FrawleyFest and my US Adventure: Part III LA weddi
Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
53Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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Tuesday was a far more chilled affair; with different people heading off in different directions to either take in Disneyland, Palm Springs or other such attractions. I did some grocery shopping, normal food like cereal and fruits and of course a sneaky doughnut, US size. The shop was located right near the Tattoo shop and art store belonging to Kat Von D of the Miami/LA Ink series fame
The rest of the week consisted of a mish-mash of loads more brunches and dinners and greeting more faces and names to those who can come from within the US and farther afield. On the Wednesday, I think, a few of us headed for some sneaky beers back at 504 bar, with the happy hour specials getting the better of a few people before a mass group-scheduled meeting at a English pub themed place. We had a drink or two and then made our way back to the 504 bar with more cheap drinks, funny photos and the following morning, sore heads. Thursday or Friday was spent on Santa Monica pier and the main walk to Venice Beach. It also saw the arrival of Tamara from Australia (another housemate) and the wedding group running through their rehearsals. We all met up for a couple drinks and headed back to LA, enjoyed some infamous LA traffic and in the evening a small group of us headed to a gig about 30 minutes away to see The Flatliners play in an all ages, non-alcohol show. Odd to say the least but fun, especially when the one moron trying to purposefully hurt people in the circle pit get told off by a Mohican wearing punk femme fatale and obeying.
I can’t remember on which day we did which, but we had brunches at an awesome café with the world’s most amazing looking cakes, some of which we were treated to for free, with Julie the guest of honour (I think this was pre Santa Monica on the Thursday). Another late morning/early afternoon (I think on Friday) was spent at Saddle Ranch, a bar featuring a proper mechanical bull, which some of us attempted to ride on and failed on, me included. The brunch also featured endless mimosas and Bloody Marys, for the cheap price of $10
Saturday didn’t exactly ease up, most of us doing any last minute wedding shopping and preparedness with the sunny weather coming to the party too after a few cloudy and cooler days. Did I mention that the 504 bar I so much love had a deal in which any day that it rains, they have happy hour prices all day- amazing!? In the later afternoon and through the evening, family of Julie’s had invited everyone around for a BBQ of epic proportions. So much food, seriously, we ended up taking enough food and deserts home to feed a small town afterwards! The house they were renting was really nice and with a great deck and Jacuzzi (which sadly we didn’t use on this occasion). As the night progressed and we all became steadily stuffed with food and beer from the keg which had been organised, peer pressure and American drinking games came to the fore, with battles of flip cup and eventually keg-stands all around to loud chants from the rest of us (even the (re-)bride to be, Julie, bravely participated despite the dangers of potentially being dropped which would have resulted in black eyes ruining her wedding day
Sunday morning was a household of relative calm as everyone glammed up and made themselves presentable for the wedding. We were being picked up in the early afternoon by a shuttle which already had a few guests on board and made a couple more stops along the way. The roadies (beers for the road) were quickly finished and after some slight stress and confusion at the risk of running late for the beach wedding, we made it just in time to take our seats or standing positions as other beach-goers watched in anticipation. As a dashing Mick and his well-suited dapper groomsman stood waiting, the bridal party’s arrival was announced with the flower bearing children coming down towards the aisle and ceremoniously dumping the whole supply of flowers in one spot on the sand; got to love those kids. The bridesmaids followed, all looking beautiful of course and then Julie accompanied by her dad made her entrance, looking stunning, excited and possibly relieved that all the hard work had come together. The ceremony, with the couple’s individual vows read aloud, was succinct and promptly celebrated with the union and kiss and applause from the crowd. As the wedding party took photos on the beach the rest of guests were transferred through the hills of Malibu to the reception area which looked truly magical.
I was fortunate to be seated right at the front with a table of friends, near the bride and groom and their respective bridesmaids and groomsmen, and we had a ball
The drive back to LA, pretty much signalled the end of a great week and as people turned to slumber, we bid goodbyes to each other and I prepared myself for my flight to San Francisco the following morning. Thanks Julie and Mick and sadly a realisation this is probably the last time this entire group of people would be together under one roof to party.
Next stop San Francisco.