Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekend Wanderings - Chelsea Piers Wedding

This weekend, we celebrated the wedding we've all been waiting for: my cousin Michael and his fiancee, Cari's.  On Thursday night, Roger and I met my parents and sister for dinner at the Merchant River House, and had a wonderful meal together.  We all headed back to their hotel, the Marriott Downtown, for drinks with the rest of my extended family.  Roger, Jill and I babysat for my cousin Lisa and her fiance Jimmy, so they could enjoy the party, and then we joined everyone at the bar.  It was nice to see everyone in a more relaxed setting before the wedding.

My aunt walks through the church she was married in 45 years ago.

Cari and Michael exchange vows.

Family portrait at Our Lady of Mount Carmel

On Friday morning, I woke up and headed to the Aveda Institute to have my hair done up in a beehive (yay!), and then met everyone at the hotel to take the bus up to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Bronx.  My aunt and uncle were married there, as were my aunt's parents, so Michael is the third generation to get married in the gorgeous church.  It's rare to find such a spectacularly decorated church that also feels so small and intimate.  I think it's one of my very favorites that I've ever visited.

After taking some family photos and a brief break back at the hotel (when I got to hang out with Rachel very briefly!), Roger joined us and we all headed to The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers for the reception.  Filled with details that perfectly reflected the couple, not to mention the best food I've ever had at a wedding, it was a real blast.  Abigail Kirsch did the catering, and it was absolutely exceptional.  The appetizers were served at two stationary tables; one with Middle Eastern cuisine and the other with Asian-influenced foods (I was a huge fan of the duck buns and falafel).  The dinner itself was wonderful, and their wedding cake was just perfect.  The DJ kept everyone dancing the whole night, and there was never a moment that the room wasn't filled with love.  It was absolutely perfect, and I'm so excited to have been a part of it.

All of us before the reception!

Roger and I hanging at the reception.
Mike and Cari cutting the wedding cake.

On Saturday, we spent a little while recovering from the wedding and had a visit from the plumber, who thinks he should be able to fix our heat by mid-week.  After that good news, we headed to Times Square to see Machinal, for which our friend Beth kindly got us comp tickets.  The show was incredible - really moving and so, so beautifully composed.  If you have a chance to see it, I would highly recommend you do.  Plus, the American Airlines Theatre where it is being put up is just gorgeous.  Beth was able to come say hello to us quickly after the show, so it was great to see her.  Afterward, we headed to Astoria to make burgers with Rob, and as usual, stayed way too late drinking and talking.
The ceiling at American Airlines Theatre.

Sunday was a day for accomplishing things: my first run in 2014 (it didn't go so great, but I'm still pumped for a marathon in 2015!), cooking for the week, laundry and returning some things to the hardware store.  A nice, quiet way to end a weekend full of love and fun!

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