I may have to retool that to say, it ain't a reception 'til the police show.
Wait, maybe I'm a wee bit ahead of myself...
It was a morning ceremony held at their former H.S. theater. An unorthodox and perfect location. I found myself thinking about what a high school aged Brad Gray musta been like and how funny life is, as I walked through the hallway that they had walked as teens. I mean, the life paths each of them have followed and they've been led right back to one another, and now literally back to where they started their lives, really, now beginning their married life together. That's pretty damn cool, ya know?
The bride was beautiful as she entered with her lil' cutie Special K, who sported a purse that had it not been such a special day in her 5 year old life, I may have considered stealing. Adorable doesn't even do it justice. Brad Gray was quite dapper in his black suit standing on stage. All of the sudden he looked so grown to me. I've seen him in a suit before, but somehow this day it was different, and it wasn't the coolio lighting.
The ceremony was personal and meaningful as the bride and groom exchanged their vows on stage surrounded by family and friends who formed a circle o' love around 'em. It also brought something to the table that I, for one really like in a wedding. Brevity. Now, I'm Catholic. A short wedding in our world is 45 mins, but more likely an hour or more and combined with some light aerobic drills. So "we gather here today" to "powers vested in me" lickidy split, while seated in cushy, theater seating listening to a musician, well, it makes the Homer Simpson in me want to stand up and holler out Whooo-hoo!
With no lengthy intermission, we were directly off to the reception sight a hop and a skip from the school. The venue was a playground and deeeeelight for guests of both the big and small variety. It was compound comprised of train cars!! Obviously, we b-line'd it to the bar. "We" being the cool ol' school radio peeps, moi, MGB & hubby Gurns, Aimee Arrowsmith et hubby, K1 and LH & hubby, K2. The newlyweds arrived in style in a sweet ass Rolls. We settled into a train car seemingly no other guest knew existed. A few more trips to the bar and a swing through the wonderful spread of nosh and we heard the band start to play in the amphitheater building on the grounds and found ourselves wondering outside into the spectacularly sunny day unfolding before us.
As grown ups drank, laughed and smoked too much, the groom made many, many, many (seriously, we're talkin' Cher, JLo, Beyonce type levels) outfit changes, which entertained us to the point of giggling and mockery. While we grown ups enjoyed ourselves the small fries in the mix were entertained and occupied with a magician, scavenger hunt and arts and crafts.
This is one of the crafts MGB's lil' 7 y/o cutie made. Earlier I had given her her very first kiwi fruit. I sold it to her as sumthin' that was like if a strawberry and grape had a baby. I take it from the coloring that she liked it, as I was the sole brown girl in attendance, and ya wouldn't make a brown girl a princess if'n ya didn't like the fruit she gave ya, right?
(MGB holding her daughters arty homage to BBG)
Decorations were festooned in the H.S. colors of the bride and groom. The day was filled with music thanks to some current H.S. band members who made an appearance as well as a band who jammed the afternoon away for us. Drinks and eats were abundant and gooooooood. And as things started to wind down, we glanced over from our band watchin'/close to the bar spot and saw a rmp rollin' up.
They showed and it was indeed a par-tay! Apparently we're not too old, because the complaint was that our music was too loud.
A wonderful, unique and thoughtful celebration of their special day. I say it was perfect because it was perfectly "them" and give it 4 & 44/100's out of 5 stars.
Guests were sent away with commemorative pint glasses with the newly hitched names & date. Clearly, not only did they know what they wanted, they also really knew how to play to their audience.
Great show Mr. & Mrs. Gray!! Really.