|Me the morning of...|
|Wedding day massage? Yes please!|
Then the hair appointments started! I have a regular stylist who does wedding day hair, so I was glad to have someone I knew pretty well with me on the big day. We were in the styling process for 3 hours - 2 girls each hour. Thank goodness we had a big bathroom with plenty of room!! Everyone of my girls looked so amazing - they look that way every day. But they looked especially amazing on our wedding day!
The flowers also arrived at the hotel and looked AMAZING!! Our "reverend" Brian flew his cousin in from LA, and she did our bouquets for us, so that Jack didn't overdo it! They were exactly what I wanted and looked amazing. So bright and simple - just what I had envisioned! Thank you Megan!!!
Then, it was all easy breezy from there! All of the girls were there, getting ready and beautified, and we were having a great time! Here are some random pics from our getting ready!!
|Kristin is a secret professional at doing my makeup - it looked perfect!|
Love you Boog!
|Me with my MOH!!|
|The most amazing helper!!!|
|I am going to love this one! Love all the colors!|
We hopped in Mike's car (driven by my sister) and headed toward the venue. We were early (just my style) and so we hung out for a bit in the bridal salon, waiting for people to arrive, and for five o' clock to come! Kristin D. arrived with an assortment of random snacks for us (deli meat, potato chips, Funyuns, you name it!) We hung out and told stories and laughed for about an hour and a half. Many great girly moments. It seemed like forever, but finally Marcia came in and told us to get ready. The maids walked out first, and then she came back with my dad for our grand entrance. It is hard to describe the feeling of that moment. Excitement, disbelief, bliss - all of it, all at once. It is surreal - beyond surreal. I mean, I have been imagining that moment for such a long time, and it was happening. It was unreal, and wonderful.
We walked out of the salon, and waited under the carport for the musician to play my song. I think it took a little long and I was standing there awkwardly waiting for him to have his grand finale - looking at Mike, everyone looking at me - it was weird. I was so ready to go!! I tried to remember what the planner had told me, walk slowly, take your time, hold your bouquet here...It all went out the window. I was trying to take everything in, but who wants to be thinking about all of that stuff when you are walking down the aisle? I had my eyes on the prize, and was just trying not to trip. The ceremony was awesome, and short and sweet. Brian did a great job of making it personal, and special for us. I was trying to stay "present" in the moment - take it all in. The sake ceremony was interesting - Mike and I forgot to pre-soak the sake cups (made of wood) and so there were quite a few gaps - hence, sake shower. Oh well. That was a special touch, and Steven did a great job, especially considering he emailed us the day before, wondering what he was supposed to say!! Here are some of my favorite shots so far...
Then, it was time to party!! Well, after taking photos that is...Frederick was blessedly quick with our family shots - we wanted people to be able to get to the food and drink (it was really hot!!) We had some couples shots in the vineyard, and out by the beautiful gate - all with a waiter following us around with a tray of appetizers! Between poses we would stuff our face quickly, take a sip of champagne, and then smile! Hopefully Frederick can photoshop any food in our teeth!! Then, Mike and I had about 20 minutes of private time in the bridal salon. He had bought a special bottle of champagne for us, and we sat and talked and enjoyed a private selection of appetizers - they were SO good!!!
From there, the speeches, the dances, the photo booth, the partying - everything was a dream. We couldn't have asked for anything better, anything different, any more of an exceptional night than we had.
|Mike and Mom!|
|Apparently everyone was enjoying the cigar station!|
|Do guys get anymore handsome? Nope!|
|This picture so perfectly captures my mother :)|
|Our specialty bottle of wine - straight from the vines on the property!|
|One of our table names - they were names of important Santa Barbara streets! |
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