So I eloped last year.
The Boy and I eloped after moving to Los Angeles. We had a twenty minute ceremony in a courthouse near LAX, with a few wonderful people who came for the event, and then drove back to Santa Monica – to Coast in specific – for a great dinner, some drinking and some pretty awesome speeches. We ended off the night by going on the ferris wheel at the pier, and our guests accidentally heckling another couple in the dark (to that couple – so sorry!)
So, this past weekend was our anniversary.
Which is weird, since, it doesn’t feel like we’ve been married for a year. Or really, married at all.*
I am not sure what “married” is supposed to feel like, or if it’s supposed to feel any differently than anything else, but we’ve been together for so long (over a decade!), it just feels …natural?
Regardless, we decided to do something to mark the occasion.
So … we did.
First off: Temecula.
Temecula is south east of SaMo, a wine country and a great place with rolling hills, friendly people and, as it turns out – hot air balloons.
California Dreamin’ is the hot air balloon company we went with. They were amazing! We met up with them at Vindemia Winery at 5:30am, then we were bused over to a flat(ish) spot where they unfurled the balloons and started airing them up. We were off as the sun rose. Climbing higher and higher – did I mention I have a horrible fear of heights? Well, apparently, it’s manageable! I’ll let the pictures explain why:
After the balloon ride, we hung out in Temecula – which meant wineries and Old Town. We found some great wines that I highly recommend, and some really great gift items at the farmer’s market and antique places – seriously, if you like antiques, Temecula is where to go.
South Coast Winery, it should be noted, has great food and great wine! They’re definitely our favourites now!
Then yesterday we decided to be low key and Santa Monican – we just went off to the beach, wandered around and then went up the pier and took a ride on the ferris wheel – this time completely sober and in the daylight.
And somehow we got home in time for The Boy to watch the Patriots kick off, because of course that would have been baked into travel time. Also, I made a game day platter … which I realize, after having been told, is missing any kind of meat … ah well?
To many more anniversaries, my love.
What do you usually do for your anniversaries?
* We think it may be that we didn’t have a traditional “wedding” – but we will be having a traditional-like reception in December, so I will report back after that!