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". How appropriate.

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 lasting future.

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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