We’ve spent the past few days helping to celebrate the wedding of our friends Eric and Debbie, and while it was fun, I’m now pretty drained and happy to be back home where it’s quiet. We hosted an out-of-town guest from California in the latter half of the week; attended the “casual backyard barbecue” rehearsal dinner at the groom’s house (actually a very fancy catered affair under a tent) on Saturday; the event itself last night, which ranked very high on the list of lavish weddings I’ve attended; and an elegant brunch this morning. Bells and whistles aside, though, it was also very sweet and the bride and groom were very happy. It was held at Oheka Castle on Long Island, which ranks only behind the Biltmore House in North Carolina as the largest private home in America. Here’s a shot from their web site:

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And here’s my favorite of the photos I snapped last night–since college, Will and his closest friends have maintained an online discussion forum so they could keep in touch, and this wedding brought all but one of them (the missing member is in Uganda with Doctors Without Borders) together for a very rare photo op:

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From left: Tyler, Drew, Jeremy, Eric (groom), Jake, Will, and Jamie.

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