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Our One Year Anniversary

This is going to be a very quick blog post, because my lovely wife Tina and I are celebrating our one year wedding anniversary!

One year ago today, we were married.

It has been the best year of my life.

This morning, I woke up to a honeymoon breakfast recreation of Sandals Antigua in our backyard.

We exchanged gifts. I made her a book on blurb.com. She got me a piece of artwork that represents what the night sky actually looked like above Lost River Cave last year on October 8, 2010. We didn’t plan our gifts in any way, shape, or form, but isn’t this eerie how similarly themed our gifts appear?

I’ll leave you with this post from last year where I describe the wedding and share tons of pictures.

It’s been the best year of my life. Tina, thank you for making me happier than I ever believed possible.

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Six Month Half-iversary

I know it’s been pretty quiet here at Stellar Path this week. Busy week at work. Nothing bad, just busy.

Today is Tina and my six month anniversary. Our half-iversary. We were married six months ago.

You can read about it here.

We’re going out to celebrate.

Be back this weekend. Have a great Friday!

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All About the Wedding, 10.8.10

Well, it’s been over a month, and I still haven’t written about the wedding. This blog post is all about the wedding, and it is crammed full of pictures (and the video of our ceremony) and has nothing whatsoever to do with weight loss. So if you aren’t interested in the wedding, you can go ahead and skip this post, because it’s all wedding. But if you are at all interested in what was one of the best days of my life, then please, continue reading.

Tina had spent the night before with her mother, working on the flowers for the centerpieces. She wanted to have the dress out of the house as well, so she planned to get ready elsewhere. We somewhat strayed away from tradition in this respect. I wasn’t allowed to see the dress, but we weren’t worried about seeing each other before the walk down the aisle. She was basically spending the night elsewhere because we didn’t want to have to deal with cat hair on the wedding dress and any of our animals being too nosey about the flowers.

I woke up early and headed to the cave where we were going to get married. If you hadn’t already read that here, we got married in the 1920s night club at Lost River Cave. So basically, as I write this post, you may hear me repeatedly say “and then the cave…” So yeah, we got married in a cave, but it’s not as hillbilly as it sounds. I promise.

Anyway, I was taking the first load of things to the cave (i.e. – wine, beer, glasses, decorations, et cetera). I got a text at around 8 a.m. that said Tina had been bitten on the foot by some unknown spider.

Okay, I immediately get a little worried, because Tina had several hundred flowers from South America around her, and for all I know, she just got bit a Amazonian Foot Melting Monster Spider. Fortunately, her mother is a nurse, she got Tina in to see a doctor at about 7 a.m., and it was agreed that it was probably nothing, we’d monitor it, and continue our day. (Fortunately, it ended up just being a regular Kentucky spider, and Tina was fine. Whew.)

But the entire morning consisted of helping set things up. We had a wedding coordinator, (which ended up being a huge waste of money because she did not do her job nearly as well as she had said – seriously, Leona from Lasting Impressions sucks hose water – please email me if you are in the Nashville/Bowling Green/Louisville area and are considering using her services), but my best man Annie, her husband (and one of my groomsmen Kevin), and I ended up doing quite a bit of the set up ourselves. I’m going to refrain from bashing Leona for this entire post, as she is truly just one tiny insignificant unpleasant blip on what ended up being the best day of my life, so the bashing is now over. Only good things from here on out.

Around one o’clock, I headed home to shower, eat lunch, put on my tux, and go to Van Meter Hall at Western Kentucky University (my alma mater and employer) to meet Tina and our photographers (Brie at BGB Photos, who was AWESOME!).

By 2:30, I was standing in front of Van Meter Hall, waiting to meet my bride.

She was beautiful.

I truly felt (and still feel) like I’m one of the luckiest men in the entire world. I’m not going to talk about how our wedding was the most awesome wedding ever or anything similar, because hopefully, everyone feels their wedding was perfect for them. Our entire wedding day was US, and that was what we wanted.

We took a lot of photos on WKU’s campus. I have three degrees from there, Tina is about to graduate from there, and I currently work there. Plus, it is a beautiful campus, and we wanted to take some of our wedding pics there, just the two of us.

Funny side note – someone had used Sidewalk Chalk to propose to someone beneath the Kissing Bridge, where we took many of our photos. (I proposed IN Mammoth Cave to Tina, because we had already decided we would be married at Lost River before the actual proposal, and I thought having a proposal in a cave would be a nice cave-y bookends to the wedding. However, caves are dark, and although we looked at Tina’s ring in lantern light, she didn’t really get to appreciate the engagement ring until we were outside. Still, it was the best (and only) proposal I’ve ever made.)

After WKU photos, we went to Barnes and Noble for a few more, as that was where Tina and I met. We attracted a lot of attention in B&N, and one of the managers even came up to us and asked about our story. We were definitely the hit of that particular barista that afternoon, and our awesome photographer even got us each a frappucino for a photo op. (Seriously – we loved our photographer!)

Also, in the foreground of the frappucino shot, you can see some golden wedding bands. My mom let me borrow those. They are my grandparents’ wedding bands, who were married for 49 years and 10 months when my grandfather passed away. Neither of my grandparents are with us anymore, but I thought it was a wonderful thing to be able to carry the wedding bands of two people who were in love for so many years in my pocket while I got married.

You know, just hanging out at Barnes and Noble in a tuxedo and a wedding dress, drinking frappucinos… and hey, I just realized Tina is standing in the wedding section and I’m standing in Regional Cookbooks… hmm…

Following Barnes and Noble, we headed to the cave. The next two hours were a blur of friends, family, photos, and anticipation. I’m just going to show a deluge of photos here, but before I do, let me introduce you to our wedding party.

From left to right, Groomsman Kevin Holt, Groomsman Dana Markwell, Best Man/Lady Annie Holt, The Groom & Bride, Jeremy and Tina, Maid (technically Matron) of Honor Tina Perry, Bridesmaid Amanda Thomas, and Bridesmaid Patti Markwell.

Patti actually started off on my side with me, but when one of Tina’s attendants flaked on her, Patti agreed to be on Tina’s side, I added Kevin, and we were back where we should have been with three and three.

Not in this photo are our flower girls, my niece Cailynn and Tina’s cousin Kaile.

Cailynn

Cailynn

Kaile

Kaile

Also, this is one of my close friends and our officiant, Gregg Hussey. (Tina and I are both six feet tall. Gregg is a giant at 6’5″.)

We asked Gregg to preside over our ceremony because we don’t have a church here that we attend regularly yet, and we both HATE, HATE, HATE the tradition of having a friend who is not a man of God get ordained on the internet to conduct the ceremony. I know some people feel it is perfect for them, and for them, it is perfect, but for us, we needed an actual man of God. Despite living three hours away, Gregg made the drive and was the perfect pastor for us.

Let’s start in with many more pics of the pre-wedding, BEFORE we get to the video and the fun reception pictures.

Tina wearing my suspenders, after I decided they were jacking the crotch of my pants up too high…

Standing around at the River Walk…

Decorations at the River Walk…

Sign at the Cave

Tina’s mother and us

My parents and us

Tina’s dad and step-mom and us

Tina and her brother

Dana being pinned…

What time is it?

Tina’s Flowers…

Our rings…

Practicing for our first dance…

Tina and her girls…

Me and the guys…

“I don’t know what to do with my hands…”

The Night Club Floor (where the ceremony and reception were held)…

The Chandelier…

The Program (designed by Tina)

The Flower Girl Baskets…

The Spotlight…

The guests are arriving…

Tina peeking out before the ceremony…

My parents down the aisle…

And our attendants down the aisle…

Here comes the bride…

At the altar…

Happier than I’ve ever been…

The Kiss…

I’ll post more photos after this video, but right now, the video! We couldn’t afford a videographer, so I just asked my thirteen year old nephew to record it with my camcorder. (Unfortunately, I forgot to turn the camcorder on for the reception, so this is the only video we have of the night. At least we have this much, right?) It isn’t the greatest quality, but I am just very thankful that Ethan was able to record it for us at all. For someone who had just learned how to use the camcorder about five minutes before, I think he did a great job. Our ceremony was VERY short – seriously, less than fifteen minutes. That was also important to us.

And yes, I’ll go ahead and own up to this because you may not be able to tell in the video.

I cried.

I cried like a big old baby. But they were tears of joy. I was pledging to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier.

Oh, yeah, and Tina, who cries to the point of dehydration every time she watches Steel Magnolias, did not shed a tear. My boss says women have a tear shut off valve when mascara is involved. I just know that I cried and Tina just looked happy.

It won’t show up very well in the video, but the spotlight (that Tina designed) that shone on the aisle made Tina looked like she was glowing as she walked down the aisle. I’m surprised I didn’t start crying then.

(If it isn’t embedded above, you can watch it here.) [Also, you can somewhat see in the video, my best man/lady Annie and Tina’s maid of honor, Tina, had our rings stored in their respective bras. How many weddings have you been to where both the maid of honor AND best man pulled the ring out of their bra? Probably not many.)

I’ll tell you about the reception, and then all of the photos will be at the very end, because honestly, the night was such a wonderful, fun, exciting, blurry event, I’m not even entirely sure of the order of things. All I know is that we had several guests who told us that our wedding was the first fun wedding they had ever been to; many people agreed that it was truly a magical night.

We had a great reception. Our caterer was a local restaurant called Mariah’s. We had to supply alcoholic drinks, but they took care of everything else for a really low price. We went with a heavy appetizer dinner, which may not have been the greatest idea since our guests were clearly starved. There was still enough food, but just barely.

I’ve always heard that people don’t get to eat at their own wedding. Well, I can definitely testify that Tina and I did not. We got a few bites, but we were so busy speaking to our guests and so forth that we didn’t really get to eat. We even had a mashed potato bar, which sadly… I only got to look at. *sigh*

Our band was the hit of the evening. They were City Lights from Nashville, and they were amazing. (They played the music during the ceremony as well.) I really wish I had set the camcorder up to record, even if it had just been facing a blank wall, to have gotten to save their music. They even learned a few songs that we requested before hand that was not in their repertoire, just to make the night perfect for us.

We requested Michael Buble’s “Everything” for our first dance. We also choreographed our first dance. People applauded. It was great.

I also wanted Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Their main female vocalist has a gorgeous voice.

Also on the request list, which they played perfectly – “At Last” by Etta James and “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, among others. I can’t even imagine our reception without our band. Their bandleader, Sam Levine, was an amazing MC. He was fun, clever, and a nice touch to the evening.

Two of the traditions that we tossed were the bouquet toss and garter toss. Tina and I both agree that every wedding we have ever been to, these two tosses are usually… at best, awkward, and at worst, painful. I’ve never been to a wedding that these have truly been a fun part of the night. I’m sure there have been; I’m just saying that the two of us have never seen it happen. So we decided to do away with that tradition entirely.

Instead, to give away the bouquet, we decided to do an Anniversary Dance. This is a tradition where all of the married couples get on the floor. After about a minute of dancing, the MC said, “Now, all couples who have been married for less than twenty-four hours must go sit down.” And of course, Tina and I had to sit down. A bit after that, “All couples married less than a year,” and then “less than five years,” and so on and so forth until only one married couple, the couple married the longest, is left dancing. The married couple left dancing at our wedding was my mom’s best friend, Doris, and her husband, Claudie, who have been married for 46 years. It was an especially emotional time for Doris, as she almost lost Claudie last year to heart disease, but he’s still here and they are still going strong. I could not have been happier with our last couple standing.

Our cake was also tasty. Or rather, I’ve been told it was tasty. The only bite we got was when we served each other. I’ll also point out we did NOT smash it in each other’s faces. We both hate that tradition. I mean, I REALLY hate it. As in… I hate people who set small animals on fire and the cake-smashing tradition about equally. So just a loving bite fed to each other, and then our guests got to eat cake and we get to hear later about how yummy it was, and if we think back, we can vaguely remember, “Yeah, I think that one bite of cake was exceptional.”

Tina made my groom’s cake, which was Super Mario themed! Super Mario and Princess Peach were our only cake toppers for the entire wedding, and they are currently sitting on our piano in the living room. Yes, I am that much of a geek, but it’s also sentimental, as we dressed up as Mario and Peach last Halloween at our engagement party.

Oh, and also… totally not a cake. The bottom layer was brownie, the middle layer was cookie, and the top layer was S’mores. The dampness from the cave made it a bit droopy, but it still looked awesome, and I loved that Tina made it for me.

For table numbers, Tina made books with the number on it. Each book had empty pages in it that our guests could fill out. For instance, one page might say “Predictions for the Bride and Groom.” (Apparently, everyone expects us to have tons of babies.) Another might say “Advice for the Groom” or “The Most Romantic Love Song.” Table Eleven, which consisted of some of my friends from Tae Kwon Do, especially had fun with the “Advice for the Groom” page. Let’s just say that Table Eleven’s Book is one that I won’t let my kids see until they’re of legal, adult age.

The night couldn’t have been more perfect. My jeep was just barely defaced (courtesy of my groomsman Dana).

But for as perfect as the night was, it was just a wedding. My marriage to Tina is what it was all about, and I have never been as happy as I am with her.

The Mario and Peach Cake…

The Wedding Cake…

Quotes from our favorite t.v. shows and movies at each Place Setting…

Glasses for the Mashed Potato Bar…

Cutest kid ever, but I swear I have no idea who this little girl is…

My Sister Jessica and her family…

I swear I am not evil… Really, promise, not evil…

Reception Floor Set Up…

Candles (also made by Tina)…

Centerpieces (again, made by Tina)…

Table numbers…

My defaced jeep, found at the end of the night. Boy, this could have been SO much worse…

Relaxing before our entrance…

Our awesome band, City Lights…

Our first dance…

Alex & Cailynn Dancing…

My Speech…

Funniest, sweetest Best Man Toast ever…

Patti’s toast…

I should have worn bigger socks…

The Anniversary Dance…

And the winners, Doris and Claudie, married 46 years…

We were warned to practice this part… we found it pretty easy… but we’re awesome like that, I guess…

Signing the marriage license…

My sister, Rhonda, and her husband, Larry Wayne…

My mom, Betty Ann, and her best friend, Doris…

My parents, married for 34 years…

Dancing the night away…

And lastly, thank you. Thank you to those of you who were able to go, those of you would have gone if you lived close enough, and those of you who sent Tina and I many messages of support and love. Thank you.

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We’re back!

We are back from the paradise known as Antigua. I am SO behind on everything, but it was so worth it. Tons of sun, pool, food (too much food – more on that later, but oy – definitely time to get back on the diet band wagon), drinks, heat, and tons of time with my new wife.

I’ll post tons later – I’ll have wedding pictures, lliterally hundreds of honeymoon pictures, and tons of stories.

But for now, just a quick picture. This is the only cloudy sky we saw there the entire time, and it happened on our very first day on the island. Good omen, don’t you think?

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Erin’s Guest Post: Peach Crisp & Wedding Bells

Hey guys; at the time you are reading this, I am now a married man. Yay me! 🙂 And while I probably won’t get to look at this blog again until I return from our honeymoon in a week, I didn’t want it to be dead quiet around here, so I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to fill in for me. Erin’s blog is probably one of the very first weight loss blogs I started reading late last year. In the past year, she’s become a great friend, and I am honored to have her write here at Stellar Path.

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First of all, I’d like to thank Jeremy for asking me to guest post while he’s away gettin’ hitched! I’m so honored Jeremy asked me to rob his blog for a day! I wish I could be there to celebrate with you & Tina!

From the bottom of my heart, MANY CONGRATULATIONS, Jeremy & Tina! May your marriage be ever-blessed. May the good times overpower the tough times. May you cherish the good times. May you have the strength and tenacity to endure the tough times. May your love for each other always grow and mature. In short, I’ll stop being a sap and say: I hope you’re ready. You’re gonna be stuck together for a long time! (I kid, I kid.) 🙂

Before I get to the sweet stuff this blog post is made of, I want to share the chorus from a song. I’m not a huge country fan, but every time I hear this song, I’m reminded of what love is all about…thanks to Lee Brice, I’m reminded to “LOVE LIKE CRAZY.” The chorus gets me every time; it’s such a powerful message:

Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don’t outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
And love like crazy

Can I get an Amen?! Love like crazy, you guys. Ok, the rest of you (haha). If you don’t know me or my blog, I’m Erin from Erin Takes Control (waves “hi”). Pull up a chair…that was the longest introduction I’ve ever produced, I’m sure…sorry about that. I’m a sap for weddings!!!

While Jeremy’s away, I’ve decided to share with you an incredibly easy and freakin’ delish peach crisp. It’s so simple; I can prepare all the ingredients, bake it, do the dishes and put them away within an hour. I know that Jeremy & Tina love to cook. I decided I would share my recipe with you in celebration of their marriage.

Erin’s Super-Quick Peach Crisp

• ½ cup old-fashioned oatmeal
• ½ cup packed brown sugar
• ¼ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ cup cold butter (unsalted or salted, either one works)
• Dash salt (if you use salted butter, this is optional)
• 5 cups diced fresh peaches

Place oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Use a whisk to combine. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. If you don’t have a butter-cutter (that’s a technical term) use the back of a fork. If you use a fork, the butter will need to soften (SLIGHTLY). I just micro for 10 seconds if I don’t want to dirty the butter-cutter, but don’t let it get too soft or you will ruin the crumble!!! Once the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, resist the urge to eat some of the mixture (it’s soooo good! Don’t ask me how I know that. Really. Don’t ask.).

Place peaches in a 9×9 glass baking dish (I used Pyrex) and spread them out into a single layer. If you have enough dices for more than one layer, make sure they are layered evenly. Top with crumble mixture and spread it around so it evenly tops the peaches.

Bake for 30-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. The crisp is done when the already brown crumbs turn golden and begin to caramelize. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve with or without vanilla ice cream.

TA DA!!!!!!

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