Saturday, August 25, 2012

destination wedding

We recently traveled to San Diego for a friend's wedding.  We were so happy to be a part of their special day and super excited to share it with a group of friends we had not seen in a while.

I guess you can call this a destination wedding, since the couple lives in Las Vegas. 

Although we were only in San Diego a short time, we were pleased to see our old "crew" and it was awesome to catch up on our new lives and adventures as parents.  We had so much to talk about! 

A few years ago, we too lived in Las Vegas.  We had a great life, great friends and a great house.  Even though Las Vegas is not (only) the party/gambling city people think it is (there are normal neighborhoods, with normal houses, playgrounds, schools, shopping, etc.) we wanted to be a little closer to our families in NY and start our own family, so we decided to "take a leap of faith" and move to Charlotte, NC.  We weren't the only ones to move from Las Vegas, so this trip contributed in reuniting a great group of friends!

The wedding was fabulous! The bride and groom were glowing.  You could see how happy they were to be taking the big step.  It was complete with their two dogs walking down the isle all dressed up!  Following the ceremony, the reception was a garden wedding which was tastefully decorated with bright flowers and hand held sun umbrellas. The hotel was beautiful and right on the beach.  They picked the perfect spot to have their outdoor reception which had amazing views perfect for photographs.

But don't think this was a one day affair, oh no.  The couple organized night after night events.  On Friday night we had cocktails and appetizers at one of the hotel's restaurants which over looked the ocean.  This was the first time we really got to relax and have conversations with everyone.  The wedding was Saturday afternoon.  The same evening, she arranged for babysitters and a party bus! Just like that, Sal and I were all dressed up and Sebastian and Natalia were in pjs.  They were so tired from all the events, they fell fast asleep and all the sitter needed to do was keep an eye on them while they slept.  Off we went for a night out in San Diego.  We went to another restaurant and had an awesome time chatting it up with friends.  Sunday was time to say "see you later" to all our friends, which we did during a big breakfast. 

After checking out from the hotel, we took a drive to downtown San Diego and met up with another friend who we had not seen in a few months.  Enjoyed some excellent pizza and let the kids run around outside while chatting it up and starring at the ocean.

It was a great weekend and we are now planning our next group vacation!

Off to LA for a week!

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