Over the weekend I performed my second wedding.
Though the insanity level rose steadily all weekend up until a few minutes before the ceremony, the ceremony itself was very smooth. Actually I thought it was fantastic.
I got in Saturday around noon. Chris (the groom) and friends were playing board games and coffee was ready within moments of when I came in the door. We had a pleasant few hours catching up and then it was off to Target to pick up some stuff for the visitors including appropriate dinner wear for me as the rehearsal dinner was a bit fancier than I'd planned for.
We got all gussied up and headed over to the rehearsal which was very informal and relaxed. I met Maggie's (the bride's) parents, and some other relatives.
We went to the rehearsal dinner (duck egg roll appetizers with sesame sauce, awesome as was the carrot ginger shrimp soup) and I sat with Maggie's parents and some friends of Chris's from back in Florida. We had rousing chatter, and great food, and after a while we closed the place down and the boys headed over to Chris's place.
We attempted to prepare for the wedding but the license was nowhere to be found. But thinking it could all be straightened out after the honeymoon, we figured it would be no big deal. At around 2:30 I headed back to the hotel so I could catch some sleep.
The next day I got to Chris's just in time to drive over to Summit's to sample the extreme limited edition Rogue 10,000
which was simply lovely.
After that it was back to Chris's to hang out until it was time to get ready to leave. I was not the only tired one:
We eventually got dressed and to the wedding. Things were just a tad hectic, I got lost on the way. After arriving things got cranked up a notch. Chris and Maggie were going to read their own vows, and it turned out that Maggie's vows didn't get delivered as expected. About three minutes before the ceremony started we found them, and all was well.
And the ceremony was great. I had a blast delivering it, it was very
suitable for the couple, it went smoothly, and I even improvised well when I couldn't read my own handwriting.
At least 50 out of the 60 people there complimented me on the service, many at great length. It was quite a bit of fun.
Unfortunately I had to drive all the way back to SC, so I left around 10:30 and got home at 2:00 the next morning. I'm just now recuperating.
But I'd do it again in a minute.