Monday, January 13, 2014

Website Changes

Sorry for the last few days of being down! There's been a few minor changes in the background that were done last week.
  1. Expiration of Bluehost hosting services
    I originally hosted this page on BlueHost via WordPress and having an image gallery with ZenPhoto. Although I did really like this set up, I don't really post enough content or get enough traffic on this site to justify constantly maintaining the latest versions of these applications on my server. So, as detailed on my previous entries, I migrated the content over from WordPress to Blogger, hosted by Google's own servers.

    I probably boke the older image links that were hosted on the Bluehost server, but I will go around and fix them with the appropriate Google+ photos when I'm bored enough.
  2. Changing domain name hosting from Bluehost to Namecheap
    Although Bluehost still had my domain for a few more months, a lot of domain name settings weren't accessible any more since I didn't have a CPanel login for a hosting. Namecheap seemed to have positive reviews and decent initial and renewal fees. (Link is a referral link)

    So I had to tinker with the Nameserver address settings to get it right, as I wanted to redirect any jameskupke.com requests to blog.jameskupke.com instead of www.jameskupke.com; I think I will want to do something different with that in the future.
So I'm glad to get it done, and I don't anticipate doing any major changes since Blogger is a convenient plug in to the rest of the Google products I use. I think in 2014 I'll be posting more now that I'm married and the wife is settled in to her job. Happy New Years all!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wedding Posts Moved

Moved all the wedding posts over to my main page, as it's easier to maintain. Everything is going great for Jennifer and me. She's flying around the states and enjoying life. I'll try to post more travels on here in the future.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that made our wedding day perfect! Professional photography photos should come shortly, and I've seen a few awesome shots already on Facebook. Jennifer and I are both glad that all the major planning and coordination for the wedding is over, and now Jennifer can focus on graduating from Flight Attendant training this Wednesday.

This page isn't dead yet, more posts to come!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

For Those That are Coming

Parking:
At the end of Exchange St, there will be a parking lot on the right with a field named "Swift." Tell the parking attendant that you are here for the "Kupke-Wiser Wedding" and she should have a parking pass to give out to you.

Ceremony starts at 6:00 PM, please arrive before 6:00. Thanks, and wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hotel Recommendations


Hotel Recommendations

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott South
4151 Centreport Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76155
(817) 358-1700


Pros: This hotel is in walking distance of James and my apartment.


Cons:
Depending on transportation needs, you may need to rent a vehicle to make it to the wedding in Fort Worth.


Holiday Inn Dallas-Fort Worth Airport
14320 Centre Station Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76155
(817) 399-1800
holidayinn.com

Pros:
This hotel is located between the airport and our apartment. It sends a shuttle to the airport to pick up hotel guests and is reasonably priced for the area.

Cons:
Depending on transportation needs, you may need to rent a vehicle to make it to the wedding in Fort Worth.

La Quinta Inn & Suites DFW Airport South/Irving
4105 West Airport Freeway
Irving, TX 75062
(972) 252-6546

Pros:
This hotel is located between the airport and our apartment. It sends a shuttle to the airport to pick up hotel guests and is reasonably priced for the area.

Cons:
Depending on transportation needs, you may need to rent a vehicle to make it to the wedding in Fort Worth.

Super 8  
250 Texas 114
Grapevine, TX 76051‎
(817) 329-7222
super8.com

Pros:
This hotel is close to the airport and near family. It is reasonable priced for the area and has great reviews.

Cons:
Depending on transportation needs, you may need to rent a vehicle to make it to the wedding in Fort Worth.



Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
132 East Exchange Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 626-6000
hyatt.com

Pros:
This hotel is in walking distance from the venue.

Cons:
The reviews are horrible. Some guest had their rooms given away.  The average daily rate for this hotel is over $200.


Holiday Inn Express Fort Worth
1111 West Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 698-9595
hiexpress.com

Pros:
Located only 5 miles from the venue, it has great reviews and free breakfast. It’s comparably priced for the location which is in downtown Fort Worth.  The rates are a little over $100 per night if you book early.  


TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Downtown
805 East Belknap Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 332-6300
marriott.com

Pros:
Located less than 5 miles from the venue, it has great reviews and a complimentary hot breakfast. It welcomes animals up to 80 lbs with a refundable sanitation fee of $100.  It is non-smoking and was built in 2010. The room rate is a little over $100 a night if you book early.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How We Met

Our story isn't the typical fodder for Hollywood cinema (well, could be nowadays), but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. We both actually met online via OkCupid.

At this time, I was pretty opened minded about online dating, and I tried most of the popular sites (PlentyOffFish, OkCupid, Match.com, and eHarmony). I didn't think that it would generate anything worthwhile except for a few dates. Keeping a positive mind, I thought it was a good way to met people regardless of the outcome.
The profile that attracted the right one. :)

Looking at my profile as a single image it looks extremely long, but decided to put interests on a separate line. OkCupid clicked with me a bit better than the other dating sites, and I enjoyed reading their blog articles about dating statistics and advice of content to post on a profile. I think this ended up being the most thorough profile compared to the rest of the sites I used.

Hello! Who's this?
I believe that Jennifer's profile was matched up in a Quiver, which is a match that the system selects for you every few days. Even though I was sort of looking for someone that liked video games as much as I did, I still thought she was pretty cool since she had a picture in full Renaissance outfit and traveled to New Orleans. We joke now that one of the reasons that I messaged her on OkCupid was that she had red hair.

Our online courtship was actually short. I sent her a message with some small talk, and she decided it was safe enough to give me a call. I think I called her that same evening.

Needless to say, the rest worked out very well.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Engagement Photos

This Saturday, we took our engagement photos with Tiffany Hopwood. We had a lot of fun and are excited to share them with you.

We will put the pictures on the wedding album as soon as we get the CD, but you can look at them on her site here.

Jennifer really enjoyed Tiffany, and we will be using her for our ceremony and reception.