H2B and I took a trip down memory lane and revisited the place where we first met.  It’s been less than a year since we left this place, but it felt so weird to be back.  I remember walking to class and seeing couples getting married on the lawn and thinking who the heck would want to have their most special day in the nowhere that is Lexington, Virginia?  Now that those 3 years are behind me, I find myself waxing sentimental and wishing I could go back (for a very short time).  Afterall, it’s the only place where H2B and I share our memories equally.

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Venue: House of Blues

March 1, 2010

There are actually other venues other than museums and hotels.  For example, restaurants.   I’ve been to the House of Blues Dallas for lunch before and it’s a pretty wacky place.   It has the type of space that is a more interesting template than a traditional ballroom, and it can go medieval castle wedding or circus chic (which is actually a wedding theme according to some magazines I’ve been reading).  Anyway, the food should be good as I remember, and since they are a restaurant, food is their business.

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Venue: Dallas Museum of Art

February 19, 2010

This is almost the perfect venue.  I can’t tell you what a pain it is to find one place that is suitable for both the ceremony and reception.   H2B would like to have a religious ceremony but we are not affiliated with any churches in the area.   I’ve looked in to some and they either require you to be a member and/or get marriage counseling for X number of months, be of their religion, plus huge money.   Well I’m not comfortable with any of those things.   Nor am I comfortable with a complete stranger marrying us.   I much prefer to ask the judge I clerked for a couple of years ago (we still maintain a good relationship) to do the honor.

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Venue: Aquarium (a visit)

February 5, 2010

For H2B’s last day in town we took a visit to the aquarium to check it out as a possible wedding venue.  Tickets are a whopping $21/person.  So of course I got in touch with the events people there and took a tour instead.  No entrance fee and free parking.

So the aquarium is split into 3 areas each available for rental.  The reef room is the smallest at $1,000 for an evening.

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Venue: Aquarium

February 2, 2010

It all started with a $20 aquarium we found on Craigslist.  Cheap, decorative pets was the idea.  Then we proceeded to add $100+ of fish, filter, and live plants into the 10 gallon glass box.  Some died, most lived.  We had some fun with a bunch of ghost shrimp and cheered for their survival.  Unfortunately, as we later found out, they are feeder shrimp and not meant to live.  So we decided to work with that and bought Mr. Eel who feeds on ghost shrimp.  Mr. Eel also eats blood worms that we keep in the fridge.  Scared the crap out of my mom when we moved back and stuck it in the freezer.

Furthermore, H2B also likes to drink beer on the lake and pretend to go fishing.  It’s not his fault that I’ve caught a fish every time we are out and he has caught none.

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Venue: H2B’s Base

January 30, 2010

We took a drive to H2B’s base earlier this week and had a look around. The entire base had a Mediterranean feel, with yellow stucco buildings and orange tiles. The reception is held in the officer’s club.

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City Club (update)

January 29, 2010

According to my earlier post, I liked the menu and prices at the City Club enough to follow up with a showing.  Most unfortunately for us, we went to see the view of the city during a thunderstorm.  Instead of the skyline and lights, we got a view of fog and rain.  I took a couple fuzzy phone pics of the room.

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