California

I just returned from northern California, redwood country, where my friend K was married.  It was one of the most moving and settling weekends I’ve ever had. 

Mason Jennings (who, by the way, if you read this blog you know I am obsessed with in a healthy, I-love-the-music kind of way, and who was introduced to me by K) has a song called “Big Sur” that starts, “just let the disc play, this is a song to give you hope”.  And, while I realize that K and R didn’t get married just to give me hope, that was the consequence nonetheless. 

These two people are ever so slightly on the older side of never-been-married, and I know for K it was beginning to feel like things were pressing in on her, getting a little more serious.  She’d had some relationships that were good, some that weren’t, like all of us.  Then she met R.  The first weekend after their first date, they were inseparable, and each weekend since, for about the last 2 years.  I’ve been friends with K for over 20 years, and I felt as though each guy she was with (as she lives in LA, and we don’t see each other often) surprised me when I met him- they just never felt right to me.  Something about the way they looked together just didn’t sit well with me.  R fits K.  It’s just undeniable.  Knowing that this is possible, and does happen in real, everyday life, and not just in your favorite movie, gives me a settled, peaceful feeling about my own life that is so satisfying. 

My friend B and I got to stay in a little apartment over someone’s garage- it was a lot lovelier than that sounded- see?  Here’s right outside the front door:

I sang “Ballad for My One True Love”, by the aforementioned Mason Jennings, at the rehearsal dinner:

Here’s one of the ceremony (I borrowed these from my friend B, thanks, B!)- I’m in pink holding the left side of the Huppah:

You can sort of see one of the final flower headpiece thingies on the other huppah holder in green there- and here, on me right before the ceremony began…

Much fun was had by all who attended, but I really can’t describe how moving this wedding was for me.  My best friend, from childhood, who has waited a long time to find this man, who is so well suited to her- it’s just made me so happy.  I love you, K and R!  Hope you’re doing it up right in Bali! 

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3 Responses to “California”

  1. Lovely and thanks for the photos. California, north or south is the only place to be.
    Best wishes

  2. christinam Says:

    of course i’m holding back tears. and you look so pretty in the pic of the pink dress and flower hair piece! i’m jealous of you ya know…………………

  3. Greetings from Bali, Heather. Thank you for the lovely post…you made me cry, AGAIN! The weekend was all the more perfect, because you were there, my friend. We love you, and we can’t wait to see you in b-more over the holidays. Giant XOXO’s. – K

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