Monday, September 15, 2014

Rounding Out the Summer of Weddings

We're 75% through our weddings this year, with two more the past two weekends (read: we had weddings for 4 weekends in a row).

Wedding 5 of 8: Phil Lamy & Valerie Xenakis
The Granite Rose, Hampstead, NH
August 30, 2014

The best man from our wedding got married in a beautiful ceremony in NH. Joe (who was the best man) gave a wonderful toast and we boogied the night away.
Joe walking his God Mother and the Groom's Mom down the aisle.
I love catching the groom waiting for the bride.
Valerie looked gorgeous in her mother's dress.
Exchanging vows.
Mr. and Mrs. Valerie Xenakis everyone...I mean Mr. and Mrs. Phil Lamy.
What a heartwarming first dance.
With the Bride & Groom!
Wedding 6 of 8: Brian Lee and Lydia Chan
Colonial Church of Bayside / East Buffet , Flushing, NY
September 7, 2014

B Lee and I go way back, to when we were 3 or 4 when I used to get baby sat by his friend's mom. We became actual friends at BC and he and Joe were actually roommates for a year. Lydia was a stunning bride and it was awesome to see another BC couple get married!

Lydia had multiple outfits and looked stunning in all of them, but the dress was my favorite.
B Lee looks so happy.
That one time where B Lee vowed to Lydia he would laugh with her in times of sorrow.
Old BC Friends!
With Jess!
With the Bride and Groom!
And that rounds out our wonderful summer of weddings, but we have two more left for the year! Until then, it's time to eat, eat, and eat.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dude, it's been a year?

This post will be a little out of character, but since I've done nothing else, the least I could do, is acknowledge it in a blog post. If you are easily nauseated by mushiness (like me), I'd stop reading here. Unless you're Gags, then you're required to continue, since (per your words) you are subscribed to me for life.

There are two questions Joe asks me often, the first is: "Who is your favorite boy?"
My answer never changes: "Daddy"
I mean, the man has dealt with my craziness for 27 years, it's hard to compete with him, but as Joe deals with me on a daily basis now, he's a close second. Like, really close. In fact, just for today, Gags, you are my favorite boy.

The second question is: "Are you happy?"
My answer almost never changes: "Yes, very"
I'm in good health, I have the most wonderful friends and family (I know people say this all the time, but seriously, mine would kick ass in a framily-off), and I have Joe - there's nothing else I need to be happy, but it hasn't hurt that other things have fallen into place as well.

Most (maybe everyone?) will say that I "wear the pants" in the relationship, but really all that means is that I've married someone so selfless, so strong, and so awesome that he has always put me ahead of him and has been willing to support me through anything and everything. I used to think Joe wasn't romantic because he wasn't the type to plan surprises, randomly bring home treats, or make the large     romantic gestures you see in movies. What I've realized is that I had romantic all wrong. You know what's romantic? Picking up a life you were happy with and moving to a new city where you have no connections, because your fiancĂ© (now wife) would be happier there. If Disney movies were realistic (wait, they aren't?), they'd model Prince Charming's character after Gags, and Mr. Charming would help with household chores and tell you he would be happy to support you if you wanted to give up your stable job to start a restaurant (one day!).

It's been a crazy and hectic first year of marriage with all the running around we've done, but one filled with a lot of joy and a lot of love. 1 down, infinity to go. Happy Anniversary Gags, I love you.

Some wonderful memories from our wedding (since that never made the blog!)
My favorite ladies! Love you gals SO much.
Best friend and beautiful mother.
Joe and Groomsmen
Emotional ceremony.
Tough guys!

Pretty ladies.

Kung Fam Bam.

Gagnon Fam.

Us and the wedding party.

Our entire relationship summed up in one photo.

Thank you for always carrying me, both literally and figuratively.
First dance when Joe broke out the Grease Lightening.
Dips are scary.
Maid of honor speech! Loved it so much!
Best man toast!
BC Family + Joe's Cousins
There is always a need to throw up WWP gang signs.

Bridesmaids + BC Fam

More BC Family.

Other half of Joe's BC Family + Sister in Law + Phil and Valerie (who just got married yesterday! Congrats!) 
Super attractive cousin photo.
As a side note: Jiu Ma, if you've made it this far in the post, Happy Birthday! We will never be able to thank you enough for all you have done for us and are honored to share our special day with your special day. We love you!
Happy Birthday to the cutest aunt (and obviously my favorite)!!!!!
One last kiss for good measure.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Summer of Weddings Continues!

Wedding 3 of 8: Samantha Marcoux & Michael Gagnon
Brookstone Park, Derry, NH
August 17, 2014

Our 3rd wedding was Joe's cousin, Mike's, wedding, which a sweet little ceremony out in Derry, NH.
Ten cuidado con el fuego! Their love is on fire!

My lovely sister and brother in-law who are newly residents of NH again!

Obligatory wedding photo. Get ready to see these outfits again, soon!

The boys! Kind of looks like an odd version of the Backstreet Boys?

My wonderful in-laws enjoying the wedding ceremony.
Joe and I drove there and back on Sunday (since I had the Sangeet the past Saturday), so we were pretty beat during the week. That didn't stop us from going all-out during our second wedding of the week in NY.

Wedding 4 of 8: Neha Khanna & Sameer Batta
Hilton Pearl River, Pearl River, NY
August 23rd, 2014

Neha is my neighbor back in the 609 and was my first friend when I moved to WWP. Our neighborhood was just starting to grow when we first moved in, so we became friends over our love for roller blading, as we went around the neighborhood on our unpaved roads, bumping along. The funny thing was that back then, neither of us really wanted to make friends, she was plotting how to get back to NY and I was plotting how to get back to Hamilton. We've stayed friends over the years, mostly because we would run into each other during the holidays (because we literally live across the street from one another), and I couldn't have been happier to celebrate her wedding this past weekend.

I'd like to throw out there that Neha's family not only knows how to throw a party, but they know how to party hard. Joe and I have never danced that much at a wedding! The only downside to dancing at Neha's wedding is that everyone had moves, and I mean everyone. From the younger kids to older aunties, everyone knew how to get down - so Joe and I looked like a couple of spazzes on the dance floor, but everyone was having too good of a time to notice.

I'm not going to lie, despite not knowing exactly what was happening - the ceremony was beautiful.
Neha looks so happy here!
Taking a moment to reflect
Our obligatory couple picture.

High school buddies!

With the bride and groom. Neha looked stunning!

One of the many plates of appetizers I ate from the various stations. This one had falafel, tikka shrimp, chili chicken and delicious veg noodles.

We took a lot of WWP photos.

Great seeing Amanda and Winnie whom I haven't seen for years!

Us with our dates!

Amy and Zach, our Giant buddies!

Lizzie and JE looking great as always.

Pre-dancing photo. The post-dancing photos were a lot less pretty.

First dance!

They got the cake cutting done early in the reception- we needed the space on the dance floor to boogie.

A father/daughter and mother/son dance simultaneously.

DJ Amrit (who I hear is the best Bollywood DJ) and the hip-hop violin player from AGT (I think his name was Svet?) holding it down while the bride and groom showed off their dance moves.

I took a little bit of everything and it was all amazing. The cauliflower was so good I actually got more.

The mango pudding in the middle of the plate was a party in my mouth. I could've eaten a tub of it.

We ended the night with a WWP picture. A great way to wrap up the evening.
Two very different but both wonderful weddings this past  week. We have two more coming up! We're continuing along our Summer of Weddings!