Sunday, August 31, 2014

RJ & Sarah's Wedding

Yesterday we were lucky to be invited to our good friends wedding at Cal Tech in Pasadena. 

The weather was hot but luckily we found a shady spot. 

They were also serving delish flavored water. Andrew went with classic lemon and I went with cucumber. It always reminds me of a spa when I drink cucumber water and so it put me in a relaxed mood! 

Here was the entrance to the Atheneum and where dinner took place. 

Donna and Jerry were a handsome couple and definitely brought some dapper-ness along with them!

Andrew was handsome as well and very excited to be wearing his pocket watch (you can catch a glimmer of his gold chain). 

Since we had to sit outside in the heat for a bit (the bride and groom were fashionably late, as they should be) they arranged for the guests to have these beautiful sandalwood fans. And they smelled as beautiful as they looked. 

After the ceremony we took a group shot of everyone at the wedding and were ushered inside for cocktail hour. There we were met with this nice blackboard.  

We grabbed a couple cocktails and headed outside (in the shade) for a table. 

This is the first time the whole clan was together since the wedding, so we had to take a few family shots. 

And another angle so you can see the beautiful pillars at Cal Tech (hint: the entire campus is absolutely gorgeous). 

And now that Donna and I are all dressed up we had to get a couple photos of the two girls! 

And the necessary close up! 

Luckily we were able to sneak a chat in with the mother of the groom and we convinced her to take a picture with us! 

After we downed our cocktails we were given the dinner chime that told us to make our way to our tables. 

Nearly as soon as we sat down the bride and groom had their first dance.

Midway through the first dance the bride and groom invited everyone to join them on the dance floor. 

After the first dance we witnessed a cool Polish wedding tradition. The Grooms parents invite the bride and groom to take some bread and dip in salt. This is to symbolize the ability to get through hard times. The whole process is followed by a shot of vodka and water. The idea is that the head of the house is the one who drinks the vodka. The bride of course was the one who got the shot of vodka. 

It was nice to enjoy a wedding that's not your own. Andrew and I were able to relax with a couple drinks and hang out (which was not the case at our own wedding)! I highly recommend  crashing others' weddings because sometimes your treated to fun details like these place cards...

Or this cute thank you note from the bride and groom. 

Really the whole night was just a wonderful experience and we were thrilled to celebrate in our friends big day. 

One down, one more to go! 

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