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Wedding Week: Four Moments

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{{ First Kiss }}

Our wedding was one of the best days of my life. Being able to re-live our wedding this week has been pretty emotional and thrilling all at the same time. Our wedding was the first (and only) time we were surrounded by all of our favorite people under one roof. It was such an honor to share our love for God, each other and the covenant we made, with you. By now, you're probably so sick of hearing about our wedding; but I just wanted to thank you again for all of your kind words and support this week. Here are my most memorable four moments from our wedding day. 

{{ Mike's reaction after seeing me for the first time }}


{{ First dance }}

{{ Sparkler exit }}

Did you miss posts from our wedding week? I've linked them here: Our Look, Our Ceremony, Reception, Details and Decor

Wedding Week: Details & Decor

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I wasn't one of those girls growing up that dreamed about her wedding. I had no idea what I wanted it to look like of what dress I was going to wear. Needless to say, when it came time to plan, I was clueless but optimistic. Fortunately, today we have Pinterest. I had been pinning wedding stuff onto an inspiration board long before we got engaged so when it came down to the details and decor, it turns out I had a theme going on on my Pinterest board and didn't even know it (boom!!). Our color palette was neutrals, champagne, dusty rose and blush with a winery, whimsical, romantic and hint of rustic feel. 

It was so fun to see everything come together during the planning process. We only had a day of wedding coordinator so all of the details and decor was all me.  Allison from A Savvy Event oversaw the entire day, she told us where to be and took any worry off my shoulders on our wedding day. (If you don't have a wedding planning, I highly suggest at least getting a day of!)

Flowers make all the difference to truly transform a space, so we hired Heather from Heather Hendrickson Flowers, she was local and familiar with the property, which was so helpful. We did large arrangements on the wine barrels, a light ombre pink rose petal aisle for us to walk down, and white hydrangeas in mason jars for all the outdoor tables She created the most incredible bouquet for me with shades of white, ivory and blush; she used white hydrangeas, champagne and ivory roses, blush garden roses, white anemones, and even surprised me with peonies since they were out of season and knew how much I loved them. 

Food tasting was the best part of wedding planning! We found Judy from Giorgi's Wedding Cakes. There was a lot of pressure to pick the perfect cake because it's my mom's favorite part about a wedding. We went a three tiered cake with different flavors: red velvet and carrot cake. Judy's cake was seriously the best tasting wedding cake I've ever had (and I'm not even being biased!). Our guests loved having the option to choose a flavor (or had both!). I've never been a huge wedding favor person but felt like it was something we had to do, so we picked up some local honey and me and my bridesmaids poured the honey into jars. 

We had a polaroid guestbook that each guest took a selfie and left us a little note (warning: by the end of the night the selfies got better and better...we know who you are ;-)) My artistic sister and MOH, burned wood and carved the cover for our polaroid guest book, which is incredible (pictures below!). All of the chalkboard signs was a DIY project. I found frames from an antique fair and spray painted them gold, then got wood cut from Home Depot for the inside of each frame, then spray painted that with chalk board paint. My amazing cousin Angelica wrote on them with a chalkboard marker because let's face it, my handwriting skills are just not up to par!

Everything at our wedding was truly amazing and transformed the space, but what made our wedding was the infinite amount of love that filled the room. Make sure to check back tomorrow for my four favorite moments.   


Wedding Week: Reception

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After the ceremony, guests moved onto the terrace for cocktails and hour d'oeuvres. We hired Park Ave Catering and chose a menus that incorporated some of our favorite dishes. When we were choosing our hour d'oeuvres, we wanted things that were flavorful and easy to eat (there's no point in serving an appetizer that is either too big or one you'll end up wearing). My favorites were the pancetta wrapped almond stuffed dates with a balsamic glaze. We didn't have signature cocktails but served all the wine and champagne from Trentadue Winery. After all, how can you have a wedding at a winery without serving all the wines on their list! The wine was a hit but the 2012 La Storia Cuvée was my favorite.

Then we moved into the dining room, which had a warm ambiance with yellowy-gold uplighting that filled the room. The tables were topped with flowers, candles, and plated with gold-rimmed dishes. Each table seated around eight people. We had a sit down dinner; first course was a romaine and field greens salad with glazed walnuts, daikon sprouts, topped with a sherry vinaigrette. And the entrée was a choose of either bacon wrapped bistro filet with a pinot noir sauce or pan-seared mahi, both came with local grilled veggies and skillet cooked potatoes. A few toasts were given and then the dancing started.

Our first dance song was Make You Feel My Love by Adele, which we only practiced a few times (if you even call that "practicing"), so it was a bit nerve-racking to go out there and just wing our first dance. That moment was so special, there are so many eyes on us, but felt like none else was in the room. We spent months sending each other song choices, listening to lyrics and rejecting songs. Who knew picking your first dance song is hard; you don't want to pick something cheesy, predictable or inappropriate. After our first dance, my dad came out for our father-daughter dance where we danced to Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra, and Mike and his mom danced to Wing Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler. After the three dances the floor opened things up to everyone. Our band, Smash City was so great and played such great music for the rest of the night. I don't think I left the dance floor except when we had to cut the cake. We chose carrot cake and red velvet for the cake, which everyone raved about. The port and cigar bar came our shortly after and was a huge hit to top off the night. 

At the end of the night, our guests gathered outside with sparklers and created a pathway that we ran through to get to our limo. A sparkler exit was so important to me, it was something I had always pictured and a huge part of picking a venue (whoops!). With California's drought, this was a hard thing to get but after some smooth talking (thanks Mike!), we managed to make it happen. It was so amazing to see the sparkly lights as we walked through our closest friends and family cheering for us. 

20-Inch Sparklers: Sparklers Online 

Wedding Signs: DIY Project

Band: Smash City

Cake: Giorgi's Wedding Cakes

Wedding Favors: local Napa honey

Wedding Week: Ceremony

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We knew we wanted our ceremony to be several things: intimate, share our love for each other, and our covenant with God. Mike and I were so happy that a close friend and mentor, Ryon agreed to marry us. His wisdom and love truly set the tone for the entire day. From the second Mike asked me to marry him, we knew Ryon was the one. Although he had never married anyone before, we respected him and his family. We wanted the person that married us be someone we could call on for the rest of our lives, whether it be for personal, relationship, work, etc. Leading up to the wedding, we met with him and his wife, Jan, for advice on the lifelong commitment we were signing up for. We talked about who we were individually, what we bring to the table for each other, etc. It was intense but was not sugar-coated, which was something we needed to hear. 

We chose to not do a first look. Although it would have been easy for pictures and timing purposes, it was important for us to not see each other beforehand. Not to mention I wanted Mike's facial reaction photographed when he saw me walk down the aisle. My nerves hit right before I walked down the aisle. As we were beginning to line up: groomsmen, followed by Mike and his parents, my mom, bridesmaids, and flower girls, I took my dad's arm. He made me feel calm and collected, just like he has my entire life. Before we walked out he said "you look beautiful...I love you" and I started to loose it with tears, telling him "you can't do this right now." We walked down the ombre pink aisle to the string duo playing A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

Mike and I decided to write our own vows, which was terrifying. I was so worried I wouldn't be able to get through them without ugly crying (which totally happened), but I'm so glad we did it. We agreed on a rough word count so one wouldn't out-do the other. A few months leading up to the wedding I had an ongoing drafted email in my phone where I jotted down notes to help me write my vows. After we were pronounced husband and wife, we walked back up the aisle to Viva La Vida by Coldplay. We had a few minutes with each other before we had to fight the sunlight and take photos, then went to join the party. 


Photographs: Rolo Tanedo Jr. Next up: Wedding Week - The Reception

Did you catch yesterday's post with our wedding look? Check it out here

Venue: Trentadue Winery

Hair/Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room

Photographer: Rolo Tandeo Jr.

Robes: Etsy 

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia

Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade "Charm" Slingback Pump

Bridal Belt: Customized with Novella Bridal 

Veil: Novella Bridal 

Wedding Dress Hanger: Etsy 

Groom/Groomsmen Tuxedo: The Black Tux

Wedding Week: Our Look

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It's our wedding week...well kind of! November 8th marks ONE YEAR of marriage (holy moly where has the time gone!!!). I've gotten a lot of interest in our wedding - everything from decor, where we got this or how we did that so I wanted to share some of the moments that made our day so special. I've decided to dedicate this week to our wedding, covering various parts of our wedding and links to our vendors, etc. Today starts with: our look. 

From the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married in wine country, living in San Francisco we've been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the Napa area. It's so beautiful with the mountains, vineyards and overflowing amounts of wine. Although we knew we wanted a winery wedding, we had some guidelines. We wanted a venue that had a family-run small vineyard feel (nothing commercial with a lot of foot traffic), and separate spaces for the ceremony, cocktail and reception with vineyards surrounding everything. After a month of searching, we found Trentadue Winery, Trentadue had different lawns to break up the ceremony, cocktail and reception (check!), could hold our guest count (and then some), big redwood trees, and beautiful views of the mountains and vineyards. It was romantic and whimsical, with a bit of that rustic winery feel, which was exactly what I had pictured. 

I never tried on a wedding dress prior to being engaged because I wanted to share the special moment with my mom. My mom lives in Houston so we picked a weekend for her to fly out to San Francisco to go dress shopping. I went into the process with an open mind, but like every girl had been searching Pinterest and was leaning towards a mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline. We went to a few different bridal places in the city, I narrowed it down to three dresses and slept on it - meanwhile my mom knew exactly the dress all along. Well, a mom's intuition is always right, because the following day I went back and said yes to the dress: an organza wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice and mermaid skirt. I loved how simple and beautiful the dress was - it hugged my body perfectly. I even got to work with Novella Bridal to customize a crystal belt to put the finishing touches on my dress (and added some extra volume inside the skirt). Novella was so charming and the staff was wonderful to work with for the dress and accessories (including the belt and my veil). I wore a pair of gold sequins Kate Spade heels. For my beauty look, I wanted romantic loose curls with natural makeup and a subtle pink lip. Katie at It's A Date At The Powder Room, executed the look; as well as my bridesmaids hair/makeup. My ten bridesmaids wore mix-and-match style Dessy dresses in the color cameo. Each bridesmaid had a different body type so I wanted them to pick a dress style that they would feel most comfortable in. We rented houses for the bridal party: guys in one and girls in the other. My mom made me a yummy breakfast for us girls, and my grandmothers, aunts and future-mother-in-law popped in throughout the day while we sipped champagne in our robes

Mike and the guys had a morning with prayer and drank beer. It's crazy to think of how different our mornings were. The guys all rented their black tuxedos from The Black Tux (think Rent The Runway for your modern day tuxedo). All they had to do was plug in their measurements and had a stylish tux was sent to them days before the wedding. We loaded up in the shuttle and headed to to Trentadue, I was nervous and excited, but I couldn't wait to see my groom as I walked down the aisle. 


Venue: Trentadue Winery

Hair/Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room

Photographer: Rolo Tandeo Jr.

Robes: Etsy 

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia

Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade "Charm" Slingback Pump

Bridal Belt: Customized with Novella Bridal 

Veil: Novella Bridal 

Wedding Dress Hanger: Etsy 

Groom/Groomsmen Tuxedo: The Black Tux 

Next up for Wedding Week is The Ceremony...

Four Things You Don't Want To Forget On Your Wedding Day

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Things you don't want to forget on your wedding day!

I'm starting a new series where every Wednesday will be Wedding Wednesday. I've written so much about weddings so figured I would make it it's own series. Without further adieu, today's post is the four things you don't want to forget on your wedding day:

#1 The Dress, Duh! 

You've spent so much time finding the perfect dress and in-and-out of fitting appointments. Make sure someone is accountable for it being pressed and ready to go for your wedding day. 

#2 Vows

If you're saying your own vows, then it's so important that you don't forget what you're going to say or what you've written down. I suggest emailing yourself a back up just incase. 

#3 A Robe Or Outfit To Get Ready In

Since you'll be spending time getting ready with your bridesmaids, mother, future-mother-in law, and randoms coming throughout the morning, you will need something to wear thats suitable for pictures. I love these robes that my bridesmaids and I wore, but another great option is this wifey tee

#3 Extra Cash 

In case tip wasn't included with any vendors, you want to make sure to bring tip money and have a close family member or your wedding planner do the tipping. After all, there isn't anywhere for you to store it ;-) Also, something can come up and someone else wants to get their hair/makeup done so you have to pay for their extra services. Regardless, it's always better to be safe than sorry and scrambling on your wedding day. 

Do forget something on your wedding day? Or have any other tips for future brides not to forget? I'd love to read them in the comments below!