Monday, July 10, 2006

A weekend getway..

This past weekend Mrs March and I attended the wedding of a very good friend of hers from elementary school. Mrs March moved to the east coast 14 years ago now yet has been able to keep a strong relationship with her friend KT for all these years. A few years back KT moved to Providence to start anew..and of course this now involves getting married!

I am fortunate to have my parents close by and they agreed months ago to watch the 2 little marches so that we could attend the wedding down in Connecticut. Saturday little march walked in to our bedroom about 8am, dressed and pulling her rolling suitcase "Is it time to go to Grammys?" Not yet no..its a little too early. Littlest March, still in PJs saw his sister and ran to get his bag. "We need to eat and hang out for a bit" is what I told them.

Around 11am we arrived at my parents. 2 of the little March cousins were there as well so it was going to be fun for a few hours for them all. Grampy was in the garden and had all sorts of little jobs for the kids to do. I left a little bit after that to run some quick final errands (pack up a cooler and what have you).

Mrs March worked for 1/2 day so she arrived home and we wrapped up packing and we headed to CT. The ride was uneventful which is always a plus. We arrived at the church early and just decided to go in. We ended up landing some primo seats to the event.

The wedding was very nice and both AD and KT were beaming. It was very very nice.

The reception was a few miles away in a library. Yes..a library.

We arrived there and were somehow the first people to get there. We walked around some as the jazz ensemble finished setting up and the catering group prepared the final touches. It was a very cool library. High ceilings in the main hall, a larger room that had a piano in it and just some really cool decor. Mingling amongst Nancy Drew books and the latest issues of Martha Stewart living and Popular Mechanics was a trip.

The wedding was an older affair, meaning the bride and groom were both 30 somethings and there were 3 children there, 2 were children of the groom. It was a "cocktail" party for sure. It was so very classy and just very nice. Ever been to a wedding that was just nice all around and not pretentious? This was one for me.

The "bar" opened and it was full service. Normally I am a beer drinker, I just am, but when I see the other stuff I feel I need to order something. Mrs March wanted a vodka tonic so I got in to line. I wish I knew how to order other things or what I might like, but I ended up with a vodka cranberry. We found an area to stand in with another 2 couples from Mrs Marches younger years. Actually I think one of them was a friend of the brides from college, but they fit right in. The husband (Fred) and I bonded over booze, food, Super Audio Cds, Miles Davis and Hockey. Yes, we are dating now.

After a "few" drinks some food stations opened up. What happens next can only be described as amazing.

They had a mashed potato bar.

Read that again but erase any and all "redneck" image you have. It was classed up by serving them in martini glasses. There were three kinds, plain, wasabi and then sweet potato. At the end was about 6-8 "fixings" you could add. What a great idea and it was beyond..i mean BEYOND great. So much so I went at least 3 times (hey martini glasses don't hold that much). Later they ran out of glasses so Fred and I went one more time (okay 2 more) and brought plates from another serving station.

Later they were cutting the cake and we got in line to get a slice. As I got close they were cutting the slices so small. Almost too small. I found out was cheesecake! Sweet damn this wedding rules. At the end of the table was a variety of fruits to add if you so desired. We took our cake and headed back to the area we had been in most of the night.

By this point the bar was still open, yet out of glasses. Okay..i can manage...I'll have a Sam Adams please.

The wedding was winding down so we gathered up our things and headed back to the hotel. The 2 other couples (both with kids as well) as well as Mrs March and I had delusions when we said "lets got back to the hotel, change and go to this bar....." That never materialized but you know...that was probably a pretty good thing.

Sunday morning we were invited over to the brides moms house for brunch so we got up, showered and headed over. It was beautiful country and we had a nice time sipping coffee and eating scones.

Our whirlwind weekend was coming to a close. We expressed our thanks to the hosts and wished K and A well wishes for a lifetime of happiness and headed out.

Good times..good time indeed.


At Monday, July 10, 2006 10:36:00 AM , Blogger Jenny G said...

I love when weddings have good food and booze.

At Monday, July 10, 2006 11:15:00 AM , Blogger Debbie said...

That sounded nice. A mashed potato bar is an awesome idea.

At Monday, July 10, 2006 11:40:00 AM , Blogger Jocular Schlemiel said...

Let me know if you ever need drink ideas. Vodka or gin w/ Tonic is a classic. Try a 7 & 7 (Seagrams 7 and 7up(or sprite)). You can't go wrong with a rum and coke either.

Enough with the booze. It sounds like it was a nice little reception. My dad's was like an elongated cocktail hour, which was quite lovely to say the least. If you think about it, most people ruin their appetites on hors d'oeurves, so why not have the whole wedding be that way?

At Monday, July 10, 2006 1:31:00 PM , Blogger Road to the Isles said...

I would have been in heaven with the potatoes! Yummy.

I went to coursin's italian wedding last year and they had a "chocolate room" off from the hall. Tables of chocolate desserts and and 2 huge flowing chocolate fountains for dipping pretzels, strawberries, etc. It was obscene.

Glad you had fun!

At Monday, July 10, 2006 6:31:00 PM , Blogger pog mo thoin said...

This sounds so much better than the chicken or beef option! Excellent. It is rare to hear a guy having a good time at a wedding.

At Monday, July 10, 2006 7:37:00 PM , Blogger emetic sage said...

it's rare that a wedding is a good time...

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006 12:20:00 AM , Blogger Annoyed said...

Sounds awesome.

My cousin and her husband had a vendor in the parking lot handing out hot pretzels... That was a nice touch as well

At Wednesday, July 12, 2006 1:33:00 AM , Blogger Rusty said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend, March! Thank you for sharing it with us. The wedding ideas were great! Mrs. March's friend must be very creative to choose those things and make them all work together for her big day.

Mashed potato bar? Hell yeah.

At Monday, July 17, 2006 8:47:00 AM , Blogger B. said...

I'm very late commenting on this post, but that wedding sounds AWESOME! In fact, it sounds like the complete opposite from my sister's wedding that will be occurring this weekend. Get this--from the wedding to the reception we are riding in fire trucks. Classy!


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