On this fine Berkeley spring morning, I spent 12 or so minutes on hold with the East Bay Regional Parks District’s booking hotline, another 10 or so speaking with a nice man, and then a good 8 minutes celebrating with Jessica. Why? Well I’ll tell you why, Mr. Nosy: because we booked the Brazilian Room for our wedding. On July 28th, 2011, which just so happens to be (1) on a Thursday night and (2) only 8 days after the anniversary of our first date, which was, of course, at an A’s game.*
*[Here’s an amusing story about our first date: At some point during the course of the game, Jessica told me that two of her friends and roommates, Pam and Darren, just so happened to be at the same game with us. They came over to “say hi” towards the later innings. We chatted amicably, I almost certainly cracked wise, pleasantries were bandied about, goodbyes were eventually exchanged, and we all went our separate ways. It turns out that they were there to spy on us, and to “check me out” and ensure I was a fit date for Jessica. I’m still waiting to hear back from them, by the way.
A second amusing story about our first date is that on our way to the BART station from our office at the time, a homeless man saw us walking together and loudly exclaimed “Dang! You got good taste in women!” He was right, of course, but he maybe could have said it more tactfully because it caused a certain amount of awkward, nervous laughter.]
Anyway, Jessica and I decided the best course of action was to celebrate our arrangement with a firm shaking of hands. In this photo you’ll notice two new things about Jessica and one new thing about me, which are glasses, a hat, and a shirt, but I won’t say whose new things are whose:
Needless to say, we’re thrilled. We considered August 4th, the following Tuesday, especially because it’s my parents’ anniversary, but in the end decided that August could be a hectic month for both of us and that having the wedding done in July would be for the best.
A couple weekends ago, Jessica’s friend Lauren was visiting and we spent an afternoon in Tilden Park with a few friends. On the way, we stopped by the Bridezilian Room – Jessica had never seen it – and snapped a new photos.
This is the view that the guests will have of us as we get married, aka “tie the knot,” “get hitched,” “jump the broom,” or “inform the stork:”*
*[Not a real euphemism for getting married.]
The view from indoors:
A fairly bad, rushed photo of the inside:
It’s quite simply a beautiful place, and I can’t imagine a better spot to get married. It’s very close to where I grew up, and I spent a lot of time in Tilden as a child, on the Steam Trains, at the Little Farm, the Merry-Go-Round, Lake Anza, and tramping about the trails and lawns. It’s quiet, serene, comfortable, has plenty of parking, is very affordable on a weeknight, and in a lot of ways was sort of a no-brainer for us.
Aside from two wedding books, this is the first real purchase we’ve made for our wedding. A $300 deposit on a 4pm-12am block of time on Thursday, July 28th, 2011, at the Bridezilian Room in Tilden, Berkeley.
That may take a while to sink in for us. In the meantime, I’ll go back to posting about silly things, like homemade Pop Tarts. I do have a post lined up about that. Seriously.