Tuesday, February 14, 2012

our wedding...

Due to the lack of blogging I got used to doing, I have yet to post real photos from my own wedding. Well the blog has changed, I am posting daily and I have a story to tell about mine and Shane's wedding.

Our wedding was a small intimate production. We opted for this because we really wanted to enjoy the whole day surrounded by our closest friends and family. Our wedding party consisted of a total of 2 girls and 2 guys. My two daughters, my son and Shane's brother. Shane's best friend Jason, who lives in L.A. got ordained and married us! He also did mine and the girls hair. Jason's wife made sure all of us girls had everything we needed and was awesome to have hanging out with us all day. Another one of Shane's really close friends from L.A. did our makeup. It really was perfect to have these important people making this day amazing for us.

Shane and I decided we wanted to see each other prior to the ceremony. I really had no idea how emotional this moment would be. Even though I have seen tons of first looks with previous clients I now know how beautiful that moment is when a bride and groom see each other for the first time, alone.

Since we saw each other we were able to get all of our pre-wedding photos out of the way before the ceremony.

Once we arrived at the venue, Leapin Lizard, our day of coordinator had everything set up and ready to go. So we were able to take some time and relax before guest started to arrive.

I have to say that having that time to regroup and relax was awesome. I highly suggest every bride do this. The few minutes right before the ceremony starts is crazy so it really is beneficial to be regrouped.

Our ceremony was short and sweet.

I chose not to over decorate the ceremony space mostly because it is so beautiful as is.
After the ceremony all the guests went downstairs for cocktails as the upstairs was flipped and set up for dinner. My favorite part of this was Shane and I actually were able to participate in the cocktail hour while our day of coordinator and the staff at Leapin Lizard flipped the room. I can not emphasize how important it is to have someone there to do the actual work the day of your wedding!

I chose to D.I.Y. most everything that was decor related. Aside from our actual amazing wedding invitations which Amo-Ink created. We made all of the napkins, menu cards, programs, the fabric hearts our flower girl tossed, hand painted all of our silverware handles, escort card tags,  picked a ton of wild flowers that grew near our house and bought some as well and created our centerpieces, made our bouquets and the boutonnieres, made the desert table signs, and the table numbers. Here are some pics!

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