Monday, May 11, 2009

Not Your Typical Wedding

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

Thanks For the Tag!

Life is a Meme-ingful Experience!I have been MEME tagged by and Respond and rework. Answer questions on your own blog. Replace one question. Add one question. Tag 6 people, more or less. And here we go . . .
What are your current obsessions? knitting, quilting, spending time with grandchildren and family, gardening, cleaning, decorating and organizing, blogging, reading.

Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often? sweats

Last dream you had? That something happened to my son. I don't want to talk about it.

Last thing you bought? New placements and runner for kitchen table

What are you listening to? The Ellen Degeneres show

Favorite holiday spots? Key West, Florida; Tuscany and Vienna; Carmel, California

Reading right now? Wally Lamb's "She's Come Undone" - excellent!

Four words to describe yourself. loving, sensitive, creative, and a little obsessive/compulsive

Guilty pleasure? knit or sew during the day when I have work to do

Who or what makes you laugh until you’re weak? My girlfriend, Francy, and her mother, Dorothy

Best spring thing to do? Clean up my yard and garden, if it's warm enough out

Favorite drink? Cappuccino in the winter and iced tea in the summer

Dream vacation? Any of the above vacation spots, but with no time limit and let alone to relax the whole time

Favorite ever film? That one with Richard Chamberlain - can't think of the name

Care to share some wisdom? Everything always works out for the best.

Something you are looking forward to? My new grand baby being born within the next month.

What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten? Pig's blood while I was in Spain. It was cooked or fried and is a delicacy there, but I thought it was disgusting.

One wish? That everyone in my family always be free of stress, worry, and any unhappiness.

Favorite TV Show? American Idol

And now I am tagging:

And anyone else that may enjoy participating. It's kinda fun!


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