favorite things week.

That's what I'm calling this week - and it doesn't allow much time for blogging.

On Monday, a dear college friend called me and said she was in town. She invited me to see a silent film accompanied by it's original score on the Spreckle's Organ in Balboa Park. It was a wonderful evening spent with about 3,000 of San Diego's coolest elderly folk.

Yesterday, I got to see Sarah one last time before she moves to LA. We had CPK and then came to my house for some homemade Root Beer Floats in David's awesome A&W mugs.

And today, I've filled myself with pizza and am now watching David and his brother play the new Scott Pilgrim video game.

Tomorrow through Saturday, I get to have a reunion-adventure time with some of my closest friends and I absolutely cannot wait.

So, it's a great week - leaving me no time thus far to sit down and invest the hours it will take to blog about our ceremony. It's coming, I promise. Until then, have a great end of the week and weekend!


So Much Love: A forgotten detail.

Have you figured out what I forgot to put on or bring with me when I was getting ready and all through our pictures yet? No? Well, neither had I at this point.

But suddenly, literally just minutes or maybe even seconds before everyone was supposed to walk down the aisle, - honestly, we were all getting lined up - it hit me. I yelled out "VEIL!" and everyone turned and stared at me. How the heck had I forgotten my veil? No really, how had nobody noticed that I was missing my veil all this time? Apparently my veil, which was originally hanging by my dress, had been moved out of the way for pictures of my dress, and it had been completely forgotten about. Awesome.

So, my dad - my hero - ran out to save the day. He rushed to my cabin, frantically searched around a bit, and valiantly returned with my beautiful veil - which my mom and David's mom proceeded to place on my head.

While I desperately wish I had some outdoor action shots of my veil in the wind, - and more pictures of my veil period - I love love love these photos. This was such an unplanned, crazy, yet intimate, beautiful, and special moment. I love that both mothers and my bridesmaids can be seen helping me with my veil, and I love appreciate that my crazy bride-brain forgetfulness was documented in this way.

So now, with my veil finally placed on my head, I was ready to get married!

* all images by Sarah Shreves Photography.


So Much Love: Gifts for the groom (and bride!)

EDIT 10/07/10: I realize this post may not be as clear or may not have come across the way I'd intended. The lesson I learned here and wished to express stemmed far more from the realization that women tend to have lofty expectations and it's our own fault when we're sad they're not met than anything I may have implied about men and their thoughtfulness. My husband is very thoughful - I just tend to be more wishful and imaginative than is good for me.

The original schedule for our wedding day gave us enough spare time that David and I would have a good 30+ minutes alone together after pictures and before the ceremony to just connect, breathe, and exchange gifts plus an additional 30+ minutes after that to be apart (with our wedding party) before I walked down the aisle. Yeah, not so much. After we finished the family photos, everyone was all around milling about that we couldn't have gotten away to be alone if we tried. Add that to the fact that the time had completely run away from us, and David and I moved on to a new plan. We still wanted to exchange gifts before the ceremony, so we chose an empty corner in a very crowded room (crowded with our wedding party, family, etc.), and went ahead and had our moment.

A note to brides: if you want to have a special gift-exchange moment with your grooms, make sure you communicate that to him beforehand. Let's be honest, most guys just aren't wired to be as thoughtful a many of us are, so expecting such thoughtfulness often leads to a letdown.

I had told David I would like to exchange gifts at the wedding, so he got me a gift, but I forgot to mention a card. You see, I spent a few evenings leading up to the wedding composing the perfect note to present to my (soon to be) husband. I chronicled our memories together, inside jokes, reasons I loved him, and all the things I was looking forward to in our marriage. I poured my heart out in that letter, and I hoped to get something like that in return. You see, David can write a mean love letter. I spent half of our first summer together living in Italy, and David wrote me many a letter that brought me to tears. They were so full of love, beautiful language, and poetry. Since David spent a few days before the wedding out of town, I imagined that he would scribble a similar note for the wedding while missing me in his hotel room. The problem is, my daydreams didn't quite match his own rationale. So, while I was getting ready on our wedding day, David and I talked over the phone about when and how we should exchange gifts. I asked if he had written a note, and he said no. In order to "save the day", I had an extra thank you note that I had made sent over to him, and asked him to go ahead and write a letter.

When I opened the letter, it said:

This token is a small thing, but a promise of so much more to come. Picnics and Adventures, wherever life takes us. You are a blessing from the Lord.

Yes, it's sweet - beautiful, even. Actually, I'm tearing up just reading it right now. But honestly, on our wedding day, it was kind of a letdown. You see, I had concocted this grand idea in my head of an epic love letter given to be from my groom, but I had not shared my expectations with said groom. Lesson learned. The poor guy's not a mind reader - if you ladies want something specific from your man on your wedding day, let the guy know!

Anyway, back to the gift-giving. I opened my gift (a picnic basket/bag - which we still need to use... must get on that), we shared a kiss, and moved on to David's gift from me.

I got David a box full of bottles of Moxie soda. The very first time David and I talked before we dated included a conversation about Moxie. David loves the stuff, and I had (still) never tried it. It's impossibly difficult to find, so I was pretty excited about giving him his gift.

He seemed pretty excited too. :)

Unfortunately, we later discovered that this Moxie was not the original elixir, but a new recipe made with high fructose corn syrup (vs. cane sugar). Who does that!? This soda is clearly not made in bulk, and it's packaged in old bottles and marketed as the original soda. Why it's recipe has been cheapened and modernized is beyond me. Anyway, David doesn't like this new Moxie nearly as much, but it's the thought that counts, right?

We kissed again, and it was just about time to get married!

* all images by Sarah Shreves Photography.

PS: these are some of the only photos I have of myself sitting while wearing my dress. If you're worried about sitting in a trumpet/mermaid gown, have no fear - it was awkward at first, but worked in the end. Plus, I think it looks really great in these photos.


painting is tiring.

Yeah, I know I promised more frequent wedding recaps without interruption, but I just spent yesterday making my bedroom look a bit like this:


which, apparently is quite in style right now. (Really? Can there be a color of the year? What happens when the year is over?) For the record, I picked the color before I knew it was in because, you know, I care about not being a sell-out or whatever.

Anyway, I'll be back with wedding recaps (and then pictures of our pretty new room!) asap. <3


So Much Love: We are family.

After ensuring that our wedding party froze, but not too much, and getting our group photos, we headed back to the lodge for another type of group photos - our family portraits. Family pictures - where the subjects are all lined up and smiley - are my least favorite part of wedding photos, and I vowed that our family pictures would be more interesting. I brought props - suitcases to mimic Mrs. Avocado's (aka Jenna from That Wife) family pictures - but they apparently got lost or forgotted in the shuffle. Speaking of lost in the shuffle, did you notice that none of our couple, bridal, or wedding party photos included my (or my bridesmaids') bouquet(s)? Yeah, we totally forgot. Thankfully, we remembered in time for family pics. (Note: There was still one pretty major aspect of my bridal look that I had still completely forgotten at this point. Can you guess what it is?)

Anyway, we didn't get super interesting family photos, but I love them. They're pictures of dear people whom I love and support me no matter what. What's not to cherish? That being said, I totally understand if pictures of my family don't interest you, so feel free to skim or skip this post - the ceremony is next!

We started with everybody. That's my family on the left, and David's on the right.

Then we got just my family. I can't decide if I like the standard smiley one or the more candid one best.

Family pictures certainly feel like a lof of shifting people around - almost like a bizarre game of human tetris - but, I sure am glad to have all the different combinations.

We snagged a photo of us with both sets of parents and moved on to David's family.

David got a photo alone with his siblings since I already got one with my sisters during the wedding party photos.

We added David's awesome grandma into the mix, and then moved up the stairs for photos with my grandpa and his wife - my grandpa has bad knees, so we saved him from coming down the stairs.

These photos with my grandpa are especially dear since he hasn't been in the best of health for quite some time now, and every moment with him is very special and full of emotion. He was so grateful and touched to witness our wedding day - more on that later.

We ended it all with a few more glamour shots of me - man, being the bride is hard work, ya'll. ;)

Getting these photos was quite interesting - guests were staring to arrive and we were walking all around some very open areas with full view from the lodge's lobby. Family members were very kind to try to walk between doors and windows and myself, but I'm pretty sure many a guest saw me before the wedding. Oh well.

These family photos are a bit bittersweet for me since they show off exactly how beautiful our ceremony photos would have been if we had kept it outside. I am glad our guests didn't freeze, but I wish we could have said our vows under those beautiful trees for the pictures' sake. Again, oh well.


So Much Love: Wedding Party Par-tay.

Remember how I said we rushed through our wedding party photos so our friends didn't have to freeze? Well, because of that, we have exactly three photos of our entire wedding party. Sure, I wish there were more, but these three are pretty great, and our maids and men stayed happy.

We really did have an awesome wedding party, and don't we all look amazing together? I wish we could have had more time hanging out with this group - I've seen wedding parties do whole weekends, trips to Disneyland, and other group celebrations together - I wish we could have taken the time to do that.

Which of these wedding party pictures is your favorite? I'd love to get a big print of our awesomely amazing friends.

* all photos by Sarah Shreves Photography.


So Much Love: Bridesmaid Beauties.

The bridesmaid photos were really fun but super quick. While David and I were more than willing to brave the cold for our photos, we didn't want to expect the same from our friends. I wish I had a few more fun poses for my girls, but I love the ones we got and am glad we could accommodate everyone.

I love this photo. We were all wearing our pashminas for warmth, but I requested that they be taken off for the photos (mean bride!) So, the girls all started throwing their pashmina scarves at the guys. This, apparently, was hilarious. If you look closely, you can see that bridesmaid J is about to throw hers.

Somehow all the scarves ended up in David's control. Since it was so windy, he had a bit of an interesting time holding onto them all.

I'm convinced that left photo looks like it's straight out of a Fellini film, yeah?

Once we were de-scarved, we got some pretty cute shots.

And, of course, I got individual shots with all my girls too. If you'd like to read more info on each lovely girl in my life, go here.

Definitely make sure you get pictures with your bridesmaids individually. I adore having these photos with the girls I love.

* all photos by Sarah Shreves Photography.


So Much Love: Groomal Party.

Okay, wedding posts in chronological order it is! I'm excited to show you the rest of our wedding and start to dive into life after the wedding, too.

Isn't this photo of David and his brothers the best?
All images in this post are by Sarah Shreves.

Once our wedding party joined us, we girls crammed into my parents' car to stay warm while the boys took their turn taking pictures.

Again, which is better - the color or the back and white?

I realized I've never formally introduced our groomsmen to you, so I would like to use these individual portraits with David for that purpose. So, I now introduce to you, our groomsmen:

P is David's youngest brother/sibling. Though they're ten years apart, David and P are best friends. They can talk and joke for hours on end to the point that nobody else can possibly get a word in. They just get each other on such a great level.

L is David's oldest sibling/younger brother. I will pretty much always view L as being older than David (although he's younger) since I knew him in high school when age was a bigger deal. L and his wife also got married in May three years ago. Their wedding was a huge step for David and me early on in our relationship.

J has been David's friend since J was in Kindergarten and David was in first grade. David was a guest of honor at J's wedding, so it was great to have him as a groomsman. David and I love to go on yogurt dates with J and his wife.

N has also been a friend of David's since elementary school. He is the lead guitarist in David's band and a good friend.

J2 is another bandmate - the drummer - and David's elementary school friend. His suit - obviously way too big - just goes to show what can happen when you leave dressing the guys up to the guys. We asked all the groomsmen months ago to please purchase a grey suit. We even sent photos of David's suit and some examples of the darker grey we were going for. Each guy left getting his suit to pretty much the very last minute. J2 told us after he arrived at the wedding that he had a "black" suit that fit better than this one, but he thought it needed to be grey. I turns out, the "black" suit looks just like the suits the other guys wore. I half cringe/half laugh when looking at the pictures J2 is in, but eh, there are certainly worse things that could have happened on our wedding day.

As soon as Sarah was finished shooting the guys, we girls were invited over for our turn. Stay tuned for our sassy bridesmaid photos.