In 60 Years…

Before our second session with Bruce, our officiant, we were asked to think about the conversation that Chane and I would have when looking back on our past 60 years together. We were to talk about it together and come up with what we would want Chane and myself to say in that conversation.

After a silly comment from Chane hoping he would be alive in 60 years, we sat down, put our thoughts and ideas together, and came up with this….

After thinking about the assignment and the things that we want the couple we hope to be to say, I realized that some of the things we came up with were what Bruce describes as our “Essence.” These are the things that we want to build our future on and that we hope to achieve as a couple. They are the things that we have to pay special attention to and really put forth the effort to make sure that we, as a couple, put these things first…and if we do…we will be happy and successful as the couple we want to be.

…and I think we’ve got a really good Essence together, too.


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Almost Mrs. Cooper…

Look what came in the mail today?!

Compliments of Kara's Kloset on


I can’t wait to use it and know that it is my new name!

P.S. Nathan & Amy (our photogs) will have a super-awesome photo worthy shot with this & my dress…which I go to try on again tomorrow!!

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The best man…err, Dog.

He just might show us all up…

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Flowery & Sweet…Flower Girls and Ring Bearer

We’re wanting to do things a bit different when it comes to the small details of the wedding…

So, for the flower girls we are going to have them carry rustic tin pails down the aisle. Decorated, of course and filled with tons of petals. I’m still not sure if Roses will be the choice.

For the ring bearer we thought it would be an awesome added touch to have him carry a gift from the Bride and Groom — a new stuffed animal. A Rabbit to be exact with a ribbon and rings tied around it’s neck.












Jelly Cat makes the BEST, softest stuffed animals I could ever imagine.

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Two things that can KILL Marriages

The two things that can KILL marriages:

1. Lies and Secrets — Even little white lies will eventually lead to secrets. If you think of a lie as a simple piece of paper (it’s thin, flexible, light), and every time you tell a lie it’s a piece of paper, a barrier, that covers your heart from your spouse. One, isn’t so bad. Two, you can still work with. But when lies stack up, become secrets, or more…suddenly there is whole stack of paper that you can’t get through. You’re setting yourself up for failure.

Even lying about small things can eventually lead to you being able to lie about larger things, then you tell a small secret…it goes on and on. You’re constantly building up that barrier (stacks of paper, if you will).

If you don’t want to have to lie, don’t do the thing that will make you lie. Or if you do the thing…tell your spouse the truth. If that thing is going to hurt your spouse when you tell them the truth, it’s probably something you shouldn’t be doing.


2. Not doing what is best for “Us”:

When you get married, you’te taking two people that have been a “You” and a “Me” their whole lives…and now you are making them an “Us.” Now you have to focus on what is going to be the best for “Us.”

And when I say “Us”…I’m not just saying that “Us” = to 1/2 of “You” and 1/2 of “Me.” What’s happening is we are creating a 3rd and completely separate entity here. It’s not something like we are meeting halfway, or that we are taking part of “You” and part of “Me.” It’s something that we have to approach like it is this brand newly created thing — Just like I worked so hard to keep “Me” happy and do what was best for “Me” in the past, and just like you worked so hard to keep “You” happy in the past…now WE as a team have to work just as hard to keep “Us” — the new “You” and “Me” — happy and safe.

And I’m not just talking about making sure that the other person is happy, and I’m especially not talking about just compromising for the other person. (If you are compromising, one person is giving 90% and the other is only giving 10%.) It’s not a game about winning — it’s the simple fact about doing what is right for “Us. That’s not to say there wont be compromising somewhere, but it will be on both parts and it will be what is best for “Us,” not for “You” or for “Me.”



— Our Officiant Bruce Gilson, (who is AWESOME by the way), has really given Chane and I TONS of great advice throughout our meetings. We’ve talked about every topic that you should cover in a pre-marital counseling, and it has made us think about a few things in ways we haven’t necessarily thought about before. I would recommend pre-marital counseling even if you are already married.

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We all scream for ICE CREAM!

Ever had Ice Cream Sandwiches at a wedding before? Ever had a Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich…served out of a mini-Ice Cream-truck at a wedding?!

Get ready because Coolhaus will be at our wedding!! Basically, you pick your cookie flavor (5 choices), then you pick your Ice Cream fill-in flavor (7 choices) and wa-la: You have a Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich!

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A photo says a thousand words…

…especially one by Nathan Russell.

We are so excited to have Nathan Russell Photography as our Wedding photographer, we can’t stand it!

After meeting us at The Gingerman for our initial consultation, having a few drinks and discussing details…it was all we could do to keep from hugging him, (well maybe that was more me than Chane.) It was a perfect fit! And we know that the husband/wife team of Nathan and Amy will do an absolutely amazing job.

The Gingerman in Austin, Texas

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