photos: wedding and convalidation

4 January 2010 by Dan

We have some photos posted online from our events. Here’s the link to photos from the wedding in Cleveland on Sept. 6, 2009:

And here are the photos from the convalidation in the Chicago area on October 3, 2009:

Convalidation video

4 January 2010 by Dan

After getting married in Ohio, Jessica and I went to Illinois less than a month later to have our marriage blessed in the church. The ceremony we participated in is called a convalidation, and ours was held at St. Emily’s Chuch.
Family and friends came to see our blessing, and then came with us to celebrate the reception at the Wellington banquet hall.

You can download the video here: (very large .mp4 file: 2.15GB)

  • Wedding video and Honeymoon photos

    27 September 2009 by Dan

    Set at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the wedding was a beautiful event, and you can download the video here: (very large [2+ gigs] mp4 file):

  • After the wedding, Jessica and I had a wonderful and adventurous honeymoon in Maui. You can see pictures from our trip here:

  • New photos will be added as we make our way through them.  To save a link to a specific photo, click on the image and it will take you to a gallery page for that image.  To see the full size image with no watermark, click on the photo when you are on the gallery page.

    What an amazing wedding!

    20 September 2009 by Dan
    Dan and Jessica after cutting the wedding cake; photo by Perfect Image Ltd.

    (Dan and Jessica after cutting the wedding cake; photo by Perfect Image Ltd.)

    Jessica and I are very happy to be married, and we were glad that family and friends could be there at the Cleveland Botanical Garden to celebrate with us on September 6, 2009.

    The invitations

    2 September 2009 by Dan

    If you’re one of our guests, you may have noticed the amazing bird artwork on the invitations. We would like to thank Eliza, a talented artist who is one of our friends here in the Cleveland area, for the design.

    Engagement photos

    22 August 2009 by Dan

    Dan and Jessica, August 2009

    Jessica and I went to the studio of our wedding photographer, Perfect Image Ltd., to have some engagement photos taken recently. It went well–here’s a proof shot of one of the images.

    Making our wedding bands

    5 August 2009 by Dan

    Jessica and I wanted to have bands that were unique–so what better way than to make them ourselves? With the help of Todd at Tap Studios in Cleveland, we crafted some really nice wedding rings.
    Jessica’s is a palladium band with a beautiful, hand-crafted nest on top of it. The nest is made out of gold and it has two diamonds set in it. Mine is a very sturdy, attractive palladium band with an asymmetrical darkened line going around it.
    You can see the process of making them at our photo album on Webshots.

    Jessica and Dan treating the palladium

    Jessica working on her ring (4)

    Dan and Jessica ready to work with the metal

    Jessica polishing her ring

    Jessica and the cat

    Jessica soldering the gold nest for her ring

    the finished wedding bands (4)

    Jessica and Dan toast the rings and the upcoming wedding

    What to do in Cleveland

    2 August 2009 by Dan

    For our guests who are coming to the wedding from out of town, we want to provide a list of places around Cleveland where you can find entertainment, food, and whatever else you might want during your stay. So we’ve compiled a list of notable local places on this page.

    Our wedding registries

    2 August 2009 by Dan

    For those planning to get us a wedding gift, Jessica and I have set up registries at Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, and Bed, Bath and Beyond. We have guests coming from lots of places so we wanted to register at multiple stores for maximum flexibility.
    We’ve set up a page on the wedding web site that has links to our online registries.

    Jessica’s bridal shower

    14 July 2009 by Dan

    Jessica at her shower, July 11, 2009

    Last weekend Aunt Margaret and Aunt Ann threw Jessica a bridal shower out in Park Ridge. I stopped by at the end, and it looked like everyone was having a really good time. When I got there Jessica was finishing up opening gifts–which there were lot of.
    After the shower, Jessica filled me in on how much she enjoyed the whole thing. Lots of friends and family were on hand for games and prizes, a great meal by Uncle Mike (“just right for the occasion,” Jessica said), and then the long parade of great gifts, including a bird-shaped coffee set from Aunt Margaret that we both love, a nice new phone set from Mom, a really cool pitcher from Ellen, and a bay leaf green mixer with juicer attachment from Grandma. And I remember Jessica saying that she loved what Katie gave us and mentioned a few other gifts too but there are too many for me to remember right now!
    Thanks so much to everyone!

    Jessica's bridal shower

    Jessica at her bridal shower