This week was super-exciting. After weeks of frustrated email exchanges with potential venues, most of whom were not even vaguely interested in negotiating anything within our budget, we have a venue! And it's gorgeous! And fits all of the criteria we were looking for! We went to see it in person on Wednesday and booked it on the spot.
And since we have a venue, we also officially have a wedding date - December 16, 2012.
Tonight is another meeting with our jeweler about my engagement ring (it's been a long process, but the jeweler is amazing and understands what I'm looking for), and at some point over the weekend I need to do some hardcore research on photographers.