THE Wedding Update…
Everything went splendidly. Hoyt did get a bit lock kneed and deer in headlights-ish for the ceremony, but he also did for the proposal. :-p For being a ham, he sure does freeze up! But the decorations, the music, the cake, the location, and especially the company made for a great 1920s train wedding. We had the ceremony at the train museum on the back of the presidential car (it was inside, you're crazy if you think I'd stand outside in a strapless dress in Minnesota February!), then the party moved upstairs into the great hall of the Duluth's historic Depot.
We had three live bands perform, starting with Mr. Gabriel James out of Minneapolis during the social hour. He played some great songs I recognized from his first two albums, and his third album just came out! Daniel Solberg and Shanan D'Agostino followed him with some wonderful jazz/early swing music. Shanan sang De-Lovely for our first dance, which was quite “lovely”. 😉 The third act was a six-man band pulled together after nearly a decade apart. They specialize in blues music, but they had the house a-swinging!
The cake, made by local baker Bev Bennett, was three green triangles with white squiggles and orange lilies for decoration. Delicious! We did do a dollar dance, that decommissioned me (there were a LOT of tall people! I need a chiropractic adjustment…) as well as Hoyt (bad knees, especially after picking me up so much!), so shortly after we vamooshed to our bed and breakfast, the Firelight Inn. Our room, the Isle Royale Suite, had a whirlpool facing a fireplace – can't get much more romantic than that! It is also the only bed and breakfast chosen for the Select Registry for b&bs in Minnesota! Highly recommended. We had some of the most interesting and tasty meals there, and LOTS of food. You certainly would not go hungry. 😉
The sleigh ride ended up canceled at the last minute due to the temperatures. She did not want her horses to be out in the -15 degrees (with windchill it was -35 degrees, so I suppose I can't blame her…). We did stick around for some sloppy joes and left overs at the warming house with a strong bonfire not far away. I attempted to make smores, but the marshmallow froze before I could get it off the stick, then I lost feeling in my fingers as I ran to the warming shack. :-p Ah well, good leftover cake at least!
I skipped the rehearsal dinner description! Hoyt's parents did a great job pulling it together and not “roasting” me. Another musician couple performed a few songs, one song written especially for us! Hoyt's father put together a slide show and with teary eyes read a poem to Hoyt. The food was pretty good too. 😉
Okay, I do have some pictures… but they aren't professional or even from the person we asked to take pictures of the reception! I'll post when I get those for sure. 😉