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Elegance & Whimsy

Post by Ed » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:05 pm

SAVE THE DATE!
Invitations have been sent out and are arriving this week for the greatest New Year's Celebration ever!

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ED & GOSHEN ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!

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Re: Elegance & Whimsy

Post by Ed » Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:54 pm

Venue

Welcome to the Ryokan Ichinomatsu in Niigata, north of Rhydin City. In its long history of over 500 years, the Ichinomatsu Ryokan, situated on the banks of a glacier fed river, has retained its beauty and dignity as an historic, luxurious Inn with its traditional Japanese wooden architecture using authentic jindai cedar. The decoration of the interiors have been beautifully retained and will make you feel as if you were staying in a real Samurai House, complete with indoor and outdoor access to natural hot springs.

Ryokan Ichinomatsu offers a variety of guestrooms in the Japanese style to suit many tastes, such as old-style rooms crafted with precious woods or rooms with an open-air bath. In the rooms of traditional Sukiya architecture, the lighting is controlled by natural light and uses antique lighting at night. Bedding facility at the Ryokan is only futon mat, no western style bed is available. At night, the staff will come to your room and prepare your futon on a Tatami floor. Customers are welcome to take a hot spring bath while beds are made.



Guests are first greeted at the reception desk by Ryokan staff, where they are informed of the fact that their invitations include accommodations for the night should they wish to indulge in what the facility has to offer, and then escorted to the lobby. Abby Jones and Fox Greene wait to greet those attending the ceremony in an expansive lounge adjoining the main chapel. Traditional zabuton cushions and zaisu are scattered around several tea tables where guests may partake of refreshments before the ceremony. Ushers are stationed by the elaborately painted fusuma doors leading into the chapel to keep people from going in until ready to be seated.



At a quarter after the hour, Abby and Fox open the doors to the chapel and head directly to the altar to take their positions on either side of the waiting officiant. Guests are then escorted into the chapel by ushers Jameson Mayer, Wade Dean, Gus Wegman, and Jack Wegman. Friends of the wedding party are seated on the left in order of arrival with the first row reserved for Margot Greene and daughter Ginger. Seats of honor at the front on the right are reserved for Lee and Lola Howard with remaining seating designated for Ed’s extended family.

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Re: Elegance & Whimsy

Post by Ed » Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:59 pm

The Ceremony

By half past the hour, once all guests are seated, the processional begins with Marry You by Bruno Mars. Flower girl Polly and ring bearer Wembley come down the aisle first. Wembley is a large brown rat dressed in a specialized tiny tuxedo with a black ribbon tied in a bow around his neck. Two gold bands are secured to his tiny bow tie. The rat winds a zigzag path down the aisle with a giggling Polly delightedly chasing him between the rows. Few of her petals actually make it out of the basket she is carrying, insisting ‘No, my.’ when encouraged to scatter them about.



Once girl and rat arrive at the altar, Ed and Goshen enter from two side doors at the back of the chapel. They meet in the middle, their combined smiles illuminating the room. They link arms and proceed up the aisle to the altar where Abby, Fox, Polly, Wembley, and the officiant wait.




After they make it to the altar, Ed and Goshen each light individual candles. Th song ends. Ed and Goshen stand angled to face each other as much as the officiant. Guests are kindly asked to be seated and then the ceremony begins.

Officiant: “Welcome friends, families, and honored guests. We are here to celebrate love. Love organizes our large and sometimes unpredictable world. It is that which enshrines and ennobles our human experience. It is the basis for the peace of family, and the peace of the peoples of the world. The greatest gift bestowed upon people is the gift of love freely given between two persons. All of you are present today because you, in one way or another, have been part of Ed’s or Goshen’s life. On behalf of them, a hearty welcome to all.

“Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure on which a couple can embark. This ceremony does not create your marriage; only you can do that through love and patience; through dedication and perseverance; through talking and listening, helping and supporting and believing in each other; through tenderness and laughter; through learning to forgive, learning to appreciate your differences, and by learning to make the important things matter, and to let go of the rest. What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you make to stand together as lifemates and partners.

“And now we have come to the words Ed and Goshen want to hear the most today...the words that will take them across the threshold from being engaged to being married. A marriage, as most of us understand it, is a voluntary and full commitment. It is made in the deepest sense to the exclusion of all others, and it is entered into with the desire and hope that it will last for life. Are you ready?”

Ed giggles nervously before saying, “Yes.”

Goshen, who has never stopped smiling, also says, “Yes.”

Officiant: “Do you, Edgar Smith, freely and without reservation, give yourself to this man, Goshen Greene, in marriage, to cherish in friendship and love today, tomorrow, and for as long as the two of you live, to trust and honor him, to love him faithfully, through the best and the worst, whatever may come, and if you should ever doubt, to remember your love for each other and the reason why you came together with him this day?”

Ed: “I do.”

Officiant: “Do you, Goshen Greene, freely and without reservation, give yourself to this man, Edgar Smith, in marriage, to cherish in friendship and love today, tomorrow, and for as long as the two of you live, to trust and honor him, to love him faithfully, through the best and the worst, whatever may come, and if you should ever doubt, to remember your love for each other and the reason why you came together with him this day?”

Goshen: “I do.”

Officiant: “May we have the rings?”

Abby scoops up Wembley to untie two gold bands from his ribbon bow tie. She gives the rings to the officiant who then gives them to Ed and Goshen.

First Ed, and then Goshen, take turns placing a ring on the other’s appropriate finger on the left hand, with these words: “Today I offer you this ring and with it my love. Take this as a sign of my everlasting commitment, with all that I am, and all that I have, from this day forward as your husband.”

Officiant: “Love freely offered has no owner. You are each the giver and each the receiver. The wedding ring is a symbol, in visible form, of the unbroken circle of your love, so that wherever you go, you may always return to your shared life together. May these rings always call to mind the shared power of your love.

“And now Ed and Goshen will commemorate their marriage by lighting a Unity Candle. The two distinct candle flames represent your lives before this day, individual, unique, and special. Please take the candle symbolizing your life before today, and together light the center candle to symbolize the union of your individual lives. As this new flame burns undivided, so shall your lives now be one.


“It is in the spirit of this unity that Ed and Goshen have chosen to unite their names. From this day forward they will no longer be Edgar Smith and Goshen Greene, but together they will forever be Edgar and Goshen Greensmith.

“Entering into this future with them is their daughter, Polly, who as of today is also now officially a Greensmith.”

Polly shrieks, “Pa! Da!” Hushed laughter and touched murmurs of awe ripple through the small crowd.

Officiant: “And now, as we count down to the New Year, join us in celebrating love. Gather up your loved ones. Take hands and get ready. For Ed and Goshen, a new life starting in 2020.”

As the countdown begins from 5, the song This Will Be Our Year by the Zombies begins its introductory chords., By the 4, 3, and 2 it begins in earnest and plays through the fireworks that start immediately at the stroke of midnight.



As the first firework pops, the officiant yells, “You may now all kiss!” The song plays through. Ed and Goshen do not hesitate in the least. They don’t even see the bright start of the delightful display through the windows on the right hand wall behind Ed, only each other. As their kiss winds down and certain individuals’ whistles and catcalls grow louder, Goshen twists Ed into a cliche dip that results in laughter as they both right themselves and manage to catch the last few fiery blooms in the nighttime sky.

The fireworks settle down a couple minutes after the hour as the one song comes to its end. Once everyone has had their opportunity to share a kiss and throw confetti, the officiant calls again for attention to introduce the newly united couple.

“Families and friends, it is my deep honor and great joy to present to you for the very first time the newly married couple Edgar and Goshen Greensmith. Let us give the newlyweds a heartfelt round of applause.”

Ed and Goshen turn to pose for the crowd, still smiling brilliantly side by side and Goshen’s hand on Ed’s lower back. As Queen’s version of of the classic Elvis Presley’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love starts playing, they link arms and proceed down the aisle to the back of the chapel. More confetti is thrown along with applause. Followed by Polly and Wembley, then Fox and Abby, they exit into the lobby where they wait to greet guests and thank them for coming as they are ushered from their seats. The Howards are excused first, then Margot and Ginger. Guests are excused from front row to back. After handshakes and hugs to go with their thanks from the wedding party, guests are escorted to the reception hall to party the rest of the night away.
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Re: Elegance & Whimsy

Post by Ed » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:19 pm

The Reception

Guests are lead away from the wedding party a few at a time after their thanks and well wishes and are lead into the reception hall down an adjacent corridor. The balance of whimsy and elegance is perfectly captured here in all the black and gold decorations throughout the room. Glittering faerie light mingles with candle light, illuminating white floral accents dotted along the tables.



After all of the guests have been escorted into the reception hall and left to mingle for a handful of minutes, Ed and Goshen arrive. The DJ announces them as the messrs Greensmith and they walk in together on This Promise by Sam Tsui and Casey Breves. They walk arm in arm to the wedding party table where Abby is already seated beside Polly and Fox is seated beside his wife Margot. Ginger has joined the Howards at the closest table with empty chairs left for the ushers.

Before the meal, Fox stands, champagne glass in hand, to give his speech.

“Hello, everyone. Welcome. I hope you’ve all had a good time so far and continue to have a good time as the night goes on – I’d also like to apologise in advance if I, in any way, ruin that in the next five minutes. Those of you who know me know public speaking isn't really my forte, but I’ll give it a shot for these two.

“Guess I should start by introducing myself to those of you who don’t know me, hm? My name is Fox, and I, along with my gorgeous bride, Margot, are Goshen’s parents, and we would like to thank you all for being here to celebrate this new family--or, well, I mean to say they’ve been a family for a while, but now they’re starting on a new journey together, and we’re glad to have you here with us.”

Fox pauses to clear his throat, then continues.

“I met Goshen just about ten years ago now. My wife, she came into the barn and I could tell right away that something was different. She was breathless from running and her face was just--just aglow with excitement. And she said to me, ‘Fox, I found a boy.’ That sentence… I can still hear it in my head. Five little words that changed my life for the better. All our lives. The way he came to us was a mystery then and it’s still a mystery now, but it’s a thing I’d never change. Not in a million years.

“Now, I know not everyone believes in fate, but Goshen brought us fulfillment in a way we could never have otherwise achieved, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that we were all meant for each other. It’s an indescribable sense of surety that I simply couldn’t do any justice trying to explain. It’s the same way I know we were meant to find our daughter and the same way I know Goshen was meant to find Ed.

“Ed, you were a seamless addition to our family. Like finding a part of us that we didn’t know had been missing. You’ve made Goshen so happy, so… so complete. I know he’s found more of himself in no small part because of your existence in his life, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“We love you both and wish you the best this life has to offer and look forward to watching you continue to grow together as a family, and spoiling that grandbaby of ours absolutely rotten.”

Fox leads the room in a toast to the lovely couple.



Then, an American dinner is served buffet style with the wedding party being first to help themselves. The menu consists of an assortment of foods that are rumored to bring good luck in the new year. Take as a starter along with the meal a bowl of lentil soup and chunks of toasted, sliced baguette. Pulled pork sandwiches with a variety of sauces to choose from are paired with collared greens, cole slaw, and black-eyed peas. An alternative main dish of grilled herring filets served with roasted potatoes, as well as a basic mixed green salad with various dressings of choice is also available.

A couple minutes after the last person has plated their meal and taken a seat, the maid of honor, Abby, rises from her seat beside Ed. She stands with a calm attentiveness until the room notices her and slowly hushes. Once it is quiet enough for her to be heard without raising her voice, she speaks.

“I see now everybody’s had a chance to get through the buffet line, so while your mouths are busy stuffing your faces I’d like to fill your ears with some words.”

Abby pauses with a smile, allowing a moment of gentle laughter to ripple through the crowd, and then she speaks more clearly. Her voice carries without having to shout.

“Fox spoke earlier about fulfillment. About how fate brought our families together, and I feel it in my heart that what he says is true. We didn’t know it then, when he came into our lives seven years ago, but there was an Ed shaped hole that only he could fill. All we knew was that something was missing, and when he came along that feeling went away. When he came into our lives, we felt whole, a more complete family.

“In many ways, I have been as much a mother to him as I am a sister. We share no blood, but that is not how family is made. Family is made by finding those missing pieces of ourselves and bonding them together. As Ed and Goshen have done.” She pauses to smile softly at them, then goes on.

“I do not feel as if I am giving away a piece of myself tonight. As it turns out, the opposite side of my Ed shaped piece fits Goshen in a different way. We are only adding him to the puzzle of our ever-growing tapestry. And on his other sides are Fox and Margot, and Ginger who shares a side of her shape with us as well. We are stronger together, and make a more complete picture.

“I do not feel the puzzle of our lives is ever a picture that can fully be completed. It is only ever added to, piece by piece. Some pieces share sides and interlink, forming seams, bonds that can never be broken, sealed together with love.

“We are connected now, through him, and I am happy to share my Ed shaped piece with you, Goshen. I am happy to call you brother and join our families together. I look forward to seeing what new pieces your union adds to our puzzle and what shape the picture begins to take as we move into the future. Many blessings to you both.”

She raises her glass and waits for others to raise theirs as well before leading those assembled in a drink to complete the toast.

After the meal, Ed and Goshen make their way to the dessert table for the traditional cutting of the cake. They pose for a few pictures before feeding one another a bite of cake. Much to Jameson’s dismay, they refrain from any disastrous antics that might soil their outfits -- however, while dessert is served, he somehow manages to convince Goshen to do several shots with him.



For the first dance, Ed and Goshen have chosen John Legend’s All of Me in collaboration with the violin talents of Lindsey Sterling. Following with what would traditionally be the mother/son dance, for which Ed chooses to dance with his best friend Abby and Goshen does indeed dance with his adoptive mother Margot, the DJ plays Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You. When this is complete, an open invitation is announced for the rest of the room to join them on the dance floor to the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. And then the night kicks off with a variety of selections ranging from as early as the roaring 1920s jazz America, with hits from 1980s pop America, and even more modern music of today.

With help from an open bar and access to an endless song list spanning several decades, the DJ keeps the party hyped long into the wee hours of the morning, for as long as the guests themselves last. Polly, of course, is the first to succumb to sleepiness and call it a night.


(( Observances, outfits, and other additions to the story may now be added to this thread at your convenience. Thank you for your patience, and we hope that you enjoy. ^_^ ))
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Re: Elegance & Whimsy

Post by Goshen » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:57 pm



Though more comfortable and at ease in sturdy cotton or worn denim, both Fox and Margot Greene were happy for the opportunity to get dolled up for the most wonderful occasion. Margot, being the more social of the two, did most of the talking as they made their rounds, attempting to, at the very least, say hello to every guest over the course of the night.

Fox took turns escorting his lovely bride and their daughter, Ginger, around the dance floor for many a song, but was often found in the company of an irritable tyrant of a toddler, turning circles to sweet songs and playing smitten entourage as Miss Polly carved a path of destruction through the hall like a blazing comet. Margot stole as many dances with Ed and Goshen as she could get away with, and did her best to keep from crying too much. But they were happy tears, she swore!
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Re: Elegance & Whimsy

Post by Abby » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:00 am

The Maid of Honor


For the first time since anyone had known her, Abby Jones had freshened up and put on something elegant, just for this most special of occasions. She still insisted on boycotting shoes, however. Even while standing at the altar during the ceremony she had been barefoot. During the reception she spent most of her time languidly patrolling the perimeter of the room with a soft but heartfelt smile as she watched the two newlyweds enjoy their special day. Besides the second dance, she did not try to take Ed away again, but she did sneak in at least one dance with Goshen. She was pleasant and gently engaging with anyone who approached her for conversation. A few times she had slipped out unseen to take in the night air, only to slip back into the reception and glide among the fringes of the crowd. She played a big part in redirecting the dashing and darting toddlers back into the arms of their caretakers.

At some point in the evening, an unexpected event took up all of her attention. She was seen escorting one of the many female cousins from the premises along with the help of Auntie Sizzle. While Olive tried to tag along with them, the woman they were escorting was heard to have told her, in no uncertain terms, and an assortment of colorful profanity, that she was not welcome.
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