We had a wonderful turn of the year during a weekend away to celebrate the start of 2011 and the start of a sure to be wonderful marriage between our two friends M.C. and L.O. in Carmel, CA. The wedding was on 1.1.11 so we decided to head down early and splurge a bit on a 'cottage' with a fireplace at the Carmel River Inn for new years eve and the night of the wedding. We had such a glorious and quiet time arriving at the inn and walking into our lovely little abode. The cottage had a gas fireplace and to our surprise it also had a little private garden patio with a table and chairs. We ended up stepping out for a bite to eat for lunch, then returning and spending the entire afternoon reading outdoors on our patio. The bride and groom invited us out to dinner which we greatly enjoyed, but we split off from the group to escape back to our fireplace and a chilled bottle of sparkling wine to ring in the new year.
The next day was the wedding. Chris escaped early in the morning and took a stroll down to the ocean front and around Carmel while I slept in. He proceeded to rub it in for the rest of the day, and while I did regret not getting up to go with him, I did love the extra hour of sleep and ended up needing it for the day's requirements. We went off for a lovely big breakfast at the Black Bear Dinner and did a few errands for the bride and groom (flower delivery, place cards, etc). Then back to our cottage for relaxation and prep for the evening. We fielded a panicked phone call from the family of the bride about the zipper on her dress getting stuck (eek!) but luckily they got it fixed before the need for reinforcements (though I was ready to go buy needle and thread to sew her in)!
Chris and I enjoying the wedding dinner at Casanova's.
My place at the table with my stone filling up with well wishes and love for the couple.
The stones and shells were collected at the end of the evening and will be displayed by the couple at their home.
|Our view down the long table. It was a perfect evening.|