|Wuv... TWOO wuv....
||[Jun. 28th, 2004|10:50 pm]
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Two weddings down, another few in the next few months, and a visit that has me all twitterpated.
Another year chock-full of weddings is upon me. None of them mine, thank goodness. Two weeks ago, my dear friends Jennifer and Scott got hitched in a lovely little ceremony in the mountains above Denver. The setting was beautiful, the weather was lovely (just a few light showers), and the company was fantastic.
It was especially neat to me, as apparently I've been assigned the blame for introducing them. :) Not that I mind; they're one of the sweetest and nicest couples I've ever had the good luck to spend time around, and seeing them so happy together was a pleasure.
I got to visit with many of my old friends who showed up for the wedding, met some of the couple's friends for the first time, and made some new friends in the process.
I also spent some time just driving around the mountains; it was deeply invigorating, after being away for a few years. (That was my first time to the top of Mt. Evans, and then I saw some very cute little waterfalls right before I got into Idaho Springs.)
Unfortunately, I came down with something right before I was going to fly back home, and spent 24 very unpleasant hours. I was basically better after that, but I think it was just more of a hint that, yes, getting old sucks. Grr.
Not sure whether I was still recovering from the ick, or if I was just burned out and coming down off a great weekend with so many old friends, but I spent most of the next weekend just sleeping. Felt better for it, but I also felt like I didn't really have a weekend that time around.
This last weekend was another wedding, this time of a coworker that I've gotten to know over the last two plus years I've been at my current job. Among other shared interests, he's the one who snapped the photo I took my LJ icon from
This is only my third evening wedding, and only the second Jewish wedding I'd ever been to. (Yes, I wore a suit; shocking, I know.) The differences were interesting, as well as the fact that the couples' families moved in pretty high circles here in San Diego, so there was quite the interesting cross-section of society there.
I got there an hour early, as I misread the invitation, but that just gave me extra time to check out the grounds of the hotel and watch the final preparations. Then I met up with a pile of my coworkers for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
The ceremony itself was pretty short, but very nice. It was about half in Hebrew, with a some of the traditions explained along the way. I sat next to a very charming older couple; the wife spent most of the ceremony pointing out to me who everyone was. Lots of fun.
The reception was very entertaining, with great food and fun entertainment. The band was right on the edge of too loud, but didn't quite go over. They had a great sense of humor, too, which always helped. Becky is artistic director for (and helped found?) J*Company, and some of her kids came out to serenade her. Great fun, some lovely traditions (last child to be married in both families, so the parents got a special dance for that), and very touching toasts.
I enjoyed myself, but I did eventually have to leave; somewhere between using up all my social ability for a few weeks, and simply not being comfortable around so many bloody happy people... :)
deliriumdreams is coming to visit this weekend for a few days, and that should be huge fun. I'm a little nervous about it, just because I don't think I can keep up with her and K... oh well, I'll die a happy man. :)