Aug 07, 2010
PLace: Darlington House, La Jolla
Linens: Had them made in Fashion District
Florals: Christine w/ Fancy That!
Day of Coordination: Brenda Swann & Sherry Tarrant w/ Swann Soirees
DJ: Vynce Pham DJ Music Phreek
Catering: Pear Trees Catering
the Reception was amazing!! I loved how everything was set up and from what I saw, everyone had a good time =)
I was happy with the flow of everything b/c it definitely didnt feel like it went by too fast. I was able to soak in all the moments and we were even able to enjoy our food and eat. Our guests were def up for dancing and we danced all night (well only until 9:30 because the house closes at 10pm)
Above are some of the main events during the reception.
Here is my dress!! I chose the Pronovias Hebra and it was probably the 10th dress I tried on. The funny story is that I found and picked it 1 year and 8 months out from the wedding! and yes, I stuck with it. There was a bridal store in SD that my sister and I went to to go dress hunting. However I knew that I was not going to buy from a boutique. My Bride Friends in SD directed me to a middle buyer (not sure what you call them) who basically has contacts at different lines and buys the dress wholesale price. They sells it to you for a little above that.
Her name is Karen with RSVP bridal. She is totally legit, nicest woman ever and has a cute studio attached to her house. YOu just tell her the line and style you want and she will tell you how much she can get it for. You can go to her place to have yourself sized for free so she orders you the right size and You can have the dress delivered anywhere to you for only $50 or you can pick it up and try it on.
At the SD boutique my dress was being sold for $1200 and I got it for $800. (please keep in mind that I bought my dress in the begining of 2009 so prices may have changed).
I would totally recommend anyone to her.
Anyways, back to the dress. This sucker was sitting in our house for a good year and half and was staring at me everyday! But it is my most favorite thing ever b/c my dad bought it for me. He has bought every important dress in my life, graduations, prom, and now my wedding so this is extra special for me.
What I love about this dress is that it has this spanish/flamenco feel to it. I love the ruffles for a little something different, it has beading and ruching...it had it all.
I had to make a lot of alterations to the dress b/c their sizes run big and the only thing the dress didnt have was a sweetheart neckline.
Again going to my friends in SD who were getting married, there was a woman that they all used for alterations who used to work in a bridal boutique but has since gone solo. Here name is Rose Anderson and she works out of her home and does IMPECABLE work...no joke!! Her work is boutique seemstress material. She is very methodical, meticulous, and listens to your ideas and wants and will do anything to make it happen. Most of all, for all that, she is very affordable.
I had to make my dress smaller twice, make a sweetheart neckline, bustle, and move the skirtline up and take up the hem ( it was the smallest size dress and I was swimming in it. Their line is obviously tailored toward tall, long torso'ed women)...and this cost me less than $400. She keeps your dress until the day before so that if need be, she will take it in again if you ended up losing stress weight the week prior.
She is so good that when it came to right time to get my dress altered, we were already living up here in the bay. But I couldnt come to think of anyone else touching my dress but her. So we factored alteration visits in with every monthly trip we took to SD to finish up planning and last details.
Here are some shots of the dress on our special day:
What it looks like bustled
We had our ceremony at the Immaculata at USD. The church is huge so hence the aisle is super long...def gives you the jitters walking down the aisle that is that long...but i loved it =).
The church and its coordinator were really easy to work with and it didnt cost an arm and a leg to get married at this church like it was for some.
We didnt want to do to much with the decor...no need to. so we just did pew flower arrangements on clips for the upper half of the pews and two big flower arrangements on either side of the altar.
We had a traditional catholic wedding with the filipino traditions. However our music director was bomb.com and did unconventional music. We did contemporary christian songs and walked out to the "seasons of love" from rent.
Our priest is our friend and mentor and made the ceremony very personal. I wouldnt have any one else do it.
At first we didnt want a big cake. This was one of the areas I was fine in tightening the budget on..just something for show and then some sheets in the back. Well my Aunt ended up wanting to buy our cake for our wedding present and when we agreed, we told her our idea and she said "absolutely no" (exact words).... If Im going to pay for it, I want a big/ tall cake with decorations and flowers". So hence...my search for the perfect cake began.
Above was our cake inspiration picture. We wanted to have something spanish inspired with the red roses and the wrought iron look to the decor/icing. I also loved the spacing of the cake with the two bottom layers stacked right on top of each other and then a spce in between and the top two are also stacked right on each other.
We got our cake from VGs Donut & Bakery in Cardiff (North of La JOlla)...they are the oldest bakery in town and the cakes are very delicious and affordable!! When you sample, they give you half sheets to sample...no joke...so we had like 2 wedding cake tasting parties with our friends and co workers. Actually our co-workers and friends picked the flavors because they all decided to start a survey poll. So we went with the results =)
Top: white cake with strawberries & bavarian cream
2nd tier: white cake layer + apricot + mocha + chocolate cake layer
3rd tier: white cake layer +raspberries + chocolate mouse + chocolate cake layer
4th tier (bottom): White cake with strawberries & Bavarian cream
This is how our cake turned out below. When we first showed the bakery our inspiration pictures, the cake lady said that the exact decor and icing would be more expensive because it is really intricate and precise. She suggested we look at their previous styles to see if we saw anything similar. We Chose the squigly design below. My florist I guess had extra flowers so she decided to put it on the cake even if it wasnt like the inspiration picture but....I think our cake turned out stunning!! We both Absolutely loved our cake. Daniel kept saying how beautiful it was. To add the monogram style to the cake we just chose a simple silver mirrored acrylic "R" topper. From etsy.
i cant believe my aunt only paid $510 for this cake!
The day of the wedding came and I was banking on getting a good 8 hours but only managed 6...i guess that will do =P and when I woke up...that's when I felt the nerves! my tummy started twisting as if I was really anxious! but it wasn't like I was nervous to get married or unsure of my decision...I felt like I was going to go on stage for something to perform something or say a big speech!! It was really weird. I calmed down as all the commotion started that day and the girls began arriving for our beautifying session. It was really chill and laid back getting ready, people went and came as they pleased! we ate, watched tv and it was great.....and low and behold....9 bridesmaids, 1 bride, 1 flower girl, 1 mom and grandma and 1 toast of pink champagne later...we were heading out the door of the hotel and checking out ON TIME!! I couldn't believe it!...with time to spare. I was so proud of everyone!
After Girl pictures, we headed to the limo bus and we hydrated, snacked, listened to music...rested....on our way to the church (my poor girls had to meet me at 8am and some didn't even get to SD till 3 or 5 in the morning. they were troopers!). The excitement started to build as people saw us pull in and I saw all these people outside the church all dressed up and people trying to peer into the bus. Then I saw my Dad! He looked so handsome!! and I realized that this going to happen real real soon!
It wasn't until me and my dad, all by ourselves were standing at the end of the aisle, about to walk down that I started crying. It was mixed emotions of just bliss and happiness, to "wow look at all these people" "wow look at Daniel" "He's already crying" to "wow! Im so blessed to have my dad here with me walking with me" "OMG Dads crying too" so I just took my priest and coordinators advice and let the tears roll rather than fight them.
The ceremony was beautiful...everything had meaning to it from our readings to the music to our priest...he is a dear friend of ours. It felt very personal and we were very grateful.
On to the reception...when we arrived we were early so our coordinator stole us for a bit to take a sneak peak into the dining area that was closed off for cocktail hour! I tell you I was stunned when I walked in!! not because i thought it was the "best ever"...it was that....for two years Ive been planning this, organizing all the details, working with this vision and picture I had in my head and here it was in front of me and it was insanely amazing and everything i hoped for and better. that's what I was thinking as I turned around to take a whole look at the garden. When we went outside to mingle, it just got better because everywhere i turned, there was a little detail that I would see and get excited about and then I would see everyone having a good time, getting drinks and appetizers...it was great!
Daniel saw the excitement in my face with the way everything turned out and he too was smiling ear to ear! we were with each other the whole night...I don't think we ever left each other's side! we celebrated the whole night dancing, watching our slide show, sneaking in kisses, taking a look around at everything and everyone.
At the end of the night, we could say that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and that we were able to actually remember the night and where the time went. It didn't go by too fast and we were able to take it all in. We were humbled by everyone that came to celebrate and everyone that helped to make this celebration happen....and we were ready for our honeymoon!
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