We headed from the L.A. area to Dana Point where we met Sara and Sully (Sara went to grad school with Steph) for dinner. We also got to spend time with Adam's aunt and parents in Orange County doing some shopping and trying to stay cool from the scorching sun. (Seriously, it was over 100 degrees the first few days in Cali.)
After getting back to the L.A. area, we got the grand tour of the Art Institute of California's Culinary school thanks to Steph's brother, Josh. We enjoyed fine dining at the Culinary school's restaurant and even got to taste some delicious food from students once their class was ending.
In our last part of the trip, we stayed in the Westwood Village area which had plenty of shops and restaurants in walking distance. During that time we got to see one of Adam's former co-workers, Rachel, and her adorable daughter Riley. A college friend of Steph's, Shannon, came for a visit as we got to eat homemade ice cream sandwhiches for $1.25!
The Rehearsal Dinner was at the Napa Valley Grille in the Westwood Village area and the Wedding on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. It was all followed by a fantastic reception at the Ebell Theatre where we all enjoyed celebrating together. The trip sadly ended on Saturday evening when we had to fly back to North Carolina. Fortunately, we were in First Class (Steph's first time and boy, did she love it) and had plenty of room to stretch out and be comfy. Delta messed up on our tickets awhile back, so we got First Class seats as compensation....not too bad of a deal if you ask me. We had some amazing food while in California including: Pinkberry frozen yogurt and Sakura for GREAT sushi. Anyhow, here are some pictures from the trip:
Riley and Rachel
Shannon and Steph
The Bride and Groom at the Rehearsal Dinner
Adam's parents and us at the Rehearsal Dinner
Melissa and Brandon
At the reception with Hosea and April
And.....the Random Fact from Adam: "Newborn giraffe calves fall 6 feet to the ground." Bonus points for the best umbilical cord joke.