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13 November 2016 @ 09:27 pm
Some mothers do 'ave 'em. Fortunately not I.  
Last night was my oldest nephew's wedding. It was a really contemporary service and reception; held in a former industrial building that had been converted to a venue, located in the notorious Fortitude Valley. The building retained elements of its original purpose with polished concrete floors, exposed plumbing and air conditioning, even a graffiti-riddled roller door at one end. The ceremony was trying for "quirky" and "fun" - at one point we all had to stand up and pledge to have a "fully sick" "rad" time at this "awesome" event - but as a result it lacked the emotional impact that most weddings have. Even my sister, whose eldest child it was, was dry-eyed and confessed afterwards that she remained unmoved by events.

It wasn't helped when her youngest, who was the best man, rose to give his speech. He started by saying that he had known his brother forever and that they had a lot in common, starting with the fact that they had both popped out of the same mother's vagina. At that point Dee was hiding her face. He finished by thanking us for allowing him to fuck our earholes with his speech. Nice - not! There was a collective gasp around the room at that point. I'm no prude but I didn't consider that appropriate at all.

I think the groom was a bit dismayed by his brother's speech, as he got up to apologise for it, and mentioned that his brother is still young (he's 23) and has a lot of maturing to do.

The wedding dinner was wood-fired pizza, accompanied by expresso martinis. I'm not sure what alcohol was in the martini; all you could taste was the coffee. Not bad, but not something I'd search out again.

Still, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, the bride and bridesmaids all looked lovely, the men behaved, there was a live band and dancing - the bride even got up and sang with the band for a little while, I had no idea she was that talented! - and it was a reasonably early finish too.
Current Mood: amusedamused
byslantedlight: BD amused (NorfolkDumpling)byslantedlight on November 13th, 2016 11:38 am (UTC)
Sounds like an interesting do... (and I like the sound of espresso martinis!) Eep for the speech though, and I must admit that if you have to made to promise to have a good time, then it doesn't seem to bode well - but I'm guessing they meant well, and it sounds like you all mostly did, so that's good! The early night bit made me grin too... *g*
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on November 13th, 2016 12:55 pm (UTC)

I'm having a Robert Vaughn memorial day today - I'm currently watching The Protectors and shall then move on to a Man from U.N.C.L.E. film from my new box set. A bargain spotted by a colleague and fellow sad act at work who kindly pointed me in the right direction.

Your wedding sounds hilarious. Your post reads like something from One Foot in the Grave. I understand why people feel stifled by the traditional traditions - they are hardly inclusive or diverse - but I think you can swing too far in the other direction.

Still, it'll provide a constant source of good stories for years to come!

Thank you for sharing :0)
miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on November 19th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
It WAS a sad day, wasn't it? I know they can't live forever but it hurts to see them passing. I dread the day that we lose Martin Shaw. :-( .

There were other interesting bits of the wedding; I was not looking forward to being seated near my ex-brother in law (the groom's biological father) yet when I arrived I didn't even recognise him; he's had all his teeth removed and is waiting for his gums to heal before going to Thailand for implants. He looked so different with his face all sunken in. And we absconded with the flower arrangements from the tables, after learning that they were just going to be thrown out afterwards. Fun times. *g*
miwahni: Pros B&D You'll Be All Rightmiwahni on November 19th, 2016 12:23 pm (UTC)
They did mean well, and it fitted them, really. As for the early night... I'm a night owl but occasions like that, surrounded by lots of people I don't know, take a lot out of me so the shorter the better!
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] BLIMEYdraycevixen on November 13th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure exactly at what point weddings became events where you're supposed to out do each other like the sad state of children's parties nowadays where my relatives get stressed out about whether ideas like helicopter rides will get their kids enough standing.

miwahnimiwahni on November 19th, 2016 12:30 pm (UTC)
Good lord helicopter rides? Seriously? When did kids' birthday parties become a competition?

I think Nick and Erin just wanted something that reflected their personalities, and they certainly got that. Although Erin wasn't too impressed about the four groomsmen and their partners accompanying the newlyweds back to their hotel room after the wedding. *g*
snail: snailmoving - one of those dayssnailbones on November 14th, 2016 01:33 pm (UTC)

Oh my - it sounds... different. And I guess as long as the bride and groom had a brilliant time, the rest will fade into family giggles. Not sure I could have pledged to have a sick anything though - not without coughing and chewing my sleeve. You're made of stern stuff!

Edited at 2016-11-14 01:34 pm (UTC)

miwahni: Pros Drunk2miwahni on November 19th, 2016 12:31 pm (UTC)
There may have been eye rolling... *g* In a way, it was perfectly representative of Nick and Erin, just not my idea of a wedding. But hey, it wasn't my wedding so I should just you kids get off my lawn leave them to it, yes?