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I just believe in me…

Hey folks, we just received our new piece of art by Bob Gruen (the photographer responsible for the famous Statue of Liberty Photo of John) the other day and we are really pleased with it. I just wanted to throw a shout out to my parents and say an official thanks – it was an engagement present from them when they were in town…so thanks again!

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What a GREAT 4th of July!!!

Mr. Parks’ California family came out to visit us this past week, and we couldn’t have asked for a better time! His sister (my new sister!) stayed with us, and his parents stayed down the road at a little boutique hotel called The Lofts. This was the first time they had been to Columbus (aside from his sister, Bridget, who braved the cold in December and stayed with us this past winter!), and I think that they had a great time. On the TerraceWe got to hang out with my family a lot, and everyone hit it off – it made me wish that Mr. Parks’ family would relocate to Ohio and hang out with us a whole lot more! I never would have guessed that I would be so lucky as to have these wonderful people come into my life and become new additions to my family! We can’t wait to spend the weekend in good old Ottawa, Illinois, hanging out with dozens and dozens of Diederichs for the family reunion! I can’t believe how wonderful being engaged and getting married is – when it’s the right person; your best friend, it just feels like everyone you know is celebrating with you. I could not be any happier!!! Anyway, I just wanted to write a little blog to say thank you to my future in-laws, for being so loving and fun and friendly and easy! I think we could all have a good time wherever we are. I love you all!

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Venue Selected.

Well, i said i would give everyone an update on the wedding…here is what we know so far.

We have pretty much decided on a venue (which is the hardest part) here in CBUS. We wanted a place where all the out of towners and such could have a place to stay and hang out with the wedding party, and where we could spend a few days getting pampered (not to mention drunk) before the ceremony. So we decided on the Great Southern Westin Hotel and Spa (and theatre). It really makes the most sense. We spit-balled ideas like Vegas and Florida for weeks, and logistically, when you get right down to it, this is the best most logical place to have it.

The ceremony will be in the Great Southern Theatre and the cocktail and reception hour will follow immediately after. We are thinking of a Sunday brunch as well…we need time to swap gossip and observations of the night prior…we basically want to stretch this event as long as we can. As far as the rehearsal dinner goes, that has yet to be decided. My pops is coming into town so i imagine we will rough it out then.

The wedding coordinator over at the Westin should be getting back to us soon and then i can give everyone a date. We are shooting for Spring, but who knows when for sure…

here is a link to the hotel for the curious.

we will have a separate wedding site up in a few days that you can RSVP and check our registry, etc…i will let everyone know as that materializes.

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Tying the knot…

Don’t get me wrong, i want to get married; it’s just the whole process can drive you to the verge of insanity. Again, I love my bride to be, and i have to admit that i have a somewhat of an idyllic vision for our nuptials, but the logistic nightmare that is planning a wedding makes me want to get on a non-stop flight to Vegas.

So much has to be determined and coordinated, input digested, and family members consulted and pleased…the list goes on and on. So, with this rather daunting task ahead, i do what any normal American male would do…curl up in the fetal position and cry.

The first task we have set out to conquer is of course setting a date. Not as easy as it sounds believe me. It’s not like opening your calender, closing your eyes and pointing at a date. We have been struggling with this seemingly easy first step for about four weeks now, and with little progress. The location actually comes before the date…there is the rub…We have talked about a Vegas resort wedding, to a destination wedding on the Gulf Coast, to a good old fashioned home of the bride wedding…and having exhausted almost all conceivable options, we are just as clueless as we were when we started this whole thing.

Being a child of divorce doesn’t make this any easier either. I have basically have six families to consider and somehow get them to the wedding without forcing anyone to take a mortgage out on their house to do it. It is a lot of pressure because i know everyone is really anxious for us to set a date…we just haven’t found a place that makes our eyes pop and our relatives say “Ill be there!”

Anyway, we are going to talk to a wedding coordinator on Thursday so hopefully we can get down that isle without being suffocated by the enormous pressure of having the perfect wedding…

So, anyhoo…that is the update for now… more later when we book something…

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