Thursday, February 5, 2015



……was the instruction from Lizzie Girl.  John-David, her awesome son was to be married to the lovely and multi-talented Joy last Friday evening at the Four Season’s in Westlake Village.  More on the dancing later…………

I met Miss Judith & Eileen…..where their Kitty Mamma Chee  was questioning me…..

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It appears I’m not the only one with an amazing view…..

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Off we went…….

I had a terrible time taking photos.  During the reception, which was outside, the light was too low and I didn’t want to use my flash…it’s sooooo annoying for others.

 Here’s Lizzie Girl, beautiful mother of the groom with Miss Judith and Eileen….

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Hmmmmm…..what did I miss?

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Always food….….

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These wonderful ahi-tuna amuse-bouche were a take off on the little cones that are presented at The French Laundry in Yountville. And no, I didn’t eat all of them!

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Surfer Dude Justin presided over the ceremonies.  Everyone is appalled that I call him ‘Surfer Dude’ as he is a full professor at Harvard and I am always corrected.  (But guys, he does love to surf!)

How precious to watch this beautiful couple take their vows…...

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These delightful party favors contained chocolate and our seating numbers….

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One of the beautiful tables….

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Here’s ours…..

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The following few photos for foodies only…..

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Are you waiting for dessert???

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I love this picture of Miss Judith….just wish it were sharper…..

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Here’s Cutie Eileen…...

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Of course Mr. & Mrs. Perry, the handsome couple, went around and greeted everyone including yours truly...

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Lizzie’s brother is seated to the left and Joy’s parents are next to Lizzie….

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O.K., so what about the dancing’ you ask.  Well, keep in mind that I had a class the next day so as much as I would have loved to I sat it out.  Eileen however is quite the Dancing Queen as is Lizzie! It was great fun to watch but I missed some good shots…….

This is what has to happen when you dance!!!

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Thank you dear Lizzie for including me in this memorable evening……I shall always cherish it in my heart as I do your friendship!

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