Thursday, October 30, 2008

Denver

Geez, October was busy. It's worrisome since it only gets worse as we enter the Holiday Season (Holiday Season - such an overused term, most likely coined by ad execs to promote spending. Due to the current state of our economy (yet another overused term), I think this year the new slogan for retailers forecasting dismal sales will need to be "You'll Get Lucky If You Buy Your Wife This Lovely Necklace").

Moving on to more uplifting prose.

The family and I attended a wedding in Denver last week. It was beautiful. Who wants to move there with me? I could write an entire post on the trees. Their trees are colorful eye candy. The beauty still amazes me every time I visit. Don't you agree that of all the cities in the United States, Phoenix is by far the ugliest?

The wedding was gorgeous. I love, but am not able to attend many, non-LDS weddings. It was a 3-day party. And eclectic to boot.

Friday night, we were scheduled to attend a dress rehearsal. I've never understood the importance of dress rehearsals; isn't it just a matter of walking from point A to point B? However, after witnessing it, it was proven to be necessary. The wedding party consisted of many bodies, 2 of which were children, so making sure it wasn't an awkward mess on the big day was essential. Of you who know Clint and I best, you may snicker, but we were late to the dress rehearsal by 25 minutes. It was required that Emma attend since she was a flower girl, and for 25 minutes, all wedding party bodies, parents, photographers, coordinators, wives and husbands of wedding party bodies, and an especially frustrated mother of the bride waited outdoors, after the sun had gone down, for our procrastinating selves to show up. We were lazily sitting around Monica's house, debating different methods of applying butter to toast, and had lost track of the time. It was an uncomfortable first few minutes, many jokes were made at our expense, but people got over it.

At the end of the evening, all involved with the wedding were invited to dinner, which was held at this house...

Judy's House


...we dined on tofu, salmon, edamame, and miso soup, while being serenaded by a duet of guitar and flute, played by a hippie husband and wife. Can you believe there are loads of houses like this in Denver? Problem is, you need loads of cash to purchase them. One can dream.



Saturday, the Big Day, was again spent lazily laying around Monica's house discussing dirt bikes, and again time escaped us, causing a mad dash out the door (what is wrong with us?). Emma had her hair professionally styled by this diverse woman...

Emma Hair 1



...and eventually she turned into a miniature version of a woman (they grow up so fast).


Emma alone



Then it was off to the ceremony (which started 20 minutes late, but I swear it was not on account of me (or Clint)).

It was located at Cheesman Park in downtown Denver, and it was spectacular. This tiny, ill-taken picture doesn't do it justice. While the guests waited, they were serenaded by the bagpiper in the lower right hand corner, who also performed the processional music.



Wedding site



This is a better picture of the pavilion, for which I can not take credit for. It captures the beauty of the structure and it's surroundings.

Pavilion



Yet another terrible picture taken by moi. The ceremony was held in the afternoon, underneath a huppah, and interestingly enough was officiated by a rabbi and a preacher.


Hoopa



Afterwards, we attempted a nice family portrait. I think Emma's the star of the picture since she so closely resembles a wedding cake.


The family



This is Asher's GQ money shot.


GQ add 1



While we were waiting around for actual professional pictures to be taken, Emma twirled while Asher and Clint inspected the water grate; the highlight of Asher's weekend.


Grate



The reception was held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. An awesome thing about having a reception at a Museum is the all inclusive access to the exhibits. When else would I be able to take a sultry picture wooing a sea lion?

posing




There's also no other time Emma can study ancient pottery manufactured by the People of the Amazon while wearing a dress that looks like a cake.


museum



We dined on gourmet Mexican food, complete with all the churros and sopapillas I could cram into my mouth. A Reggae band provided the music, and Emma danced more than anyone in attendance.

band



emma dance 1


emma dance



She promised this little boy that she'd look him up the next time she's in Denver.


boy 1



Why are pictures of sleeping kids so irresistible? At the end of the evening, Asher was spent.

Asher sleeping



Sunday morning, we attended a brunch at a Jewish Deli and dined on bagels, lox, and latkes. Wow, I'm noticing the bulk of this post is about what I ate. I enjoy eating more than is healthy, and I have to admit it was nice to go away for the weekend and not spend a dime on food. All in all, it was a very culturally diverse and enjoyable weekend.

10 comments:

Michon Draney said...

Emma looks beautiful in her wedding cake dress and I love the GQ shot of Asher. They really are growing up way to fast.

Crystal said...

You didn't say who was getting married though? I am assuming it was a relative since Emma participated in the wedding? I'm dying to know whose wedding it was. I even asked Jared and he couldn't remember who it was or if they were related to you.

Crystal said...

Oh, and one more question that I forgot to write. Why is your new profile pic a salt shaker? This may sound retarded but I don't get it?

Sara said...

I love eating great wedding food that other people paid for. :-) I'm glad you had a great time. I would move to somewhere that is not as ugly as Phoenix if a) My husband had a job there and b) All my friends would move with me.

H said...

Holy crap-o-la, cultural diverse to say the least. Sounds like they couldn't pick a theme so just crammed it all in there... my kind of people!

Yes, I'll move to Denver with you (or Colorado Springs) but we have to take Sara with us, and Crystal, and April, and... Maybe we should just make Phoenix more beautiful.

Monica said...

I am already here. Just move!

Rachael said...

I lived in Littleton (just outside of Denver) before I met Steve and was dragged out of the beauty of Colorado and introduced to the ugliness of Arizona. But...Las Vegas is even UGLIER than Phoenix! I promise!
Looks like fun!

FizixMamma said...

What a fabulous time! Emma looks so cute. Scary thought for you: add a few years and that could be her prom picture! I have to say I have seen places uglier than Phoenix near LA (scarier too) but you don't have to move all the way to Denver for beautiful foliage. We have it in Utah too ;)

Pam said...

I'm with all of you, I'll move...Phoenix is UGLY, I love the mountains and trees, but Miss Emma's dress is beautiful just like her! And Asher is just to cute!

Diana said...

It sounds like you had an amazing weekend! You guys all look great! Phoenix is ugly, but I'll trade ugliness for snow any day...