Monday, September 10, 2007

Home from California

We left for California the Friday before Labor Day and returned 10 days later on the red-eye flight from L.A.. Needless to say, it's been an adjustment back at home with the time change difference. (We couldn't go to sleep on Sunday night and ended up cooking up a midnight snack of cheese quesadillas!) It was an absolutely fantastic of seeing friends and family and celebrating the joyous occasion of Brandon and Melissa getting married! On our first day in L.A., we had two celebrity sightings. The first was Kristin Davis (a.k.a. Charlotte York from Sex in the City) who kindly asked us which table we were waiting for at this cute breakfast place. The second was Alec Baldwin at an Italtian restaurant in Malibu.

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 pare
nts 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

The Best Man and the Violinist at the Wedding

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.


Steve, Tracy & Wesley said...

Wow! Sounds like you guys had an amazing time in L.A. Great pictures too. Hope you've recovered from jet-lag.

Jeff and Sarah Bianchi said...

Hey Steph and Adam!
SO good to know how you guys are doing! Love to you.
Sarah and Jeff

Tisha said...

Good words.