My Big Brother's Wedding
Alexander G. Weiss, CFP®
For those of you that have siblings, you understand the dynamics of a sibling’s wedding. Two families colliding, emotions running high all the way up to the weekend of the wedding. Then, all of a sudden everything comes together and the pictures are above the fireplace for the next 100+ years.
If you didn’t already know, I am 1 of 9 children (7 boys and 2 girls). I am exceptionally close with my brother Josh who was the one that got married a week and a half ago. Not only did we share a room growing up, but we went to the same high school, same college, and even lived together for two years after college! With all of this extra time together (including all the family road trips) we have an unbelievable bond. He asked me to be the best man at his wedding which he may have regretted after I poked a little fun at him during the toast.
I wanted to share one of my favorite stories from growing up that I made mention of during the wedding. As you would imagine, my brothers and I played a lot of games growing up (this was pre iPhone/iPad era). During the fall, we played tackle football in the front yard, in the winter we played street hockey, and the spring was spent in the driveway playing basketball. When the elements were not cooperating with us, we were stuck inside and made the best of it. Hide and seek was the go-to game, but it got boring after a while, so my brother Josh created his own version called ‘Hide The Baby.’ When our poor, youngest brother Nate was an infant, and we were home alone – you guessed it, we started hiding little Nate. Only once did Josh place Nate in the drawer, cover him with a t-shirt and forget where he was … only once.
The location of the big event was The Bars at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, CT. We had a perfect day on just about every level with a few minor glitches that happened along the way. The one that likely stressed my brother out the most was my tux rental needed a few fixes. Long story short – the correct suit was delivered to the hotel 45 minutes before we had to depart for the venue.
The weekend was very exciting as family came from all over the country with the furthest relative all the way in from Thailand. It is always icing on the cake to see family that you haven’t seen in a long time while celebrating such a happy occasion.
We are in the midst of wedding season, so please send some pictures of you and your family at any of these festivities! Until next time…