A year and a half ago, when my stepson and his girlfriend told us they were engaged, we were thrilled. When they said the wedding would be in January 2010, it was a bit of a let down. “That’s so far away,” we whined. “It will never get here.” But get here it did. The Big Freeze, quite possibly the worst in Florida history, ended just 3 days before the outdoor wedding was to take place. The rain, which was a concern right up until 2 hours before the ceremony, held off until late that night.
The wedding and related activities were at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando. I stayed at this hotel for a weekend many years ago. A friend of my roommate was the Houston Hyatt’s General Manager. When the Grand Cypress opened, she was sent here to help them get up and running. We stayed as her guests, in a fantastic suite, and everything was free. This time, nothing was free (not even wi-fi), and we stayed in a normal room. I have to say though, that I was just as awestruck this time as when I was a wide-eyed twenty-something guest of a Hyatt big-wig.
The pool is one of the resort’s big draws. It’s a half acre, lagoon style pool (2 pools really), with waterfalls, 2 jacuzzis, a bar, and a snack bar. Only the smaller pool was heated, and since it had been freezing for nearly 2 weeks, that meant the unheated pool was Really Cold. Dennis was determined to go swimming, figuring he’ll never get another chance at this pool. There was a small slide in the heated pool. He did try the big slide, just to be able to say he did, but I wasn’t there to capture the moment. He said it was freezing, and he jumped out immediately.
Because the bride had so many out of state relatives, instead of a rehearsal dinner, there was a welcome dinner to which everyone was invited. It was at the resort’s western themed outdoor area. While it was still a little chilly for us Floridians, the Ohioans (?) and Virginians didn’t mind. Food and drink was plentiful.
Here’s Bill and Jason at the Welcome Dinner
And Jason and his almost in-laws.
The ceremony was outdoors, complete with a white canopy and white folding chairs. I didn’t get many pictures because I wanted to fully enjoy the wedding rather than be behind a camera lens. I’m looking forward to getting the professional photos.
Dennis wasn’t in the wedding. He’s too old to be a ring bearer and too young to be a groomsman. But he looked good in his tux. He managed to keep socks and closed shoes on for several hours!
This is my new daughter-in-law
This is my distinguished looking husband dancing with his new daughter-in-law
Cutting the cake
The Groom’s Cake. Yes it’s a real cake, and yes it’s a real axe. No, Ace of Cakes didn’t make it. ;o) Jason is a Firemedic. That’s his official title, which indicates he’s both a firefighter and paramedic. His groomsmen were his entire shift at his fire station. Imagine a dance floor full of firemen (in tuxes) singing “The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!”.
Congratulations Jason and Sarah! We’re so happy for you!