Hiya! Our recent radio silence was due to an exciting, overseas, wacky tacky voyage. Alright, "overseas voyage" might be a bit of an overstatement, but we did have to pack our suitcases and board a boat. Our pals Benny & Jenn decided to make it official, and we celebrated their nuptials on sunny, scenic Santa Catalina Island! Catalina Island is one of my favorite places in California. Slightly lost in time, it reminds me to slow down and realize that the sun is shining and the ocean breeze is blowing for me to enjoy. Seriously folks, if you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend it. It's so choice...
|The wedding reception was held in the world-famous Avalon Casino Ballroom.|
I love this picture of the Casino; I took it on the way home as the
fog was rolling in and the lights were still shimmering on the water.
Finished in 1929, the Casino Ballroom has been host to the biggest jazz and big band legends the world has ever known. Thankfully, Mary and I were included on the bill with an all-star line up of musicians for the evening's entertainment. I am still trying to process that I played the same room as Benny Goodman (not nearly as well, as long, or to as much ovation, but it was a thrill!).
|Every detail of the Art Deco, island wedding was pitch perfect...especially these awesome fish-shaped cream puffs.|
|A gratuitous shot of one of my favorite foods on Earth!!!|
|The ballroom's, amazing, Tiffany-glass light fixture and vented, Art Deco ceiling.|
I have been to the ballroom many times but have successfully fought the urge
to lie in the middle of the dance floor and just stare at the ceiling.
Of course, a vintage wedding called for a new dress for Mary, so I got to work! Most of my sewing decisions come from a near-lethal combination of economy, procrastination, and foolishness - this dress being no exception. I have never sewn chiffon before. In general I am too lazy to match plaids perfectly. And I have never made a floor-length, bias-cut gown. So what did I do one week before the wedding? I decided to dive right into a bias-cut, plaid/check, chiffon gown - figuratively speaking, of course.
Given the black/orange/yellow/white color scheme, I was surprised that the gown did not read too Halloween-y (if it did, don't tell me).
|It was actually an ideal color scheme and Mary ended up |
coordinating perfectly with the wedding favors; the
couple's last name is Reese and each guest was treated
to an organza bag filled with Reese's Pieces!
It was a beautiful wedding and an fun chance to get dressed up, spend a relaxing weekend with good friends, meet new friends, and listen to some incredible music. Mary's new gown had plenty of fun fluttering around the floor too!
|Emily, Mary, and Jesse|
We got to spend the whole weekend with our pals but they
looked way too good to have Mr. Tiny muddle up the picture.
|Mes amis - Laurence, Mary, et Sylvain|
These fine folks flew in from France for the wedding!
My vote for "Best Dressed" of the weekend definitely goes to them.
You can see more of their incredible wardrobes and follow their
adventures at Laurence's blog, Lost in the 50's.
|Meine freunde - Katharina, Mary, und Eva|
This wedding was practically a UN Summit with Germany well represented.
I guess they're afraid of giants...
The food, fun, and friends were great, but the entertainment was unparalleled. The amount of talent in the rooms was unbelievable and I only wish I hadn't been too busy dancing to capture all of the amazing performers as directed by our pal, and saxophone all-star, Marco.
|The incomparable Carl Sonny Leyland|
|Vicki Tafoya & The Redondos (not pictured)|
|Sax legend, Big Jay McNeely|
|Amber Foxx & Big Sandy|
|They even let Mr. Tiny get up and embarrass himself.|
(photo by Kat of GoForKat)
The real stars of the show were the bride and groom, Jennifer and Benny. We are so honored to have been a small part of their big day. I couldn't be happier for them and even though they don't need it, I wish them all the luck and happiness that life can afford them. I am grateful to have had such a wonderful excuse to visit one of my favorite places and, yes, even to make a new dress for Mary.