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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: 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

Something Blue

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You've probably heard of the wedding day tradition where a bride is supposed to wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. I always thought this was a silly tradition until I read The Knot and learned it's an old English rhyme that brings good luck to a bride on her wedding day. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.

I'm not going to lie, it was difficult to find my something blue. So I wanted to share a few fun and creative ideas that I came across for my own wedding day. Can you guess which one I did?! :) 

1. Hidden Blue Stitching
Take an old dress shirt of your father’s (or any loved one) and cut out a heart to sew inside your dress. Or have your wedding date or new initials stitched in blue inside your wedding dress. 

2. Blue Lingerie or Garter
I love the blue undies or a blue garter for your something blue. Perhaps it could be fun to make your groom search for that something blue after the wedding festivities are over!

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3. Blue Nails
I love the idea of panting your pigs a shade of blue or having a blue accent nail on your ring finger (you know...just so he doesn't forget which finger to put the ring on!). I love the shades 'Something Blue' by Essie and 'Blu' by Zoya

4. Blue Suede Shoes 
I love the idea of adding a pop of color with your shoes or on the soles of your heels. Not to mention there are so many cute blue shoes to choose from. I especially love these Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps and these Manolo Blahnik pointy toe pumps

all images via Pinterest 

4 Details Wedding Guests Won't Notice

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4 Details Wedding Guests Won't Notice |

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?