Unboring list item #1 for 2014 was a big one… the biggest one of all… Get married!
And we did it right! Oscar and I agreed that we loved every moment and wouldn’t have changed a thing. (And if you would have, don’t tell me!)
We had a backyard Brazilian BBQ. Planning a cross cultural wedding can be tricky. It was very important to me to honor the Brazilian side of the family and not make this a “theme” event in the wrong sense of the word. Our caterers were a Brazilian cafe (my catering contract was in Portuguese!) and we had a 6’ charcoal grill for grilling steaks at the event. Too bad Oscar and I didn’t have more than a bite of two! I was (appropriately) warned that we wouldn’t have time to eat. But that’s OK because we spent more time with family and friends instead.
Captain Father John officiated, which was very special. Not every girl is married by her father! (He’s available if you’re in the market for an officiant!)
As any backyard wedding would be, it was thanks to the tremendous efforts of our family (and a couple of amazing friends) who helped set-up (in the rain) and clean-up. I think they got got to relax during the reception at least! And a huge, heartfelt thank you to Aunt Rebecca for offering her home as the venue.
But why do it once when you can do it twice? My mother planned and hosted a most wonderful event at my parents’ home in Lake Bluff so that we could celebrate again with family friends. (That’s the red photo on the dance floor). I wore my dress again by having it cut-off at the knee. It was a great night all around and I actually got to enjoy some Brazilian food that night!
So now it’s time to enjoy our new life together and plan for the next great adventures - Alaska, Brazil and a new house! (some day, anyway!)