The wedding was held at the Arizona Grand Resort off of I-10 at Baseline. It's a beautiful facility and the wedding ceremony was on a lawn area surrounded by water (which is kind of unusual in the desert).
I didn't know most people there but my co-workers Alex, Eric, Heather, and Heather's husband Greg were also there in addition to Anthony and I so we largely hung out as a group.
Anthony and I decided not to get a room at the resort and stay the night because Lucky was at home all alone. As it was, he had to wait approximately nine hours while we made the four hour round trip and attended the event. He's perfectly behaved when we're gone but that's a long time to hold pee if you're a dog. Or a human.
|Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix|
as seen from the parking lot
|A view across the water where|
the ceremony would take place
|Closer view, same water|
|Anthony and I got there about an hour early|
so we went into the resort bar and watched
Steve the bartender make drinks
|Anthony had trouble with the lemon in his iced tea|
so he put it on a table below the bar
|Another photo from across the water as the sun starts to set|
|Videographer at work shooting the sign|
indicating the location of the ceremony
|Hopefully the stop sign next to the wedding sign isn't some kind of omen|
|Anthony and I are ready to attend a wedding|
but first we have to take a selfie.
|Alex, Anthony, Eric|
|Wedding guests begin to congregate|
|Everyone was supposed to take a glass of champagne|
or apple cider... I took the cider.
I had to drive back to Tucson after this.
|Alex checking out other guests with the|
wedding seating in the background
|Ceremony location minus Alex|
|Anthony, Eric, Greg, Heather, Alex|
|The congregating continues|
|Even more congregating|
|Instead of a guest book, they asked guests to sign|
their "love letter" -- in this case, the letter
was a large R
|Can't avoid the paparazzi|
|The resort colors the water so it cascades|
down these rocks with a blue cast
|Waiting for the ceremony to get underway|
|Lovely flowers, but they were a little wilted.|
Maybe 1-800-Flowers will give them a refund.
|Champagne for the bride, groom, officiant, bridesmaids and groomsmen|
|A stiff breeze kicked up and Alex went up|
and saved the glasses from falling over
while assuming a super hero pose
|We're sitting waiting for this thing to get started|
but first we have to take a selfie
|Officiant and Jesse the groom|
|Best man and groomsman|
|Maid of honor and bridesmaid|
|Here comes the bride!|
|My view was between these two heads|
|"It's small. Very small."|
|The ceremony continues|
|Jesse reads his vows|
|This is the card that Tina's vows were printed on|
in what looked like two point type.
Tiny, tiny letters.
|Tina recites her vows.|
|The ring exchange|
|I have my glass of cider ready for the toast|
|You may kiss the bride|
|Resort guests watching the ceremony|
from the comfort of their room's balcony
|This tram / cart thing carried guests over to the location|
at the resort where the reception was being held
|I finally got my chance to take a ride.|
|Beautiful part of the resort near where the|
cocktail hour and reception were held
|When I put my hand upon my hip|
I dip, you dip, we dip
|Guests enjoying cocktails prior to the reception|
|Another view of the cocktail hour guests|
|Greg, Alex, Eric|
|Sunset over guests|
|Heather puts on a goofy face,|
and I have a goofy face without doing anything
|Little cards that told every guest what table to sit at|
|I was at table 7|
|Projection on the wall over the bride and groom's table|
|Guests getting their cards that indicate where to sit.|
That's Alex and his date Kayla on the left
|Didn't your mom ever tell you it's not polite to point?|
|I think he had big plans for that finger.|
|Heather was doing naughty things with her napkin.|
|So was Greg|
|It's not my cake, it's R cake|
|Bride and groom make their entrance to the reception|
|Bride and groom's first dance|
|Alex's arm holding a drink while the bride and groom's|
first dance photo bombs this picture
|I'd bet a dollar he's talking dirty into her ear|
|Jesse and Tina at their bride and groom table|
|The food at this wedding was pretty good...|
they set it up using buffet stations.
This was the vegetable appetizer station.
|This was the mashed potato station.|
The various varieties of mashed potatoes
were served in martini glasses.
|Taco station that included chicken and shrimp,|
beans, and rice
|Drink / bar station|
|Tina visits our table.|
I don't know what she was describing.
Maybe she was trying to scare the wine glass.
|Tina and Heather selfie|
|Tina and Alex selfie|
|Hey! She's Mrs. Jesse now.|
|Guests attack the mashed potato station|
|I had a dysfunctional fork|
|Anthony's mashed potato filled martini glass|
|My mashed potato filled martini glass.|
I shot this photo so close to the glass that
it's looks more artsy than I had intended.
|Heather, Tina, Alex|
|This was a choreographed dance featuring Tina and the two moms|
|I caught Heather mid-bite and she seemed really happy about it|
|These seven grains of Spanish rice tried to escape from my plate.|
I managed to get a photo before they rode off into the desert.
|The resort at night, the view as seen|
walking to the restroom
|Party favors courtesy of team hubby and team wifey|