Monday, October 22, 2012

October Date Night

I've mentioned before that I have planned for Neil one date night a month, written out on cards. The initial card for October said "Dinner on the Porch" because when I envisioned how I might feel in October, that sounded like an adventurous night of 'getting out'.

Fast forward two months and we were delighted to read the idea, to be in a place that's much improved from what I imagined, and to say - "You know, maybe we can elevate this a bit!"

In September, Neil went to a family wedding that I couldn't attend which saddened me because I love going to weddings. Inspired by the idea to give me the best of what I love about a wedding, Neil came up with an idea to give me some of what I missed in September (although I could never replace seeing all my family). He went ALL out, it was one of the best weddings I've attended... it was hands down the best phony union I ever saw!

I began by getting dressed very fancy. Following strict orders, I was picked up at our room at 7:00 on the dot. You can't be late for these things, its very rude.

 Our appetizers were only the good cheeses with fancy, spicy mustard. 

Oh look, an open bar (how generous of the Bride and Groom!)
I'll have a coke!

The cocktail hour was on the veranda. 
It went longer than expected, but that happens all the time at weddings (I'm sure the happy couple was taking extra pictures). We just mingled and enjoyed the music, and I ate a brick of cheeses.

Next we were escorted to our seats. 

Typical wedding - the table setting had about one million glasses!

 Neil and I both checked "fish" so we ended up with the tilapia.
I have to say, it was some spectacular wedding food!
I was even allowed to go for seconds of rice with spoonfuls directly from the pan.
(seriously, someone should make-out with this caterer)

Champagne toast! 
I even allowed myself a small glass
(don't worry it's been okayed)
"... and to the bride's family, who made this night happen. You all look fabulous by the way"

 I can't begin to describe the decadence of the reception hall. 
The pictures really don't do it justice! 

They hired a great DJ - their music selection showed highly evolved taste.
We danced and rested and danced some more.

Of course the best part of the night was my handsome date.

After all of this I must confess, I fear a monster has been created. Do I need to say it another time - I LOVE weddings. So as I type this, eating the left over fancy gouda and listening to the "reception" playlist, I have to come clean and tell you that I'm addicted.

I want more fake home weddings (and I want them soon now)!

Please don't be alarmed if you receive an invite in the mail to a fictitious nuptial at our house... maybe it'll be an e-vite (we're not made of money or cardstock). If you find yourself faced with this request - say yes - I promise you don't need to purchase a crockpot or catch a garter.

And pick the fish option, its fantastic.


  1. I love this post, and I love you two!

  2. I foresee the two of you sharing a lifetime of enjoying each other and everything you do together! You are inspirational!!!
    Aunt Sue

  3. Love it Em and Neil.. So creative, so in love, so healing!!


    Stacy :)

  4. What a beautiful and perfect night! Hugs, Gabby