Friday, May 3, 2013

Janice and Darren's 5th Wedding Anniversary 2013

In May of 2008, my best friend Janice married Darren, who then became my best-friend-in-law. That's how it works right? Janice first met Darren at her first job after we graduated college back in 2001. They were friends for almost 5 years before they started dating-- 5 long years where I had to listen to how cute and funny her friend Darren was. No one was surprised when they got engaged a year later.

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Janice and Darren dancing at their wedding May 3, 2008

The wedding was one of my favorites ever. It took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the pilgrims once also started a pretty great adventure. The bridesmaids had different dresses in different coordinating pastel colors that matched the pastel-colored candy bar (more on that later).

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Janice's sister Laurie, Janice, Ash, and me (I am the blue fairy Merryweather)

Janice and Darren saw each other for the first time before the wedding ceremony and they got a pretty great photos of the moment.

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Janice is radiant!

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Darren sees Janice for the first time on their wedding day; 
his groomsman Paul looks pretty impressed too

Their wedding ceremony was supposed to take place outside, but the weather didn't cooperate. There is no better setting though than surrounded by the family and friends that love and adore you. It was lovely that Janice's godmother Joyce officiated the wedding. 

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Married!

The bride and groom went straight from the ceremony to the cocktail hour, where Janice was the first person to get to the bar. That's how it should always be done! Our little group of friends took a picture at cocktail hour, unfortunately Darren and Janice were busy greeting guests and receiving congratulations so we didn't get them with us. They also had a great Irish traditional music band at their cocktail hour. This transitioned us nicely to our Irish-locations-themed tables at the reception.

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Jamie, Emily, Laurie, Ash, Dan, Christina, me, Kevin, Megan, Ed, and Stephanie

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The lucky couple has three beautiful sets of parents!

Inside, we were treated to Janice and Darren's first dance. Below is one of my favorite pictures of Janice and Darren ever. It shows what's great about them individually and in their marriage. They have laughter, and they are cute as hell.

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Janice and Darren's first dance!

Those of you who know them personally, know that Darren is a bike fanatic. Like a radical bike fanatic. Seriously. And Janice is as passionate, or possibly more passionate, about marshmallow desserts. Her key focus is on consumption of Fluff and Peeps, though she has been known to dabble in Mallomars. Their cake topper was the perfect marriage of their interests: two Peeps riding a tandem bike.

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Wedding cake with biking Peep bride and groom

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After they cut the cake, but she doesn't look like she's going to share

Besides having three flavors of cake, they had a super awesome candy bar as the wedding favor. Guests could fill up containers with self-serve candy combinations. My favorite part was that Janice and Darren kept all the leftovers at home until they and all their visitors finished eating all of it. Yum!

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"Life is sure sweet, Great Family, friends, and kisses,
Please enjoy these treats, From the new Mr. and Mrs."

Finally, the party itself was crazy and fun. Janice's family can really throw down. Darren's family might have been a bit scared. Especially when some aunt-type person from Janice's side started break dancing. I am not making that up.

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Me and Christina rocking out

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Janice's grandmother stealing the show

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 Darren, if you wanted sister wives, you should have put more rings on it

Five wonderful years together! The two of you being together make everyone who loves you happy. If you only even knew how happy it makes us. Obviously, you like it too-- it's clear from the fact that you both look just as happy, good-looking, and youthful as you did five years ago.

Visit to Bucks- March 2013
Fudgie the pug looks kind of grumpy though, March 2013

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