Bubblegum punch

Experiencing my first wedding sans booze

by Barbara Platts

Aspen untucked

Aspen Times Weekly June 2016

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The ceremony...

was held lakeside. Not at just any lake, but Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota's ninth largest and one of the most popular when it comes to boating, water skiing, swimming, partying and all other lake-related revelry. It rained the whole day, but cleared up just in time for the wedding party to walk down the green grass and flower petal outlined aisle. The bridge and groom said their vows with the lake next to them and in the most ideal weather anyone could dream for on the best day of their life.

The entire affair was absolutely gorgeous. Then, it was time to celebrate. The reception was helad at the Lafayette Club. This is a glamorous and historical lakeside country club known far and wide. The dinner and celebration was held in one fo the club's largest ballrooms complete with beautiful views and what appeared to be 19th century chandeliers.

After everyone was settled, the bridal party entered enthusiastically. The roughly 200 guests cheered as the reception began. it appeared as if everything went off without a hitch. Though one thing was very obviously missing. There wasn't a drop of alcohol in sight.