like the title of this post suggests, this weekend was my wedding season opener and there couldn't have been a better one to kick off the season then my friends jason and sara's (the slappe's) nuptials.
the weekend started on friday with a rehearsal dinner cocktail party at la strada on east 4th. holy crap was this restaurant cool, great food, excellent service and plenty of wine for me to drink. i definitely want to go back for dinner very very soon.
it was so nice of the couple's family to include all of us for this part of the celebration.
after la strada the group minus the bride and groom headed to maproom (surprise, surprise) to continue the party. so much for taking it easy friday night to save up for saturday. who were we kidding?
saturday was the big day. with the ceremony starting at 6pm we had plenty of time to sleep off our multiple shot mistakes from the night before.
the ceremony and reception was held at the cleveland botanical gardens - talk about a beautiful venue, a beautiful day and a beautiful couple, but there was an itty bitty little snafu.
while the ceremony was going on so was case western's annual springfest in the field next to the botanical gardens. which wouldn't have been a big deal but the black keys were performing during the whole ceremony and it wasn't just a muffled background noise, it was loud and clear.
so not only did i get to see two of my friends get married but i got to hear a black keys concert too!
in all seriousness though, jason and sara were really good sports about the simultaneous concert going on while they were saying their vows - even cracking themselves up at one point during the ceremony.
well after jason broke the glass, and everyone shouted mazel tov was when the party really started.
i now need to mention the food because it was excellent, rack of lamb? yes please. bon appetit catering did an amazing job with everything from the appetizers to the entrees, all very creative and tasty choices.
and now back to the party pics...
while this weekend was all about friends getting together to celebrate it was also bittersweet because these friends are the friends that are leaving me, and cleveland, for their residencies all over the US in a little over three weeks.
and i'm sad, boo.
but i got my "downtown family" picture like i wanted it - we are pointing at you, yes you.
i'm so excited for the slappe's and i wish them nothing but happiness!
hope you all had a great weekend like i did, and happy monday kids.