Last Saturday, January 5th, I had the privilege of attending my friends’ Blake and Heather’s wedding in Huntington Beach, California. It was a fabulous event and beyond blog-worthy!
Blake is one of my best friends from law school. Over the course of the last year, my “law school posse” has become really close. I was so excited when Blake proposed to Heather over a year ago, and it was so fun to hear about the wedding plans over the course of the year. Heather also goes to law school with us, and I’ve also become friends with her this semester, thanks in part due to our mutual…err…enjoyment of our Law of Sales class.
The law school posse and I headed down to Huntington Beach around noon, after various hair appointments were accomplished. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and the ceremony started around 3. The setting was gorgeous and I loved the flowers. After the ceremony, we all headed outside for a cocktail hour. It was fun catching up with a few of the other people I knew at the wedding!
Literally as this photo was taken, my right elbow knocked my phone and purse that I had rested on the ledge behind me into the plants below. Cool, Gillian. One drink in and you’re already a huge mess. Luckily, this gave Taylor an opportunity to do something manly, so he dug my phone out of the planter.
We chatted, took photos, took in the gorgeous views, and I posted on Instagram.
After a little while and a couple of drinks, we headed into the reception area. The center pieces were gorgeous. We chatted a little bit with the other Loyola kids at our table.
Before dinner, Heather and Blake surprised everyone by having the Trojan marching band perform! It was awesome and really amped everyone up. Even as a Cal Bear, I can say I really enjoyed this…but you won’t get a #FTFO meant non-ironically from me, ever. But I will say my parents’ dragging me to SC games when I was younger allowed me to be pretty familiar with all of the stuff they played. Well, except for the pop songs. I mastered those on my own.
Before dinner, we also all joined B + H on the dance floor for Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” During dinner, we also got to hear Heather’s Dad’s toast, which was incredibly funny. The Maid of Honor’s gave her toast, followed by Best Man, who is Blake’s brother, Ross, who also goes to school with us. It was the right combination of heartfelt and funny. Other traditional wedding festivities took place – first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dance, bouquet and garter tosses, etc.
We stole Blake for a little to take a photo with him. It was really so fun being a part of their wedding and celebrating their marriage!
The rest of the night included photos, chatting with a bunch of Blake’s friends from his fraternity, and general revelry. At one point, Armita and I had a 45 minute conversation with one of the bridesmaid’s dads about why his older daughters are having trouble finding husbands. We reassured them that it’s okay that he raised them to be “too independent.” I love weddings.
I refused to dance until I heard “my” sort of music. Give me a little bit of house and #gameover. At one point, when I heard Kanye and Jay-Z’s “Paris” I obviously ran to the dance floor. Some things never change.
The next morning, Armita and I got up earlllllly and grabbed breakfast at the little coffee shop/grocery store on site, the Surf City Grocers. The women working there were unbelievably friendly and upbeat – I’d go back just for their service!
We spent about 90 minutes walking around HB and soaking in the views, and of course, re-capping the night.
We headed back to LA around 9:30 and I spent the rest of the day getting ready to start my externship (more on that later).
Heather and Blake’s wedding was so much fun and I am so happy for them! This one will be hard to top 🙂