WEDDING BELL BLUE: And by blue I mean freezing my nuts off at dear friend/fellow poet Lisa Allender's nuptials on Saturday night. Lisa, bless her heart, decided she had to have an outdoor ceremony, despite the fact that it's the dead of winter and the temperature was hovering at 30 degrees. I heard the bridesmaids were wearing Icy Hot back pads under their off-the-shoulder gowns.
I rode up with Cleo and met a bunch of other poets -- Rupert, Dustin, Kodac, Jessica -- and we all huddled together on the terrace of Primrose Cottage in Roswell where the wedding took place. It's a lovely setting for an evening wedding...in the Spring or Summer...but there was just a stiff, frigid breeze blowing.
Lisa and Hansoo have been together for more than 10 years, so I guess they decided it was time to make it official. There was tons of family and their dogs ("Release the hounds!!!!") were the ring-bearers. There were poetry readings both in English and Korean and a snippet from that old wedding chestnut The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. Lisa and Hansoo had written part of their vows and there were plenty of tears (probably freezing on contact).
As soon as the ceremony ended, everyone rushed back inside to the open bar and banquet. The food was delicious: beef tenderloin, pasta, chicken. The poets all sat at a big table in the back so we could gossip and catch up. Lisa and Hansoon disappeared for ages and then came back for the traditional toast (including a rambling yarn from Hansoo's best friend about pulling some prank about a job interview, and a lovely toast from Lisa's sister with memories of growing up together) and cutting of the pretty cake. Kodac got up and cut a rug with several of the ladies and Jessica did a mean Electric Slide. Dustin scrambled to catch the garter, but it slipped right out of his hand. We also got to meet the oft-mentioned, but never seen, Aunt Carolyn. Although weddings are not my thing, I was glad I went to this one.
I wish Hansoo and Lisa every happiness. No wedding bell blues for you.