From Anne, the bride:
Michael and I met when we were kids and used to vacation together with our families. We never dated and then lost contact for a few years, but when we saw each other again for the first time, it was obvious to me that he was special. We have been together ever since.
Michael and I really wanted to create a day that represented our personalities and was a balance between casual and elegant. Most of all, we wanted our guests to relax and have fun. I relied on blogs and pinterest for most of my inspiration, which was great because I was able to pick and choose different elements from a wide variety of weddings.
I really loved the personalized ceramic charms each bridesmaid carried in her bouquet; I loved having my new married monogram and our wedding date on mine, I use it as a Christmas ornament now. One of my favorite things was the food and drinks served at cocktail hour. We wanted to incorporate some of our favorite foods, like sushi and grilled cheese, and add a little twist with the mini cheeseburgers that were paired with the pint-sized beer mugs, and the grilled shrimp with the tiny margaritas. We searched, for what seemed like forever, for the perfect margarita jars with a cork and ended up finding them from a wholesale distributor. I ordered the black straws and Michael drilled each hole by hand (at an angle, I might add) and just like that, we had the perfect little margaritas.
Aside from the typical favorites like getting ready, getting dressed, walking down the aisle, getting down the aisle (this was probably the best feeling ever) and then walking back down the aisle… I would have to say my favorite moment was when Michael surprised me with the USC Marching Band at the reception (even though they interrupted our first dance). All of our guests were just as surprised as I was and it really set the mood for a great night.
Advice: Try not to over think things and go with your gut. When it came to picking the venues and our vendors, we ended up hiring the first vendor we met almost every time, and in some cases we did not “shop around” afterwards. I learned that if something felt right, then it was probably right … and if it felt wrong and you ignored it, well then you were definitely going to end up reordering or redoing something. We were extremely blessed to have such amazing people on our team and our wedding would not have been the same without each and every one of them.
Processional: Trumpet Voluntary – Bach
Recessional: The Wedding March
Grand Entrance: Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
First Dance: Look After You – The Fray/ The USC Fight Song
Coordinator: Jennifer Hronek with Joie de Vivre & Co. | Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Catholic Church in Pasadena | Reception Venue: Annandale Golf Club | Florist: Domini Carrington | Cake: Beverly’s Best Bakery | Linens: GBS Linens | Entertainment: Tijuana Dogs | Lighting: Town and Country Rentals | Hair/Make-up: Blo Out Lounge in Pasadena | Gown Designer: Watters | Ice Cream Truck: Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream | Stationery: Carmody & Co.