Tuesday, September 27, 2011

NYC Wedding Weekend: Part 2

Last week I posted the first half of pictures from Matt's brother's NYC wedding.  Today I'm excited that I finally got my blogging act together to share the rest.

310239 10150321988852480 769142479 7983425 882000856 nPosing with my niece and mother-in-law before the ceremony.  The ceremony was in Madison Square Park which was the perfect space to see Josh and Anthony exchange their vows.  Small, intimate, yet totally fabulous.

DSCN5275Matt and I before the ceremony.  PS: I would like to point out that I resisted the urge the buy a new dress for the wedding and wore something I already had hanging in my closet. Hooray for the September Spending Freeze :)

293993 10150321990257480 769142479 7983438 2131105940 nBefore the guests arrived, the family was able to see the green space and do a quick walk through.  I should note that I did not plan on wearing this blazer with this dress, but NYC decided to experience a big time temperature drop the weekend we were there.  I didn't bring anything remotely appropriate to wear over my strapless dress, so a few hours before the ceremony, I snagged this blazer at Forever 21, hoping it would keep me warm without looking totally ridiculous.  A special thanks to Matt's parents who insisted on buying the blazer for me as they didn't want me to fudge on my spending freeze :)

DSCN5281Instead of having their parents walk them down the aisle, Josh and Anthony walked down the aisle together, hand in hand.  I won't lie, when they turned the corner of Madison Square Park and started walking towards their friends and family, I got pretty emotional.  It was incredibly unique and special to witness.  And how cute are their matching suits?

DSCN5286Though it was just friends and family standing in the immediate vicinity, onlookers gathered just outside the gated area.  There were tons of iPhones and flips recording the event, and it was cool to see so many New Yorkers in support of a stranger's special day.

DSCN5287I snapped this picture when the officiant asked Josh and Anthony to turn and face their friends and family.  She spoke about the love they have for one another and the support they have and will continue to receive from the people who love them.  It was definitely one of my favorite moments from the ceremony.  And ps: look at that crowd behind them!

DSCN5294"I now pronounce you husband and husband."  Beyond cool.  I should also note that when the officiant said the bit about "By the power vested in me by the state of New York..." people went crazy.  Glad to see so many New Yorkers loving the state's recent decision.  Now if the rest of the country would get on board...

DSCN5297After the ceremony, all the guests paraded a few blocks away to Hill Country, home of the reception and the world's best barbeque.  (And naturally, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to pose with the greatest state flag around!)  You may remember me gushing about this place last summer when we were in New York, and I have to admit, I'm still smitten.  Any place that serves real Texas BBQ is a hit in my book, but to find it in the middle of New York City is even more delightful.

DSCN5309Posing with my sister-in-law Julie, part paparazzi, part glam squad for the evening :)

DSCN5299Between the fried chicken and cornbread bites, we could barely find time for photos.  But we managed to sneak out a few :)
PS: If any of you watch the ABC hidden camera show, What Would You Do, you might recognize the host of the show, John Quinones, just down the table from us.

DSCN5320Hahaha, I love this picture so much because I remember it so clearly.  My brilliant husband suggested tequila shots, and these two were split over the idea.  Josh won out, but Anthony was able to sneakily divert the shot with the old "fake take it and set it on the table" trick.  True love, it's a compromise :)

DSCN5321Cheers to the newlyweds!

DSCN5323Posing at the end of the night after a fabulous celebration.  We couldn't be happier for Josh and Anthony, and frankly, I'm thrilled to have another Texan trying to survive the craziness that is the Davis family with me :)

Another big congrats to Josh and Anthony, and of course, a big thank you my in-laws who treated Matt and I for most of the weekend.  Until next time NYC :)


Norma said...

I got teary eyed reading this post! That rarely happens! I swear I'm becoming a sap for weddings :)


Luisa said...

Awww and I love this! Congratulations to them. I'm proud that NY has finally decided to support love!

caknitter said...

Congrats to the newlyweds!
Btw, your dress is beautiful!!

Stephanie said...

The sheer JOY in those two men's eyes and smiles sent chills down my arms. What a beautiful, happy occassion! And your neice is a gorgeous young woman!

Andi said...

Wow, this looks like an incredible day. How special. I got goosebumps looking at these pictures and reading about the pride and support of this beautiful couple.

Your dress looked fab and I love the blazer (yay ILs-how sweet are they?)! I'm so glad NY is leading the way, I think it's despicable that the civil rights of gays and lesbians are still being denied in this day and age. It blows my mind that they are expected to pay taxes yet do not receive the same civil rights as heterosexual people. I hope the rest of the US follows suit and legalizes marriage for all people asap.

Alexandria said...

Oh my goodness they look so sweet together! And they have my favorite flower! I love the purple :)

Molly D said...

Seeing the crowd with all of the smiling faces is one of my favorite parts of this blog post. It's a testament to how our country is progressing! You look beautiful (as always!) and the happy couple looks just that--SO happy.

J and A said...

Love this post. What a great wedding! And I just love the crowd and the fact that this can happen!

LaLa's in the Land of Enchantment said...

So Amazing!! I am so happy for the Newlywed Couple!!

Lindsay said...

Yayyyyyy for them being able to get married!!!! :)

And umm hi can I borrow that dress? FABULOUS. I love it. Good for you for not going out and buying something! As of right now I'm NOT planning on buying that purple Express dress. I'm going to wear the red dress that I already own. And really, every single time I buy a dress for a wedding/party/whatever I always say, "Oh this is awesome, I can wear it to this, this and this." And then when it comes time to wear it to the second event, I never want to.