Thursday, September 18, 2014



Calabasas, Will Rodger's State Park, I-5, and Berkeley

Ready for more vacation photos? Of course you are.

The wedding took place on Aug 31 at The Ahmanson Ranch House in the Santa  Monica mountains. Calabasas is about 10 minutes away.

 Here's a close up of the beautiful fountain. Nobody in the wedding party lives here, it was the closest hotel.

Can you see the house?

 It wouldn't be a So Cal wedding without a beach trip!

 The Doctor with way too much sunscreen on his face

 The Bride (Lina) and Groom (Joe). They were joking about the wedding being at the beach, ala Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee.

Saturday night was event #2. a meet and greet for all the quests. Some of us came a long way: New York, Florida and Brazil

 My friend's daughter, Rachel.

 Me and The Doc. All that sunscreen worked.

Some of our side of the guests: The Doc's sister (Karen), AKA Mother of the Groom, Sister-in-law (Misty)and The Doc's little Bro (Gary)

 The Bride and her collage girlfriends. She's wearing the dress Mother of the Groom wore at her wedding. It's vintage Gunny Sack.

 The Groom and his childhood friends (Yanni and Justin). The Groom learned a new word: bespoke. He's wearing a custom made wedding suit. He and I have a joke: when he was going to his medical school interviews, he asked me to come with him to pick out a suit. He said "The only suit I'll ever wear".

 Sunday was the big day. Here's one of the views from the site. It really needs to rain in California.

 The wedding photos were taken by some of the other guests.

Here comes the groom! With his Mom and Dad. (Karen and Mike)

 Getting hitched under an old olive tree.

Almost kissing the Bride!

Hang on! Neither of them fell off the folding chairs.

Karen holding are great niece, Annadelle. She's nine months old.

 Sister of the Groom, old family friend and the Groom.

 My niece and her husband (Christie and Ray). Happy 2nd to you guys!

Mr. Cool

 Monday morning in the hotel lobby. Off on their min-moon. The real honeymoon is next summer after the Groom finishes he's residence. They plan on a 2-3 month European trip, them there's an emergency room spot for the Groom in New Zealand! Hmm, maybe a trip across water is in my future.  

Monday was spent driving up I-5 to Berkeley to spend the week at the Groom parents house.

We had to stop and have soup and take these silly photos.

The Doc all centered

Me, off centered

 Ran into these two, again. N and E, long time friends at Saul's. We had to get coffee afterwards and ran into the Queen!

 Window display at a jewelry store.

No trip is complete without hitting a few thrift stores. Or 5.

 Mother of the Groom and I love this place! Not a thrift store but a salvage yard. They have everything, including vintage clothes, books, the kitchen sink(or100's). Here's what I found:

 The cigar box, little plates and cloth dolls were from Urban Ore. The jewelery box and 4 weird dolls (you'll see them later) are from a small chazza. The, real, fox stole($2.99) and vintage gloves are from Savers and the Minnesota Buckskins jacket was $1 from Out of the Closet.

 How could I pass these up? I was on vacation after all.

 While the women folk were thrifting, the men folk went to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. A lot of battleships were built in Richmond during WWII.

They bought us presents! I got a tote bag, earrings and a Christmas ornament.

I seem to be having a problem with the last three photo. I'll save them for next time. Hope this isn't getting too boring.

Until next time


  1. Looks like a lovely wedding, relaxed and happy (as it should be!) and what a delightful couple! xxx

  2. What a beautiful wedding! I'm not bored at all, I love sharing your adventures and meeting your friends and family. xxxx

  3. How beautiful picture of fountain. I just loved the ideas of your wedding celebration and decoration of the site. Hey can you also suggest me some ideas of wedding reception venue decoration? I really want to know more about good ideas.