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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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%!
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!
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:
- We saw Richard and finally met his lovely wife, Jen, as we entered the wedding
- We were first greeted by Fred, who was serving as an usher
- Linda, Beth and Steve all made it from the Bay Area. We all came a long way to meet up!
- It was great seeing Melissa and Jin, who was in the wedding party
- Charlie came with Linda and Danny
- Joon’s brother, Shawn, officiated the wedding. We grew up in the same Sunday school class for as long as I can remember. He did an amazing job.
- Both brothers-in-law were in the wedding party (Dave and Charles)
- Bianca was a stunning bride and the were a beautiful couple
- It was very nice to spend time with Bobby and his fiancee, Ana. They’re next!
- Sandra Cho Kavanagh was there with her husband, Phil. It was nice to meet him and see her – it’s been 15+ years it seems.
- Grace was so happy for the couple, she cried for about 20 minutes, starting with the first dance, through the mother-son dance, and so on. And then a little more for good measure when we finally were able to catch up with the couple on the dance floor. It was sweet.
- Fun Bobby on the dance floor!
- Happiest couple ever
- Saw Cathy for the first time in about 15 years, too, and met her husband, Norris
- Ecquadorian-Korean fiesta
- Amazing wedding – best wishes!
We enjoyed dinner outdoors on a gorgeous moonlit evening. It was the perfect Jamaican wedding. Eventually, we moved indoors to the reception hall where the party continued. We all had an amazing and memorable time and couldn’t be happier for the newlyweds!
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.