Amy & Lamar’s Wedding Day at the Beach

Ritz-Carlton, Jamaica

March 27, 2010

We enjoyed breakfast with the Lobdells and Thornes before heading to the cabana again at the beach. It was a beautiful day and we spent some time in the ocean that day. Grace and I had some local fare at the Jerk Center, which was right next to the beach. It was amazing.

Amy & Lamar’s Pre-Wedding

Ritz-Carlton & White Witch Golf Course, Jamaica

March 25-26, 2010

After two awesome days in Miami, Grace and I took the quick flight down to Jamaica on Thursday morning. We met Amy’s childhood friend, Brian, as well as Glenda and Steve, who was one of Lamar’s groomsmen, at the airport while we waited for our ride to the hotel. The Ritz-Carlton was just down the road. Once settled, we had lunch by the pool and ran into Theresa and Matt, who had arrived on Wednesday. We also saw the bride and groom by the pool as our other friends started to trickle in. Fran and Jon, Andi and Greg, Amy and Scott, and Morgan and Greg all arrived during the afternoon. We all cleaned up for a reception where we met many of Amy and Lamar’s friends and family. The evening lasted well into the night at the hotel bar.

On Friday morning, Lamar organized a golf outing at the White Witch golf course. It was a beautiful and challenging course, high up the hill above Rose Hall with views of the ocean on most of the holes. We quickly learned to do (or at least try to do) exactly as our caddies instructed, even if it wasn’t intuitive. The greens were firm and challenging and many of the holes had elevation and sloped fairways with which to contend. We played with Thorne, who played well. I cannot say I played well, but it went much better than golf in Miami. Grace’s round left her unsatisfied and she was determined to try to get a round in early Saturday to redeem herself, until she realized she needed to relax.

After golf, we met the rest of the crew, who was now heavy one Posse, at a cabana on the beach. We had some lunch by the pool and relaxed a bit before we had to get cleaned up for the rehearsal dinner.

Cindy & Jay’s Wedding

We went down to LA for the weekend to celebrate Cindy & Jay’s wedding. For no good reason, we took the kids to the rehearsal dinner in Monterey Park on Friday night – big mistake. The wedding was at The Athenaeum in Pasadena on Saturday. I’m not going to name names, but we were late. The only benefit was that I was standing in back and managed to get one good shot of the beautiful bride and groom as they were walking down the aisle.

It was a McK health care reunion, so it was nice to see a lot of familiar faces, including Carolyn and Mark, who came all the way from Switzerland.

The wedding was awesome: venue, food, company, toasts, cake & Pinkberry dessert. However, the highlight of the evening was when the DJ started calling up some random people, 4 men and 4 women, including Grace. Everyone was wondering why they were front and center when it was explained that Cindy and Jay (really Jay) decided a good old-fashioned dance-off was in order.

Here’s the video. Grace and her partner were couple 3. Personally, I think they were robbed. One day, I’m going to have to explain to the kids that their mom tied for last place in this event. I also included couples 1, 2 & 4 in case you were wondering what they were up against. Nice effort, Grace!

Patty & Lou’s Wedding

I traveled alone to Toronto for the Memorial Day weekend to celebrate Patty & Lou’s wedding. It was a wedding for which our entire extended family has been waiting, so I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. However, we decided that I would represent the family and that Grace, Olivia and Lucas would stay at home. After going and seeing all the cousins and all the other kids there, I regretted the decision, but the long flight home reminded me why it may have been the prudent one. In any case, it was great to see the entire Rhee, Hau, Kwon extended clan, and especially to spend more time with Patty (we only had a chance to meet once before) and her wonderful family.

I took a lot of pictures, so I split the albums up into the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and reception, and other photos from the weekend, including a very full day of post-wedding activities. Highlights included:

Rehearsal dinner and drinks

Aside from a nice welcome by the Mr. Chung, Eemoh, as well as toasts by several members of the bridal party, additional memorable moments included a slideshow of Patty & Lou as well a fun quiz show hosted by the siblings. All good fun. Kenny also provided some entertainment back at the hotel bar, where a Millie vs. Kenny arm wrestling rematch from Christmas 2005 took place. Kenny restored some honor to his family with a win, but was quickly put away by Ellie, Sandor’s fiancee (recently engaged, congratulations). Welcome to the family!

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Patty was a beautiful bride and Lou never looked happier. It was a truly memorable wedding and the reception atop the hotel lasted until late into the evening. Props to Sandor for emceeing the evening and providing much of the entertainment. Clarence’s speech included both his deadpan humor and his heartfelt congratulations. However, it was Millie, who checked her gloves at the door and gave quite the rousing retelling of Lou’s dating history.

Wedding Weekend Activities

Sunday was a busy day, which included a family brunch in the morning. Patty arranged a sightseeing tour to Niagara Falls and a winery for our families. Transportation was first class in our limousine van (complete with neon and fiber optic lighting). I hadn’t been to Niagara Falls in over a decade – somehow they seemed smaller than I remember them. We also stopped at the Jackson-Trigg winery in Ontario for a tour and tasting. Finally, we ended the evening over at Patty’s parents house, where the Chungs served an amazing feast. 70 Photos

We couldn’t be happier for the newlyweds – congratulations!

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