The Facts

Yes, we're getting married. And we're blogging. Most everybody has a wedding website these days; we've decided we favor a wedding blog instead. We think it's very cutting edge.

Tara has just reminded me we need to stick to the facts. We're getting married on December 6, 2008 at 2:15pm at St. Patrick Church in Dallas, Texas. A dinner reception will be held immediately following at the Old Red Courthouse (pictured right).

This blog will be your source for all information pertaining to the Teter/Dankberg wedding. Check the links under 'Helpful Information' or scroll down for information about the wedding parties, registries, in addition to some travel information and other fun facts about Dallas, Texas.

We will be posting maps, ideas for activities, and other helpful information soon! In the meantime, feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Friday, July 22, 2011

We did get married!

I realized I never actually updated the blog once we got married. So to kill the suspense, we did get married on December 6, 2008, just as planned. :) Married life has been wonderful. We still are enjoying life in San Francisco and all it has to offer - 17 microclimates, amazing views, and vibrant neighborhoods. This spring we took a fabulous trip to Europe - sort of like a second honeymoon.

Awhile back I wrote a little piece about our wedding and what made it special. Here it is, just to wrap up the 'getting hitched blog:

A few things about us:

Chris and I had known each other for several years before we started dating – he was the older brother of one of my best friends from school. I would always spend a few days with their family in California over the summer, and one summer there was a spark. We had already discovered several surprise connections between our families (like that Chris’ uncle was the soccer coach of my sister!) so our relationship seemed somehow fated. We were married exactly 3 years to the day after we first started dating.

The diamond in my engagement ring came from a pair of earrings belonging to Chris’ great-grandmother. The other diamond? It is in his younger sister’s engagement ring. She is getting married – to one of Chris’ friends - this summer! [Update: they are now expecting a little boy in December! Can't wait to meet nephew #2!]

I used a piece of my mom’s 4-tiered cascading veil (it was the 70’s!) and pearls my dad had given my mom (he passed away a few years ago) as accessories. I “borrowed” a lovely hairpin from a dear friend and used my grandmother's handkerchief featuring a blue butterfly for my “something blue.” My mom and sister both walked me down the aisle.

A special treat to me was the fact that my favorite high school teacher, Fr. Deeves from Ursuline Academy, was able to marry Chris and I at my family’s parish.

Old Red Courthouse and Museum was an amazing venue for us. As an architect, I loved the historic character of the building. We got to show our guests a little slice of Texas history (most of Chris’ friends and family had not been to Texas before our wedding) and also showcase our families’ history in Dallas. Chris’ family is mostly in California, but his mom grew up in Dallas and her family has a long history in Dallas. Between our two families, we had so much history that we prepared our own museum guide that included fun facts about our families’ history in Dallas.

Chris isn’t a cake person, so in lieu of a groom’s cake he opted for Mexican hot chocolate and snickerdoodle cookies. Right before we cut the cake, I surprised Chris with his favorite ice cream – a banana, peanut butter and chocolate concoction from Coldstone – presented in mini San Diego Padres baseball cap bowls.

In our three years of dating, Chris and I lived in New York City, San Francisco and took many driving trips (including the cross-country trip that took us from New York to San Francisco 4 months before our wedding). We decided to have our table cards feature some of our favorite places along the way. Grant Central Station, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the State Fair of Texas were a few.

Since our wedding was in early December, Chris and I wanted to do something that promoted the holiday spirit. We provided holiday cards at all the tables and asked our guests to write a holiday message to someone who needed a little cheer. We delivered the cards to children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and sent many overseas to our< soldiers.

Texas themed welcome bags greeted our guests. We filled them with Texas-shaped chips, salsa, and, of course, Dublin Dr Pepper. The brown bags were tied with a bandana, and a vintage Dallas postcard welcomed guests.

And the lucky lady who caught my bouquet is now engaged! [Update: Married and a proud mama to Benjamin!]

We were lucky enough to have Stacy Cross and Kate Mefford capture our day. Click here to see their awesome pictures.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving!

Wow. It's been a busy few weeks. I think we have all the big wedding things taken care of, but now it is time to figure out all the small details...and there are a ton of those! Chris is trying to make sure I focus on the big picture...marriage...and not get bogged down with trying to design the place cards. Hehe. Thanksgiving is nearly here and that means the wedding is just around the corner!

Chris and I got the results of our FOCCUS compatibility test back today. Fr. Deeves (my favorite high school physics teacher who will be marrying us) called to say that we scored the highest score he's ever seen...81%. Not bad. I guess we should go ahead and get married. :)

Two weekends ago I was treated to a lovely bachelorette party by my Maid of Honor, Jenna and my Matron of Honor, Lauren. Everything was so pretty, and it was so much fun to hang out with all the's been a long time since I'd been able to do that! Jenna even surprised me with a karaoke machine!! We sang (screamed?) until our vocal cords were sore. It was awesome. Thanks to Lauren and Jenna, and all the girls that were able to come. I had such a great night!

I think this was the fanciest bachelorette party ever...yes, that is asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. Thanks also to Heather for making some amazing cupcakes! (not pictured, but very cute)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hotel Update

UPDATE: We're hearing that the Magnolia Hotel may be booked up Friday night - we'd suggest giving them a call just in case something opens up. There's a Hyatt Regency less than a half-mile from Old Red Courthouse in downtown that we can also recommend. The rate is $119/night. Phone number is (214) 651-1234 and the address is 300 Reunion Blvd E.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Busy Texas Weekend!!

Not living in the city where you are getting married forces one to be an impeccable planner. We somehow managed to squeeze a dress fitting, two tastings, a hair and make-up trial, a meeting with Fr. Deeves, a fabulous bridal shower for me and the Texas-OU game for Chris (go Texas!), and the Texas State Fair into just three and half days! Oh and we even stuffed all the invitations!

Lauren Wallace (Matron-of-Honor) and her mom, Linda Reeves, were sweet enough to throw a shower for me at the Dallas Arboretum. They even arranged for perfect weather, linens in my wedding colors, and flowers with that perfect punch of color! Everything was just so nice. Perhaps the most interesting part of the shower was when I had to guess Chris' answers to 25 questions Lauren had secretly asked Chris the week before. I definitely did not get them all right (Huckleberry Finn is his favorite book?!) but I nailed the important ones. (What kind of dog does he want, favorite movie, favorite dessert, etc)

Thank you so much to all who was great to see the SPS girls and moms, all the Teter women, the Barabs, Bennetts, and Fraineys.

And thank you especially to Lauren and Linda! The shower was absolutely perfect and appreciate all the thought and time you put into it!

Chris and I also met with Fr. Deeves, one of my high school teachers from Ursuline, to review our FOCCUS test, which is about 150 questions on topics you may or may not have already discussed as a couple. Don't worry, we "passed." But here we are on the kitchen table doing our test. I hadn't filled out a scantron in a very long time.

And no trip to Dallas during October would complete without a trip to the Texas State Fair! This was not Chris' first Texas State Fair experience, but it was his first one where he was old enough to eat a Fletcher's corny dog! We enjoyed finding the most creatively fried food items - this year's hits are chicken fried bacon and fried BLTs. We also posed for some pictures in front of Big Tex who is now sponsored by Dickie's BBQ.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Quick Peanut Update

Both babies are home, doing well, and looking adorable. Such cuties!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Peanut Time!!

We got to meet the Peanuts this weekend! Believe it or not, they are even more adorable in person. It's hard to believe, I know! They are so tiny and precious I was nervous to hold them! But almost immediately after I started holding Amelia, she had a big poo, so I figured we were cool.

The babies should be coming home this week, which is super exciting. Katy and Ben are looking forward to having the whole family together!

Chris and I also drove down to San Diego to order our wedding bands from the jeweler who made my engagement ring. After 2o minutes we had ordered two bands and I had changed the design of my ring 3 times. With the bands ordered there's no turning back! :)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tara and Chris = Auntie and Uncle!

We're so excited to report that our niece and nephew were born on Friday! Amelia Ann and Paul Joseph (P.J.) each weighed in at 4lbs 13 oz. Katy and the babies are doing well, but the little Peanuts will have to stay in the hospital for a bit. Chris and I are planning on going down to L.A. next weekend to meet them. You should check here for Peanut Updates. I check it many times a day, just to see those cute babies! Congratulations Katy and Ben!