Atlanta for Glenn and Lane’s Wedding

On Friday, Chad and I took the day off and headed down to Atlanta for Glenn and Lane’s wedding.  Chad was a groomsman in the wedding, so we had to get down there in the afternoon for him to try on his tux.  He looked so good in it, and I even thought the jacket was a little big on my ever-shrinking Chad.  We stayed at the W Hotel in downtown ATL.  It was very nice and hip.  We liked it.

w hotelw us

Friday night was the rehearsal at the Peachtree United Methodist Church.  It was a huge church and very ornate and beautiful.  The aisle looked like it was about a half a mile long.  The wedding party got their exercise.  After was the rehearsal dinner, which was at a cute catering place.  The food was a little different, but very very good.  My favorite was the fried green tomato salad, and Chad’s was the Parmesan risotto balls.  It was all excellent.

rehearsal rehearsal dinner

The next day, Chad and I were able to walk around a little bit and go to a mall that was right next to the hotel.  He had to leave around 1:30 to get ready for the wedding, so he left with Suresh, the best man in the wedding.  I later drove to the wedding with Michelle, Suresh’s wife.  We met them on Friday, and sat with them at the rehearsal dinner.  They are super nice.  I was glad they were there because I had someone to talk to and keep me company.

The wedding was beautiful and Lane looked gorgeous.  The rest of the wedding party looked nice too, especially Chad.  You all know that it’s not often that I get to see him dressed up.  The wedding was short and sweet.  Next, was the reception, which was at an art gallery.  It was cool because you could go around and check out all the different art pieces.  I guess you could have bought them too, if you had several thousands of dollars with you.  There were elegant decorations with candles and pretty pink roses.  Dinner was fantastic, and the cake was delicious too. During dinner, one of Glenn’s relatives told the couple that if they hold a baby that night, that is going to be the gender of their first child.  Lane mentioned they wanted a boy first, so they both held Jose and Aubrey’s baby.  I had never heard that before.  I don’t think I held any babies at my reception, but there were only two babies there and they were both boys.

wedding-me and chadwedding-babywedding-table wedding-us with glenn and lane wedding-us with suresh and michelle

As a party favor, they gave out Coke bottles that said “The Kurbans” and their wedding date.  Atlanta is known for their Coke museum.  Glenn and Lane actually made the labels themselves, and they were so cute.  They had sparklers to light for when they left, but Chad and I didn’t make it that long.  We were pretty tired and weren’t really up for all the dancing that was going on.  It was a great time, though, and we really enjoyed getting to meet some nice people and see this sweet couple get married.  We wish them the best!

wedding coke

On Sunday morning, Chad and I went to Buckhead Christian Church, which was right across the street from our hotel.  It was a church that took over a building that used to be a strip club.  How neat.  There weren’t very many people there, but the  service was good.  After that, we packed up our car, and headed to Gatlinburg for our fall break trip.  It was a fabulous weekend in Atlanta!

Atlanta Weekend Trip

This Saturday morning, Chad and I packed our bags and headed out on the road with one thing in mind… Celine Dion!  Ok, Chad, not so much, but I was looking forward to that evening when Celine would be in concert in Atlanta.  Jessie and I were able to go thanks to Brendan.  He bought her tickets and invited me to go with her.  My sisters, my mom, and I saw Celine Dion in concert in Las Vegas back in ’04, and Jessie and I had both gotten her newest CD for Christmas last year, so we were super excited about seeing her again.  We had high expectations, and we hoped that this concert would be better than the show in Vegas.

You see, the costume changes in Vegas were what seemed like 30 minutes as we watched practically a ballet.  That wasn’t so bad, but when she started to sing “Love Can Move Mountains,” she told everyone to stand, and so we did.  Then, on the next song, she said to stay standing.  How could refuse?  Celine Dion just told us to stand.  Well, apparently, the people behind us didn’t like that and a gentleman commanded, “Young lady, this is not a rock concert.  Sit down.”  We didn’t right away, but we eventually chickened out and sat.  It kind of ruined the rest of the concert for us.

Well, this time in Atlanta, we had a much better time.  The costume changes were a lot faster, and no one told us to sit down.  I felt like it was more of concert where we could sing along (which we did) and not just passively watch a show.  It was a great time!

I was off school on Monday for MLK day, so Chad took off too.  We had a nice long weekend and were able to see the Bodies Exhibition, which the rest of the Webbs saw over the summer.  It was pretty interesting.  The body is so complex.  Who else, but God, could have designed something so amazing?  It kind of makes me appreciate doctors, who have to understand all of the things that make us function.  The neatest part was seeing real embryos and fetuses at different ages (2 weeks up to 28 weeks).  It is incredible to see how small we begin and how quickly a baby forms into being.

They had a combo for the Bodies exhibit and another tour called “Dailog in the Dark.”  It was a tour guided by a blind person, and it is in complete darkness.  We each got walking canes to help, but we mostly had to rely on our other senses.  It was really cool.  At first, it was a little scary.  I guess that is because it reminded me of a haunted house, and I feared any moment someone would jump out to scare me.  It also made me nervous because there were 8 of us, and the first thing our guide said was, “Come toward my voice and go through this door.”  I thought, we’re all going to run into each other. As it turns out, there was a lot of that, but no one ever got hurt.  Once I got used to it, I just remembered what they had told us before the tour- no where else would we be able to experience something like this in a safe environment.

Knowing that it was safe, I let go and explored the surroundings.  We both had a lot of fun, and I was trying to be the first person to find the things the guide asked us to find or describe to her what I felt.  I think Chad and I were the best.  I found the cooler at the grocery store and Chad was able to identify the type of car parked on the side of the street.  I won’t tell you what it was in case you get to go.  If you do get a chance to check it out, I would defeintely recommend Dialog in the Dark.  It is a very unique experience, and it helps you appreciate what you have.