As I was leaving my job in Japan to move to Boston, a friend told me that I should get in touch with a friend of his, who was now living in Boston (Curt). He put us in touch over email, and many email exchanges, dates, and years later, Curt and I tied the knot in June 2009 and live in the SF Bay Area.
Finding bridesmaid dresses was tedious for my own wedding, so my friend Jennifer and I created shinyorb.com to make searching and shopping for bridesmaid dresses with friends easy. Check it out: shinyorb.com
We also started this blog: http://blog.shinyorb.com/ to share useful online resources for wedding planning.
We decided to have a beach wedding in Northern CA. I scoured maps and drove around trying to find the perfect beach. But every beach I visited was cold and windy. By luck, I stumbled upon Carmel River State Beach, which was amazing (by Northern CA beach standards :))! The beach has a cove that is sheltered from the wind.
I highly recommend Carmel River State Beach with these caveats:
-hold a summer wedding in the morning (winds pick up in the afternoon in Carmel)
-buy a 4 hour permit to reserve the beach (book in advance)
-rent/borrow a portable sound system + mics => goes a long way
Jennifer's graphical elements were awesome! We used these for our paper-materials as well.