Happy Anniversary to Us, or, An Absolutely Fun Thing We’ll Never Do Again

I swear to God, we’ll put a more complete set of these on Ophoto or something soon. But today is our wedding anniversary, and I wanted to get the best of these on the blog. Thanks eight million times to everyone who made this such a magnificent, goofy, fabulously fun event. We love you all.

Portrait

The best formal portrait.
Aisle

Walking down the aisle. We are, at this point, completely insane.
Chip_speech

Chip (one of my two best men), reading a piece he wrote just for us.
Cynthia_et_al_song

Ingrid’s sister Cynthia, her partner Dusty, and mom-in-law Lori, singing “The Book of Love.” (The Magnetic Fields one, not the doo-wop one.)
Laura_speech

One of Ingrid’s two maids of honor, Laura, reading the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.
Rick_song

My brother Rick, singing “O Mistress Mine.”
Vows

Vows. Eep!
Ring_1

Ring.
Ring_2

Ring.
Kiss

Kiss. Very happy now.
Sword_arch_1

Sword_arch_2

Recessing through my longsword dance team’s sword arch.
Right_after

Right after the ceremony. Totally manic.

Gi_after_posed

No words are necessary.
Gi_rebecca_big_chair

With our officiant Rebecca (the friend who introduced us), in the Stonecutter’s chair.
Dinner_line

In line for dinner. Everyone looks so colorful! We told our guests to wear glamorous and festive attire, and they came through in trumps.
Kids

Awwww… (The adults are Jenine and Kristine; the moppets are Katy, Lexy, and Seneca.)
Mark_tom_big_chair

Mark and Tom, patriarchs of The Fez Family.
Nilos_chris

Nilos and Kris.
Russ_toast

Russ (Ingrid’s Dad), giving his toast.
Dick_toast

Dick (my dad) and his toast.
Judy_and_lori_toast

Ingrid’s mom Judy and her partner Lori, also known as the co-madres or the “mothers-in-love,” and their toast.
Rick_toastbags

My brother Rick’s toast, which involved giving us Chicago White Sox World Series Champion T-shirts.
Chip_toast

Chip’s toast.
Gi_being_toasted

Us being toasted. Also a really good shot of Ingrid’s hair.
Corrie

Ingrid’s cousin Corrie, and our volunteer wedding co-ordinator. No possible way we could have done this without her.
Princess_royal_men

Berkeley Morris (Ingrid’s dance team) doing Princess Royal, traditionally done at weddings.
Princess_royal_women

More Princess Royal.
Sword

My sword dance team, Stinging Nettle Longsword, dancing “Bryde of Entropie.”
Morris

Berkeley Morris, dancing “Four Lane End.” Those are axe handles.
Julia_after_morris

Julia, the Morris dancer.
Cake

The wedding cake. Lemon meringue. I want some now.
Cutting_cake

Cutting the cake. One of the few things we did just because it’s traditional.
Day_of_dead_cake_toppers

Our Day of the Dead cake toppers.
1st_waltz_1

The first dance. (Not counting the Morris and sword dancing, of course…) We danced it to a waltz tune our friend Tim wrote for us for the wedding, called “Newsom’s Twosome.”
1st_waltz_2

More 1st waltz.
Ecd1

English country dancing.
Ecd2

More English country dancing.
Ecd4

And still more English country dancing. I wrote this dance for the wedding, as a wedding gift to Ingrid. It’s called “With Whom To Dance,” danced to the tune of the Magnetic Fields song of the same name.
Ecd3

The last waltz.
Alan_and_naomi_waltz

Alan and Naomi.
Ben_robert_waltz

Ben and Robert.
James_cathleen_waltz

James and Cathleen.
Jocelyn_and_peter_waltz

Jocelyn and Peter.
Jonathan_and_jenny_waltz

Jonathan and Jenny. (Jonathan is wearing his Willie Wonka costume.)
Kalia_victoria_waltz

Kalia and Victoria.
Mark_ton_waltz

Mark and Tom.
Nilos_and_anita_waltz

Nilos and Anita.
Rob_marian_waltz

Rob and Marian.
Ruth_lise_waltz

Ruth and Lise.
Steve_jen_waltz

Steve and Jen.
The_very_last_photo

The very last wedding photo of the evening. We have never been more exhausted in our lives.

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Happy Anniversary to Us, or, An Absolutely Fun Thing We’ll Never Do Again

6 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary to Us, or, An Absolutely Fun Thing We’ll Never Do Again

  1. 3

    >Ingrid’s cousin Corrie, and our volunteer wedding co-ordinator. No possible way we could have done this without her.
    Amen! I always have three pieces of advice to give to people embarking on this particular journey, and having a person qualified to hold (and tap impatiently) a clipboard is the first one. (The other two are: Assign someone to remind you to eat, and throughout the whole process keep reminding yourself why you are doing this.)
    All best
    jrb

  2. 4

    Aw ….. how sweet! Happy Anniversary, you two!! I loved looking at the photos, and it was also a hoot to remember what a wonderful event it was, and what a great crowd of wonderful people came to share it with you! Well done!
    All the best, for, well, ever!
    love, Joss

  3. 5

    Joss pretty much said what I had to say. Wonderful event, wonderful crowd, wonderful fun; real community gathering, and exciting and moving to have your friends – not your random workmates or your necessary neighbors, but a party full of friends who care about you – there to celebrate. I totally dug getting to call dances for that group, and being able to contribute to the evening. Thanks for having me; have me call dances at your 50th anniversary party.
    Fondly,
    — Alan

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