Aya Theresa Mizobe and Jeffrey Solomon were married on Saturday, the 10th of September
2005, at a private residence in the mountains of Topanga, California, at an outdoor
wedding. They were blessed with perfect late summer Southern California weather, a
sunny, dry and crisp 76F to be precise.
The couple was joined by their parents and family members, as well as their close
friends - a total of 127 people showed up to help them witness and also celebrate
their love and happiness as they recited vows as husband and wife.
The late afternoon ceremony started as The Royal Trio welcomed the guests and the
wedding party with strings music, just perfect for the outdoor ceremony conducted
by Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale. The cocktail reception followed with sushi and
passed appetizers as the guests waited for the grand entrance by the newlyweds
who walked down from the green hills, hand in hand, to U2's "Beautiful Day".
The evening began with the Father and the Bride dance to "Edelweiss" from "The
Sound of Music" – one of Aya and her family's favorite movies. The Father of
the Bride reluctantly gave away his daughter to the Groom as the newlywed's
first dance was to the couple's favorite band, the Dave Matthews Band. They
box-stepped to their song, "Where Are You Going". Later on in the evening,
the Groom escorted his Mother to a dance to Linda Rondstat's "Blue Bayou", a
song Jeff somehow remembers fondly from when he was a little boy. All in all,
the couple's dance lessons paid off.
After the dances, both Fathers, Yoshihiro Mizobe and Michael Solomon, made
their speeches and toasts to their kids. The touching insights from both
parties had the guests reaching for some tissue. The Best Man Christopher
Adams and the Maid of Honor Joanne Kuroyanagi, both admitting to being
terrified of making their speeches, were actually flawless when mildly
roasting the Groom, as well as giving the couple well wishes for a long
While the guests noshed on delicacies catered by Chaya Venice, the dance
floor was kept rockin' by DJ O, who prepared his mix of danceable tunes
all requested by the couple. Everyone was shakin' it to the tunes,
especially the Bride's Maid and niece, Nana, who showed the grown-ups
how it's really done on the dance floor.
The cake cutting presentation was a beautiful and delicious two-tiered
mixed-berry yellow cake. There were also an abundance of carrot cupcakes
from Aya's own recipe file.
The evening hours seemed like minutes before the couple made their grand
finale in a bright red classic 1966 Cadillac convertible and headed to
the Lowes Hotel in Santa Monica where close friends joined them until
the wee hours of the morning.
The newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Solomon flew to the Caribbean island of
the Dominican Republic at the beginning of October, for a weeklong and
long awaited honeymoon where they basked in the sun, enjoyed the local
cuisine, and swam with the tropical fish in the deep blue.
The couple would like to extend their love and gratitude for everyone
who were present at their wedding, physically or in spirit.
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