Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kes and Marty

I returned to Seattle last weekend exhausted from the whirlwind 36 hour Chicago adventure that was Kesney and Marty's wedding. Friday I had a layover in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport and therefore had the wonderful opportunity to meet Kridi and Crow for coffee. Such a small pleasure and yet, significant for me. Crow's Will was in costume and Kridi brought candy-made buck teeth for everyone to wear and eat.

I walked into Francesca's in the Little Italy neighborhood and the rehearsal dinner was well on its way - dinner had been served and eaten and everyone was mingling around and chatting with cocktail in hand. I left my suitcase at the door and spotted Kesney across the room talking to my parents. When I tapped her on the shoulder she turned around with a huge smile, hugged me and started cying. Which made me cry! "The party can finally start." She said.

That night Kesney and Marty and a lot of their friends headed out on the town. It was so nice to see the bride so relaxed and without a care in the world about how late she stayed up, what she ate or how the following day would play out. Kesney was beaming. She was so relaxed. So sure. So impatient! They are an incredible pair and they found each other. And I'm so happy.

The day of the wedding I woke up and spent the morning with coffee and chatter between Kes, Marty, Jora, Kim and myself. Just great. Jora and Kim and I headed out for breakfast and afterward my parents picked me up for some sight-seeing. We drove through the city a bit and I was really excited about the vibe Chicago has. Its so big with so much to offer and then that giant body of water that is Lake Michigan really tops it off as being a sweet city. We ended up heading over to the Shedd Aquarium and I was totally blown away. That place rocks! I wish I had pictures to prove it but alas, I believe it is the place that swallowed my camera.

After some relaxation, I put my party dress on and started to get excited. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. The ceremony didn't start until 7pm so the church was dim and well-lit. Kesney fought back tears as dad walked her down the isle and when she joined Marty at the altar I felt my stomach flip because I was just so damn excited!

Keeping it short, I'll just say the dancing displayed at the reception was some quality stuff! My parents, of course, hit the dance floor and pretty much never left. Marty's nephew was break-dancing and I couldn't get enough. At one point we were teaching my mother the words to "Gin and Juice" and as she mouthed "...with my mind on my money and my money on my mind" I knew we had hit a new level.

I had a blast. Maybe a little too much fun as Sunday was rough. But I made it to the airport and headed West.

Congrats, Marty & Kes. You two are a wonderful pair. I can't wait to watch you together for the next 50+ years!


Jora said...

Love the blog post!! Totally spot on for all the memories. Love you. Love it. Can't wait to see you at Christmas honey smacks.

Kate said...

It was SO funny talking to your mom about this wedding and her telling me how she went to an after party at 2am. Awesome.