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~Saturday~  I got up earlier than I anticipated, and as beautiful as that king size bed looked, its mattress was not as firm I prefer and my back was hurting a little. That, together with breathing through my mouth instead of my nose all night, which resulted in waking up once at 2:30, again at about 3:15, again at 4:30, and again at 6:30, made for a restless night. I got up at 6:30, but after an hour fell back asleep until about 9:00.

After seeing that Anna made a Scrabble move on Facebook, I made one, and then she called me, because she knew I was up, too. Who says social media isn't valuable?

We agreed to meet in the lobby in a little bit, and we walked over to the Wasatch Bagels Cafe, just across a street from our hotel in a little shopping area. This place had some killer eye candy, consisting mostly of hot skiers with more of them in shorts than I would have thought with the temperature in the high 50s, low 60s.

We were there for several hours and I caught up Tuesday's, Wednesday's, and Thursday's blog entries, which I was thrilled about, and Anna did some RTI work. We also had nice, intermittent conversation during that time, including my having the opportunity to hear what Anna finds attractive in profiles of men on dating websites.

We headed back to the hotel at just after 2:00, when Anna was committed to taking some pictures of that girlie kind of stuff that goes on on wedding day—you know, hair, nails, and make-up. I used the time to finish up Thursday's blog entry and to iron my dress shirt and sports coat.

Anna and I met in the lobby at 5:15, and we headed over to the Temple Har Shalom, which was about five minutes away, in plenty of time for the 6:30 service. Anna was going to be taking photos during the service, as the official photographer was actually in the wedding and couldn't very well bee-bop in and out and around the bima.

Here are a few pics hanging out before the ceremony started:

Anna and I in the Temple Lobby

Anna by the Fire Pit

Me by the Fire Pit

When I first looked at this donation wall, I read the playground one so fast that I at first thought it said, "Lea and Harry Potter," which would have been kind of cool, actually.

Here are some pictures of the ceremony, starting with the pre-ceremony one of the bride and groom outside:

Carlos and Kim

Kim Signing the Utah Civil Marriage Certificate

Carlos Signing the Jewish Marriage Certificate, the Ketubah

The Ketubah with Embedded Wedding Vows in English and in Hebrew

The Hebrew Section of the Ketubah

The Bride & Groom Under the Chuppah

The Breaking of the Glass—Mazel Tov!

I just took a couple of pics at the reception:

The Dinner Menu

For the appetizer, I chose the flat bread and Anna chose the calamari and then we split them both.

Anna and I both thought that that "Insalata Mista" was about the best damn salad either of us has ever eaten. If you can't read the description, it says, "Butterleaf Lettuce, Radicchio and Escarole with a Dijon-Dill Vinaigrette."

I had the Free Range Organic Chicken for my entrée, and it was absolutely delicious!

Sonia Rose, the Maid of Honor Offering Her Toast

We sat with Sonia, and the Best Man, and Kim and Carlos, too! We were honored guests.

Human-made Chairs!

There's a tradition of lifting both the bride and the groom up in the air while they're sitting on chairs, but there not really being chairs conducive to such antics, friends made chairs out of their crossed arms, and lifted Kim and Carlos up. Great fun!

It was a long, fun day, and we got back to the hotel around 11:00, 11:30, and once again I hit the sack toute de suite.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
i didn't know they had Jews in Utah.

Just kidding. Well, sort of. Looks like it was a nice wedding, though!
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)

Kim just recently moved there. She might be the first one. Just kidding. Well, sort of. ;-) Thanks for reading and commenting, my friend!
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)

Have a nice day.
Sonia Rose
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
It was so wonderful meeting you! I loved reading everything from your point of view! Who took the pictures posted in your blog? you? because if so I must say well-done.
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Wonderful

Thanks, my new friend! Yes, I took them. A couple of the inside ones, particularly those in the ketubah signing area, are a little grainy as the lighting wasn't great there and we weren't supposed to use a flash, although I noticed a few flashes going off during the ceremony later.

Thanks for reading and commenting! Working on catching up my entries since Saturday to keep my six-year streak going. :-) Take care, and "drop in" here any time!
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Awwww.....my friends are friends and I have even MORE wedding pics! Thank you for the description and I'm glad you enjoyed the food. But most of all, I'm so honored that you braved the airlines to come to the wedding :)

- Kim
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