This past weekend, the boyfriend and I flew home to Richmond for the nuptials of our friends Steph and Stephen, who started dating just a few months before we did back in high school.
On the plane, I laughed about this a lot:
“This sucks and I don’t like these.”
After arriving at midnight at the Richmond airport (Thanks, Dad!), we crashed hard. Then we woke up in time for breakfast with my parents (all four) before going out to get miscellaneous presents, cards, and a bang trim.
Then it was wedding time!
Unfortunately, the point-and-shoot digital camera that I purchased over the summer is not my friend. I apparently only know how to operate a Canon Powershot, and the Sony just isn’t cutting it. Thus, I had to steal this picture of the happy couple from Facebook:
(True story, in high school, Steph had the nickname “Ugly [Fat] Man” because we loved her that much.)
The ceremony was pretty different from Jordan and Maria’s wedding last year, but don’t worry, I still cried.
The reception was held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which is within walking distance of both of my parents’ houses. At the reception, we were seated at the Kid’s Table…I mean, the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Alumni Table.
The silver plates made us feel like royalty.
…I did this:
(Though this was not the first time that I have sported a plate halo. Do you remember this, Caitie?)
From looking at these pictures, you’d think that I went to a predominantly Asian high school.
Roommate Tina and Ben were there!
The chocolate pie was delicious, though Sam and the boyfriend had a difficult time cutting it:
Later, it was time for the cake-cutting. Unfortunately, my camera made it look like this part of the ceremony took place in the fiery depths of hell:
In lieu of a speech, Nathan, the best man, serenaded the happy couple. This sounds like it could be awkward, but Nathan is quite witty and made everyone laugh. (True story: Nathan tried out for The Real World and was told by the casting directors that he was the weirdest kid they’d ever met.)
This is the best picture we managed to get all night:
My favorite Richmond police officer and his lovely girlfriend were also there! Despite what it looks like, we were not trying to throw glow-stick bracelets onto a bottle….
I never miss a photo opportunity with Roommate Tina…and Ben, who is just a disembodied head in this photo.
As the couple exited the reception, we attacked them with noisemakers.
…But the evening wasn’t over. We headed to Capital Alehouse for a post-reception, pre-Halloween party. Yes, that’s right, yours truly went to THREE SEPARATE venues in one evening. This almost never happens because I am lazy and sleepy.
UVA/Maggie Walker Governor’s School photo!
As we left, Steph and Stephen both thanked us for coming all the way from Illinois to attend their wedding. While it was a long way to travel for a whirlwind wedding weekend, I am so glad that we made the trip. It was great to see so many of my high school and college friends, and I was really honored that Steph and Stephen invited me to be part of their special day. Congratulations!
(This weekend also happened to be my mom’s birthday! Happy birthday, Mom! I’m glad I got to see you, even if it was for 12 hours.)