We traveled all the way down to Mission Bay, Oceanside, San Diego. We drove up to the hills of San Pedro and strolled on the Redondo Beach boardwalk. My last trip home to California was more filled with duty than with fun, all on a single mission: find a damn wedding venue.
I’m slowly discovering the pro’s and con’s of planning a wedding from an ocean away. On the positive side, there’s enough geographical distance for me to not be able to really freak out. Secondly, I have a troop of loyal loved ones willing to help – a.k.a. my mom, sister, aunts, cousins, & friends – doing a lot of the dirty work. I would never ask or expect them to be as ridiculously helpful as they’ve been, but I definitely feel the love!
We’re also the first planned wedding in our close family & friends (for both me and rocky!) so we’re already being spoiled rotten. I’m figuring out that this is a pretty massive perk.
The pro/con of it, though, is that we have to plan everything way in advance. Which is how we found ourselves scrambling to look at wedding venues on a whim within a strict four-day window. Thankfully, though, it worked out.
We (or to be fair, my wonderful mom) found a place that both me and Rocky adore, is totally in our price range, and includes a two-hour open bar. Which, as a young couple, is crucial to supply for our fellow broke post-college friends.
The venue is a beautiful redwood boardwalk dotted with gazebos looking out over the ocean with the waves gently lapping underneath. It’s at the end of the San Diego peninsula in Point Loma, CA., with a generous view of the bay and not even another building in sight. The pillars just beg to be adorned with strings of white lights and paper lanterns. swoon.
Of course, I loved the place immediately – but what made me fall in love with it was Rocky. After the first picture (he hasn’t seen it in person) he said, “It looks just like Indonesia. It’s so us.”
Our romantic rendevouzs/surf trip to Bali last year changed the course of our relationship. We were living in a house with 10 other people at the time (crazy, right?) and finally had some alone time. After a stressful year of school and graduation and work and jobs we finally came up for air and realized that everything was more right that we could have ever imagined. We decided then that we wanted to move out of the bro house, get our own place, and get married.
When we got back, we did move out. We got our own place. And right before we left, we traveled to a family-run silversmith shop in central Bali and bought a one-of-a-kind ring.
Now, we’re planning our wedding – and since our families made us swear we wouldn’t run off to Bali and elope, we’re getting the next best thing. Even better, our friends and family will all be there to see it 🙂