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Old 07-07-2019, 10:49 AM   #1
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A Wedding to Remember!

SO and I went to a wedding yesterday evening for a young woman who SO was a nanny for when she was a young. The wedding venue was at a Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens site. Very lovely gardens and such with some buildings scattered about.

The plan was for a wedding ceremony in one of the gardens and cocktails before dinner in a different garden. Then dinner in the carriage house.

Sadly, the weather did not cooperate. There were seriously severe thunderstorms with heavy downpours that started just before the wedding service. Knowing they were coming, the staff had initiated the bad weather alternative and set up for the wedding ceremony in a big white tent adjacent to the carriage house. So an usher led us to our seats and we waited. That's when the rain started for real. The rain on the tent was so loud they could not convict the service so they decided to wait. Then the tent floor started to flood...

Everyone was directed to the carriage house (Yay! It's air conditioned!) which was set up for dinner. The ceremony would be held there. There were a couple of brief power failures as the wedding party started their march to center stage. The real power failure (the on that lasted for hours) happened just as the bride and her dad were about to make a grand entrance. The ceremony was conducted in the late afternoon daylight aided by cell phone lights.

The venue people didn't want guests stumbling around in the semi-darkness so the waitstaff circulated among the tables offering wine and appetizers (I don't know how to spell 'hors de oeuvres') so everyone was content.

Word was that generators were on the way. Dinner would be served an hour after the generators arrived. Meanwhile everyone ate, drank, chatted and got a little sweaty (Just the men, of course. Women don't sweat I'm told.).

Finally, the generators arrived and dinner was completed. Food was served and the AC was turned back on. Music and dancing ensued and everyone had a great time.

The bride's dad and I were chatting and he mentioned that the catering staff commented to him that the guests were taking all this pretty well and there was no complaining. Sure we did. They kept our glasses full and the food circulating.

Years from now, when the bride and groom are comparing wedding war stories, Katie and Sean's will top them all.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:14 AM   #2
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Sounds like everyone made the best of challenging circumstances! I'm glad it all worked out.

And yes, women don't sweat - we glow
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:26 AM   #3
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That was great Andy - What a memory that's going to be!
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Sounds like everyone made the best of challenging circumstances! I'm glad it all worked out.

And yes, women don't sweat - we glow
Well said GG.

I thought we glistened.
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Old 07-07-2019, 02:28 PM   #5
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GG and Taxi might "glow and glisten" but I sweat like a pig. Do pigs really sweat? Even after all these years, my hot flashes are quite entertaining to everyone but me. If you bring my hot flash to attention, I'll bite your head off for sure.


Thanks for the story Andy.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:16 PM   #6
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Well said GG.

I thought we glistened.
Could be, but this is what I've found

"I know it’s not the right thing to say to a lady, miss, but you are sweating like a pig!"

"My mother always said that horses sweat, men perspire, and ladies merely glow…"

"Is that so? Well, miss, you are glowing like a pig!"

~ Terry Pratchett, "I Shall Wear Midnight"

It appears to be based on Victorian-Era etiquette handbooks
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:12 PM   #7
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Andy, that does really sound like a night to remember!
What was the menu at the reception?
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:37 PM   #8
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Andy, that does really sound like a night to remember!
What was the menu at the reception?
http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ml#post1598357
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:38 PM   #9
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Andy, I thoroughly enjoyed your post! Yes, this will be a wedding to remember for the bride and groom, and the guests - so glad everyone just kind of went with the flow and had a good time.
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Old 07-08-2019, 02:43 AM   #10
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That's a great story, Andy! If Katie and Sean kept smiling through all of that commotion, their marriage should certainly withstand the tests of time. Thanks for telling us about your grand evening.


And as far as "sweating"? We weren't cultured enough in my family for the women to either glow or glisten, but my Mom would say that men sweat while women perspire. I guess it sounds gentler?
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