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The day we have been looking forward to has come! My beautiful dear heart friend, Misty, is married!!
Dress: Express, Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Bracelet: Stella & Dot
Bridesmaid Wine Glass from Misty
Bridesmaids were expected to arrive photo ready by 2:45 at Wayfayers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. On Sunday afternoons in LA you never know what kind of traffic you’ll experience so I left photo ready at 12:45 with time to spare and thankfully (praise God!) there was little traffic and I arrived by 2:15 with time to admire the view.
The glorious view from the Wayfayers Chapel parking lot.
Misty, our beautiful girlfriend, had her hair and makeup done that morning and met us all at the Chapel looking quite adorable and perfect with her hair wrap. (How many people do you know can pull of that adorable look?)

After scarfing down a grilled cheese, Misty grabbed her gown and we followed her into the bride’s room where I was honored to share a small and intimate moment with Misty helping her into her dress. When you see the professional photos you will have to agree with me that the dress appeared made for her. A-mazing!

The ceremony went off perfectly. Jared’s face flooded with such a huge and happy smile when he saw Misty walk down the aisle and trust me those happy tears I promised in my last post started! Rev. Keenan Barber (from Bel Air Presbyterian) officiated with Rev. Dr. Donald J. Barnes (from Wayfayers Chapel) and Ryan Sterling, friend of the couple, read from 1 Corinthians 13. Seeing the happiness and true love Misty and Jared shared during their vows made it one of the most perfect wedding ceremonies ever.
Groomsman Franco drives the couple to the reception.
After photos, everyone headed 5 minutes down Palos Verdes Drive to Point Vicente Interpretive Center where the reception was held.  Immediately we bridesmaids and Sharon (Jared’s mum) got to work setting the tables. Our bridesmaid bouquets doubled as center pieces and all bridesmaids brought our wine glass gifts (from Misty) which added a special touch to our table (#10).
The four “lavender/purple” bridesmaids: Rosie, Cari, Shannon & Sonya
Yours truly with Cari, a hospitable/gracious/warm friend from Misty’s college days
Yours truly with Shannon, a lovely/gregarious friend from Misty’s Bible study (former housemates)
Yours truly with Rosie, Misty’s beautiful/funny/kind younger sister/matron-of-honor
After Misty and Jared were finished with photos, we the bridal party made our entrance. You’ll be amused, dear readers, that I, the shortest of bridesmaids at 5’1″, was paired with arguable the tallest of groomsmen and Shannon, second shortest of the bridesmaids, was paired with the second tallest of groomsmen. We had a good laugh about it. Next came those precious dances we all enjoy watching, perhaps with a tear or two.
Misty & Jared’s first dance.
Mother and Son Dance: Sharon & Jared.
In foreground: Misty’s mum and brother.
Father and Daughter Dance: Misty and Proud Papa Bill.
Father and Daughter Dance: Bill, Misty & Rosie share a dance.
In foreground: Jared’s dad and sister.
Check out this gorgeous sunset!
Misty shares a special moment with her dad and husband.
After the opening dances, dinner was served. Misty and Jared had dinner catered by Stonefire Grill (one of my favorite places to get try-tip and breadsticks) and most of us bridesmaids were starving so we couldn’t have been happier to see those trays of food when we queued up for food. A friend of the couple, Krystin Walker, served delicious petit desserts while there was a small white cake for Jared and Misty to use for the cake cutting — great idea!
The head table.
Our delicious dinner (Stonefire Grill).
Some of the delicious petite dessert options. The fruit tart was my favorite.
As it was getting dark, and I had only brought my pocket-sized Canon Powershot, I powered down and joined the dancing.  Still, the groomsmen started taking selflies with their iPhones and we bridesmaids joined in the fun.
Again it was a great and amazing wedding. I am so happy for my dear heart friend, Misty, and her now husband, Jared. As we exchanged our “see you laters” (because I won’t accept “goodbye”, lol) the tears came and continued for the first part of my drive home. Misty has been someone very special in my life these last 5 years and knowing our lives will be going in different directions for a while (at least) gets me choked up but I am so thankful for modern technology.
They fly to St. Croix tonight so please keep them in your prayers as they start this amazing new adventure!!
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