After a successful plane ride down to Florida, it was finally time to relax for a few days before Matt and Magee's wedding festivities were to begin on Friday night. My caregiver Carlo and I stayed at the Marriott Singer Island Hotel and appreciated the generosity of my friend Tommy for letting us stay in his condo. The goal was to spend two days in the sunshine by the pool, while disconnecting from work (aka not check my blackberry every 5 minutes) and I think I did a pretty good job of accomplishing that. The weather was pretty good and I got to spend a couple of hours in the sun either in the morning or the afternoon. When I wasn't by the pool, I got the chance to visit with a lot of family friends who live in Florida and catch up with them after not seeing them for a while. I was excited to get a chance to have lunch with my grandmother who lives in Florida and my mother who happened to be visiting her at that time, as well as have a very nice lunch over at Lost Tree Beach Club and a large group dinner at The River House.
The wedding celebrations kicked off Friday night with a nice cocktail/welcome party at the Lost Tree country club. This was such a fun opportunity to see so many people from various parts of my life. My friend Matt, who was the groom, grew up down the road from me in New Jersey, we went to Delbarton and Georgetown University together and grow up spending summers in Westhampton Beach, NY. Once the cocktail party ended, about 25 guests from the wedding drove down to West Palm Beach to continue celebration at Cucina, a real staple in the Palm Beach nightlife. Let's just say that our group left its mark on the dancefloor that night.
After recovering by the pool for a few hours Saturday morning, it was finally time to put my tuxedo and race to Saint Ann's Church to watch Matt and Magee officially tie the knot. The church was a packed house, but it really was a beautiful service and everyone was so happy. Once the official church business was done, it was time for the real party to begin at the Everglades Club. Wow!!! Talk about a party. Cocktails, food, friends and an unbelievable band was the perfect combination for a spectacular party. Table 11 was full of Georgetown Hoyas and it was obviously the most fun table (that's an unbiased opinion). This was definitely a party that everyone will remember (at least depending on how many cocktails you had). I got my good workout on the dance floor until about 2:15 AM before having to head back to the hotel so I could catch an early morning flight back to DC.
Overall awesome week in Florida and congrats to Matt and Magee!