Friday, July 22, 2011

US Summer 2011: A Wedding Reception During Vacation? Why Not!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Date: July 7, 2011 (Thursday)
Location: Moraga, California

Sorry to disappoint you guys, but this post is not about my own 'destination wedding'! Generated by Expresso

But to me there is no better vacation than watching two people start a life together. And that was made even more memorable because I was able to help in decorating the wedding reception venue for Heather and Jacob who were married in the LDS Oakland California Temple.

The wedding reception was held at the Hacienda De Las Flores, a historic Town-owned Spanish style mansion in Moraga, California.

Located in a tranquil and secluded environment, I find the Hacienda de las Flores a very nice setting for a summer garden wedding reception. The Hacienda is beautifully maintained and enhanced by trees, weeping willows, palms and flowers.

The classical styled Pavilion has an indoor and outdoor seating for the festivities. Outside is a circular patio where we have decorated 15 tables-with-umbrellas for 150 seated - guests. A circular flower bed and fountain in the middle of the patio serves as a focal point. From the Pavilion, one can go up to the upper Hacienda lawn by hopping over or through the flagstone stairs near the entrance.

During the reception, I started to appreciate the venue more. The Pavillion has a built in dance floor, perfect for the YMCA dance by the wacky newly weds Heather and Jacob along with their equally bubbly entourage. The buffet, cake and gifts tables also found their place near the entrance to the Pavilion. Inside, there were at least 50 guests in the main room, a receiving hall and a small newly renovated kitchen.

It was indeed a lovely memorable afternoon during a summer US vacation. I am grateful for my BFF Dearie for making sure I get invited and that I will be able to attend despite my full itinerary in California.

Other than the posh garden venue, I will remember Heather and Jacob's wedding for their many personalized wedding souvenirs. In fact, I brought home with me their personalized mint tins, MM's chocolates, blowing bubbles, and wet tissues.The food and violin serenade (by my friend Debbie Dittmer) made the big day as memorable as it can possibly get!

(This is part of the 5-week US Summer Vacation series, which took place from June 30, 2011 to August 3,2011 particularly in California)

1.Four Countries In One Day

2. Enjoying Cable Cars in San Francisco

3. Enjoying Union Square and Downtown San Francisco

4. Commuting Easy With Panoramic Views

5. Mad About Museum in Sacramento California

6.Museums Trekking in Sacramento,California

7. Catching Gold Fever In Coloma,California

8. Psyched With Mormon Battalion In Coloma,California

9. Eureka! Sacramento, California

10. Highway 49 Summer Adventures

11. At Home In Daly City, California

12. Fourth of July Double Beachy Celebration

13.Attending Court Hearing In Hayward,California

14.Discovering VTA and Exploring Downtown San Jose,California

15. Smelling the Roses and More in Santa Clara,California

16. Getting Freebies While Dining in San Jose,California

17.Historic Tour In and Around San Jose, California

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