Travel and Accommodations

We’re getting close! I can’t believe the wedding is less than 2 months away.

I figure some of y’all might want to start making travel plans (at least, if you’re a big plan-ahead person like me). Fortunately, Dallas/Fort Worth is the hub of both American Airlines and Southwest, so there are dozens of reasonable options for flights.

Unfortunately, Dallas/Fort Worth does not have many public transportation options, so renting a car is fairly essential unless you know a local. Please share any great deals you might find!

As for hotels: rather than reserve a block of rooms at one location, we wanted to give y’all the choice of a wide range of accommodations near the church. There are hundreds of hotels in Dallas/Fort Worth, so feel free to browse more widely if these options don’t work for you, but here are some recommendations close to where we’ll be.

1. The Grand Hotel at 7815 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75251. Rooms at the Grand Hotel range in price from $64-$89/night. It has an outdoor pool, and advertises itself as child and pet-friendly. Free wi-fi.

2. Residence Inn by Marriott at 7642 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75251. The Residence Inn offers suites in addition to regular rooms, ranging in price from $74-$94/night. They also offer a pool, hot tub, and workout center. Free wi-fi. Pets allowed.

3. Wyndham Dallas Suites at 7800 Alpha Road, Dallas, TX 75240. Rooms at the Wyndham Dallas Suites range in price from $93-$109/night. It also has a pool and fitness center, cable, and free wi-fi.

4. Holiday Inn Express at 6055 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75240. Rooms are priced between $99-$142/night. Entire hotel is non-smoking, and breakfast is included. Indoor pool, spa and fitness center. Free wi-fi. No pets allowed.

5. Hyatt Place at 5229 Spring Valley Rd, Dallas, TX 75254. Rooms at the Hyatt Place are currently listed at $119/night. Entire hotel is non-smoking, and breakfast is included. Outdoor pool and fitness center. Free wi-fi.

Leave any additional recommendations in the comments!

My incredible fiancé

Why my fiancé amazes me today:

1. He took the time to drive all the way to the same stationary store where we ordered our invitations to buy me a cute, punny card.

2. He’s way ahead on his wedding to-do list – suit ordered and everything.

3. He reminds me about my to-do list without nagging.

4. He’s so supportive of all my decisions, wedding-related and not.

5. He’s not *too* jealous I’m going to England with my school next week and he can’t come.

6. He pays attention to details.

7. He sends cute texts to tell me he misses me.

For all these things and more, I really love that guy.

Finding a photographer


Finding a photographer is so tough. It’s so hard to know, until you actually see your photos, how they’ll turn out. I mean, you can taste the cake, you can try the champagne, you try on the dress, but your photographer is a certain amount of mystery. Photos that worked out great at other weddings may not work at yours. In a lot of ways, it’s a guessing game.

A member of my House Party gave me a good way to think about it this afternoon: “On your wedding day, other than your groom, the person you’ll talk to most is your photographer.” So in addition to thinking about the quality of their photos and my budget, I’m also thinking about how much I like them – how much we can chat, how comfortable I feel around them, especially since we did the engagement photos in Connecticut and we won’t have a chance to get to know the photographer before the day of. I’m going to be so happy on our wedding day, and I don’t want our photographer to be a downer!

Mostly, I just want to capture all the joy of the day so that I can look at it forever. I want to see our smiles, look at the sunshine (God willing!) on the green grass, remember how it felt to ring the bell as our first act together as husband and wife. That’s the good stuff: remembering our first moments of marriage, all the way through. So I hope I find somebody good!

Reception Ideas


Oh man. I am not a good party planner. The church stuff: awesome. The party after? Not my forte. Thank goodness for some awesome girlfriends (some of whom have done this before) enjoying breakfast and looking at Pinterest boards and internet photos as we talk about how to turn the parish hall into a beautiful wedding reception! We talked linens and cocktail tables, sherbet punch and table runners, twinkle lights and mason jars while we ate pancakes and shared some laughs. Being Divvies (mostly), we got distracted thinking about communion logistics (always a favorite topic!), but I’m so excited to think more about how to dress up the Hall for the big day. I’m still a little overwhelmed deciding what needs to be rented, but I know Derek and I will be able to figure it out!

Welcome to our website!

Well, 2013 is finally here, and we’re so excited to celebrate our marriage with all of you! After three long years in two separate states, we will finally be able to make our life together. I just finished writing my General Ordination Exams, and I’m looking forward to starting my final semester at Yale Divinity School. Derek just started his spring semester, and we’re both trying to get as much planning done as we can while writing (or grading!) papers, planning lessons, and all my church duties! It’s a whirlwind, but we can’t wait.

Feel free to explore our site. Leave your comments, sign the Guestbook, let us know you’re as excited as we are!