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13 April 2014 @ 08:46 pm
Duel of the Faits Wedding  
That was the hashtag that was apparently decided on by the participants.

Yesterday was tropicanaomega and her fiance's wedding. softlykarou and I arrived late thanks to having failed to correctly predict traffic and, not being sportsball fans, not realizing there was a Cubs game that would foul things up. Also, a bus was late, which added ten minutes to our arrival time right there. We assumed that it would be like most social events and start slightly late due to last-minute difficulties that would crop up before hand and have to be fixed, but it was much better-planned than I was expecting and started apparently a little early. When we arrived, there were some people waiting out in the hallway who mentioned that the door opened almost directly onto the front of the auditorium. After a brief argument with softlykarou about the propriety of just barging in, I just barged in--well, barged in quietly--and came in during the solemnization, so at least we didn't miss the important part!

The ceremony was quite short. We were only maybe five minutes late, and it was over a few minutes after we arrived.

The bridesmaid/groomsmen speeches were a nice insight into the past, because softlykarou and I were in Japan for quite a while and missed a lot of the context for tropicanaomega and her S.O. meeting. Apparently, he was originally spoken of as "that jerk at work," and it turned into one of those situations where everyone else is just waiting for the...whatever the happy version of "for the hammer to fall" is. For the rocket to take off? That would fit the wedding's theme. Anyway, by the time we moved back, when we came into Chicago looking for an apartment and called tropicanaomega to see if she wanted to get dinner while we were in the city, she asked us if it was okay for her to bring her new boyfriend. And, well, it all worked out wonderfully.

The reception was in the same building, with a great view of the Chicago skyline as the sun set behind us after we moved upstairs from the wedding area to the reception hall. The reception was nice, with a lot of small cozy tables that were sci-fi ship themed:

I haven't played Final Fantasy VII, but I can't complain too much about that one. If I had a complaint at all, it'd be that I didn't get sat at the Epoch.

Oh, and tropicanaomega's dress was fantastic. It had a high collar that made her look like a space princess, and having seen it now I'm pretty sure there was nothing else that would have been more suitable. Edit: Now with pictoral evidence!:

In more personal news, I revealed to softlykarou another one of the secrets I've been keeping for a while. I posted on Facebook that "If I can kill Super Mutants to it, I can dance to it," but I hadn't told softlykarou that I had taken swing dance lessons a long, long time ago, back when the swing craze was in full swing. Not very many, it's true, and not for very long, and at this point it was almost 20 years ago, but I at least remember enough not to fall over and to be able to keep my feet in place and swing softlykarou around. I pulled off a dip, too, though not as gracefully as I might have liked. And it was fun. Maybe I should give in and attend those dance lessons.

ashiri_chan and her husband were there too, which caught me by surprise even though in retrospect it was totally obvious that they would come. It was nice to see them again, now that we're all old and scattered to the winds and only unite for major social events like this.

So yay. Mazel tov!
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: The History of England podcast
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dorchadasdorchadas on April 14th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
Everyone else has switched to Blogger or Wordpress or Tumblr, but I'm just too stubborn to abandon my archives here. (^_^)

--Clayton was SUPER-nervous, however, and as we all lined up, he just ran out there and started!

Oh man. With a reason like that, I'd be a total dick to be bothered by it!

--We were honored that you both came, and can't wait to see you at the next Chicago party. <3

Yay! \(^_^)/ Thank you again for inviting us. It was lovely, and I'm glad you gave us the opportunity to share it with you.

--Totally shocked that you hadn't played Final Fantasy VII! I thought you had, but if I'm honest, you probably would have ended up there anyway. I really wanted to sit you with Ashley.

I was really happy about that. I relish any opportunity to talk in person with her since both of us are so bad at keeping in touch over the internet. (^_^;)

When we were chatting at the table, Shawn actually made a comment about "like one of those people who's played VIII but not VII!" and I was like "uh..."

I swear I'll get around to it one of these days! I'm finally playing Earthbound, after all.

Edited at 2014-04-14 04:42 am (UTC)
marianlhmarianlh on April 14th, 2014 09:59 am (UTC)
That sounds like an awesome dress, and I'm disappointed you didn't include any pictures of it.
dorchadasdorchadas on April 14th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
You're in luck! After your request, I consulted with tropicanaomega and she gave me permission to post one, so I edited it in. (^_^)
marianlhmarianlh on April 15th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Yayyyyyy! And yeah, that's a fantastic dress. That's a "I just conquered Galaxy 7" dress.
q99q99 on April 15th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
Rather neat :)

-The ceremony was quite short. We were only maybe five minutes late, and it was over a few minutes after we arrived.

The way to do a wedding!