Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tiffany and Phil

Tiffany and Phil married on December 12. The ceremony took place at Hyde Park Community Methodist and the reception was held in the Newport Aquarium's ballroom. Tiffany's wedding attire had the special winter touches of a white wrap and muff. After the receiving line and bubble exit, we did a few pictures in the church and then headed to the couple's home for a few candid shots. The groomsmen made the tree in the front yard festive with a few rolls of toilet paper (which Tiffany and Phil were very good spirited about). We met up right before the reception started. The ballroom is a really lovely space. They have a medium sized aquarium of fish and a few light-reflecting sculptural ceiling fixtures which resembled jellyfish. It was a modern, abstract design that was sophisticated while still adding to the ambiance of the space. One big attraction was Paula the penguin. Accompanied by two biologists, Paula was brought upstairs from her usual habitat to mingle with the guests. Everyone got to pet Paula and really seemed to enjoy the experience of interacting with a penguin. She was a sweet African penguin and Suz thought she felt kind of like a wet cat. At each table was placed a little booklet that told the story of Tiffany and Phil. They placed a different rubber stamp at each table so guests could mingle while collecting stamps for their books. This was done in the spirit of letterboxing: one of the couple's favorite hobbies. From what I gathered, it is usually an outdoor quest where you collect artistic stamps. I'm sure I'm over-simplifying. My wife seemed interested so I'm sure I'll know more about it soon. LOL. The evening was filled with friends and family and lots of fun special traditions. Steve Bender was the d.j. for the evening, they had a multi-layered cheesecake for dessert, Funky's catered, and the flowers were done by Benkin. To see more of Tiffany and Phil's pictures, go to

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