We had the champagne toast immediately following the ceremony, right there in the Broderie Room. It was actually kind of a neat touch, not something I would have thought of. I really liked it. Obviously this would never fly in your traditional church environment -- but that is what makes non-"traditional" weddings wonderful, isn't it? Little things that are different, but somehow perfect?
The reception was held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. This is without a doubt one of the nicest hotels that I have ever seen, let alone had the pleasure of staying in. I can picture my homeslice Eloise living it up in a joint like this. Classic, old-fashioned luxury, honestly: crystal chandeliers, marble floors, brass railings, real wood, soft fluffy white towels. If I ever win the lottery and run away from home, look for me here.
We had dinner in the Lawrence Welk Room, and it was fabulous. (And the fact that Shae was a perfect little lady who charmed the snot out of the entire waitstaff with her "Thank you, sir!"s and her "Oh please!"s only enhanced our dining experience.) I had the chicken stuffed with crab, and it was nothing short of sumptuous. Really. I do not lie about food. Even the weed salad was fantastic.
Oh, and that cake! OMNOMNOM. Don't know where it came from, who made it, nothing, except it was a spice cake with pumpkin filling and about three inches of whipped cream frosting and it was ABSOLUTELY DIVINE. God's own wedding cake, or something. I wish I had asked for a piece to bring home, except it would never have made it home -- more likely that I would have snuck into the walk-in closet in our hotel room and sat there in the pitch black in the middle of the night with a fork and my cake and they would have found me in the morning in a puddle of my own drool with an idiotic smile on my face. It was that good.
Just like the rest of the evening, really -- it was that good. All smiles and crystalline moonlight and happiness and win and awesome. And really, I can't thank Beth and Chris and their families enough for inviting us. Let's do it again sometime, okay?