Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Katie and Kevin: Wedding

Katie and Kevin's wedding was held in the beautiful Temescal Gateway Park. While I used to pass the park on a regular basis (i'd park on Temescal canyon Rd and run from there to the Santa Monica Pier... almost makes me miss LA!), I never realized what a hidden gem it is for a wedding. Katie and Kevin were married beneath a massive tree (I think a Sycamore or an Oak, but tree identification is not my specialty) in a gorgeous ceremony site overlooking the Santa Monica mountains. After the ceremony, these two were troopers, hiking through paths and even climbing on a fallen tree to cross a mini-canyon, complete with a trickling stream running along the bottom.

The reception was held in a large meadow just a couple hundred yards away from the ceremony site, with a large hall nearby for dancing. Although the wedding was during the scortching heat wave, the cool ocean breeze trickled through the trees and kept everything bearable. Katie and Kevin had an awesome theme, featuring foods from the locations where they would be honeymooning (France, Spain and Morocco - for three weeks!) and specialty drinks from the same locales. These special touches, along with the dessert bar (yum!), the personalized song during the ceremony, the gentle roasting during the speeches, the live band in the reception hall at the park, and (best of all), the wedding pinata made for a unique and memorable event.

While you are most certainly back by now, Katie and Kevin, I wish you a lifetime of happiness and hope that you had a wonderful honeymoon (and that no one was injured running with the bulls in Pampalona)! Special thanks to Emily for bringing me along for yet another wedding!

The shoes and flowers:

The adorable flowergirl:

Kevin kept tearing up during the ceremony... so sweet!

The ringbearer was awesome... after refusing to go down the aisle, he decided to play in the dirt during the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony - after he sat down and threw dirt all over himself - his mom just scooped him up and said 'I was only trying to make it to the ceremony.' I hope I can be that lighthearted about my future children playing in the dirt!

See... serious trooper on the tree!
Some details!
Doesn't looking at this make you hungry? (I just had to go get a cookie)

Everyone needs an aging rocker for their first dance!

And... wait for it... the wedding pinata!

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