Gary's sister, mother of the Niece and Nephew, divorced for twenty years, found love again and was married in Kansas City this past weekend.
We were the only ones in her family able to attend. Gary was tasked with getting everyone there virtually. The parents of the Bride wisely opted out of the technological challenge and watched videos after the fact. However, the iPad test with sister of the Bride was so successful that Gary decided to wear the iPad as a strap-on, leaving his hands free for the video. Here he is modeling it before the wedding:
We tested the son of the Bride's connection while we were at the motel, and it worked well. (I don't know if you can really call the place we stayed a hotel, since there was no point on the toilet paper. The towels were used, and the air conditioning didn't work. Gary only tipped $1.25, that's how bad.) Between the motel and the groom's house where the wedding was held, we spotted a a porn store in "Knobtown Strip Mall," and right after that a billboard for "Fantastic Caverns." Hence, Gary's new pet name for my privates is now "Knobtown Caverns."
When we arrived, we found that there was no functioning wireless network at the venue, but Gary had previously set up his iPhone to act as a hotspot as a backup. Sadly, the son of the Bride left his work connection and went home, where he was not connected, so that didn't work, The sister saved the day by emailing him some screen grabs from the Garycam and phoning him with the audio.
Because he looked so professional in his suit and iPad, whcih left both hands free for videos and photographs, the other six people at the wedding - the groom's family - assumed Gary was the photographer.
That's me trying to disgust my sister-in-law after Gary unbelted her from his chest. It's a sad state of affairs when I consider that a flattering photo of me. See the lady laughing? That's the mother of the Groom.Very pleasant.
In fact, afterward Gary and I were talking about how nice and laid-back the groom's family is, and he said, "It's because they're boat people."
I thought I'd missed an interesting immigration story. "I'm sorry?"
"You know, they go out fishing on boats and wear those boat shoes with no socks. It makes them more relaxed." So, evidently it's not nature or nurture, it's boats.
The groom's family did joke a lot before the wedding about how "It's not too late," "There's still time to run." After the macho bro-talk, I was delighted the groom broke down in great heaving sobs during his vows. I was a little concerned that since is family was so drama-free that he might not have the taste for emotional chaos he'll get at the in-laws, but now I think he's up for it.
You might think that a joint Muslim / Christian wedding would be tricky, but the Bride wore a traditional gown and an ecumenical officiant did the ceremony. She didn't hide her faith, I'm glad to say. She explained a number of times that they were serving Kansas City barbeque, but only turkey and beef, not pork, because she's Muslim.
Tthe daughter of the Bride (below, left) did all the flowers and decorations.
She made the wedding cake topper and the rose path as well.
All in all, I think it was one of the best in-law weddings I've ever been to. They're well-suited to each other.