Monday, August 29, 2016

Sean and Kelly's Wedding: Part One

It's funny to think that the first time Mike and I met Sean, Kelly's now husband (!!!) was the week of our wedding and now we are the ones at theirs!  When we found out about the courthouse ceremony that Kelly and Sean were doing this summer, we knew we'd have to be present, even though they're doing a bigger and more traditional wedding next summer (that we'll obviously be in attendance as well).

The day started out very casual and calm.  In fact, I dare say Kelly was the calmest bride I've ever seen on the morning of her wedding.  She and Sean even cooked Mike and I a full English breakfast, complete with mimosas!  We all ate breakfast, Sean went and bought shoes for the wedding and Kelly walked down the street to get her hair done.  It was all so laid back that if you didn't know, you would have never guessed there was a wedding.  By 2:15, we all were dressed and ready to go thinking that 45 minutes would be plenty of time to make the 15 minute Uber ride to the ceremony.  Who would have guessed that there would be a 10 minute wait for an Uber, our driver would go the wrong way on the way to pick us up, and that we'd actually be pressed for time?  When our driver arrived, we explained the situation and he put the pedal to the metal and got us there just in time.  He even yelled out "Congratulations!" as we dashed out of the car.  How kind of him. 

We were the last ones there, but that just made the entrance even more dramatic.  Luckily, we had a few minutes to spare, so Kelly got to say hello to her mom who arrived that morning before heading back. 

You would never guess she was almost late to her own wedding!

Kelly and Sean went back for some questioning and last minute logistics before Kelly and Sean's parents, siblings and siblings' significant others headed in.  Sadly, Giorgio the dog wasn't invited. Maybe at the next wedding!

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this legal ceremony, but it was quite nice.  They exchanged vows, had a first kiss and even asked if anyone objected. Luckily, no one did!  There were quite a few tears shed in the crowd and before we knew it, they were a married couple!

Okay, the lighting was really bad, but I actually kind of like the sillhouette.

Sean's witness, his brother Gerry, signing the marriage certificate

Mike was Kelly's witness, which was so sweet

We couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a photo shoot afterwards under the floral archway

The witnesses and bride and groom.  I love this picture!

It wouldn't be a true British wedding if the queen wasn't involved, would it?

Walking away as husband and wife!

Afterwards, we stopped at a pub for a drink before heading to this magnificent building for a celebratory meal.

Our dinner reservation had us on the 35th floor in a private room overlooking London.  We had a spectacular view of the city and the sunset.  Our Chinese food was delicious and we spent the rest of  our night celebrating the newlyweds!

We had a full duck as an appetizer and I'm pretty sure we could have had another it was so good!

Congratulations Sean and Kelly! We wish you nothing but lots of travel, happiness and love!

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