Oct 11, 2008
SEATING OF PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS: Ballade Pour Adeline
BRIDESMAIDS PROCESSIONAL: How Beautiful (by Twila Paris)
PROCESSIONAL: Here, There, Everywhere (by The Beatles) - I remember listening to the Beatles as a kid; my dad was a huge fan, so I knew this was the perfect song to be escorted down the aisle by my father.
RECESSIONAL: Love Song (by Ronan Hardiman)
WEDDING PARTY ENTRANCE: Stronger (by Kanye West, instrumental version)
OUR GRAND ENTRANCE: Remember The Name (by Fort Minor, instrumental version)
FIRST DANCE: Slow Dance (by John Legend)
CAKE CUTTING: How Sweet It Is (by James Taylor)
BOUQUET TOSS: Family Affair (by Mary J. Blige, instrumental version)
GARTER TOSS: Damn, Girl (by Justin Timberlake)
LAST DANCE: Saving Forever For You (by Shanice)
After searching high and low for the perfect invite (and within the perfect price range), I gave up and decided to DIY my invites. I read about so many brides doing this and gaining so much satisfaction from it, I told my DH that we can take on this project!
I decided on Perfetto coffee bean pocketfolds from cards & pockets and baby blue linen square envelopes from envelopemall.com. I also purchased baby blue panel cards from cards & pockets to mount the invite on.
My DH designed the invite in Adobe Illustrator. I wanted to add some depth and texture to the invite, so I stamped and embossed cherry blossoms on the branches and glued crystal embelishments. We also created inserts for RSVP, the map, and the accomodations. We then tied ribbon around the invite to close it and stuck our monogram on the front cover.
We choose to address our invites as shown in Martha Stewart. However, we got several of our invites mailed to us b/c the post office thought we were the receiver.
Also, the size of our invites (6x6) were considered "large"; one post office quoted us $0.79, while another quoted us $1/piece. We didn't want our invites returned, so to be on the safe side, we opted for the $1 postage.
RECEPTION/CEREMONY/CATERING: Pacific Athletic Club www.pacclub.com
CATERING: Le's Kitchen Catering - we orginally wanted to book this caterer b/c they specialize in Asian cuisine (and their food is yummy), but unfortunately, our dates did not mesh. I highly recommend if you are looking for contemporary Asian food. http://www.leskitchen.com/
PHOTOGRAPHER: Todd Rafalovich www.toddrafalovich.com
FLORIST: Nicole Ha www.nicoleha.com
LINENS: Classic Party Rental www.classicpartyrentals.com
CAKE: American Cupcake www.americancupcake.com
WEDDING DRESS: Amy Kuschel www.amykuschel.com
HAIR & MAKE-UP: Sherrie Long www.sherrielong.com
VIDEOGRAPHER: MvideoM Productions www.mvideom.com
DJ: John Jow
OFFICIANT: Heartfelt Weddings www.heartfeltweddings.com
We were married on October 11, 2008 at the Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood City, CA. I never got around to doing a blog during the planning stages... always meant to, but my laziness got the better of me. Now that all is said and done, I realized that I enjoyed reading other's people's biographies to get inspiration, ideas, and to just, plain admire, so why not do one for myself, in the hopes that I inspire a future bride.
** All photos currently posted are non-pro pics.