Friday, June 21, 2013

Christina and Dan's 5th Wedding Anniversary 2013

Happy 5th Anniversary to Dan and Christina! Dan and Christina met in 2005, and things got serious right away. I could tell from the way Christina talked about him that she really liked him, but more than that, I could tell I really liked him. He treated Christina the way every woman wants to be treated, and you could tell how much he loved her. I didn't meet him until 2007 when I had dinner with both them in New York. He was very quiet and seemed to be the yin to her yang. Christina is not quiet. She is the life of the party and a force of laughter and positivity. At their wedding though, it occurred to me that I might not have Dan totally figured out, and he was actually even more like Christina than I might have suspected. He partied like a man who knew he had a lot to celebrate.

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Christina and Dan- the real deal

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Christina's mom and bridesmaid Pam helping her get ready

The ceremony and reception was at a pretty hotel in New Jersey. Christina's bridesmaids were her two best friends from childhood Nikki and Pam, and her two teenage cousins. Dan's groomsmen were his two best friends from Texas.

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Christina's dad walking her down the aisle

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View from the back of the ceremony- Most of the GW gang is in the back row

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Married and about to start partying!

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Super awesome wedding party

The cocktail hour was super fancy with multiple signature cocktails and a monogrammed ice luge for chilling the cocktails, but also mainly for decorative purposes. The reception was even nicer with monogram lights, beautiful centerpieces, a gorgeous cake, and a band that was not afraid to play Gnarls Barkley.

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Martini luge

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First dance

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Dan about to reveal his true self

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Our table- look how seriously amazing that centerpiece is

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Cutting the beautiful cake

One of the best parts of the wedding was the guest list. I am super close with my college friends, and we try to get together as a group at least once a year. But individually we see each other a lot more than that even though we're split up between New York and DC. More than that though, I love Christina's parents. They're the kind of parents that are just constantly supportive of Christina. I have never heard her complain about them in the slightest way in the 16 years I've known her, and I have a long memory. Christina's friends from growing up are great people, and I feel like I've gotten to know them better over the years. And her coworkers are New York City school teachers so that automatically makes them both best people and the hardest mofos you will ever meet. Suffice to say, people partied hard at this wedding. And there was a photo booth to prove it. I will spare you the worst of the evidence from the photo booth.

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With some of my best friends in the whole world

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Christina's proud parents

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This party don't stop.

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This is many of my favorite people in the world in one 
photo booth- I am in there too, being trampled

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Proof that I was in there

Five years later they seem happier than they did on their wedding day - which is saying a lot. This is due in part to the fact that they now have a perfect little son Hudson who is now 16 months old and walking. It's worth adding that in addition to being awesome at marriage, they are great parents. Congratulations!

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Dan, Hudson, and Christina in May 2012

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