Mostly, we were there to help with the wedding, but we were able to spend a bit of time with my brother and his family. Here's Colette and my adorable niece doing California right...poolside.
We enjoyed REAL Mexican food (a bit scarce in New Hampshire) at the little Mexican place I've been frequenting since high school. Yum!
Then it was up to the hills to stay with our friends and a whirlwind of days getting ready for the wedding...flower arranging, mentor day, rehearsal, table decorations, and more. And just like magic (also known as hard work!), everything came together at the last minute for a joyfully memorable day!
Colette was beyond thrilled to be a bridesmaid!
The bride, her friend since childhood, arrived by horsedrawn carriage. A true fairy tale entrance! (For details about wedding site and wedding coordinator, see bottom of posting.) "Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future." - Proverbs 31:25.
Her uncle piped her down the aisle.
Man and wife! Goodness, I love this couple!
We were so blessed to be able to be there to witness their vows and share their joy!
On to the reception at the bride's parents' home. Tapas bar dinner and berry cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert. Delicious! And there was dancing!
Two days later, we were back in New England. Happy to be home. Catching up on sleep and laundry.
If you live in, or are getting married in southern California, the details to create such a beautiful and memorable wedding are as follows:
Wedding Site: Rileys at Los Rios Rancho, Oak Glen, CA.
Wedding Coordinator: Cherie Riley Weddings