18 July 2013

STL adventures: Buffalo!

If you happen to follow me on instagram (right here, y’all!) then perhaps you noticed this a couple of weeks ago:

And you can guess what that means. ANOTHER TRAVELOGUE! Because it’s summertime and my summertime projects can be “travel all over North America” if I say so.

So why was I in Canada, anyway? A family wedding in nearby Buffalo, NY, that’s why! And if you’re going to be near Niagara Falls for the 4th of July, there’s really no better place to see the fireworks than this view here:

WOW, right? I know! Mr. P’s sister’s family decided to spend the evening of the 4th in their hotel room on the 30-somethingth floor, and lucky for us, we got the invite to join them. I really can’t emphasize enough how much better fireworks are when you can watch them indoors, right at eye-level. Plus, we had glowsticks and wine! That plus indoor-fireworks-watching made it one of my favorite 4th of July celebrations yet.

Totally made up for the fact that we spent three hours trying to cross that bridge near the middle of that photo to actually get into Canada.

Lest you think I’m a big baby who doesn’t spend time outdoors, here’s proof that I braved the Maid of the Mist the following day, replete with the standard blue ponchos:

If I were a more litigious person, I’d claim that the Maid of the Mist is falsly advertising. It is not a mist, it is a gusty upside-down rainstorm. But a fun one, at least, especially with Mr. P and his siblings!

Of course, we weren’t there just for the fireworks festivities or the waterfall excursions. We were there for a big family wedding! And we got to kick off the wedding fun with a rehearsal dinner, hosted by none other than Mr. P’s aunt... who also happens to be a dear blog reader. So of course, she deserves a special little mention. Here she is explaining to us how that roast beef sandwich has been Buffalo-ized into a “beef on weck”:

And the day after our distinctly Buffalo-centric dinner (you bet your buns I had lots of wings), it was time for the big event!

Because the groom (Mr. P’s cousin) is a military man, and because it was the holiday weekend, they decided to embrace patriotism and go all out on the red, white, and blue. Here’s Mr. P’s family in their patriotic wedding gear:

We even had American flags to wave as the newlyweds exited the church! Here’s a darling shot of Mr. P and his mom with their flags.

(Sidebar: what exactly could we do with little American flags when we were done with them? We couldn’t throw them away, obviously, and burying/burning seemed a bit extreme. We settled for the easiest option: leaving them in the rental car. “Whoops!”)

After the wedding, we headed over to the reception, which was held in a rather, um, unique place. I can honestly say that I’d never seen anything like it.

Precious Memories, Prom 2013, perhaps?

I should clarify that is the standard setup at the venue, nothing the bride or groom picked out in particular. At first we were a little freaked out by the... again, unique décor. But we soon realized that, while a little nutso, it was all in good fun. And if there’s one thing this family knows how to do, it’s have fun. Proof:

Mr. P’s parents, ready for the photo booth!

So while it’s been quite a lot of traveling this summer, I’m so glad we could visit Buffalo, spend time with the family, enjoy a seven-course meal (I AM NOT EVEN JOKING), tear up the dance floor... and above all, witness the wedding of Mr. P’s cousin and his new wife!

Congrats to the lovely couple, and thanks for the fun times!


Janice said...

The reception site was indeed "unique"! It added to the smiles of the day though didn't it? :) ha ha Gave everyone plenty to talk about that evening as well. One of the bridesmaids told the groom's sister, "wow, your family knows how to party!" as she was impressed by the number of us "cutting the rug" on the dance floor and the laughter surrounding the day and evening. It was quite the weekend and having extended family there really made it extra special!! Thank you for adding Buffalo/Niagara to your travels this summer. It meant so much to us that words can't describe our gratitude.