Friday, March 30, 2012

California Girls

A few weeks ago I escaped to Southern California for a friend's wedding. This friend was the first girl I ever trained on my mission and therefore is incredibly special to me. You see, we didn't quite get along at first. She was the wild child that thought she knew everything and I was the uptight, experienced missionary with a cynical side. I mean, you can't get much more odd couple than that. But when you spend every waking moment together, you develop a fight or flight mentality that makes you learn to tolerate each other because flight's not an option. Even better, if you're lucky, you learn to love each other. By the end of my mission, we were incredibly close and it was an honor to be there for her wedding. Enjoy a few photos from my trip, filtering courtesy of instagram. 

I ate at In-N-Out about four times during the course of a four-day trip. I could have eaten there for every meal. I'm not even joking. This was my first time trying their famous and secretive "animal-style" burger, but I discovered that I prefer their regular cheeseburger.


An In'N'Out chocolate shake...and it's happy to see you!

I spent the first day helping out with wedding preparations. The flowers were so gorgeous. I'm a huge fangirl of ranunculus.

Here's the happy couple outside of the Redlands LDS Temple, sealed for time and all eternity. Their children are going to be the most beautiful and musical people that I will ever know.


I'm blaming the frizz on the wind. I loved the dress that I bought for the wedding--Ross to the rescue.

In other food adventures, I tried my first Shamrock Shake.'s no McRib. (I drank the shake right before watching John Carter. Everybody, go see John Carter!)

Post-ceremony, a bunch of my mission friends (sooooo much fun to see them all again) and I ate lunch at Rosie's. The horchata was amazing.

And here's Rosie's proper. The weather was perfect, the people were wonderful, and the trip was remarkable. Next up: New Mexico!


Dan said...

The California post. Yay!

That first paragraph? That is a movie that I would pay money to see.

And the food! Sweet fancy Moses, the food!

Ashley said...

Now I want In 'N Out Burger.

Will said...

You were the uptight one?

Gretchen Alice said...

@Dan It would make a great movie. Trust me.

@Ashley Ugh, me too.

@Will Shocking, right?

Erin said...

Aww, I love that you had the opportunity to go to her wedding and got to see so many folks while there! It looks like you had a fabulous trip, lady!