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Joe Caropepe & Karen Hanson Present:
W e d d i n g    C e n t r a l    2001 - Austin, Texas

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13 November 2001

AUSTIN - Here's a great photo taken by Susan Bautista of Karen & Joe walking down the isle of the church.

Thanks Susan!  Keep those pictures coming!

-Joe & Karen

7 November 2001

AUSTIN - Another set of reception pictures courtesy of Jon Anderson.  We really enjoy seeing the Big Event from another person's point of view - kinda like "Being Jon Anderson"...

The Barr Mansion.  It'll do for a party of our family & friends.  Let's trash it!

Karen & Joe arrived in a 1937 Cadillac Limousine.  A very nice ride.  Thanks for the champagne Eugene!

Sam & Eugene sharing a quiet moment.

Mike & Rose sharing a quiet moment.  And looking quite elegant we might add.  These people look too nice to be at a party thrown by us!

Karen enjoying a quiet moment on one of the porches with a bottle of water as Rose tries to sneak up on her.

Joe with two glasses of wine in the yard of Barr Mansion.  What can we say about this one?

7 November 2001

AUSTIN - WOW!  What a great time! 

This is the first opportunity we've had to update this site so we decided to add some pictures.  These are from Joe's parent's (Sam & Bernadette).  We hope that you enjoy looking at them.

The weekend was all about family & friends.  Here, Joe is holding is nephew Zachary.  You can click on any of these image to view them bigger.

On Friday, Joe, the groomsmen and some friends went for a bike ride.  Here we see Joe's brother Chris trying not to pass out.  Bucky drinks water.

Here Joe & Jason finish up the ride.  Jason's leg was cramping up just before this point and had to walk a bit (the seat post was too low).  If you look closely, you can see Joe's knees are bloody.  He went over the bars and smacked them both on some (hard) rocks.  He's still grinning though.

From left to right, Avery, Makayla, Jessica, Jake and Brandon.  We're not sure, but we think that this picture was taken during the only time they were all seated at the same time.  It lasted for about 3 seconds.

Joe & Gina at Barr Mansion.  This kind of reminds us of the old pictures on the first day of school going to E.P. Clarke.  Except now, it's the first day of another stage of Joe's life.

Jon & Rose Anderson with Joe & Karen Caropepe (yes, it still feels odd to type it THAT way).  This is at Barr Mansion.

Joseph & Diana Altwies with Jason Caropepe.  His legs finally stopped cramping up.

Karen and Mike Murphy dancing up a storm to the music of People's Choice at the Barr Mansion.

The Caropepe boys (Eugene is an honorary member).  Scary, eh?

Joe & Karen with our most special and distinguished guest, Joe's Grandmother.  At 93 years old, the trip from Michigan wasn't exactly easy for her.  We are  honored that she made the effort to be part of our special weekend.

On our way out, we noticed the swing hanging from a big live oak tree.  Karen jumped on and Joe helped.  We think that Jason took this picture.

Mike, Bucky, Joe & Eugene trying to read music very late at night.  Amazingly, the police didn't show up.

That's all that we've scanned in thus far.  If you have any great pictures that you'd like to see added, send them to Joe at

15 October 2001

AUSTIN - Sorry for not writing in a while.  We've been just a little bit busy...

We've met with Father Sean Horrigan (St. Michaels - Houston, Tx) & Father Alan Oakes (St. Austin - Austin, Tx) to finalize the ceremony.  This included making old & new testament and gospel readings as well as determining our readers.  We like our choices on all accounts.

Most of the RSVP's have come back and have been sorted.  A big THANK YOU to all who responded.  We have provided total guest numbers to the various food and drink suppliers (not that we consider you dear reader, just a number).

We have worked with the photographer to determine her timeline as well as getting a list of the shots we'd like her to get.

The limousine has been chosen and reserved.  It's pretty unique and should be a ton 'o fun.

We met with the wedding coordinator from Barr Mansion and he not only has "Plan A", but an actual "Plan B" on paper.   We think he has a "Plan C", but it only exists in his head.

Right now the weather is awesome - clear skies and lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s.  We almost wish it would rain now in order to remove the threat for the 27th.  Ever wonder why we can't predict the weather any further out than 5-7 days?

We've heard from quite a few of you (phone calls, cards & email) and it seems everyone is beginning to get a little fired up for our event.  We certainly are getting excited and very much look forward to seeing everyone.

Only 11 days, 15 hours, 24 minutes................

-Joe & Karen

26 September 2001

AUSTIN - We've been getting email & phone calls from people who have received the invitations so it sounds like the USPS is doing their job.  As a matter of fact, some people have even sent back their RSVP's!

Reaction to the invitation design has been overwhelmingly positive.  Thanks to all for the kind words.

Joe has added a new page describing the mountain bike ride that he'll be leading on Friday, October 26th.  It'll be Joe, Karen's brother Brian (his new brother-in-law), and the groomsmen for sure.  Anyone else is welcome to come along on this intermediate level ride.  Just let Joe know and be sure to contact the Bicycle Sport Shop to rent your bike.

-Joe & Karen

19 September 2001

AUSTIN - We managed to send the invitations out today!  There are a couple of stragglers remaining, but the bulk of them were dropped off this morning.  Talk about a load off our minds!

The rehearsal invitations will be going out in tomorrow's mail for those of you involved (and you know who you are).

Now we just need to complete the ceremony plans, decide on the dinner menu, order the alcohol, etc, etc, etc...

-Joe & Karen

14 September 2001

AUSTIN - A few days have now passed since the events leading to what CNN is calling "America's New War".  Today Joe rode his bike down to the capitol here in Austin and watched as Governor Rick Perry (and some State Troopers) raised a huge American flag over the entrance.

A U.S. flag hangs over the entrance to the Texas Capitol.

The invitations should be complete today or tomorrow and we are working our way through addressing the envelopes.  It's hard to get motivated.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

-Joe & Karen

8 September 2001

AUSTIN - This past week has been a busy one.  We finalized the wording on the invitations and they are now at the printer.  They won't get printed until sometime next week so we're working on addressing the envelopes now (wanna help?).

On Sunday (Sept. 2nd) we had brunch at the Empanada Parlour.  This is where we are having our casual Sunday brunch the day after the wedding.  They have a great gospel brunch, with live music, open the public beginning at noon so you may want to stick around a while.

On Friday (Sept. 7th) we had a food tasting dinner at the Barr Mansion.  The food was great and the place dripped with charm.  We just need to decide what food we want.  It should be a lot of fun.

-Joe & Karen

27 August 2001

AUSTIN - Been doing some housekeeping work on the 'old web page.  As you might have noticed, there is now your basic generic navigation bar across the top of this page.  I felt that things were getting a little too complicated and needed some order...

I have also added some information about RV campgrounds down in the Hotels & Camping section.  Uncle Jim is bringing his motor home and I know Sarah had asked Karen about this as well.

I don't know about you, but I just noticed that the damn countdown is now below 60 days and it freaked me out.  Is it possible for time to accelerate?  Sometimes I just sit and watch the seconds tick by until I get freaked out again...

That'll do it for now.  See you soon.


26 August 2001

AUSTIN - Okay, you know that I'm a computer dork, but here's an example of just how much of a dork I am:  Groomsmen (and fathers) can now enter their tuxedo measurements via an online form that I just created.  I figure that this will be easier than typing them in to an email (yeah, right).



23 August 2001

AUSTIN - I've been working on a map of our area.  This is the one that will be included in the invitations (which, by the way, are scheduled to be printed in a week or so).

Use our new discussion board to let me know what you think.

Talk to you soon.


16 August 2001

AUSTIN - Today we met with the music coordinator at St. Austin Catholic Church.  We talked about the various bits of music that we'll be using for the ceremony - including the processional and recessional.

We came away from this meeting with a better understanding of what to expect during our ceremony/mass.  He had some great (non-traditional) ideas that we'll probably use.

Things are starting to come a bit faster now that we're down to 71 days (or so).  I imagine that we'll be posting a bit more often from here on out...

Thanks for reading,

Joe & Karen

8 August 2001

AUSTIN - Well I think I've got the discussion board working.  As I mentioned in my welcome message, this could be a great place for all of you coming to Austin to share ideas & information.

It should be pretty self explanatory, but please let me know if you have any questions or problems.

Have fun!


1 August 2001

AUSTIN - The rings have been picked out and ordered.  We are going with platinum to match Karen's engagement ring.  It seems like it took forever to find a jeweler who would answer our questions and return our calls.  Is it too much to expect good service?

We also have a design picked out for our invitation.   It's something that Karen and a friend put together.  It's quite original and I like it.  We're working on the words now and should have them ordered pretty soon as well.

I've been working on the alcohol requirements and maps (guy things).



10 May 2001

AUSTIN - Another wedding milestone has passed. Last weekend (May 5 & 6th) we attended the Catholic Church's Engaged Encounter weekend. It was held in Belton, TX and took place on Friday evening, all day Saturday and ended on Sunday afternoon.

The format consisted of a series of presentations about individual topics. These topics included such things as how we feel about ourselves as individuals, as a couple, how we communicate with each other, our morality, how we make decisions together, sex and sexuality, and of course, the Catholic faith and God.

After each discussion we were separated (boys & girls) and spent about 15 minutes answering a series of questions. We then located our partner, read each others answer, and discussed the topic and our feelings.

Needless to say, it was a very emotionally draining weekend, but it was very productive and eye-opening.

As a side note, there were a bunch of college-age kids (22 - 25 year olds) who are in the middle of finals, preparing for graduation and are getting married in 3 weeks. I don't know how they are able to do it. I am very glad that Karen & I took the time to enjoy our wedding preparation (although time is now beginning to fly!).

That's it for now. We'll see you soon.


9 April 2001

AUSTIN - Big news!  Karen was able to drop most of the "save-the-date" cards at the post office on Saturday, April 7th.  The ones that didn't go out on Saturday will be going out this week (once we verify the address information).

Keep your eyes open for a big, brown envelope from Austin, TX.

For those of you who just can't wait, here is a sneak peek.


2 March 2001

AUSTIN - Get ready for our first mailing!  In the next couple of weeks we'll be sending out a "Save the date" letter. 

From what I can tell, this is a pre-invitation, invitation.  It basically says "here is the date, mark it on your calendar, make those travel plans and keep an eye open for the actual invitation coming in the mail in a few months"

We are also working on putting together a list of recommended (by us) lodging in Austin.  We are hoping to provide a nice range of prices all in the same geographic area.  In the mean time you can take a look at the City Search Hotel Listing for downtown Austin.


4 June 2000:  We now have a date and a reception location!

AUSTIN - The wedding date is Saturday, October 27, 2001.  Note that this is the weekend that we "fall back" from daylight savings time and get an extra hour of sleep (which we'll all enjoy).  Also, the average temperature in October is 72.1 degrees F - which sure beats the 95 - 100 we see during the summer (Chicago, by the way has an average October temperature of 52.8 degrees F).

Barr Mansion - Hanson/Caropepe Reception LocationThe reception will be held at a place about 10 minutes from our house called Barr Mansion.  It is very cool and looks to be a good place to throw the biggest party of our life.  Click on the link or picture and take a look.



Days Married...

... Not that we're counting.

Check out the new Discussion Board!

Schedule of Events (Tentative)

Thursday, October 25th

Friday, October 26th

Saturday, October 27th

Sunday, October 28

Hotels & Camping


Several hotels and motels in the area have been willing to to work with us for group rates.   They include:

  • The Hampton Inn ($) - Call 512.452.3300 before September 1st, 2001 and reference the Hanson/Caropepe wedding.

  • Holiday Inn on Townlake ($$) - Call 800.273.0077 and ask for the Great Rate.

  • There are various neighborhood bed & breakfasts near our house ($$$).  Call Karen before August 1st, 2001 if you are interested.

  • The Driskell Hotel ($$$$) - Call 512.474.5911

If none of these works for you, feel free to check out the City Search Hotel Listing for Austin:

Check out our map of the Austin area.


Camping & RV Parks

For you RV'ers out there (including Uncle Jim), I'm working on putting together a list of links to RV parks.  Here is the list right now:

Airlines & Rental Cars

We have negeotiated a special fare with American Airlines.   You can call them at: 1.800.433.1790 and reference STARfile# 09H1AI.
The special rate consists of a 10% discount if you book 60-days in advance (before September 1st, 2001) and a 5% discount if you book within 60-days of the wedding.

Of course you don't have to use American.  Southwest Airlines often has special low fares and many other airlines fly in to Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).


Call Avis Rental Car at 800.331.1212 and reference AWD# D003737.

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