I dashed to the Mission San Juan Capistrano yesterday after the Corona del Mar market just in time to see one of my very dear old friends walk down the aisle. I started to cry when Dori entered the back of the chapel with her father. I was in the last row, and I didn’t want her to see me cry, so I got behind my camera…giving me a moody shot with no flash…but you get the idea…her dress, hairpieces and bouquet were perfection~
The setting was the Serra Chapel, built in 1792 and restored in the 1920’s; here Mark & Dori are exchanging their vows; it was so pretty, and so touching…
The magnificent gilt altarpiece is from Barcelona; it is a beauty in person; sorry I was leaning into the aisle and so this is slightly off kilter~
Not anyone can get married here; Dori’s Mother has been a docent at the Mission for more than 20 years, and both Dori and her brother were baptized in the Chapel, so this is a special place for their family; it is also the oldest building in continuous use in California~
The Mission itself presents many great photo ops; it is made of adobe bricks covered with adobe stucco; the original Padres paced off the space without surveying gear, so it is not quite a square~
Various work rooms and powder mezzanines and dormitories ring the quad~
The gardens in the center of the quad are Mediterranean, and this time of year, in full bloom~
In the center of the gardens and the heart of the quad is a large fountain which is full of koi fish and water lillies; I remember having my picture taken in front of this fountain with my Grandparents 40 years ago; it still looks the same….magical…serene~
Though forty years on, I hone in on the architecture and details, not the fish~
The four bells, still rung, along with the Swallows, a strong image of the Mission~
On the other side of the Bells, another pond full of koi and more beautiful lillies~
Enough touristy gawking while the Bridal party took photos, I had to get to the reception! I like to give sterling for weddings, so my gift included this pretty pair of spoons from the NY Flea monogrammed with the Dori & Mark’s “B”~
It was a real treat to see some old friends, here Mr. (Jim) and Mrs. (Daria) Waples….Kel and Danielle’s parents….Mr. Waples was my chaperone a time or two to the Father Daughter Dance in high school, and so dear to me and it was great to see them!
We had a toast or two with our appies; here is the retired USMC Fighter Pilot Mark toasting his Bride~
Then the first dance, and the fun began….none other than ELVIS descending the staircase~
Dori really wanted to get married in Vegas, Mark in CA, so we had a little Vegas touch….super fun!!!
Our table was full of the high school crowd, here is Cassi hugging Dori~
Jim and Dori~
Oh yeah, then it was time for Cake!! And it was pretty~
After several hours of lots of great conversation, great food and dancing, we sent the Bride & Groom on their way, under an archway of sparkers and in style, into a pristine white 1939 Packard~
I LOVED this~~! I loved everything about this wedding, it was fun, it was appropriate, it was tasteful~
Congratulations Dori & Mark! I love you both and am SO happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!