In addition to being one of the happiest days of our lives, our wedding was also kind of an amazing party.
After Mark and I kicked things off with our first dance, everyone was quick to join in (it was hard not to with such an amazing band!). The dancing went on all night, and even escalated to a point — I still have no idea how this started, but it was incredible — where everyone at the party co-opted an instrument and played along…
And in honor of my finally being able to show you every little detail (I can’t tell you how hard it’s been to wait!) I thought I’d step away from our regularly scheduled programming this week to bring you four straight days of wedding goodness, starting tomorrow. From our barbeque and brunch to the details of our ceremony and reception, there’s so much more that I can’t wait to share!
We’ve tried hard to make it clear that the best gift our friends and family can give us is just to be there for us on our day (since just that will require almost all of them to travel, and we know that’s a lot) but we decided to set up a registry for anyone who might insist.
We’ve been adding to the collection over time, working slowly and throwing in a few things we need and a few that we’d just love to have. When it turned out a lot of our dishes were cracking, we added some pretty new bowls. When we ran out of candles, we realized it couldn’t hurt to add a few to the list. It’s been a really easy way to tackle the big project that a wedding registry can become… and it’s worked out really well for us. There are so many things to think about it the last few months of wedding planning that I’m thanking my stars we were able to get this one out of the way early and a little at a time.
Today we had a long talk with our officiant, and I couldn’t help but think how surreal it all is. We’ve been planning for this day for nearly a year and a half, but it’s always felt so far away… almost like the moment would never come. But now we’re down to the final details, and not just the little ones… we’re talking about the marriage itself, and the reasons we want to be married at all… our background, our beliefs… everything that brought us to this place, and every little thing that makes us want to travel on.
And it’s kind of amazing… all of this is almost real. I’m sorry to spill my sappiness all over you tonight but… you guys. I really can’t wait.
Here are a few things I’m loving this week…
Gorgeous fall hair (anyone know the original source of this awesome shot?).
1 // Learning that one of my very best friends (who has had a crazy amazing busy year and I am so so proud of her — so I totally understood when she said she wouldn’t be able to make it) just bought a ticket to come to our wedding.
Actually, it’s a little embarrassing just how much I’ve managed to obsess over calligraphy these past few months… something about this one little element of design manages to bring out the crazy like few things can. Colors, materials, big letters, small letters… I tell you, I’ve found things to obsess about that no sane mind ever should.
But I’m happy to report that yesterday, I officially boxed everything up and sent it off! Soon, our invitations will be ready to go, our place cards perfect, and our table numbers set.
We took these shots in what has to be one of the most beautiful, but totally deserted, spots in Agoura Hills (meticulously scouted out by our photographer, Steve Steinhardt, who I swear read my mind) in between cake tastings, food tastings, and a million other little details and appointments. After all, we had just one trip out to California to get everything down.
With all of our prepping and planning still swimming in my head, I was worried that slowing down and posing for the camera might feel awkward (then again I’m not sure I really need the added stress to feel awkward posing… that’s kind of a given) or something might go wrong, but I think it’s pretty obvious from a few of our shots, laughing my butt off (oh man, if only I could bring myself to share the outtakes… I was in full form, that crazy laugh of mine) that we had a ton of fun.
You guys, I’m so excited to share this with you today.
Remember our Save the Date? Well here’s the rest of the package, designed by the über-talented Matthew Novak, who took Mark’s simple pencil sketch of our farmhouse (and a little touch of calligraphy from Neither Snow) and transformed it into something more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.
I literally could not be more happy with how our whole invitation suite turned out. If you’re in the market, seriously, run don’t walk.
Also? I can’t believe it’s almost time to send these out. My ‘knot’ checklist has officially downgraded me to the 2-3 month timeline… when I’m actually pretty sure it’s still 4… and not that I’m nitpicking or anything, but the head trip isn’t helping.
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