May 30, 2010
We had a fabulous wedding photographer who was able to capture all the special moments and candids of our day. Her name is Nicolette Clark (www.nicoletteclark.com) based out of Sacramento, CA. She could not have been any easier to work with! We’re so lucky to have found such a talented, professional, passionate and fun photographer to work with. I sent her a list of photos I wanted photographed on the day of the wedding along with posed shots and names of family members. She was patient and produced high quality photos that my husband and I will look through, cherish, brag about, show our kids, our grandkids…you get the picture =) Thank you Nicolette and thank you to her second shooter, Rachel! Here are some photos that were posted on Nicolette’s blog.
One of our favorite shots...
The only time you'll actually see your grandparents dancing to "I Got a Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas (in public)?? Your wedding reception!! So many fun memories and moments that my husband and I will cherish forever and ever! At your reception, remember:
-eat dinner, you'll need the energy to dance!
-eat cake, not too many brides get to =(
-you'll forget a few things but THAT'S OKAY (I forgot to put my garter on! My hubby had to improvise and toss of the groomsmen's rose boutinierres...No one noticed and thought he was being funny by "taking my flower" hahaha)
-If you don't get to talk to people for long, that's okay too! They're your family and bestest friends, they'll understand, trust me!
Though we had more than a few problems with our venue, we didn't let that stop us from having a blast! Check out the reception photos below:
Our first dance to "Your Song" by Elton John
A little Greek Dancing to start off the night
And more dancing!
My husband and I decided to write our own vows because it meant more to us to share what we love about each other with our friends and family. We are soooo glad we did. I know some people try and steer away from writing their own vows because they're either shy or want to go the traditional route, but for us, it was the perfect way to show each other (and our loved ones) the love we felt from the first day we met to that moment. Make sure you (or someone else, such as your Maid of Honor) has tissue for you!! No matter how much you say you're not going to cry, you're not going to cry, you're not going to cry, 90% of us brides usually do=) You want to be prepared...Thank goodness my maid of honor was prepared because I sure wasn't! haha. In the middle of my husband's vows, the tears that were swelling up in the corner of my eyes bursted and went rolling down my cheeks...(I could hear my make-up artist gasping! haha j/k) It was a special moment...
My mom would not stop crying (happy tears of course) while walking down the aisle with me. I wanted my parents to walk me down even though my mom didn't want the attention. Of course you do Mom, you're special too!!! Anyway, because my mom was in tears, so was every other person I just happened to glance at while walking down. Aww. This is when I started telling myself, "You're not going to cry, you're not going to cry Mae!" But of course I am one of te 90% that do...
My husband waiting patiently...
The first look! (I hid my dress from him for over a year and he didn't even know it was being altered)
Here I come!
Exchange of rings
My bouquet was done by a local florist, Tracy Gibbons with Budding Events in Sacramento, CA.(http://www.buddingevents.com) Tracy did a wonderful job bringing my vision to life. I wanted something simple, creamy, and elegant for myself and an arrangement that will pop against my bridesmaids' chocolate brown dresses. We had to switch florists 3 months before the wedding (after having already booked one 7 months prior) and I am happy we did! She was able to work within my budget and even threw in the groom's bout for free! Can't beat that :)
here are the bouquets and bouts from our wedding:
My bouquet: white ranuculas, tulips, freesia and orchids with magenta tips
Bridesmaids Bouquets: Orange and magenta roses and yellow pom poms
Groomsmens bouts/orange rose
Groom's bout/ freesia and ranuncula
God bless my husband's heart! I love him so much for taking the reigns on our wedding day. We had some trouble with the banquet staff at our venue and there were more than a few things that went wrong because of plain carelessness (we'll leave that for another post). Thank goodness my husband stepped in! He spent the first part of his afternoon helping to set up the reception room (setting out favors, table numbers, centerpieces) and thanks to his help, the room was beautiful!!!!!! =) Mr. Hubby wore a black Kenneth Cole Suit for the pictures and ceremony and changed into a Barong Tagalog for the reception to honor my filipino heritage. Sweet! =) He wore these super cute "knife and fork" cuff links I got him from Etsy (I will have to look up the name of the artist so I can give him/her credit!) since we met in culinary school and he is a cook.
Here are a few shots of him and the guys getting ready...
They were able to play a little pool before the ceremony to calm the nerves.
I know people say to get your beauty rest the night before your wedding, but I was just too excited! I probably got about 3-4 hours of sleep. While one of my bridesmaids whom I shared a hotel room with that night was snoring away, I was wide awake counting sheep! (seriously, I was) I woke up at 6am and knocked on my parents' hotel room next door -- I really wanted to spend the morning with them! We went to breakfast (if you can't get a good night's sleep AT LEAST have a nice, healthy breakfast ;0) It was a quick morning to say the least! The next thing I knew we were off to the ceremony site to get ready (we booked a room at Arden Hills Villas for the wedding night)...Here we go....
My girls were ever so helpful in keeping me calm, cool and collected! (it was a nice 80 degrees outside. I was relieved as it had been raining the past few days!) I cannot stress enough to choose your bridesmaids wisely! Just because someone is there for you one year does not mean they will be next year! (from experience!) Choose the true friends who've been there through thick and thin...elementary to middle school to high school through college through the drunken nights and the teary eyes...