May 9th 2006
Music: AC-DC song: Thunderstruck
The wedding was amazing! Mark and Karen looked beautiful and so did the rest of the wedding party. They were surrounded by so many good friends and family, love was all around. The music was great [no chicken dance, no bad wedding songs], just a wonderful piano player and a few really good mixed CD’s filled with everything from The Rolling Stones to Lyle Lovett. The food was so good, lots of different types of pasta and salads. Instead of a wedding cake they had a cupcake tree, also cheese and crackers and all the ingredients to make your own s’mores, perfect! Including a flowing chocolate tree and an OPEN BAR!!
The wedding took place on the grounds of this fabulous house in Del Mar. The front yard had this grassy slope where they set up the chairs and alter where they were to say their vows. Off to the side you can see all the little kids rolling down the slope with their cute little dresses and suits on. The little flower girls were walking around together holding baskets of flowers, it was so adorable!
Before it started we kept hearing what sounded like thunder or someone taking large trash bins down the street. One of Marks friends who sat behind me heard someone say “it sounds like thunder” so he started in with the beginning of “thunderstruck” by AC-DC and the whole row started singing it.
It was classic and would only happen at Marks wedding! Mark is a total rocker.
It turns out that the noise was the wind blowing on the microphone.
Mark and his best men walked in from the side to the alter and I can see that Mark was already getting verklempt and as Karen came down the Isle he lost it. It was so emotional for him. If you knew Mark you would fully understand. As most Capricorns are, Mark is very sensitive and sentimental. Karen held up perfect and even tried to comfort Mark as tears rolled down his face. I’m sure the guys all had a bet as to when his waterworks would start.
I believe it was a Beatles song that was playing as Karen walked down the isle.
The vows really pulled on everybody’s heartstrings, mostly because Mark was so adorable with his handkerchief while saying them. They had passed out a little booklet before the wedding that had words from both Karen and Mark about everyone in the wedding party. It was so cool of them to do that.
Later on the toasts were being made by some of the wedding party. Some were long and some were really really short, so short that it was basically a look of “I love you man” and a raise of the glass. I started to cry when Rich made that toast, he just couldn’t speak….. totally understandable beings they have been friends forever. Rich got him his dream job of working with one of Marks favorite musicians ever, Brian Setzer. Mark got to live his dream back in the day, thanks to Rich.
I was extremely happy to see Jude at the wedding [he used to be mine and Julies hairstylist years ago]. It’s just nice to see friends become a success. He now does The Osbournes hair. He was doing hair on an extreme makeover show but I think It didn’t last for to long. The Clayton brothers were there, artists that Mark took classes from at the art school in Pasadena.
After a few glasses of wine I was coaxed out on the dance floor. If you know me then you know that I just don’t dance but after a few more, you just couldn’t take me off the dance floor. It was so much fun. I definitely want to learn the different types of swing dances now.
The wedding started around 4pm and lasted until the last van full of people left the hill at around 11pm (my friends and I). Luckily Sandy was sober and was able to make sure everyone got home safely. THANK YOU SANDY!!
Pictures to follow when I get around to it.