Friday, January 22, 2010

Where to Stay. . .

Looking for a place to stay for the wedding? We have reserved a block of rooms at the Tremont House, located in the strand area, and walking distance to museums, shops, and restaurants.

Information at:

To Make a reservation, call:


Ask for the in-house reservation department, and ask for the Daly/Swanson Wedding room rates. Rooms are available for both nights at $155.00 plus tax per night. These rates will be valid until May 4th, 2010 at 12:00 AM, or until the hotel is booked, so please call in early to reserve your room!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

St. Patricks and the Garten Verein


Sorry for a bit of a delay from our last post. We have since moved cross country to Philadelphia, and are settling in to winter in the northeast. I thought some background information for the event locations would be nice to have so here goes:

St. Patrick's Church

This church is the site of many a family wedding in the Daly and Perich history. My parents were married at Saint Patrick's on June 7, 1969. Many Aunts and Uncles, and more recently cousins have been married at Saint Patrick's. It seemed, therefore, a great place for us to exchange our vows, being there was so much family history within the walls!

The original church was built in 1877, and designed by Nicholas Clayton, a prominent Galveston architect. The church suffered some damage from the 1900 storm, when the main tower fell and crushed the church below. Nicholas Clayton was involved in the redesign, and the church opened again in 1902. In the image shown, St. Patrick's is on stilts, while the island of galveston was raised for the construction of the seawall.

After the ceremony at St. Patrick's, we will move onto the Garten Verein for dinner and dancing. The Garten Verein was also designed by Clayton, and originally built in 1880 as a social club for German businessmen.

When I was a little girl, the Garten Verein was down the street from the house of my grandmother's on Avenue O. Every Mardi Gras, we would meet at my Granny's house for a Mardi Gras party, complete with king's cake, and then walk to the parade route on 25th Street. Along the way, I always remember seeing the Garten Verein lit up from within and decorated for Mardi Gras. To me it always seemed like an extraordinary lantern within a park. In the daytime it had the appearance of an octagonal greenhouse surrounded by a garden. I was thrilled to find out it was available for the wedding, and I hope you all enjoy seeing it as well!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year and Welcome to our Blog!

Hello Friends and Family,

Welcome to our wedding blog. This site will be a source for periodic updates on event and travel information for our June 5th nuptials. Right now the two of us are staying in Salinas, CA with Tyler's family. We had the pleasure of meeting many of the Swanson/Orrison's friends yesterday evening at an open house.

Next week, I will be flying to Pennsylvania to join Tyler. We'll be unloading the storage cube that contains all our furniture, and I'll be settling in to living in Philadelphia. I am especially excited about winter with snow and suddenly being close to family (Rose lives in Wilmington and James and Liz live in New York).

We will try to populate this site during the upcoming weeks, so keep checking up on us!

I hope you all have a wonderful new year.