The wedding was wonderful! Stress free like I wished, no. But everything somehow fell into place. Let me recap a bit. We got to Santa Barbara on Friday for rehearsal and RD and the sky was beautiful and temperature was great. Saturday morning comes and sky is grey and drizzly and forecast now says Thunderstorms! Everyone tries to reassure me that rain on your wedding is supposed to be good luck, but not when your ceremony AND reception is all out doors. It got so bad that our coordinator was looking to see if we would be willing to switch locations or rent a big big tent. It drizzled from the time I woke up to just when I was getting into the limo to take pictures with DH and bridal party. Somehow, the drizzling stopped and never started again. By the time we start the ceremony at 3 pm, I saw a peek-a-boo of blue skies and when the ceremony ended, the sky was actually half clear. Come dinner and dancing, it was completely clear. Unbelievable I tell you! One hectic part of the wedding was trying to take pictures with our families. Both of us have big families and they all want to take pictures with us. Our photog was getting annoyed I could tell but my FIL was calling all the shots on who we were taking pictures with (and we couldn't say anything otherwise, kinda sucks). I didn't even get to take a picture with my sisters, their husbands and my nieces and nephews which I really wanted, oh well.
Dinner, toasts and cake went smoothly. Our DJ totally messed up the mother/son dance. He played the wrong song 3 times before he was able to find the right song. DH is so pissed at the DJ because he also played the wrong song for the music right after our persian ceremony.
Since the morning was pretty wet, our lawn area where we had our dance floor and lounge furniture was kinda moist so people really made use of the flip flops we had out, but the bottom of my dress is no longer pretty because of it, hopefully a good dry cleaner can take care of that.
All in all, it was a great day and I can't wait to see the professional pics. These are one of the groomsmen's girlfriend photos, a very good amateur photog. Enjoy!!
The Sofreh (for the persian ceremony, each item has a symbolic meaning)
My excited and handsome groom.
DH's young cousin played for my march and recessional
Walking down the stairs with my mom and dad
Persian ceremony where sugar cones are subbed to bring sweetness into our marriage
GM's doing the wave. Silly boys.
Catholic ceremony following the Persian ceremony.
Sis tore her ACL at the beginning of the week so I gave her all my extra ribbon and told her to decorate her crutches and did she ever! I loved it!
Garter toss song was to Indiana Jones theme song (got the idea from Jaci, thank you!!) and got the hat and whip too.
Little kids totally surprised us with a choreographed "Ocho Ocho" dance, so cute!