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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 }}

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{{ 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: 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: 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. 

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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...

4 Details Wedding Guests Won't Notice

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As a bride, it's so easy to get caught up into making every detail perfect, but in reality, no matter how much money you throw down there are some things that aren't worth splurging on because no one will remember or even notice. 

Think about the most recent wedding you went to….go it? Now, what do you remember from that wedding? Ours was the music and booze…but you also remember if the food was typical hotel wedding food or not, so we added that to the list too! Here are the 4 details that your guests won't notice. 

#1. Favors. Brides go so out of their way to make them perfect, but in reality unless you can eat them, no one really cares. We had local honey in mason jars at our wedding, which I thought was a great idea and got compliments on it but in reality it wasn't worth the headache and sticky mess of getting the honey into the jars. 

#2. Fancy Table Linens. We have the pressure of making our wedding look Pinterest perfect but a good place to save is table linens. The tables are covered with centerpieces, plates, silverware, and glassware, so instead of getting all fancy with table linens (which adds up on each table) try making the centerpiece stand out more. 

#3. Out of season flowers. Do you like setting your money on fire? I had my heart set on peonies but a wedding in November just wasn't going to cut it. Talk to your florist about the best options for substitutes. 

#4. Nice china. I'm a sucker for gold rimmed china just like the next girl, but unless you've already budgeted for it - it's not really necessary with dimmed lighting and already plated meals. 

What other details did you save on for your wedding? 

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