photo booth

Weekend Update and a Wedding

I had a great weekend. It was a mixture of fun things and low-key laziness. Friday I biked home from work and Michael and I got a quick bite to eat before see Apollo 18. It was a good movie, scary and nothing like what I was expecting to see. It’s a shame the movie probably won’t make a lot of movie (the theatre was mostly empty) because it’s worth a see! Saturday we got in a scenic hike in The Gorge.

After our hike we got cleaned up and drove out to Hillsboro for Michael’s friends’ wedding.

The wedding was at McMenemin’s Cornelius Pass Barn at Imbrie Hall. It was a beautiful day for a wedding, warm and sunny.

The wedding was outside the barn. I loved the setting! It was rustic, with trees all around, bark on the ground and candlelight everywhere. It was gorgeous–and the colors were ones I always thought about having for my wedding someday. I love sunflowers and the red flowers.

We wandered around the wedding before it started, enjoying a glass of wine and beer and then sat down for the ceremony.

I was wearing my new dress, new shoes and new necklace. I love my new dress!

The wedding started a bit later. Her dress was gorgeous!

The ceremony was short and sweet. They looked adorable up there! So in love. After the ceremony was over, it was cocktail hour while the attendants moved the chairs and tables outside for dinner.

During cocktail hour there was a photo booth! With props! It was so much fun. The photo booth took four photos and duplicated them so we could take some home. The other set was glued into a scrapbook for the couple and we got to sign the book with a message. It was such a fun idea. I loved it!


We had some fun with the photo booth. 😉 I need a pair of these glasses for my day to day life.

After cocktail hour we all sat at our prospective tables to get ready for dinner. It was buffet and the food was exceptional for a buffet. Michael and I both agreed that it was all delicious. McMenemin’s food is often mediocre or at best, average. I’m dying to know if they used a separate caterer or if McMenemin’s has just gotten better.

It was finally our table’s turn to go through the buffet line. I have to admit, I was pretty hungry! I hadn’t eaten much that day and was ready for yummy food!

Caesar salad, vegetarian lasagna, raw veggies with some dip, fresh fruit, a slice of roast, one roll and a few raviolis. Everything tasted so good! And not just because I was hungry from our hike.

I had a few glasses of McMenamin’s white wine during the evening. It was a nice, crisp drink on a hot summer night.

The couple made the rounds chatting and Michael got to catch up a bit with the groom.

The whole wedding was just beautiful. The colors, the location, the speeches everyone made were heartfelt and lovely. You could really tell that they are a happy, in love couple. It was so sweet. I was glad we could be included in their big day.

There were the speeches and then the cake cutting. The cake was adorable. It was rustic and made to look like the nature theme the rest of the decorations were like.

They had a bunch of pies and other treats too for dessert. I had a small bite of cake and an eclair for dessert. It was yummy!

It was a really, really lovely night. 🙂

Congratulations to the happy couple! May their lives together be wonderful and long-lived.

QUESTION: Favorite wedding feature?

For a Good Cause

Saturday night Michael and I got dolled up for a benefit. Michael’s coworker, Jerry, found out recently he had a brain tumor. They operated and things seemed okay, then he got the bad news: terminal. I cannot even imagine how Jerry and his wife and family took the news. I know I wouldn’t take news like that well for anyone in my life. I was so happy that Michael’s company decided to throw a benefit for Jerry. The company rented a trendy warehouse space and threw an amazing party!

The company went ALL OUT. I am so impressed, and touched at the outpouring of support for Jerry. His wife decided to go on leave from her job to spend the last few months she can with her husband. I am so glad that I could play a part in this and donate money to the cause. First up: the FOOD. Holy cow. Was it good!

There were a bunch of big BBQ’s outside the building and there were ribs, chicken legs and brisket.

Everything was by “donation” and all proceeds go to Jerry. I happily forked over money for drinks and dinner. It was good eatin’! Michael got the rib dinner–it came with bread and coleslaw. I got the brisket sandwich with BBQ beans. Confession: What I REALLY wanted was the BBQ chicken leg but it looked super messy to eat and I didn’t want to get all messy in front of Michael’s coworkers. I regretted not getting the chicken though. Another Confession: I ended up buying some chicken “to go” and I ate one of those chicken legs when we got home. And it was AMAZING. By far the BEST BBQ chicken I’ve had in my entire life. I will be dreaming about that chicken for years.

Michael's Dinner


My Dinner

There was also entertainment! There were belly dancers:

And a REALLY good blues band. I kid you not: these kids couldn’t have been over 18 years old and they were mastering complicated blues songs like pros. They played original songs and a bunch of covers that blew me away (and impressed Michael who HATES blues music and is also a musician).

And there was a photo booth too! Michael and I took a shift running the photo booth and it was super fun. We even got some pictures taken too.

Plus, I finally got to meet Seth Aaron. You may recognize the name from Project Runway–he won last season! I’m not really a groupie-type but I did want to meet Seth because I LOVED his clothes on Project Runway. They were gothic and dark–just what I like! Oh and Michael works with Seth Aaron! (Which is why we watched that season of Project Runway.)

Seth Aaron and Me

Seth was the MC for the night. There were also raffles and silent auctions. Michael donated a soccer jersey to the cause:

Seth Aaron's Donation

There were TONS of things on auction. Lots of fun, cool things plus amazing art. I put my name down for a few things but sadly I was out-bid.

There were so many good things that coworkers donated to the cause to be bid on. I ended up buying a bowl that Jerry made by hand:

And I also bought some photography from another coworker:

It was such a nice night. I was impressed with how many people turned out. It made me have a renewed outlook on humanity after a week of experiences that left me feeling like people are black at heart. I saw that there are places where coworkers care about each other and do things to help each other–especially in a time of need. What an amazing place Michael works at.

As the night wore on I got more and more tired and SORE from Saturday’s workout. We called it a night and I happily went home to bed, glad I could contribute to someone’s life to make it a little easier.

QUESTION: Do you do anything for charity?