Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Road Trip #2 - 2012 - Day 10

Saturday, August 25 - Pioneertown, CA

Beginning odometer: 44,215

The family was up at 7:30 a.m. to go for breakfast, but I skipped the party and went treasure hunting at a local swap meet. I picked up some pieces of Hull's Autumn Leaf to re-sell, so I was quite happy.

I phoned The Sister from town to wish her happy birthday and picked up some donuts for The Husband's breakfast.

At 9:00 a.m., family and friends gathered to organize the wedding reception area for the evening's festivities. The bride's 2nd cousin (and good friend) works as an art director for television shows filmed in Los Angeles. She had a site plan for the area and put everyone to work.

Hanging lights:

Moving tables:

Cutting burlap and linen to use as table coverings:

At this point, we took a little break for a trip to town to stock up on bottled water, diet coke and tonic. We returned to the room and took a short nap, before showering and dressing for the wedding.

We returned for final prep work at reception site.

Napkins, silverware and flowers on the tables. Unfortunately, the flowers were a bit top heavy and there was a steady breeze, which kept knocking the jars over. We just poured the water out of the jars and laid them on the tables!

Pictures of the bride and groom were displayed:

The band set up:

Before we knew it, it was time to walk down the street to the small church for the wedding. The church was not air conditioned, nor did all the ceiling fans work, so we were thankful for the provided fans!

The ceremony was short and sweet and, yes, there were tears and laughter!

We hustled back to the reception area ahead of most of the guests.  We needed to direct folks on where to pick up their table assignment cards, which were vintage postcards.

Guests enjoying the cocktail hour:

The bride and groom arrive. Isn't she lovely? (He's handsome!)

The Bride and Groom with her parents, siblings and spouses.

Dinner was scrumptious and then we had CAKE!

Here's a close up of the detail on the cake. Isn't it pretty?

The Bride and Groom live in Los Angeles and many of their friends are professional muscians, just like the Groom. There was never a question of who was going to provide the music for the reception. Everyone provided music for the reception! I would imagine there were at least 30 people who participated in the evening's musical entertainment. So. Much. Fun!

The reception ended at 10:00 p.m. and as guests began to leave, family and friends scurried around to remove photos, flowers, table coverings, gifts, etc. from the reception area. It is always amazing how long it takes to decorate for a party and how quickly it all disappears when the party is over!

We retired to the desert side of the motel and enjoyed adult beverages with the family and re-lived the perfect day.

We were in bed by 12:30 p.m. and glad of it!

Ending odometer: 44,235
Miles driven: 20

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