Monday, December 1, 2008

My Best Friends' Wedding


The apostrophe in that title is critical. On Saturday Nick and Natasha got married. Like for-reals married. Nearly 300 humans gathered in one place to celebrate it. It really happened. Three days later, I feel like I've been hit with a sledgehammer. The culprit: well, gin, first of all. But also that post-amazing haze, that melancholic aftermath, like Boxing Day. All the gearing-up, all the planning, all the talking about it for so long. And now it's over. It's something like sadness, really. Or perhaps just residual emotions running over with nowhere to put them.

It was a perfect day. Bookmarked by rain and grey skies, Saturday was bright and warm. The streets were dry, with no fear of splashing dirty sleet-water on our suit pants. The sky was blue and yellow, streaked with orange. It felt more like October than nearly-December.

She took the word stunning, bitch-slapped it, and gave it a new name. She walked down the aisle to "At Last", the Etta James version, of course, her small Italian babbo so proud. Hair in loose curls, red lips, a little hat and veil. And he was so handsome. Somehow, at almost-30, just finally starting to look like a man. Married. Married!

The first dance wasn't traditional. Choreographed to Chris Brown's "Forever", they tore up the floor, hot tamale train indeed. There were belly dancers. The Lion's Den of Iranian Men consumed all the tequila in the first 30 minutes and the Italians took care of the food. I heard so many people call it the best wedding they'd ever attended. I concur. The greatest day.

8 comments:

  1. This sounds like an amazing wedding. I wish I had been there - Even though I don't know the bride or the groom. They both look amazing and I covet her ability to pull off that red lipstick.

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  2. Their wedding looks so fun -- the location, the couple, the music: genius! And you guys are lookin' sharp, too!

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  3. Aw, everyone looks so lively and beautiful!

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  4. oh my gosh - could everyone be anymore gorgeous?!?!

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  5. only the beautiful people... thanks for sharing. really beautiful-just perfect

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  6. She is the thing that bridal dreams are made of....or maybe just my dreams of bridal bliss. From bottom to fabulously coiffed top, she's perfect. And she walked to such a sweet and romantic song. I have no idea who Natasha is, but have no doubt that she is utterly and impeccably chic.

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  7. Aw, she'll love to hear that!
    Truth be told, I see her most often in schlumpy clothes probably passing gas. She's a pig.

    But chic when she wants to be, that's for sure!

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  8. Good god, Natasha looks AMAZING. Jesus. And that picture of you and Jeff makes me smile big.

    A perfectly to-the-point post about people you love. Clearly.

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