Saturday, November 24, 2007

Engagement 2007

The day before Thanksgiving, Kevin proposed on the steps of the New York Public Library. He wanted to propose before the holidays; he was spending Thanksgiving with my parents and I was spending Christmas with his mother's large family. It wasn't our first holiday together, as we had already spent Thanksgiving together in Charlottesville in 2006 with his mother, brother, and cousin Katie. But it was our first holiday together since wedding magazines had suspiciously appeared in our apartment.

Our Engagement 2007

He proposed in New York, where we plan to live when I graduate law school because I have a job waiting there. Presumably he chose a library because as the wife of a writer professor I will be compelled to live in one? He made his high school friend Jon jump out and take pictures as it was all happening. Clearly, Kevin gets me.

Our Engagement 2007

This is the only time I have seen the planet spin while sober. It is really something. 

A picture from afterwards:

Our Engagement 2007
I am happy

Thanksgiving 2007
Thanksgiving dinner with my parents the next day - very happy!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Key West, FL 2007

While we were in Florida, Kevin planned a trip for us to Key West. I'd never been before. So fun!

Key West 2007
Southernmost Beach Cafe

Key West 2007
Looking heroic in front of Caribbean waters

Southernmost Point, Key West 2007
Southernmost Point, Key West!

Waiting for the Sunset in Mallory Square
Dock at Mallory Square

Drinking a really big beer
Kevin got a really big beer for sunset watching

Mallory Square, Key West 2007
Sunset did not disappoint

Key West, FL 2007
Watching the sunset
The Chelsea House in Key West
We stayed at the Chelsea House

Coincidentally, Janice and Darren left with Janice's family for a cruise from Key West the next day so we met them for brunch at the Banana Cafe before heading out.

Key West, FL 2007
Kevin, me, Janice, Darren at Banana Cafe

Monday, October 29, 2007

Megan and Ed's Wedding 2007

Megan and Ed got married! The wedding was in Florida where Ed is from, and Ed's mom helped with a lot of the arrangements. In Florida, there's always a threat of rain, so they kept the ceremony short and sweet. Thanks to their strategizing we were all inside right as it started raining outside.

Megan and her father
Megan and her dad

Megan's mother does a reading
Megan's mom doing a reading

The ceremony
Vows during the ceremony

The first thing we did before cocktail hour was take a big group photo of everyone at the wedding. I'd never seen that before and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Kevin and I copied that and the style of their invitations for our wedding. Suffice to say, I like their style. The cocktail hour was really fun in part because Megan and Ed actually attended their own cocktail hour. Again, it was the first time I had seen that, and Kevin and I copied that too.

Taylor Wedding 2007
Awesome group photo. 

Darren, Janice, Megan, and Ed
Darren and Janice with the bride and groom during cocktail hour

It's been five years but I still remember that the reception was beautiful, and the dinner was delicious, and they had an amazing cordial bar (with chocolate and coffee liquors) and a chocolate fountain. I loved that bar. And we all had a wonderful time celebrating and dancing together. It was really fun.

Laurie, Jamie, and Janice
Laurie, Jamie, and Janice

Taylor Wedding 2007 
Fake table photo missing Laurie (I think she was dancing?)

Taylor Wedding 2007
The beautiful cake

We were all so happy for the two of them. By the time they got married I had known Megan for 10 years. I had seen her be very happy before, enjoying herself with her friends, but since she met Ed, it seemed like she was permanently in that state of happy. When I met Ed in 2005, I thought he was great anyway. The reason I thought they were great together was that Megan was her best self with Ed. And all that beaming back and forth they did- wow. In five years, you can just look at them and see they haven't lost the magic. In many ways, they're even better now. They even run marathons together and have an amazing baby boy William.

First Dance
Even though this picture is from far away, I think you can see how happy they are.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mima's 73rd Birthday in FL 2007

Got a chance to visit Mima at her home in Florida on her birthday. Love her.

Visiting Mima in Miami 2007
Mima and me

Visiting Mima in Miami 2007
Kevin got to meet her too!

Friday, October 19, 2007

3L Bonfire 2007

Kind of a crazy night. Kind of standard around here though.

3L Bonfire 2007
Brian, Audra, Josh, Katy, me, Sarah, Elizabeth

3L Bonfire
Ray and others making smores

Monday, October 8, 2007

My Parents Visit- October 2007

My parents came to visit us at our new apartment in Charlottesville. We hung out on Saturday and Sunday we went to the downtown mall and walked around and had brunch at Bluegrass Grill.

Charlottesville's Downtown Mall 2007
Downtown Mall, Charlottesville

Bluegrass Grill, Charlottesville, VA 2007
Bluegrass Grill

Charlottesville, VA 2007
Cuties at Bluegrass Grill

Monday, September 24, 2007

Casey and Victoria's Wedding 2007

Casey and Victoria got married on the beach in Cape Cod!

Soward Wedding 2007 
Casey and Victoria's wedding on the beach

Casey and Victoria met seven years ago on her birthday in September of 2005. He was performing in his band, and she was there to see the show. That's a pretty cool beginning. Two years later, they were married on the beach in Cape Cod not too far from where Casey grew up with Kevin. Victoria walked down a sandy aisle to Casey, where they were married right in front of the ocean.

Soward Wedding 2007
Quartet on the beach

Soward Wedding 2007
Walking down an aisle of soft sand

Casey's best man was his brother, Victoria's maid of honor was her best friend, and their dog Toby was there for both of them. The ceremony was small and very warm and intimate, with readings by friends and a speech by Casey's dad.

Soward Wedding 2007
A friend giving a reading

Soward Wedding 2007
A long romantic kiss

Soward Wedding 2007
Casey and his ushers, Kevin and Jon

The reception was in a restaurant right off the beach. It started with their first dance a champagne toast. And oh do I love a cake-cutting, since it means yummy cake is on the way!

Soward Wedding 2007
First dancce (you can see me taking the photo in the mirror- ha ha!)

Soward Wedding 2007
The beachy cake

Soward Wedding 2007
Cutting the cake

Soward Wedding 2007
Jon, Becky, me, and Kevin enjoying the reception

One of my favorite parts of the reception was that they had close friends perform wonderful live music. Such a nice personal touch, and even nicer than hiring a band.

Soward Wedding 2007
Jesse and Irene performing at the reception

Soward Wedding 2007
Casey's cousins

Soward Wedding 2007
Us with Casey and Victoria