Tuesday, September 15, 2009

California: The Wedding

Seems logical to start with the entire reason for the trip.

It was a small wedding with about 65 guests held at Hans Fahden Vineyards in Napa Valley. When we arrived we walked a beautiful path to the "tea room" which was in essence a good sized covered portico half way up a hill. Iced tea and lemonade was served while we visited with other guests prior to the wedding.

The tea room.

When it came time for the ceremony, we walked down another path to the garden area where we were seated. It was a sweet, sincere and short ceremony - thankfully due to it being 4:00ish and the sun was bright and warm.

This was the view behind the bride and groom during the ceremony.

Afterwards we gathered again in the "tea room" where this time in addition to the tea and lemonade, wine and beer were available. Waiters came around with gorgeous hors d'oeuvres and we visited while the wedding party were having pictures taken.

Then we proceeded up the winery (one flight of stairs) to a gorgeous room with a set of huge wooden arched double doors. Larissa and Luke thanked everyone for coming and making this day her dream.

Then her best friend and man of honor, Nick, proceeded to sing three of her favorite tunes. What a performance! Nick is a Julliard graduate and currently sings on Broadway and abroad. What a treat that was.

Then Larissa and Luke pulled open the door and invited everyone to their tables for dinner in the wine cave. It was decorated with vines and candles and was absolutely gorgeous.

The bride and groom.

Larissa's mother, Donna and Luke's uncle.

My mother-in-law, Carol and Larissa's mother, Donna.

After a wonderful meal, funny and sentimental toasts were given, and much drinking - we moved back out to the main room where Larissa and Luke had their first dance, wedding party, etc. We danced a little and David's mom was having a ball dancing.

Then they cut the cake, tossed the bouquet/garter, and danced some more.

It was beautiful and Larissa was gorgeous.

Unfortunately, by this time I was in much pain not realizing it would get even worse and was more than simple back pain as I thought at the time.

Next: The best food I've ever eaten.

1 comment:

La Vita e BELLA - Life is Beautiful said...

Looked like a real nice wedding.