In early August we got the pleasure of attending our friends Kettner and Lacy’s wedding in Oakland. Kettner was one of the first people I knew in Philly and he had a big influence on me moving here. I met him through a friend during a visit to Philly for the Philly Zine Fest. He was a fun, older straightedge comic artist and was into fitness, and at the time I was actively looking for a place to move that might have a slightly older punk scene, folks who didn’t drink, and other folks I could sit around and do work with. I was also really into Crossfit at the time. Through him, I made a lot of my first Philly friends and it had a huge impact on how settled I felt so quickly. Unfortunately, he moved to the West Coast a year later and I didn’t get to see him much after that. Right around the same time, he met a rad lady named Lacy and she came to Philly for a summer and I got to meet her before Kett moved away. Lacy went on to write the always inspiring health/fitness blog, http://superstrengthhealth.com/. In short, they both rule and although I rarely see them, they both inspire me all the time.
We headed out to Oakland early that Friday morning and got in to our air bnb just in time to head to their coffee/desserts hang at their favorite coffeeshop. After an early night in (following a loooong day of traveling), we woke up and went for a walk with our buds, Liz, Kyle, Alec and Claire, who we shared an air bnb with.
Our other air bnb roommate
A walk past the bird sanctuary
The wedding was up a huge hill (mountain?) in a national park on an unseasonably warm day.
Everything was in true Kettner style, including comic books and sunglasses at all the place settings.
The dress code was “dress up however you want – including formal attire, gym clothes or costumes!” I’m not sure who this is or what this outfit falls under, but it was cool.
A general theme could be described as carnival or South Philly block party. Liz and a chilly dilly pickle. To be eaten with cotton candy or popcorn.
Zia showing everyone how it’s done during the sledge competition.
Kettner running the games.
The last man standing bounce house competition. Spoiler – I won.
People got into it. I’m sure more than one person left this wedding with bruises.
Claire looking like a movie star.
After an hour or so of games and snacking, the wedding horn was blown and Nishat waved the wedding flag signaling that it was time for the ceremony.
Everyone filed up to the altar.
A sweet and funny little ceremony, just how I like them.
I’m glad these photos show the heat of this day. It was a scorcher. (not the best conditions for good photos. haaarsh lighting.)
Cutting the vegan cake (donuts)
It looks like Mikey is eating refreshments while watching a movie in this photo
Pickle shots, because why not, when you’re adult and straightedge?
Kettner giving his best bud Monica a trophy for being his best Mon.
Karaoke afterparty at their Crossfit gym
A lot of punk songs were chosen
I didn’t take a ton of photos at this because it was more of the same, as it goes with karaoke photos.
A hike up to a point in the cemetery the following day.
I guess I stopped taking photos there on the trip! After the hike, which was the last wedding related event, we parted ways with everyone else and walked around Oakland for a bit. It had been an exhausting and hot weekend, so me and Mikey decided to see a movie (which we end up doing on trips a lot when we want a break from walking around). We saw that Amy Winehouse documentary and then met up with our friend Beck and caught up for a while before calling it a night. The following day and a half was filled with sitting in airports, lots of delays, a canceled flight, a quick visit with our old roommate Guy in Chicago, and an unexpected day off work because of all the travel delays. It was a whirlwind weekend, but well worth the trip.