December 28-29, 2007 - Matt & Coral's Wedding
Wedding Reception

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The photographers were busy with Matt and Coral for almost an hour after the ceremony. Friends and relatives all filed up to get pictures taken with them, before slowly drifting off towards the banquet hall. Since I had been stripped of photographic paraphenalia before the ceremony, all of the snapping was giving me withdrawl symptoms, so I had to head toward the banquet hall as well.

Once Coral and Matt got to the banquet hall along with the photographic entourage, the photo shoot resumed. The new venue was the stage of the hall with the white curtain backdrop and their names in large script letters. We took more pictures with family and friends, and they even dragged me back up there.

Next came the cake cutting. You may notice that there are two distinctly different cakes. The one with the horseshoes is not real. The three tiered cake that the kids are cutting is the real McCoy. Each layer of this cake was a different flavor. I felt badly for not asking the caterers to reserve a piece from each layer for Coral. I had overheard her express a desire to taste each layer, but by the time she actually had a chance to eat, two of the three were gone.
Matt and Coral each had an opportunity to give a little talk about how they started dating and how they felt about each other. Matt related that a group of the Cyber Camp staff went out for ice cream when he first went to China. Coral was one of the teachers and, being adventurous, ordered "Green Bean" ice cream. When she didn't like it, Matt offered to swap her for his conservative "Chocolate". She thought he was kind, and began to accept him.

If I have the story right, apparently one of her friends from college later told her that he had retrieved her hat after she accidentally dropped it off a pier when they were in school. He asked how, after risking his life, she could choose someone who only swapped ice cream with her!

Toward the end of the afternoon, we had a few minutes to spend visiting with friends and relatives. It would have been nice if this time could've been extended, but we had to make do with the time available. I really like the photo of Coral's brother, Ryan, as he's looking at his big sister on her wedding day. I don't know what's going on in that shot on the left where Matt and Coral are laughing while someone is pinching Coral's arm. Oh, that's Coral's other stunning friend, Joyce, in the lower left, next to the Cosgrove sisters.
Notice that photos on these pages are a lot smaller than the others. I obviously crammed as many guest photos as I could on each page because I didn't want to leave anyone out. I was hoping that there would be at least one small shot of everyone who attended in these pages, but a few people were undoubtedly missed.
After eating, we had the traditional toast. The custom is a little different than ours, in that Meg and I traveled from table to table with Matt, Coral, and her parents, toasting the bride and groom anew at every one of the 15 or so tables. Fortunately I was just doing Diet Coke.
The layout of food was absolutely incredible. The choice was basically "anything you can think of, and some things you would never dream of". I wish I could've just spent more time sampling everything. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious, but the meal timing was far too compressed to thoroughly enjoy the company.