Wedding Day

Had an awesome time at Dan and Liz’s wedding.  I like weddings, especially when one is in a wedding (we were in by proxy of our daughter) because you really enter someone elses world.  I obviously know Dan and his family well, but over the weekend I got to hang with Liz’s family and Dan’s good friends.  All very cool people.  And the wedding was fun and sentimental and everything a wedding should be. 

I promised in my last post to share photos of the temple.  I stated before it was built in 1900 or so.  I was pretty wrong on that.  Construction begain in the 1860s and was interupted by the Civil War.  Roaming the basement of the temple, I found several stone tablets with names, dates, and other information.  The most touching to me was the list of deceased benefectiaries.  A typical column was “Jeffrey Strause 1895 25 (amount contributed).”  There was also a stone tablet detailing a couple who passed away in 1895 in a “R. R. accident.”  Their heirs (?) parents (?) donated $2500 which was an amazing amount of money at the end of the 19th century.  If you happen to know more about this temple I would love to learn more facts.  Below are some pictures of the temple.

City of Chilli (Skyline that is)

Note:  I was messing around with the blog and came across this in the “draft” section.  Enjoy this classic Hennacornoeli from the vault.

First day out of Chicago and we found ourselves in Cincinnati.  This was our first time staying in Cincinnati and I was impressed by its’ distinct vibe.   We stayed at the beautiful Netherlands hotel which was built in the 1930 to be a “city within a city.”  Restored in the 1980s it is a definite upscale place.

Mentioned in an earlier post, we were in Cincinnati for a wedding.  Dan, my first cousin, was marrying the super cool Liz.  The first place we went was the Wise Temple.   The Wise Temple is impressive.  Built around 1900, it is easily the most ornate temple I have ever seen.  Maybe it is my Midwestern upbringing, but most temples I know are built circa 1960.  This temple was so, so churchlike.  Stain glass windows, pews, cathedral ceilings; for someone like myself, a secular Jew who loves churches, it was almost a religious experience.  Henna and the wedding party practiced walking while Corey and I chilled in a pew.  Later had an awesome dinner at this cool Scottish themed pub (the waiters had to wear kilts).  It was fun to be somewhere away from home and eating with my parents, brother and sister in-law,  niece, aunts and uncles.  Dan was nice enough to invite me and my brother back to his place to have some drinks.  Dan, his very cool friends, me, and Brad talked dude stuff until the very wee hours (about 11:30 P.M.)  Came back to the hotel to an awake Henna and an almost sleeping Corey.  I promise to post pictures of the temple and the wedding soon.