Instagram our wedding! #magpaw2012

23 Oct

Instagram is a great tool for sharing photos with your friends and family! If  you’re a smartphone user and not familiar with how it works, Maggie explains the basics:

1. Download the Instagram app from the app store on your smartphone (it’s free).

2. Launch the app and sign up for the service. You can choose to import your contacts (0ther friends using Instagram) from Facebook, Twitter, or your email account. Click “follow” to include them in your Instagram feed.

3. You can connect your Instagram to your Facebook account if you want, but you don’t have to. Instagram functions as a separate network. Each time you post a picture to Instagram, you can choose whether or not to also post it to Facebook.

4. From within the Feed tab on the bottom left of your screen (it looks like a house), you can scroll through all the photos of the people you are following.

5. To take a photo, push the middle button that looks like a camera. This will bring up your device’s camera, OR you can choose an existing photo from your camera roll by pushing the icon at the bottom left that looks like two squares on top of each other.

6. Move and scale your photo and then choose a filter from the list at the bottom (my favorite part), and hit the green check mark.

7. Add a caption and don’t forget the #magpaw2012 hashtag for our wedding photos!

8. Choose the networks with which you’d like to share in the bottom half of the screen (or not!), and hit the green Share button in the top right corner.

9. Aaaaaaand you’re done! Let the likes and comments roll in!

Don’t forget: #magpaw2012 is the hashtag for our wedding! Can’t wait to see your shots!

What’s on the menu?

20 Oct

Jeez, do we ever think about anything except food? Yeah, not really…

Without giving too much away, we got the best caterer in town to create a perfectly unique Mexican feast for our special day. It’s only appropriate, since our Friday Night Mexican Dinner is a long-standing tradition in our relationship. We’ll be having fancy enchiladas, nachos, and of course a hearty vegetarian option. We’ll have a varied sampling of local brews and perfectly paired wines (I may or may not be sampling that wine as I type this). We’ll also have some fun non-alcoholic choices. Par-tay!

14 DAYS!

Momentum

19 Oct

Maggie has worked so hard on this lovely site and everything else wedding-related. It’s about time I post something here. Momentum is a song I wrote in the early days of our relationship. I’m glad to say we haven’t stopped growing as two kids in love.

Marble Falls eats

17 Oct

In addition to the lake and beautiful scenery, Marble Falls has food, too! We haven’t had a chance to sample too many of these, but here are some options if you’re making it a hill country weekend.

Double Horn Brewing Company is a great choice! Delicious burgers and award-winning beer brewed onsite.

The historic Bluebonnet Cafe

River City Grille on the lake – great views!

A little Texas Italian at Russo’s or Francesco’s 

Thai food at Ginger & Spice

Get fancy at the Antlers Hotel

Mexican food at Julie’s Cocina

If you’re up for a little hill country drive, Trattoria Lisina is fantastic. Enjoy a glass of wine in the beautiful gardens while you wait for a table!

If at any point you’re making the drive from Marble Falls to Austin or vice versa and are looking to grab a bite, try Jack Allen’s Kitchen. It’s just west of Austin, near where 290 and 71 split off (we call this “the Y”). Might we recommend the Green Chile Cheeseburger? Mmmmm.

You can find more restaurant suggestions at http://marblefalls.org/.

Austin eats

15 Oct

Yes yes yes, there is so very much to DO in Austin, but where do we EAT? Austin is becoming known for its food almost more than its live music these days. Here are some our most favorite spots to chow down.

Uchiko: The best restaurant IN THE WORLD. Really. Truly. We recommend the chef’s tasting and at least two orders of brussels sprouts.

Polvo’s: Our Mexican food go-to. Try the cartuja sauce and a Mexican martini.

Maudie’s: Another Tex-Mex go-to. Best cheese enchilada in town.

Kerbey Lane and/or Magnolia Cafe: Austin diner-esque staples.

The Salt Lick: A BBQ classic in cuisine and experience. Definitely worth the drive.

Madam Mam’s on the Drag: We love the food here and BONUS FACT: we went here on our first date. Aww. Pad Thai, Tom Kha, and Pla Sam Rod are our favorites.

Foodheads: The most delicious sandwiches.

Contigo: Great food, great cocktails, great place to enjoy Austin in the breezy fall season.

Torchy’s Tacos: You ain’t never had tacos like these before. We like the original trailer location on South 1st – BYOB!

For more food ideas, check out Eater Austin and the Austin’ Chronicle’s annual restaurant poll.

What to do in Marble Falls

9 Oct

If you’re opting to spend your weekend in the beautiful hill country, here’s what to do in Marble Falls and the surrounding areas (Horseshoe Bay, Lake LBJ, Inks Lake).

Wine tours!

Marble Falls Main Street District

Sweet Berry Farm for the Harvest of Fall Fun. BABY GOATS.

Paddleboard on Lake Marble Falls

Inks Lake State Park

It might be a little cold for swimming but these are some stunning natural areas:

Krause Springs

Hamilton Pool

Many more ideas can be found on the Marble Falls website.

What to do in Austin

2 Oct

So you’re coming to Austin for our wedding and you want to know what else there is to do in this town? WELL! What ISN’T there to do? Music, food, outdoors, theatre, dance, movies…there aren’t enough hours in the day to live here, I tell ya. But here’s a short list of options for a weekend jaunt:

 

Experience a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse

Walk around Ladybird Lake

Food trailers! Favorites include The Mighty Cone, the original Torchy’s Tacos at the Trailer Park, and East Side King at The Liberty Bar

Stroll down South Congress

Barton Springs, of course (closed Thursdays)

Take in the Texas Capitol Building

Visit The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Blanton Museum of Art (we went to the opening of this museum on our first date, aww)

Check out what’s onstage on at the Salvage Vanguard Theater

For more info on happenings in Austin, check out the Austin Chronicle or CultureMap Austin!