I am so happy for Jenene, my friend and colleague. When Bryan shows up on campus it's always a happy occasion! It is sweet to see Bryan come to Jenene's classroom events and her "Leadership" students' performances! Best wishes for both Jenene and Bryan!
I have known Cookie's" Mom most of my life (59 years). It is so exciting to share another of the family's milestones with her and Don. I wish you both all the love and happiness in the world. May you share the best of everything with each other, and may your future together be filled with love, and most of all, joy.
We are thrilled to be able to attend. The cycle of life has finally blessed you two. God Bless.
I am so excited for you both, and am so honored to be invited to share this memorable event.
What a beautiful website and I'm so happy for you! Love, Cousin Lynn
This is such a beautiful website and so heart warming to hear your story and know you as a couple! As "forever friends" with your parents, Cookie, and knowing you and your sisters before you were born, we are so thrilled that you have found such a wonderful life partner! We can't wait to meet you Bryan, and feel honored to be able to celebrate your wedding with both of you and your families.
Lots of love to you both for your future together, xoxo Harvey and Judy
Congratulations you two! We all can't wait to see you for the wedding! Love, Cameron, Amanda, Brittany, and Karissa
I am so happy for you both, and terribly excited to be invited to this happy occasion. Jenene, I have watched you grow up to a lovely woman, and I knew some day you would find the love of your life...god bless.
I couldn't be happier for the two of you. I have watched you grow up since you were a little tyke, and knew someday you would find the love of your life. I am so excited to be part of this happy occasion. ....bless you both.
I know you both have exceptional parents and they are so happy for the both of you. Jenene, if you can teach as well as your dad I am impressed. Your mom is a great lady, your sister wondeful and you must be very special. I wish you both all the best that marriage has to offer. You two will be married forever and always love each other. I am happy for you two. Love, Len
We are so happy for the 2 of you and are honored to share in your special day. We wish you a long healthy journey together. Love you! Amy, David, Rachel and Sara
This website is fantastic!
Your love story is so heartwarming and the words you both said made me cry. I absolutely LOVE this album and website you created! So many wonderful memories you two have already created together, and I have no doubt there will be many, many more to come! You two are such a great couple, and I have loved watching you fall in love. I can't even begin to tell you how happy and blessed I feel to be getting such a special guy as my brother! Bryan, you make Cookie so very happy, which would've been enough, but the way you have embraced us and been there for the rest of us and the way you fit right into our family has made you the perfect man to marry my sister. Cookie, I'm honored to be a bridesmaid on what will be one of the happiest days of your life! I'm so glad that we have continued to grow closer, and I look forward to sharing in all the special times in your life that are ahead of you. You will be a gorgeous bride!! I love both of you so much!!!
We are so happy that the two of you have found each other and will be spending the rest of your lives together. We have enjoyed watching your love grow over the last few years and we've also enjoyed having Bryan and Elvis become part of our family.
Your wedsite is fantastic with its narrative, photos and music. It espresses the warm and loving couple that you are. Can't wait for the BIG day.
Mom and Dad
Love, love, love the wedsite. You guys did an awesome job. I'm so happy you guys found each other and can't wait to celebrate with you next summer. Love you!
Congratulations on your wedsite! We are honored to be a part of your special day. Thank you for choosing wedsite.com to share your wedding plans and experiences with your friends and family.
Monterey is a gorgeous town and we love it there! However, since it is a "tourist" town, lodging can be quite expensive, especailly during wedding season, and rooms book fast. We suggest you book your lodging as soon as possible. Here are some suggestions:
*If you plan on staying in the Monterey area for three or more nights, and you will need more than one room (two beds) for your group, we recommend renting a vacation home in the area; try booking through VRBO or AIRBNB. (Mom & Dad Rice, Michele, and Ellen's family found renting a vacation home to be the best option for them).
*If you would like to stay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel, mention the Rice/Paddock wedding to get 10% off the regular room rate.
*The Spindrift Inn a few doors down from the Plaza is a favorite of Kelley Paddock, and Bryan and I stayed there for our second anniversary. You can get a room with a view of the bay and a fireplace, if you choose!
*We have stayed at the Sunset Inn in Pacific Grove multiple times and find their cottage-style rooms to be cute and cozy (with fireplaces in many rooms).
*Mom and Dad Rice have stayed at the Deer Haven Inn in Pacific Grove and enjoyed their stay.
*There is an Embassy Suites in the town of Seaside (a short drive from Monterey).
Who doesn't love great food? Here are some places we recommend in the Monterey/Pacific Grove area:
434 Alvarado St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Favorites iclude Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Piccata. Their desserts are to die for, especially the Snickers Pie, the Chocolate Chocolate Cake, and the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake!
The Fish Hopper
Monterey Canning Company, Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Excellent clam chowder (our favorite in Monterey), crab cakes, and fish and chips. They also usually have some type of Fisherman's Platter with mussels, clams, etc.
Domenico's on the Wharf
50 Fisherman's Wharf #1
Monterey, CA 93940
Try the dungeness crab cake sandwich, cioppino, or seafood Alfredo!
Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar (at the Monterey Plaza)
Good omelets, bacon, etc.
702 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(We've only had breakfast here, though they do serve lunch).
Delicious omelets, Benedicts (not Cumberbatch), waffles, pancakes, etc.
Here are a couple suggestions of places to visit if you will be spending extra days in Monterey! :)
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Favorite things to do here include watching the cute, fluffy sea otters frolicking with their toys, observing the grace, beauty, and weirdness of the different species of jellyfish as they undulate through their underwater world, and gazing at the hammerhead sharks and giant sea turtles in the open ocean exhibit. You can also experience what it's like to be inside a rushing ocean current, touch starfish and abalone at the touching pool, and pet a (barbless) stingray!
The Shops at Cannery Row
Take a stroll along Cannery Row and visit some of the shops, where you can get everything from fine jewelry to a cozy fleece jacket, a sea otter mouse pad, or a candy bar that's a blast from the past!
Rory is the best friend anyone could ever hope to have! Our friendship is going strong at 18 years and counting. :) Rory and I met each other as roommates the year I transferred to Sonoma State University. Being from Hawaii, when she saw my name on the door of our suite, she thought it was pronounced Je-nay-nay (like the nene goose). Much hilarity and bonding have ensued throughout the years of our friendship! Rory is now a Mathematics Professor at a college in Sacramento and we try to visit each other as often as we can! I am so happy that she will be my matron of honor on my wedding day! Love ya, chica!
Michele is the eldest of the Rice sisters and if you look up the word "strength" in the dictionary you just might find her picture there! Michele is an ambassador for The National Chronic Pain Organization and she has taught me so much about courage and perseverance. I am grateful that she will be standing with me on one of the most special days of my life. Love you, Mich!
Ellen is the middle sis and she is one of the smartest people I know! She works as an audiologist in Washington; I wish she didn't live two states away, so we could spend more time together, but I'm excited that she will be able to be in CA for most of the events preceding the wedding, and that she will be standing with me on my wedding day. Love you, El (or is it Elle?) Ha! :)
Kelley is Bryan's sister and she welcomed me into the family from the moment we met (although shortly after Bryan and I got engaged, she picked up and moved her family to Colorado! Hmmmm...). Just kidding, Kelley! :) I am happy that she will be standing up with me as I marry her brother, "Bry." Miss you, Kelley!
Derrick and I met in a game called EverQuest back in 2001. We started gaming together 15 years ago and have never stopped. Truth be told he's my best friend and basically the brother I never had. He was previously an EMT and now owns his own IT company in Edmonton, AB. Now just to get him to move that company down here....
Dana and I met many years ago on a dating site. It turned out we were better friends than anything else and what a great friend she has turned out to be. Always there for the good and the bad and quick to offer righteous indignation on my behalf.
Levent and I met at my work 19 years ago. He was way overqualified and we were lucky to have him. We became friends relatively quickly. He taught me how to code. I taught him how to game. I owe a lot of my success to him both in personal and professional life. We no longer work together and life has become busy but we still try to get together as often as we can.
Nicole was also an Everquest player. She took over leadership of the guild that Derrick and I were in. Until I came back and took it back from her. There was much drama but a great friendship was born of it. Personality wise, she is me without the Y chromosome. I think she'd take a bullet for me, but berate me while doing it. She's awesome like that.
Chris is my brother in law and just an all around great person to know. Full of upbeat energy, he can walk up to any stranger and befriend them in just minutes. That being said, I wasn't originally a big fan of his. He was dating my sister after all.. the jerk! That being said, I am so glad my sister found such a great guy to spend her life with and invite into our family and I'm very glad that Chris will be standing with me at our wedding.
I have always loved anything to do with the sea and remember going to the aquarium when it first opened way back when. Bryan and I went to Monterey about a month after we started dating and have been back quite a few times since then. We both love the area, so getting married in this beautiful location was not a hard decision!
The cocktail hour and reception will be at the Plaza immediately following the ceremony. :)
I could not ask for more loving and supportive parents than my mom and dad! They have always been there for me, at any time of the day or night. I have inherited so many qualities from them, such as the joy of teaching children, a love of nature and the outdoors, and a passion for reading (not math though, sorry Dad!) Their unwavering love for each other has been an inspiration for how I want my marriage to be and I'm thankful every day that I have them in my life. I love you, Mom and Dad! "Love you, bye!"
My parents are awesome. It probably took me 18+ years to realize this but it's definitely true. They've made me the man I am today and I'm so very thankful for that. My mom was an English major which has caused me to physically flinch when I read improper grammar. I credit her for my compassion and my tendancy to believe the best of people. My dad was an engineer at Lockheed and shaped my career with computers at an early age. He and I definitely share the same sense of humor, much to the chagrin of just about everyone...
Bryan: Shortly after our 2nd anniversary of our first date, I asked Jenene's parents for their permission to marry their daughter. The response was "Finally!" Apparently everyone had seen this coming a mile away. I'd had the idea of how I was going to propose for at least 6 months before putting it into action. I created a spreadsheet (tech geek, remember!) where I wrote out one letter per line of the words "Will you marry me." I then spent a week or two writing out messages starting with those letters, re-arranging them to make sure the puzzle wasn't too easy. I bought 30 small cards to write these messages in just to make sure I had enough to make a few mistakes. After writing all of these messages, I put them in envelopes. I wrote a small scribble on each that matched to the spreadsheet but would give no clue what the true puzzle was. This was just so that I could know which envelope held which message. Once the preparation was done, it was time to take the next step!
I knew it was going to still be a little while until the ring was ready but I hadn't planned to give the cards out too frequently. My thought was that every time she said or did something that reminded me how much I loved her, I would give her a card. She does this often, so I was giving out cards way quicker than I expected! Some I just handed to her, some I hid and surprised her with. We both really enjoyed it all and the fact that it remained a complete surprise until the final night was better than I could have hoped.
Jenene: Bryan proposed on Frday evening of May 27, 2016. He had been giving me really sweet love notes on these pretty notecards for about a week, and had been hiding them all over the place, like under a magazine on an end table, in the glove box, etc. I noticed that there was a single letter written on the back of the envelopes and I I asked him if I was supposed to have been keeping the envelopes to spell something out because I had thrown the first few away. He told me the letters weren't part of a secret code or anything and on the next envelope he wrote, "This is not a secret code." After I received a couple more cards I noticed that the first letter of the first word on each card was much bigger than the rest of the letters, so I figured there was some kind of code after all, that maybe the letters would spell out a clue for a present for my 40th birthday (which at the time was less than a month away). On that Friday evening he handed me another notecard that said I had probably figured out by now that there was a code, and he told me to gather all the cards together to try to figure out the code. The "code" letters on the cards were all scrambled up; after I got the "Will" and the "You", Bryan tells me that I started putting the rest of the cards in order faster and faster! Once I got the whole phrase in order he came up to where I was standing and officially proposed. I was kissing and hugging him for so long that he finally said, "You know, there's a ring!" I hadn't even given him the chance to put the ring on! :D
The way Bryan proposed was very meaningful because cards are important in my family. It's not unusual for us to give three to five cards to each other on special occasions because we just can't decide on which card to get! I like to display cards around the house and hang them on garlands in our family room all year long, not just during the holiday season. I also keep all of the cards I receive in special boxes, just like my mom does and my grandma did. The fact that Bryan proposed in a way that honored my family's love of greeting cards made the proposal extra special!
Bryan and I first met online (of course) on OK Cupid! I had seen Bryan's pics and profile and had given him a rating of 4 out of 5 stars (although I liked what I saw, there were some questions he hadn't answered and I wasn't going to go all in with 5 stars until I knew him better! Ha! :D ). I didn't hear anything for a few days and had started talking to another guy. I'm one of those girls who prefers to focus on one guy at a time, so when Bryan contacted me a few days later asking if he had missed his window of opportunity, I explained to him that I was already talking to someone else and that I would let him know if things changed. After general idiocy on the other guy's part, I cut him loose and messaged Bryan, "Pssst! The window is back open!" Best decision I ever made!
Our first date was at Dave and Buster's; little did we know it would be the last first date either of us would ever go on! Since then we've had many adventures together- going camping, taking two cruises to Alaska, renting an awesome party house in Tahoe for Bryan's 40th birthday, going to Disneyland, spending a week in Vegas, going to see 6 different musicals, attending Sharks games, going to Newport Beach and Catalina Island for Aunt Deanna's 70th birthday, and making numerous trips to Capitola and Monterey (including the trip for Dad Rice's 70th birthday), and our latest adventure, buying our first home together! We also both love hanging out with our families and each others' families, along with our beloved Boston Terrier Elvis! Our relationship has been filled with lots of love and laughter, and the joy of just being with the person we each want to spend the rest of our lives with!
I was born and raised in the SF Bay area for my entire life (minus 18 months in Washington, but that doesn't count!). I've been a tech nerd ever since I saw my first computer as a child. I got my start in the tech field at age 19 by being good at the computer game Doom. It's all about who you know, right? A fellow gamer brought me in as a contractor at LSI where I have been for 21 years now. I'm currently doing what I've always dreamed of doing, creating tools and automation software. There was really one thing missing until recently, and that's an amazing woman to share my life with...last checkbox marked!
I have lived in San Jose for most of my life, except for the years I attended Sonoma State University, where I got my degree in English Literature. After considering a career as a veterinarian, then a tiger trainer, I thought I might like to be a children's librarian, since I love books and being around kids. I worked in a library for seven years and discovered two things: 1) being a librarian was more about data entry than spending time with kids (sad face) and 2) when my dad retired and I was no longer able to be around kids in a classroom environment, I was grieving! I wanted to be in the classroom! Growing up I had never wanted to be a teacher, but at 30 years old I discovered that I wanted to be a teacher after all! So I went back to school (San Jose State) to get my teaching credential. This is my ninth year of teaching and I am excited to be teaching fifth grade again (which I taught for two years) after spending the last six years teaching fourth grade.
In my free time I love reading all types of literature, watching reality tv, singing, going to Capitola and Monterey, going on vacations with family and friends (Alaska has become a favorite destination and I would live there each summer if I could), having game nights, and just generally being silly. :P
I am so lucky to have found my partner in crime, the Yup to my Yup (if you don't know the Yup Yups, google them!), the missing lyric in the song of my life, and my true love, Bryan! I can't wait to marry this man!
Hello everyone! We are so excited to hear that many of you have made your reservations to stay in Monterey for the wedding weekend. It is making our wedding more "real," as opposed to a fantasy that will happen "someday"!
We have updated our gift registry and our "Poll" page, which now has a question about songs for the wedding! Paula Gould, we are counting on you to lead us in The Electric Slide! :D
Jenene Rice and Bryan Paddock launch their personal website at jenenebryanmonterey.wedsite.com
As you flip through our "album" you will see some of our favorite pictures on the left hand pages. Click on the little arrow on the bottom right of these pages to see more pictures! :)
Formal "Save the Date" cards and invitations will be sent out at a later date. However, if you already know there is no way you would miss the wedding (hurray!) then feel free to RSVP now! You can find the RSVP link on the Events page, next to the information about the location of our wedding. Each person must RSVP individually by entering your email address, then entering your name. If you do not have your own email address, it is fine to use a family member's as long as you each click on the RSVP link first.
We will not be inviting any children to attend the wedding unless they are relatives of the bride or groom. We thank you for your understanding!
Our plated meal will include steak and chicken (yes, you get both!). If you would prefer the vegetarian option, please choose the vegetarian option on our RSVP link so we can make sure you get a meal that you will enjoy! :)
Beverages provided during cocktail hour include lemonade and iced tea. Coffee, tea, (and milk for the kids), two bottles of wine per table, plus champagne for the champagne toast will be provided during the reception. All other beverages can be obtained at the "no-host" cash bar during cocktail hour and the reception.
Welcome to our website! We are now in the process of planning our wedding and we've created this website as a fun, convenient, and special way for friends and family who are both near and far to participate and celebrate with us. We hope you'll use it to get to know us better and keep up-to-date on our future plans.
Here you can read about how we met, meet our families, RSVP to our wedding events, and much more! We've also included some fun stuff like a poll, a gallery for viewing photo albums, and a way for you to leave us a note in our virtual guestbook!
We are so grateful for all the positive influences in our lives! Thank you to all our friends and family for your love and support over the years. Thanks for sharing our joy!