OLIVIA & BLAKE’S WEDDING IN COSTA RICA
They met in the Old West. Under the bright lights of the infamous Sunset Strip, in a haze of cotton candy and mechanical bull rides, drowned in wine and laughter at Hollywood ImproV. and kissed by the sun on the shores of Will Rogers State Beach. Olivia said: “We met because we had to…”
They had drinks at Table 41 two nights in a row (beer for him, red wine for her) and then went on their first date on Wednesday, June 4th 2014 – to a comedy show at The Hollywood Improv! They have been together ever since! Table 41 holds a special place on their hearts, as do beer and wine! And of course, the Pacific Ocean, where they solidified their love with frequent jaunts to Will Rogers State Beach in The Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.
Blake and Olivia both worked at a bar in West Hollywood called The SaddleRanch Chop House…working there is a right of passage for anyone living and breathing in the sweet smog of this beautiful City of Angels. she was working part time while she finished her Cosmetology License and Blake was transitioning from full time engineering wind turbines to starting his own moonshine business (‘MURICA!). everybody knows the years of now funny stories that ladled our single pasts like fireworks…they’ll save that for my book 😉 But June 4th, 2014 changed both of them forever. they hadn’t “given up,” they’re both too positive and blissfully moronic to do that…but they’d both adjusted emotionally to a permanent seat at the kids table…holidays spent swooping in as the “Fun Aunt” or traveling the world as “Crazy Uncle Blake.” And then, laughter happened. The common thread. their first date at The Hollywood Improv (following two after work evenings having drinks at SaddleRanch’s Table 41) was the last they spent “single.” they’ve been together ever since. “Three years and it’s hard to tell if they’ve been ‘together forever or just a brief wrinkle in time. It changes daily; changes with every laugh, every lyric, every plane ticket, every meal, every bump in a boat, every bruise, and every glass of wine and frosty beer. A roller-coaster. And not an emotionally unstable one with risky ups and downs….one that’s part of a really fun traveling circus, one that envelops you in warmth and pure joy, one that rattles you to your core and screams with glee” – Blake
Blake should have held out on that acting career a liiiitle longer….or become a professional Con Man. The “Long Con” he ran on her before proposing is almost as impressive as the proposal itself! Much to her surprise, she endured 6 months of “we don’t need a piece of paper to legalize our love,” “there’s so much divorce these days,” etc etc.
Olivia said: When you’re 35, have been in oh, 17 weddings, and love your life, career, relationship, friends….you start to use that Wedding Dream Board as a coaster for your chilled summer Pinot Grigio….
And then one day…your White Knight swoops in with unparalleled sorcery, skill, and planning! Tricks you into procuring the guest list for YOUR OWN SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT PARTY, reserves a Friday night at your first date location (one of the most popular club), keeps all your friends and family silent for SIX MONTHS, and even gets you to wear white BAM!
“You can’t fill your cup until you empty all it has
You can’t understand what lays ahead
If you don’t understand the past
You’ll never learn to fly now
‘Til you’re standing at the cliff
And you can’t truly love until you’ve given up on it
That’s why we won’t back down
We won’t run and hide
Yeah, ’cause these are the things that we can’t deny
I’m passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall…”
HERE WE GO WHAAAWHOOOOOOOO!!