“ Enter Wedding Planning ” by qtqiqi
Our wedding will be on October 6, 2007 on Kevin's father's farm in Larkin Valley, Santa Cruz County. It will be semi casual, "farm style". These pictures are taken in the spring when there's green everywhere, by October, it will be a lot more
Ceremony Site in the backyard
Reception on the Knoll
Here's a few pictures of my dress - Ulla Maija Couture Spring07 (purchased w/ Marina Morrison union square SF, they are wonderful to work with, the shop has a gorgeous fitting space that's so relaxing!)
Link to the Ulla Maija Bio
Hair I love! thanks knottie: Chucktgirl
I want to have a fresh look like this
w/ these shoes I scored at Jeremy's
FI's look - We've decided against Tux, going with a suit instead, he desperately wants this from Armani Collezioni
Flowers I Like
I think it's neat to incorporate succulents
Flower for family member
Centerpiece arrangement preview by Nicole Ha (picture taken at her recent bridal show) showing my colors. I love the free form texture.
I absolutely love Knottie Jagnsis's reception decor! The colors I have in mind, maybe a tad bit less pink and more gold/bronze tone...
Still debating whether to have seating cards, if we do, I like this idea from knottie: Sakegirls
I love the style/feel of these aisle and centerpiece arrangements from knottie CaliCayman, but in my colors
I definitely plan to use the aisle decor for centerpiece also, I will have a combination of round and rectangular tables to make this work.
FMIL is making our wedding cake to keep with the "farm style", this is the inspiration for our cake - love the butter cream frosting choppy look:
Enter our fabulous Bridal Party
Flower girls dress
Ok, here's the Bling...
FI knew that I wanted an antique looking ring, and this is what he picked. I had never been able to decide between the looks of a round and a square stone, but now I kind of have both.
“ The McClain's ” by KTMac
We had a small semi-formal wedding in the Santa Cruz Mtns. (ben lomond) Our wedding was just perfect! We ended up coming in WAY under budget due to my craftiness! I am a big believer in DIY projects, which saved us TONS of money! My dress was
practically a steal, and I was just so pleased with how everything turned out! Our candy & dessert buffet was the biggest hit (aside from the dancing)!more »
“ Our Wedding Bio ” by moemarsita
Emily & Matt
July 6, 2008
Matt & I met
through church an an Ultimate Frisbee class at a local community college. It was a summer of throwing Frisbees and learning new things, only to head back to school and spend the next 2 and a half years in a long distance relationship! It was
hard, but in retrospect it really helped us focus on getting to know each other and building a strong foundation. After being only 10 miles apart for about a year, he proposed to me on Mother's Day, May 13, 2007. We're planning a Livermore
Valley Wine Country wedding and can't be more thrilled to start our new life together!
Some shots from our engagement shoot, by Joel Flory
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Our Venue: Palm Event Center at the Vineyard
(Picture from Penelope's Loom on Flickr.)
Images from Palm Event Center. Check out their website for more pictures!
It must take someone pretty perfect to pick out the perfect engagement ring. Matt read my wonky sign language to come up with a ring better than the ones
I'd occasionally search for. Not that I searched...often.
Its sparkle is really quite mesmerizing. It distracts me from work. With each key of the keyboard poked, it glimmers and makes me stop to admire. Even more distracting is thinking
about Matt searching for it and all that it represents. When it first was revealed before me, the idea of getting married was a huge shock–a “someday in the future” fast forwarding to that instant. After only a couple days of
wearing the ring, I’d grown accustomed to it. Well, that is, my pointer and middle finger grew accustomed to it.
The only problem with the ring was that it only came in a size 7 and I’m a size 5. Normally in this instance someone
would just run down to a jeweler to get it resized. Since this band had diamonds set, even if only halfway down, three jewelers were wary of the extreme modification. The fear is that in taking out a large chunk of the ring, maintaining the curve
would mean compromising the settings in the band. And no jeweler wants that looming over their head. Instead they suggest making the manufacturer change it, but with buying from Costco (the most bling for your buck!) that’s not an option.
The woman at Costco’s jewelry counter then led me to JewelSmiths. They specialize in unique ring design and taking on the challenges that has other jewelers shaking in their boots. The staff were very friendly and had vast knowledge of
the industry. We dropped the ring off Saturday and were told it would be ready by Wednesday morning, if not Tuesday night. I was nervous about how much this was all going to cost, but it was significantly lower than what other jewelers’ quotes.
And I had much more confidence in the staff at JewelSmiths.
My Dress &
Click here for my dress
Maggie Sottero, Vienna. I LOVE my dress! FI accidentally saw my dress here, so I had tot ake down the photo! I am thinking of altering it a bit tighter so it will be more mermaid
From eBay also! Veilsbylana was a great seller with very nice (and affordable!) merchandise.
Hair & Makeup
This picture is from Mrs. Caramel on WeddingBee.com. They came back in stock on Nordstrom.com, so I made the ladies order them with a quickness! They're Maggy London, aquamarine.
Save the Dates
We made business card size magnets through VistaPrint.com. We had a good
experience with them and were able to find a coupon online to make them even cheaper. Handwriting all the cards, on the other hand, was ab big pain! I knew I should have spent more time figuring out our printer!
From Etsy.com, seller GarterLady
Our guestbook, from Blurb.com.
Wow, it's hard to take pictures of the invites! All paper from Paper Source (love them!) and the ribbon from Michaels. We made them ourselves and I think they are awesome! The stamps were embossed, so it
really adds a little something extra. If you plan to make your own, please steal my RSVP plan, it helps get rid of those pesky plus ones:
We look forward to celebrating with you!
We have reserved two seats in your honor.
Please reply by THIS DATE.
meal choice (tri-tip, salmon or vegetarian)
M________ Attending?_____ Meal:_____
M________ Attending?_____ Meal:_____
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Ceremony & Reception Location - Palm
Event Center, Pleasanton CA
Comments/Reviews: So far so good. Check it
out at www.PalmEventCenter.com . Officiant - Mike Forrest Comments/Reviews: Our college pastor, he knew us from the very beginning. He did a friend's wedding in June '07 and I know he'll do just as well (probably better, but I could be biased...)!
Cake Creator - TBD Comments/Reviews: Florist - Lynn
Comments/Reviews: She's a family friend who has retired from her florist shop. She is so creative and attentive to our budget -- which is very helpful!
Photographer - Joel Flory Comments/Reviews: He and his wife Cara have been very personable and professional. They are also very adamant that our photos be a reflection of us and have
offered some creative ways to help our personalities shine through. Our engagement photos came out great and we can't wait to have them help us on our special day!
Disc Jockey - TBD
Comments/Reviews: Since our friend can't do it, we're scrambling for a DJ now. Eek!
Transportation - Santa Cruz Woodies Comments/Reviews: My dad and his friends will be carting us around in old school style! Woodies are classic cars with wood paneling down the sides. They have become a symbol of
Rental Company - Pleasanton Rentals? Comments/Reviews:
Jeweler - Costco & JewelSmiths Comments/Reviews: At Costco, you get the most bling for your buck! They have a great selection in a wide price range. JewelSmiths is a small shop bursting with friendly and knowledgeable employees.
Many jewelers were afraid to resize my diamond-lined band and they did a great job for a great price!
Tuxedos - Men's Wearhouse
Comments/Reviews: My Dress - Maggie
Comments/Reviews: I found my dress on eBay! I was so
excited because I was about to give up and fork out the big bucks! I couldn't be happier with the dress and the awesome seller!
Bridesmaid Dresses - Nordstrom
Comments/Reviews: We were able to get the dresses for $128 with free shipping! They came quickly and the girls are actually excited to wear them! (Every bride's dream, right?) Most alterations are free with
Nordy's, so that's a huge plus!
Hair Stylist -
Jen! Comments/Reviews: Girl's got skills when it comes to getting my hair
exactly how I want it. And I'm pretty dang picky!
Makeup Artist - Megan & Sandy! Comments/Reviews: Friends
since kindergarten, the Denver-loving and newly Mrs. twins will make us ladies G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S!
Wedding Coordinator - Provided by Palm.
Comments/Reviews: Honeymoon Destination - HAWAII! Comments/Reviews: Planning to buy packages
through Costco. I'm letting the fiance handle this, because it started to stress me out a bit! I'm sure our visit to Kauai and Maui will be FAB!
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Took these during venue shopping! Not real...
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