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The Hallowedding October 30, 2013

One of my favorite friends from Emerson got married last weekend in an epic event dubbed “The Hallowedding”. It was one of the most unique weddings I’ve ever been to! Michelle and Alex are the funnest couple I know, their love for life and each other is contagious. I had a blast!
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It took place at the Carousel on the Santa Monica Pier. How cool is that!! We got to ride the Merry-Go-Round all night long!! That right there makes it the best night ever.
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It was fun hanging out with my friends Noah and Janet too!
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Oh, you’re probably wondering why they have Sheep hats on…I forgot to mention… since it was the Hallowedding, all the guests had to come in costume! And if anyone knows Emerson, you know people take their costumes seriously. Janet and Noah were “Sheep in a Jeep”!

There were some amazing costumes there, some of the best I’ve ever seen! Made mine look so amateur. I forgot I was in Hollywood, among some of the most creative people in the industry. But I had fun with my costume… I went as a Silent Movie Star.
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Black lipstick. Hmmm. there’s a first time for everything!
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But enough about me, let’s talk about how gorgeous the bride was!
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They put some much thought into all of the details. They had a “Flipbook Photo Booth” where all the guests did a 7 second skit in front of a camera and it prints out an actual paper flipbook of your actions!! And they got video files of everyone’s hilarious acting.

There was also a beer pong tournament, a polaroid camera guestbook, and a bar… but not just any bar… they turned the merry-go-round ice cream parlor into the bar! Which meant you could order milkshakes or sundaes… spiked with alcohol. I should have tried one! Now I wish I did!

But I did have my share of sweets from the awesome dessert buffet. S’Mores cookies and Cookie Dough cupcakes? Yes please!
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They promised “surprises” throughout the night, and that included a midnight delivery from Taco Bell! I can officially say that my first Taco Bell taco EVER was consumed at the Hallowedding. Yes, I know. How did i go 30 years without ever trying one. It was pretty awesome.

It was a great night out and I was so thankful to be a part of Michelle and Alex’s special night. Congratulations to you guys! And as I said in my guestbook message: “May your marriage be as fun as your wedding.” It was fantastic!
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Congratulations!

 

M&C: The Wedding October 21, 2013

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My sister, Mikaela married her soul mate last week. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Every detail was accounted for. They both worked so hard to create a day they (and us!) would never forget. There was so much love in the air on October 4th! ❤

The girls had a great time getting ready in the morning. We had some food and some champagne and we just relaxed while we got ready. The bride was very excited and her energy was contagious!
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We had awesome hair stylists. I loved my updo! Here’s some closeups!
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Sister Laurie!
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And my mom… wow. Gorgeous!
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It’s so fun getting all dressed up. I loved the dresses!
(PS got to reuse my bridesmaid shoes from my friend Erika’s wedding!)
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Mikaela was just stunning. Her dress had a beautiful lace overlay. The most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen.
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Irving, my dad and Laurie’s boyfriend were on ‘baby duty’ while the girls got ready. They took good care of the world’s cutest flower girl.

Oh, Hi, Irving!
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Soon enough, it was go time! I wasn’t sure if Adele would walk down the aisle or not… but at the last minute, I decided just to carry her. It was a long way to walk  and I didn’t want her to hold up the parade. She did great!
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Here comes the Bride!!!! Seems like just yesterday my dad was walking ME down the aisle! You did great, dad!
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I think she was very excited to see Chris waiting at the end of the aisle. The two of them just seemed SO happy. They are perfect for each other. They had a nice wine blending ceremony, which was perfect since the venue is a winery.
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But my favorite part of the ceremony was when Chris was doing his vows. Mikaela had snuck in an extra line without him knowing that required him to ‘vow to love and protect Gizmo’ (their dog). He was taken off guard and everyone laughed, it was very funny.
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Gizmo was actually waiting for them after the ceremony to take some pictures!
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The setting was unbelievable. Fall was the perfect time for a vineyard wedding. These belong in a magazine!
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The whole gang!
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Stealing this from the photographer. It belongs in a magazine!
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Got some great family pictures after the ceremony too!
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So cute!
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Soon it was time to head inside to get our dancing on!

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Mikaela was really proud of her wine rack program display because she “didn’t even get the idea from Pinterest!” So… happy pinning folks!
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They did all their centerpieces on their own too. Gorgeous!!! That’s a lot of wine to drink to get that many corks! haha
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Laurie and I wrote a poem as our ‘toast’ to the new couple. It was pretty epic.  We had fun with it. My favorite part was when Adele yelled “YAYYY” and clapped at the end of it. It was awesome. Everyone laughed.

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The first dance!
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Cutting of the cake! They had AMAZING cupcakes. And you know me and cupcakes. AWESOME!
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Me and my dad…. and ahem… Jim. HAHA
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haha let’s try again!
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My little girl was SO good during the wedding! She sat at the table with us and chatted along with everyone. She was so happy to be there. We had a blast.
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And when in doubt, bring raisins. =)
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Then we let the dancing begin!!!
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Adele danced until the lights came back on at 10:30p! She literally danced. In a circle, around the circle and inside the circle…. all night long. I couldn’t believe it. She was having the time of her life.
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I was laughing because occasionally, we take baby music classes where one teacher sings some mild songs and the kids dance for a half hour or so. By comparison, this party was loud, the lights were flashing, the beats were pumping, people were jumping… i can’t even imagine how much her brain was overstimulated and she was loving it! Eventually we changed her into her jammies but that didn’t cramp her style one bit! She was still jamming with the best of them!
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And just for fun, I love this picture of my grandparents. I think everyone had an absolute blast. It was an incredible night.
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Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs!!! We love you both so much!! And now the real fun begins!!! Happy wedding, happy marriage!!!! xoxoxo
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Hopefully the photographer doesn’t mind I posted a few of these. They were too gorgeous not to! I had to!

 

Mikaela + Chris: The Rehearsal October 15, 2013

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M&C got married at a gorgeous winery in New Hampshire. The setting was absolutely beautiful.
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The rehearsal was a couple of days before the big event and it was so fun seeing family and friends getting excited about it too!
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An Aunty sandwich!
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Lace on babies. SOOOO cute!!
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The rehearsal itself went great! I know the bride was very excited!
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Adele was the flower girl, which meant she had a very important job to do. But unfortunately… she slept through the entire rehearsal. haha
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The excited Bride + Groom to be!!
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Once Adele woke up, we took a few pictures because really, there is no better backdrop than this property. Stunning!!
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If you think the rehearsal was beautiful, wait til you see the wedding itself!! Stay tuned!

 

The Night We All Got Wild October 10, 2013

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It seems like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve posted anything! But I have a good excuse. We were busy watching this last week:
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But that amazing day happened at the end of my week in Boston, so there’s lots to catch up on before then first! We flew in on Friday, September 27th on a direct flight. We booked an early morning flight out of LA this time and it was a good move. Adele played for a while and ended up falling asleep on me for a few hours in the middle.  We arrived in and met Laurie at the airport (she arrived a few minutes before us!) And we rented a car and drove to my parents house. We had a nice big family dinner that night and called it an early night. Feels good to be home!

Saturday was a busy day! Mikaela’s bachelorette party!!
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A bunch of us girls decorated the place and hosted a potluck dinner before the festivities!

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And we toasted to the bride to be!!!

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Sisters!

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Soon, our huge SUV limo picked us up and we headed into Boston! First stop… photo opportunity at Fenway park! haha
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It was a crazy night, you guys. We all got wild and…. did a hotel room PHOTOSHOOT! YES!!
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That’s how we roll! We were channeling our inner Annie Leibovitz. Pretty good, right?!

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A fun night to kick off the week of wedding festivities!!! Mikaela’s got some awesome friends!! Those girls are fun!!

 

A Yosemite Wedding August 9, 2012

Filed under: Love,Wedding,Yosemite — Kelocity @ 5:37 am
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The main event from the weekend (and the reason we were visiting) was to celebrate the marriage of Irving’s friends Brian and Victoria. They are an awesome couple who LOVES the outdoors. They visit Yosemite often and have climbed some of the most famous rocks in the park together! Since it’s such a special place for them, they thought, what better place to get married?
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We’re always stoked for destination weddings because it’s a reason to visit places we might not otherwise think to go! Plus, I love weddings in general, so it was a no-brainer we would be there!
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…Even with an 8 week old baby!
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We were all dressed up, so of course it was the perfect opportunity for more photos!
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Adele couldn’t make it to the wedding (she had big plans to spend the day with Grandma).
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It was fun to introduce Adele to some of Irving’s high school friends. Hi Jesse!
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But soon it was time to pass her off to Grandma for the evening.
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I left her with a few bottles of milk and away we went. Adele was in good hands. =)
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The ceremony was in a gorgeous chapel on the Yosemite Valley floor (a little over an hour away). They had charter busses to bring guests down to the church. What an incredible trip though. The views were just amazing.
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This is Bridalveil Falls! Still had some water running over its cliffs there!
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Soon enough we arrived at the church! SOOO ADORABLE!
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It was right across the street from Yosemite Falls and El Capitan rock.
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I had never been to Yosemite so this was such an awesome experience.
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It’s wedding time!
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The ceremony was so sweet and so personal. You could feel the love in the room. I love how they customized their vows to fit who they are. I definitely teared up at times. One of my favorite lines from Brian’s vows: (summarized) “You’ve given me so much love, that I will spend the rest of my life giving it back to you.” Ah, so perfect.
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As they walked out of the church, they rang the church bells. So cool!
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I was so excited that we had some time after to take more pictures outside.
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These are some of Irving’s high school friends! They are going to have some AWESOME wedding photos. I can’t wait to see them all!
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In the Spring, Yosemite Falls is supposed to be stunning. It’s all dried up for the summer now, but I had to imagine what it looked like…
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Good, that’s better! Looks almost like the real thing!
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The reception was back at the Wawona Hotel, so we climbed back on the bus for the trip back. Our driver stopped at a vista point so we could get a glimpse of Half Dome and the rest of Yosemite Valley. It’s no wonder Ansel Adams took so many photos here. It’s stunning!
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The reception was outside on the lawn of the Wawona. I was worried about the 90*+ heat that we had been having, but it actually cooled off really nice just before dinner.

And guess what I had?! My FIRST glass of wine in 11 months!!! (My last alcoholic beverage was actually in Salzburg, Austria on our trip last year!)
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We snuck the baby over to our table for a few minutes because I kind of missed her! She made a polite appearance before she went back to Grandma for the night.
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Such a fun night and a great way to experience Yosemite. Wishing Brian and Victoria a lifetime of happiness and love. We were honored to share their special day with them.
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Congrats, Guys!

 

Carrying the Celebration on and on… February 17, 2012

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Irving and I were married two and a half years ago but I wanted to share something that Irving’s sister, EJ, organized for us.
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We hosted a ‘Farewell Brunch’ the day after the wedding and we invited guests to grab some coffee and hang out with us before we left on our honeymoon. EJ gave each person a blank notecard to fill out and told everyone to label the front with a specific day or event to know when to open it.

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In the end, we had about twenty cards that we could open at various times and it has been so much fun. The one we opened most recently was labeled “The day you find out you are pregnant”. That one was exciting. Each one had a warm message from family and friends and it dragged out the excitement of the wedding even further.

If anyone is getting married anytime soon, I highly recommend doing this with your guests. Actually,  you could do this for any occasion! Might be a great anniversary/birthday/graduation idea too!

 

A Wonderful Wedding in Warwick! August 1, 2011

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After our fabulous day at the Newport Mansions, we continued our journey over the bridge into Providence for the weekend. One of my very good friends from High School was getting married there the next day and we wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
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The Bride and Groom and all of our friends were staying at the Providence Biltmore, so staying there was a no-brainer. 
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Our room was really nice, although we saw another room later on and saw that they had completely renovated it and installed flat screen TVs! We had room envy, but ours was plenty comfortable. We had a nice stay.
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And the view of Providence was really nice. See the State House back there?
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After relaxing in our room for a while (and escaping the heat), we ventured out for dinner a little later on. We didn’t really have a plan, we just figured we’d stumble upon something good. And boy, did we luck out! It was Restaurant Week in Providence!!!
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The Union Station Brewery had an amazing deal. Drinks and a three course meal for two for only $30. We’ve always wanted to give one of these menus a try, and tonight was the night.
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We started with some delicious crispy bread. Somehow that whole basket disappeared. It was fantastic.
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We had a nice time chit-chatting while the meal came out. We love exploring new towns and we were happy to be here! Irving had a nice looking beer…
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But I really enjoyed some Root Beer on tap! ***slurrrrrp****
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PS… like my new shirt ^^? I got it that week at the outlets with my mom. I thought it screamed New England.

We picked the caprese salad for our appetizer and it was delicious. I could have had this as my entree and gone home happy. 
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But alas, there were two more entrees to enjoy too! First up was a Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese. Does not require further explanation!
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And Irving ordered the burger with steak fries.
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And just when I thought I was stuffed to the gills…. they came out with a slice of Oreo Pie! The inside was cookies and cream ice cream! What are they trying to kill me, here in Providence? Holy man, this was awesome.
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We barely made it out of there alive! And when we got outside, we learned that the temperature had not dropped. It was still pushing 90 degrees at 9 o’clock at night! What the what?

We met up with our friends back at the hotel and caught up for a while. It was so nice to see them. I really miss my old high school group. It’s hard living so far away, but we had a blast.

The bridal party had an early morning wake-up call and we were exhausted too, so we said goodbye and hit the sack.

We knew the next day was going to be just as hot, so we sprung out of bed early to get a nice walk in before the sun came out. There was so much to look at! Providence reminds me of Boston so much. Those old brick buildings and the style of architecture are just so cute.
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We saw the fire cauldrons for the “Water Fire” displays they do throughout the summer. They put wood buring fires in those wire holders at night and it lights up the river! Sadly, we weren’t there on a night when they were lit, but I bet it looks awesome!
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I love college towns and was excited to find out how close we were to Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University!! Plus we got a nice hill workout in there too. Wowzers!
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I love college campuses! I wish I could go back to school and be a student all over again.
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We made it back to the hotel just in time to avoid a sudden downpour!!! I forget how the weather changes on a dime here! But they say rain is good luck on a wedding day! Though I’m sure that stressed the bride out a bit!
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But the rain didn’t last long. It cleared up soon after and led the way for an absolutely perfect afternoon. We had to check out of our hotel, so we opted to enjoy a looooong lunch together at McCormick & Schmicks. IMG_6519

 

We weren’t really that hungry, but we had time to kill.
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And soon I was able to sneak a glimpse at the bride and her dad heading out to the wedding!!!! She was glowing, such a beautiful bride. She just looked stunning. =)
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And my friends in the wedding party looked amazing too!! Weddings are the perfect reason to get old friends together again! I miss it!
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And then we headed over to the wedding ourselves. They had an incredible venue. It was in the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI. It was located on a 75 acre estate right on the water (across from Newport). It was built by Senator Aldrich, a prominent banker and investor, in the late 1800s. Soon after, his daughter, Abby, married John D. Rockefeller here! (See! Again withAmerica’s elite! I love the history!) And then later Abby’s daughter became Vice President of the United States under Gerald Ford!
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And as if that’s not impressive enough… they also shot the movie Meet Joe Black here!!! Now I have to watch the film again to see all the cool rooms in it!
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Adjacent to the mansion is a church that used to be a seminary. Instead of the pews facing the alter, they faced each other! The idea being that if the priests in training couldn’t see God in each other, then they had no business being there. Kind of cool! The Priest that married Katie and Mark was really funny. He kept it really light (there was no AC in the church!) I enjoyed hearing him speak.
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And the ceremony was beautiful. These two are so in love. They’ve been together for almost a decade and I felt so lucky to witness their exchanging of vows.
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Then it was time to celebrate!! I couldn’t wait to see inside the mansion! (And PS, look at the clouds! You’d never guess it had rained just hours earlier! They had a perfect day!)
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The back of the mansion leads down a great staircase to the open sea. Across the harbor was Newport!
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The cocktail hour was so fun because we got to explore a bit, catch up with friends and enjoy the venue.
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Inside, the mansion was just as wonderful as you’d expect. The ceilings were sparking in gilded gold, and the paintings really brought you back in time. I loved how the lights made a nice mix between chic and modern with the historical and classy.
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I hope Katie felt like a princess on her wedding day because she certainly looked like one. =)
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We had fun reminiscing about our own wedding day too. It’s crazy how fast it all goes by.
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I loved her flowers! Gorgeous.
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Gilded gold mirrors and a marble fireplace! How cool!
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Each of the tables was a place they had both traveled to! We were psyched that we were at the “Hollywood Table”! I think Irving might have even taken the picture they had displayed!
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Yum. Dinner was fun! Chicken in a Riesling Cream sauce!!
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And cake!!!
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Friends!!
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The dance floor was packed all night long. The DJ was phenomenal. Probably the best I’ve ever seen at a wedding. It felt like we were inside a night club. It was a blast!
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Dancing in “The Great Hall” sounds so cool, doesn’t it?
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We had a wonderful time. Congratulations, Katie and Mark!!

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Here’s how the rest of the night went down….
11p Wedding Ended
11:15p Pull over on the side of the road and change out of your wedding clothes in our rental car
11:30p Drive back to Providence
12a Meet up with Bride & Groom in a bar for an after party
1a – Say goodbye and start the Drive back up to Boston.
2a – Return Rental Car to Airport and take Shuttle to the Terminal.
2:30a – Realize that the airport is closed and you have to sit in the waiting area for two more hours.
3:30a – Start blogging about the trip so as not to fall asleep
5:30  – Board flight back to Los Angeles and promptly fall asleep!

 

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What a whirlwind of a trip. It’s hard to believe that was all just 9 days! Whew!

 

 

 

 

 
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