My little brother got married last night to a great girl. She likes cars and ice racing, she collects stegosauruses, she is afraid of biscuit cans and baby seals, she calls herself a vampire because she is a phlebotomist that works nights. She is perfect for my brother and fits into our goofy family wonderfully.
The wedding was a lot of fun! I have to admit I was a bit nervous about having baby there, whether we would be able to stay the whole time etc, but it went very smoothly. The ceremony was short and sweet, with a basic "what is marriage" speech, a reading from "The Places You'll Go" by Dr Seuss, and vows. I think a lot of people teared up during that part. Baby fell asleep as we were waiting for the wedding to begin and slept through until we applauded at the end, perfect! Then it was up to cocktail hour that involved chocolate mustaches for everyone! Yummy, and useful for disguise. Back at dinner it was a pizza buffet and wings, and an amusing DJ. The dancing was great. They don't really like being the center of attention, so most of the dances (first dance, dance w/parents, etc) rapidly evolved into everyone grooving. I found out my brother does indeed have Shakira hips as it had been rumored. Benjamin did have a bit of a meltdown during the beginning of the dancing, so I spent about an hour rocking him and letting him sleep on me, then I put him in his car seat by the table and he slept the rest of the night. The DJ several fun activities up his sleeve, the most entertaining of which was a cross between a scavenger hunt and musical chairs starting with eight participants sitting on chairs on the dance floor. They were sent off on a number of ridiculous missions, like stealing someones belt, finding someone with a tattoo etc. The best moment of the game, and perhaps the night, was when the final two contestants were instructed they needed to tuck a business card into the groom's pocket. The foot race which ensued involved grown men in suits vaulting multiple chairs, and was hilarious. The other high point of the night for me personally was the macarena... Oh how I love that song and all the good memories it brings back! My friends and I always did the "athletic" version. I got the bride and groom to try it! Instead of just swiveling your hips on the last beats of the verse you go down on the floor and rock back to throw a hand up. I tried to find a video of it, but I am not sure how to even search without watching 100s of macarena videos.
So that is it, my little brother is married. I am extremely happy for him and his new bride, and welcome her to the family!