But first up - who were my vendors?
Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery
Catering: Melons Catering
Day of Coordinator: Kathryn with Dream A Little Dream Events
Photographer: Becky with Art of Emotion
Make Up: Maria with Professional Make-up Artistry
DJ: Big Fun DJ
Flowers: Petalworks (no longer in California)
Cake: Sonja with Bravos Bakery (Sonja just got married last year and I did her flowers!)
Many people ask me if I did my own flowers. The answer to that would be NO. I would be lying if I told you I didn't think about it. I thought about it a lot. I went back and forth about it and discussed this with my fiance (now husband) about it. Like many brides out there, I wanted to save money. But at the end I realized that I wanted to relax on my wedding day - and not worry about anything. I wanted to get my nails done and if you work with flowers - you know that your hands get tore up and disgusting. I wanted to be sipping champagne in my bridal suite before the ceremony - not running around sweating and stressing out about the set up. Also, when I got married, I didn't have my own business. That came after I said, "I do." So I wised up and hired a professional to take care of that stuff and I have to say that I'm happy I did.
Okay - on to the photos!
I wanted to wear flip flops but my mom insisted that I buy "real shoes". So I bought these shoes on sale but I didn't wear these cause they hurt my feet like heck - but they sure look great in the pictures!
One of my favorite photos of my little niece getting ready. She was so excited to be a flower girl.
My bouquet: roses, peonies, calla lilies, ranunculus,
green hypericum and lily of the valley
I had 4 bridesmaids, 3 Jr. bridesmaids and 2 flower girls.
I just couldn't leave out any of my nieces (who were the Jr. bridesmaids).
What the heck are they doing?! Well, let me tell you. After I walked on to the deck (see above photos) my train was FILTHY. That deck was covered in dirt. These photos were taken BEFORE the ceremony. Thank goodness I had some white chalk (I heard that this was good to have in the emergency kit to cover up dirt stains). So my sister and friends took the white chalk and had to basically "color" the whole bottom of my train and dress. So put white chalk in your emergency kit people - cause it sure comes in handy!
The handsome groom.
We had a willow arch decked out with flowers for the ceremony. I didn't want this (to save money) but my other half really wanted it. I'm glad I listened to him cause it looks really nice in the pictures.
Another favorite photo of mine. My niece dancing with her dad.
PRECIOUS. Just look how happy she is!
These were little goody bags I made for the kids that attended our wedding. I put a coloring book, crayons, popcorn, drinks and bubbles that they could play with to keep them busy and happy!
All the parents thanked me for including this - another nice detail!
My toss bouquet. I made paper flowers and tied quotes about love to them.
I loved my cake. But looking at the photo now, I realized I didn't have a cake stand. I should have gotten one. Hmmm...I guess I missed that detail!
Hope you enjoyed some of the photos - and happy 5 year anniversary honey!!