I’ve helped out in far more weddings than I care to remember, such that at the end of last year I strongly resolved to not get involved in any weddings taking place in 2011. But somehow I never felt like Tricia and Eugene were throwing a wedding per se, but a great party where they would be getting married. And I don’t care if you think it’s all semantics.
For starters, instead of a hotel ballroom, the two of them chose to hold the wedding and reception at a nice little restaurant and bar. In lieu of a 9- or 10-course Chinese dinner, there was a 3-course dinner where guests chose between pan-seared salmon and pork chops for the main course.
All the guests got the memo and didn’t wear green, which I think was very nice and cooperative of them. Why? Because the bride eschewed the traditional white gown and went for a lovely emerald cocktail dress instead. So, so pretty.
The speeches were heartfelt and excellent, including one pre-recorded by Tricia’s best friend in the US and replayed on an iPad. Unlike many of the others who fell under the category of the couple’s “dodgy internet friends”, I failed to tear up when Tricia serenaded Eugene. But I’m just hard-hearted that way
After the dinner, a group of friends and helpers repaired to Goodwood Park hotel, where the couple had reserved a couple of rooms for the afterparty. There, we watched the 2nd half of the Community Shield match, and saw Manchester United win 3-2. As far as the boys were concerned, it was a perfect end to a perfect day.
(Thanks, Angie, for the photos!)