Tuesday, July 21, 2009

not even a punchup at this wedding (no no no no no no no no)

We slept in our own beds last night, thoroughly obliterated from the 2,400 kms in 5 days round trip, but utterly satisfied with the glorious onslaught of family and old friends.

We arrived home with a surprising dearth of photos, but there will be more forthcoming once we start doing the family swap. We were far too busy visiting to be snapping photos all the time. Besides, my cousin's husband, both of them making the trek from Germany, took what I can only assume are some highly impressive photos with that big-assed camera of his.

First, of course, we had to check on the progress of the cottage that's being built. I was so pleased with how all the elements are fitting together so well, even though I had to pick them out piecemeal from websites. I mean, look at those cabinets and that hardware! Am I some kind of decorating guru or what?

I can't believe that we have no photos from the ceremony, as evidently our camera was in my purse. Here is the Little General, as her new spousal unit so fondly calls her, leading us through our paces at the rehearsal.

Fortunately, my sister-in-law, who was right on the aisle, took lots of photos, including those taken on a camera that was passed down the row to her, which she assumed belongs to the Spousal Unit. So she gleefully kept snapping photos of me officiating my heart out, until suddenly the camera stopped, and the film (yes film!) rewound. We are still not sure whose camera it was, but they now have a whole roll of pictures of the polka dotted wonder.

evidence that the Zombie family can clean up when they need to:

wedding debauchery snaps:

post nuptial barbeque, complete with the wedding dog, Habby:


Ruh said...

I LOVE YOUR DRESS. So much. You guys look fabulous!

BeckEye said...

Polka dottedness! If I were your husband, I would've been calling you Lucy all night.

Allison said...

You look fabulous! Your dress is ace. I love the RO's earrings, too. You all do clean up very well. ;)

Whirlwind trip, indeed. Looks as though it was a splendid affair. Love the cabinets in the new cottage as well.

Its great to be able to swap photos, knowing others were clicking away at the shutter allows you to enjoy the moment a bit more.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You in that polka dot dress=hubba hubba!

kelly said...

suits you much better than Xena...good choice.

The girl with the plaid dress...does she have some sort of piercings in her cleavage?

Sean Wraight said...

Lovely, lovely photographs Barbara... You look terrificly resplendent in polka dots. (Did any men dance on them? Or does the Leonard Cohen dance party not extend to nuptials?)

Thank you for sharing though, you
clearly have a charming familial unit.


P.S. Curious too... Just what were you singing in the last photo?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Why thank you, Ruh. Every now and then we pull ourselves out of our slothfulness and become presentable for a short time.
Can't wait to see you at Folk Fest!

Is THAT what he was calling me? I thought he was just slurring my name really badly, Beckeye. This explains so much

The dress was so much fun, Al - the perfect amount of swirliness for dancing. The earrings were from my German cousin, via her mother.
Aren't those cabinets great? I was taken aback by the level of craftsmanship in the entire house, to be honest.

I am definitely wearing polka dots more often, Dr M, if it means not one, but two, hubbas from you!

I am glad I did not ruin your Xena fantasies for you, Kelly.
Yes, my lovely niece has a variety of piercings and some really cool tattoos too. And her gentleman friend had a mullet!

I'm pleased you approve of the dots, Sean.
Although there was dancing, it was definitely not of the Leonard Cohen Dance Party variety. In fact, I can't believe I have not yet bitched to you about the DJ and the general state of music appreciation in western Manitoba. Expect a rant later.
I have no idea what we were singing in that photo, to tell you the truth. I'll make something up.

Wandering Coyote said...

You look great! I love the polka dots. Thanks for sharing!

Charlie said...

I vote for the polka dots over the Xena outfit too. Oops, polls are closed since the affair is over.

Seriously, you and hubby do clean up nicely.

Not so seriously, is that one fellow sitting in that tree with his beer? Shades of Keith Richards.

Ruh said...

Can't wait to see you too!! I just read today that the Decemberists have been performing The Hazards of Love in its entirety. ZOMG.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks, Wandering Coyote! I have discovered that polka dots are fun and take on a life of their own.

Your vote has been noted for the next poll, though, Charlie. There may have been some tree sitting going on, although I think the Keith Richards tendencies were kept to a minimum. It was post-wedding, after all.

I read the same thing, Ruh. I vote YES for that. As long as they also play The Crane Wife 1,2 & 3 and On the Bus Mall and Sons and Daughters and California One Youth and Beauty Brigade. Hell, they just have to keep playing.

justrun said...

That's a great dress! And what a good lookin' family.

umbrellalady said...

You looked awesome Barb and did an outstanding job at being a wedding commissioner - definitely took it up many notches.
As for the cottage - one would expect nothing less than phenomenal, which it is.

kelly said...

oops sorry for looking at your nieces cleavage

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You wouldn't say that if you saw them on a school night, Justrun, but thanks, we'll take compliments where we can get them.

Awww, that's so sweet of you, Kathy. Everyone looked great, didn't they?
I have to send you those photos yet!

hahaha, you're forgiven, Kelly.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you are hot in the dots...

Jas B said...

You look so pretty Barb!