Kyle And Dani Get Married

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It was four days of adventure, nostalgia, friendship and elation.

Two wonderful souls, Kyle and Dani, got married on Sunday, September 1st at the Chaminade in Santa Cruz. I’ve known this couple for many, many years, and just thinking about them together brings an ear-to-ear smile across my face. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect pair. And you certainly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding.

Mother nature arrived at the ceremony in fine form, providing a sunset that was truly fit for this occasion. The infinity of the Pacific ocean, accompanied by an endless sea of clouds above, gave us a backdrop to the event that made your blogger feel as though he were standing in the middle of a painting.

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But lets start at the beginning of the adventure, and then make our way back to wedding.

Friday morning. Very early. Got up and assembled the gear for the ride down to Santa Cruz.

(My friends took my bags down in their rental car, thus giving me a sweet opportunity to take the day off and ride my bike 84 miles down Hwy 1, straight to Santa Cruz.)

What better way to start celebrating KT’s marriage than to bring the gnar factor!

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The big bro was in town for some depositions.

Suited up, we were both on our respective ways.

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The first couple of hours were tough.

The southwestern edge of our peninsula was so fogged in I felt as though I were riding through a bowl of soup.

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To be perfectly honest here, I was actually really frustrated chugging through these fog-drenched hills. Ugh. It was just so friggin wet and cold, there was a bit of time there when I was sort of regretting the decision to ride down there.

And then, I reached the coast.

And smelled the salt air.

And was graced with the sound of crashing waves.

And my universe was right.

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As I rolled down Highway 1, the fog was slowly easing back.

It felt like a dream.

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Got to the light and the entire coast opened up in all her glory.

I was overwhelmed.

The journey – The destination – Everything about this moment …

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Ohhhh Dude.

Totally had a chance to meet and AWESOME couple on my way down south.

This Aussie pair was straight up legit! They were riding from Alaska. What?!?!? So absurdly rad.

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And then I arrived.

Stoked.

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Distance: 84.2mi

Elevation: 5,339ft

Moving Time: 05:30:16

🙂

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A quick power nap …

And the posse started to arrive.

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Friday evening was the bonfire.

Headed down to Aptos and got to hike down this super cool little trail.

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And when we arrived …

Dude, whew.

It was incredible.

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Kyle came sprinting into my arms, I nearly had a heart attack when an image of me somehow finding a way to injure him flashed through my mind. Good god. That would be so typical for us to screw up like that.

Luckily, with my wits about me I was able to swoop him up in mid air and nothing bad happened.

Whew.

And look … Here they are together!

This couple.

Damn they are good looking. Real good looking.

Just seeing them was such a wonderful, wonderful moment for me.

🙂

Friggin love you two.

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And the dudes.

We chilled.

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Somehow the beach bonfire party led to closing down Mando’s bar.

From the 6:15 AM wake up, to the 2:00 AM bar close, I had been going pretty hard.

And was loving every moment of it.

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Crashed, got up, and was off to rehearsal brunch.

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Damn I love Gabriella’s.

It was California cuisine to the max.

Sweet and savory and adventuresome and delicious.

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This photo of the adoring couple was not staged.

There they are, just sitting there.

Hi!

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Ended up seeing this pair of dudes later that afternoon.

Poppa Danch and Little Mateo.

Stoking.

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Time to actually rehearse.

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My fellow hooligan groomsmen.

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And the view.

Gawwwhhhh.

Wonderful.

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This dude rolled by.

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Following all the rehearsing I made my way down to the beach.

Seriously, you could not design a more perfect weekend.

Look at this friggin place!

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And the slugs.

Dude!

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Got in some quality water time with the guy from Old Man and the Sea.

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As dusk went to night, we changed from beach to evening attire.

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And things started to get silly.

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But respectably silly.

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Which way to the red room you ask?

This way.

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Okay, things are starting to blur a bit here.

When Reno mobs down to Santa Cruz you get a serious confluence of party.

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Eric has seen things.

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Morning of the wedding.

Hangover level: “Mild to severe but at least Kyle is not injured”.

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Time to start getting tuxes on etc.

KT hooks us up with should coolers as gifts.

What a mensch.

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The hotel room is buzzing with elation.

Lee – you are so proud and rad.

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En route to take wedding photos at the beach we swing by the pad.

Hi guys!

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Yo.

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The beach was awesome.

At first we just hung out in the parking lot waiting for the bride to be and the bridesmaids.

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We were chilling.

We were looking good.

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It turns out that the girls were running so late that the beach photo session got cancelled.

Not a problem, we had our own session.

Dude.

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Wedding time.

No pressure here.

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Taking pics.

Making deals.

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Daaaaaamn!

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I have no clue what is happening here.

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Reno.

Woot.

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Both of them geniuses.

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The fellow blogger rolled in right on time.

No joke coming straight from another wedding.

And with a dress to match my shades.

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Rocci as an old souther gentleman.

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Game time.

Straight up, what a joy to be standing here for this.

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They kissed, said “I do” and we cried.

What a tremendous amount of happiness.

Congrats!

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And Omar!

Ha we see this guy everywhere!

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Cheers!

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What up.

Yo.

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🙂 🙂 🙂

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I guess bow ties are in this year.

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Bride and groom in the foreground.

Stoked parents in the background.

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Dudes!

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Nosh that.

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The light was killing it!

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Hi Stef!!!

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Uhhhhhh.

Hi.

Howdy.

Hey.

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Started to kinda loose control of the camera at this point.

I MC’d the reception and that whole part is kind of a blur to me.

It was one of the great honors in my life that KT and Dani asked me to do this. I had such a blast, but had to hit the champagne with a little gusto in order to pull it off.

But! New and old friends were all there and the night was stoking!

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Got to listen to some amazing speeches.

What a night.

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What a baller.

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Dudes.

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Okay Sean, stop taking pictures.

Might start getting a bit sloppy here.

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Piano Man.

Epic.

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Got up.

Knocked out a hangover run.

Saw the ocean.

Life was good.

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KT and Dani,

Here is to a life of wisdom, happiness and stoking.

I’ve never met a better match than the two of you.

Mazel tov.

We love you guys.

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