Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The one in which I give Skeelo a run for his money

This weekend was just flat out wonderful.

One reason?
I spent it here:

Another reason?

I spent it with some of the most fantastic people I have ever had the fortune of knowing.

(which one do you think is me?)

And, most importantly, I witnessed an amazing friend make the most beautiful bride, and I saw in her groom's eyes that he recognized it, too.

Lest you think I am just some concentrated form of sap, I am not one of those generic "I-wuv-weddings" type of girl. In fact, after the last wedding we attended, I found myself wondering if I had perhaps became a little jaded, for outside of some more detached appreciations of certain moments, I wasn't having the typical warm and fuzzy emotional pangs. However, even the stoic Duke himself noted that this was a particularly lovely wedding. And he was one of the only dry eyes in the house during the speeches.

Other highlights and lowlights of the weekend?

The weekend kicked off with eight of us poured into one mini-van. While some would have sulked at the prospect of being forced to wait for a ferry in such close quarters, we celebrated by drinking red wine out of to-go coffee cups while in line.

Most of the tiny island was taken over by visitors for the wedding. Not only did we have every hotel room booked, but we also took over the local bar the night before the wedding, where someone plugged in their musical disgrace of an iPod, leaving us to dance the night away to hip-hop AC/DC remixes and Whigfield's Saturday Night. My guy, however, was impressed by my lyrical knowledge of Welcome to the Jungle.

Songs officially banned from my wedding? The Chicken Dance, the Macarena and the Hokey Pokey.

The lyrics to "I Wish I Was a Little Bit Taller" and "Shoop" are pretty much permanently imprinted in my brain. However, even better is the interpretive dances that accompany them when I have drunk multiple glasses of wine.

Sometimes gender contrasts are way too stereotypical. Exemplary of this fact is the 40-something woman who literally dove and collided with other people's ankles to frantically grab the bouquet, while the men had to be herded onto the floor to catch the garter.

Asshat of the wedding award clearly went to the fellow who was actually doing a running commentary of shit-talking during the wedding. Not only did he let out overexasperated sighs during certain portions of the ceremony, when my friend stood up to do a reading, he snarkily whispered "How much do you want to bet it's from Corinthian?" I also learned due to forced eavesdropping that he came down the aisle for his own wedding to "Eye of the Tiger". Seriously.

Warm and fuzzy part of the weekend? When the bride gave me and our close friends special engraved wooden boxes, and told us that they contained the key to a box we would get for our own wedding, which included a special garter that we were all to wear on our special day.

Quote of the weekend? 
The scene: Three of us discussing the incarnations of bacon in different countries.
J: Bacon strips taste different in the US than they do in Canada.
The Duke: That's because bacon from Canada is made from children's dreams.
Me: Mmm, I taste unicorns!

(Psst... ummnowwhat.com. Do it.)


jenn said...

Sounds like a fantastic weekend.

And my (totally random) guess is
4th from the left.

lil miss hissyfit said...

Hey hey asshat or not you gotta admit walking down the aisle to eye of the tiger is kinda amusing. I always wanted to walk down it to the jaws theme myself. My fiance has of course denied that possibility.

Umnowwhat is wonderful

SMARTBuddy said...

THe music mix at wedding is difficult (maybe impossible) to get right, but everyone knows not to play any of the shitty school disco pap. Right?. The other key themes sound similar to English weddings- the emotional speeches, special presents and the guy who talks all though the ceremony..

dmb5_libra said...

ugggh, that guy sounds like a douche! sounds like you guys had fun....your friend in the picture in all black with gloves? that is a killer outfit!

at my cousin's wedding, we danced to "back that thing (ass) up" by juvenile per the brides request. needless to say, it was open bar.....good times.

Jenn said...

This was a busy weekend for brides and grooms. This is the fourth wedding I'm reading about!

I'm glad you had such a fantastic weekend :)

tmamone said...

Songs officially banned from my wedding? The Chicken Dance, the Macarena and the Hokey Pokey

Don't forget "Crank Dat Soulja Boy" (especially if most of the wedding guests are white).

poodlegoose said...

Hahaha that guy sounds awesome. I don't understand how people function like that at events and think that their actions are acceptable. It just blows me (haha, sorry, I'm in Arrested Development mode here). It blows my mind. And none of those songs are being played at my wedding either. Blech.

It looks like you had a great time :) Love it. Those are some of the best times.

Joanna said...

Looks like it was beautiful! Glad you're not truly "wedding jaded" *smile*

Jamie said...

The first picture looks like it was beautiful!

Salt City Mistress said...

Love the pic! I love a good wedding, totally makes me smile ;)!

longredcape said...

Eye of the Tiger? WTF?

Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
They stack the odds 'til we take to the street
For we kill with the skill to survive

How appropriate.

Paula said...

Sounds like you had a great time! :)

Maxie said...

I love it when they play good music (like shoop) at weddings. At my sisters wedding I swear the music was so LAME. they only played old stuff and everyone sat at their tables the entire time.

sounds like you had a great weekend :-)

Nilsa S. said...

Glorious weekend. Yay! Are you in pink?

Larissa said...

What a great weekend you had! Are you third from the right?

rs27 said...

I was at a wedding and they played "Low"

We got all funky on their ass.

I don't know what that means.

captain corky said...

"Songs officially banned from my wedding? The Chicken Dance, the Macarena and the Hokey Pokey."

Well then don't be devastated when Captain Corky doesn't even bother to RSVP. ;)

ToughGirl101 said...

my favorite part of the wedding, as cheesy as it is, is when the groom sees his bride at the end of the aisle for the first time. Sure, the marriage might be doomed (uhmm... i'm jaded) but for that split second, his bride is the most beautiful thing in the world to him, and it makes my heart all a flutter.

/end sappiness/

Essentially Me said...

Glad you had fun with your friends! I think every weekend should be like that!

And I bet I can figure out which is you in a few shakes of a mouse on Facebook ...

Matt said...

I love legs!!!!!!

Yoda said...

I would guess the most hiked up skirt is you ;-)

Crushed said...

You are third from left.

Katelin said...

haha i love that last quote. and sounds like a lovely weekend, yay for weddings!

Psychgrad said...

Eye of the Tiger? Puke. Amazing in maybe a bad story about a trashy cousins kind of way...but actually in practice - not so much.

I love Shoop. Sigh... Grade 9... feels like yesterday.

WKC said...

My two best friends have already decided on what Sonic Youth songs they will play when they get married to each other. Though with them, marriage is just a formality at this point, and heaven forbid it ever becomes otherwise.

Me? Whatever she wants, I suppose, whoever and wherever she is.

the frog princess said...

While the key/box idea is totally sweet, I have to ask: were any of the girls receiving the box totally single? Because if it was me, my first thought would have been "Well great, there's a box I'm never going to see..." :)

Also, my cousin and her husband entered their reception to the theme from "Top Gun"... but he won 2 Top Gun Awards in flight school, and therefore it was perfectly acceptable ;)