Friday, July 16, 2010

Eventful to say the least

My parents starting the celebration a bit early.

As you can tell by the post below, my big brother is officially hitched! I was in San Diego from Wednesday to Monday and it was an eventful wedding weekend to say the least.

On Wednesday shortly after we checked into our hotel suite on the 8th floor, Southern California was rocked with a 5.4 magnitude earthquake.  Let me just tell you that being 8 stories up with another 20 or so on top of you is NOT a good feeling during your first earthquake.  Being a born and bred Texan, when I initially heard the low rumbling my first thought was TORNADO!  Um... okay, how about no?  See that water out the window, that would be the ocean.  Thinking tornado is not the appropriate panic button to push. It really was pretty wild though- chandelier shaking and all.
Clint pouring the champagne that the hotel sent them on their arrival.

Thursday night we had a little welcome party in my parent's suite for everyone that was in town already.  It was the perfect low-key way to kick off the weekend- pizzas and booze.  Afterwards, all the "kids" went out to this cool rooftop bar at Hotel Solamar.

Friday we were in full-on Rehearsal Dinner mode.  We decided that we possessed enough Martha Stewart-esque skills to do all of the flowers ourselves, so we tracked down a flower market and went to work.  I think they ended up fairly well with the exception of the addition of the baby's breath.  I HATE BABY'S BREATH and tried my hardest to get away with not using it.  I arranged all the centerpieces without, but then The Dot and my aunt went back through and poked some down into each of my arrangements.
 My mom and aunt no doubt conspiring on how to sneak the baby's breath into the bucket.
The centerpieces with the bride and groom-to-be's placecards.
The finished room.
Our shelf decorations that turned out a bit "shrine-like".

The RD was perfect. The food was wonderful, everyone mixed and mingled,  and the night ended with fireworks right outside the window of McCormick & Schmick's.  We went out for a little bit after dinner, but the real excitement happened when one of Clint's friends from high school, Ferdie, (that had flown in from Hawaii) got a call that his wife who was scheduled to have a c-section the next Monday had gone into labor with their first child.  He literally threw his stuff in a bag at 4:45 in the morning and cabbed it to the airport.  It's been a week and I'm guessing there's a pretty decent chance that he might still be in the doghouse.
Ferdie and I at the rehearsal dinner before he got the big news.
Whit with her bridesmaids at the rehearsal.

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After a week of cloudy, dismal weather, we got so lucky that Saturday ended up sunny and gorgeous. We got ready and then walked around San Diego taking pictures. I cannot even count the number of times that Whitney got honked at. It was so fun walking around and having people hang out of their car windows to congratulate her.

The ceremony was in Centennial Park on Coronado Island and it was the first wedding I've ever been to that had "spectators".  Obviously you had the wedding attendees, but there was also probably 20-30 people just hanging out on the grass behind just watching.  It was the weirdest thing. But I have to admit, I would have probably done the same thing if I was in the area. The other weird thing: there were two other weddings going on in the same park at the same time.  And let me just tell you, Whitney won the bride contest.  I couldn't really tell the grooms apart from the groomsman, but I'm fairly certain that Clint would have won that as well.
My cute family.
Whit's mom and brothers with a few of the spectators. If you look on the left you can see one of the brides with her purple vested, top hat wearing groomsman!
Clint's hand looks so weird with a wedding ring on!
The wedding party.

I don't have a proper camera and was dancing my ass off, so I don't have a single picture from the reception.  However, I was able to steal this one off facebook of Clint and Whit's first dance.  Don't they look so in love?  Too cute!
And I loved this one they took in the photobooth- also pilfered via facebook.  {sidenote: if you are getting married and contemplating a photobooth DO IT!  Everyone had so much fun with it and the pictures were hilarious.}
So there you go!  They are blissfully, happily married and we all had a quite the weekend celebrating with them.  

Congratulations you two!  I love you and am so proud of you guys and thank you for letting me be a part of such an important night of your lives!

    1 comment:

    The Waspy Redhead said...

    Looks like it was a beautiful wedding! Congrats to your whole fam.