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Day 3: Muneer & Megan’s wedding

Well, guys, there’s a new married couple on the block! Today, Muneer (Harrison’s college suitemate) and Megan tied the knot in a small ceremony in Hanover, NH.

Congratulations to the newly married couple!

St. Denis Catholic Church weddingI even got to recycle my reception dress:

Mica & Harrison, wedding victory tour

The reception was held in nearby Quechee, VT at the Simon Pearce glass blowing gallery and restaurant.

Simon Pearce, glassblowing

I smell a new hobby….

The building is over top of a waterfall!

Quechee waterfall, Simon Pearce

The glassware was somewhat out of our price range, but it was really nice. We got to eat and drink off it at dinner:

Simon Pearce, wedding table

That’s sparkling cider! Modern Face of Temperance, yes!

Guess how much this bronze moose statue costs. GUESS!

bronze moose statue, Simon PearceDid you guess $25,000? Because that’s how much it costs to own this miniature bronze moose calf. Mmhmmm.

It was a mini reunion of Harrison’s Harvard buddies:

Roommate Ahmad

Roommate Ahmad

 

Shaq & Kamila

Shaq & Kamila

Brian & Jenn

Brian & Jenn

David & Gin

David & Gin

A long-running joke between us and Muneer is his “death grip” in otherwise friendly photos:

Deathgrip Muneer

The wedding weekend happens to fall during the Quechee Balloon Festival. As the party was winding down, some of the balloons were being illuminated in a field next to the reception venue. I’ve been waffling back and forth as to whether I should get tickets to see Wicked on Broadway next week. (As you probably know, I love Wicked. Harrison is ambivalent towards it, but I’m sure he does not appreciate being greeted in the car by a blast of “No Good Deed” from the stereo cranked on high.)

This is a sign that we should go see it, right? RIGHT?!?

Wicked Hot Air Balloon

Three times isn’t too much “Wicked”!

It has been fun, Vermont!

WVT group in Vermont

Tomorrow, we head to Canada!

 

 

 

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Bachelorette Party!

Kayla, my de facto bridesmaid, threw not only an engagement fiesta in the fall but also hosted my bachelorette party last weekend. Well, really, I should say that Kayla, Cassandra, and Jin threw me a bachelorette party because all three contributed in their own, er, special ways.

Kayla knows that I aim to become the “Modern Face of Temperance.” [Seriously, Carrie Nation was a real badass, but she wasn’t really endearing herself to anyone by chopping up bars with an axe and a grumpy face, was she?] She prepared this delightful “mock-tail” bar with really delicious fruity drinks, none of which were sullied by the foul taste of alcohol.

Bachelorette Mocktail Bar

I sampled a lot of beverages….

Mocktails!

 

Kayla also amassed the strangest, most obscure facts about engagements and weddings for some trivia.

Bachelorette Trivia

Staci and Ester, who had attended the most bachelorette parties, did the best. They were gracious winners.

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Cassandra and Jin? Um, not so much. Jin may have confused “wedding bands” (the rings) with musical groups. Oops.

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Me and Aileen? If we were tested on wedding knowledge, this would be our grade.

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For dinner, Jin gave us a lesson on how to make kimbap (Korean rice rolls filled with vegetables and other tasty fillings, including radish that gives you cancer when eaten in massive quantities.)

Kim bap party

Actually, we all gave ourselves a lesson on how to make kimbap. Trial by fire!

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Some of us had better results…

homemade kimbap

…than others.

kimbap fail

But that’s okay because Jin would never laugh at your kimbap. Ever.

sad face

For her part, Cassandra really made a concerted effort to give my bachelorette party a “traditional” feel: a crown, a sash, pink balloons. She also did her damnedest to try to embarrass me with phallic gummy candies and “dirty” gifts. (Little did she know that I have no shame, mwahahaha!) She even covered a pair of lacy underwear with so much bedazzling that it can pull double duty as a chastity belt.

bachelorette party gifts

Somehow, I made room in my tummy for Staci’s blueberry lemon cake.

Blueberry lemon bundt cake

Meanwhile, Cass made room for some imitation crab stick but was embarrassed about it.

eating imitation crab

And then it was off to our local noraebang to finish the night with Korean karaoke!

Korean Karaoke, bachelorette pa

Thanks so much to Kayla, Cassandra, and Jin for hosting such a delightful and fun bachelorette party. I’m not very conventionally fun by 20-something anyone’s standards, so I appreciate the time and effort they took to celebrate my last month (Eek! Less!) of non-married life. Though, I hope that when I am married, I will still eat kimbap and play games and not be embarrassed by singing “Since U Been Gone” at the top of my lungs….

 

 

 

 

 

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