Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wedding Weekend: Queen City Nuptuals

Bill is one of Justin's roommates from college (there were a total of eleven guys in one house, so you can imagine the stories...), and one of the most frequent visitors we've hosted in our DC home.  When it came time for him to tie the knot with his long time girlfriend Jenny, Justin and I had to make a visit to Cincinnati, in order for us to return the favor and indulge in some shenanigans.

We started off the morning of the the gym.  Yes, we were on vacation, and it is a time to relax; however, Justin and I knew we would be making some bad decisions throughout the weekend.  Besides, we had to "mitigate the damages" of our first meal of the day in the Queen City, the breakfast of champions, Skyline Chili! If you've never had Cincinnati-style chili, it is a must try! Hard Times Cafe in the DC Metro area makes a decent 3-way, but nothing compares to the original!

Here's a shot of my partially eaten 3-way (that means it's topped with chili, onions, and cheese).

A 3-way is not complete without some chili cheese coney dogs on the side! Yummy!

After our hearty breakfast (or was it lunch?) we got ready and met up with the rest of our friends. Because the wedding ceremony took place ten to fifteen minutes away in Ault Park, we boarded shuttles at the hotel and enjoyed a little scenic drive to our destination.  Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the beautiful sights, but I guess I was having too much fun getting reacquainted with some old friends.

As I had mentioned, the ceremony and reception took place at Ault Park, inside a beautiful pavilion hall. Here's a shot of the bride and groom surrounded by their bridal party.

The gorgeous wedding cake with beautiful cascading flowers!

The food was awesome and filling.  The meal was served family style and there was plenty to go around the table.  Here's a shot of my tasty salad topped with popcorn, yum!  

We sat at table 8, and yes that is Justin's hand demonstrating "the shocker." We're a classy pair ;)

I swear, Ault Park looked like something out of the English countryside! Very picturesque and pretty!

Afterwards, we went to a karoke bar that was near our hotel.  

Say Cheese!

James and Rich smiling for the camera!

Bottoms up!

Of course our night didn't end there. Because the DC area does not have the actual restaurant, we just had to get some White Castle.  As Justin always says, "the frozen kind is not the same as the real thing." Determined to get our fix, the fellas in the picture below made a White Castle run, via taxi cab. Although the chosen mode of transportation made us wait a little longer for this tasty treat, at least the guys chose to be responsible with their late night trip.  The rest of us that stayed behind piled into our friends' (i.e. the Jones') hotel room, to await the arrival of the slider/chicken ring goodness!

We had such a great time in Cincinnati with Justin's college friends. It's always hard to say good bye and head back into reality.  I think Cincinnati wanted us to stay a little longer than we had planned because our flight home was super delayed! By the time we got home, it was well past midnight. Our dinner options were very limited for a Sunday night, so we went to one of the few places that would be open on the Hill-Tune Inn of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame!

I got the Tuna Melt with Tater Tots...

And Justin got the Country Boy Omelet (ham, sausage, bacon, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, cheesewith a side of Tots.

Yes, our diet during the trip was very unhealthy, but we had so much fun!  Eating "awesome food" only once in a while won't hurt us :)

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