2 Weddings and a Graduation

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?

Anonymous –   – (May 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM)  

HOLY SHIT ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You can get married at the Bagg Street Shul? Seriously? Why did I not know this? Why am I not getting married there? SERIOUSLY?

Miss Hot Cocoa  – (May 27, 2009 at 12:08 AM)  

LOL. Yes, they have weddings! And it's gorgeous in there.

Anonymous –   – (May 27, 2009 at 9:02 PM)  

I hope you understand what you've done to me. Our invitations are already out. A bunch of our guests have already RSVPed. I am seriously considering if we can pull off a switch. As a born and bred Montreal Jew: Holy crap.

Jessebel  – (June 12, 2009 at 7:28 PM)  

This is such a late response but congrats to Mr. HC on completing med school. As to what I did for Memorial Day weekend: Oh, got married. :P :)

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