Yesterday was my cousin Angela's wedding, which she thoughtfully scheduled during the time I had already planned to be in the Bay Area. The ceremony took place at Saint Ignatius Church in San Francisco, which was decorated for Christmas and looked amazing. Since this was a black tie event everyone was dressed very glamorously as they arrived at the church. Thankfully the rain held off so we didn't get drenched. It was a rather large wedding party that preceded the bride down the aisle, including Angela's sister Jennifer who was the matron of honor (and got married a little over a year ago). Angela looked beautiful in her dress and they did a full mass for the wedding ceremony. After mass they took group family photos on the alter before we all headed off for the reception.
The reception was at the San Francisco Design Center which they decorated in a winter wonderland theme. We had the cocktail hour up on the second level before coming down to our tables for dinner. All the cousins were sitting together near the back of one side of the room, while our parents were on another table closer to the dance floor. When we discovered that there was a photo booth we went to do a few shots in there before dinner service started. Once again we had a multi-course Italian feast that was both good and filling. During speeches my uncle Tony pointed out the generational family connections between the bride and groom, which was interesting to hear. After the father/daughter dance we all hit the dance floor. They had the same band that was at Jennifer's wedding, so it became a real party atmosphere. While the female cousins let the bridal bouquet fall to the floor around us, our cousin Alan somehow ended up with the garter during the toss. The cake cutting went smoothly and each layer was a different flavor (I sampled the vanilla and chocolate pieces). After some more dancing and another dash to the photo booth we decided to call it a day and head for home. It was nice to see all my extended family again and I wish Angela and Kevin all the best in this next phase of their life together.