Last Saturday Katie and I took a major step by formalizing our civil union with some of our best friends in Houston. Because our “real” wedding will take place in Italy and because it’s kind of a pain to be legally wed there, we decided to be legally wed in Houston first.
We originally intended for it not to be an event but really just an official procedure of filling out some documents. However, as it became clear that some of our best friends would not be able to join us in Italy, we decided to use the occasion for a little “pre-wedding” celebration.
Our moms and Katie’s sister flew in for the affair and it was officiated by one of our best friends from the Rice community – who also happens to be an ordained minister! We held the event on April 16th, the 10-year anniversary of our first date, which also happened to be Jimmy Buffett Day this year! We held it at Antica Osteria, a restaurant that has been a special part of our relationship since the very beginning.
We had lovely weather all weekend and the star jasmine was in full bloom, providing an incredible scent everywhere we went. The night of our dinner the sky was clear and the full moon was shining brightly. There were 17 of us all-in-all in a private area, which proved to be a great size, allowing everyone to meet everyone else and for us to visit with everyone.
We had picked out our favorite dishes for the meal: pepperoni arrostiti with anchovies and garlic and burratta pugliese to start, the “Memari” salad dell’osteria, and a choice of fresh Gulf snapper, eggplant parmigiana, or Maine lobster fra diavola. We knew everyone would be stuffed by dessert time so we went for a lighter option: fresh mixed berries and cream.
To drink we served an Angelo Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino 2004. Katie and I had been to visit Angelo’s brother / next-door neighbor, Livio, in 2009 and absolutely loved the wine so we gambled that Angelo’s would be good too. Our gamble paid off and we had a very nice, mellow brunello that got better as the evening progressed.
The food was delicious, the company was great, and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off our wedding festivities. We closed down the restaurant and ended the night feeling incredibly positive about our future together and the great people in our lives. Now we are looking forward to more time with family and friends during the coming weekends and finally the wedding itself in May. Life is good!