Monday, July 11, 2011

Oh. My. Gawd. What A Wedding Reception We Attended!

Never in my life have I ever been to such an amazingly elegant and yet,  Texas style laid-back wedding reception. Anywhere. I will probably never attend anything like it again. It was a *once in a lifetime* affair and we were soooo glad we had planned to attend. Our friends, (parents of the bride) enjoyed the marriages of their two eldest daughters in 2010 (the 1st wedding was the weekend of Mr. Snooty's 40th high school reunion & the 2nd marriage was in New Orleans the day after I returned from Italy), so this was the last daughter to go. Their baby, *A*. I was determined we'd make this one and we did. The ice sculptures, food stations, the band, the photo booth, the groom's Fender guitar cake of red velvet, and the brides cake of Italian Creme, were all part of the magic and it was fun, fun, fun! We definitely had fun in the photo booth ---->>

All of our children went to the same private school, throughout grade school, then their daughters each went off to different boarding schools back East (which includes college & grad school), while our children went on to attend public school. We had a lake house in the same private area in the Texas Hill Country as they did do, so the kids all learned to ski, drive the golf cart, hunt, drive the boat and drive the old Wagoneer, together. Every summer, as the adults drank, ate, and told stories, the children would all get together and put on plays and musicals for our entertainment. Believe it or not, it was always fun and made us giggle into the early hours of the summer mornings.

They always brought a nanny with them to the lake while I always hired a teenager every summer as a *mother's helper* (not always actually any help), so we were usually covered for almost any situation that might arise. We'd take *Sunset Cocktail Cruises* on the boat in the evenings, sometimes with the children, sometimes without (but always without the hired help). We'd serve caviar on toast points with freezing cold vodka, or Moet & Chandon champagne, and launch ourselves into the latest tales we had to tell. I tell you, those were such magical times.

I used to take all of the kids on midnight golf cart rides, which makes me wonder how any of us are still alive. Anyway, one night we were out tooling around and came upon a big fat SKUNK. Thankfully, I saw it first, told the kids to be very quiet unless they wanted to smell like skunk for the next 2 weeks (slapping my hand over our son's mouth to keep him quiet, he was the only boy), and backed down the steep hill until we'd all break into hysterical laughter that we hadn't gotten sprayed. Then, the skunk came down the hill one night and sprayed our air conditioner unit, which made us all wake up gagging. We ended up going home so that the place could have time to air out.

To keep all the kids entertained during the day when most of us were nursing hangovers, Mr. Snooty would pull ALL of the kids at once, on the various toys we had to pull behind the boat. The main game was *Try To Stay On Without Help*, which Mr. Snoots was well versed in. He always got them, eventually. Then the rest of us would come to life and the party would start all over again. I can't begin to tell you how much I miss those days. I still can't even drive by the old lake house. Seriously. As financially draining as the estate was, it was like a perfect slice of Heaven during the years we spent entire summers there.

Now, the baby of the group is married, while neither of mine even have any prospects. Yes, this is a bit of whine, and yes, I'd love some cheese, thank you.  Still, I have to hand it to our friends. It's no easy feat to survive the enormous weddings (2 out of town) of all 3 of your daughters within one year, even if you have wedding planners. Someone still has to ride herd, right?

So, as I told the groom last (Saturday) night.... "Happy Wife, Happy Life" and he gave me a knowing wink of his eye. I think they are good to go. *A* is the second kiddo (from the left) on the Water Weenie. From left to right: *T*, *A*, *K*, *G*, *E*.

By the way, my camera wouldn't fit in my purse so I chose lip liner and lipstick. A friend is sending me the few pics she got on her phone but they are really grainy.....


The Incredible Woody said...

Snoots! OMG - you look fabulous!!!

Tammy said...

You look gorgeous! Love the dress. The photo booth pictures are priceless. It's so cool that you have those great memories and I'm glad you were able to make it the youngest's wedding.

Snooty Primadona said...

Gawd I love the deception of cameras... But, thanks girlfriends!

Mental P Mama said...

Always a treat to go to a wedding like that! You looked awesome!!!

Bodacious Boomer said...

I really liked photo #1. You looked like you were having so much fun.

And as for the kids not being married yet- please know you're not alone. Ours are 25 and 28 and they aren't either.

Roan said...

You look MAH-velous! Mr Snoots holds his own, too. Sounds like a good time was had by all. 3 weddngs in one year, oh my! I thought one would be the end of me. You will get your turn one of these days.


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