Monday, August 24, 2009

Why Do I Feel Like I'm in Boogie Nights?*

*That is one of my favorite quotes from my cousin’s wedding this weekend. Allow me to explain how it was somewhat apt.

This weekend my cousin Paul got married and in usual Stewart family tradition, we piled in a bus armed with coolers of beer, sangria and margaritas and headed down the Cape to participate.

I have to say that the thing I love about the weddings I get to go to is that no two are alike. I have probably been to 12 or so over the past few years and each one has been so different from the one before. No cookie cutter weddings up in this piece! A

Anywho for my cousin’s wedding they rented out this amazing property in Bourne and turned it into wedding fantasy land. For one thing, the bar opened before the ceremony which I think is kind of key. For another thing, the ceremony was conducted mostly in the Quaker fashion which was new to me. Instead of the JP telling us all about the couple…..the guests of the wedding had occasion to stand during the ceremony and speak directly to the couple about how he or she may feel about them. It was incredibly touching and really painted an awesome picture of Paul and Christie which was nice for me since Paul lives in Chicago and I don’t get to see him that often, and had actually never met Christie before. But it was obvious from all the wonderful words so many guests shared that they are a wonderful couple. My dad even spoke, a man who is not super fond of weddings or social events in general but when he spoke I swear there was not a dry eye in the house. Really lovely.

Dinner was banquet style outside with candles and flowers and fishbowls and the buffet was seemingly never ending. As was the wine supply.

Someone also had the bright idea to fill the empty vases on the table with beer. I love this kind of innovation.

Then once dinner was over we all made our way down a Christmas light-lit path to the barn where the live band was bringing the house (or the barn, as it were) down. Christie gave out fake mustaches for all to wear which made us all fall in love with her a little bit more.

And then we noticed the pool. And then within 30 minutes the quiet cool pool was lit up and filled with my cousins, aunts, uncles and other party goers in various stages of undress from full on party dresses and suits, to bras and undies. Which is when the Boogie Nights quote occurred and was considered quite apt by all.

As we boarded the bus around 11PM to head back to Quincy, those of us who didn’t pass out on the way home agreed it was a wonderful and unique wedding and the bar had definitely been set HIGH for the rest of us. Check out the rest of the pics here

Congrats guys!


kate.d. said...

my friends got married here two years ago, they had a lobsterbake reception - i had to teach out of towners at my table how to eat one :) that place was beautiful...though we never saw the pool! maybe because it was october...

Joe S said...

I almost didn't recognize him without the bandaids on his face.