Friday, July 11, 2008

Melissa and Ed's Wedding. Palo Alto

Ceremony at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley and reception at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto.

Many thanks to my friend Angela for introducing me to Melissa and Ed just before she moved back East. Melissa and Ed met in Boston as graduate students. When asked, Ed said he decided to post-doc on the West Coast in order to be closer to Melissa - they were not really dating at the time. The makings of a master plan if you ask me :) The plan was well calculated because now they are getting married!

When we arrived at Melissa's home hair and makeup were already done and everyone was sitting down for a snack. What!!??, you are AHEAD of schedule? The biggest favor you can give your wedding photographer is time. Melissa and Ed made sure I had plenty of it as we stopped to shoot around Central Park in San Mateo and University Ave. in Palo Alto. THANK YOU!

The ceremony and reception were relaxed and uncomplicated punctuated by some humorous toasts taking us from college to present day. Check out the donkey and elephant Pez dispensers Angela is holding. Seems that Ed and Melissa some amusing political differences. Towards the end, I was half expecting the Rebar's to Polka but instead we got a big family sing-a-long. How very unique! I also must admit I never figured Ed for a eurobeat dance-club kind of guy. Surprise, surprise; he requested more songs that night than anyone else and most were easily recognizable "Asian anthems". At least that is what us Asian 30-somethings call them nowadays - Joy Division/New Order, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Dead or Alive... That's an easy way to keep me at a wedding - keep playing songs I grew up on.

Catering: Il Fornaio, Garden Court Hotel
Floral Arrangements: Stacey Miller Designs
Cake: Copenhagen Bakery and Cafe

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