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Our Wedding: Part 3 | The DETAILS!

When it comes to wedding planning, “they” always tell you not to get caught up in the details. Well I say the details are the fun part! Being engaged got me so excited not only about marrying the man I love, but about all the fun craft projects in store! I’m am HUGE on do it yourself (why buy when you can DIY?) and Geoff was on board with the projects and even willing to help. You already know I made my own wedding dress, veil, bridesmaids dresses and invitations and all the paper goods. Well, there is more, my friends.
Our wedding’s theme was fair / carnival / circus / summer BBQ but mostly the theme was FUN. We just wanted everyone to have a great time, and indulge their inner kid a little bit. Start with the tables. All of our centerpieces were kids board games. We had everything from Operation to Hi Ho Cherry-O to Perfection to Hungry Hungry Hippos to Battleship and so many more!

Our escort cards were High Hill Ranch’s DEEElicious caramel apples.(Ummm…apple farm, no question!) They fit in perfecltly with our theme. We also had homemade caramel corn made by my mother (she makes the BEST) and animal cookies, snow cones, and cotton candy. Cocktail hour was a sugar rush for sure!

Each place setting had a placemat we made, about 140 of them, cut out from different green patterned fabrics. When I get around to it, I want to make a quilt or a picnic blanket from them.

In addition to the games we had our DIY mustaches on a stick at all of the tables and orange and yellow Dahlias in Strauss Creamery (the best dairy EVER, period) cream bottles.

Speaking of flowers Brandi of Party Petals created our beautiful bouquets and ’bouts. She did such a great job, Geoff and I give her the highest recommendation!

Our decorations would not have been complete without the BALLOONS! I loved the pops of color they brought, How can you not love balloons, they are just so fun and cheery.


Geoff took on the task of making our (cup)cake stands. We scoured the thrift stores for candlesticks and platters, pie pans, trays and anything else that was flat and pretty. A couple tubes of epoxy and several cans of spray paint later, and you have our cake stands. I loved how each one was unique and they were all very affordable to create! (I WILL make a tutorial soon!) By the way if you want the BEST CUPCAKES IN SACRAMENTO (ok, ok, best anywhere) check out Babycakes on J street. Geoff and I go there a couple times a month at least. They are sooooo yummy. Easy choice for the wedding!

Our elephant cake toppers were purchased from bunny with a toolbelt on etsy.com. I do plan on buying one of her adorable sculptures for each of our children.
Of course I designed our guestbook! I took the design from our invitations and incorporated it into our own guestbook. Its very similar to the ones we offer our clients. Geoff and I still love reading through all the messages our guests left us.

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This post wouldn’t be complete without talking about Geoff’s ring. Or should I say RINGS. Geoff’s first ring, the one he wears the most, we bought from etsy.com seller Stout Woodworks. It is made out of Zebrawood, so beautiful and completely unique. Geoff is always getting comments. Now, although it is a lot sturdier than you might think, a wooden ring is not always practical so that is why we also purchased a titanium ring from another etsy seller Zoe and Doyle. We love that both rings are handmade and one of a kind. I LOVE the ring shots Sarah took of all the rings.

One more wedding post to go! Coming up next…the PARTY!


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Our Wedding: Part 2 | The uber-emotional ceremony

Ahhhh…the ceremony. I have the most vivid memories from this part of the day. It was SO EMOTIONAL! Geoff and I were both shedding tears of joy pretty much the whole time. It was awesome. We had some pretty simple decorations because the location was SO beautiful. The pond, the view overlooking endless trees, green grass, wonderful weather. It ended up being overcast which was perfect. I was so afraid we’d be in direct sun. Still, I wanted to tie in our fair / carnival / summer party-bbq theme a bit so I made this bunting (banners or flagging or garlands, whatever you want to call them) to go along the aisle. We shopped for a couple months to find cool patterned fabrics in our wedding colors.

Our altar was two young trees with big yellow bows on them. Geoff and I plan on planting the trees at our new house (we just got an offer accepted on!) as a tribute to our marriage. It will be fun to watch the trees grow as we grow with each other.

Here are the four bridesmaids dresses I made. I love that its the same dress but is worn and looks completely different on each girl. Each of them were able to choose a style that suits them best.

Our little ring bearer Shae was so cute. I love his hair! I made his little ring pillow about 1 in the morning two nights before the wedding.

Our cute little flower girl Dominique only got two little petals down on the aisle. That’s ok, it’s a tough job!

Then it was my turn to walk down with my dad. It was downhill and I was wearing very high heels, so I kept tripping! Good thing my Pop was there to keep my from falling!

By the time I got close enough to see Geoff’s face everything else faded away.

One of the best decisions we made was asking our friend Neil to be our officiant. It was so nice to have someone that means something to you doing the job. I couldn’t image having a hired stranger up there with us. As a man of the theatre, I don’t have to tell you he did a great job.

Geoff and I wrote the ceremony together. As I scoured the internet for help, there were things that made me cry as I read them aloud. Those were the readings that were added! Doing all of this ourselves made the whole thing that much more meaningful.

We also wrote own vows (the night before!) to read to each other. This is where we both completely lost it. We both could barely get through our vows we were crying so much.

Then it was ring-exchanging time! Geoff gave me back my engagement ring because I chose not to get a wedding band. I slipped Geoff awesome wooden ring onto his finger. (More photos of that later!)

THE KISS!!

We were Mr. and Mrs. Bardot! We walked back down the aisle to “All you need is love” by The Beatles. It was pure magic.

I had one request from our photographer and that was to get a HUGE group photo of everyone there. So glad we did it!

This truly was the happiest I have ever been. It was incredibly amazing. I love my new husband so much and am so excited for our life together. I’ve got more weddingness on they way, come back soon!


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Our Wedding: Part 1 | Pre-Ceremony

Oh. My. Goodness. We have wedding photos! So many wonderful photos in fact, I’ve got to break this down into parts. I present you with Part One: Before we got hitched. I’ve been waiting to do a write up about our wedding until now because its just not the same unless I can SHOW you. Let me start off by saying that we had the most amazing photographers ever, Sarah Maren Photography. Geoff and I had such a blast working with Sarah and her hubby Dustin and are so glad to now call them friends! Thank you both SOOOOO much Sarah and Dustin, the photos are amazing and working with you was a dream!

Oooookay…on to the main event! There are so many cliches out there about weddings, “It goes by so fast”, “It’s the happiest day of your life”, etc., etc. Well, they are all true! Our wedding day was absolutely EPIC. Was it everything I ever dreamed it would be? Um, YES! The feeling of joy all day was overwhelming. Marrying Geoff was THE most incredible, happy, wonderful, joyus, (I could go on) moment of my life. We owe so many thanks to so many people for pitching in and make the day as amazing as it was.

Let’s get to it! We girls got ready in Placerville at the Cary House hotel. Here is a photo of my sister’s figuring out how to tie the wrap dresses I made them.

Here’s all the colorful petticoats I neglected to take a photo of before when I showed you my dress.

Here are two of the THREE pairs of shoes I wore that day. I had a pair of gettin’ married shoes, dancin’ shoes, and party shoes! I LOVE the yellow ones, I wear them all the flippin’ time now!

My little sister helped me get in the dress. Yup, that’s her knee in my back.

Pinning on my sunny little flower.

While we gals were getting gussied up, Dustin was hanging out with Geoff and his guys as they got ready. Geoff wore that shirt especially for the day.

Geoff loved his blue socks!

Geoff and I wanted (of course!) to do a first look session. I can now speak from experience about how awesome this was. I had butterflies in my stomach as I walked up to Geoff with his back to me. I could see his smile without ever seeing his face. I recognized the deep breaths he takes when he gets choked up. Then I tapped him on the back and saw the handsome man I was about to marry. Instantly we both broke into tears. We were so incredibly happy. All we could say was, “I love you.”

Life was GOOD.

Geoff looked so handsome. I’m so glad we nixed the tuxes and went for suits for the guys. Geoff looked incredibly handsome. The orange-stripey tie, the perfectly fitted suit, his adorable bearded face. I’d never seen him look so good!

I also loved all of the APPLES EVERYWHERE! In case you didn’t know, apples are kind of a big deal for us. Geoff and I met each other working for Apple Inc. and we are huge Apple people. Our engagement pictures featured our his-and-hers Macbook Pros. We got married at Apple Hill because not only is it the place where I have cut down Christmas trees with my family every year for the past, um, forever, it is also the half way point between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe (Geoff lived in Tahoe for a while during our relationship and we did the long-distance thing) and just across the highway from where we married was where Geoff and I would meet, and he’d drive me the rest of the way to Tahoe. Apple Hill was the most perfect place to get married. Ever.

Sarah took us around for some rockin’ portraits. We had giant balloons. Yesss.

Geoff and his groomsmen shared a fine bottle of scotch pre-ceremony.

I gave my hubby-to-be a little gift for our wedding. Here he is reading the card I wrote him.

A Canon G10! I told Geoff that I was giving him the camera as a promise to spend good, quality, him-and-I time together and to make memories without having to worry about lugging ALL of our photography equipment around. Not everything in our lives has to be job, and to focus on US and our relationship. We made good use of it on our mini-moon to Disneyland!

I present you with the only photo WE took on our wedding day. Go G10!

After that it was time to get married! Geoff and I parted ways and got ready for the ceremony. I can’t wait to share more images and more wedding story. The love-filled-tear-fest ceremony, LOTS of details from cotton candy to board game-centerpieces to DIY up the wazoo, and the PARTY (oh, the party)! Come back soon for more!