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Colorado Discoveries: Part 1 -- Denver and Stoor Wedding

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Colorado Discoveries: Part 1 -- Denver and Stoor Wedding

Earlier this month the family paid a trip to our neighbor state to the west: Colorado. We were invited to our friend Rose's wedding at Buckley AFB near Denver! We worked with Rose in Florida, and I had a chance to work with her again while I was deployed in Spring 2009.

After a VERY uninteresting drive, we found our hotel and some yummy dinner at Bonefish Grill (yay Bang Bang Shrimp!!!), we had fun at a local western wear superstore: Shepler's.

From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding

On Saturday, we spent the morning and lunchtime out in Denver with our college friend Adam. First stop: Caboose Hobbies, the biggest hobby store west of the Mississippi, if not the universe. I've heard Dave tell me about this store for 16 years, so even I was curious about it. It's quite large: a former full-fledged grocery store! If you look at the front window of the store, you can see the photographer in the window:
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding

We visited Adam's house in Denver, which is an enormous work in progress both inside and out. He's replacing the lawn and reworking bathrooms, bedrooms and the kitchen. Phew!

After visiting the house, Adam did some sleuthing via his sisters and took us to one of the best Mexican restaurants in Denver: D'Corazon. I had a fabulous chiles relleno!!!
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding

We returned to the hotel to get ready for the wedding, the REAL reason we were in Colorado in the first place! I don't have any pictures to document this, but about an hour before the wedding (and about 5 minutes before we were heading out the door), Dave hollered "I have no pants!!!!".

No, he wasn't being naughty -- what he had meant was that he had no SUIT PANTS to wear to the wedding. They were sitting in our closet back in Nebraska!!! I had apparently put Dave's suit in the truck when packing without checking for all the components. After about 5-6 minutes of significant...uh...venting at each other, Dave and I together had a plan: Rose and Brad were getting married at Buckley AFB and the base has a BX (Base Exchange, like a department store). Just the night before Brad was saying that the BX at Buckley was bigger and nicer than the one at Vandenberg AFB. So perhaps we could pick up some black pants there?

Success! We made it to the base at 4pm, Dave found the pants (and belt) he needed and changed in the restroom at the BX...and we made it to the church on time for the 4:30 wedding!!!! Actually, we made it before the bride did...and most of the guests, who were bussed onto the base due to security.

But here's Dave and the pants...what do you think? Hopefully the answer is "Well, if you hadn't mentioned it, I wouldn't have known, but yeah...the pants are indeed a little darker...."

Hooray for base exchanges!!!

From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding

The wedding was beautiful, the boys had a good time, and the reception was really cool: Brad had proposed to Rose at the top of the Eiffel Tower, so there was a beautiful Eiffel Tower ice sculpture on the dance floor, and all the guests received Eiffel Tower-shaped chocolates as wedding favors. Rose's "signature color", bright pink, was so elegant in the cake, the flowers (including the gorgeous rose in her hair!) and the bridesmaid dresses. I'm going to shut up now and finish this off with pictures from the wedding and reception. Enjoy!

From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding

I enjoyed this stained glass honoring Buckley's space mission.
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding

From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding

Jacob really enjoyed dancing, while Timmy stayed at the kids' reception watching Pixar movies.
From 2010 08 06 Denver Trip & Stoor Wedding

Until Part 2: Golden!!!

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