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THE WEDDING PRESENT THAT ARRIVED TWO MONTHS LATE

A couple of months ago I told you about the event of the year, the wedding of my great friends Artie and Mayra, which turned to be one of the coolest parties ever.

There was a pending issue since then, related to the wedding present. I advanced you in order not to ruin the surprise and being aware that Artie is a regular reader of Since My Baby Left Me, I had to keep the secret until I was back in Madrid.

As you can imagine, as soon as I landed, my sista was picking me up and we headed towards our friends’ house.

You have to understand all the parties involved were in a state of excitement. We knew was the present was, but had only seen it through this pic, and the couple hadn’t the slightest clue about what the handmade present could me.

Not sure whether you’re familiarized with Neil Young’s album covers, this kind of scarecrow belongs to one of the most beautiful albums ever, Harvest Moon, released 20 years ago. Best thing is that all people involved in this present love this album. God bless this coincidence.

Weddings have become such a difficult and expensive event, at the end of the day most of guests give money to the couples as a present, so they can cover the reception expenses. I’m sorry but I don’t like it this way, once again my romanticism is reconfirmed, if you are someone I really love, a close friend, my philosophy will keep me from transferring money to a bank account. I want you to have something which, on one hand, reminds you of a wedding, and on the other, of myself.

I counted of Agnès and Kiko for looking for something special and different, and soon I had one of the best ideas ever.

I got acquainted with Bryn Perrot, aka Deerjerk, via Instagram, more or less a year ago, and was impressed with her captures of the wood carved pieces she was working on. Not only for being something new, but what I was impressed the most was with all the imagery and symbolism pervaded.

I had first contacted the artist, who lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, last November, in order to ask for some information regarding her pieces, you know, fares, catalogue, size of pieces… and Bryn confirmed she works on commission, which turns any of her pieces into something completely exclusive and unique, that of 1/1 limited edition.

While thinking of what the wedding present should be, we received the invitation for the reception, which included some verse lines belonging to Neil Young’s song Harvest Moon, one of my personal favorite, by the way.

When we were strangers I watched you from afar

When we were lovers I loved you with all my heart

I’ve always thought of Young to be a master in writing lyrics, being capable to put into words whatever we might feel, and build up the perfect tune for any situation.

Therefore I had it right in front of my eyes. They love Neil Young, we all love Neil Young, and Harvest Moon is also special, the piece had to be the front cover image.

I sent an email to my friends and they agreed right away, and then I had to contact Bryn to check whether this could be suitable for her. I was staying in Amsterdam those days, it was early February, and internet connection was super limited, yet I could arrange everything and go ahead with the plan.

It was at the end of February I woke up and while accomplishing my internet routines, I saw Bryn had started with the piece. Aaaah, so exciting! We wanted to see the final result, and the three of us were nervous.

The rest was all history. Everything was finished and sent on time, but parcel was blocked by Customs authorities and it had to undergo certain shitty bureaucratic procedure, which in Spain takes ages due to lack of efficiency and proactiveness, so the piece was unfortunately released just two days after the wedding. Such a pity!

Well, it wasn’t so bad after all as I was obliged to travel to Madrid eventually, to give the present, and now I’m spending a wonderful week here enjoying great weather and wonderful friends, thus, I only hope for Artie and Mayra it was worth the waiting. To be honest, I’m very proud of this present, because, regardless this might sound too cakey, it came from our hearts.

I will write a post talking about Bryn Perrot very soon, in fact, want to haver interviewed, in the meantime, if you want to be amused by her awesome talent, you chan have a look here She’s fantastic!

One more remark, did anyone notice Neil Young has been on the header of this blog for a couple of months too? hahahaha

THE EVENT OF THE YEAR: THE R’N’R WEDDING

And finally the event of the year, the rock n’ roll wedding day arrived. Artie, one of the funniest and most charming guys I know, and a rock expert, finally was abandoning the golden bachelors club to marry Mayra, his woman. It was impossible I was missing such moment, and the following party.

I’m not into weddings at all, in fact, last one I had attended was exactly 8 years ago. All this false etiquette, the compromise, the money transactions instead of gifts, and the exhibition of outfits…aren’t my thing.

When Artie announced me he was getting married half in secret,  and later on invited me to the event, I didn’t have any doubt whatsoever, he was gonna arrange something different and worth attending. It didn’t take me half second to accept the invitation, and probably in case he hadn’t told me anything I’d beg to be there.

One of the premises for the wedding, to ease any kind of pressure was that I could attend dressed as I pleased, but since it was a very special occasion I decided I’d do something different. I’d wear a dress. Thanks to Eulàlia, my personal adviser, and Verónica, always ready and willing to help, the quest for the dress was a very easy task, which saved me from going shopping, something that, some of you know, I hate.

The idea was that, although it was strapless gown cut dress, please, correct me if the description is wrong, I’d wear a cardigan, as I didn’t want to show my tattoos and I’m not comfy enough so uncovered, and of course, it’d be ridiculous to wear high heels considering I simply cannot walk with them, so instead, I chose my Chelsea boots.  Truth is that I loved the dress since the very beginning, and it suited me, in the way I am, perfectly. This is not the best picture, and I’d had some drinks already, but you can get an idea, and have a laugh if you feel like too.

Because Artie, and of course Mayra, is such a special person to me, one of these guys is not necessary 20 years friendship to love him, I really didn’t feel like just transferring money to their account, and started thinking of a present. I had an idea, and involved Kiko and Agnès, who were also invited to the reception. Unfortunately, right now it’s still impossible to reveal what the wedding present is, bearing in mind that Artie reads this blog from time to time. I just can say it’s a very special and unique craft, made under commission by an artist in West Virginia, and due to size and weight, the parcel was hold by Customs Authorities at the airport more than 2 weeks ago. Pity the item is finally being released this week, because our friends are in Seattle right now, in their honeymoon trip. Thus bringing the present to them, once they’re back, will be my next excuse to plan a getaway to Madrid. As if I needed to give explanations at this point. Ha! This will mean an extra post talking about the gift.

The wedding was designed to be different from the very beginning. First, the newlyweds had gone through all the standard marrying procedure one week before the party, thus they were super relaxed in such way, being able to focus on the party itself. Artie had prepared all the soundtrack for the so-called ceremony, led by one of his best friends in a very funny tone, with the bride’s best friend giving a very emotional and tender speech (I dropped some tears, I admit it), and Tigre (Tiger), the groom’s best mate, giving some hilarious advises so the couple would enjoy a pleasant life together.

Prior to the banquet, we were served appetizers at a beautiful saloon, but, most people endep up in the garden smoking. At this point gotta strongly remark that, despite the temptation was huuuuuuuuuge, I didn’t smoke at all.

The banquet was great, and my veggie menu was perfect. Gotta say I wasn’t the only eating outsider. Sergio, better known as Larry due to his strong resemblance with the NBA classic player Larry Bird, was in the same situation. It was a relief. No wedding cake, straight to the dessert and coffees, and finally to the best/worst moment in such events, the proper party.

Everybody got crazy with the two cocktail bartenders working nonstop preparing all these awesome flavoured mojitos, daiquiris, Bahama mammas… with all this performance as if they were Tom Cruise in Cocktail. I couldn’t stop laughing when I discovered one of the guys was injured in the forehead propably because hitting with a bottle or something. I know, I can be a bitch sometimes.

Music was improving as the night was advancing, so the eldest and the kids were leaving, to end up 40 people, completely drunk, dancing on the dance floor, all rock tunes we love so much. Air drums and guitars, people yelling Sweet Child of Mine lyrics as if there was no tomorrow, I did the spagat many times…believe me, it was insane!!!

It was an amazing experience. I met old acquaintances, new people, the couple were super attentive and tender, we drank, eat, laugh and danced, and everything happened in such a good vibe with everybody so relaxed, March 23rd will be a date we’ll never forget.

After my experience, many questions arise. Why weddings can’t be like this one? Why the newlyweds have such a stressing time and never have fun, with the exception of my friends? Why rock cannot be played?

C’mon! I want to attend more wedding receptions where I can listen songs like this!

Artie, Mayra, hope everything flows at its finest for the two of you, and we can celebrate your wedding anniversary until we can only dance with our walkers, and syrup is the strongest drink we can tolerate. I love you guys, you are too cool!