Thursday, March 18, 2010

if you're looking for a hotel in the area...

then you can just look right over here

or maybe a little bit down from over there, keep going, yep below that goofy picture of any case, you will see a link for the Marriott Residence Inn LAX/El Segundo in the left hand column of this little ol' blog. we blocked rooms here for you to stay in during our wedding weekend. there are a few rules, though, so i'm going to walk you through them.
  • 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
  1. studio: has one king-sized bed and one sofa bed; has a living/sitting area as well as a dining area and kitchen
  2. one-bedroom: has one queen-sized bed and one sofa bed; bedroom is separate from the living room/kitchen
  3. 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.
hopefully this is easy enough to follow! let me know if you have any questions, need more rooms, etc. and we'll see you in august!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

the creation/evolution/aggravation of our save-the-dates

by now, almost all of you have received a handmade/blood-sweat-and-tears-stained/smudgy/several-random-shades-of-purple/awesome save-the-date from us. we worked hard on those bad boys. like two months worth. and they almost didn't happen. but let me take you on a journey, dear reader...a journey of insanity that only casey and i would be game to try and complete amidst the other deadlines of wedding-related stuff and life-related stuff.

basically, it all started with this:

(source- i have no idea who made this. i will worship at your feet forever, though, o creative god)

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 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.

casey lines up the screen with the print.

i apply the ink.

the half-finished posters take over our living room for about two months.

yes, you read that right. we spent two months getting these posters as good as they could be. and we had issues. things like getting the ink the colour we wanted. we often had to resort to mixing the colours ourselves. then the ink would dry in the screen and we'd have to wash it out and wait for it to dry and try again. about halfway through i decided that we weren't going to print them ourselves and started looking at printers to do it for us, only to persevere and barely get through the last two passes. casey was a saint, btw. kept me from chucking the whole project off the top of our building.

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

as promised, the post about our coordinator

it seems strange, i know, but please take my word for it that our coordinator, nancy park, is awesome. i have seen it firsthand. as has casey. and janel, for that matter. three out of three janine/casey/janels agree: she is awesome.

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


Hi all,

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!

The 2nd installment of our food journey took us to Taste in West Hollywood. It is a very cute bistro like restaurant that makes food. I'm gonna call it 'new American' food since they seem to mix a number of ethnic things and I heard that on TV somewhere so it seems like it fits.

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.

All in all a very auspicious start.

For the main course I had the Kobe beef burger and Janine had the lasagna. I hadn't actually had Kobe beef before and found that (not surprisingly with all the hype), it was very good. Maybe not worth the price of paying a Japanese guy to massage a cow everyday and feed it beer but hey to each his own, right?

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

a lesson on steampunk

so, as you may or may not have noticed by now, we have bit of an eccentricity regarding our wedding. a certain quirk or two to be entwined into our nuptials. a drop of the obscure soaked into our reception. we're calling it steampunk.

what is steampunk, you ask? well, i could just show you, a la my gripe about the dress:

but do you really get it? perhaps not. so, in an effort to educate you, dear reader, let me explain.

just today, casey and i received an email (thanks shannon!) of a cool article detailing the aesthetic appeal of steam power. the author, stefany anne golberg, writes:

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.