Wedding Photos

Okay everyone! Here’s a link to pictures from the wedding. I’ll be adding to this as I get photos from a couple other people, so check this link again in a few days.

Disclaimer about why we look so funny: 1) GG’s brother took a lot of these pictures as we were talking, etc. 2) We were in a really awkward setup, with the judge standing sort of behind me, so I was turning around a lot.

Okay, enjoy!

http://flickr.com/photos/73907478@N00/tags/wedding/

[Edit – 9:06 PM] Just added photos from GG’s dad’s camera. He didn’t use a flash, so they’re all blurry, but they’re still nice. [/Edit]

The Wedding

So, I guess everyone has been waiting with baited breath for a recap of yesterday! Here you go!

We got up, bla bla, it was a regular boring morning, I fed the cats, etc. Family members started arriving around 10:30, dropped off some gifts at our house, and took some pictures. Around 10:45, we all walked across the street to the courthouse.

Now here is the one part of the day that I wish had gone differently: I really wish we had been able to meet with the judge beforehand, to discuss things like where to stand, what he was going to say, how to pronounce my name… As it was, I introduced myself to him moments before going into the courtroom. When we got there, he was like, “Oh just stand wherever you want,” and it ended up that GG and I were in the front of the room, our families were sitting in the seats, and the judge was standing between us and our families, kind of off to one side, so I had to turn around to see him. The whole thing was very awkward, GG and I ended up standing kind of far apart, we didn’t know what to do with our hands or when to do the rings anything else. Oh and the judge could not say my name for anything! Every time he said it, my family kind of giggled. But it was over quickly! And the vows and things that he read were very nice.

Then everyone walked back to our place for champagne (we somehow ended up with four bottles! Plus one more as a gift!) and presents. We now have just about everything that was on our registry – and plenty of Target gift cards, so we can get whatever was left. There were also some sweet extras, like a box of brownie mix to go with the pan my grandmother got me, and a pair of beautiful Lenox champagne flutes from my mom and brother!

After all that, it was time for lunch. Everyone piled into cars, and we drove to the Hibachi restaurant. With nine of us there, we had a whole table to ourselves. My mom mentioned to the chef and the waiter that GG and I had just gotten married, but luckily they didn’t do anything special/stupid. We just had a very nice lunch, and then took some more pictures of the group in the restaurant lobby.

Everyone left from there, since going back to our place would have been counter-productive for everyone else. So GG and I just went home and started cleaning everything up and putting things away. We set up our new hose (with 7-way nozzle attachment!) and GG washed his car off. Then we had a nap for about an hour, before heading into the city for GG’s open mic night!

The comedy club was a lot of fun, apparently he’d told most of the other comedians about his plans, so they were all congratulating us and stuff. He even worked it into his act a little, and showed off his ring. He did really well, but he performed pretty late in the show (which is a good thing!), and by the time he was finished, I was dying of a headache. So we left a little early. When we got home, I fell asleep on the sofa for a little bit, before going up to bed. So Sharkey, I was asleep on the couch at 11:20 last night ;o)

And now I’m back at work, and everyone’s been congratulating me, and it’s all very nice, but I’m kind of glad the whole thing is over. Besides the ring, nothing’s really changed.

Less than 24 hours!

It’s been a pretty eventful weekend. Animocity Pierre on Friday was awesome – I am amazed that so much humor can come out of just a couple guys. When we left the skies opened up, and we ran back to the car in a thunderstorm.

Saturday I went with my mom for manicures and pedicures. My nails turned out nice (especially my toes – I’ve never gotten a pedi before!), but the women at the nail place seemed kind of rude, and my mom and I ended up sitting at tables across the room from each other, so we didn’t even really get to do it “together.” Afterwards, she gave me a big bag of gifts, including this “something old/something blue” thing she showed me when I was really little. It’s an old old penny crocheted inside this little net with a blue thread. Who even knows how old this penny must be?! I wasn’t even thinking about carrying those things with me, but now I guess I might.

Saturday night GG and I went to the Devon Horse Show, which neither of us had been to for years. I was really looking forward to getting one of these “lemon stick” things, which is a lemon with the top cut off, and one of those lemon stick candies stuck in. As you suck the candy stick, you suck up lemon juice, too. It’s all very yummy. Well, I bit into the stick, and the bonding I got when I chipped my front tooth a couple years ago came out! I was freaking out. It’s not a big chip, but it was very noticable from certain angles. So that was bugging me for the rest of the weekend.

Sunday I did a bunch of stuff around the house while GG was in New Jersey working on painting a mural in this guy’s house. He wants to get into mural painting now. For the first few he does, he just wants to charge like $100 plus the cost of supplies, and then once he builds up a portfolio he can start charging more. Mural painters are in high demand, so this could turn into something really big for him. Sunday night was the band anniversary party. Everything really turned out great – the set-up, the number of people attending, the food, the decorations, and even the talent show. GG and I were even given a nice (surprise!) wedding gift from the band!

First thing this morning, I called the dentist, and luckily they were able to squeeze me in this afternoon! I spent the morning cleaning and doing some more stuff around here, and GG and I walked over to the courthouse to pay for the judge and drop off our marriage license. At 3:15, I went to get re-bonded at the dentist. It was quick and painless, and I look (and feel!) so much better now. Then GG and I did a few errands, and went to Zuzu for Margarita Monday – even though we both got sangria.

Tomorrow is the day!!!

Wedding Countdown ’06!

Another late morning – I had to hang out at home for a while to help GG corral Ivan into the cat carrier for his trip to the vet today (teeth cleaning). So I got to work late again. Today was supposed to be the first half-day of the year, but because I was an hour and a half late today, and two and a half hours late yesterday, I’m going to try to make up all four hours today. Which means I’ll be leaving at a normal time. And also that GG has to pick Ivan up when he’s ready this afternoon.

Tonight we are kicking off our pre-wedding weekend by going out for a nice dinner at one of our favorite Old City places, Serrano. Then we’ll be seeing Animocity Pierre perform at The Five Spot. The fun continues tomorrow when my mom and I go together for manicures and pedicures. Sunday is the band anniversary party, Monday we pay the judge, and Tuesday is 666!

Shower!

I thought we were going out to lunch today to see Jen, who’s been out on maternity leave for the past month, and her daughters. However, when we got there, there were a lot more people I was expecting, and Julie was like, “Surprise, this is for you!” They threw me a wedding shower! It was all my work friends, and my boss, and my boss’ boss (the only man there). So we had a very nice lunch, and we did get to visit with Jen and her kids, and they even bought some gifts from our registry! (Plus a Target gift card, so we can go back and get whatever people didn’t already give us!) It was very sweet of them, and now of course I will be sending out thank you notes to everyone.

That was a good way to cheer up my sucky day!

Oh plus, GG and his dad got my car running and drove it to NTB, and they replaced the battery, and he’s on his way to get me right now! Yay!

Quiet, Errands, Buy My Stuff!

I just realized it is totally silent here in the office. A lot of people took the day off or left early. I think a three-day weekend is enough for me. Plus, I’m off next Monday and Tuesday (June 5 and 6) for getting married and whatnot.

It sucks that it’s raining [Edit – 2:15 PM] It’s sunny out now! [/Edit] because I have a lot of stops to make after work before I go home:

  • Haircut – I only get my haircut once or twice a year, because I’m cheap and lazy, so this is a monumental event
  • Post Office – to mail the baby blanket I made for D (thanks again for asking!)
  • Kathy’s Office (or her house, if she’s gone home by then) – to pick up the reply cards of everyone coming to the band party so I can print the place cards this weekend
  • Staples – The memory book we’re handing out at the band party needs to be printed up, but first I have to find out how they need me to lay it out so the pages will print in the right order. If I have to re-order all my pages before I give it to them I’ll be ticked, but I’d be even more ticked if they said I didn’t have to and then it came out all mixed up. So I’ll re-order if it’ll help.

Go visit my etsy shop, because from now until 12 AM eastern on May 20, I’m offering 20% off any item if you mention “Memorial Day” in the comments when you check out. And free domestic shipping if you order three or more items!

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy the long weekend..!

[Edit – 11:56 PM] I just wanted to share: my haircut came out awesome! I couldn’t really get a good shot of it, but she took off about 8 inches! There’s a couple photos on my Flickr page.

Also, when I got home, there was a little box sitting on my bedside table. It was a ring I’d bought at a craft fair in college and gave GG to give me as an engagement ring whenever he was ready. So I guess he’s ready. [/Edit]

Weddings

(Sorry in advance to friends of mine who are doing the wedding thing right now or have done it recently: MB, Julia, D, Heather, Lina, et al. No offense is intended – you guys are into this, like most people apparently are, and that’s fine. It just doesn’t make sense to me.)

I’ve watched more than my fair share of TV shows like A Wedding Story and Whose Wedding is it Anyway? After all this, and having experienced a little “wedding boom” in my life over the past couple years, I’ve come to notice that, in general, weddings are all the same. They all contain the same expected components: engagement ring, invitation, shower, gifts, ceremony, dress, bridesmaids, groomsmen, first dance, dinner, cake, honeymoon, name change.

When GG and I decided to get married, there was no engagement ring, much to the disappointment of people who excitedly grab my hand to check it out. There wasn’t even an actual “proposal,” I just mentioned the cool anniversary date we could have, and he agreed that would be a fun idea. There’s no ceremony or reception – we’re just walking over to the courthouse across the street to be married by a judge, in front of our families. (And actually, if we could get away with just going by ourselves, I’d be all for that.) We’re not having a reception, we’ll probably just all go out to lunch. We’re not going on a honeymoon. And I’m not changing my name.

Honestly, I’m glad we’re doing it this way. I’m not a fan of rings, and would be just about terrified to have a diamond attached to my finger, so the no engagement ring thing is perfect. I’d always sort of dreaded my eventual wedding day, because I hate being the center of attention, and couldn’t imagine walking down an aisle with a church full of people staring at me, or performing a first dance (I don’t dance), or doing anything else with everyone watching me. GG, on the other hand, loves attention, so I would also worry about his behavior in front of everyone, because you just know he’d try to do something crazy. I would also hate the stress of having to select guests, and especially having to choose my top few friends to be in the wedding party. And let’s not even get into picking a dress!

In other news, I did make it to New Jersey this weekend for MB’s shower. And it was really nice. I’m glad I got the chance to meet all her family and friends. It was a really impressive party, well-organized, decorated beautifully, and awesome, gourmet food – and it was all prepared and organized by family members! It was fun, and yes there were the requisite wife-themed games (in this case, a match-the-recipe game) and two hours of present opening, and that’s awesome, and MB clearly enjoyed herself (at least, I hope she did). But I just have no desire to have that for myself.

The Nest

From the people who brought you The Knot, your source for generic wedding information, comes The Nest, your source for generic information on married life!

It’s got incredibly useful articles like Merging Spaces, which advises, for example, storing a spouse’s unwanted knick-knacks in “a special spot. A storage cabinet in a guest room or some shelves in an out-of-the-way area in the home office should resolve the problem.”

Ah, true love. I’m sure there’s some useful information on there (this Post-Wedding To-Do List article is kind of interesting), but mostly it just makes me angry.

ButtJack?

I got a piece of spam e-mail today with the subject “ButtJack.” I didn’t open it, because I just don’t open spam, but ButtJack made me giggle.

GG got an e-mail last night that Ed and Linda’s wedding is off..?! He hasn’t been able to get ahold of Ed or anyone who might have more details… This is pretty shocking! I hope everyone’s okay!

Last night we did Margarita Monday with Julie and her boyfriend Brad. This was the first time I met him – he was really nice. We had a good chat, and stayed in the restaurant until they were closing up. (But they close at 8PM, so it wasn’t super-late or anything.) After dinner, GG and I went to Petsmart as usual to look at the kitties. I bought a new scratching post for Ivan and Katrina, and wonder of wonders, at least Katrina seems interested in it!

We’re getting married in exactly three weeks! Actually, three weeks and two hours from now! OMG!

TMBG, Shoes, Mother’s Day, Presents

TMBG on Friday night was great! Jess and Rob weren’t able to make it (she wasn’t feeling well), but DT and his friends Tim and Drew, and Julia and Kevin, all met up at my place for pizza. We took two cars, and I ended up driving one, which wouldn’t have been so bad, except GG gave me bad directions! None of us knew how to get there, so I drove with Julia and Kevin, and DT and his friends followed us. GG said there would be an exit for 15th street, but guess what – there is no exit with a “15” on it. There may well have been an exit that took you to 15th street, but it wasn’t labled as such, and none of us knew the alternate names of these streets. So we ended up driving in circles around Philadelphia’s one-way streets for a while, but we finally got there. Actually, we arrived about 5 minutes after the opening act went on, which worked out well, because there was pretty much no line to get in at that point. Opener Michael Leviton I probably would have liked, had I been able to hear him. The Last Car was pretty funny – I was impressed with how everyone played a different instrument on every song! Finally, TMBG came on, and did an amazing show with two encores. I was not at all disappointed! Getting home was much easier, because Jess had given me some different directions :o)

GG and I went on a mission to find me shoes on Saturday. I actually ended up buying two cute pairs at Payless. GG was like, “You’re buying two?!” and I said, “This is Payless, I think I can afford two pairs of shoes.” They actually are both very cute, one is kind of a strappy black sandal with a little bit of a heel, which is exactly what I wanted for these summer weddings, and I also got some flat black sandals, which will be great for my summer concerts and also to wear to work.

Yesterday morning I went to see my mom and grandmother before they went out to brunch together, and gave them their Mother’s Day gifts, which they loved! (Quick Etsy plug: my mom got this and this, and my grandmother got these and the CD from my spring concert.) After I got back home, GG and I decided we wanted to see Art School Confidential, which was really good and so true to life. Especially the critiques, and the different “characters” in the drawing class – so true! We were also excited to see Nick Swardson had a small, but funny, part. We also went to Target and set up a wedding registry..! It’s just stuff that we probably would have ended up getting for ourselves anyway, but just in case someone wanted to buy us a present… there you go. We went to GG’s parents’ house for dinner with his mom, and then I was falling asleep, so we went home to watch our usual Sunday shows, and then I was falling asleep, so we went to bed.

And now it’s supposed to rain all week. Awesome.