Monday, July 12, 2010

3 days, 3 brides, 2 weddings

Ohgoodness, I am ZONKED. DONE. FINITO.
This last weekend... over the span of 3 days I had four weddings and a funeral 3 Brides, 2 Weddings, 1 rehearsal dinner and 1 Bridal Shower.
Did I mention that the Rehearsal Dinner and one of the weddings was 5 hours South of me?
Phew.
It was a busy, busy, lots-o-driving weekend.
But on the upside of that, there was a lot of brilliant food, a ton of delicious wine and so many great conversations with old friends and new friends. I witnessed so much love between families and partners that I couldn't help but forget the stress of the schedule; the rush as I scaled the state to make it to everything AND the annoyance of changing into a dress at a truck stop where I felt like I was about to be raped and/or murdered.
But here was the best part of the weekend, the two weddings I attended were as different as you can get:
1. A Later-in-life love union that brought together a multitude of families and it took place on a Vineyard in the rolling, peace-loving hills of Ashland, Oregon. People were barefoot, the ceremony was short, eclectic and loving and the band was a hodgepodge of local artists.
{the wedding site for my first wedding of the weekend}

2. A traditional Middle Eastern wedding downtown in the Portland Art Museum. The women were beautiful beyond belief, the gowns exquisite, the Bride was captivating and the traditional Muslim music and dancing was to-die-for!
{wedding site for wedding number two}
I will take you into those worlds in the coming days. For now, I am going to wash my face, put on some ugly ripped tank tops and lived-in sweats, crawl into bed and sleep, sleep, sleep so that tomorrow doesn't turn into what today was... which was basically my weariness manifesting itself into a snippety b*tch (sorry Jerry at the dry cleaners... I shouldn't expect my clothes to be done a day early). Thankfully, my friend Elena is always good for some "i hate my life, f*ck my job, I'm too tired to function" emails back and forth- made my day.
Until tomorrow...
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30 comments:

Mari said...

I am so excited to read! so go rest up and come back and blog!!

jociegal said...

Wait - who was the 3rd bride? Noor, Joel's Mom and who else???

The Owl's Closet said...

oh my gosh, u had quite the schedule, caitlin!! despite the hecticness, it sounds like u had a great time:) wow, the venue for the first wedding is gorgeous!

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Stevie said...

Wedding season is definitely upon us! Most of my friends are married off at this point, but I remember going to multiple weddings every summer, several years in a row.

One of my best friends is getting married in less than 2 weeks and I can't WAIT!

I love Ashland. The Shakespeare Festival there is fabulous, and the city is just beautiful. Such gorgeous scenery! And the scientist's family is partly from there, so we now have a free place to stay if we ever want to get down there!

Glad you had a fun, albeit crazy, weekend!

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

What a busy schedule!I am looking forward to reading more about these weddings and of course I am looking forward to seeing pictures and tons of them too. =) Have fun!

DragonflyLanternshop said...

Sounds like a movie ;-) Its great they were all completely different too!! Sleep well ...

Kanwalful said...

Post pictures super soon! I want to see and hear all about the weddings!

Leia said...

Hehe, you were leaving a comment on my blog just as I was reading this post! It sounds like you had a manically crazy (but fun...!) weekend. I hope you recover soooon and are back to your perky, happy, beautiful self!

And thank you for your always-lovely comments. They really put a smile on your face. And I truly love your blog, too - it's nice for me to get a perspective from the other side of the world, too ;)

xx

Leia's Delights

Katie said...

You were definitely busy! Can't wait to read more about it, both weddings sound interesting :)

Jenna Cooper said...

:) Lucky! I get to go to two weddings this summer, and I'm so excited.
Elena is an excellent companion for that.
Love ya!

LadyBugSays ... said...

So looking forward to your wedding posts! Everyone needs a 'I hate the world' bitchy day every now and then!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Show us some more pics! Get some rest too :)

kirstyb said...

wow sounds like weddings galore xxxx

Fashion Meets Food said...

Fun weekend! I love multiple wedding weekends. You best post pictures dawl!

xo

Erika said...

Are you sure you're just one person and not, like, three? Seriously Caitlin, how did you survive all that? You'd better pull the blankets over your head and sleep for at least a week!! :P

Krista said...

You're not kidding totally different weddings! I can't wait to see more pictures! You're a trooper for packing it all in (AND driving all the way down to Ashland - I puffy heart Ashland!)

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, that's crazy!! Good thing you didn't have your own wedding in the mix! ;-) What would have been really nuts! But is this it for the year or are there more coming??

bananas. said...

Whoa. That's a whole lot of fun and craziness in one weekend. Sounds like a blast! i've finally learned to appreciate weddings. Good food, good friends and lots of alcohol = good times!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Wow Caitlin, thsi does sound like an amazingly exhausting weekend! Yet it's such an adventure, dont you find? I always thougth of such busy days as of blessings - I noticed I get so much more done when I'm pressed for time like that and end up remembering it so much better too haha And wow, you are so rigth about those weddings being totally different - just those two pics say million words about each, both are beautiful, the sights in the first picture are totally breathtaking though!!!

Vanessa said...

Holy busy! I'd be dead tired too if I were you too! Though it sounds like chaos, it definitely sounds worth it all! What beautiful pics for both weddings!

ellinelle said...

..first- you look gorgeous while driving : )
..and ..when you busy times just seems to go so fast ,but you can do things even when in rush ..too much time and waiting sometimes is not so good ..
..happy you for get a chance going to the wedding , I supposted to go to my cousins wedding last saturday but , his bride to be cancelled the wedding 2 weeks before in very horrible way - lets just say my cousin is the one with broken heart ..it just makes you think if there is true love cherish that ..

..anyway , hope you having a great day ..

Ellinelle xxx

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

That's quite a schedule, dear Lady!
Don't forget to slow down and relax. Enjoy the weddings, my dear;-)

this free bird said...

Wow - talk about a whirlwind! Those are two very very different weddings, but equally as charming in their own ways, huh?

GF I'd be UNDER the bed in my sweats and ripped up shirts. yikes!

xo-carrie:)

Kara said...

Holy cow, that sounds like an insane weekend. I love your ripped tank and live-in sweats idea...for some reason that's always the best way to relax. For me it's bf's tshirt and shorty shorts. So comfy.

Can't wait to hear details!

Slamdunk said...

I am sure your friends appreciate all of your sacrifices to be in 10 places at once.

I love the view of the outdoor wedding in the photo. Thanks for sharing.

Kristen said...

Wow you sound like you had quite the busy schedule! But it sounds like fun, who doesn't love weddings!

Keith said...

Hope you're getting rested up. I can't wait to find out more about all the excitement you had.

Candice said...

Can't wait to hear more. Now go catch some ZZZzzz's.

Jammer said...

soo pretty! That room is so romantic and girly!

Holly said...

OMG! You have to email me with some hot tips on how you managed it...my new book is on bridesmaids and weddings and what to do when there are too many weddings in one weekend. Must have been fun though!