This weekend the Hot Cocoas racked up 500 miles on a rental car, squeezed our butts into two very uncomfortably seats on one wee little plane, got about 8 hours of sleep, attended two weddings in two countries, and picked up one diploma.
And I'm glad to report that we're still married!
We started our adventure in Far Hills, New Jersey, where we celebrated the wedding of our friends Kim and Dan. They were wed under a gorgeous, rustic dogwood chuppah, which was set up along the banks of a babbling brook on the grounds of Kim's family farm. The scene was straight out of Anne of Green Gables; the meadow couldn't be any greener, the waters more sparkling, and the bride and groom more radiant.
My favorite wedding detail was their paper goods: everything from the invitation to the out-of-town packet (above left) was personalized with watercolor drawings of the farm.
We then flew to Burlington, Vermont, rented a car, and drove across the border to Montreal to attend the wedding of one of our best friends, Ilona, to Mr. HC's cousins' cousin (got that?!), Ken. It was such joy to see someone who has always felt like part of the family become an actual part of the family!
KenLo married at the breathtaking Bagg St. Shul, the oldest synagogue in Montreal, and hosted their reception at a fabulous jazz club. The highlight of the wedding was the music. Ken is very involved in the jazz scene in New York, and 15 of his incredibly talented musician friends assembled to play at his wedding!
Mr. HC's immediate family and I then piled into our rental car and made the 7-hour trip overnight from Montreal to New Haven, Connecticut, for his graduation from medical school. That's right: Mr. HC is now officially Dr. HC! There he is above on the jumbotron!
After the exciting but exhausting weekend, I was already pretty excited to get home. But I was positively giddy to see this package waiting for me:
Enclosed were our proof book and four DVDs of edited photos from our wedding. Oh, Leigh Miller, how I love thee!
This means recaps can really begin. Woo hoo!
How was your Memorial Day weekend?