Friday, December 23, 2016
Jim meanwhile, wandered around a bit. It takes men considerably less time to get dressed.
My bouquet had cabbages in it. Cabbages!!!
(Farmer's Daughter Flowers is a floral wizard).
The ceremony was fairly brief, with readings done by our siblings (The Goodridge Decision, as a subtle nod to the support of same sex marriage; Mali's "Love is Like Owning a Dog" for a bit of humor; and James Dillet Freeman's "Blessing for Marriage" as a secular, sentimental description of marriage without suggesting any co-dependency). The sun was setting in saturated shades of pink, and a loud Pittsburgh train went by in the middle. A baby bunny nibbled foliage along one of the side aisles and all went swimmingly. It is hard to stay present during such activity, and I'd say I failed pretty badly at being in the moment, but it was still lovely.
Before entering the reception, Jim had the privilege of using the BYOV Bustling Guide and bustled up my dress train, so I wouldn't step on it all night.
And then we proceeded to dance like no one watched, a goal I'd been working toward for some time. I even got the lil brothers on the dance floor, but it took some miraculous feats of strength.
We had heaps of the most delicious white lily cake, along with some carrot cake from Food, Glorious Food. We had sheet cakes to supplement the modest tiered cake, and got to eat the leftovers the next day. That raspberry & whipped cream cake does not get old. I had it first at another wedding years ago, and knew that's what we'd serve at ours. So, so good. And the "naked cake" with just a crumb coat and botanical decorations looked just perfect!
It was so wonderful to see so many of our good friends and family, and show them a good time!