On May 27th, we celebrated our third wedding anniversary. To say that the years have flown by would be a complete understatement. It has been a whirlwind for sure. Shortly after getting married in California we had a second ceremony in the Azores. We then we pregnant a month later and nine months later we were celebrating the birth of our daughter. It has been magical and today I wanted to share a little from how I made our wedding day personal and our own.
For our centerpieces I just shipped out some vases that I had found at the Christmas Tree Shop. They were cheap and I wasn't too upset if they brought because they were cheap. We printed out names of Green Day albums and Madonna Albums as our seating charts. We also had a menu card and a disposable camera card along with a camera detailing what to take pics of for us.
Our wedding favor was matches. We met on match.com so it was a no brainer for us.
Planning our wedding 3000 miles away was a challenge, but it got done. I really relied on the website The Knot for a lot of the things that I needed like the DJ, for example. I relied on the reviews that people gave so if you are ever wondering if you should leave an honest opinion on your experience while using a service please do because it helped me so much. Our DJ was wonderful. We used Extreme DJ Service. They were a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for and in this area I did not mind paying extra. Our DJ was Alex and he was amazing. He contacted me frequently and played the best music.
The other thing that I didn't mind paying a lot of money for was my hair and makeup. Unfortunately I can not remember who I went with. It was not because I was disappointed because I was so happy with my hair and my makeup was flawless. I loved it. She was great. I know that she worked on Dancing with the Stars and the price I paid reflected that fact, but so well worth it. I will look for the contract to provide you guys with the contact info.
For me the hardest part was finding a venue. This for me was challenging in that I couldn't pick this when I was out here. I basically went with the first place that I heard about one day when we were out in California visiting our family. It was all really fast and it came together nicely. I originally wanted to have it at a orange grove because our colors were orange, but when we went to Eagle Glen Golf Course. Again, pricey, but in SoCal this was the average price for a wedding. (In MA things are much less expensive, at least I thought so). The meal was ok (we did leave hungry hence the In & Out trip right afterwards), the staff was EXCELLENT and the grounds were so lovely.
The flowers were breathtaking. I wasn't going to have any because I am not a big fan of them, but we found a florist who was amazing. We went with Murrieta Flower Shop. The woman who owns this shop was amazing. We Skyped with her and she was truly such a good person. She let us borrow the hooks the line the isle and we then used those same flowers to decorate the tables later on. It was insanely cheap and it made everything look perfect. We brought in our own vases that we shipped from MA. We bought them from our favorite restaurant. They use them to serve water and it was a great way to incorporate a bit of ourselves in the wedding.
Here is to many more years.