March 18th, 2003 Mission Improvable troupe arrived onto campus, to a brisk Brookings, South Dakota. I had a busy day, and was struggling to get students interest in coming to the show as it was during midterms. As I and my committee prepared the venue, 6 guys arrived ready to warm up. One of those included Lloyd sporting a sweater vest. While the turnout for the show was low, my eyes remained captivated. I don't think I had laughed that hard in a long time. Butterflies. Lloyd and I spent the next 6 hours together, exchanging phone numbers and I leaving thinking I would never hear from him again. I was sure he "had a girl in every city."
March 19th 2003: Lloyd called.
Now for the tough part. The day I flew out of Chicago began a new chapter in my life, not just having Lloyd part of it. I quickly packed up my life in South Dakota and moved out to Boston, MA for a 2 month internship. In July, I moved down to Flagstaff, AZ to begin my graduate program in Higher Education. Our goal was to see each other 2 months. Ugg, long distance was really hard. Two years later, with plenty of airline miles and Sprint phone bills to prove it, I graduated from Northern Arizona University and moved to Los Angeles. We made it!
July: Josie accepts position at California State University, Los Angeles as a Resident Director. This position also provided housing, so Josie and Lloyd move to the campus of CSULA, in Alhambra, CA.
August: Purchase a 1 bed, 1 bath condo in Culver City, CA.
December: They add a new addition to their family, a Russian Blue Cat, Isabelle.
April: Lloyd accepts position at Westside Eclectic Theater, as General Manager.
December: Lloyd's dad and brothers join them for Christmas in Culver City.
December: Josie's family joins them for Christmas in Culver City.
October 18th 2009: Ahlquist Wedding Celebration!!!
I tried and tried to convince Josie to take a trip with me to celebrate her birthday, but she kept turning down my ideas. After several attempts at getting her out of town I finally figured I better plan something for her here in L.A. We had always shared some special times on the Santa Monica Pier so I decided to do it there.
My plan was to ask her on the Ferris wheel, I would put together a game of Hang man (which we often played on trips) and have her spell out the big question by guessing letters one at a time. After that, we'd go to the theater where I work to share a cozy little meal of tomato soup and grilled cheese and watch one of Josie's favorite movie's; Superman on the 14 foot movie screen. Then we'd go home and change, and head on over to Josie's birthday party to celebrate. We were already planning a party for her on that night so I thought it would be nice for her to have the chance to tell everyone in person and celebrate with her close friends. Below is a list of the plan that I made. It was a hectic week.
Everything was going according to plan...the hangman game, the Ferris wheel and most importantl, Josie said yes. However as we walked donw the street leading to the theater, I noticed some people standing outside the door who weren't supposed to be there! Apparently a group of comics, who had a show later that evening, had planned a rehearsal in the theater and hadn't told me about it. They tried to call and let me know that they would be in the theater working on their show but I had of course turned my phone off and hadn't recieved any of their messages. They were all set up in the theater upon our arrival and I almost blew a gaskit. Fortunatley, everyone moved very quickly once they relaized what had happened. I cleared everyone out within about 45 seconds and the day went along smoothy form there. A day or two later I apologized to the group that I had encounted and explained the situaiton to them all. We all laughed at how crazy I gt for about 5 minutes and looking back it will always be a pretty funny memory of that day.
Jason Q Tran Photography | Photographer
Tealight Weddings & Events | Day of Coordinator
Calamigos Ranch, Garden Patio & Main Dining Room | Wedding Venue
Muse Make-up Artistry | Entire Bridal Party Hair & Make-up
Designs by Yu | Invitations, Programs, Etc
Sweet & Saucy Shop | Cake, Desserts
The Trip | Band/Emcee
Marylinn's Bridal | Dresses
My Wedding Blooms | Flowers
Prince Productions | Videography
ULC Limos | Transportation
Mariasol Cocian Mexicana | Rehearsal Dinner
Westside Comedy Theater | Wedding Welcome & Roast
Wedding Website: www.josieandlloyd.com
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Slideshow Montage: http://www.vimeo.com/7034583
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The Elegant Owl Blog: http://elegantowl.blogspot.com/2010/02/real-malibu-wedding-josie-and-lloyd.html
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