What’s all this marriage stuff about anyway?
Friday afternoon, my siblings and I headed over to the cottage where our brother Chad was getting ready for his big day:
The girls and I held down the fort and nibbled on fritos while the boys lived out a high-anxiety cuff-links drama of sorts.
Once the cuff links situation was resolved, pre-wedding photography was able to resume.
Chad went off to collect his bride, and the rest of us headed down to the beach (the site of my early morning runs!) to stake out the perfect wedding location:
And then the family photos commenced. Kids:
Left to right: me, brother Mark, sister Emily, brother Chad, new sister-in-law Laura, sister Allison, “cousins” Charles and Rob.
Bliss continued …
See the couple looking slightly stressed directly behind me to the right? That would be the baby’s parents wondering where their two-month-old son went. Just kidding … sort of.
As soon as I saw my brother’s best friend walking down the beach steps with baby Jack in his arms, I immediately transferred veil-holding duties to my sister and beelined straight for Chris with a “sogoodtoseeyouagaindoyouwantmetoholdyourbaby?”
After the ceremony, we headed up to La Playa for cocktail hour … which was a dinner in itself!
I had a few bites here and there (including a couple slices of that incredible pizza), but my hands and attention were otherwise busy with baby!
Once inside, I found my seat and marveled at my luck:
A straight shot to the six wedding cakes!!!!!
But first, I happily sat through a delicious salad with gorgonzola and walnuts:
And my entree: local crab ravioli with prawns in a tarragon butter sauce with julienne veggies.
This was amaaaazing. I definitely picked the winner!
The other option was this osso bucco with citrus glaze and risotto cakes:
I wolfed my meal down so I could go and kidnap this little guy again:
Just kidding. I asked permission first.
Jack got hungry for his mama just in time for the cake cutting …
Seriously, between the cakes and the baby, I wasn’t sure I was still awake. This sort of thing only happens in my dreams!
There was a multi-layer chocolate cake, a coffee cake, a carrot cake …
Almond cake …
And raspberry-lemon cake:
Chad and Laura opted for cinnamon for their first slice:
And then I swooped in for one of each.
Almond, coffee, and carrot:
Cinnamon, chocolate, and raspberry-lemon:
They were terrible:
The raspberry-lemon and carrot were tied for my favorites.
Post-cake, I ordered myself some Earl Grey to try and quell the sugar shakes:
The tea that arrived was fancy and robust:
Murphy was particularly impressed with the leaf on the end of the pyramid bag and insisted on hand modeling:
He also insisted on me eating more cake and posing with it.
And then, tragedy struck. All of the unmarried ladies were rounded up for the bouquet toss, whether they were interested or not. I strategically placed myself at the back of the pack and pulled my big sister Allison in front of me with the command, “Block me, Allie. Keep that thing away from me.” Next thing I know, the bouquet comes sailing straight for my chest (ummmm, big sister, what happened to your job???), where it decided to lodge itself. This had to be the most passive, hands-free bouquet catch ever. I almost broke out in tears. The offender:
Seriously, if it were up to me, I would skip the whole marriage thing and just continue poaching other people’s babies for the rest of my life. Oh wait, it is up to me!!! 😀
How do you feel about the bouquet toss?