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the places: dana point yacht club ~ orange county wedding venue

When I was a little girl, I watched a sitcom called, “The Love Boat.” Something about romance , water and hanging out on a cruise ship with the Captain, his daughter, and the rest of the crew was appealing to an 8 year old, I guess. Alas, I spent my elementary school years dreaming of one day being whisked off on a cruise ship and falling in love.

Well, since I didn’t fall in love on the one and only cruise I’ve experienced – I may have been too busy EATING to pay attention to the boys (I was also only 16 years old), my fanciful, grade school yearnings of finding love on the Pacific Princess were dashed.

So, last week, as I stepped foot onto The Pilgrim, a schooner docked in the Dana Point Harbor, all the 8 year old visions of romantic bliss permeated my senses and I could envision my perfect white wedding aboard this ship while my family friends, the Captain, his daughter, and the cruise director, Julie McCoy looked on.

BRIDES: If you are looking for a fabulous, unique wedding venue, you have to check out Dana Point Yacht Club. And oh so conveniently, they are hosting a bridal event this February 28th. Lots of delicious food and vendors will be on hand to help you design your dream wedding –although I don’t think the cast of the Love Boat will be here. More info and tickets HERE.

Venue: Dana Point Yacht Club,  The Pilgrim and The Spirit

Tablescape: Mary Lallande – Venue Concierge

Flowers: Sussanna – French Buckets

Brooch Bouquets: Amanda – Fantasy Floral Designs

Hair: Jen Alvarez

Makeup & Model: Kim Bragalone

Model: Steven and Ashley Anne – Marie

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Carissa of JL Designs made these amazingly adorable succulents.
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As usual, French Buckets did an amazing job with the florals.
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How cool is this and so simple in it’s beauty.
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Amanda at Fantasy Florals made up some vintage brooch bouquets as well. I want one! (Oh and yes, the top one is made out of PAPER! Amazing!)
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the places: out of africa part two

I now know how Hannah Montana feels. The screaming. The crowding. The pushing. The clamoring. The kids. All. Over. You.

I was ready to jump on a cement block and try my best rendition of “Party in the USA” (yes, I had to google that, lest you judge me).

The moment the Africa team walked onto campus we were accosted by kids. Like little ants in blue sweaters, they crawled up and over one another, posturing for the camera, touching my hair, shouting questions, comments, asking our names, asking about America, staring and giggling like we were aliens that had just disembarked from a spaceship.

From culture to culture, some things never change. The high schoolers, too cool to show their curiosity, stand aloof, seemingly uncaring, wanting to be won over. Kid’s throwing spitballs behind the teachers back. Notes being passed stealthily from one hand to another. Chattering, disinterest, teacher’s pets and side conversations, it was just like home.

Yet so different.

The school is in the poorest of the poor neighborhoods in Addis Abba. Most of the children who attend are sponsored by someone from America. The walls are bare. The air is thick with chalk dust. The rooms are packed, rows jammed with three children each, 70-80 students filling the room to the brim. They each have one notebook and a pencil. Concrete, dirt, one lone basketball “court” on rocks. We walk into a classroom and immediately the students stand out of respect. The teachers shake our hands in deference to us –their colleagues. “Discipline” dressed in a suit, walks around the campus, carrying a long whip.

We went in bringing new teaching methods and supplies and we left being humbled, grateful for all that we have, shamed about all that we complain about and all that we waste and resolved to change ourselves and our attitudes. Africa will always have a piece of my heart.

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Too many pictures to post. So here is a slideshow of ALL the photos from our trip!

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