Apr 04, 2009
we had our ceremony and reception at the san ramon marriott. our ceremony took place in their courtyard and the weather was beautiful.
the reception was also at the hotel and the ballroom was gorgeous. the uplighting was provided by our awesome DJ and the flowers were done by huckleberry karen designs. i was so happy that everything looked simple yet elegant.
(photos by impact sounds dj)
DH wanted a photobooth but it was way out of our budget. when we found our dj (impact sounds dj), they told us that they offered photobooths as an additional service. they gave us a really good deal that we couldn't pass on. they set it up right outside of our reception and even provided an album for our guests to put their pictures in. it was a huge hit and we wished we had it all night.
(photos by impact sounds dj)
i love, love, love cupcakes!! i knew right away that i didn't want a traditional cake and that i wanted to have cupcakes instead. after trying out a couple different bakeries, we decided to go with sweet dreams bakery (www.sweetdreamshop.com). we had three different flavors - red velvet, vanilla with chocolate frosting and cookies and cream. our guests loved them and even had seconds. we saw some of them bringing a cupcake home for later!
(photo by impact sounds dj)
i didn't really want to do a ceremony program since i wasn't sure if all of our guests would take one. i gave in and decided to just do it. for 240 guests, i only made a 100 and we only had 10 left! yay! they did take them! :)
i kept the programs really simple. just a cover page with our monogram, then a page with the order of our ceremony with an explanation of the traditions that took place (veil, coins, cord), and then the last page was a list of who was in our wedding party.
i even put bubbles in the basket with the programs and i didn't expect anyone to get them but at the end of the ceremony as we were walking down the aisle, everyone was blowing them! it was so cute!
we made sure to incorporate some important filipino traditions to our ceremony
the veil - a gift from my aunt in the philippines
The veil is a symbol of the faithful and everlasting love the bride and groom have for each other. Through the passing of the years, it will remind them that they belong to each other, and that their love becomes more beautiful in self-surrender that are total and pure. The Veil Sponsors will pin the veil from the groom’s shoulders extending to cover the bride’s head and shoulders. It also symbolizes unity of the two families into one.
the cord and coins - another gift from my aunt
The cord symbolizes the love and friendship that bind the couple together, and the figure eight shape represents the infinite nature of matrimony.
the coins signifies the bride and groom's mutual hope for wealth, prosperity and security as they build their lives and family together. the metal tinkling of the thirteen coins being passed from one pair of hands to the others signifies abundance and success in the couple's joint efforts.
the unity candle - purchased at michael's
light the two candles on side of the Unity Candle as a symbol of the gift of life that they gave them when they were new to this world, and the gift of life they give them now as they begin a new life together as husband and wife.