It’s fun to stay at the YMCA

This was one of them big weekends for yours truly and the entire family.

As you can see on the right of this post there’s a new little Flickr box and in there are some of the photos Devina and I took at my sister’s wedding, which was quite the lovely event. The event took place at a rather lovely hall up in Livingston, New Jersey which was an amazing location. The wedding itself was held outdoors in a very lovely garden and the weather held up quite beautifully all the way until the kiss. Once we headed back into the mansion, the skies started clouding up, but it didn’t matter since we were all catching up with each other. Devina and I managed to see and chat with family whom I have not seen or talked to in at least a dozen years there which is a good thing. There was chatting, drinking, eating, dancing (OMG my dad danced! DANCED!!!), laughter, celebration and farewells as both of the nearly full families met for the first time. One of the most interesting aspects of the wedding was viewing the tea ceremony my sister and Minh undertook as they served tea to his elders and other members of his rather large family. It was a very interesting ritual to watch and everyone on my side of the family was looking on in amazement. The only somewhat odd part was seeing that most of Minh’s family were seated during most of the the dancing, though I’m guessing most of that was to watch all of us Latinos make fools of ourselves on the floor! 😉 Fortunately, everyone from both sides of the families wound up getting up to shake their booties towards the end of the night and yes, there was YMCA.

Unfortunately, I did not fully read the manual for my snazzy new camera so roughly 30 of the 456 photos I took came out well enough to actually put up on my Flickr. Most of them, especially the indoor ones, came out very dark and blurry due to the settings I kept it at. The ones taken where the windows were either fully opened or taken outside came out very nicely as you can see. Then again, with the cameras flashing all over the place in there, I am sure I’ll fill up that photo set with many more down the line when I go visit my mom later on in the week. A great time was had by all, but we were so pooped at the end because of all of the running around with the photos and the dancing.

As far as the honeymoon is concerned, the bride and groom left early this morning and I think right now they’re likely enjoying a romantic dinner at their resort in Antigua. I hope they both have a wonderful time, they defintely deserve it!