Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Going to the Chapel, er, The Hilton...

Went to a wedding in Greenville on Saturday. My former manager/friend got married. It was kind of like the royal wedding in bookseller circles.

Chuckles was dreading it a little. The man is going to be 50 years old in February, and he's never before attended a wedding!

Well, he's had two of his own, but that doesn't count. And he was more dressed up for this one than he was for both of those ones.

Who the hell gets through 50 years without attending at least one wedding? Usually there's some sort of family obligation or something. Chuck does have a very small family compared to me, all spread out, so maybe that has something to do with it. But still!

This current wedding was my favourite sort of wedding. One in which the groom was one of those divorced guys that said, "I'm never getting married again. Fuck THAT shit!"

And then of course he met someone awesome, and had to eat his words.

Take note of the "Holy shit. I just got married again" face.

Chuck was one of those guys. I'm sure when we were standing in front of the JP at the courthouse, Chuck had a couple of blinding urges to run as fast as he could.

Luckily, he was missing a lung and going through chemo at the time, and couldn't run very fast. I would have caught him.

Getting the chance to see Chuck all dressed up on Saturday was worth the trip to Greenville.

Chuckles had trouble doing up his tie. Wonder what the distraction could be?

We took his trousers in last week to get them tailored, also a first for Chuckles. He was a little apprehensive, and turned to me and said, "She's not going to cup my balls like Joey's tailor on Friends, is she?" I don't know if he was hoping she would, or hoping she wouldn't!

Chuck did get a little enjoyment out of dressing up (besides any ball-cuppage), he loved the wingtip shoes I bought him. Apparently, wingtips scream elegance to my husband.

*Ahem*, I think I clean up nice as well.

Good thing I didn't buy Chuck a blue shirt.

Waiting for the ceremony to commence. It was like 100 degrees outside, so we all stood in the hallway until the last 5 minutes

Having fun waiting for the walk down the aisle

We shared a room with our friends Sean and Andie in the same hotel that the wedding took place in. Nice to not have to worry about driving or walking anywhere. Which is a good thing in this case, because the bride and groom really know how to throw a shindig. "Hangover" style.

Short on ceremony, long on the party. My favourite kind of wedding!

Chuck toasting the new couple. Two minutes into the reception, and the sleeves are already rolled up.

"You'd BETTER ask me to marry you, Sean. Or else."

There was no assigned seating, but somehow all of us booksellers gravitated towards one corner anyway

Click the pic to see Little Lucifer trying to light things on fire with his eyes

Ignore the two goofs in the foreground, Chuck looks really good in this one

This was the first wedding I've ever been to with a live band instead of a DJ. I danced for four hours straight! They were called The Remedy, and they were awesome! Played a bunch of classic rock and oldies. When they played "Blister in the Sun" I just about peed, I was so excited. I even danced to Journey, and I hate Journey!

My dancing partner, Elizabeth. She also danced for four hours straight, and she still looked gorgeous at the end of it. I was a sweaty mess.

Chuckles even got into it. Look at him boogie!

Since I can't dance and drink at the same time (I'm not that talented), I fared a lot better than some of my friends did the next morning. And I retained all my memories of the antics that ensued! Antics that I won't make public in my blog.

What happens in Greenville, stays in Greenville. Except that tattoo that Sean woke up with on his face. That came home with him.

The only disappointment I felt was that we didn't wake up to missing teeth and a tiger in the bathroom.

Although, if there had been a tiger, I would expect these to be the faces made...

Questions for you, Dear Readers:

For the married folk, what was your wedding like? What would you have done differently?

For the married and unmarried folk, what is something that you think everyone's probably done by your age now, but you haven't? (examples: attended a wedding, seen Star Wars, lost your virginity, etc)


Mandy said...

I can't ski, and living in Idaho, EVERYONE skis. I think by 30, I should know how to do so.

Also, by 30, you should have one or the other, but probably both: marriage and kids. I haven't done either, but I'm happy with where I am.

John Gray said...

I LOVE weddings

that wedding dress is shite though

Kyna said...

Mandy: You can't ski???? You should be ashamed of yourself! :P

I love skiing. And it's easier than you think. Snowboarding is HARD.

John: What do you know about wedding dresses? You ever worn one? ;)

I actually liked it. She's so small, it suited her. Me in that thing? It would look like a drive-by frosting...

Rohrerbot said...

Great post. I applaud Chuck for never having been to a wedding besides his own. I hate them and now that all my siblings are married, I'm done going to them. No more ties. No more silly tuxedos. No more boring conversations. Yuck! I've never been married but I've been with Pat for 7 years....and I'm not sure how I feel about marriage. It's like jinxing something good. A lot of people get divorced and I don't want that at all. So at 39, I've never been married nor do I have kids.....and I'm okay with that:)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Should I really say I was married in the late 70's and I am actually married to the SAME guy who wore a leisure suit almost like John Travolta ??? OMG !!
We were married April 9th and there were still huge snow banks in Ottawa, girl! .. we FFFFFFroze !! a real Canuck wedding EH !
Joy ;-)
P.S. Hey kid you both look great and your fiends oops ... friends look cute ? too
PP.SS. Hey did he ask her to marry him ?? hehehehe

biobabbler said...

wow, I cannot believe he's not been to a wedding. I realize it's a major point of the post, but...

1. eloped, so no wedding aside from judge & two adorable witnesses (total strangers from waiting room, 70-ish year old couple there to apply for their marriage license, and CRAZY in love, so HAD to pick them =) ). "Bear" asked me on a Friday, got married by a judge on a Monday, I flew back home (we were long distance) Tuesday, kindof in shock. Wouldn't change that, but would like a really fabulous dress, some day. =)

2. I've still not seen Grease or Titanic and a few other huge basics "everyone" has seen. Just not motivated, and now it amuses me, so won't change it. =)

3. Wedding looks like a blast--glad you guys had fun. =) Love the shews! =)

Kyna said...

Roherbot: Doing it George Clooney-style, huh? :)

Joy: A wedding in April in Canada? What were you thinking, Joy? lol You're right, they are fiends. And no, he didn't ask her. If he did, I'm sure you'd hear about it. She'd be trumpeting it from the Alps like the Ricola guys. :P

Bio: Nice to see someone else besides me had a 'Courthouse Special' as I like to call it lol.

Chuck had to get a practice wedding in, since his daughter's getting married this coming October. Never been to a wedding, then attending 2 in three months! It's tough on an old guy lol. :)

Marguerite said...

Chuck looks great in his snazzy clothes (and you too!). although cannot believe he's never attended a wedding! no family, no friends??! I've been attending weddings since I was four years old. Although I'm turning 35 years this month and I still haven't had my own despite being engaged for 6 years.

Jayne said...

Looks like you had a great time Kyna.

Our wedding was simple: Eric, me, the minister and the photographer, barefoot on a beach in Hawaii. Doesn't get any better :-)

What have I not done that about everyone else has? I'm about the only person I know who doesn't have a smart phone.