Today I'm back to share more about my California vacation (part 1 here). This post is all about the wedding and wedding related events. It had been 2.5 years since I last saw Stephanie when I helped her moved from San Fran to LA to start her new life as a lawyer. Stephanie and I were roommates in Boston while she was in law school. I still haven't forgiven her for leaving me! :)
Would you believe that I had never met her (now) husband!? Pretty crazy huh!? Well when you live 3000 miles away I guess that is what happens (unfortunately). So not only did I got to her wedding but I FINALLY met Matt! And in case you are wondering I give my approval!
West 4th and Jane Santa Monica. It was an informal event to give everyone the chance to hang out before the big day.
Lynne, Brian and I actually met up w/ them early so that we could meet Matt and give Steph a special gift! ;)
St. Monica's also just so happens to be the same church where Tom Brady and Giselle got married! That is not why Steph picked this church. Ha!
This church is gorgeous! The priest who married them was wonderful. He did such a nice job personalizing their wedding and he was so welcoming to all of us knowing pretty much everyone was from out of town!
They kept things simple by having a small bridal party of just their siblings. I didn't get a picture of her sister's bridesmaid dress but it was so pretty!
The Victorian. This is such a lovely place to have a reception. Not on the ocean but so many other things that make it wonderful. We had the entire place to ourselves which is always so nice for a wedding. The cocktail hour was outside on the patio and the weather was so nice.
We moved inside for dinner and then upstairs for dancing (and there was a great porch w/ comfy chairs for relaxing). The whole place just had so much charm. I can totally understand why they chose it!
The wedding cake was actually a cupcake tower from Vanilla Bake Shop. There were several different flavors and since they were bite size you were allowed to eat
We shared some great laughs and had fun celebrating with Steph on her wedding day!
Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. The biggest surprise to all of us. . . polo! Did you know people in the US actually play polo in real life? I sure didn't. Then again I had never been to Pacific Palisades. It was fun watching it while we all hung out and talked about the wedding.
After the picnic I had some time to kill before my redeye flight so I extended my time hanging out w/ Steph which was great. I went back to her apartment in LA and we chatted and caught up some more.
It was a wondeful wedding and I loved seeing my good friend marry the man who makes her so happy. They've promised me a trip to Boston so I'm holding them to it. It will not be another 2.5 years w/o seeing each other!!