Lanie and Chris's Wedding Blog

At the Grammys
February 3, 2010, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Photos

Sponsored by Ultimat Vodka and Taylor Swift

Here’s me, Chris and our friend Brenna

The pictures really didn’t scan well at all.  Will work on it later…..


Two Buddies…
January 29, 2010, 2:30 pm
Filed under: Calliope, Photos

…after a long hike.

December 6, 2009, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Ceremony, Photos, Reception, Travel, Wedding Planning

It’s official!  After months of pounding the virtual pavement, we’ve finally found our wedding venue.  We’re getting married September 18th at Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown, CA!  The big day is Saturday the 18th, but we’ll be having lots of fun activities the day before – so come early and don’t forget your cowboy boots!

I’ve never loved a place more.  The ranch is unbelievably beautiful.  Jim (the owner) is so much fun! – Remind me to send him a thank you note for the hangover.

Here’s a few pics of the property:

Here comes the freezing Bride

That's Jim's cool old truck with the name of his Western Swing Band, "Golden Hill Ramblers" on the side.

There's tons of antique keys hanging from this tree - it's very sweet.

Key Tree 2

A Joshua Tree

Les, if you look really hard, I think you can see the nearest's right next to that rock. No, not that rock - the other one....

The Famous Hatch House

Wall of Doors 1

Wall of doors 2

Hatch House 2 - This is where the band will play!

Just a bit of Friday Joy: Bathing Beauty
October 23, 2009, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Calliope, Photos

Just finished a refreshing shower with Calliope.  She doesn’t really like it, but she doesn’t fight it either.  She climbs into the shower with a really adorable, resigned posture then just stands there while I deep condition her lovely locks.  She turns around when I ask her to and doesn’t try to bust through the shower curtain – even after I get out and wait for her to “shake it off!”  The bathmats seem to bear the brunt of any shower-related dog rage, but honestly, they had it comin’.

Cap'n Clean Beard - YARRRRRGG!

Cap'n Clean Beard - YARRRRRGG!

Report Bathmat Abuse

Report Bathmat Abuse

Lovely corners of our new apartment
October 5, 2009, 12:33 pm
Filed under: Calliope, Our NEW Apartment, Photos

Here’s just a few quick pics of our new apartment.  If you’re coming to the housewarming pretend like you’ve never seen these.

Vintage Chris, Vintage Milton Bradley Game Cards and Chubby Little Drawers:  There’s bourbon in there…


Calliope’s Favorite Chairs – that’s her Toy Manatee on the left one.P1000280

Calliope after a Busy DayP1000261

Praying Mantis and Sofa


Bedroom Sitting Area with Ugly-But-Necessary AC unitP1000283

Bedroom Catwalk – for Models Who Like To ReadP1000292

Indoor Herb GardenP1000281

Views P1000293P1000294P1000257

Mother Nature is a sadistic bitch
September 12, 2009, 6:50 pm
Filed under: Ceremony, Photos, Reception, Travel, Wedding Planning

We moved the wedding venue to California from New York to avoid potential downpours.  Now I’m waaaaaaaaay up in Northern California (we’re talking almost Oregon, people) and my beautiful Meadow that normally looks like this


now looks like this:


Still really pretty as long as nobody looks down.  Ever.

Apparently the grass goes dormant in September up here, so our options are:

a)Call Pearl Jam and and see if Chris can take the month of June off

b)Check out these other venues:



and the Botanical Gardens


The first two pictures are from the same venue.  It’s actually really, really cool and I’m hoping it’s THE ONE.  The third picture is from the Botanical Gardens up here and is totally gorgeous, but would require more work and dealing with Park Rangers.  Ick.  More Work + Park Rangers = Grody.


However, More Work + Park Rangers X SWINGS = a real possibility

THE GOOD NEWS:  No matter which of the three venues we pick, the cute hotel in which we are currently staying is where most of you, dear readers, would be staying…and it’s adorable.

So help me, Smoking Baby, I will make this happen!

Weekly Dose of Zoë
September 5, 2009, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Photos, Weekly Dose of Zoë

I’ve finally found an appropriate use for the profanity-laden sticky notes my sister gave me!