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wedding overload

I have had google reader for over a year now (I know, I was totally late to that party) and all the while I star things I like so that I can go back in later to either blog about them or use them for myself. Well it is of no surprise that this once wedding-centered blog has morphed into more of a baby blog as that is what is on my mind most of the time (btw, I am due in 4 days! yikes!!) Sooooo, I went through all of my starred posts and took out the wedding ones and have compiled them all into one big wedding extravaganza for you! I know, very exciting. Although my wedding was a year and a half ago my very good friend Natalie is getting married in June, and on top of that, well, weddings are just fun to look at. Here are some images that I found fun to look at over the last year:

Picture 1

(fun table assignments)

Picture 3

(fun table numbers)

Picture 4

(fun cakes)

Picture 6

(fun dress)

Picture 7

(fun menu idea)

Picture 8

(fun bridal style)

Picture 9

(fun food cart action)

Picture 10

(fun dessert table)

Picture 11

(super fun altar)

Picture 12

(fun signage)

Picture 15

(fun {more like gorgeous} table scape)

January 21, 2011   1 Comment

casa romantica

This wedding venue, Casa Romantica, has one of the best views hands down.


(via these amazing men!)

June 8, 2010   5 Comments

my day: the reception

Update: I added a few food pictures. It was mmm mmm good!

I am going to start with something totally off topic: it is WAY too hot for the end of September. Seriously.

Ok, so our reception! It was fun, went by way too fast, and even though I did everything I could to eat I still left hungry! We had a lunch time cocktail and appetizer reception at Cannons Seafood and Grill in Dana Point, California.




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Our reception turned out just how I had hoped it would. It was relaxed, there was great food, flowing alcohol, a fun place for the kids (to come in a later post), and an amazing view!  Suzy was amazing to work with as their event coordinator. She took care of everything, was super laid back and was just good at what she does. I really can’t recommend Cannons enough. Although having an evening event there can be a little pricy (renting out the restaurant), they are closed at lunch so the prices are very reasonable. I will do a post on food and cakes later 🙂 The view is what sold us, and lucky for us July 18th was a clear and gorgeous day! And didn’t the balls turn out great!?  I was so happy that Christa agreed to set everything up for us, she really pulled the whole look off! I of course supplied her with pictures and lists and diagrams… but she followed them excellently!

Tips: Think outside of the box when it comes to reception venues.  I actually found Cannons on The Knot. I had never eaten there and really hadn’t thought of it as an option.  Of course, once I realized that was an option I started thinking outside of the box a little bit more. “well if Cannons is a venue, maybe the Ocean Institute is too?!” (It is, it is just more expensive)  Really think outside of your ‘wedding venue’ box. You would be surprised where you can throw a party! (and remember, that is all you are doing. Throwing a party.)

If you are on a budget, seriously consider doing a lunch time reception. You save so much money, it is ridiculous.

Remember, your guests are there to see you get married. Everything after the ceremony is a bonus. Back in the day, cake and punch receptions were the norm.  I feel like weddings have gotten so huge, and yes, it is ok to want the big party, to want to dance the night away and have your names projected on the dance floor and an ice sculpture replica of your dress (ok… that was taking it too far. sorry). If that is what you want, then by all means, it is your wedding. But if you don’t want all of that, if you just want to get married to the one you love and have a little celebration afterwards, then do it!  I know that we were extremely blessed to have my parents pay for the wedding and only pull the “I am paying so I get my way” card once or twice, and that not everyone can just do whatever they want while having someone else pay…  but… um… (sometimes I wish I was better at putting my thoughts into written words)

All I want  you to know is that you shouldn’t worry about what your guests will think, want, desire… They are just happy to see you tie the knot. And if you feed them something and hang out for a bit, then that is cool too. Just… just do what you want to do!  It is your day! You are getting married to the one you love! Yay!

I’ll get off my soap box now!

Oh and for those who asked, I got the H & B letters at Michael’s… I think!  They were white and Bryan painted them!

All images thanks to Miah and Mike from Studio 7.

September 24, 2009   10 Comments

my day: the ceremony

The church is the one ‘vendor’ that we didn’t really have a choice on.  Bryan is catholic, that is the church we go to so that is the church we would be married in.  However, as a ‘vendor’ they dropped the ball a few too many times. But boy was it beautiful!!








(in this next picture… the priest had just likened me to the Virgin Mary.  !)




We were married at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano.

Tips: I don’t really have any since every church/ceremony venue is different. If you have any specific questions regarding it though, let me know in the comments section and I will answer them the best I can!

Images by Studio 7 Photography. They were awesome!!

September 23, 2009   5 Comments


There is a tree right where our guests will turn into the reception parking lot. I am thinking white balloons and white initials… yes, I am liking this idea 🙂

(image from here)

February 26, 2009   9 Comments

lucky girl

i am a lucky lucky girl. I found these images on The Brides Cafe. The photographer is featuring items from etsy and she did her photo shoot at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano… which is attached to the church we are getting married in and we get to take pictures there 🙂 

January 23, 2009   9 Comments

a few things

I found another wedding at our location 🙂 A few things I have to say about it:

1. I love her makeup

2. Is that a kids choir in the back? And if so, do they cost extra?!

3. I am thinking a few big floral pieces like this would be cool. Maybe a little lower… and in white vases?

4. We were told no flowers on the pews. Those, my friends, are flowers on the pews. Is it because I’m not Catholic? 😉 Oh well, it is cheaper to go without the pew flowers… it’s just strange…

5. How gorgeous is the inside?! I can’t wait 🙂

All images by the very talented [b]ecker.

January 15, 2009   6 Comments

happy new year!

Today is already day 2 of 2009… crazy.  I want to take a second to thank all of my readers.  Thank you for the emails, the comments, the kind words and for helping to grow this blog. This community has helped me so much in my own life and I am blessed to be a part of it 🙂  

Ok, enough mushy mushy 🙂 I am going to start today of with one of my favorite things. Finding pictures of other people at your venue! These images were taken in the gardens of the mission, shot by the very talented Amelia Lyon.

So gorgeous!  I’m not sure how many posts I will get up today… I am hoping the boss man will let us leave early, but who knows. It is such a waste of a day. To get off yesterday and not today… annoying. At least I am in jeans and eating a donut! (but I took the stairs up to my office on the 3rd floor, so I am still being healthy 😉 ) 

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2009   4 Comments

real wedding 2.3

Such a gorgeous ceremony. Held at Dove Canyon Country Club, this venue provided absolutely gorgeous backdrops! All photos shot by Matthew Morgan Photographers and edited by me.

December 2, 2008   1 Comment

tanya’s wedding 1

Tanya and Tom held their ceremony at the Top of the World Resort and Spa, which was really just a huge estate (one in the same?) on the top of this mountain. It was gorgeous, although a bit windy, as you can see the bride trying to tame her veil 🙂 The view during the ceremony was gorgeous, but at night it was even gorgeous-er 😉 Stay tuned for gorgeous detail shots. All photos from Hugh Forte, an amazingly talented newcomer here in Orange County.

November 18, 2008   1 Comment