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Monday, October 20, 2014

Love in a Think Tank

Pictures by Angela Cappetta 
Words by  Nathaniel Frank


Nathaniel needed a research assistant and Dom needed one more thing to oversaturate his college schedule. A working dinner was arranged. A very sexy argument ensued about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It turned out Dom didn't have time for research but had time for Nathaniel. Nathaniel could live without the research but he couldn't live without Dom. Across several oceans and a number of years, Dom and Nathaniel finally landed in their peaceful corner of Brooklyn. 

Sometime in early 2013, Nathaniel decided he was probably ready. Dom had been ready since '09.  Nathaniel thought Dom's July birthday could make an ideal time but the LA Times had a different plan. The paper offered him an op-ed in June--wedding month--and in a late draft Nathaniel snuck in a proposal. He prevailed on the editors to hold the article until late on a Saturday so he could pop the question, article in hand, in the hours just before dinner. He printed out the piece and asked Dom to read it, then (after two false starts, thinking he'd gotten to the money part), he rushed over, knelt down and presented a chocolate cupcake with a red garden rose sticking out of it. Dom said yes (and it's on Facebook, so he can't take it back). 

If you want to read the article where it happened, it's here:  http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/09/opinion/la-oe-0609-frank-gay-marriage-20130609




Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Art of Sabrage: an Austrain Wine-Themed Wedding

 Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta





When a couple is in the wine business, naturally, there has to be special wine at their wedding.  These two had traveled together on wine trips to Austria and it was with the winemakers, whom Erica calls call her Austrian family, where William, the groom, proposed.  The Steininger's, owners of the vineyard whose wine Erica distributes, even taught the couple how to saber a champagne bottle.

To saber a bottle, traditionally, you use a saber or a fancy sword-like item - a kitchen knife works - and with the blade, hit the exact point on the bottle where the mouth and the side seam of the bottle meet. It is a weak point on the glass and with all the pressure of the CO2 inside the bottle, it causes the glass to break and shoot the cork off of the bottle.  If done properly, there is a clean break and you can - and should - still drink the wine.

William nailed it in the first shot. As he held the bottle and struck it with a special saber bought especially for the wedding, he gallantly sabered it open for his bride.  The couple enjoyed this rare, small run of champagne, whose bottle displays a very special, hand-written label.  The recipe for this champagne hasn't changed in over 100 years.