For Halloween this year we dressed up as Takashi, the nerd, and a Hawaiian tourist. Dallas’s costume was part of a group. Todd, Brian and Adam all dressed as the nerds in their Lambda Lambda Lambda sweaters. Fun costumes, people were asking to take their photos with the nerds and saying “Lambda Lambda Lambda!” as they walked by.
We started off at Todd and Adam’s house and then went over to Mac’s for just one drink. Then someone decided to go downtown, which was pretty crazy. We were at Mercer 113 for a bit and then went to Tavern on Rush.
For my birthday we had a barbecue. Everyone ate too much and drank too much and had a great time!
Richard pretending to photobomb Dallas, Killian and Ed.
Jill visiting with Liz while Dallas tried to get Fiona.
Raiden is just a few months younger than Fiona. They’re both so big compared to when I last saw each of them!
Feedburners reuinite! Chris, Paul, Lisa, Kate, Rachelle. Alden shouldn’t be so late or he misses out on photo ops like this!
Dallas grilled up a ton of kalbi. We thought we had way too much but people were fighting for the last rib! We also made about five pounds of slow cooked pork with Dallas’s famous blue cheese coleslaw.
This was the crumb-topped Michigan 4-berry pie, their signature pie. They use locally grown tart cherries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. It was so delicious. Chris said pie is a family tradition. He and Lisa also gifted me a pretty pair of earrings that I wore to work on Monday. They are so nice and thoughtful friends.
Ed (chef/owner of The Baked Escape) also brought some delicious desserts – white chocolate raspberry swirl cheesecake and caramel pumpkin pound cake!
And here is Ed making Rory cry.
Killian gave me Easy Feet! I don’t know if he’s implying I’m too old to bend over and wash properly or if I have super nasty toes! According to the infomercial, “it’s like a carwash for your feet!”
Me with Andy and Katie.
And Trent and Loden!
Trent was digging around in the cupboard for shot glasses and I busted out laughing when I saw he was using a votive for a shot glass!!! Gotta do what you gotta do!
Loden, Kelly, Brett, Rachelle.
Time for bed!!! (Thanks, Damian for the wine and this Askinosie chocolate bar!)
Cocktail hour aperitivo: Chips, salsa, and guacamole.
Adam and Andy
Brett and Kelly with coconut drinks.
Brett and her coconut!
Even Dallas had one.
I noticed that the wedding photographer was taking shots of the wedding party on the pier at sunset. Beautiful!
Trevor and all his friends! Just kidding! He stepped away to smoke and take in the sunset.
Soon, everyone joined to watch the sun set.
The dinner setting was gorgeous during the sunset.
Table #5, Couple #1: Kate and Trevor
Table #5, Couple #2: Mitch and Emily
Table #5, Couple #3: Dallas and Rachelle
Table #5, Couple #4: Damian and Vanessa
The photo slideshow that friends put together. The photo showing is of ziplining in Hawaii on our wedding trip!
Surprise! Guy on stilts with a live marionette puppet!
We followed them down to the beach.
Brian and Sara’s first dance as a married couple.
Everyone rushing the dancefloor!
Brian busting out some Michael Jackson moves. He also did his signature move, the worm.
“…. now I had…. the time of my life… ” (Josh and Kelly)
“…. I put my hands up, they’re playing my song….. “
It’s a Party in the USA Mexico
Mike and Todd
Josh and Dallas (and their horrible dance moves).
Mike, Todd, Josh, Dallas
Kelly and Vanessa
After Brian and Sara’s wedding ceremony, we all went back up to the palapa where a mariachi band was playing. On the boat I said something like I’d hoped there would be mariachi, so I was extra excited about this! The band played for the cocktail hour, where we chowed on salsa, guacamole, chips, and many, many fruity drinks. On this trip the Miami Vice had been the most favorited fruity drink, but during the cocktail hour the favorite was definitely the drink in the freshly chopped coconut!
For dinner we headed up to the upper palapa. Dallas and I were at Table #5 with Damian, Vanessa, Trevor, Kate, Mitch and Emily. We had been hanging around with all these guys for the whole vacation, so it was a fun table to sit at. Adam gave a really nice (and funny) speech during dinner and Brian’s brother Mike poignantly stood up to say that he wished their mother could be there with them that day.
Next, some friends put together a surprise slide show with photos of Brian and Sara throughout the years. At first everyone paused dinner just to watch the show and take a trip down memory lane with Brian and Sara, but it soon became apparant that this thing would go on forever, so dinner resumed. (I helped edit a lot of the photos, so I know there were over 500, which would auto-play for something like 40 minutes.)
At the end of dinner everyone was surprised when an elaborately dressed guy on stilts came in and was controlling a life-sized, real-live-person marionette puppet. This grand entrance was punctuated by the two guys following, who were playing a slide trombone and a drum! They moved all around the dinner space and then all the guests followed them to the beach where they performed a fire dancing show. Extra impressive, since it was a very windy day!
Next up, Sara and Brian had their first dance. After that everyone basically rushed the dance floor and it was nonstop til the end of the night! People danced their butts off! Especially to Brian’s favorite Miley Cyrus song! What a fun wedding! Thanks to Brian and Sara for inviting us to be a part of it!