Molly & Marty’s Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Grace and I stayed on West Coast time, which meant we were late for a 1:30pm wedding. Actually, we got there just in time. The ceremony was wonderful and Marty’s sister sang beautifully during the program. Molly and Marty smiled throughout the entire affair.

Molly was a stunning and beaming bride. We could not be happier for them!

The couple thoughtfully planned some time between the ceremony and reception so that we could catch the beginning of the Michigan game. The reception was amazing and we lasted right up until the last song; long enough, too, to scarf down some sliders and fries.

Molly & Marty’s Rehearsal Dinner & Drinks

On Friday, September 2nd, we were honored to be invited to Molly and Marty’s rehearsal dinner, which was held at the beautiful Lobdell Teaching Restaurant. It’s an incredible venue on the bay. It was an evening of heartfelt and funny toasting to and roasting of the bride and groom to be.

The party continued back at the hotel and at club 905. Only the hardcore guests stayed in Marty’s suite until 6am.

Ana & Bobby’s Post-Wedding

Everyone was full and tired by the time we got back to the hotel. After a siesta, we rallied again in Sandra and Phil’s room. Some of the group were determined to hit the hot tub, but were only able to enjoy it for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the evening in the bar reminiscing. Grace and Ana (understandably) needed a little more time to recover, but eventually both of them rallied, too. A great and very special wedding!

Ana & Bobby’s Wedding Reception

I had the distinct honor of being Bobby’s best man. With this came some responsibilities. Bachelor party – check. Slideshow – check. Getting Bobby to the ceremony on time – check. It wasn’t until my toast was delivered that I could finally relax and enjoy the occasion. I managed to slip in a Long Duck Dong reference and no one threw anything at me – check.

I should mention that all of the food was spectacular and that it was great celebrating the couple with many old friends. I should also mention that due to my duties, Grace manned the camera during the ceremony and reception and did an exceptional job taking pictures.

Ana & Bobby’s Wedding Ceremony

The wedding was held at the Rockleigh Country Club. Ana really wanted an ourdoor wedding, and for mid-November in Northern New Jersey, that’s a tall order. It turned out to be the most glorious day – even a bit warm. Under sunny skies and surrounded by family and friends, Ana and Bobby were married. Ana was a very beautiful bride and Bobby had the biggest smile all day long. Grace and I are so happy for them.

Ana & Bobby’s Rehearsal Dinner

Ana and Bobby’s rehearsal dinner was in Fort Lee. It was nice to see Bobby’s parents after so many years – they looked so happy. It was also nice to see and meet Ana’s family and the rest of the bridal party. Afterwards, several of us, including other friends who showed up, stayed for some karaoke. Surprisingly, it was Grace who threw down the gauntlet and required everyone to sing. Grace ended the evening with guns blazing and I went with my new go-to, “9 to 5.” 98%!

Kate & Ben’s Wedding

On Saturday, July 24th, we were honored to attend the wedding of Kate and Ben. Kate has been our nanny since Grace went back to work after Lucas was born. Both she and Ben have shown Lucas and Olivia love, patience and fun during this time and we all love them for it.

Kate and Ben were married in Pacifica, where they live. Kate was beautiful and both were so happy. The kids napped a little between the ceremony and the reception, which was at Nick’s, right on the water. We all had a great time and both Lucas and Olivia enjoyed the music (some of which were Ben’s original compositions) and dancing.

Congratulations to this very special bride and groom!

Bianca and Joon’s Wedding

The primary purpose of our trip to the East Coast was to attend Bianca and Joon’s wedding. Although the kids were invited, we opted to leave them in the good care of their family in NJ. The wedding was like a Michigan reunion, bringing together so many people with whom I grew up and went to college. There was much to report from the wedding, but here’s the play-by-play in chronological order:

Amy & Lamar’s Rehearsal Dinner & Drinks

The Native Restaurant & Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Jamaica

March 25, 2010

We boarded buses to the hip strip for dinner at The Native. The Jamaican dinner was amazing, along with toasts as well as some videos and a game, hosted by Amy’s brother, Dan. A group of us headed back to the Ritz bar, where we solved problems like health care and education. Posse and Durbin dozed off.