Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson

Saturday morning Melinda's mom wanted to extend the visit as long as she could so we changed our travel plans to Princeton: Melinda's parents would drive us rather than we take a series of trains. The drive was shorter than I thought -- two hours -- but we drove through some very thick rain and thunderstorms. We arrived at Princeton around 3:30 but the skies opened up around then, so Melinda and I still got soaked even though we were driven even to the edge of campus. The water was gone the next day but during the deluge the edges of the roads were about 4" deep in water.

The wedding ceremony was held in the Princeton University Chapel, a venue that could hold many hundred guests. The actual audience was more like 40 people and we all fit way up near the front of the church, so it didn't seem all too overly large. The ceremony was short, maybe 25 minutes, and Melinda's reading part went just fine. I didn't know until the rehearsal Saturday that she'd be reading the Mandarin version of the same scripture that another person would read in English (Corinthians I 13:4-7). The Dean of the chapel officiated and did a fine job, but her sermon was pretty strange: something about being peas in a pod, then being a beet and a potato, then blood, and something about glass and bricks. [In fact I understand the message she was conveying but it's only too easy to find the sermon rather funny.] The reception was elsewhere on campus and was way lower-key than I expected: milling around, eating, more milling, cake (from 8 different cakes, and the "wedding cake" was only a sheet cake with some simple decorations. No dancing, no DJ (although there was music by means of a Mac with iTunes). The core group of Caltech friends of the bride and groom stayed until around 10p playing Taboo and other party games, and that was pretty fun. And, despite the downpour from Saturday, Sunday saw no rain, which was a treat.
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