p.s. can you guess what we are? perhaps more information might be helpful/neat/aren't you jealous of our fabulous sense of theatricality?
Sunday, October 31, 2010
p.s. can you guess what we are? perhaps more information might be helpful/neat/aren't you jealous of our fabulous sense of theatricality?
Friday, October 29, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
tahitian dancers/dancing/grass tutus
crazy delicious pineapple marshmallows
hiking in and then back out of a huge volcano who's ground consistency resembles that of a beach
getting caught in sudden downpours (split decision on this one- can you guess which of us liked it?)
having to stay hydrated all the time due to the heat
Friday, August 20, 2010
green wedding shoes did a great feature on our engagement shoot, so check it out!
we had such a fun time dressing up and running around Dorton's, which had all those great costumes and props!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
also / p.s. / *squeal*: our engagement shoot is getting published online! we'll show you all of that awesomeness as soon as it goes up. and it was some awesomness, believe you me. and casey. and brandon. and kristin. and nancy.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
1. thank you for the heartfelt reply
2. the line in which you so carefully wrote 'sorry' is actually where you're supposed to put your name
3. we still don't know who you are, seeing that you didn't put a return address on the envelope either
4. we're 'sorry' you can't attend either
so. you can shoot either casey or me an email so that we know who you are, if you'd like. seeing that you aren't coming to the wedding, it might not be that big of a deal.
and in closing, thank you, interesting responder, for giving us a smile.
janine and casey
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
and in comparison, here is the workspace of a more well-organized person. like me, for instance:
so anyway. projects going well. stuff getting done. three weeks or so to go until the wedding. yay wedding!
p.p.s. THERE ARE FEATHERS EVERYWHERE IN MY APARTMENT. HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY, MESSY JANEL!!!1!1
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
second of all: we have a month to go until the wedding.
!!! commencing freak out in 3...2...1 !!!
BUT third of all, today will also go into the history books for this:
it's our wedding certificate! today we went to the courthouse in beverly hills and they handed us a piece of paper stating that we can get married! yipee!
Monday, July 12, 2010
and by the by, thanks to those who are writing such sweet notes on the cards- we love getting them!
and to entertain the masses, here is a picture of abject drinking during the recent 4th of july:
Friday, July 2, 2010
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these hats are beyond cool. i had to have them, but not so much at a 175+ dollar price tag. so next best thing- i decide to make them. i'm sure you know by now that i have learned absolutely nothing from my silk-screening journey and thought i could make a hat that is just as rad as the examples i showed you previously. or shewed you previously. (i'm reading jane austin right now.) but i digress. cue the music of my heart upon finding out there is a hat making class not too much more than a mile away from where i live: hands on 3rd!
so i signed up for that immediately. and insisted that both janel and debbie join me. they not-so-reluctantly agreed and off we went to make hats!
don't let the smile fool you: i'm secretly pissed at the hat for not conforming to my wishes.
so yeah, i freakin' love it. and while it is not a top hat per se, i'm going with english riding hat. or something like that. it's victorian, all right?!?! and i love it!
more hat pr0n on the way:
and of course, i would be remiss if i didn't include janel's creation as well:
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
anywho, with regards to those nifty rsvp cards that you will be forwarding to casa wedding AND if you have children: just add the little ones on the name line but do not choose an entree for them as they will be getting a kids dinner. i believe it's chicken nuggets or something equally as appealling to the young'uns.
also! i know it's tempting, but if you are over the age of fifteen, you may not choose chicken nuggets as your meal, no matter how delicious smooshy mysterious chicken parts deep-fried in oil sounds to you. i'm talking to you, orion. must choose from the big boy menu, mmmkay?
we have had a steady trickle of rsvp envelopes find their way to us already, so keep it up, people! rah rah and all that! i might share with you that one of us squeals like a twelve year-old girl in the presence of rpatz whenever an envelope shows up in our mailbox. it may or may not be casey. i'm just sayin'.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
but i digress. it's time for the psa part of our talk.
it has come to my attention that the post office finds our rsvp envelope stamp a wee bit hard to make out. as a result, some of them are being returned to sender. casey and i think it's because the numbers are a little too close together, resulting in a confusing glob. so. i implore you, dear wedding guest, to take a gander over the rsvp envelope and decide if it may or may not get to me in the mail. the address number should be 465 and the apartment number should read 102. if those seem unclear, would you do us the tinest of favours and either go over it with a label or find some way to make it legible? kthanxbye.
if you do send it and are worried if it made it to wedding central over here, then please email me to make sure.
and more posts to come. promise!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
- the dates with the shiny 'n' special wedding room rate are only for friday, august 13th and saturday, august 14th. if you want to say longer, you have to make a separate reservation, which you can do through the marriott main website (top link) or you can call them. i was told that if it was for one extra day or so, they might extend the wedding rate for that, so it might behoove you to call if you are thinking of adding just one extra day
- there are four links to the left, one for the marriott main site and three others describing a specific room type
- studio: has one king-sized bed and one sofa bed; has a living/sitting area as well as a dining area and kitchen
- one-bedroom: has one queen-sized bed and one sofa bed; bedroom is separate from the living room/kitchen
- two-bedroom: has two queen-sized beds and one sofa bed; bedrooms are separate from the living room/kitchen
- clicking on whichever room type you are interested in will take you to that reservation page for that room type only.
- there are a limited number of rooms allotted to us at the wedding rate. if you find that you cannot book a specific room any longer please contact me (janine) and i can call the marriott and get a couple of extra rooms assigned to us.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
basically, it all started with this:
i was surfing the net in the early days of our engagement and happened upon the above image. and i fell in love. and i fell HARD. i mean, look at it! it's pretty and unique and so very them. i feel like i already know this couple. they have a dog! and they like music!
so, like any well-meaning person, i blatantly ripped them off. after several iterations, the result was this:
i dug it. i liked the colours, the boxes, the eye-popping graphic nature of the whole damn thing. a circus tent for me, a video game console for casey, gears for the theme...it was/is magic. some things i didn't like- the books in the center of the page did not read to me like books (no pun intended) and for the life of me, i could not fill in that film strip in the upper right-hand corner with anything interesting enough.
so after discussion with others and lots of personal time agonizing over the decision, i chopped that sucker in half. and it resulted in more or less what you have in your hand today. with some gold accents for pop.
now. casey and i could have gone to a printer to have this made for you. it would have been slick, clean, pristine, if you will. but we didn't want that. we wanted gritty, distressed, handmade goodness to explode all over that page. so we made the (right?) decision to silk screen all of the posters. when silk screening, you cannot print an entire poster out at one time. you must separate all the colours into several passes and print them one at a time. that means, people, for each save-the-date, we had to pass over it four times!!
here's the breakdown/ ATTEND:
see all that work? and trust me, it didn't go as smoothly as what was just described to you. we had to do a lot of other passes to correct mistakes, to make some colours darker, etc.
i point out problems with the almost-finished posters to janel.
but in the end, we were happy with what you got. mostly because we finished the whole project. definitely because it reflects who we are. it's not perfect, or clean, or even legible in some areas, but we think it gets casey+janine across just fine.
p.s. and because i can't leave well enough alone, here is a cute picture of janel graciously stamping the backs of our save-the-dates. note her patented stacking method.
Friday, March 12, 2010
but i get ahead of myself. let me share with you why we hired her. ready?
she. likes. robots.
yes, i know what you're thinking: who in their right minds would hire someone based solely on their penchant for robots? the answer: we would! how utterly steampunk and neat and somehow a lot like us. did i mention she was wearing a robot necklace when we first met? yeah, it was meant to be.
yes, she's qualified and has had plenty of experience. yep, she has an eye for detail and also for crafting. case-in-point- she gocco'd her own invitations, programs and favour envelopes! AND she quills paper! take a look!!
p.s. gocco = just like silk-screening except much smaller area to work with and much much easier!
p.p.s. quilling = awesome magic with thin strips of paper. seriously, take a look!
so all of that was just icing on the cake (heehee) but we really really like her.
she sends updated wedding lists for us to cross off projects we've completed. she introduced us to our florist, and then in the meeting with him made sure that we were getting exactly what we wanted. she offered to call a potential engagement shoot location for us just because she thought it would be a great location. she knows and therefore will get along with our rad photographer. and she knew who our videography team was despite them being from san diego and not really mainstream yet.
we are so happi (lord, i'm on fire today) to have nancy as our coordinator.
check out some cute pictures of nancy here!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This is Casey. Remember the 'To Be Continued.." thing I mentioned back in September?* Well this is it. It's happening. The continuing is going on right here and now people!
Janine and I were once again joined by her mom Anna and her uncle Frank. As an appetizer I got the white truffle oil and mushroom mac and cheese. It was amazing and I don't even like mushrooms. The cheese was thick and creamy and browned on top to give it some crispness. The pasta was nice and soft without being mushy. And there was truffle oil in it as well, apparently. Also we all shared the Calamari fritti with Chipotle Aioli whch was also excellent. And we have had a lot of calamari the world over to compare it to. This was very light and not greasy in the slightest. Also the aioli was very airy and the chipotle gave just a hint of smokiness and warmth without being hot.
Janine got the lasagna which was also great, though in my opinion it is hard to go wrong with lasagna. I believe Frank got the skirt steak salad and Anna got the ravioli, both of which they enjoyed very much.
In the end everything was excellent, the setting is cute and I would go back or recommend it to anyone, but for the rehersal dinner it is a little small and it has more of a bistro feel than a restaurant. So the hunt continues!
*I didn't say it was going to be continued soon!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
what is steampunk, you ask? well, i could just show you, a la my gripe about the dress:
The aesthetic movement Steampunk wants to bring the wonder back into
our relationship with machines. Its tack is to fully embrace (and affect) an
Edwardian orientation to the world.
i, of course, would argue that the style is more victorian than edwardian, with a touch of western-ness thrown in there, but i digress.
Steampunk tries to capture that Edwardian moment when steam power
still ruled and the romance of technology lay precisely in the line it toed
between destruction and possibility. Equally fascinated by flying machines
and trench warfare, Steampunk is both optimistic and nihilistic...
It is the 21st-century answer to 20th-century loss via a nostalgic 19th-century
sensibility. Is this a reactionary nostalgia? I don't think so. By creating works for
the world of tomorrow of yesterday—anachronistic and utterly contemporary
and usually useless — Steampunk sidesteps the worry about whether technologies
will become obsolete, and takes joy in the plain fact that they will. We can
choose to feel alienated by this, or enjoy being engulfed in the exciting mystery
of steam. Exploring the relationship between obsolescence and wonder is what
makes Steampunk works tick.
so there you have it. to read the whole article in it's fabulosity, please go ahead. and while that's great and all from a completely scholastic point of view, you have to admit it's all in the fashion for us here on the ground.
now don't worry, there won't be people dressed like this showing up to the wedding (though i'm watching you, blake). think of it more as inspired by steampunk. a steampunk-ness or steampunkesque. whatever you call it, rest assured that it will be awesome.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
case-in-point: excellent colour, but the 4-inch heels = deal breaker
so. major dilemma here. that is, until janel and i decided to walk to a nearby bridesmaid dress store that we promptly walked out of (she refused to try on any ANY! of the dresses, despite the fact they looked like they were designed for cracked-out high schoolers trolling the streets) and right past this vintage store. upset with our futile efforts of dress shopping, we walked inside upon where we discovered MY FREAKING SHOES:
yeah we saw those and i thought, 'oh they won't be my size'. GUESS WHAT!?!
done and done. purchased by the best moh evar, janel!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
feast your eyes upon one tiny bit of save-the-date that may or may not be printed this weekend, depending on time/energy/alcohol:
so yes, it's gears and anyone who is a family member or close friend will be aware that gears are a predominant theme in our wedding. and yes, purple also makes a big splash too. but, dear reader, don't think that the square shape is a hint, because it is not!
(really in all aspects of life)
Friday, February 5, 2010
anyway. about this "surprise": 1. this is silly. 2. people ask if i have bought a dress yet and i say yes. then they ask what it looks like. why describe it when i can whip out a photo of it? 3. my whole wedding party already knows about the dress i chose, since half of them were there with me and the other half i sent the link to. 4. i will be wearing said secret dress before the wedding. casey and about half of the guests will be seeing me before the wedding. surprise nullified.
it doesn't matter one bit to me whether everyone and their cousin's boyfriend's puppy knows the dress i'm going to wear for the wedding. because there is a difference between seeing it and then seeing it on me, all done up, surrounded by the awesomeness of our venues and flowers and stuff.
a couple of friends have asked me about my dress, but then asked me to "not describe it too well, because they want to be surprised on the wedding day". *delicate cough* does that seem weird to anyone else out there? *crickets* also, how do i do that?
ok perhaps it's just me. but, to buck tradition just enough to prove i don't subscribe to the WIC without actually pissing anyone off, allow me to throw at you a sneak peek of the dress:
consider this to be it until the wedding, peeps!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
the lovely people behind these two cool shots that i snagged from their site is Modern8Films, or Ted and Alanna, as they are individually referred. anyways, we love them and we love 8mm film so they were a perfect match. run, don't walk to their website and watch all that grainy goodness unfold.
so. a tired casey and janine finally booked them both for our wedding and they are ours now and we are happy. we are less happy about things like flowers or shoes, but i suspect we'll get over that soon.