our wedding.   It was easy, but not too easy.  There was a lot of debate about what should or could or shouldn’t be put in them.  Lori thought some of my ideas wouldn’t go over too well.  So we wrote and re-wrote them several times to get them to be the greatness you heard at the wedding.  Well, maybe you heard them with the wind.  So if you couldn’t hear them, or you were not there, or you just want to revisit them, here they are.

The only wedding we’ll ever have

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008


October 18th, you’ve heard that date a lot and so have we, but now it’s gone.  The wedding was great.  All that planning and stressing and list making before hand, it was all worth it.  There was hardly anything to worry about that Saturday.  We setup quick and every question had an answer.  The biggest unknowns were the weather and the gnats, but both of them cleared up in the late afternoon.  Hallelujah!

We had the ceremony facing the beach, with a column archway wrapped in garland and red roses.  Daniel rode a bike into the ceremony and Lori was chauffeured to the lawn by her Uncle Ray in his nice black car.  It was great and came together flawlessly!

Hopefully there were constant surprises for everyone that attended, we didn’t want people to go to a wedding they’ve been to already.  The favors were personalized fortune cookies wrapped in favor boxes by weaving wrapping paper.  The cake was layered with ocean waves and stars and topped with a skeleton bride and groom to show our eternal commitment to each other.  The centerpieces were silver sticks (hand spray painted) in fish bowls filled with glass rocks with blue lights illuminating them from underneath.

And let’s not forget the dancing.  Holy wow!  We never thought we would have EVERYONE on the dance floor, but we did and it was amazing!  Thank you to everyone for celebrating with us like that.   Thank you to everyone that wasn’t able to come but wished us well.  Thank you to the random people we’ve met that wish us a happy marriage.  Thank you all!

The photographer has been swamped with weddings recently, but she says since we are awesome and she loves us and the pictures she took of the wedding, they’ll be up and ready for viewing/purchase within 2-3 weeks.   We’ll let you know how to view them when she lets us know.  For now you can check out her blog to see a few teaser pictures.

A lot going on, but we’re alive!

Monday, October 27th, 2008


[update – picture added] 

We got back from our honeymoon cruise on Saturday, went to dinner with Adam, and just tried to calm down.  Lori worked yesterday and I was busy trying to get the house clean (didn’t happen), and then we got tattoos.  No pictures yet, but here’s a description.  Mine (Daniel) is our wedding cake topper, bride and groom skeletons, and Lori’s is two tree trunks that intertwine to become one blooming tree.

Since it’s Lori’s birthday today we probably won’t have any photos up tonight, but we’ll definitely have some pictures and commentary about our boat experiences tomorrow.  Since we haven’t updated here in a month, we just wanted everyone to know we’re not dead, the boat did not (but felt like it would) tip over, and we weren’t kidnapped and forced to braid hair in the Bahamas.

We also proved that this marriage will last forever.  Being trapped in a small room, on a boat in the great wide ocean, spending every waking and sleeping moment together (except for bathroom breaks), with nowhere to run to or escape, neither of us jumped off to get away from the other.  It was great.  We are awesome and in love!  Forever!

A most grand entrance

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

For most weddings, all the ones I’ve been to anyways, the bride gets to make a big entrance where everybody looks at her and she feels super special and it’s great.  But the groom is just there.  You turn to talk to the person next to you and when you look back up front there he is.  He’s just there.  No big puff of smoke or music or anything, he comes from behind a door or gets out of a chair next to the stage while everyone is talking.  Lame.

Maybe there are other guys who’ve had their entraces, but I haven’t seen them.  And I want one.  I refuse to just walk up there un-announced and be a side note.  You can’t have a wedding without a groom, so here’s Daniel.  No.  It’s going to be HERE’S DANIEL!  I’m entering with a jetpack!  Or maybe a parachute like when Uncle Jesse got married on Full House.  Anyone else have a great idea?

A Great Many Thanks . . .

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Saturday we had our first wedding shower, thrown by Connie (my mom). It was great. A lot of people were there that I haven’t seen in a long time, and most Lori was meeting for the first time. Come to think of it, most of the ladies there had changed my diaper at some point in time, and therefore seen my bootie. How odd.

To everyone that came out we would like to say thank you. It’s a great feeling to have so many people, even those we don’t see as often as we should, supporting us.  We are truly blessed.

And I would like to add an apology to everyone that had to listen to me ramble like a little kid. I didn’t know I was supposed to make a speech. Good tidings was the first thing that popped in my head. Sorry.  I’ll have a speech planned out for the next one so I don’t look like such a goober.

Engagement Picture

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

layfeet.jpg Last Saturday we had engagement photos taken by our friend Catherine. They turned out amazing! It was hot as blazes, but we made it through and had a good time. Check out the pictures here. Lori is flippin hot!

Wedding Superstitions

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

As our wedding is coming up, and planning is under way, it’s made me think about the way we do a lot of the things we do at weddings. Like why does the bride carry a bouquet (besides the fact that it looks nice) and then throw it at the reception? Why does she have something borrowed/blue/old/new? Why doesn’t the groom usually see the bride before the ceremony?

Well, we found some of the answers, and some we’re making up as we go along. The whole thing about not seeing the bride or dress, I want to be awestruck when I see her for the first time that day. And the rest of the answers (what we found anyways) are here – Wedding Superstitions.

But I still don’t know what I think about calling them superstitions, or traditions even. If we do it because it’s what we want to do, and not because that’s what people before us have done, or what most would say we’re supposed to do, or because we’re scared of curses or bad luck, then that doesn’t really make it tradition or superstition. We’re doing because we want to. There’s got to be a word for that somewhere.


Traditions aren’t silly. Doing them only because it’s tradition even when you don’t want to, that’s silly. If you want to take part in tradition, that’s great, as long as it’s because you want to do it. It’s the whole jumping off a bridge thing because everyone else is doing it. If you want to jump off the bridge, go for it. If it makes you happy, go for it.

Let it be known

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

That I am not a cruel fiance! He was running up the stairs of the amphitheater and hanging off the side li . I was afraid he was going to fall! At least I went up the terrifying abandoned trail and went on the empty stage of the theater. I’m not tooooo bad of a wuss. Okay, yeah i am. He’s right! He’s right!

Let it be known that he’s right!

It was a wonderful day in Jekyll. We woke up to a red sunrise. We went back to sleep. We met with the awesome lady at our hotel about hosting the wedding there and basically we can do anything we want. It was so exciting to not be told “no!” We both feel good about this hotel. Yay for figuring things out!
And yay for Parrot Ice!