UPDATE: Check out the comments! Amongst other things, there’s a comment from Jenn, who played the bride; and a very full report from the Oregonian’s society columnist.
UPDATE 2: Added a link to Gisho’s photos.
UPDATE 3: Culturepulp!!!!!!!! Woooo!
A good time was had by, if not all, then at least by all who have spoken to me about it.
Above photo of Margo and Michael (played by Dylan and Jenn, respectively) by B. Zedan.
You can find photos of the wedding (including some cute shots of Sydney and Maddox, like this one) on the web:
Also, Bill has posted some video. I’ll update with further links as I find about them.
Below the cut, some random recollections of favorite moments (and I apologize in advance for not knowing everyone’s name — if you know names, help me out in comments!). Also, in the comments, I’ll post the playlist from the reception.
Yes, I misspelled “furniture” on the poster. Sigh…
The thing about an event like this is that if you can see even 10% of what’s going on, that’s a lot. So I missed far more than I saw. Anyhow, some favorite moments:
* Jake (who played the minister) and his mother Bev arranged a surprise — two people no one but Bev had never met before (Sara and Travis) came in claiming to have rented the Church for a real wedding that night, and demanding to know why all these people were here. They were very convincing, and I was nearly convinced I’d have to throw everyone out before Jake let me in on the gag. Sara and Travis stayed in character to the very end, with Sara’s character furiously threatening to end the engagement as they walked out of the Church building and argued down the street.
* I can’t even begin to describe how awesome Dylan, as our groom Michael, was. Really: It’s. Not. Possible. Katie, as Dylan’s “roommate” Troy, was also amazing. (How badly is a wedding going when the drunken groom is making out with his friend Troy on the reception floor?)
“Groucho and Bowie called. They want their kid back.” —Mike Russell
* Margo, played by Jenn, who really is eight months pregnant. The dress Jenn put together could not possibly have emphasized her belly more. It was beautiful.
* Kip, as the groom’s father, who kept on finding seemingly impossible new heights of fury to rise to; and Rachel, as the groom’s disturbingly young stepmother, who went into the basement as a mild-mannered comic book editor and returned as an astounding blond wig supported by five feet of wiggle, tight dress, and attitude.
* The pirate’s story. The pirate explained that when Michael was a very small boy, he had wished that there would be a pirate at his wedding day, and his fairy grandmother had granted that wish. “I didn’t exist yesterday, and I won’t exist tomorrow — I’m just here to be the pirate at this wedding.”
* The live-action-role-player (LARPer) from a Vampire game, pretending to be a person pretending to be a vampire, and operating under a completely different rule system than everyone else at the fake wedding. The vampire and the pirate had a swordfight during the wedding. It was awesome.
* The bride’s resentful friend turning the little bride figure on the cake upside-down, with her head buried in frosting. Sydney the flowergirl was shocked by this, and as soon as the friend had wandered away, Sydney righted the bride figure.
* I say “Sydney the flowergirl,” but actually Sydney quickly caught on that everyone was using a fake name for the night, and said that her “wedding name” was Martha.
* The groom, during the ceremony, producing a list of pros and cons for marrying Margo (or not). On the back of the sheet of paper was a personals ad with the header “MSM.”
* Kim as the bride’s sister, coming in clothes that really came close to being “casual Friday at work,” and enjoying (in a “concerned” way) everything that went horribly, horribly wrong all evening.
* Amy standing on a chair to sing brilliantly along with “The Greatest Love Of All,” reaching an almost painful high pitch as everyone cheered. She sang the line “they’ll never take away my dignity” with particular ironic relish.
* Amy, playing a kleptomaniac, was generally awesome, wandering around and shoving everything in sight — including the champaign glasses and, at one point, the bride’s veil — into her bag. (She and Brad also, I’m told, did an awesome job performing “Bat Out Of Hell,” but unfortunately I missed it.)
* A man in a trenchcoat buttoned up all the way, sunglasses a hat, and a newspaper held in front of him, sneaking around from place to place, always with his back to a wall. Think he was a spy?
* Charles, as Fred the best man / visitor from the future, using his awesome hypno monkey on the gambling addict / long-lost uncle, and ordering the uncle (played by Aaron) to follow “the man in the trenchcoat,” intending that he follow the vampire. However, the first trenchcoat he saw was the spy, and so he followed the spy around for awhile.
* Ninja! (Sydney and Maddox were both awestruck by this. So were many of the grown-ups.)
* The groom’s father (played by Kip) discovering that it’s hard to remain in denial about your son being gay when your son the groom is rolling around on the reception floor making out with his roommate.
* The world’s oldest living civil war general spotting The Doctor (played by Emily), and saying “Doctor! Long time no see!”
I could go on a long, long time, and still not mention everything I saw last night that I loved — and I’m sure I missed far more than I saw. (There were bunches of players who I never got to interact with.) But I don’t want to go on forever. I’ll post links to other people’s recollections as I become aware of them; feel free to use the comments here as well, either to post comments or to link.