My heart sank as I heard my dad ask my mom to have a re-commitment ceremony with him! She tearfully asked him what made him ask that of her? She was so moved. They were having their 25th anniversary celebration and instead of a regular party he wanted to take it further and have a ceremony. She was so happy. After all that is very romantic of my dad. She was like a school girl picking out the dress for their ceremony. It was so sweet watching them plan their ceremony. I ordered personalized napkins for the ceremony that had 25 years printed on them. I know my parents will love them as an added touch. Everything will be so special in this ceremony because they are choosing every thing themselves. They want us to do a sand ceremony with them so we can blend all of our lives together and see how much more life we have than in their original vase from 25 years prior!
Buddy and Regina have played in a small band for many years. To begin with it was Regina’s band but when Buddy heard them play he wanted to be in the band as well. It was an all girl band so including a boy was a big decision. Once they heard him play and sing they knew he was a great asset. They have been together every since. Through the years Regina and Buddy have spent many hours working together. Somewhere within that time they became a couple. It worked well for them since they could spend all of their time together. They travel together and work together. They have a strong foundation or it would be difficult for them to spend 24/7 together. Their wedding was some what simple but as weddings go it was nice. For their wedding favors they gave each of us a copy of their newest album. That was the music that played while the reception was being set up and as the guests entered the wedding hall. I have to admit I play that CD all of the time. I really love the sounds they create and the songs they write are amazing. To think I have known them since we were all in diapers is funny to think. Who knew there was such talent as we built tree houses together!
There is a collectors meeting at my local YMCA this month. A
collectors meeting is a gathering of individuals who maintain
collections of everything from bottle caps to dolls. My friend is
bringing his collection of personalized napkins this month. It’s
actually quite a nice collection too; he’s been adding to it for
years. I believe he has over 2000 individual personalized napkins to
show off. I’m bringing my collection of HeroClix. HeroClix is a
tabletop game which is about using miniature figurines of various
superheroes and heroines. My collection is quite modest, only about
thirty figurines so far, but I’ve tried to get most of the Batman
villains and some of the more iconic heroes like Superman and Green
Lantern. Some of the other collections there are going be much more
extravagant. I hear a fellow is going to be bringing his vintage video
game collection and another is bringing a collection of rare minerals
and ores. I’m hoping that I get to see some rare gold ore and a old
classic arcade machine with Donkey Kong on it.
The wedding was beautiful! It was almost like stepping into the Gatlinburg, Tennessee mountains for all of the fall beauty that is there in late October. We lived in a little town right outside of Starkville, Mississippi and fall comes in with spectacular glory. The maple trees seem to morph into a color pallet of brilliant reds, warm gold and bright yellow leaves. The green fir trees get an even deeper green, more like a dark forest color. Pine needles cover the ground scattered with a coating of various colored foliage that blows underneath your feet as you walk along your path. Her wedding invitations were so inviting. They were a warm ivory color with stamped maple leaves which were gold leafed on the cover. The inside was a beautiful chocolate brown and the writing was ivory. It was perfect for her ceremony setting. She incorporated the outdoors into the wedding and the fall colors were scattered throughout the chapel and reception hall. Warm candlelight invited you into the dining area and you could smell the intoxicating aroma of apple cider and maple as you entered. There was even an area out back for those who wanted to venture into the exterior for a bit of fresh air. Propane heaters were discreetly placed for warmth and an open fire pit was the center of attention. The evening was enchanting and matched her wedding invitations to a tee!
Oh man, I had an absolute blast at the wedding I attended last night. It was awesome. The bride is a professional player of video games and her favorite genera of game is survival horror. So her fiancé and she decided on having survival horror themed wedding decorations and entertainment. Everyone had flashlights because the reception halls lights would randomly go out. Then paid actors dressed as various video game monsters would show up out of nowhere and scare the heck out of us. Shining your flashlight on the monsters would prevent them from attacking you, but you had to be quick because they moved so fast and you were only safe as long as your beam illuminated them. Different parts of the reception hall had different wedding decorations in accordance to what game they represented. Famous survival horror games such as Resident Evil, Dead Space, and Silent Hill were featured as well as some lesser known games like Slender. I was really impressed with the ideas for the wedding and the enthusiasm that the actors had for portraying the different monsters.
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October is upon us and with it I have a couple of Halloween themed weddings. I’m extremely excited for dressing up. I’ve got a couple of costumes all planned out. My first will be a famous character from Magic: The Gathering lore. He’s a demon of sorts who dresses like a pimp from Victorian times. He even has a jeweled cane. My second costume is going to be the Question, from DC Comics. He’s a paranoid detective who wears a mask which melds to his face and perfectly hides his identity. The wedding favors are rumored to be pretty awesome too. I’m told the first wedding I will be attending will be handing out classic horror movies as wedding favors. I’m a huge horror movie buff and am looking forward to adding to my collection. Some of my favorites include: The Silence of the Lambs, Quarantine, Dawn of the Dead, The Orphan, 28 Days Later, The Strangers, and The Fly. My girlfriend hates me sometimes because right before bed I’ll suggest we watch a movie and put on a Freddy Kruger movie instead of a romantic comedy.
I attended my first masquerade ball with my girlfriend last month and it was a night to remember. It was held at a rather ritzy hotel in the downtown area and many other university students attended it. My girlfriend and I were very happy we had a pair of lovely masks to wear that we received as wedding favors. They are Venetian masks that a couple we know purchased specifically for wedding favors while touring Italy. My mask is modeled after a jester with bells dangling from the fool’s cap. It had red and black paint and an elongated nose covering. My girlfriend’s mask is a silver mask made to cover above the nose and eyes. It has an intricate design etched into the mask and several gems around the edges. She attached red and white peacock feathers to it so we would match at the ball. I’d say we easily had the best masks there. Most of the other masks were store bought masks like Iron Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Angry Birds. The ball was lots of fun though and we received many compliments on our masks.
Fred and I had managed to secure the old movie theater as our wedding venue. The place was scheduled for demolition next month, but I’d managed to pull a few strings. It’s actually the place we had our first date, a fact I made sure to mention when pleading my case. We went all out with the movie theme in the planning phase, even going so far as to give out cones of popcorn for wedding favors. The overall theme was ‘Old Hollywood’. I envisioned our guests arriving, all dolled up in clothes from the 1920s – hats and gloves were strongly encouraged. I managed to track down an old red carpet, upon which I would be making my grand entrance into the cinema, where all my friends and family would be waiting, seated in their theater chairs. We had secured a liquor license for the evening, and beverages would be served out of the concession stand in front. Dinner unfortunately would have to take place in another location – there just wasn’t enough room in the old place to seat 100 odd people while eating.
If you are going to the wedding and reception of a friend or family member,
there are many factors of etiquette that you need to keep in mind. For example,
you should buy a gift that you know they would like (most couples have wedding
registries for this very purpose), sign the wedding guestbook, and make sure to
speak to the couple and offer your personal congratulations. Although this may
seem like a lot of effort, you should keep in mind what the couple is doing to
ensure that you enjoy their wedding. They are likely paying for expensive foods,
drinks, and venues; many couples also give out wedding favors to each of their guests. After all, keep in mind that the
people who are getting married on this day are likely friends or family members
whom you care about, and you want to give them something to celebrate their big
day. It is not only about etiquette, but about showing your affection and
happiness for the couple on one of the biggest days of their lives.