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2009/08/09 After Wedding Cleanup
π 2009-08-09 01:01 in Family
While the staff we hired along with our chef did a great job cleaning most of the dishes, that of course could not include the dishes we were still eating and drinking from when the staff left after the last dish. Washing just that was a lot of work, so I can't imagine how much it would have been to wash everything.
But of the main job was to separate rentals from our stuff, salvage food that was salvageable, including re-inviting family that was still there on sunday to help us finish the leftovers, including the huge amounts of cake we had left (since we were flying out 2 days later, most of the food had to go).
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the already opened wine, that was also something we had to deal with :)

by now, it wasn't looking too bad, except for food, wine, and 80-ish glasses to wash
by now, it wasn't looking too bad, except for food, wine, and 80-ish glasses to wash

oh yeah, we had the balloons to get rid of
oh yeah, we had the balloons to get rid of

can't be so hard, can it?
can't be so hard, can it?

knife didn't work soo well on half deflated balloons
knife didn't work soo well on half deflated balloons

and dangerous to nails :)
and dangerous to nails :)

perfect problem to solve with engineering, an aerosol and lighter
perfect problem to solve with engineering, an aerosol and lighter

video 1
video 1

video 2
video 2

video 3
video 3

Doh, I totally forgot to plan for that, it took close to 1H to get all the balloon pieces from the bark
Doh, I totally forgot to plan for that, it took close to 1H to get all the balloon pieces from the bark

Monday, I'm not too sure what we worked on, but the day went by very quickly: returning all the rentals, more cleanup, last minute planning for our trip, fixing just broken sprinklers so that the grass doesn't die while we're gone, packing/freezing left over food, and of course packing our luggage.

2009/08/08 Our Wedding Day
π 2009-08-08 01:01 in Family, Public
And then came the day:

The pictures below are from 5 different photographers, including JBQ with his professional gear (while Eugenia was filming):

JBQ's gear
JBQ's gear

Setup:

Almost $500 worth of balloons prefilled with air and balloons (600 balloons total)
Almost $500 worth of balloons prefilled with air and balloons (600 balloons total)


My dad and Jennifer's working on setting up balloons
My dad and Jennifer's working on setting up balloons


the wind was a problem, we had to secure the arch carefully
the wind was a problem, we had to secure the arch carefully

the result was nice though
the result was nice though



a portion of the wine we had
a portion of the wine we had

Fabien Lubais, our excellent French caterer and his crew
Fabien Lubais, our excellent French caterer and his crew

Talking about Fabien, we totally lucked out on finding him: he was a great French chef who did a great job with our event, especially since we had a fair amount of French food connaisseurs.

Getting ready:

The sand to be mixed for the ceremony
The sand to be mixed for the ceremony

Chat got to be locked up in the office all day
Chat got to be locked up in the office all day

We were barely ready by the time the guests came over :)
We were barely ready by the time the guests came over :)

Il est bo le ralf :) (Michel aussi d'ailleurs)
Il est bo le ralf :) (Michel aussi d'ailleurs)

The ceremony was in two parts:


oui :)
oui :)



the crowd, amused by the intermission
the crowd, amused by the intermission

So that's around the time that she asked for the Rings, which well, we didn't quite bring after having decided not go with best man and maid of honor. In the end, we were a bit rushed and neither Jennifer nor I kind of remembered to bring the rings. This was no big deal though it only took a minute for me to get them inside and for the ceremony to resume after everyone had a good laugh at our expense :)

all in good time ;)
all in good time ;)



the sand ceremony
the sand ceremony

as it goes, nothing can undo our union any more than the blue and white sand can be put back in their bottles
as it goes, nothing can undo our union any more than the blue and white sand can be put back in their bottles




Food time:





Photo ops. Doh, having 5-6 people taking pictures ensured that no one was looking at the same camera :)






Dinner:

the first course is about ready
the first course is about ready





Eva telling us how it's a miracle that her sister survived so long :)
Eva telling us how it's a miracle that her sister survived so long :)















Desert:






After desert:





jennifer -- I'm totally sober. Now gimme more wine! :)
jennifer -- I'm totally sober. Now gimme more wine! :)

All in all, it was a great day. Everything went more or less according to plan, Jennifer didn't fall in the cake :) and everyone had a great time. Thanks to all for coming, Michel for retrieving our cakes, and JBQ/Eugenia for the pictures and video.

2009/08/06 Pre-wedding family gathering at Ridge Winery
π 2009-08-06 01:01 in Family
Jennifer had the good idea of doing a picnic and wine tasting at Ridge Winery just before our wedding as a way for our families to meet before the wedding. It was a great idea which panned out just fine.

Jennifer picked a nice selection of wines to taste
Jennifer picked a nice selection of wines to taste


Ridge does have a nice scenery
Ridge does have a nice scenery


respective families meeting for the first time
respective families meeting for the first time



Good wine and food was had by all and the wine connaisseurs had two reasons to enjoy themselves :)

2009/08/05 Families visiting us
π 2009-08-05 01:01 in Family
A few days before our wedding, Jennifer and my parents independently came over. I didn't take a lot of pictures, but Five didn't seem to be too swayed by that. He was happy to be fed by anyone, even my not so cat loving dad ;)



he would earn a bit more of his keep if he proofread my Emails :)
he would earn a bit more of his keep if he proofread my Emails :)


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