Four Weddings and a Funeral

 Our back garden never had it so glam

Our back garden never had it so glam

Four Weddings and a Funeral

One of my favorite New Yorker cartoons of all time is this one from 1999 where the woman tells her friends that she got married because she finally realized she is event-driven. At the time, I thought I would use it for my wedding invitations (when I married six years later, I went with something more personal thanks to my artist brother-in-law). In any case, the cartoon is probably more relevant to my sister who is celebrating her fourth reception this weekend after a whirlwind wedding tour that included New England, Omaha, New York and Paris -- all the places she has called home over the years. In the middle of all of this, we also interred my father (he passed away at the beginning of 2015, but he wanted to be buried at Omaha National Cemetery, which didn't open until recently), so I've been calling this fall Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The Omaha reception was in my backyard and I loved being able to host our wonderful friends from all over the world, including Patricia Louisor from Paris, who is the co-founder of Le Salon des Dames (tagline: Add more lipstick and change the world),  Frank Zambrelli, the creative director of 1 Atelier, which does these amazing luxury bespoke handbags, and so many other talented and pioneering friends who have basically been a part of the family for decades. They've all so generously offered their support of The Beaspora. I hope they know what they're getting into because I plan to ask for their advice soon and often.