As of this weekend, I've attended three weddings in two months so I declare the season officially over, for me anyways. Yesterday was the long-awaited union of my friends Carol & Ty. (Although I have a personal theory that this wedding was actually just a front for a Sapient reunion because the majority of my team from my agency days was present and accounted for.)
We were all smiles and it was great find out what everyone has been up to since my bittersweet departure over three years ago. Even better, it was awesome to see Ty and Carol finally take the plunge after a decade and a half of dating. It was probably the most creative wedding I've been to, but of course I would expect nothing less from my favorite quirky couple.
The venue was beautiful; a historic old house in Winter Park with immaculate gardens leading down to a lake. The ceremony was held outside amidst this natural beauty and was only briefly interrupted by a rather inconsiderate woodpecker and one or two rubbernecking jet skiers. And if I had to guess I'd put the temperature at (approximately) a million degrees Fahrenheit (500,000º Celsius).
The copywriting and Eames-inspired design was impeccable and I love the humor injection, as often times weddings can take themselves too seriously. Everyone loved the kid walking down the aisle with a sign that said "Its About Time." Ty's Transformers cuff links were spot on. And the effort was wasted on me personally but I could appreciate their reception offering the best craft beer selection in the tri-county area. (I chose instead to be a schizoholic drinking, pinot grigio water, a tequila sunrise, water again and a Shirley Temple.)
Then there was the music. I was beyond thrilled to hear not one, but two Led Zeppelin songs as part of the ceremony. And the band at the reception was fantastic, fusing together an eclectic medley of mostly classic rock with a few more modern hits mixed in. This included the Doors, Steve Miller Band, a few Michael Jackson hits, Uptown Funk and the full Eruption/Girl You Really Got Me Now by Van Halen to name just a few.
Also at the reception were old pictures of the happy couple from the early days at UF, which confirms that neither of them have aged properly since then. I suspect part of the curriculum of design program in which they both participated included creating enchanted self-portraits that age for them and ensure their perpetual youth.
I have one more interesting anecdote from the ride to the wedding which is also worth mentioning. My uber driver asked what kind of music I listen to. I said "classic rock, like Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, etc." So of course he plays Celine Dion for the duration of the trip from my hotel to the venue. SMH. -_-
Best wishes to the newlyweds Mr. & Mrs. Stalnaker!