The Wheel of Misfortune


Some people watch Wheel of Fortune every single night and dream about one day spinning the wheel and winning some serious cash alongside Vanna White and Pat Sajak. Other people who have never watched Wheel of Fortune (*cough* *cough*) randomly run into an audition in Las Vegas, end up getting picked to be on the show and have the worst luck, ever. I’ll let you decide which type of people we were. If you need help, check out the video of our show below or over here on YouTube.

Even though we only walked away with a consolation prize of $2,000 (see a quick recap of the game here) Stephanie and I both feel like the experience was totally worth it. We got to hang in Vegas a few times, be on one of the most popular game shows in the world, meet some amazing people, hang with Vanna and Pat and still walk away with enough cash to pay for our flights. Not a bad deal if you ask me (although we would have looked A-MA-ZING in that red Mercedes SUV).

To close out this post, here are a few awesome shots that our friend Alfred took off of his DVR recording. A few things I’d like explain — 1. I was pointing at EVERYTHING for some reason, not real sure why 2. Stephanie makes that million dollar wedge look GOOD, doesn’t she? and 3. Pat Sajak is my homeboy!

This is the wedding photo that we decided to put on the show — check out the full version below

What’s a Hupfer wedding without the Chicken Limo? (we took this on our first date)

I’m not really sure why I was pointing so much, but it seemed like a good idea at the time

Yep, Pat Sajak is my homeboy. It’s true.

Adventures in *almost* trashing a wedding dress with the Gaupers

A couple of days ago Ryan and Holly Gauper rolled into San Francisco after driving across the US for a few weeks, flying to China for a couple more and hanging in Hawaii. If you don’t remember the Gaupers, they are the amazingly awesome husband and wife photography duo who shot all of the amazing pics from our wedding about 6 months back. They’ve been taking some time off to see some of their family, friends and have also been setting up some photography workshops along the way. They’ve been at it for a couple of months and are now finally getting ready to start the drive back to their home state of Michigan so that they can get ready for another crazy-packed wedding season.

Before they took off and headed back home both Holly and Ryan wanted to take Stephanie and I out for a shoot around San Francisco, which we were more than happy to do yesterday (ok, we were giddy like little kids to do it). Of course, with Holly and Ryan there’s never really just a ‘normal’ photo shoot and this time was no exception. When Stephanie and I went home for Christmas Holly told us to have Stephanie’s mom ship out her wedding dress to our place in San Francisco so that we could have a trash the dress shoot. If you’ve never heard of a trash the dress shoot, it’s basically just like what it sounds — the bride gets photos taken of her literally trashing her wedding dress. This usually consists of the bride jumping in water, standing around in something messy or some other type of thing that brides aren’t supposed to do while wearing a pristine, white wedding dress. It’s become pretty popular with brides here the past couple of years and it only seems to be getting more and more popular as time goes on.

We were planning on doing something a little more on the extreme side to Stephanie’s dress (like chopping it up with scissors or covering it in paint), but as Stephanie, Holly, Ryan, Nic and I started running around San Francisco together we ended up spending so much time getting shots of us not trashing the dress we didn’t end up actually doing the trashing that we initially set out to do. I’m totally ok with this as I was honestly a little sad about the fact that we were going to ruin the dress that reminds me of the best day of my life, but I’m sure that it’s just a matter of time before we get to doing what we initially set out to do yesterday. That dress is trashed, it’s just going to take a little bit longer before it happens.

Like I said, we didn’t trash the dress, but that definitely doesn’t mean that we didn’t get some freakin’ fantastic shots. We ended up spending about seven hours driving all around San Francisco and the photos that we ended up getting out of it are really cool. Check out a preview of what we came back with below and be sure to keep an eye on Holly and Ryan’s blog for more photos and video (and the video is HILARIOUS).

Wedding Deja Vu — A new Hup and Steph project

With all of the free time that Stephanie and I have laying around these days (!!sarcasm alert!!) we’ve decided to start  up another little project called Wedding Deja Vu. Wedding Deja Vu is a new blog that’s going to be all about the things that we’ve learned while planning our wedding, as well as some other things that we’ve learned since. On the blog we describe what we’re doing as Wedding planning tips, ideas and other randomness from a married couple who wants to do it all over again. Planning a wedding isn’t easy and with Wedding Deja Vu we hope that we can use some of our experiences to help other soon-to-be-married couples have a wedding that was even more awesome than ours (which will be tough, but we think we can do it).

To kick off the initial posts on Wedding Deja Vu we’ve been focusing on some of the details that some couples don’t put much emphasis on, but that end up creeping up as their big day gets closer and closer. They’re not the most top-of-mind topics, but they’re ones that all couples who are planning a wedding have to think about eventually.

Here are a few of the topics that we’ve already posted something about (we just started, so bare with us):

It’s definitely a work in process and we haven’t even thought about how we’re going to design it from a look and feel perspective, but we figured that writing good stuff was the most important thing to start with and we can pretty it up a bit later. If you have any thoughts, comments, suggestions or whatever, be sure to let us know in the comments. Also, if you would be interested in writing about some wedding stuff shoot us a note, we’re probably going to be bringing on other writers as time goes on.

Reading Crazy Love And Still Being In Crazy Love After One Month Of Marriage

crazyloveThere are a couple of quick things that I wanted to talk about today in this super-awesome blog of ours (at least we think so). One thing that I want to give you all a little information about is the fact that Stephanie and I have joined a small group Bible study-esque type of group with some of our friends that we have met from our church. The group consists 3 other married couples and one of the couples is made up of the super blogging duo Matt and Christen Buman who I talked about over here in this post after we had our first dinner date with them. This is the first meet-up-and-have-a-Bible-study-and-talk-about-God type of thing that I have ever done before and after having just 2 meetings I feel like I’m getting a ton out of the experience.

One of the things that we’re doing that’s pretty cool is we’re all reading a book called Crazy Love together and playing along a DVD that the author, Francis Chan, put together in addition to writing the book. It’s a great way to read/interact through the book and we’re only through chapter 2, but I can already tell that the group, the DVD and the book are all going to spark plenty of interesting conversations around our faith and beliefs, which I guess is the point. Not all of the conversations are easy ones either, but the great thing is that we’re all in this group and this learning experience together, so there’s nothing that’s really considered off limits. I would say that it’s a situation that is pretty rare and hard to find these days, or at least it has for me. I’ll be sure to post some updates of what all Stephanie and I learn and experience in this small group as we move along, so this probably won’t be the last time that you’ll hear about it.

Besides announcing our involvement with the small group, I also wanted to let everyone out there know that Stephanie and I have officially been married for one full month and we are still as madly in love with each other as ever. It’s crazy to think that it’s been over 30 days since we met at the alter and had the best day of our lives together (and, of course, had one of the craziest receptions that anyone who attended has ever seen). So, tonight when I got home from work we had dinner together (stuffed peppers), celebrated our first month as husband and wife and made sure to let each other know how much we still are ridiculously in love. What a great night and what an awesome month. Here’s to many, many more of these to look forward to. :)

yeah, that was a pretty awesome day…

A sweet shout-out from the Anti-Bride for our colorful wedding awesomeness

Check out the super sweet shout-out that our fellow SF superstar Carolyn Gerin posted about me and Stephanie’s wedding awesomeness over here on the Anti-Bride blog.

Can you feel the love? We sure can.

Thanks for an AMAZING wedding and we’re off to Mexico!

It’s getting late, I’ve packed and repacked after just getting back to San Francisco a couple of hours ago and I’m about to pass out at the keyboard. But, before I officially crashed, I had to say one more HUGE thanks to everyone who had anything to do with our wedding because it was the best day of both Stephanie’s and my life and without all of you it wouldn’t have been able to happen.

Thanks again for everything and we’re headed off to Mexico (Riviera Maya) for a week of honeymoon awesomeness in about 4 hours, so we’ll see you back online soon! We posted a video below to give you a quick update on what’s going on.

Frank tries to eat an RSVP

frankthumbI’m not really sure if you think that these videos are quite as entertaining as I do, but I’m going to continue to post them as frequently as I possibly can. I’m not sure if most dogs are like this and Frank is the first dog that I’ve ever owned, but I swear that he does something hilarious every single day (if not more). One thing that I have learned pretty quickly is that Frank loves to chew on stuff. He’s not too destructive when it comes to chewing things and most of what he ends up chewing on isn’t anything of real value (which is a good thing), but man, he chews and chews and chews.

Here is a list of some of Frank’s favorite things to chew on (in no particular order):

So, with all of that being said, I guess that I should add a new one to this list — RSVP cards, which he tries to chew on until I eventually help him get a good grip on it (that’s what dad’s are for, right?). Check out the video below and if your dog chews up stuff, feel free to let me know what it prefers by leaving us a comment.

It feels like Christmas (the wedding gifts start to show up)

img_0431Getting married and putting together a wedding isn’t easy, it’s a lot more work than you would think — especially when you’re doing from about 3,000 miles away. But, as we move closer and closer to the wedding date (only 23 more days!) I think that Stephanie and I are both starting to see a lot of the work finally pay off in a few different ways. One of the first ways is that we are both getting more and more excited as the RSVPs continue to roll in. We had about 12 people RSVP yesterday alone (the Bridezilla RSVP video seemed to get more people sending them in…) and just imagining all of these amazing peope in one place, all at the same time literally gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Honestly it makes me a little nervous knowing that everyone is flying in and what-not just for our wedding, but hey — it’s going to be an amazing time, so I know it will definitely be worth it for everyone. :)

So, even though seeing the RSVPs coming in is pretty exciting, it isn’t even in the same ballpark as the awesomeness of seeing our wedding gifts starting to show up. Each day we come home and go check out our lobby like little, giddy kids on Christmas morning who are going to see if there are any new presents under the tree. Here the last few days we have seen a few new wedding gifts come in from our registries that we set up at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond and honestly, we can’t get enough of it. I think that one thing that this wedding has really shown us both us how amazingly blessed we are to have such amazing friends and family who really care a lot about us. Seeing the notes, emails and gifts come in have really reinforced this to us and if you’re reading this right now and have sent us a gift (or are planning to), we want to personally thank you for being so freakin’ amazing that it hurts.

Just to show how happy getting these gifts and letters make us, we decided to take a picture and show you. As you can see, Frank and Stephanie are very happy that my uncle Fred and aunt Bestsy got us a sweet, new KitchenAid mixer. I’m not even sure what the thing can be used for honestly, but Stephanie was practically doing back flips when she realized what was in the FedEx box.

Do they look excited, or what??? (Frank was a little confused)

You guys rock, thanks for reading and only 23 more days until the BIG day!

Why we decided to write a wedding invitation poem and a couple of good responses

poetryOn July 6th I emailed over a poem to Holly Gauper, our amazing wedding invitation designer (and soon-to-be photographer), that Stephanie and I wrote together after we decided that we weren’t going to go the tradition route of having some type of formal greeting writen on our invitations. Now, I’m not saying that going the traditional route is a terrible idea and should never be done, but for some reason it just made us feel all icky inside when we thought anout sending out something that was so freakin’ boring. If you’re not exactly sure what I’m talking about when I say ‘traditional greeting’ on our wedding invitations, I’ll give you a quick example:

Because you have shared in
our lives by your friendship and love we,
Karrie Ester Bryant
Matthew Edward Mergesen
together with our parents
invite you to share the beginning of our new life
together when we exchange marriage
vows on Friday, the ninth of May
two thousand fourteen
at half after four o’clock
The Hall of Casa Monica
Four North Bend Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida

Ummm, yeah, like I said — not so much for us. We wanted something that reflected out personalities and our love for being creative, so we decided to move more towards the originally-written and slightly humorous poem direction. Basically all Stephanie and I did was sit down on the couch with my laptop for about 45 minutes and proceeded to throw out randomly rhyming verses that we thought might be a good idea to send out to the people we love most in the entire world. I mean, no pressure or anything, right? One of the toughest things when we were writing it was maintaining a balance between being informative, loving and funny, which I must admit wasn’t real easy. You need to remember that this isn’t just going out to our friends, it’s going out to my family, coaches, bosses and gradmas — yes, grandmas. Eventually we came up with a version that we were happy with and we hope you agree that it screams Hup and Steph without going over the top.

Here’s the poem that we ended up putting on the invitations:

If you’re reading this invitation, then there’s something you should know
you’re officially invited to our wedding (and we truly hope you’ll show)

We’ve spent tons of money putting it together, our wedding will be an amazing time,
Actually we’re completely lying, it was bought on our parent’s dime

Whether you’re a part of our family, a coach, a co-worker or friend
you’ve meant a lot to both of us and we request that you attend

But if for some reason you can’t make it, we’ll understand, I guess,
our address is on the back of this invitation (you can ship our gifts UPS)

The big day is August 29th, the year two thousand and nine,
At Irvington Presbyterian Church, 5:30 is the time

It’s going to be great when we exchange our vows, but have no misconception
The real fun will be at the Rathskellar where we’ll kick off our sweet reception

We’re excited to celebrate our love on this day and we hope you’re excited, too,
It’s the beginning of our lives together and we want it to begin with you.

When we sent this out on our invites we expected to get a decent reaction from everyone, which we have, but a couple of people really took it to the next level by RSVP’ing back with a poem that they made up, too. I thought that this was super cool and creative and of course I get so excited anytime I can spark someone else’s creativity, so these pretty much made my month.

The first RSVP poem that was sent back was from my homeboy Mike Schwarz who went to college with me:

I went to the mailbox and found your invite,
You know I wouldn’t miss your big wedding night

The pictures are great, I see a pretty blonde girl,
But why is Ryan’s hair so long and have so many curls

You will have tons of fun and the champagne will pop,
I am so happy for Ryan, he didn’t marry his laptop

Better start packing, it’s only one month away,
You’ll have a blast being married, it’s fun everyday

The reception will be awesome, will dinner be casserole?,
Put me down for 2, I’ll bring my wife, cuz that’s how I roll!!!!!!!

See you soon!

Mike and Heather Schwarz

Pretty sweet, huh? I love it! :)

The second RSVP poem came from Stephanie’s stepmom, Shannon. Check it out:

If you re reading this note, there’s something you should know… you need to help me find some people to decorate who will actually show.

I’ve spent some money putting this together and we will decorate on time…  when it’s all done, it will look fine!

If you want to choose family, co workers or friends…. it doesn’t really matter as long as it gets done in the end.

If for some reason people don’t show, I know you will not understand… so pick some good ones who will stick to the plan.

The decor day is august 29th.  the year 2009… at the rathskellar, 9:45am is the time.

It’s going to go easy, I will have a detailed plan… I will need about 10 people, both women and man.

I am excited to decorate, and I hope you get excited when its up, because I will get excited to see you become Mrs. Hup.

Love ya chickadee!


As you can tell, Shannon has been our reception-planning princess and apparently she needs help decorating the morning of our wedding so that The Rathskellar can look amazing. If any of you that are reading this would happen to be available at 9:45am on Saturday, August 29th and would like to help her out (she has it all planned out), just drop us a comment below and we’ll get you connected up with her.

Now, as far as getting anymore RSVP poems back, I wonder if anyone else will whip one up?

The RSVP’s

Look at us!  It’s officially the 2nd day of our wedding month, and we’ve posted two times, consecutively.  I think we’re on a roll!

Design courtesy of Holly Gauper
Design courtesy of Holly Gauper

Above is an image of our fabulous RSVP’s that my wonderful friend and wedding photographer, Holly Gauper designed.  We sent out the invitations just a week and a half ago, and already the responses are flooding in.  I think giving the guests the option of e-mailing us their RSVP was a great idea and can potentially save the guests some time and 43 cents 😉  As of today we have a total of 37 “Yes!” RSVP’s.   Not a bad start if you ask me.

So, Ryan and I thought we’d take some time to give you an update of what planning a wedding is really like.  The nitty gritty, if you will of the entire process can sometimes prove to be quite a challenge.  Despite the stress that a situation like this can put on a couple, I think we’re both handling it just fine, don’t you?  You can watch the video below or over here on YouTube

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