Wedding Trip Haze
My nephew's wedding is over. The couple made their getaway, and we made ours the next morning. We arrived safely home Sunday night after four days away. I now have over 400 photos and four videos to edit and digest. The whole trip is like a haze in my memory. Good thing I have the photos. I will go into detail later, but here is the trip in a nutshell.
We made fairly good time on Thursday through San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. In Agoura Hills, traffic began to pick up. By the time we got to the exit for Calabasas Parkway, this is how it looked.
We discovered the diamond lane before we got to the San Diego Freeway. We made the decision to take the 405 since it was pretty evident 101 would be jammed. By the time we got close to the airport in Los Angeles, the diamond lane wasn't making much difference. Everything was glued. Do you see the plane to the left of the photo? The traffic continued to be this bad through the rest of Los Angeles County and through Orange County until we got to our motel in Santa Ana.
We got to our motel in Orange County at about 7 PM. We had left Paso Robles at 10:30 AM, but we had to stop at home because Hubby had forgotten something. Then we had to stop again at the bank in Atascadero, so we didn't really get on the road until 11:15. We had stopped in Ventura for lunch, and left there about 3:30.
I hardly slept at all Thursday night. After breakfast, Hubby watched TV and I headed down to the business center to print out directions to my brother's house. I also did a bit of catching up on my Persona Paper posts at that time. Then we had a snack, dressed up a bit, and went to my brother's house. He was going take us to the rehearsal and dinner at the bride's parents' home.
We'll talk about this in more detail later, but here is the setting of the rehearsal dinner on the patio. There were more tables on the lawn. The bride's family is much larger than the groom's. My brother has pretty well ignored his cousins since our parents died, so I don't think they even knew my nephews, or may have met them once when Mom died at the funeral. There were only six of us, including the groom, there from our family. That's all that's left. I shed a few tears watching the rehearsal and the wedding, knowing how much my parents would like to have seen it. We watched the rehearsal, ate the dinner, and then left for my brother's and then on to the motel.
On Saturday morning after breakfast, my husband swam for a bit while I got in a bit of computer time, but not enough. We had a snack, got dressed, and headed back to my brother's where we hitched a ride again to the wedding at Crystal Cove State Beach. They have an event center, and that's where they had both the wedding and reception, looking over the ocean. Here are the bride and groom about to have their dinner at the head table.
After dinner there was dancing and very loud music. By the time the young people hit the dance floor, the music was deafening to us older ones. One little girl was the life of the dance floor and I hope to show you her later on.
They finally cut the cake about eight and our chariot left before we could get a slice or see anything else. I have no idea if the bride threw her bouquet or if anyone caught it. But my men wanted to get to bed early, so we had to leave. I think my sister-in-law stayed until the end. When we got back to my brother's we went back to our temporary motel home and after a few minutes on the computer I was ready to call it a night. I was pretty tired.
Sunday we packed up right after breakfast and left about 11:30 for home. The traffic was much lighter and we made it home by 6:30. It only took that long because we had to stop at our Ventura building. While Hubby talked to tenants and tried to solve problems, I took a short walk to identify a tree I'd seen on the way to the building that was a few blocks away. We also stopped in Buellton to get gas and a snack.
I took the intro photo as the sun was setting during the reception at Crystal Cove. Remember you can enlarge it by opening it in a new tab.
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