i was ready a little after 5. the wedding wasn't to start until 6:30, but i had said i would get to the venue (i told john to please refer to it as the venue, and he really took that to heart), marty's market around 5. i still had to go down to the bottom floor of the hotel (by the way it was a cool old brick hotel that used to be a monastery) to the business centre and print out the vows. so i did that. and then i went up and asked for the shuttle bus to take me to marty's market. it was out but the girl said it wouldn't be longer than 20 minutes. what to do, but wait and look over my notes. another couple was waiting too. the man was either a little tipsy or just socially weird. i couldn't decide. finally the shuttle came and i waited out on the stairs with the couple. it was raining. hard. it rains hard in pittsburgh, it seems. like a couple of seconds out in the rain and you are soaked through and through. so the shuttle bus/concierge guy knew about the wedding at marty's, and he was committed to getting me there first which i appreciated. the couple were waffling on where to go for a seafood dinner. he told them a number of options, but they couldn't seem to make up their mind. he was all, well i have to get this young lady to marty's market. and they were all ok. so we drove there, and i got out into the rain with all my luggage and bags and into the market. i was a little worried that i would be later than i should and that everyone would be worried. no one had a way to contact me because my phone was obviously off due to roaming issues. but john wasn't there yet and neither, obviously was mary, so everything was fine. mary's mom, that warm hearted soul, greeted me and asked me if i was with the boyz and john and i said no, i was alone and she said you are not alone, you are with us. the wedding ceremony was supposed to be at the marina down the road, what john called the sub-venue, but marty's was to be the back up plan if it rained. it was obviously raining very hard, so i asked if the wedding was to be at marty's because it didn't look like it was ready for a wedding. no, said the owner of marty's, mary's friend, very firmly. it's at the marina and it will stop raining soon and everything will be fine. she seemed so sure. ok i said and sat and waited for things to happen.
it wasn't long until john and the boyz showed up looking very handsome. john was wearing a light brown suit with a lavender shirt and bow tie. christian had a robin's egg blue shirt, black vest and a bow tie. ryan had a purple shirt, vest and bow tie. they each were pinned with lavender boutineers (i have no idea how to spell this). john, the boyz, colorado bob, and i all stashed our stuff in the back room of marty's market. i took my purse with me but didn't wear it because well it was red and this is one time where i did care about matching it to my outfit. while we waited i took some pics of the boyz in the produce area of the market.
aaaaaanyways, after a while the rain did indeed stop and we all walked down to the sub-venue. by this time my turquoise-pop-of-colour-high-heel-wedge shoes, were getting uncomfy, but not too bad. they had a gorgeous lei made for me out of orchids. however it was down on the table at the sub-venue in the rain. luckily my purse was well stocked with kleenexes thanks to my love who forced them on me before i left egypt. so once we got down there i just shook it off, and blotted and put it on. not only was it so beautiful but also so fragrant. it smelled divine. so the wedding planner stashed my unsightly red purse in a portable for me, and the wedding party and me were all herded up the hill to the marina gate and we waited for the bride to arrive. john was made to only look forward so he wouldn't catch sight of mary before the time was right. at this point everyone was all jitters and i was very calm, even though, i didn't know exactly what i would say at some parts of the ceremony. my jitters were over.
when the time was right and every one was ready, the music started. this girl was singing and she had a beautiful voice. i gingerly made my way down the steep hill, thinking now would not be a good time for one of my characteristically spectacular accidents. everyone else followed in their order. mary and her dad started down even before the last were all the way down. she had a teal dress, knee length and very pretty and quirky just like her. john teared, mary teared, the music stopped, and i started. and everything went well. it was a simple ceremony. a friend did a reading which was nice, and there was an hour glass thingy where they both put sand into the hour glass, symbolizing their time and commitment to each other. that part took some time because the sand went down quite slowly. i had to hold the funnel, and i was all jiggle, jiggle, come on sand, let's get going! then i said their self-written vows and they repeated them after me. they were really nice vows and so mary, if that makes any sense. for instance the words 'shenanigans' and 'tomfoolery' were included. then they exchanged the rings and i almost forgot to talk about ring symbolisim but i did it after like that was the way it was supposed to be. and then i was all "wait, let me check.. yep you are husband and wife, you can kiss the bride" and everyone laughed and they kissed and everyone cheered and i presented mr. and mrs. clarke and they stood in front of everyone, walked to the top of the hill and everyone lined up to hug and kiss them as they returned the venue for the party. me and boyz stayed at the bottom because they were required for pics from the photographer. while we waited we took some pics of our own. (it turned out to be a gorgeous evening after all)
this is during the reading. i stole this pic from fb. thanks mary's mom!
hi. i'm an unofficial officiant. i don't think i'm all that and a bag of chips. i just do what i'm told.
then we kept forgetting it was on...
let me tell you i had to really be persistant to get this jumping shot, but i think it was worth it.
then not long after all this and that the couple lefted in a bicycle pulled cab for two...so cute, and not long after that, sam, mary's brother drove me and the boyz to mary's parent's house. i slept in mary's comfy bed last night. but first me and the boyz played chinese checkers. and we talked with the fam and so on and so forth.
and now my plane is finally leaving...