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Archive for October, 2012

Happy Halloween

Watch out for zombies .. they are everywhere this year. Cat, Kelly and I made up our faces Walking Dead style for the Deckers halloween bash last Friday afternoon. On the walk over we added some pine needles to our hair for effect. We were pretty scary.

Will and Abigail’s wedding

William Ryder Etling, 29, of Echo Park, married Mary Abigail Sample,  28, also of Echo Park, in a beautiful Southern country wedding outside Los Olivos, Calif. on Oct. 6, 2012. The bride and groom’s families, friends, colleagues and acquaintances were delighted to celebrate the adorable couple.

The wedding was preceded by a groom’s dinner Friday evening at the Solvang Festival Theater, where nearly 100 guests enjoyed a tri tip dinner and Central Coast wine beneath enormous oak trees. Best man Jesse Hoy, also the brother-in-law of the bride, prepared a multimedia presentation with charming childhood photos of the couple and led off a round of affectionate speeches celebrating the two.

Saturday night was again under a canopy of California Live Oaks at the Shooting Star Ranch. The groom’s parents worked for months ahead of time to ready the venue for the big day, and William James Etling, Will’s dad, even built a hand-hewn oak platform where the couple was married by their good friend Jason Greene.

The couple were attended by 19 of their close friends from Los Angeles and Mississippi. The ceremony was followed by a Southern-inspired meal, drinks and dancing the night away to the groovy tunes of Ramfunktious, a fantastic live cover band from LA. It is entirely possible that this was the only time in history that Etlings danced, and other people saw.

The couple is honeymooning in New England and will make their home in Echo Park.

The sister of the groom, who confesses to hate weddings with a wicked passion and may also happen to be the author of this blog, states that this was unequivocally the best wedding she’s ever been to, hands down, and will be remembered forever and ever with fond regard.

Congratulations Will and Abigail!

Will and I at the groom’s dinner.

This wedding set a record for hand hewn country style signage.

Abigail and her dad, Woody. She looked so beautiful!

Jason, Will, and Jesse. Jesse is holding his three-month-old daughter, Woodlee. (Lawren, Jesse’s wife, is Abigail’s sister.)

The ceremony was brief, heartfelt, funny and sweet. Jason did an amazing job.

Mr. and Mrs. William Ryder Etling

All Etlings. Ben, Bill, Leah, Will.

Next generation: Laurel Etling Socolow and Ian Kloch.

Cousins: Anna Kloch (holding Ian), Peter Oliver, me, Lisa Etling, Laurel