Friday, July 31, 2009

No Parking

As a reminder, there is no parking available at the wedding venue. We ask that you please park in the Ocean Gateway parking structure just one block away. There is an unloading area for guests with mobility issues at the front door.
We hope everyone enjoys themselves. I finished the set last night and today I will be dealing with the sound and lighting design. One of my groomsmen has been working on sound cues and reception music for weeks now and I made the decision to add lighting a couple of days ago. I think it will really help the set pop.
Anyway, I need to get to work. We can't wait to see everyone.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's the final countdown..

(as my friend Emily would say!!) I cannot believe we are this close!! Doesn't seem like we just got engaged? I know everyone says it comes together at the last minute, but I feel somwhat skeptical. If we can just survive the next 2 days...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tech Week

For those of you unfamiliar with theatre vernacular, "tech week" is the week just before a show opens. This is where you start mixing in lights, sound, costumes, and special effects. Typically, the set would be nearly finished at this point, but for Super-Wedding the circumstances are a bit different. I do hope to finish all of the major carpentry today, leaving only the foam crystalline structure and any painting that needs to be done. Fortunately, my first groomsman arrives today, so I will be getting a bit of help.

In other news, I spoke to the costumer last night, and he assured me that he was overnighting the remainder of my order today. I am having him send everything directly here to Portland rather than risk sending it to groomsmen who are traveling from away. When I started dealing with the costumes, I had no idea that things would end up being so last minute. It has been extremely nerve wracking.

There are still a million miscellaneous things to do. I made a Daily Planet press pass for my photographer yesterday. There are still some sound cues that need to be assembled. We have string lights and Chinese lanterns for the hall, but no cords for the lanterns yet. I stopped by a local brewery yesterday to sample all of their bottled sodas for the reception.

You get the idea. Here's hoping for a healthy dose of theatre magic.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thank You, Google.

It appears as though even Google wants to wish us well.

Thank You, Google.

Under Construction

Set construction began yesterday and is already behind schedule. I built a prototype foam ice pillar and I am feeling sketchy about the adhesive. It didn't seem to be holding very well so I decided to let it cure overnight before building any more. I may end up having to resort to duct tape as a primary structural component. Carpentry should begin tomorrow. The event coordinator at the venue assured me that she would allow me to work after hours if necessary, which was of great reassurance.

If you have any free time over the next week, grab your tape measure and come on over.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wedding or bust!

I can't believe in less than 2 weeks I am going to be Mrs. Lucchese! Tony, determined to make me happy despite all the other things he has going on, drove all the way to NJ to make sure that my costume fits. It really turned out fine, I was glad we made the trip. We got several other bits and pieces to complete the other costumes as well, and might I just add how incredible Tony looks in his super suit! We have quite a bit left to do, but for the first time in many months it feels like we can get it all done. It does seem amazing that all these people are coming to see us get married. I hope all goes well.

Not-So-Free Parking

When I visited the wedding venue this weekend to drop of lumber for the set, it occurred to me that there is no parking available at the facility. Well, there is parking, of course, but not enough for all our guests. If you have elected to drive to Maine or will have a rental car, the best place for you to park would be at the new Ocean Gateway parking garage. It is within easy walking distance.

There is an unloading area at the venue for handicap access.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Great Weight has Lifted

I am going to try to convince Sarah to post later, because I really feel like you should hear about this from her, but we have good news resulting from our grueling trip to NJ.

The Wonder Woman costume is finished.

The decision to drive the 6 hours to exit 16W turned out to be a good one. The costumer met us at the house of one of his seamstresses and brought along all that he had finished. Even the pattern girl showed up to help. The three of them pulled and torqued and twisted the costume, discussing what changes needed to be made. They ended up ripping the costume apart and rebuilding it. The removed four inches from the torso and replaced the elastic in the legs so that the costume no longer cuts into her. It only took them 3 hours, so we didn't even have to spend the night.

The seamstress's house was 12 minutes away from my grandmother, so we were able to visit with her. It was good to see her, even thought I will see her again in less than two weeks. We went to Applebee's and had a bite to eat and Sarah got a chance to see pictures of me as a wee lad. I hope I am as sharp and spry as my grandmother when I am 91 years old.

Anyway, there are still a few things left to be done with the costumes, but they are minor and I have been assured that they will be overnighted by Wednesday. At the very least, Sarah and I have our completed costumes, and if you'll forgive the narcissism, we look pretty bad ass.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Down to the Wire

Tomorrow, we are taking a road trip down to New Jersey to meet with the costumer. While the men's costumes have all fit reasonably well, Wonder Woman has proved problematic to say the least. Rather than ship the costume back for a third time, we have decided to take the time and money to drive down so that he can build the next suit right on her body. Unfortunately, this unplanned escapade is cutting into my set construction time.

I rented a van and made a run on Home Depot today. I have had to pare the set down considerably from what I had intended, but I think it will still be pretty cool. I even got a glowing Kryptonite shard to bring the Fortress to life.

There are still a million things left to do and more than a few unknown quantities. I'll try to keep you posted as things develop.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Do Not Panic

There are exactly 20 people participating in our wedding ceremony. As of today, there are 6 completed costumes.

Deep breaths. It will all be okay.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Special Delivery

Yesterday was a big day for shipping and receiving at the Lucchese/LaFore residence. Between UPS and USPS, we got the Wonder Woman costume, shields and spears for the Amazons, and the last of our cake toppers. The costume needs some tweaking, the spear heads need to be fitted to poles, and the topper needs to get to the baker. Still, it was a big day.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Candy is Dandy, but Liquor is Quicker

In exactly one month, Sarah and I will be married. Fortunately, stress levels don't come across in blog posts. There are still myriad decisions to be made and plans to be finalized. I won't go into the details, but know that back-up plans are being considered and extraneous expenses are being cut.

To that end, this is shaping up to be a dry wedding. As we near the final day, and as I have already begged, borrowed, and stole all the funds I can from every source I can think of, we have come to the difficult decision to cut the alcohol. Even thought neither Sarah nor I drink, we wanted to be able to provide our guests with some social lubricant. It's hard for most people to enjoy YMCA and Brickhouse when completely sober. Nonetheless, that accounted for the bulk of our catering expenses and it was either cut that or the photography.

We hope you will forgive us. Feel free to leave early and explore one of the many fine pubs or microbreweries within easy walking distance of the wedding venue.