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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Wedding by the Bay on 6.7.8

I've waited for this moment, when an old college friend of mine is finally getting married. I've known her ever since our program at SF State and I've seen her past relationships. Her hubby-to-be is truly something, approved on my book, and a good man for Liz. So when they got engaged, I was elated.

They sent me the best wedding invitation I have ever seen in my life. It's not the typical card type invite, but more of a box set of little cards and a booklet. Amazing. The day started with a scenic drive to Half Moon Bay. The venue had the most magnificent view of the bay, with the outdoor ceremony at Half Moon Bay Golf Links. It was a bit windy and chilly since it's by the water, and I had forgotten to bring my shawl or coat. Yikes! but the amazing view compensated for the cold, and Al lent me his coat. Such a gentleman, hehe. The background music was from two musicians playing the violin. Beautiful.

We took a few pics, and saw another college buddy and her hubby walking towards the ceremony, but a little late. I was just glad she was there! Another surprise was seeing Al's cousin setting up the PA system at the ceremony. I guess they hired Al's cousins to DJ and host their wedding. After the wedding, we all hung out at the lounge/bar area of Mullins Bar and Grill right next to the golf course. U chatted with Sandra, my old buddy, to catch up with our lives, and also to take advantage of their open bar! Yes, it was open bar, and I got a diet coke! Haha, such a dork! Anyhoo, there were good hors d'ovres such as crab rolls, chicken rolls, bbq ribs, fried wontons, fish tartar, etc. We signed a card with their engagement photos, dropped out little token to them in their cute money box, and proceeded in the reception area as soon as they were ready.

The set up was beautiful, with tall vase centerpieces of hot pink flowers inside water and a lit floating candle. Some jazz standards were played, along with some popular ballads. The entourage made their entrance, and then followed by the beautiful bride and groom. The best man and maid of honor made their toast and speeches, and Gared's dad made a heart-warming speech as well which almost made me teary-eyed (must be the champagne, hehe). The waiting staff served us salad, some sorbet I think, salmon and beef with mashed potatoes and asparagus on the side. The best part of the reception was witnessing the sunset by the window.

Of course, the couple cut the beautiful cake with hot pink flowers around it. It was a white square-shaped layered lake with nice designs. They did their first dance, dances with parents, bouquet toss, garter toss, and finally the dancing! We didn't get to dance coz my feet were killing me, but I can tell everyone had fun!


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