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Official Wedding Pictures!

The official wedding pictures have arrived!

Getting married!

You can see all our pictures on Flickr. They all have something for a title. I’d give them better titles, descriptions and tags, but I’m tired of being at the computer and my arm hurts!

Besides, Val and I have a fun night to get ready for! We’re going into Boston to see The Pops at Symphony Hall, conducted by John Williams…performing all his movie songs! How great is that? We’re really looking forward to it! To get us in the mood, we saw the latest Indiana Jones movie on Thursday!

We’re married, here’s a blog

Boo yea!

Ian and Val are married!

We’re married and I’m still posting, so I guess it’s time to update the tag-line for our website. By the way, thanks for visiting IanAndVal.com today.

Wow, we’re married! I have the most beautiful, amazing wife ever. Wow, a wife! Crazy!

Ian feeding Val some cake!

Yesterday was fantastic. Yes, there was a few things that didn’t go perfectly (e.g. the musicians were playing a wrong song for the processional), but it still sounded nice. There were also some really great surprises, such as the chapel ringing its bells when we walked outside just after getting married! That was awesome!

Definitely “mad props” go out to our siblings for being so extremely helpful. The wedding couldn’t have happened like it did without you!

Ian and Val with bling!

Yeah, you like our new marriage-bling.

These pictures are (clearly) unofficial wedding pictures. We will eventually have pictures taken by the photographer we hired! We’re certainly looking forward to that!

To see more unofficial wedding photos, hop on over to flickr.com!

Have some wedding photos? Send them to me at us@ianandval.com! Please note in the email if you do not want them posted to flickr. Thanks!

Wedding Today!

Last night was hectic! Val and I (plus her sibs helped us) setup. We picked up the flowers we purchased from the florist at Stop and Shop. They look quite nice and they florists are very cute, leaving us notes wishing us a good luck.

We then went with the flowers and other supplies to the wedding location. We show up at the Inn and it’s pretty busy — they apparently have a party going on. We explain to the staff that we’re here to setup. We were told in advance that not only could we put stuff in the reception room, but that the tables should already be set. Instead, we were now told there’s a function going on in that room.

Great!

So, we left all the stuff in the functions office with notes. They told us they’d take care of setting our stuff up and refrigerating the flowers, so hopefully that worked out. I think I might go earlier than I was planning today to make sure things are looking good.

Next stop, a few feet over to the chapel. We have to setup our Chuppah! It took us longer than we thought, but I think it came out looking alright. Seems sturdy, so I’m hoping it’s not in a pile when we get back there today!

The main negative with the chapel is that when we asked in advance about the take-down of the Chuppah, we were told that we could do it after our reception (so we can change out of our clothes). Now, they tell us there’s been a last minute event added to the chapel after our ceremony, so the Chuppah needs to be removed before our reception is over.

Gosh!

Luckily a friend is going to take it down for us. I guess that’s a benefit of having a wedding so small!

Anyways, hopefully everything will go well today! Val and Ali are off getting their hair done. I’m done sleeping and I’m posting this morning mainly to give me something to do before I get ready!

Wish us luck!

Let’s Do This Wedding Thing!

We’re cute. Earlier this week I prepared lunches — just PB & J sandwiches. When I wasn’t looking, Val snuck four fortune cookies in my lunch, so that was a treat. After eating her own lunch, Val asked me if I added honey to her sandwich (and told me I shouldn’t). Instead of replying, I sent her this picture:

PB, J, and Love

Yes, that’s a heart-shaped dab of blueberry honey. I’m cute.
Yesterday at work was even better. In general, neither of us expected many presents, but our co-workers are great. You already know about Val’s office (and a co-worker of mine also gave a lovely gift), but yesterday my office took their turn — and we were both surprised. I’m at my desk doing work and Val sends me a message.

Val: I have to come to Feldberg for a meeting.
Ian: Okay, I should be around. Feel free to say hi.

I go about my business. Around 1pm my phone rings. Billy (my boss’s boss) is calling from the conference room downstairs.

Billy: Ian, I’m in a meeting. Grab Jim and Garth and come down here. We have some technical questions.
Ian: Sure. On my way.

I then tell Jim that Billy wants us downstairs. Jim was great playing along.

Jim: Did Billy mention what the questions are about?
Ian: Umm. No. He just said “technical questions.”
Jim: Oh, that Billy… (I’m paraphrasing)

I get downstairs to the conference room and it is packed with people. What can this meeting be about?

After they all joke about having some tough questions and tease me for bringing a notepad and pen, they pull out a present! Yay!

But, not until they said I had to wait for Val, did I realize her Feldberg meeting was this! They tricked her too!

Val shows up, not knowing what to expect. They told her it was a meeting about technical problems with her office’s web site. Val shows up with her co-worker and sees the crowded room. Val’s first reaction was that she was at the wrong meeting and her second reaction was confusion! Then she walked in the room (was pushed in the room?) and saw me and the present!

They all laughed because Val, like me, came with pen and notepad!
And guess what! They gave us the robot vacuum (Roomba) that we wanted! Sweet!

Roomba from work!

Very cool.

As people started to leave, Amy had the best comment.

Amy: How come Billy didn’t share his wine with anyone? Was he just drinking out of the bottle?!?
Ian: Oh. Ha…don’t ask me. Some people here just think wine bottles make good water bottles.

Yeah. Random!
Later, my former boss and a co-worker took Val and I out for some good eats.

Skellig

Val and I both got the steak tips! Yum!

Ian stencil with MacBook Pro

Anyways, Val and I took off work today and tomorrow so that we can make final preparations for the wedding (on Sunday)! It’s getting more exciting and seeming more real! Val picked up her wedding dress today! :)

The chuppah is…okay. We tried setting it up outside as a test. It stands. It should be okay. I was hoping it would be sturdier. We are going to tie some ribbon to hold it, which might help. I only pretend to be mechanically-savvy. Everything I’ve ever built is held together with tape and string!

Val’s also working on some small projects. We bought a small wooden box for my brother to carry our wedding bands in as he walks down the aisle. Val painted the top a nice turquoise color and painted the sides so that it looks stained.

Val Painting Ring Box

Meanwhile I’m across the room, typing this and kind of just goofing off…on my new work laptop! Yeah, my MacBook Pro came in! Now I can be all kinds of productive:

Ian artsy with MacBook Pro

and

Ian comic with MacBook Pro

It’s almost our wedding!

Thanks for lunch!

Today was quite the eventful wedding-ish day!

The day started normal with work, but I knew there was more coming. Val’s office had a lunch planned for us, but while I knew about it, it was a surprise for Val. They told me what time to get her from the office and what time to bring her to a local restaurant. It was up to me to figure out the rest!

Balloons from Rabb wedding lunch

When I was on my way I sent a text message to Amy. I got Val and it was pretty hard to stop smirking. I laughed as she stood around outside sending a text message to her sister, knowing that her co-workers are waiting for us to leave.

We drive off and I get a text message from Amy, “Go Slow!” Ha! I think fast and tell Val it’s a message from Verizon about my auto-payment (I did get one of those the day before).

Val and I went to Town Hall for an actual errand. Our marriage license was ready to be picked up! Yay! Check that off the list!

That was pretty fast and I wasn’t sure how much more time we had to kill. I told Val we should get some clothes to drop off at the dry cleaner’s from our place, since we were close by. It was pretty fast to grab the dry cleaning so then I went to the bathroom, turned the water on, shut off my phone’s sound and sent a text to Amy to see if they were ready — they were!

Val and I leave and I tell her I want sweet potato fries from the tavern near our apartment. We park and walk to the door — I notice Gwenn’s car and try to distract Val. She didn’t seem to pick up on it. We’re inside and I don’t have a clue what to do! I let the waiter seat us at a table for two — right nearby the room with all of Val’s co-workers.

We sit down and I’m giggling not knowing what to do next! At first Val thinks I’m looking at the TV behind her. Then see them:

“Hey look, Janice is here…and Sybil. Wait, my whole office is here. Why didn’t I get invited? Wait, what’s going on here?”

“Surprise!”

Val at Rabb Wedding Lunch Party

I was surprised at all the presents they got us! It was very thoughtful.

Presents from Rabb wedding lunch party

Val chose a salad and I went for the buffalo chicken sandwich.

Ian at Rabb Wedding Lunch Party

Eventually we went back to work then after work did more wedding errands. I’m tired!

It’s getting close

Can you believe we’re less than a month until we’re married? Goodness!

Things are coming along — most things are taken care of, but there’s still enough little details to keep us busy (and keep Val worried!). I’m getting pretty excited though!

To get us in the mood for a wedding, we attended a friend’s wedding this past weekend. Look at us all relaxed, cool, and having fun at the reception:

Ian and Val at Stephanie's Wedding

What else is going on? I feel like I’m always talking about us and don’t ask you how you are doing. What’s up? Hope all is well.

On a random note, after work yesterday, I was walking to my car/Val. It was quiet out and a little rainy. But, right as I walk past the Campus Center, the doors burst open and students pour our chanting about the war being “bullshit!” — they seemed pretty intense, at least for the first few seconds.

Brandeis Students Protest War

I’m going to be critical — sorry, students. I’m all for you protesting, but I’m not sure I understand your logic. Who are you protesting to? Other Brandeis students? It was after 5, so you wouldn’t even have staff or many faculty around. How about you take your signs and chants and perhaps organize something somewhere more meaningful? The nation’s capital? Okay, how about the state’s capital? Town hall at least? Okay, okay…just wander the local streets? Well, maybe you did all those things. But, I only saw you in the middle of campus, chanting to an audience of…well, pretty much just me.

Pub Trivia, Visiting Friends, and Happy Valentine’s Day

Wow, so in less than two months we’ll be married, can you believe it? What else is going on in our lives, you ask? Let’s
see….

Val likes making No Pudge Brownies:

No Pudge Brownies

And I like eating those brownies!

A couple of weeks ago I went out with some people for pub trivia. It was fun, but our team, “Totally Random Wins” came in seventh place. :(

The good news was our friend Becky came out to play. If you don’t know Becky, she’s a college friend of ours that once dated one of the tallest guys in the world (true story).

Becky

On the subject of people from college, Val and I visited our friend’s Cecil (Ajit) and Sindhu — they’re also engaged (hooray!). It was nice to see them as it’s been a while. Sindhu was her same wacky self spilling and breaking things. It was great! =)

Now, I’m sure the reason you’re all here is to find out what Val and I did for Valentine’s Day. The truth is not that much! It’s kind of a silly holiday and going out to do anything romantic on the day is usually too hectic. I did buy Val some candy though (it was in a heart-shaped thing!). Actually after work before we got some dinner, Val went to a dress shop for a fitting for her wedding gown, so that’s kind of romantic, right? Oh and since I made our lunches, I packed Val’s with a special Valentine’s Day note:

Love-Lunch Note

Romantic, right?

Wedding Plans Progressing

Wow, it’s been a year since I proposed to Valerie! Happy one-year engagement-versary!

Wedding plans are coming along. We have a date and location all set. We are doing a very small ceremony and meal (pretty much just immediate family), so I apologize that you’re not invited. Really, I do. We’d like you to attend, but like I said in the previous wedding post, we can’t handle a large event.

We are hoping to have a casual summer party where we invite more people. We have done zero planning for that though. Feel free to help get us started! For now, we’re focused on the actual wedding. We have booked things like a photographer and someone to marry us, so things are coming along. Val even purchased her gown and will be getting it fitted this coming week.

Progress is happening and it’s getting closer! Keep your eye on the counter in the top left for the up-to-date countdown to our wedding. It’s exciting and stressful! Well, really the only stress I have is attempting to minimize Val’s stress! I’m looking forward to the wedding and I hope we also get to pull off the casual summer party (see you there).

Wedding Plans!

I’m sure planning a wedding is tough, but what’s even harder is planning to plan. What I mean is figuring out the basic idea of what to do.

We went through many high-level ideas that basically narrow down to the following themes:

  1. Big wedding
    1. Pro: The wedding of dreams and puffins
    2. Negative: Too many Benjamins (dollar billz) needed
  2. Medium wedding
    1. Pro: More affordable (but still will cost alot)
    2. Con: Not everyone gets invited. People will be left out.
  3. Small wedding with casual party at later date
    1. Pro: More affordable than big wedding.
    2. Con: Small wedding would be very small (which could be nice I guess)

Anyways…we’re tired of not having a plan, so here it is. We’re getting married in April and are going to have a very small ceremony (and meal after). Too late to change our minds. I just mailed the deposit, so take that!

So that actual wedding is less than five months away! Like I said, it will be small (practically just immediate family). Potentially in the summer we will have a larger more casual party, so stay tuned for that.

What do you think?

Set the date? We’re only affianced!

One of the most popular questions is when is the wedding. I didn’t think that far ahead. I mainly wanted to give Val jewelry so we can call each other by a new name fiance/fiancĂ©e. That’s a weird thing in itself. I just did a Google search to get the right spelling of the word and apparently some guy says that the spelling depends on if you’re referring to a male or female. I then confirmed this with my source for all factual information.

Speaking of WikiPedia, they say the following:

An engagement is an agreement or promise to marry, and also refers to the time between proposal and marriage. During this period, a couple is said to be affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged. (citation)

So of course, I was curious on the pronunciation differences. I checked the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but they use the same wav file for both words. Shucks!

Anyways, to answer the question, I’ll say some time in 2008.