Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Engagement Photos

Rachel Saarela, a dear friend of Emily's since childhood, was so kind to take engagement pictures for us. On a brisk October morning last year, she set up shots of us around the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul. Rachel did a great job, and we can't thank her enough for her time and patience. You'd think after my storied modeling career, I'd be more of a pro, but alas....

Rachel is starting to do more photography (in addition to her job as an art teacher in Anoka-Hennepin Schools), so if you're interested, we'd be more than happy to put you in touch.

Here are a few of the shots:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lay down your weary head

Our reception and ceremony will take place at the Summit Manor on Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, which is located close to downtown. There are a number of hotel options, and we've set aside two blocks of rooms, one at the Embassy Suites and the other at the Hilton Garden Inn. A special note: our wedding is the same weekend as the Twin Cities Marathon -- takes place on Sunday -- which shouldn't be an issue with the exception of hotels, so booking your room sooner rather than later is important.

To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites, call 651-224-5400 and use the group code 60Q. The block is under the Dussault-Curl Wedding.

To reserve a room at the Hilton Garden Inn, call 651-291-8800 and use the group code 61Y. The block is under the Curl-Dussault Wedding.

At both hotels, our blocks were mostly doubles, so you can get a group of four to share the cost of one room.

Of course, you're more than welcome to explore hotel options on your own and stay wherever you wish. The following accommodations are within a mile of where the wedding and ceremony will take place:

St. Paul Hotel
This is a fancy-schmancy 5-star joint that has a lot of history and character and class. From what I hear, the St. Paul Hotel not only provides a comfortable place to relax, but also makes your wildest dreams come true. I wouldn't know firsthand, as they don't allow Iowans inside.

Holiday Inn
What can you say? It's a Holiday Inn that's been renovated in recent years. You won't get a mint on your pillow, but it's probably affordable and comfortable enough. They don't reserve room blocks, but if you ask for the wedding rate ($120), they will give it to you based on availability.

Hotel 340
This hotel provides a wide variety of rooms/suites, ranging in size from broom closet to one-bedroom apartment. It looks like an interesting non-traditional place to rest one's weary head, but I wouldn't expect all the features of your average hotel. (No pool, ice machine, etc.)

Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast
This little place is about four blocks from where our wedding will take place. I've never heard much about it, but I thought I'd offer it up as an option.

Regardless of where you stay, the important part is getting ahead of the demand for rooms resulting from the marathon. If you wait, you may have to stay in Minneapolis or a surrounding suburb. It wouldn't be the end of the world, but it will make your transportation and navigation more complicated. As former Gov. Jesse Ventura once said, St. Paul was designed by a bunch of drunk Irishmen, and it shows.

If you have a questions, just drop us a line.