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Wedding Trip Haze

My nephew's 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 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, began to pick up. By the time we got to the exit for Calabasas Parkway, this is how it looked.

I took the photo.

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.

I took the photo.

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.

I took the photo.

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.

I took the photo.

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.

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

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bestwriter wrote on October 20, 2014, 4:22 AM

That was a pretty good acount of your experiencde. Nice looking coupole.

I go with you about the deafening music. I still do not understand what one gets from ruining one's ear drums. I too have been young once but never enjoyed the cacophony. I had that experience when I was in the Metro visiting friends and family and then there was a movie to watch in one of the multiplexes. My heart was thumping and I wanted to leave but the little one who was with us said I could not do it and why did I come in the first place. (lol)

Feisty56 wrote on October 20, 2014, 7:47 AM

Quite an eventful four days -- I'm guessing it felt good to sleep in your own bed again. Such a beautiful setting for a wedding! Your nephew and his bride make a smart-looking couple. I wish them every happiness.

AngelSharum wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:06 PM

It looks like a lovely wedding. The reception set up was very nice! Hope you rest up now that you are home.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:32 PM

I'm glad you had a good time despite the traffic. From what you've shown so far, it looks like it was a very beautiful wedding. Wishing the bride and groom all the best!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:33 PM

That's one of the many reasons I stay outside I-285 if humanly possible!

BarbRad wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:51 PM

i have heard a theory that young people today have so little hope they just want to let the music bombard their senses so they don't have to think about anything.

BarbRad wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:53 PM

It felt good, but I had indigestion from the strange eating that's different from my usual diet not eaten on my regular schedule. It was hard to sleep because of that.

somedsatisfied wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:53 PM

Congratulations to the beautiful couple. You were in the area where my husband was born and raised. We then lived in San Diego with our own kids until a few years ago.

BarbRad wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:54 PM

The traffic is one reason we don't see much of our family there. It's a six-hour-trip not counting stopping to eat along the way, and that's one way.

BarbRad wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:55 PM

Don't I wish. I have to go to the other house to process a large order and someone is pressuring me to attend a meeting I don't want to attend that will shorten my work day.

BarbRad wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:56 PM

It was a lovely event except for that loud music.

BarbRad wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:57 PM

The couple was going to leave for San Diego to spend a couple of nights after the reception.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:22 PM

They sure are beautiful surroundings for a wedding! Thanks for the tip on opening the photo in a new tab :)

cruisincrazy wrote on October 20, 2014, 7:03 PM

Wow. Look at all that traffic you had to endure. The place you stayed at is absolutely beautiful.

AliCanary wrote on October 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

Ah, the joys of freeway travel in Cali. Love the last picture of the happy couple. Beautiful!

BNelson wrote on October 20, 2014, 9:59 PM

Oh boy that sounds like a heck of a time.

paigea wrote on October 20, 2014, 10:56 PM

What lovely settings for the rehearsal dinner and what a beautiful setting for the wedding.

BarbRad wrote on October 21, 2014, 3:49 AM

WE are so glad we moved away from it.

BarbRad wrote on October 21, 2014, 3:51 AM

The only thing wrong with the setting scenery-wise is that it has the blessings of electricity evident and in your face whenever a photographer wants to take a picture. Even the wedding pro was having trouble.

BarbRad wrote on October 21, 2014, 3:52 AM

ACtually, you didn't see where we stayed. The photos are of where the wedding was held. We stayed in a motel on motel row.

BarbRad wrote on October 21, 2014, 3:54 AM

The bride has a very expressive face. I would like to do a piece on that, but don't know if I dare.

BarbRad wrote on October 21, 2014, 3:55 AM

At least the wedding was held at a relaxing place.

BarbRad wrote on October 21, 2014, 3:55 AM

I agree they couldn't have asked for nicer settings.