What this is: We are both lobsters, but only one of us is really prone to excessive talking. On August 2, 2009 we recited passionate love poetry to each other, much to the adoration of our guests. This is our hitching story...

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Aftermath...

Well, we're MARRIED! It was a great weekend full of wonderful friends and family. Everyone seemed to have an absolute bash and I know for a fact that the bride and groom did. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and attendance. Now, we're trying to collect images and videos so that we can relive it all again. This is an email I drafted for friends and family. So, if you stop by here and have some images or a video from our wedding that you would like to share, please see the below instructions on how to do so. It should be pretty easy and painless.

Stay tuned for a recap of our trip to Paris :).



"Hello All,

We just got back from the our Honeymoon and while we were sight seeing and eating copious amounts of cheese, there was one thing that was never far from our minds, the wedding. Looking back on it over the past week we are still in awe of several things; how many people came, how much we enjoyed seeing everyone, how our themes came together and the crazy amount of work that our parents and each of the vendors put in, and then simply, how much fun we had. We can say with certainty, that it was, for us, a perfect event. Now, we'd like to see and share pictures and video with everyone who was there! That means that we'd like you to help us by posting your images and videos to a flickr group page, which I just created (it's www.flickr.com/groups/mplusk/). I'm not exactly sure how this works, since this is the first one I've ever started and I haven't gone through the actual posting to a group process, but I understand from others that it is pretty straight forward and easy. Here's the steps that Flickr gives:

How to upload a photo or video to this group:

1. Upload the photos or video to your own Flickr photostream (you might have to start a Flickr account, which is free and easy, and very fun.). Flickr gives you lots of ways to do this: www.flickr.com/tools.
2. Go to the group page http://www.flickr.com/groups/mplusk/ and join or upload photos.
3. Go to the Organizr, click on the "Your Groups" tab up the top, which will open to show you a list of all your groups. Just drag and drop the things you want to share on to the group!


I know that this will take about an hour or so of your free time but if you can find a free evening or afternoon this weekend, we would really appreciate your help with this. Of course, as more and more people post their images and videos you can check back to see what you might have missed. In advance, we would like to say thank you for this and looking back, we'd also like to say thank you for a wonderful wonderful wedding. We had so much fun, and we hope that you did too.

Any question? Just call my cell (541.234.3441), listed below, or leave a comment."

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Wedding Crew...

One week and counting!!! It's been crazy busy and both Kristina and I are trying to get through the work week. One of the things that I've wanted to do for a while is get a bio page up that describes the who's who of our wedding party. That way, when you see the people standing up besides us, or helping out with the wedding, you'll have an idea of who they are and how we got to know them. Each person is lovable in their own right and we're happy to have such good friends. Please take a look below, or head over to the link I created on our main wedding web page, and take a quick a read through who our friends are.

Guys –

Chris Santa Maria (Best Man): Chris Santa Maria was one of Matt’s roommates throughout most of his ASU college and post-college Arizona years. In this setting they spent many long nights discussing the intricacies of human dynamics over rounds of PBR at the Yucca Tap room. These days Chris is a painter living in New York City with his girlfriend, Julie, who is pursuing a career in acting. When he’s not mixing paint, Chris works as the art director at one of the leading contemporary galleries in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We should also mention that Chris’ mother, Janet, and her husband Larry, have made the trip up from Scottsdale, Arizona, and we’re so happy they’ve joined us! Kristina and Matt spent many Easter holidays in the comfort of their home.

Ben Petersen: Ben, Matt and Kristina all met in Spanish class during their first year at ASU. Through tiresome hours studying verb conjugation and the gender of words, a friendship soon developed. Over the course of the following five years, Ben and Matt explored the Arizona outdoors while climbing, canyoneering, and on one long weekend, hiking the Grand Canyon from rim to rim to rim. Kim, Ben’s wonderful mother, was a catalyst for many of these activities, and we’re so happy she wanted to make the trip for our wedding. This Arizona family was another generous source of comfort at Christmas and other holidays when Matt wasn’t able to travel home to Oregon. Ben now calls Washington, DC, home, and he was recently accepted into the Masters’ program at Georgetown for applied mathematics and statistics.

Andrew Henscheid: Andrew has been a constant friend and a source of inspiration ever since he and Matt played on the same soccer team when they were only 12. At that time their only dreams were to win the state championship (which they did) and hold a girl’s hand (which they also did). Twelve was a very good year! Andrew is currently nearing the completion of his PhD in Philosophy from NYC’s Fordham University, but he’s enjoying the beauty of an Oregon summer along with his wife, Sarah. In just a few weeks, they leave for Denmark where Andrew has been granted a Fulbright scholarship to finish his studies. Andrew and Sarah married in a beautiful Oregon wedding this last May, and we would like to congratulate them!

Adam Beu: Adam and Matt were colleagues at the Phoenix based advertising agency Moses Anshell. Through their close quarter’s work space and similar interests, the two quickly developed a friendship that transcended the usual basic office dynamic. Weekends of camping, backyard parties, long days of mountain biking, double dates with their special ladies and exploring the cityscape soon followed. Adam now owns his own graphic and web design company, 2 Birds Creative, together with his beautiful fiancée, Emily Abbs. They will be married in Arizona next March, and we couldn’t be more excited for them.

Brad Show: A friend from high school, Brad and Matt lived together in a Corvallis apartment before Matt ventured off to the heat of Arizona, and Brad went on to join the Marine Corps. Brad was likely the first of Matt’s friends to see Matt and Kristina’s relationship start to blossom, and he, like any good friend would, offered the advice to be wary of girl so young! Little did either of them know then that 6 years later, a wedding would be taking place. Brad has had the opportunity to travel the world while protecting our nation’s freedoms. He saw two tours over the last 5 years (including brave service in Iraq) and is now attending school in Portland training to be a helicopter pilot.

Lewis Hower (Usher): Lewis, Matt and Chris lived together for several years in Arizona while attending the highly esteemed Arizona State University. A fellow fan of foot sports, Lewis and Matt share a common history in the Corvallis, Oregon, soccer scene. This kind of similar team sports background transitioned into weekends of team beer brewing sessions where Matt and Lewis would experiment with different types of beers and what brewing systems would work the best. It was a natural paring of Lewis' engineering background and Matt's creative streak. Today, Lewis holds down work in the venture capital sector while focusing on micro finance. He lives in San Francisco with his fiancé, Kelley Land. They are looking forward to a January wedding in the city of Austin, Texas.

David Biscobing (Usher): David is another product of first year Spanish at ASU. Alongside a strong showing in Spanish, David proved to have an affinity for journalism. It was a true pleasure watching his reporting skills develop as David moved through his time at ASU. Over the course of 4 years, David published many top stories in the student newspapers. These, in turn, caught the eye of local papers and upon graduation he quickly made the ascent through the ranks of Arizona’s news teams. Now, just a couple of years later, you can catch David on the nightly news at ABC 15, telling the people how it really is.


Girls –

Mackenzie Veliotis (Maid Of Honor): Mackenzie has been one of Kristina’s closest friends since their days in high school, and since that time the two have never been far apart - even when the distance between them has been great. A frequent house guest in Arizona, Mackenzie spent many valuable vacations in the sunburnt state. Her visits always proved to be a source of rejuvenation for Kristina. Mackenzie now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she holds an EMT license and helps elderly and disabled people get the medical treatment they need.

Claire Schuft: Claire is another core member of Kristina’s “girl group” from Crescent Valley High School. Another frequent visitor to our Arizona homes, Claire also allowed us the wonderful opportunity to visit San Francisco on many occasions, where she attended USF and played soccer. She is a staunch proponent of the Oregon Country Fair and good times in general, making sure that no one misses out on a valuable shared experience or opportunity for fun. Claire now lives in Portland where she is currently pursuing a nursing degree.

Erin Schmitt: A third member of Kristina’s friend group from high school, and equally as loved, Erin is yet another example of the special type of bond these girls have; true friends who share a history rooted in varied experiences over many years. Erin, attended college at Goucher in Baltimore, where she received a degree in art history with an emphasis on costume design. Now living in Portland, Erin often serves as the group’s cultural and events liaison, informing us of all the happening events around the city.

Anna Funck: Anna, Kristina’s sister, is one of the coolest young people that you’ll have the opportunity of meeting. An intelligent young lady, she follows her convictions fiercely, while supplementing and supporting them with a daily influx of knowledge that is fueled by her insatiable reading habits. She will be a junior at Ithica College in New York and is studying in the field of sustainable farming practices in South America.

Anne Jasperson: Anne is (wait for it, waaaait for it) - Matt’s sister! She’s as perfectly awesome of a little sister as you could hope for, and she’s been filling this role for 22 years. The only one in the family to make it to the D1 level in sports, Anne plays on the University of Denver basketball team. Anne, an international business major, will use her last year of athletic eligibility and finish up a second major in economics.

Clare Schwallie: Claire is yet another member of Kristina’s high school friend crew. Two summers ago, Clare and Kristina, and most of these other girls, spent their first summer in Portland while living at what they lovingly refer to as the Nome Home. Now, several years later, Claire has flown in from Denver to help us celebrate, and we’re so happy that she could be here! She’s currently working on her Masters in education.

Mikaylee O’Conner: Mikaylee and Kristina met while Kristina was spending her first summer in Portland and living with her girlfriends at the Nome Home. An instant friendship was formed, and the two have enjoyed nights out on the town ever since. Mikaylee graduated from Portland State University with a degree in finance and currently holds a job at one of the top firms in Portland.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Directions and the wind down...

Hello you party goers and summer slummers! Our wedding is less than one month away. As time winds down we can be found scrambling for the latest and greatest details. Who will sit next to whom, what will be on the tables, what attendant and usher has what job, which ties are the best, are there socks that match, vases vases vases, and other such details all need to be sorted out. It's a lot! Before any of that can happen, however, you need to know how to get to the wedding venue. For this reason we've added to our directions page. If you head over there now there are step by step instructions on how to get from Hood River to Gorge Crest Vineyards. I've also posted them below so that you might grab them now.

For any other details you might be missing please check www.matthewkristinawedding.blogspot.com. This serves as our playbook and gamen plan and it can provide you with several pieces of important information.

We've already had a great return of response cards and we're so excited to see you all! Family and friends are a great thing. It's amazing we have so many of them. Life is good and it looks like it's only going to get better (matt looks at Kristina with a smile). Cheese... And now for those directions.

Directions from Hood River to the Gorge Crest Vineyards, which is our wedding venue

If you're coming from interstate 84...
1.Take exit 64 “Mt Hood”, turn left, head under overpass and onto Hood River Bridge (Toll road of 75cents).

If you're coming from down town Hood River...
1. Head east on Oak St/US-30 toward 8th St Continue to follow US-30. Turn left at OR-35/US-30. Continue under overpass and onto Hood River Bridge (Toll road of 75cents).

2. Upon coming to the end of the bridge, Turn left on Lewis and Clark Hwy/WA-14.
3. Go approximately 1.5 miles and take the 3rd right onto Cook Underwood Road.
4. Go 4.7 miles and turn right on Ausplund Rd.
5. Go .7 mile and turn left into “Gorge Crest Vineyards.” There is a large rock sign at the bottom of the driveway.
6. Park and prepare to enjoy. Look for our ushers and wedding attendants to point you in the proper direction.

*NOTE: There is a way to reach the vineyard by using Kollock-Knapp Rd. Please refrain from doing so and use the directions provided above.


Picture 52

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Weddings are BIG...

So, it turns out that weddings are much bigger than I ever expected or anticipated. There's just so much to plan, so much to contemplate and so many decisions to be made. It's kinda crazy and take our my word for it, it can drive you a little crazy in the process. Regardless of your, or my, current state of mind, with all this planning comes copious amounts of information that needs to be passed along to you the reader and, we hope, wedding goer. So much information in fact, that this little bity blog just wasn't cutting it. As our plans developed and I tried to squeeze more and more information into the margins here at the Loquacious Lobsters it became aparent that the i's were lacking their dots and Q's simply had no curl. Well, I'm here to tell you now that this has been remedied. We have a new site that will steer you to the far corners of our now comprehensively computer defined love. From pictures to directions, registries and what to do in Hood River, this site will have you running the gambit of our wedding and that's just how we want it. I will still update here every so often but for all of your logisitcal needs, and other fun stuff that you might have not even known existed, get ready for our wedding homepage!

So, without further ado, please head on over to www.matthewkristinawedding.blogspot.com. It's the JAm!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Photos Of Our History

My mom suggested that I put together a photo page for you all to look at. It was a great idea as many of you either don't know me or, on the other side, haven't yet had the eye opening experience privilege of meeting Kristina. Well, in knowing us it's important to understand that we both think that the other one is pretty special. I like Kristina and she happens to like me back. It didn't take long to come to this understanding but, like all other couples, we had to see where this "liking" wanted to go. The following link (just click on it) is the visual story of our relationship. It involves our friends, our activities, where we've lived, dates we've been on, and much more. I hope that this will help you put some faces to names during the upcoming wedding on August 2nd, as many of the individuals showcased here will play the role of groomsman, best man, bridesmaid and so forth. But more importantly, I feel that this visual narrative helps to showcases who we are, as a couple. The individual portions of us, and the parts that have meshed so well.

Hope you enjoy it. More images will be added and text will be supplied for each photo, in order to explain just what you're looking at, exactly. (NOTE: It's semi-chronological if you start from the bottom).

http://lobsterphotos.blogspot.com/

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Get Your Register On...

THIS POST HAS NOW BEEN UPDATED* - 4/27/09

Hello Friends and Family,

We just got our register on! I don't know why we waited so long to do this, it was a very fun thing to do. Although, to be honest, it was equal parts of both fun AND strangeness for me. I know that it's the norm, all brides to be and grooms like me do it, but it's still slightly narcissistic to walk around stores while creating lists of everything you desire. However, I guess a wedding is something to celebrate and it just so happens that WE are getting married! In turn, we will be so happy to celebrate with all of you. In fact, we'd like to thank you in advance for saving the date, making travel arrangements, and taking time out of the summer to come to Oregon. It's truly a beautiful part of state during an amazing part of the year. We are confident it will be a great time for families and friends to reunite under the setting summer sun.

On the two sites below (just click on the pink hyper links) you will find that we are currently registered at Crate and Barrel and Williams-Sonoma. The Crate and Barrel registry contains most of our kitchen electrics, our everyday glassware and a couple odds and ends. The Willams-Sonoma registry covers our selected dishware, wine glasses, pots and pans and other kitchen nicknacks. After viewing these two registries you will note that the majority of items are kitchen bound, here's a little background on the reason why. We currently live in a relatively small apartment condo and we simply don't have much room for furniture. In addition we both feel that the kitchen represents the heart of the house. It's where families congregate, where shared meals are created and enjoyed, and where holidays happen. In turn we would like to support this simple concept and build a great one for friends, family and us to enjoy for years to come. But let's be rational here, you can't get by with just a kitchen! For this reason we're also very excited about building the rest of our house as well. So please check back here for updates because we'll also soon be registering at Macy's and this will help fill out the bathroom, bedroom and everything in between.

I mentioned that we would be adding in Macy's a while ago and now we finally are ready to put it up. With our Macy's registry we filled out bed and bath, along with a couple of things from the kitchen.

*MACYS -
Go to the registry link (Near the top right of the page)
Type in Kristina Funck or Matthew Jasperson and hit the little arrow to the right of the search field
Click on the view registry link
Thanks!

Crate and Barrel -
Go to the registry home page
Select give a gift
Type in Kristina Funck or Matthew Jasperson
Have fun and thanks in advance!

Williams-Sonoma -
Upper left will have a registry link
Find a registry
Type in Kristina Funck or Matthew Jasperson in the the search field
Have fun and thanks in advance!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Just A Reminder...

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Satisfying That Sweet Tooth...

We now have a cake baker! This process took a whole 2 weeks after we started actually getting out into the field and looking/tasting. Not bad for Kristina and I. Our first stop was at the Piece Of Cake Bakery, located on 17th ave in SE Portland (almost below the Sellwood area). We met there after work and were served up some extremely delicious cake varieties, such as Poppy Seed, Lemon Coconut, Banana Pineapple, Apple Rum, Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Double Chocolate Fudge, Irish Oatmeal, Carrot, Fantasy Cake, and Cheesecake Wedding Cake. We both got a slice of each flavor and ended up skipping supper that night. These cakes were delectable but ended up being a little pricy for our budget. Also, when discussing the design, Marilyn, the owner, seemed to have her own ideas on what we were looking for. Even after we clearly laid out our vision she continued to insist on an interpretation of a blue cake with blue details. That was definitely not what either of us had in mind.

The next weekend the girls (see Who Will Be There) and Kathy all hit the town on a brides maids shopping spree. After the dresses were settled they took a quick ride out to the Beav. where they tried out another bakery. Still having my fill of sugar from the tasting earlier in the week I opted not to go. What I gathered from the girls is that this second bakery's cakes were not nearly as good and the production set up was something like Dunkin' Donuts, just turn em out and eat em up. Not exactly what we were looking for.

Fresh off their fill of sugar and cream the girls picked me up and we took a drive out to Gresham for yet another tasting. This event went down in the personal kitchen of the baker, Melissa, and not a single person at the table was disappointed. Sweet Cakes offers decadent delicious concoctions like Boston Creme Pie Cake, or Blackberry Cream Cake. Just take a look at their flavors page to get an idea of what they have to offer. Each person who attended received a plate containing approximately 10 flavor bites. Each was as good as the last and it proved difficult to narrow down the options. However, with Melissa by our side for suggestions we were able to work through debates, forkfuls, and sugar highs to decide on 4 flavors. What are they you ask? Well, you'll just have to come and find out for yourself. One things for sure, It's gonna be good.

~ Cake by Sweet Cakes by Melissa

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I'm Building This Blog...

Please take a quick look over on the right side of this blog. Under A Definition and Choices Choices Choices there is a new section called Hotels, Hostels and Houses: Where to stay in the HR. There you can find different options for lodging, including telephone numbers, websites, and a quick skinny on each location by name. Kathy just sent this to me today, the 12th of March, and we will work to keep it as updated as possible. If you do ever find yourself with any questions or concerns please feel free to post a comment or get in touch with myself, Lynda or Kathy. We'll try to help.

Be kind, be good, and we'll see you soon. But before that please check back here again as we'll be posting where we're registering, what activities there are to do in and around Hood River, and many other fun things still to be decided.

Updates And Witty Banter...

Hello, ello, yello. Thank the heavens this week is finally drawing to an end. It's been a long one. For some reason I feel like we've been going nonstop for the last two weeks and that's probably because we have. It's nice though, having a minute and sit down and write. As an added bonus I have Kristina sitting next to me singing along with the theme song to Two And A Half Men. Talk about witty banter!

We spent this last Saturday in Hood River going over some of the finer wedding details. We met with and chose a florist (see the "Choices Choices Choices" section on the right side of this blog), took a quick trip to the venue (it looks beautiful even when it's snowing outside), and then had an interesting meeting with what I can only describe as the local gossip lady. She was a sweetheart though, with a heart of gold and a will to help. She keyed us onto one little isty bitsy detail that could absolutely tarnish one of the more inspiring aspects of our upcoming wedding, the view.



The Saddleback Wind Turbine Project is a joint venture between SDS Lumber (the company who's family owns the land) and the Puget Sound Energy company. This planned project will throw up approximately 80 wind turbines, each sitting at 420 ft tall, across the Chemawa Hill Ridge, which happens to be exactly where Gorge Crest is located. The closest of these turbines would find itself within 60 ft of the Columbia River Gorge Nation Scenic Area, a government protected plot of land. As you can imagine the local population is in an uproar over this plan and has started an opposition group called Save Our Scenic Area (SOSA). Check out their website if you're interested in all the political ins and outs involved in this dispute.

Kristina and I are all for protecting scenic areas, but we're also in support for alternative energies, so it's kind of a toss up about what way we would lean regarding the politics involved. In the end much more research would need to be done in order for us to have a strong opinion. However, what we're really interested in is maintaining an amazing view in which we can get married in front of, and which all of you can enjoy for one incredible weekend. For this reason we say DEATH TO WIND TURBINES ON CHEMAWA HILL.


In all likelihood these will not be up by August 2nd and construction will not have started. An injunction/lawsuit has been entered on the part of local peeps. From the looks of it they have some monetary backing and a good lawyer on their side. Still, we're keeping our fingers crossed and we hope that you do too.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Photograhy...

Kristina and I have been pretty busy over the last couple of months and while I'd like to say most of it has been wedding related, the truth is that we've really been splitting our time and enjoying the winter here in Portland, Oregon. With weekends on the mountain, nights taking in music at venues around the city and trips to such far off places as Sisters and Seattle our time has been drawn tight. Looking back on it I find it simply amazing how much fun a couple of kids can have in the cold and rainy NW. However, in the midst of it all we have been able to get some planning done on the wedding front. One of the biggest decisions was Photography.

Photography, obviously, is always an important decision for weddings because it serves as your place marker for memories down the road. Furthermore and on a more personal level, photography has been an interest of mine for the last several years, starting with agency side producing for such clients as the Arizona Office of Tourism and boutique hotels like Shutters On the Beach. I've had the fortune to work with some great talent and in turn have developed fairly high expectations. Kristina also brought her own particular ideas to the table about what kind of feeling and style she wanted to portray through the images.

It's been a while since we made our decision - I'm just a little late on the posting - so my memory isn't exactly crystal clear. I think in the end we interviewed 2 or 3 photographers and priced out about a half dozen more. The two interviews I remember well were Lavenda's, who we decided to go with, and another interview with a very sweet young family photographer who we did not choose for various reasons. There's actually a pretty funny anecdote regarding the later interview, which is short and sweet and which I'd like to share with you now.

Kristina and I met this unnamed photog at the downtown Stumptown Coffee on 3rd ave. She was an exceptionally sweet young lady who was very family oriented and lived in the Sherwood, Oregon area. After living in Oregon for a couple of years, originally from Southern California, this was her first trip to Downtown Portland and she came prepared with a bag of quarters for the meter and great directions from her husband. After we all present and accounted for each of us grabbed a cup of coffee (I actually just had water) and took a seat. We talked about our wants and desires and listened to her pitch which really just wasn't exactly what we were looking for. After about an hour the interview was drawing to a close and we gave her directions on how to get out of the city and onto the correct road for Sherwood. Upon leaving Kristina and I noticed another threesome in the corner of the cafe reviewing a photography book. With a second glance it became apparent that this other couple, also soon to wed, was on the hunt for their dream photographer, just like us. It made us both laugh at our obvious nature but it als made me curious about how many times these particular baristas have seen the same exact scene, played out time after time. This realization of trending also served to clue me in, again, on just how big a racket this wedding thing really is. Yup, that's it. That's my funny anecdote. I guess you had to be there.

Anyway, I think it was about a week later that we meet up with Lavenda in outer SE Portland, around Stark and 87th in what turned out to be a really cute neighborhood. We met at a quaint little coffee shop and Kristina and her hit it off from the start. After about 45 minutes of chatting, Lavenda was able to offer us her esteemed services with a great package, a back up plan if something were to go awry*, and a smile as we walked out the door. It was apparent that she had the talent we wanted and that she knew what she was doing while shooting weddings. She also has an eye for fashion, her primary subject, which Kristina really enjoys. This means that while working in the journalistic style we both wanted, she will be able to draw on her fashion experience to play up some of the more dramatic situations and angles. Hopefully this will mean photographs we can cherish for years to come.


* As I'm writing this up I'm also pulling websites to link to. Obviously I'm going to pull up Lavenda's and link too it so that you can all give it a quick peruse. As it turns out, she's just found out that her and her husband are preggers. About 10 weeks from the sound of it. If you do the math I'm guessing that you'll notice this backs up rather gently against our August 2nd date. Ouch... However, a baby is never something to get bummed about. I guess it's a good thing she has some great back up options! We're still whole heartedly hoping that she will be able to do our shoot.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hotels, Hostels, and Houses. Where to stay in the HR...

Happy Tuesday on a short week! We spent the weekend on the Mountain in prime spring riding conditions. Now, with wind chapped faces and the slimmest outline of raccoon eyes, it's back to the daily grind here in Portland, Oregon. This also means that we are jumping back into heavy duty wedding planning. As I said in a recent post, Hyper Drive is in full effect... Kathy (Kristina's mom) recently sent us a great letter and asked us to post it here on our wedding blog. It's addressed to family and friends and breaks down the lodging options in Hood River, Oregon, which is about an hour away from Portland. So, if you find yourselves in that area around the 2nd of August, now you know where to stay. However, as you will see in the letter from Kathy below, we would suggest that you secure someplace soon as options are becoming more limited each day. Oh, and by the way, there will also be a wedding that weekend. We hope that you all can make it!

Dear Family and Friends,

The big day for Kristina and Matthew is coming on Sunday, August 2, 2009! The wedding ceremony followed by a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing will be held at Gorge Crest Vineyards near Underwood, WA, which is across the Columbia River (and about a 20 minute drive) from Hood River, OR. Hood River is about an hour’s drive from the Portland Airport on Highway 84.

Due to the Columbia Gorge area’s popularity in the summer, accommodations are already starting to fill. We would like to encourage all of you who will need lodging to book it as soon as possible.

I have reserved a block of 25 rooms (2 Queen Beds each) at:

Hood River Comfort Suites (100% smoke-free)
2625 Cascade Ave
Hood River, OR 97031
Phone: 541-308-1000

The rooms are being held under the name Kathleen Funck with check-in at 3:00pm on Saturday, August 1 and check-out at 11:00 on Monday, August 3 at the rack rate of $209.99/night.

If you would like to book a room in the block for either one or both nights you will need to call Comfort Suites directly and give them your own billing information. (That room will then be taken off of my VISA account.) Any rooms that have not been booked by June 1 will be canceled. Be sure to mention if you are either an AAA member or are age 50+ as that nightly rate is slightly lower than the rack rate.

Here are some other lodging options in Hood River or surrounding locations:

Columbia Gorge Hotel (CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO ECONOMY)
4000 Westcliff Drive
Hood River, Oregon 97031
800-345-1921 or 541-386-5566
www.columbiagorgehotel.com

Hood River Hotel

102 Oak Avenue
Hood River, OR 97031
541-386-1900
www.hoodriverhotel.com

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guide
www.obbg.org
The website lists several B and B’s in the Hood River area if that would be more to your liking.

Hood River Vacation Rentals

PO Box 842
Hood River, OR 97031
www.hrvacations.com
infor@hrvacations.com
877-260-2519 or 541-387-3113
This company has several 2, 3, and 4 bedroom vacation homes. Their website is certainly worth checking out especially for groups who might want to share accommodations.

Oak Street Hotel

www.oakstreethotel.com
This hotel in Hood River is completely booked, but the website will take you to their vacation home rentals in the area.

Best Western Hood River Inn

1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031
541-386-2200 or 800-828-7873
Unfortunately, the Best Western does not book blocks of rooms unless an event is being held there. Due to a conference the entire hotel is booked. However, you may want to call directly just to see if there have been any cancellations.

Skamania Lodge

P.O. Box 189
Stevenson, WA 98648
Phone: 509-427-7700
www.skamania.com
This resort is approximately 40 minutes from the wedding venue.

Best Western Columbia River Inn

735 Wanapa Street,
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
541-374-8777 or 800-595-7108
Cascade Locks is about 20 miles east of Hood River. Room rates seem to be much lower than those at the Comfort Suites.

We hope that this information is helpful and that anyone who wants or needs lodging will be able to book soon. Don’t forget that Hood River is only about an hour away from Portland if your preference would be to find accommodations there.


We look forward to seeing all of you on this exciting day!!

Love,

Kathy and Jim

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Save The Date - August 2, 2009

First a glass of wine...


Then some stamping...


And there you go...





Be on the lookout for yours.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Who's going to be there?

With the New Year it seems that we have kicked our wedding planning into HyperDrive. I get the feeling that a host of blog posts will be soon to follow: where to stay, what to do, who to call if you get sick, what are the options for eats, etc. The Lonely Hero might just suffer.

With all of this planning I really must give a quick shout to Krisitna, Kathy and my mom, Lynda. Each of these special ladies has tackled copious amounts of details, locations, names, lists, and options. I'm lucky to be around such talent, and even when it isn't easy, and tempers might see a brief flare, I still really appreciate it.

One of the things that Kristina did a great job of is making her bridal party invites. These were all hand made using paper, ribbion, glue and fabric. Each invitation was created specifically for the recipient. The DYI styles of these really impressed me.









The ladies on the list are:
Mackenzie Veliotes - Maid of Honor
Claire Schuft - Brides Maid
Erin Schmitt - Brides Maid
Anna Funck - Brides Maid
Anne Jasperson - Brides Maid
Claire Schwallie - Attendant of the guests


Myself on the other hand, I have been pretty lax about getting my group of duders organized and ready for the task at hand. I did send out an email to Chris, asking him to organize the following men with lodging options in Hood river for the first weekend of August. So, Men, if you are reading this please stay tuned for that email. It is imperative that you get some lodging locked down as the options in hood river are becoming more limited everyday. However, I still have to send out my official invites, so I really hope none of you are reading this before getting the invite in the mail. Anyway, here is the list...

The Men on the list:
Chris Santa Maria - Best Man
Andrew Henscheid - Man
Ben Petersen - Man
Brad Show - Man
Adam Beu - Man
Lewis Hower - Attendant to the guests and usher/greeter
Davis Biscobing - Attendant to the guests and usher/greeter


There will be plenty more to come. We are narrowing in on a Photographer and that's a story I must tell. I will also be sharing the details on the rehearsal dinner, lodging options, and anything else wedding related...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Food Revisited...

Hello all and sorry for the lack in postings. Sitting down and making decisions about this, that, or the other wedding stuff has proven to be harder than we ever thought possible. However, we have made some really great headway that I would like to share with you now. Please buckle in, stay strapped up (heatas at your side please), and get ready to read below about our quest for the perfect food.


Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~ Voltaire


Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn. ~ Garrison Keillor

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~ G.K. Chesterton

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. ~ George Bernard Shaw


We talked to three catering companies over the past 3 months; two based out of Portland and one that works out of Hood River. Obviously, with our wedding taking place on the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from the town of Hood River, there were several factors that we needed to keep in mind. Would it be easier to work with a company located close to the venue? Would transporting food and services from Portland be an issue or cause costs to rise? Would the Portland companies have licenses to serve food and beverage in the State of Washington or for that matter, would the Hood River Catering company have the proper licensing? And I thought that the hard part was over once we picked the venue!!!

Anyway, as I mentioned, in the end we chatted with 3 catering companies and ended up sitting down with two, both of which ended up being in Portland. This initial decision to forgo a deeper look into Cork and Bottle Catering out of Hood River was based on a couple of quick emails and phone calls we had with Talia, as well as our collected naiveté in the cost of serving food to our proposed guest list of 150 people. All in all the price point and service was way more than we expected. On top of that Kristina and I both got the sense that C&B assumed a cornered market in Hood River, therefore not extending suggestions, options, or a willingness to work within our provided means. Oh well, on to the next.

The next company on the list was one that I personally was very excited about. So excited in fact that in true Matty J. fashion I was sold before we even had our first meeting. Simpatica Catering Company and Dinning Hall is located right around the corner from our house. Due to the proximity of their kitchen to our pad we have often been subjected to the pleasant aromas of various offerings wafting gracefully around the block and lingering on our balcony. For me this truly helped set the tone for our first summer back in Oregon. In addition, we would pass by their dinning room window on a seemingly weekly basis only to see table upon table of families and groups sharing delicious atmosphere and outstanding food as they talked the night away. My interest was yet further peeked when Portland Bride wrote them up as one of the most impressive new catering companies in the Portland scene. Everything is fresh, local and priced to fit your budget. Of course we were still in the stages of figuring out just exactly what our budget was so we figured it wouldn't hurt to sit down and have a quick discussion regarding what our thoughts were. 12 emails later we chose a Sunday to bring the folks up, have some brunch and sit down with their catering manager, Jamie, who ended up comping half our meal! Brunch was great and upon initial seating their vision of what food should be mashed extremely well with our concept of what we wanted to serve our guests, classically elegant yet simple country cuisine. Several weeks prior to this sit down we had seen Simpatica roasting a whole pig on a spit out on the sidewalk and we thought that this would be a good jump off for discussion so, when we were finished with our brunch and had taken our seats in the back kitchen with Jaime, we got the initial process of planning underway. We talked about food and beverage, flow of the night, timing, transportation, and service. Jaime asked us to give him a week for the chefs to write up a complete menu. Once that was approved we would talk about budget. During this whole conversation it was emphasized several times that our budget might be a little tighter than others. They came back to us with a great menu that was exactly what we were looking for, something we could really get excited about.

STATIONARY HORS d' OEUVRES

  • Heirloom Melon & Pepper Gazpacho Shots with Micro Basil
  • Saffron Risotto Fritters with Salsa Verte
  • Seasonal Antipasti Board (stationary only): Cured Meats, Cheeses, Olives, Nuts & Pates with Bread
DINNER SERVICE
  • Local Field Greens with Nectarines, Feta Cheese & Salted Almonds
  • Mesquite Grilled Yellow Corn with Nasturtium Butter
  • Fried Green Tomatoes with Picalilli & Grain Mustard aioli
  • Whole Carlton Farms Pig Spit Roasted & Picked
  • Heirloom Pepper & Marjoram Crepes
  • Grand Central Bread Service
Then we started to chat about budget in more finite terms. The above menu came out to be a little more than we anticipated and the service put it well out of reach. On top of this there were several things about the process that were beginning to wear on us. One example is illustrated as follows, when we got the above menu it was titled "Pesperson's Wedding." My last name is Jasperson. It also took about a 1.5 weeks longer than expected to get the menu. Furthermore, about a day before we were set to meet with Simpatica for brunch and business both Kristina and I got emails stating how exciting our engagement was and that they would love to help us with the catering. These were the initial welcome emails that I had already received after first contact months ago. So, as mentioned, these thing started to wear on what they had to offer. Once we figured out the budget we already had half a foot out the door and had met with our third catering option. Although I will admit, I still hold out hope for Simpatica. Their food looks sublime and Jamie is great. I'm sure he would be a blast to work with. It will just have to be someone else's wedding.

So this brings us to our final option for catering and our eventual selection. Viola Catering Company, out of Portland, Oregon, is a company that has been around for years. Their website, while it might not look as pretty as Simpatica's or C&B's, is one of the most informative we have seen. This is very helpful prior to going in for a sit down meeting. You are able to grasp a sense of what they offer and what you might be interested in. However, when you do make that decision and head on over to their catering headquarters in SE portland, be prepared to look around. I would suggest google mapping it prior, because it can be tricky to find. Kathy was working the reigns on this contact so once she set up a meeting on Sunday, Jim and Kathy met Kristina and I at Viola's shop to talk about what people like to eat while they are watching beauty in motion (a wedding). To start off with we got a tour of the kitchen. While still riding the waves of Simpatica's quaint but industrial kitchen styling I was a little underwhelmed. Upon first view Viola's kitchen came across as dungy industrial and far from quaint. However, I was quickly won over once the practicality of such a space set in. The work space, although without the thrills of ham hocks hanging from the ceiling, is set to be utilitarian and effective. Everything you need, for any given occasion, is right on hand and ready to be loaded into catering trucks. Towels, linens, dish ware, and ovens were all ready to be hitched up and put to work. While the prep is done in house Viola boasts the experience, the expertise, and the necessary set up to transfer enough equipment to any given venue in order to cook on site. They did this last Christmas while hosting the Wieden Kennedy Christmas Party. Pretty cool. After we finished the tour of the kitchen and the explanation of how it works we took our seats and were served up Orange Mint Iced Tea and Lavender Lime Aid. Those specialty concoctions helped to seal the deal before we even started. For the next 2 hours we bounced around menu options and service, lay out of the schedule and what was all included. The more we talked the more I could see excitement building in Kristina's eyes, as well as Kathy's. We left feeling very good about the meeting and on a high that this might be the correct choice. One week later, after getting the budget, we selected Viola to cater our wedding reception. I think that you will all enjoy what they have to offer. I know that we are very excited about it, although you're going to have to wait to see the menu. I don't want to get you too hungry before lunchtime...

Monday, September 15, 2008

What about FOOD?


One of the most important aspects to any reception, wedding or otherwise, is food. We have really just started working through possible caterers but gosh darn and Jimminy Crickets that tummy filler gets expensive. If anyone out there has a suggestion please pass it our way.

I.E... A couple of years ago I went to the wedding of Trevor and Dara. Trevor and I had just split ways as roommates but he asked me to help out as one of his attendants. It was a beautiful event housed in the backyard of her parents house with family and friends providing the food. This situation and setting helped to provide an ambiance of quaint country charm. It was great to see family and friends rally around the bride and groom, chipping in what they could while Trev and Dara attempted to maintain a decent budget. In the end I doubt a caterer could have done much better because this food, and the event as a whole, was outstanding. Could this be a possible and eventual solution for Kristina and myself? Would the rents go along with it? Would you eat corn on the cob, salad, ribs, and almost assuredly Jello desert, because I know my grandma would at least bring that...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The date...

We have selected the date of August 2nd, 2009. Come one, come all. Robin Hood will be there...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A wedding down the road...

Somewhere down the road, A holiest of Matrimonies does lie. Alright, so that might be a stretch but we are definitely going to get hitched, which is pretty cool. Every so often you should check in and see what kind of plans we have made. Oh, and you can check out my other blog HERE...