Wednesday, October 17, 2012

And then we took pictures with gourds

After we went to DC, we briefly went back to NH for a few days to do some final preparation for the wedding.

And I'm sure you're starting to ask - with all this gallivanting around, did you guys even have a wedding? And the answer to that is, yes, yes we did and yes, I'll get to pictures soon! I promise.

Inspector Climate's family came from Australia for the wedding. We wanted to make sure they got the full American experience, so we got tickets to a Red Sox game at Fenway park. What's more American than that?

In the past when I've gone to Red Sox games, the crowd has been electric. There has been undying hope that this time, this at bat, the Red Sox will rally or sheer jubilance that the Red Sox are winning! But this was the last home game of a truly pathetic Red Sox season, and the crowd was deflated.

Not only did the Climates come along, but also one of my closest college friends.  We nonchalantly flirted with some crazy Red Sox fans in front of us while we searched the stadium for the Peanut Guy. You know the guy, the guy who sells the peanuts. We literally had to chase him down - my friend running after him down the aisles of the stadium while the two friendly drunks in front of use used their Boston accents to scream "peeaaaaanuuuuuuts!"

Anyway, unsurprisingly, the Red Sox were losing and so we put our rally caps on in the 9th inning in a last ditch effort (any excuse to look silly!).


The following day we drove up to NH again for the real last push before the wedding and the preception. Have I not mentioned the preception?

It was really important to me that we had a small wedding (25 people including our photographers were in attendance) - and if I could've gotten that number down, I would've. That was a bit more challenging for my mom. So instead of having a traditional rehearsal dinner the night before - we invited 50 of our closest family friends to dinner. As you do.

Thus we dubbed it the "Preception."

We decorated the Preception venue with gourds and flowers from my mom's garden (which became an unofficial theme of the wedding - we had plans on the wedding day to stick them in as many places as possible tucked in people's shirts, balanced on shoulders, hidden behind chairs etc etc - but on the day seriousness over took the silly a bit).



This is me!  Inspector Climate's sister was waiting for like 10 minutes to get a picture of Inspector Climate and I together in front of the gourds but he was busy chit chatting with people and not paying attention so instead...you just get me! You'll notice that my hair is curly - and I did not sleep in pin curls!

Oh, here's inspector Climate!


One of the most special things about having our wedding at my family's farm is that it forced my brothers and I to be home at the same time. We haven't all been in my parents' house since I graduated from high school in 2003. That's a long long long time. The fact that we all got to be home with our families together meant so incredibly much to me.

The reason I bring this is up is all for a picture I can't even show you - but Sister Climate also took a picture of my brothers and I all holding gourds and laughing so hard that I actually had tears in my eyes.  I treasure that moment, that memory, that photograph.

The Preception was an amalgamation of the most important people in my life: the midwives who were in the car with me when I was born, the physics teacher who inspired me to study physics in college, my best friends throughout the last 27 years, family friends who saw me in halloween costumes, and teachers who've made incredible impacts on my life.

I didn't give a toast that night - because if there is one thing that truly terrifies me it's public speaking, my voice is getting shaky and I'm a bit choked up in just thinking about to say something in front of 50 people - but had I given a toast I surely would've mentioned that there is no way I would be the me I am without all those people in that room.

A big thanks to Sister Climate for letting me use her photographs on my blog!

27 comments:

  1. Well, who doesn't love a good decorative gourd?! The preception sounds like a SPECTACULAR idea! All the fun, with way less stress and way less pressure. WIN!!

    Also? Your hair looks AMAZING!! :)

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  2. So true, decorative gourds are the best, ever. And I love the idea of a preception. And a family farm. Sigh.

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  3. The Preception surrounded by family, and people who have made an impact in your life sounds like a beautiful, more relaxed and meaningful experience.

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  4. I love the Preception idea! Looks like so much fun.

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  5. You guys look so cute together! I've been enjoying the gourds/pumpkins/squashes(?) too, since there is only one type in Chile!

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  6. Great pics, you guys look so happy! May it always stay that way ;)

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  7. Beautiful pictures so far! I can't wait for me. I got married on a ship in the ocean in an effort not to have crowds of people staring at me while I got married. *SHUDDER* Sounds like the worst thing ever.

    I sincerely hope this link doesn't offend you, but I laugh out loud EVERY TIME I read it, and it's just so perfect for this post. I hope you understand my inappropriate sense of humor and laugh as well.

    http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/its-decorative-gourd-season-motherfuckers

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  8. Those red sox pics are kicks! HaHaHa Loving all of the gourds! Sounds like everyone had an awesome time. I'm a much better writer than a public speaker. LOL So I definitely understand how you feel.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  9. It's not fall in New England without gourds! It's so nice that you had a big dinner and I have to say that the tiny weddings I've been to have been the best.

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  10. Aaaaawww....you and the Inspector look too adorable:) And Preception....love it! What a brilliant thing to do:)

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  11. Cute cute cute! Can't wait for the wedding pics :)

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  12. Beautiful photos, sounds like such a nice evening! :)

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  13. More pictures with Gourds! <3 you, <3 the wedding, <3 IC, I HEART EVERYTHING YOU DO AND HAVE EVER DONE.

    #girlcrush

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  14. nice gourds!! i am so behind on my fall decorating this year it will be christmas before i finally get around to getting up my fall decorations

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  15. awwww, that's so nice. My bf wants a small wedding... and i mean, tiny like ... but if he had his way, there would be no wedding. this 'pre-ception' sounds really nice~ And you guys look adorable together~

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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  16. congrats!!

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

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  17. Aaaahhh, it's all wonderful! (Well, 'cept for the Red Sox losing, that bit not so much.)

    And you look lovely!

    And...happy-happy-joy-joy!

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  18. You two are seriously the cutest!! This preception sounds like it was a great time with family and friends. A great idea!

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  19. The preception sounds amazing. Especially more meaningful with the people you are able to gather for it.
    I'm not a fan of public speaking too.

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  20. I think the idea of the preception can really take off! ;)

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  21. Lovely!
    I'm the exact same way about public speaking. I feel like puking! Excited to read more of your blog!

    -Mikell
    gordongoodlife.blogspot.com

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  22. I am the same way with public speaking (unless there's wine involved)... I made a speech at my sister's wedding and a toast at my rehearsal dinner and I was SO nervous for both.

    Your curls are so cute :)

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  23. Congrats on the wedding and trip abroad! Sounds like a great adventure!!

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  24. This made me a bit teary, the way that you acknowledge everyone. And that's such a beautiful picture of you! You should get that one framed! I like the idea of a preception. I've been married twice - like you to the same person within a period of 1.5 years. We're going to have to make sure Melb on my Mind has a preception ;)

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  25. Gourds are the best prop for photos! lol

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