On Sunday evening, our cousin Molly tied the knot with the man of her dreams, Joel (whose birthday was yesterday, happy birthday Joel!). It was a beautiful ceremony at the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion in North Portland. You know, the one with all the twinkling lights that you can see from the freeway? Everything about that place is just oozing with nostalgia, I loved every second! Mark and I dressed up in our best, appropriately vintage themed though not on purpose. The weather held out despite some threatening rain clouds earlier in the day. And two very special (and gushingly happy) people said “I do” under a gazebo, surrounded by friends and family. It was perfect. I forgot tissue, which seems to be happening a lot to me lately when in situations where a tear may be shed (My Mom and I went and saw the movie The Kids Are All Right last week, and I cried big huge alligator tears, it wasn’t until the movie was almost over that I realized I still had napkins from the popcorn in my lap, der). And I always cry at weddings, I even cry watching strangers get married on TV.
I got to meet some new in-law family members, which is always a treat for me! And they did not disappoint! My father in law’s cousins were very nice, and both born in February, so we added a few more dates to target for our baby’s arrival. I think we have every single day, give or take a few, in February that contains someone’s birthday that we know so it shouldn’t be hard to land on one. We even have it covered if it were to be a Leap Year, since Mark’s friend Perry is February 29th. But the next one of those isn’t until 2012, so sorry Perry, it won’t be your day this time around.
Anyway, back to the wedding. My bakerific Mother in law made the wedding cake and it was DELICIOUS! She really has a way with cream cheese frosting I tell you. I took a moment and walked through the Mansion itself, which is set up and decorated as if someone from the early 1900’s is still living there. Each room felt as though someone had just been in there, reading a book or knitting a blanket, or playing music. There were old photographs of other wedding parties, from all the eras. There was a room where the most beautiful sequin and beaded dress was hanging on the wall, in the style of the 1920’s with a drop waist. It took my breath away! I loved that you were allowed to just wander around at your leisure and take it all in. The bathroom even had some feather stoles hanging on the shower rod, as if the lady who wore them that evening had just slipped it off her shoulders after an evening of dancing the Charleston. I wish I could go back in time and spend a weekend in the roaring ’20s. I do believe that would have been my decade.
Here are some pictures that my Mother in law emailed us from the wedding. The two lovebirds are honeymooning in Mexico right now, and I hope they are having the loveliest time!! I can’t wait until they start adding babies to the mix!
Have a great Thursday!