Saturday evening, some very good friends of ours got married. This is the first marriage for them both and they are 40 years old. We are so happy for them. The wedding took place in Pittsburgh, which is about 100 miles south of us. We were supposed to spend the night Saturday night after the wedding at the Hampton close to where the wedding was held, but my Bob decided he'd rather drive back home and wake up in his own bed in his own home. My parents were also with us. I have to say, I was happy for that decision on Sunday morning. He's right. It feels good to sleep in your own bed.
So back to the wedding --- Staci, the bride, started out as my interior decorater whom I purchased a lot of my furniture from and she's given me many good decorating ideas. Over the years she has become a very good friend of ours. She just turned 40 and was convinced that she would just never marry. Then she met Frank. Frank is very wealthy from an inheritance of a gas drilling company and his job is playing golf. Hey, good for him! He had asked Staci to decorate his condo for him and the rest is history. (she signed a pre-nup) Now they are in the process of building a new home in Punxsutawney.
The Happy Couple
Back to the wedding --- This was the most unusual wedding I had ever attended. Very artsy-fartsy. I loved it. Staci's brother has a photography studio/winery in an old Fire House in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. This is where the wedding was. The ceremony with their 100 guests was held on the top floor of the building. This is the photography studio. Staci's brother (Doug) is a very accomplished photographer and does most of the photographs for the Steelers and the Pirates. He also owns all the Roberto Clemente memorabilia and has the Roberto Clemente Museum in part of the top floor. The basement level is a winery and Doug's wine is wonderful.
Staci had decorated with grape vines on arbors, with candles hanging from the arbors. After the short ceremony, the reception was held on the main floor, which used to be the garage for the fire trucks. Several of the guests slid down the fire pole to enter the reception room. There was a singer/guitarist to start, then a DJ. Wine was tapped and poured straight from the barrel. And they had flown in a professional magician from Atlanta that walked around from table to table doing magic tricks. He was good! This could have been kinda cheesy, but it wasn't because he was so good.
This was definitely not your typical church wedding, but I loved it!
Me and my Bob