Honeymoon Beach Reads

In a week, I will be married. After a year of planning, my wife and I will be off to Greece for two weeks of well-earned relaxation. Naturally, the most important part of our preparation for the trip was deciding what books to bring for the plane ride and the beach. Our first rule ofContinue reading “Honeymoon Beach Reads”

A Great Big Ball of Wedding Stress

The wedding approacheth. In less than 30 days, I’m getting married, which is wonderful. But there is still more preparation that needs to happen between now and then. The thing no one tells you about planning a wedding is that it’s a logistical nightmare — you have to figure out everything from coordinating the differentContinue reading “A Great Big Ball of Wedding Stress”

Ceremonial Considerations

When Stephanie and I Skyped with one of the two pastors who will be officiating our wedding, we hadn’t given much thought to the ceremony. After nearly nine months of planning every other detail of the reception and the honeymoon, our ceremony was still an empty shell waiting for substance. So, when he asked us, “WhatContinue reading “Ceremonial Considerations”

The Plunge

All too often in my life, I wade into unfamiliar water. I gingerly stick in a toe and inch my way in. It’s an agonizing way to get wet. And it isn’t just a problem in literal water. When it comes to change, I can be slow to jump in the deep end. But notContinue reading “The Plunge”

The Writer Pops The Question. The Engineer Says “Yes.”

This weekend, a carefully orchestrated plan came together and I emerged forever changed. It started with an innocent pancake breakfast and a walk on the beach at low tide. Then, I asked my girlfriend, Stephanie, to marry me. I did it the old fashioned way, with a ring. People have given rings to symbolize theirContinue reading “The Writer Pops The Question. The Engineer Says “Yes.””

Smooth Sailing: My Toast to the Happy Couple

The scene is a reception hall at the local Elks Lodge. The last light of day shimmers on the snow outside. I’m standing in front of nearly a hundred people with a microphone in one hand and a typewritten speech in the other. Ian holds my glass of champagne. Slowly, I begin to speak: NathanContinue reading “Smooth Sailing: My Toast to the Happy Couple”

A Toast to a Toast

My friend Nathan is getting married in three days. As the best man, I have three duties: Throw him a party, get him to the wedding and give the toast. The toast — a tradition possibly as old as drinking itself — is one of the highlights of the reception dinner. No pressure, right? PlatoContinue reading “A Toast to a Toast”

Confessions of an Amateur Wedding Photographer

Weddings are stressful. Stressful for the bride and groom; stressful for the family; stressful for the guests and stressful for the photographer. I spent most of yesterday chasing strangers around a small church, getting too close to them, interrupting their private conversations with the click of my single lens reflex camera and generally being aContinue reading “Confessions of an Amateur Wedding Photographer”