Jeff Getting Married – 11 Feb 2012

Two weekends ago, I was in New Jersey to attend the illustrious wedding of Jeff Crepeau to Beth Gibson (now Beth Crepeau).  It was also my chance to finally go back east and bring Larry back home with me!  Had a chance to first spend a few nights at the Empire Hotel in the Upper West Side of NYC before then taking a car into Jersey for the weekend of the wedding.  As the pictures below show, it was a lot of fun, first just getting a chance to hang out in NYC, and then second, hanging out with friends from Colorado Springs.  Weirdly enough, during the Crepeau wedding reception, we all found out Whitney Houston died.  What a strange occurence to have associated with your wedding!

First Night in NYC – 8 Feb 2012

After Larry braved the light snow to pick me up at Newark Intl, we met up with his mom so she could get her car back and then she dropped us off at the hotel.  We had a delicious dinner at Fiorelli’s, a restaurant we both had walked by for years without ever having eaten there.  Amazing food, and highly recommended if you get the chance.  The chocolate mousse was insanely served – the menu tells you that it’s served with two buckets, one bucket of mousse, the other with creme.  They literally come over to your table with two big buckets and ask you how much you want.  I vastly overestimated how much I could eat. After dinner, we walked around the area a bit, but the snow kept falling and began to soak us.  Here are the pics we got, which I think look awesome as I finally figured out how to use the night mode.  🙂

Playing with night mode on my camera at Lincoln Center
Playing with night mode on my camera at Lincoln Center08-Feb-2012 19:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
Obviously needed to tell Larry NOT TO MOVE while using night mode
Obviously needed to tell Larry NOT TO MOVE while using night mode08-Feb-2012 19:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1000
08-Feb-2012 19:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 
See, this is how you NOT MOVE
See, this is how you NOT MOVE08-Feb-2012 19:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
A total stranger offered to take our picture!  Thanks, random stranger lady!
A total stranger offered to take our picture! Thanks, random stranger lady!08-Feb-2012 19:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 800
08-Feb-2012 19:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
 
It also happened to be the beginning of NY Fashion Week - knowing that now, surprised we were able to get a room right across the street.
It also happened to be the beginning of NY Fashion Week - knowing that now, surprised we were able to get a room right across the street.08-Feb-2012 19:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 6.271mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 800
Looking from Lincoln Center back towards the Empire Hotel
Looking from Lincoln Center back towards the Empire Hotel08-Feb-2012 19:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
I love this crazy ass picture looking down Broadway to Hotel Empire
I love this crazy ass picture looking down Broadway to Hotel Empire08-Feb-2012 19:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 5.393mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
The sign for Lincoln Center with its electronic steps in the background
The sign for Lincoln Center with its electronic steps in the background08-Feb-2012 19:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
There's a rooftop lounge/bar at the Hotel Empire where you can get up close and personal with its sign
There's a rooftop lounge/bar at the Hotel Empire where you can get up close and personal with its sign08-Feb-2012 19:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
Had to do a self shot
Had to do a self shot08-Feb-2012 19:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 
View looking north at the Broadway / Columbus intersection
View looking north at the Broadway / Columbus intersection08-Feb-2012 19:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
Totally worth making into a poster
Totally worth making into a poster08-Feb-2012 19:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
Without a fisheye lens, it was kind of impossible getting the entire sign in frame
Without a fisheye lens, it was kind of impossible getting the entire sign in frame08-Feb-2012 19:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
 

Day 2 in NYC – 9 Feb 2012

The next day was a Thursday so it was a full day to spend hanging around doing whatever, as it wasn’t until Friday when we had to take off to New Jersey for the wedding.  We first revisited our fave Utopia diner for breakfast, then headed down to Ground Zero.  I’d been wanting to see the Freedom Tower up close as the last time we were there, it hadn’t broken ground level.  So to see it 70 or so stories up is insane.  Unfortunately we didn’t make reservations to get into the Memorial Park so we’ll have to take care of that the next time.  I want to see the waterfalls and names up close.  After Ground Zero, we took a ferry over to Hoboken and visited with Larry’s sister, Alyssa, and her newborn daughter, Stacy.  It was awesome to see them.  Finally, we went back into the city and met up with Treva at the Standard Hotel’s swanky and EXPENSIVE rooftop lounge.  Great views, but definitely not conducive to relaxing for very long.  And God help you if you sit down where you haven’t reserved it.  Eeek.  We found a relatively less expensive wine bar for a few more drinks, then said good night to Treva, and then headed over to Blue Smoke, the home of the best mac & cheese ever.  Great ribs too.  We were basically shitfaced by the end of the night.  Yay!

Morning outside the Hotel Empire
Morning outside the Hotel Empire09-Feb-2012 10:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
Decided to check out Ground Zero - this here is the Freedom Tower under construction.  Much higher than last time we were down here.
Decided to check out Ground Zero - this here is the Freedom Tower under construction. Much higher than last time we were down here.09-Feb-2012 11:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
You can kind of see the big memorial waterfall
You can kind of see the big memorial waterfall09-Feb-2012 12:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.592mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
Without reservations, this view is about as good as it gets as you can't get inside
Without reservations, this view is about as good as it gets as you can't get inside09-Feb-2012 12:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.592mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
09-Feb-2012 12:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.592mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
Sitting at the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the distance
Sitting at the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the distance09-Feb-2012 12:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 
Zoom in a bit
Zoom in a bit09-Feb-2012 12:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Bundled up because NYC got COLD when I came out there
Bundled up because NYC got COLD when I came out there09-Feb-2012 12:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Larry and Jersey City
Larry and Jersey City09-Feb-2012 12:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
Chilling, literally, at the Hudson River
Chilling, literally, at the Hudson River09-Feb-2012 12:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
From the World Financial Plaza, you can see into Ground Zero a little more
From the World Financial Plaza, you can see into Ground Zero a little more09-Feb-2012 12:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
The Freedom Tower has gotten HUGE
The Freedom Tower has gotten HUGE09-Feb-2012 12:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
09-Feb-2012 12:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
You can see the waterfall again here
You can see the waterfall again here09-Feb-2012 12:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 16.824mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
09-Feb-2012 12:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
 

From NY to NJ – 10 Feb 2012

Not many pictures here as this was mainly a day to recover from drinking too much the night before (must admit I wasn’t that hungover though – just tired), grab some food and then get a black car to drive us to Morristown, NJ, which was about an hour’s drive from the Empire Hotel.  It was another relaxed day but it was fun because that evening, we got to have dinner (and drinks, of course) with Melissa Milas and Ryan Curtiss and eventually got to see Jeff Crepeau and meet Beth.  Yay!

The Fashion Week entry to the tents
The Fashion Week entry to the tents10-Feb-2012 10:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
10-Feb-2012 10:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
It was getting a little busy in the Lincoln Center plaza
It was getting a little busy in the Lincoln Center plaza10-Feb-2012 10:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
10-Feb-2012 10:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
At the Madison Hotel's Red Dog Tavern with Melissa, a great place with a waiter who while hot broke lots of things.
At the Madison Hotel's Red Dog Tavern with Melissa, a great place with a waiter who while hot broke lots of things.10-Feb-2012 18:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 3200
This is very strangely lit shot - I am quite drunk here, and don't really remember this.  Hi Jeff!
This is very strangely lit shot - I am quite drunk here, and don't really remember this. Hi Jeff!10-Feb-2012 19:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
 
Melissa in much more natural lighting.
Melissa in much more natural lighting.10-Feb-2012 20:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 

Jeff Gets Married – 11 Feb 2012

The wedding wasn’t until 4pm, so we had plenty of time to kill that day.  Unfortunately, there’s not much to do in Morristown, especially if you don’t have a car.  What was cool was that there was a train station right next to the hotel, and if we had been adventurous, we could have taken the train in to the city again, but at this point, I think we were NYC’d out.  So there was a lot of TV watching and I read much more of “Clash of Kings.”  Kelly Dean had stayed with her in-laws the night before but she came in shortly before the wedding started, so the Colorado Springs gang at that point was as re-formed as it was going to get.  As you can see in the pics below, the wedding was in a beautiful place and the wedding itself was great.  And quick, which is always appreciated.  🙂  Cocktail hour (yay!) followed and then the reception, which was good food mixed with fun dancing.  No midgets, but there was a photo booth and an ice cream bar(!).   Our table had a blast, told lots of dirty jokes and stories, danced a lot, and of course, drank plenty (while also finding out Whitney Houston had died).  It was great to see Jeff get married and to finally meet his fiancee/wife, Beth.  They’re currently off and about on a Space-A adventure, and I think they’re still bouncing around Europe as we speak, having hit Venice and Rome.  It’s a great way to travel if you have the free time!  Congratulations Jeff and Beth!

It freakin' snowed the night before.
It freakin' snowed the night before.11-Feb-2012 06:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
Our classy ladies
Our classy ladies11-Feb-2012 13:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
I miss KD and Melissa!
I miss KD and Melissa!11-Feb-2012 13:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 
KD makes me have faces like this
KD makes me have faces like this11-Feb-2012 13:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
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Verging on gay-face there - me, not Larry
Verging on gay-face there - me, not Larry11-Feb-2012 13:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
 
11-Feb-2012 13:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
I think Larry feels that way quite a bit
I think Larry feels that way quite a bit11-Feb-2012 13:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 400
The conservatory where the wedding was held
The conservatory where the wedding was held11-Feb-2012 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 400
 
11-Feb-2012 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
Jeff in his mess dress
Jeff in his mess dress11-Feb-2012 14:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 400
Beth coming to meet him
Beth coming to meet him11-Feb-2012 14:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 
11-Feb-2012 14:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
Not the most close-up of shots, admittedly.  I didn't bring a camera like Ryan's super-mega one
Not the most close-up of shots, admittedly. I didn't bring a camera like Ryan's super-mega one11-Feb-2012 14:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
11-Feb-2012 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
 

One More Pic – 12 Feb 2012

Their first morning after the wedding
Their first morning after the wedding12-Feb-2012 08:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
 

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