On February 26, our good friend Ian married his lovely fiance, Kelsey, at The 1909 in Topanga Canyon, L.A.
I met Ian ten years ago while studying abroad in Bologna. He taught me a lot of things that year, including how to drink gin and not to judge a book by its cover. Ian is perhaps my most difficult-to-describe friend, in some ways a by-the-book traditionalist, in others shockingly unconventional. He may at times seem indifferent or cool, yet he's also obsessed with Disney and show choir and will blast the Lion King soundtrack, singing along down the highway. He's a wonderful enigma and I think he'd be flattered by that.
So being unconventional yet pragmatic, a traditionalist without a sentimental bone in his body, we really couldn't imagine how his wedding ceremony would be.
And it was just perfect for them. Kelsey processed down the aisle to an instrumental version of Prince's "Raspberry Beret". She looked lovely in her gown, Ian sharp in his bow-tie. The officiant, a friend of Ian's, constructed the ceremony around written responses the bride and groom had each provided about their relationship, such as the moment each knew they wanted to spend their life with the other and how their lives are made better by their partner. It was beautiful to see them each react to the other's comments, and to hear their story unfold from each of their perspectives. And there were only minimal references to tax breaks! Any welling of the eyes can be attributed to the occasional mist that was falling that afternoon.
We enjoyed cocktails in the formerly desert-like, now lush gardens, catching up among Bologna friends, including Charlotte, and Shawn out from New York, then moved inside.
Dinner was cozy and delicious. The speeches were so sweet, and I especially enjoyed the one Ian's mom gave, about what a blessing having Ian has been for her. I hadn't met Ian's family before, and loved getting to know them!
Our wedding crew
They simplified the wedding traditions (skipping over things like a bouquet toss, making the pace of the wedding more relaxed) and maintained things like first dance and cake!
Their adorable Porto's cake
We had the most fun on the dance floor, recreating old times. I requested songs that were our soundtrack to the year in Bologna, like Rihanna's "Please Don't Stop the Music", Madonna's "Like A Prayer" and the R. Kelly classic "I'm a Flirt" (Ian exclusively calls me R. Kells).
I had a completely overwhelming moment when I thought back to being 20, surrounded by new friends in Bologna, imagining the lifelong friendships we were creating and the important milestones we would share together. Now here we were fastforwarded to Ian's wedding day, celebrating love in all its forms and creating new memories to old songs. I always look forward to these big life moments unfolding, and it's incredible to realize when you're living one of them in the present.
Big thanks to Ian and Kelsey, as well as their families, for hosting such a lovely affair. Wishing you two a long life of tax breaks and 80's tunes together.