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Loss Angeles trip for nephew’s wedding

Friday, July 19, 2019

It was a lot of fun visiting Los Angeles for my nephew Max’s wedding to Morgane, his long term girl friend. The wedding was small and casual, which made it very enjoyable. Morgane is French, and I enjoyed meeting her parents and sister who traveled from Paris for the wedding.

Max and Morgane

The wedding brunch

When Max graduated from high school, he really wanted a real diamond stud earring. My dear mom, his grandmother, bought him the diamond. She is now passed away, but I thought it was very moving that Max had the diamond she bought him made into a custom wedding ring for his bride. Mom would have loved knowing the diamond had a new life as a symbol of their love.

Morgane wore a lovely white jumpsuit instead of a lacy wedding dress. I thought she looked chic and practical for their very casual wedding parties. This photo is from the evening party, held on the patio of their favorite casual bar/cafe.

My sisters and I visited the Huntington Museum the next day. The old mansion is now a classic art museum

Little girl who fell asleep knitting

From the mansion we had a view of the gardens. And we greatly enjoyed exploring the gardens.

We visited the Rose garden, the Chinese garden, the desert landscapes garden, and the botanical greenhouse.

The greenhouse had a great collection of orchids and rare plants, including a rare corpse flower that was preparing to bloom.


Corpse flower bud (named for their foul odor when they bloom).. The bud is over 2 feet tall. The single bloom may measure over 4 feet.

Pitcher plant

This little girl was fascinated by watching the fish in the tank of the water garden.

An absolute highlight of the Huntington museum is the library. There is an enormous collection of important documents, including a Gutenberg Bible, important documents from the founding of our country, and a special room dedicated to documents early scientific discovery. Unfortunately none of my photos from this wonderful library are good; the room had special low lighting to protect the very old paper and ink. So I will close with a picture of my nephew Stephen, and his mom (Mary) and girlfriend Chloe. It was so much fun to see them again. I miss him, but I am glad he is doing well in his new job in his new home town.

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    Great photos! I haven’t visited L.A. in many years (early 90’s w/1st husband) & since we beelined for Oxnard, I didn’t get to do any touristy things.
    Time to go back!
    117 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Cheers and best wishes to the handsome groom and his lovely bride! What a perfectly brilliiant use of his diamond stud..a very meaningful and gorgeous ring!
    As always, it was such a pleasure to see your museum and garden pictures...very much enjoyed my vicarious experience!
    137 days ago
    What a beautiful couple and what a wonderful way to show both his love for your Mom and for Morgane by having his diamond earring set into her ring...……………….very meaningful. I also love the fact that the wedding was very simple and casual. So many young people feel they have to spend a lot of money in order to make their wedding special, when all that really matters is the couple themselves and their families.

    I would love to have seen the Huntington Museum and Mansion and also the gardens. What a beautiful setting. There is a Corpse flower on display in Madison and it comes with the warning that though it can be great to look at, it is NOT great to smell.

    I am so glad that you had a good time, Alison. Spending time with family is so important.
    138 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    Lovely couple. Thanks for sharing your adventures.
    138 days ago
    Wow! Sounds and looks like awesome times there for you! I guess you didn't feel any earthquakes? You always find the most interesting places to visit! Museums are so cool! And those old time mansions too!! emoticon
    138 days ago
    Lovely couple and pics. What a wonderful time and to have it casual is even more fun!
    138 days ago
    I’ve never been to California let alone Los Angeles
    138 days ago
    stunning photos.
    I remember seeing Pitcher plants at Kew Gardens...............not a pleasant odour!
    138 days ago
    What a wonderful celebration!! Would love to see the Huntington.
    138 days ago
    Beautiful pics , gorgeous family , congratulation and glad you had fun !
    138 days ago
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