So, were you surprised to hear we got married last Saturday night? Seems like a lot of people were! Mike and I had been talking about gettin' hitched for quite a while, and since most of my family planned to spend Thanksgiving in Las Vegas anyway, we figured that would be the perfect time.
Here's the gang pre-flight at the Albany Airport the day before Thanksgiving. Mom and Stepdaddy arrived earlier in the week and my brother and his family came Thanksgiving Day.
My friend Babs had a surprise wedding a couple of years ago--that's where I got the idea. I thought it was brilliant--no gifts, no formalities, no expectations. All anyone had to do was show up. Everyone thought we were having a regular old house party, a little get together in our new place so our Vegas friends could meet our families and vice versa. But nooooo...
|The calm before the storm
We told our guests to dress casually or wear whatever the hell they felt like wearing; we wanted the party to be all about comfort and fun. I swear, I asked Mike to wear shorts and a polo shirt--his daily year-round uniform. (People with ADD, I've learned, wear the same thing every day.) As for me, I just wanted to find something that wouldn't make me look obese. NOTE: You're never at your thinnest during Thanksgiving weekend.
I told everyone the party would start at 7:00, and to be sure to be here by 7:45 for "the Amway presentation." Oh, Linda, you're such a stitch! My friend Reverend Janet was scheduled to arrive at 8:00. The only people in on the secret were my kids, Mike's kids, my sister Stacie (who had to fly in from Virginia and wasn't originally going to come for Thanksgiving) and my sister Lori.
Thank God for Lori! She not only handled all the food for Thanksgiving dinner, but for the party as well. I swear, I am so bad with food--the first time I knew adulthood was going to suck was when I realized I could no longer swing a party with a keg and a few bags of Doritos. I did, however, ensure there was a wonderful assortment of beer and Two Buck Chucks for the wedding. I know--very classy.
People started arriving right at 7:00 and by 8:00 we had a packed house. I think I counted 61, and I feel so bad because I totally forgot to invite a couple of my friends. Really, I hate that. Janet arrived shortly after 8:00 and after we settled the final details, Lori corralled everyone into the living room.
|Check out Mike coming down the stairs--almost late for his own wedding.
Janet took over from there. She said something like, "When Linda called me for Lori's ceremony, I told her I thought she was calling to say she was getting married. But Linda said, 'Never again!' Well, never say never... This is not just a house party--you're here for Linda and Mike's wedding!"
|People couldn't believe it--it was so fun!
Then Janet performed a touching ceremony. Seriously, if you ever want to get married or renew your vows in Vegas, let me hook you up. Janet is the best!
My son, Christopher, sang one of his songs next, backed up by Courtney's husband, John. Mike's 11-year-old son Sean closed out the ceremony with an original composition on the piano. What a joy it was to have our kids share their music at our wedding!
With the ceremony done, it was time to party. And in our family, it's not a party without music by Talking Heads.
Wedding cake for us? Hell, no--cupcakes! And no, we didn't smush them in each others faces--why start a marriage with a fist-fight?
|Only 1 million calories each, but worth every one!
I think the last of us went to bed around 1:30. We were so psyched that we were able to pull it off so well--everyone was truly surprised. Really, it couldn't have gone any better. So happy!
This was the first time my and Mike's kids met, and the two families blended beautifully--after all, my kids are in their 30's and his are still so young. Besides his children, Mike just has a sister in Florida, and now they all of a sudden have this gigantic family to deal with. It was so cool to see our daughters so happy to finally have sisters!
Everyone went back to Albany and Idaho on Tuesday, and Mike and I left for our honeymoon that afternoon. It was spectacular--I'll tell you about that next time. In the meantime, thank you for all your best wishes!