April 2012

Backyard BBQ with the Giants

Tonight we are enjoying some BBQ and a baseball game with friends.

A Big Thank You!

Planning a wedding is tough. I think we’re beginning to understand why wedding planners get paid the big bucks.

There are so many little details they don’t tell you about before you get married. When will you get your marriage license? How many people do you want to sit at each table? Where would you like the cake placed during the reception? Have you timed out the big day… down to the minute? Are all your vendors communicating with each other? The list goes on, and on, and on…

When you don’t hire a wedding planner what you save in money you make up for in your time. However, if we could go back and do it all over again, we’d still plan the wedding ourselves and there are 2 reasons why:

  1. When you plan your wedding, and you get your own sweat and blood in the mix, the big wedding day feels so much more real. And we’re hoping that on 6.10.12 you’ll be able to see our hands in all the intricate details. We’ve worked so hard and put so much thought into this day, we hope that comes through to our friends and family.
  2. As we look back on this whole process though, we realize there is only one true reason why we’re able to plan this special day. Jason and I spend hours talking through the day, agonizing over pain-staking details and moving and shaping the elements until they are exactly the way we want them to be. We’re only able to do that because of the amazing support system we have in our families. Between our parents, we have been given a structure that allows us to be flexible and really strive for a wedding day we’ve always imagined. We are both aware that, without our families and their support, we wouldn’t be able to make this day happen… and for that, we are so thankful.

We’re 52 days away from the biggest day in our lives and we are so excited that you will be there to share this day with us. Thank you to our friends, we’re going to make 6.10.12 the biggest party of the year! And thank you to our families, we love you more than you know and we are so thankful for the love and support you’ve shown us through all of this!

Signing off,


Engagement Photos!


Engagement Photos!, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Here are our engagement photos! All photos were taken by the awesome Kelly Boitano. | www.kellyboitano.com

J+R Life Update

Update Time!

A lot has happened since we set up this site.  First of all, you probably got your invitation, which means we know you’re currently filling out your RSVP card (with a “yep”) and putting it in the mail. Which we thank you in advance for doing so diligently, by the way.

In thinking up a post for you all, we realized we really underestimated how busy we would actually be (lol). We’d like to try to get you up to date, so we’ll start with the venue change.

You may have noticed the venue has changed, surprise! We were originally contracted with Crooked Vine Winery in Livermore but due to some reservations we had, we ended up switching venues (like 2 weeks ago). Now we’re at Rios-Lovell Estate Winery, Livermore’s hidden gem. This new venue works better for us and we feel really blessed to have found it. This whole story is a crazy one.  Ask us all about it the next time you see one of us.

In other news: RACHEL GOT A JOB! After lots of prayer and internet searching she finally landed a great job in an amazing company. She is now the Online Marketing Specialist for Shea Homes in their Northern California division. There are lots of great opportunities at the company and she’s really excited to learn more about the building industry and help develop their online marketing strategies!

Lastly, we found a place to live!!! We’re renting a condo in Livermore really close to Cornerstone and Shea, which we’re so excited about. We’re proud to call it Castle Von Kleist. We can’t wait to get the place cleaned up so we can take photos and have you all over for dinner. We will do a separate post once we have some pics, so stay tuned.

Well, we are busy busy bees lately so if we haven’t had a chance to update you about our lives in person we’re sorry and we’d love to hang out with you! We want to thank all of you who have been so generous in this process with us, for those of you who are going out of their way to help us with wedding plans, and for those of you who just provide us with some comic relief!  It is very much appreciated!

So, check back often. We plan to post at least once a week, you don’t want to miss out!



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