Now, let's talk wedding. All of the previous weddings I have posted about since the beginning of this blog have been for my people: my cousin Beth, my friend Kristina, my cousin Jacob (twice!). So, it was a fun change of pace to attend a wedding for one of Eric's relatives this time around!
Eric's cousin Kimberly was getting married in New Jersey, so we got up early on Saturday, August 22 to head that way. First, of course, we had to drop Achilles off at "camp," then we returned home to get ourselves wedding-ready before rushing to Penn Station to barely catch our 11:00 a.m. train (seriously, we made it with less than one minute to spare). But, we made it, and about 80 minutes later we arrived in Denville, New Jersey, where Eric's brother Ronnie and his wife Stephanie picked us up from the train station.
The ceremony was lovely. The bride, of course, was gorgeous and both she and her groom looked so happy. Both of Eric's other cousins were also in the wedding party, and everyone looked beautiful. I just love weddings!
so much food (and cocktails, of course!). There was a pasta station with penne and lobster ravioli. There was a carving station. There was a wine/cheese/fruit table. There were meats, cheeses, fruits and salads. There were mussels and clams and shrimp, and even a seafood salad. There was just so much food. It was amazing! Needless to say, we had a great time at the cocktail hour.
All together now! This is my favorite pic from the wedding. So nice to have a good shot of all of us together.Soon we had all had our fill of food and drink at the cocktail hour, and it was time to move in to the reception. As expected, the room was set up beautifully. The tables were named after different drinks (we were at the "Chardonnay" table), and in lieu of favors, Kim and Matt made a donation to the Autoimmunity Research Foundation. Everything was just gorgeous.
While the cake was being cut, we were served these dessert plates with apple pastry, molten chocolate cake and cheesecake. Yum.
The cake was red velvet and delicious, but for some reason Kelley was served such a small piece! Poor Kelley.
We spent the rest of the evening dancing, but before we knew it, the reception came to a close. We all took the shuttle back to the hotel (the one the rest of the family was staying at), where many of the wedding guests (Eric, me, Ronnie and Stephanie included) continued the party in the hotel bar. Then, Eric and I called a cab to take us back to our hotel. That was the end of the evening!
The next morning Ronnie picked us up and took us back to the other hotel to meet up with Kelley and Susan. We said our goodbyes to Ronnie, Stephanie and Eric's dad then Kelly, Susan, Eric and I headed off to the train station to catch a ride back to New York City.
And that's that! Another great wedding experience under our belts. Congratulations to Kimberly and Matt! We wish you all the best in your life together. Here's to many happy years!