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The groom and I will start experimenting with some of our DIY catering options. I'll be refreshing myself while teaching him to make breads. We'll start playing around with hummus flavors and basic chutneys. We'll even try to create some of the things we hope to have in our edible garden. Our thanks go out in advance to our friends and family for being our lab rats!

To keep everything safe, we're going to try different cooling options. We're looking at using ice in some way or another, but we don't want anything to look tacky (like a cooler filled with ice and water) or like a seafood buffet. Above are some of the options we have considered. What do you think? Should we go for something like these or a more commercial option like this inflatable ice bar? If you have any opinions or easy, fanciful ideas, please let us know by using our feedback form.
The bride found a new blog to obsess about. For those who know her, you'll find that she loves things that serve multiple purposes. For this reason alone, she enjoys crafting using reused or recycled materials. Now, with Recycle This, she'll have a never ending source of inspiration for which to argue that we should save more things that can be reused. If you get a chance, we encourage everyone to check out this blog to see how they can solve their own conundrums while recycling.
While perusing for ideas for another DIY/green/budget bride, I came across this great idea for t-shirt tissues. We were planning to (and may still) put out vintage handkerchiefs for those that needed to clear up happy tears during the ceremony or reception (extra for our MOH). This is a fancy, eco-friendly alternative to paper tissues. However, we've only gathered about 10 at this point (hat may be enough, but I'd rather have too many than run short) and I'm a little afraid to wash them when we're done. Using t-shirts would be a cheap, easy to find, reusable (at home, as rags) and easy to wash alternative. I especially like how the tissues were dressed up with the vintage bucket for disposal.

    What's our story?

    Tarah works for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and has been living in Sacramento for nearly all of her earthly years. She lead a mostly uneventful life, though she always had a love of written, visual and performance art, holds an interest in politics and still can't resist animals.  Josh is a former punk rock musician who is back in college, volunteers with the Sacramento SPCA and blogs about the video gaming industry at 1Up.Com(Electronic Gaming Monthly). He was born in California and traveled around, mostly growing up in  Reno, NV and Southern Oregon.  With his band, he toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe. After the disolvement of his band and a couple years of contemplation, the groom moved from Portland, OR, down to sunny Sacramento.  A month later, the bride found his platonic ad on Craigslist. He was looking for locals who could show him around town, and Tarah knew just the right places to go. The two started a wonderful friendship that blossomed into the unbreakable relationship they enjoy today.  They share strong values for equality amongst people, humane treatment for animals, using diplomacy before voilence, and respectful care of the environment through personal responsibilty and accountability.

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