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Party of 10

1 Aug

We had four bridesmaids, one junior bridesmaid, four groomsmen and one ring bearer in our wedding. I’m so happy that I chose navy blue because it looked great on everyone! Below are some pictures of our wedding party.

All photos taken by Rachelle Photography

Joaquin was tired/cranky, so we didn’t get and pictures of him while we were posing for pictures…


Attention to Detail

13 Jul

After 17 months of engagement and 4.5 years of “dating,” the day had finally arrived. We woke up in different places, since we’re traditional like that (haha). I (Jen) woke up to my mom making lots of noise in the 6’o clock hour (yeah, my mom was more anxious than me). Temoc woke up in a hotel. We both did a few more last touches, got ready and then we met for pictures.

If you’re not yet married, make sure your bridesmaids are aware of the details. We had a homemade ring bearer pillow and a “Just Married” sign that were left at home. We didn’t remember until we were at the reception, looking for the sign (after the photographer was gone). I also forgot a bouquet of flowers in the car in memory of Temoc’s mom. It’s unfortunate, but as the bride, you’re not thinking about all the little things. You’re thinking about the big picture (Is he going to love my dress? I can’t screw up the vows. Please don’t let me trip walking down the aisle. And please don’t cry because then I’ll mess up my $100 make-up). In retrospect, if my bridesmaids knew what I needed, the “little” details wouldn’t have been left in the car or at home… Since we can’t do anything about it, we took a few pictures to show off on our blog.

Ring Bearer Pillow

Sign (just imagine us holding the sign with giddy smiles)

And the other details that did make it to the wedding…

Very labor-intensive bouquets

Our rings

Very labor-intensive paper centerpieces

Messy, but not as labor-intensive garter (taken by us)

And finally, very labor-intensive favors (who would’ve guessed?)

All pictures taken by Rachelle Photography, unless otherwise noted.

6 months to go!

10 Oct

We had our engagement pictures taken last night.  We had a great time with our photographer, and can’t wait to see the pictures.  We’ll post some here when we get them back. :)

The photo session made us even more excited for our wedding!  We have six months to go, and hope that these next six months fly by, like the last 11 months!


5 Jun

We ended up meeting with three photographers, all of whom were very nice (and all happen to be friends).  They all had beautiful, perfect pictures, so it made for a difficult decision!  However, we needed to make a quick decision because we didn’t want to miss out on our first choice photographer.  So, we weighed our options, and feel comfortable with our decision.  We think we’ll have fun, pretty pictures that we can proudly hang on our wall, and someday show our children.  We also should be within our budget (which is crucial), so it’s a win-win!  We’ll post more details about our photographer once we get our engagement photos done, which probably won’t be until the Fall… So, stay tuned!

Frustrations and Progress

27 May

We have dealt with a few frustrations over the past week, but we are working on getting back on track!  Here are some updates:

We are still working on hiring a photographer.

We drove all the way to the Paper Source in Berkeley (got stuck in traffic), only to find out they’re phasing out the paper that we’re planning to use for the invitations.  We only got 13 out of the 30 sheets that we need, and decided to order the rest online.

We ordered the paper online, only to find out they give a 10% discount with orders of 20 sheets or more.  We should have just ordered the rest of the paper online!

Otherwise, we did make progress!

We found a perfect table runner at Crate & Barrel Outlet.  We don’t know where we’ll use it, but it was cheap, so we couldn’t resist!

Crate and Barrel Table Runner

We also ordered favor boxes yesterday from Store Supply Warehouse, and received them today!  We are satisfied and would recommend this company for favor boxes (sold as jewelry boxes).  We bought 100 at $0.16 each and with standard shipping, they ended up being $0.26 each.  Jen began “wrapping” them as soon as we got them (5 down… 115 to go).

Favor Boxes


18 May

We met with photographers yesterday, a husband and wife team!  We really liked their work and their personalities.  We haven’t hired them yet, but probably will!

We also visited the rose gardens at McKinley and Capitol Park.  Although we’re disappointed at McKinley’s plans to tear up the rose garden, we understand that the walkways (which are grass) need to be worked on.  The grass was a bit uneven, and may be scary in heels.  We were trying to envision where our guests would sit, and had difficulty at both parks.  Here are pictures of the two parks.  Let us know which one you prefer!

McKinley Park

This park is only two blocks away from the Turn Verein.  This park seems more open than Capitol Park.  The grass walkways didn’t look all that nice.  There isn’t a big opening for us to seat people, so we’d have to try to fit 2-3 rows per walkway.  It’ll be cramped, but possibly easier for people to see.

Mckinley Park Rose Garden

McKinley Rose Garden

McKinley Rose Garden

Capitol Park

The walkways between the roses were very narrow.  The roses will be shorter for our wedding day, so it will be easier to see if we decide to seat people between the roses.  We also could seat people in the “shade” structure shown in the picture below.  We’re not sure how many people would fit inside of it, but Temoc half-jokingly said that we can seat people around the edges, to save room and save money on renting chairs.  This park is much further away from the Turn Verein.  Parking wasn’t bad yesterday, but it was 100°, so not many people were out!

Capitol Park

Capitol Park

Capitol Park

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