We live in one of the most diverse places in the world with the best food, so it's no wonder that with Greek, Thai, and Brazilian food all within a block we order in all the time.  Cooking can be pretty tough though because one of us is lactose-intolerant, doesn't eat anything green (except peas and lettuce), wont touch tomatoes & peppers, basically lives on meat, potatoes & pasta, and the other is a vegetarian.. However, every so often we try cooking, usually a nice pasta. Tonight after watching Everyday Italian we made Swiss Chard and Sweet Pea Manicotti and it was delicious! Typically when we have manicotti we use fresh crepes but keeping the pasta al dente contrasted nicely with the rich and creamy sauce.  We also used fresh parsley because the basil at the store looked kind of ishy. Obviously we haven't mastered the art of presentation yet, so if you want to see how it should look, or try the recipe click here:
I believe it was either Aristotle or Shakespeare who once famously said...."holy crap."

After almost two full years of engagement, we're now less than a week away.

We're both so excited to share our day with all of you, and can't wait to see you up there!

I love it when a plan comes together. (c) John "Hannibal" Smith

Only two weeks to go till the big day, and things are coming along smoothly. Little by little, all the pieces are coming together, and we're really excited for you all to see the fruits of everyone's hard work.

Now we just have to keep Al from losing her mind before the wedding!!


Due to circumstances beyond his control, my good friend Justin had to reconsider his commitment. Fortunately, the charming southern gentleman you see above was ready and willing to take the mantle. Rob (and his wife, Sam) has always been a gracious host whenever we make it down to Florida, and I could think of no better way to repay him than to have him stand with us at the wedding.


The honeymoon is booked! We're flying to Rome on August 9th (arriving on the 10th), then taking the train down to Positano, where we'll be spending 5 nights here: Then, it's off to Rome, where we'll be spending 5 more nights here:

We're also going to be making a special trip to see the Palio di Siena. To learn more about this freakin' awesome event, go here: or watch the video below.


Don't worry. Your invitation didn't get lost in the mail, we haven't sent them out yet. And if you know EITHER of us, this shouldn't be much of a surprise.

They should be going out sometime next week though, so keep your eyes peeled!


Went to Gemelli Jewelers today and picked up our wedding rings! We're both really excited with how they turned out... can't believe Monday will be 2 months from the big day!


Back in New York after a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong drive home (nothing like a good 10 hours in the car to make you wanna go to work in the morning!). Thanks to everyone for coming out for Alison's shower, especially to Jean, Jana, and the bridesmaids for all their planning, and to everyone who helped along the way (especially my Mom, who braved a bad cold to make it up to Syracuse and lend a hand).


Most of all, thanks for all the woderful gifts! Now we just need a house to put them in...


We're both super excited for the shower this weekend and hope you can make it up to Syracuse. Be sure to check back here after for photos!

I can't believe the wedding is coming up so quickly! By the time we get married, the engagement will have been almost 2 full years, and for most of that time, the wedding seemed so far away. Now, it's in a little over two months!

The planning is once again starting to get hectic, after a long lull in activity. Keep coming back to the blog to see what the latest headache is... and leave a comment while you're here!!!


After a year and a half, Alison finally got her braces off today! Woohoo!!!! Now the bridal shower pictures won't look like they were taken in Alabama :)