Monday, February 1, 2010

Most. Creative. Wedding. Idea. Ever.

The groom. Our amazing nephew Tom. A man with the second sweetest heart in the world (after my own husband of course). Tom is creative and caring and funny and charismatic and kind. I love him.

The bride. Kristina. Wow. This girl is a firecracker. Energetic, creative, beautiful with a dazzling smile. She is frequently on TV and radio doing interviews and spots for Arizona Weddings Magazine. I love her.

But we didn't know he was going to be a groom that night. And we didn't know that she was going to be a bride.

We attended what we thought was an Engagement party for the two of them on Saturday night. It was a cocktail party. In a rundown warehouse that had been converted to an ultra-modern sleek space.

My husband and I were late because we kept driving by the alley. Our GPS kept telling us we were at our destination but my husband kept hitting it and calling it a LIAR! I started getting annoyed, telling my husband to call our son-in-law and ask for directions and he kept refusing. I had warned my husband more then once before we left not to cross a woman wearing Spanx but I think he forgot. Tempers were definitely flaring when we finally discovered the little unsavory looking alley leading to the venue well tucked in between two old buildings.

We were both crabby from the bickering and exhausted from Dad's 80th Birthday Bash the night before. But the crabbiness evaporated when we entered the dim and cavernous warehouse. Candles flickered on industrial staircases, two long rows of banquet tables stretched down in front of us adorned with wheat grass and orchids. Glassware and silver sparkled in the dim light. It was beautiful.

Our nephew's Father was leaning against the wall when we walked in. It startled me for a moment. I have only seen him twice since my sister and he divorced years and years ago...the last time at Tom's brothers wedding last year. I thought it was weird he was there but I dismissed it.

I asked him where his parents were and he said "back in Ohio" and although I thought it odd that he came so far just for an engagement party I also thought it was really nice of him.

One of our daughters and sons were there with their families and my sisters were there ... and the grandchildren were there

... and lots and lots of other people.

We wandered around looking at the modern artwork and feeling cool and contemporary in the crowd of well dressed people. I looked at the cake, cupcakes actually and thought they really resembled a wedding cake but thought no more of it...
Working our way through the crowded room, we finally reached our nephew and hugged and congratulated him. He was relaxed and happy...looking handsome in a well-cut suit.

We couldn't find Kris, his fiance, but were told she had just been there talking to everyone wearing a purple cocktail dress so I kept looking for that flash of purple as we mingled.

We laughed. We walked around carrying cocktails and mocktails. We pretended to be cultured. We pretended like we attended high brow events all the time with the beautiful people.

And then a gentlemen went to the way front of the room and announced that dinner was going to be served and asked everyone to take their seats. To be continued...

And, yes, I heard that sigh.

To see the next part of this story just click here!

56 comments:

Prim2Pink said...

The blue colored shirt looks really nice on you!
What an incredible family you have! You all seem to have this FLAIR about you for the unusual!
Can't wait to hear more.
Judy

Julie Schuler said...

oooo the suspense. I like the mental image of your husband shouting at the GPS! However, it seems more like something I would do, if it were between me and my husband.

Justine said...

Ooh, I can't wait to hear the rest!!!!

Justine :o )

misslynda said...

I want the rest of the story, too! Leave us with a cliff-hanger on a page-turner! Will be looking forward to it.

Busy Bee Suz said...

*sigh*
This looks so wonderful...I adore weddings.
You and your sisters look like sisters. Ironic, huh?

All My Yesterdays said...

OH YOUR BAD!!! I'll be back to hear the 'Paul Harvey' part of this (O:
Love the pics...

Mari said...

I can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

Linda said...

JENNY!!! You are such a tease!!!! I have waited days for this wedding stuff...oh well...sigh!

Theresa said...

Jenny, you are killin' me here! Honey, I can't wait... I think I will just finish the story myself:) OK, I'll wait for the rest of the real story. Enjoy your evening.

Together We Save said...

I cant wait to hear the rest of the story.

You & your family look beautiful BTW.

Chatty Crone said...

I can't wait to read the ending!
I think I might have an idea! sandie

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Jenny

What an incredible weekend for you! I looked at all your posts ...you all looked so cute for your Dad's party amd his white suit was so cool!

The nice weather you are having now looks so wonderful as I sit here with wool socks on a heavy sweater...brr it's been cold!

I've entered so many give away's lately ...lol... that store gets around! I have to tell you that I don't control the Blogher links ... after I put their code on my blog they control the ads and all the links associated with them..no effort on my part. They are nice to "work" for! Have you looked at their web site? They cover lots of interesting topics and profile lots of great blogs...you would be perfect for them.

Your nephew's wedding looks incredible! Looking forward to hearing more about it.

Hugs, Pat

Annesphamily said...

I had a bad day so this really helped lift my spirits. I love a great romance. I also love your pics with the grand kids.You looked awesome. Thank you for sharing.

mrs. c said...

What a great opening for I know will be a terrific story, when you are not so tired and have recovered a little we want the rest of the story!

laterg8r said...

so fantastic to surprise everyone :D

can't wait to see the bride :D

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

How dare you...I was getting into this!

RNSANE said...

I can't believe you had another event this weekend!! At least, you didn't have to do all the planning for this one!

I remember once, in West Palm Beach, I'd booked a hotel and the cab driver and I rode all over the place looking for it. We used my phone GPS and it kept telling us that we had arrived but we didn't see it...then we called and got a very rude desk clerk. I told the cabbie to just take me to the nearest Holiday Inn or similar place but he felt bad since I'd prepaid the hotel and it was late. We finally saw the place - nothing but a small light in the window and it looked awful! I ended up not staying there anyway!

Michelle said...

A surprise wedding! How exciting and unique.

Country Dreaming said...

You ARE tricky--I was just getting into this!
Looking forward to the next post!

Melinda

mbkatc230 said...

I love a cliffhanger as much as the next gal, but really! What a fantastic party, can't wait to read the rest of the story. Love that shade of blue, it looks great on you. And your grands are PRECIOUS! Hurry up tomorrow! Kathy

Rustique Gallery said...

Jenny, you must be exhausted! I'm pooped just reading all this. Your grandkids are adorable. Keep havin fun! Sherry

GardenofDaisies said...

Jenny!!! I want the rest of the story!

Wanda said...

Exciting and Suspenceful!!!

You look lovely in those colors Jenny!

Sarah said...

OK, Jenny. We are waiting.....
Sleep well and get back to us soon!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Jenny, you look mahvelous! What a great family too. And I will be in suspense, waiting for the Paul Harvey of this story. Till then..
Tammy

Vivianne's Vista said...

Ooooh, I LOVE the cliff hanger! I was getting so excited! Jenny, your family looks absolutely beautiful! Looks like it was a fantastic event. WHEN IS THE NEXT POST?!!!

BTW- Thank you for the heartfelt comments on my site the other day. I am actually taking your advice. Hopefully it will help. I admit, I feel better already.

Sweet Harper said...

Oh, you're such a stinker! Can't wait for the next edition...

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Jenny: Your grandchildren look a lot like you. They are so cute. I can't wait to hear the rest of the story. Blessings my friend, Martha

SweetMelissa said...

YOU CAN'T DO THAT!!! You get back on your computer and finish the story right now!!!!!



Please?

Sares said...

That was a dirty rotten place to leave off! I await tomorrow in anticipation, I hope you get a good night's sleep after all that partying!

Jen said...

WHAAA...I want the rest of the story...but will wait like everyone else. Can't wait!

Darla said...

ok, you cannot just leave me hanging like that!!! what a story!

Brenda said...

Did you hear what I said after I sighed? It rhymes with Witch! LOL! I can't believe you did that! UGH~! That's just wrong!LOL!

Bits-n-Pieces said...

ever the tease...lol

is that your hubby with that precious littel girl in his lap? He is too cute!!

Holly said...

Wedding...did someone say wedding?I am hooked...I think I know what is coming. Yeah! Great photos...looks like fun.

MrsJenB said...

Oh, come ON! Yes, I sighed. That was my sigh you heard. SIGH!

I can't wait to hear and see the rest!

vivian said...

Hi Jenny, I'm so glad you came to visit and now youve left me hanging! I guess I need to become a follower now, so I dont miss part 2 of your story, which youre telling very well I might add!
I'll be back and nice to meet you!
vivian

My name is PJ. said...

You really are the cutest thing ever! That was a great color on you! And that little red headed granddaughter? I'm going to steal her!! How unbelievably adorable is she??!!

If you were within reach, I'd bop you right over the head for leaving us in the lurch like that, Matlock.

Excitement was rising to a fevered pitch and then POOF!

Dirty pool!

Deb said...

now that's now fair Jenny...keeping us hanging like that....can't wait to hear the rest of the story..

Martha said...

You sucked me in and then I have to wait for the rest...oh I cannot wait to read more:) Sounds beautiful and wonderful!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Cute but *sneaky* couple, hu? -giggles-

Early wishes for a Happy Valentine's Day!
.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Awe----you mean I have to wait to see and hear MORE???????? Doggone it!!!

Love seeing the pictures of you all and the grands... Those little red-heads are adorable.

Looks like a HUGE surprise wedding. How special is that!
Hugs,
Betsy

Cedar ... said...

How lovely,... creative! I love the "cake"...

Allie said...

I hate when yo do that!!!!!

Monica said...

Are you kidding me?! I finally have time to sit down and read your blog and you say "to be continued?!" Yes, that was my loud sigh...all the way from Italy!

P.S. You look beautiful! Can't wait to read the rest of the story!

Monica said...

Are you kidding me?! I finally have time to sit down and read your blog and you say "to be continued?!" Yes, that was my loud sigh...all the way from Italy!

P.S. You look beautiful! Can't wait to read the rest of the story!

Jennifer said...

Okay, so I've never been a big fan of weddings, however, that looks like a lot of fun!

A human kind of human said...

Dam!(with ducks on it)... how can you do this to us. Please hurry up with the "continue"

Rella said...

Well, you got MY attention!! I cannot wait to hear more. You have quite a way with a story and I was enthralled. thank you for stopping by Faerieluna and leaving your name for my give away for OHOW...I would not have found this lovely blog otherwise, which is what OHOW is all about I guess!! I will be back...for certain.

xox Rella
http://faerieluna.blogspot.com

Mardell said...

Yes, that blouse looks very nice on you Jenny! A great color. I went to a surprise wedding once, YEARS ago, I think Nan was only 3 or 4. It was alot of fun! :o)

gayle said...

Oh I can't wait to read more!!! Sounds like me and my husband when we are running late!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I can't wait to see more and hear the rest!

LuLu

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love surprises! What a fun wedding idea, can't wait to hear the rest!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

You left us hanging...now where's the rest???

Sage said...

Great story.
Wonderful Memories for your and your family!
Rita

Jensamom23 said...

WOW! What a great wedding and love story!