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A Sister Gives a Wedding

Friday, we left sunny southern California to drive 5 hours up 101 for Kim and Ed's daughter's wedding. I was maid of honor in Kim and Ed's wedding 31 years ago, and the "Auntie Yayas" began arriving in Cayucas, Ca, a small central coast beach town on Friday afternoon.

We had a nice lunch in Santa Barbara on our way up the coast, but the weather was considerably cooler than my comfort level. Fifty something...I was layered in cashmere and a leather jacket and scarf!

We had a fabulous dinner at Hoppes. Who knew there we be such fine dining in Cayucas?

Brad began with grilled quail with roasted pears and Point Reyes blue cheese.


My appetizer was a wonderful combination of seared foie gras with mangos, figs and balsamic.


Our entrees were Brad's venison with pomegranate, and my flat iron steak with crispy onions and shaved parmigiano.



By 9:00, three more yayas found us at dinner, and we moved to the bar for coffee, dessert and a bottle of port with Barbie and Vince (from Atlanta), Margie and Crys (from Reno), and Suzy and Kevin (from Fresno). Let the games begin! Soon, Kim and Ed were done with the rehearsal dinner, and after closing the bar, we moved next door to a very western "saloon" with my least favorite country music live and loud! Drinks were poured...


Tomorrow: More Yayas and more wedding fun!

Comments (2)


Hello I am one of the daughters of the "sister" that was married this past weekend.
I am so thrilled that my nickname for my Mom's sorority sisters has caught on. I made up the term "YAYA Aunts" and didn't know how it would go or even take off. I make it very clear that I have copy-written this phrase for this particular group of women, and will not let them forget it!
I was excited to see a good amount of my Aunties in attendance and am thrilled to invite them to my wedding in July of next year.


It looks like the beginning of a fun weekend!

Yes, the Central Coast does have a lot of great restaurants. Have you been to McPhee's in Templeton?

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