Wedding Weekend in Phoenix, Arizona
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Can you believe the movie The Princess Bride is now 30 years old?
“Mawage. Mawage is what brings us together today.” (skip to 26 seconds in)
My friend Paul took a pretty good guess at what I would be doing this past Saturday.
He was wrong, though. I didn’t drive anywhere exotic this weekend. I did, however, enjoy one of the most well-executed, multi-day parties I’ve ever attended. This weekend, two of my best friends, Rustin & Wade, got married and while that means there were no road trips on the radar, it was still a memorable time. My mom flew to Phoenix from Southern Utah to be a part of the events.
Friday night kicked off with an open house / cocktail party at the grooms’ home in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix. It was the perfect venue for an evening with friends and family. Refreshments were provided in the form of a hot dogs and hot chocolate on the patio – it’s an odd combination, but it works! On Saturday, I donned a tuxedo for the first time since Senior Ball at Pine View High School in 2000. It took some trial and error to get the bow tie situated just right, and clearly my experience with cuff links is limited because by the end of the night, I’d lost one of them. But for a few hours, I felt high class.
It felt appropriate that I do a side-by-side photo of my last red 2-door Honda (the Prelude) along with my latest (the NSX) for a photo while wearing my tuxedo garb, so mom and I cruised over to the Arizona Biltmore neighborhood to do the re-creation. The above pics were taken in 2000 and in 2017. I’m sure glad my sense of style has improved. Though, a few people have asked that the skater shoes and frosted hair tips come back.
Wedding festivities kicked off at 5:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum on Central Avenue. The entire venue was decked out appropriately, and our group of about 200 people assembled on the manicured courtyard grounds to await the big event. Rustin and Wade exchanged their vows and then exited the area with Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” blasting over the speaker. The crowd loved it.
Later in the evening, we dined, then danced. The dance floor was illuminated and mom put everyone else to shame showing some of the moves she’s been learning in her weekly Wednesday hip-hop class. I seriously saw a few people doing the “bow down” gesture to her. She’s that good. The weekend capped off with a trip to a baseball spring training game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. The Chicago Cubs played against the Oakland Athletics. Temperatures were pushing 90 degrees but luckily our group had shaded ‘lawn’ seating. It was a great day at the ball game!
I’ll let the photos (and a short vide0) tell the rest of the story!
The Legend is back in daily duty for a few weeks.
I even had to take it to Tucson for work last Monday. Here’s a shot at Picacho Peak along I-10.
Picking up mom from Phoenix “Sky Harbor” International Airport.
Friday night cocktail hour at Rustin & Wade’s house, in gold-rimmed sunglasses that were provided.
Headed to brunch in the Vigor with mom on Saturday morning.
View from brunch at Zookz on Camelback Road & Central Avenue.
Couple photos with the NSX at the Arizona Biltmore area.
Some of my friends looking all fancy. Sam, Lance, Rob, Kyle, Chris, Chandler, Jack, and James.
Wade and Rustin cutting their wedding cake
Having a little fun with pictures later on.
Sunday’s trip to the baseball game in Mesa.
Wade (hiding), Scott, Lance, and me
Congrats to my friend Sean who hit 100,000 miles today in his 2006 Honda Accord EX-L 5-speed!
Sean bought his Accord brand new in July 2006 and it’s been his daily driver ever since.