The Tale of the Wedding
Trip Start Jul 04, 2009
8Trip End Jul 30, 2009
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Wednesday evening, the two families met for dinner at The Great Dane. Very nice restaurant—very large party of folks—everyone except Melissa who was doomed to be stuck in the airport in Chicago all night! I had fried cheese curds—tasted amazingly tasted like fried cheese! The whole cheese curd thing remains a bit of a mystery to me—it is good but it is cheese, I assume. But I am not from one of those cow-intensive cheese states so I could be wrong.
Thursday evening was the night for the pre-wedding celebrations. We went out to Dan's folks house which is on a lovely piece of property with horses, lots of cute kittens, a field of soy beans and a bear! Boo-Boo bear lives there and he’s a black bear so he’s a good sized guy
Melissa got up and gave us present from China that were so neat—a lovely thing to see her again after so long. I should’ve gotten a picture of the brass Godzilla she found for Travis—very cool.
All of this was just a prelude to the pre-wedding parties—the bachelor’s party was being held on a party bus that took them from bar to bar. There were reports that at one bar there was a one-legged pole dancer—I really hoped to see pictures of that but apparently she works on the weekends! There was much drinking and other stuff, I heard.
There was more preparing for the bride’s party (hen party? I don’t know what it is called.) First Jennifer got a tiara and a lovely pink boa. Dan had inflated a tasteful pink penis with a large smile that she had to carry
Friday was the rehearsal dinner day. Jennifer, Melissa and I had to get some decorations—lots of tulle and some flowers. Weddings require an endless amount of tulle, it seems. This tulle was to decorate the arbor that the officiant (Melissa as she called herself) would stand to perform the ceremony. Jennifer had thought of everything—she got flowers to make an arrangement over the arbor but also over the door into the tent that was outside the Cedar Creek Lodge where the wedding was taking place. She also had orange ribbons with their names and wedding dates on them to trim the arrangements. She’d added buttons to each ribbon since buttons had become a theme once she make the button bouquets that were amazing. She did such a wonderful job on all the big and little touches for the wedding.
The rehearsal was a bit chaotic—there had been some drinking beforehand
The wedding day dawned clear and cool which was nice—there had been some forecasts of rain and storms but everything cooperated. We got to the lodge to find an acceptable level of chaos. Travis and Melissa were left out at Penny and Dan’s with no way in—Tom left to get them. There were lots of calls of other folks going to get them but we told them not to. Alas, someone else did so Tom drove all the way out there for no reason except to get out in the fresh air! I went down to decorate the tables for the dinner afterward. I sprinkled with bride/groom sparklies and lots of buttons to continue the theme—those buttons, unsurprisingly to those who know my children, became projectiles later during the dinner!
Melissa and Travis were busily decorating the arbor and getting the music ready. The tent really looked pretty though the arbor kept leaning and when the wind came up, we feared we might all become like the Dallas Cowboys and the tent would collapse—it was making alarming creaking noises at times
Next came the picture taking expedition. The pictures were to be taken at a very pretty park in town—so off we took in a caravan to an unspecified location in the park. After much wandering and calling, we found the photographer and the bridge she wanted to use as a backdrop. There was another wedding party there! I thought the brides were going to have to fight it out—the guys hoped so. But we worked it out amicably and the picture taking marathon began. The Chinese would’ve been proud! And no one takes photos like the Chinese. There was more wind than I liked so I hope we all don’t have hair in our faces. The families were first and then we could leave
The next morning we went to the hotel for another new tradition. The lodge set aside a conference room, equipped it with white chairs, a table at the front for the bride and groom and the presents set up at the back. It was a present opening ceremony! They had mostly gotten gift cards so it didn’t last too long. We then adjourned until lunch. At lunch we met the exhausted partiers. Melissa came out to the trailer for awhile to visit and the rest crashed somewhere, I suspect. We met some of the revelers for pizza at dinner and they looked somewhat refreshed. We all agreed it had gone very well and then we left to get ready to leave the next day. All in all a VERY good wedding and celebrations surrounding it. We met so many really nice folks and we are VERY happy to add Dan to our family and get to know his family.