Orange County Register - Celebrations - January 19, 2013 - (Page 1)
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SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2013
APICTURELIFE PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY CONCOLINO
Roses and hydrangeas filled the bouquets designed by
Whimsical Wishes of Anaheim Hills. Broaches from the
couple’s grandmothers lined the wrapped stem for the
bride’s “something borrowed.”
Love walks down the aisle,
even if it takes awhile.
Chris Gray will never forget when his daughter
Amber had her first open-heart surgery at age 12.
Doctors at CHOC had to replace a narrow valve
that was hampering blood flow, the result of a condition she was born with called
The very next morning, doctors’ orders were for her to get up
and start walking to pump blood
through her mended heart. Gray
recalls his little girl was ghostSAMANTHA
white, hooked up to a maze of
tubes, IVs and monitors.
“She looks over at me and says,
‘Dad, can you help me?’ I say,
‘Sure.’ I picked her up with her tubes and IVs, and
we were off.”
Flash forward another 12 years: The Grays, from
Orange, were back in the hospital, this time at Loma Linda. Amber’s heart, having reached full maturity, needed a final valve replacement, so she had
to undergo a second open-heart operation. Her father was once again perched at the foot of her bed,
waiting for her to awaken. “This time, though,
there was also Matt,” Gray says.
Matt Bridges had been dating Amber for two
years at that point. A cowboy boot-wearing, country music-cranking, fishing and hunting kind of
guy, Matt was ambling his way through a business
degree at Cal State Fullerton. “I might have failed a
few classes,” the Placentia native admits with a
smirk. “It took me six years to graduate.”
He met Amber one night when he struck up a
conversation with her at Paul’s, a bar on the Circle
in Orange. “Real classy, I know,” says Matt, 28. This
APICTURELIFE PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY CONCOLINO
“We’re a very outdoorsy, laid-back couple,” says Amber Gray. “We knew that if our friends and family
showed up to a formal reception they’d think they were at the wrong place.”
S E E H E A R T ● PA G E 2
TOP CELEBRATION LOCATIONS
A VISIT TO SAN FRANCISCO
STARTS AT THE PIER
There are marriage proposals, honeymoons, birthdays
for the young and young at heart, receptions and
anniversaries, just to mention a few. Guests can revel in the
amazing views, enjoy one of our many restaurants serving
up freshly prepared seafood and more, and of course be
delighted by our sea of sea lions. Kick off your visit by
exploring two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and
attractions, all surrounded by the unbeatable views of the
city and the bay. Your celebration begins at PIER 39 today!
For more information, visit www.pier39.com.
WOODED BLISS - NAPA LUXURY - ETERNAL MEMORIES
Engagement Parties. Showers. Rehearsal Dinners. Hotel
The Deck at Pacific Edge Hotel is the only open-air, beachside
restaurant in Laguna Beach. The plank flooring is suspended over
the sand, steps from the surf. At high tide, the waves can wash ashore
right below your feet.
When you book your event with us, our staff will custom design a
menu, drink program, décor, and activities for your event. The space
is ideal for casual, fun receptions that call for an outdoor, righton-the-beach setting, but can easily transform into a more formal
cocktail reception with a simple elegance.
Our event space can host 10 to 180 guests and our 125 guestrooms provide
oceanfront hotel accommodations. The perfect beachfront venue.
647 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 pacificedgehotel.
Calistoga Ranch is the perfect wedding venue offering the
natural eloquence and understated sophistication that are
hallmarks of Auberge Luxury experience. Nestled into a
private canyon on 154 acres in the Napa Valley, the award
winning resort and spa caters to the bride looking for
perfection…Culinary talents, impeccable service and an
array of locations including a private lawn overlooking a
lake, a breathtaking Wine Cave and a private vineyard await
your guests. Please contact our Weddings professional and
visit our website at www.calistogaranch.com.
three romantic locations... two people in love and
one day to make your wedding dreams come true.
Tivoli Terrace: 949/494-9650 • The Hacienda: 714/558-1304 • Tivoli Too! 949/494-6044
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