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.
Posing 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.
Matt 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 :)
Before 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 :)
Instead 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?
Though 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.
I 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!
"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...
After 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.
Posing with my sister-in-law Julie, part paparazzi, part glam squad for the evening :)
Between 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.
Hahaha, 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 :)
Cheers to the newlyweds!
Posing 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 :)