Wedding

A heat wave and a wedding

My cousin, Daniel, got married to his sweetheart, Amanda, on October 9 – which happened to coincide perfectly with my spontaneous trip home. I have a BIG family. My mom has 5 siblings, which means a whole lotta cousins. And Daniel is the first of us to get married!

The venue was in Oak Glen, a hilly area in San Bernardino county, about a 3 hour drive from home. Here’s the part that sucked: the wedding date also coincided with one of the worst heatwaves everrrr.

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Spot my cute parents!

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From L -> R: the sis, Nikki, Kylie, and mwah

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Me + the man

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It was in the mid 90s (that’s about 35 Celsius for my European friends) and the ceremony area had NO shade. They gave us these Mary Poppins-esque parasols to hold while we were waiting, but they had to come down once the ceremony started. People were mega hot and cranky.

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Big brother, Wayde, and Grandma Gisi. (AKA, in which I can’t whip my phone out in time to get an actually decent shot. #wah)

*Edit to add this awesome pic my mom just sent me —

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Proud mama and papa of the groom.

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Little sis, Catherine, as a lovely bridesmaid.

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Other than the scorching temps, the ceremony was really lovely.

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My parents and their honorary children.

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Mark and my parents’ actual children.

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We popped open some bubbly while we waited for people to find their seats.

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There were a few issues with people not having the right name tags at their tables and what not, so the reception didn’t get rolling for a while.

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(These are the happy faces of hunger and heat stroke.)

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Don’t tell, but we ended up raiding the candy bar out of desperation.

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So many goodies!

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Eventually food came…

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Wine was had…

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And silly dancing ensued.

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Then, this sunset happened. Ooh la la.

Big congrats to Daniel and Amanda. Wishing you the happiest future together.

xo

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