Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Precious Moments Preserved...

Remember when photo day rolled around? Mom would make sure you were wearing your ugliest, yet fanciest outfit? After winding through a serpentine line in the cafeteria, you finally stepped in front of the draped blue cloth and took a seat on the strange wooden stool. There he was, backlit and poised behind an odd boxy camera: the photographer.

The photographer has come a long way since then. They prefer to be called photojournalists, I think. They don’t take pictures, they document stories. Anyhow, the wedding photographer turns out to be one of the biggest and most expensive line items out there.

After all, they are the ones who freeze time and capture the special moments. Time will march on, the tuxedos will go back to the shop, and fat will begin to accrue in various places. But, the moments (and the soon to be out-dated and ridiculous hair styles) will be captured forever. These images will be precious to future generations, especially future impetuous teenagers who will snicker at their goofy-looking parents.

The photographer will also kindly place these photographs in a fancy art leather album for a fee matching the gross domestic product of several sub-Saharan nations, but that is a tale for another posting.

The point of all this: We have selected our wedding photographer. Amelia Tarbet produces very nice work, and she is a great person to work with. Here’s a link to her website:

Amelia Tarbet Photography

Friday, February 17, 2006

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Reception: Absolutely Banned Songs

For crimes against human dignity and eardrums everywhere, the following songs will not be played at our wedding reception:

YMCA by the Village People
Sure, it's fun to do the hand signs, and, yes, I do have a YMCA basketball championship ring. But, this song is just plain creepy.

All My Exes Live in Texas by George Strait
No explanation is needed here.

All Line Dancing Songs
My grandfather is a dancing purist, and he does not like line dancing one bit. Neither do I.

Not Gonna Happen.

The Chicken Dance by Various

I assure you. That is not how we dance.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

What a year so far...

Welcome to the Shannon and Chris in '06 blog. It's been a very interesting year. First, my Texas Longhorns won the national championship. Then, about 3 days later, I won the relationship championship when Shannon and I were engaged in Austin.

This place will be a source for information and for regular updates as we navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of wedding planning.

Thanks for visiting. Stay tuned for some uber exciting wedding-related content including:

  • Our story! How did Fox's hit show American Idol bring us together?
  • Who exactly is this person that my relative or friend [Shannon or Chris] is marrying?
  • The story behind the magical KitchenAid mixer and "The Proposal"
  • Wedding logistical details and factoids, as it begins to take shape
  • Anecdotes, video game reviews, wine tasting notes, and pictures of Shannon's cat, Velcro