Monday, September 29, 2008

That's All Folks!

Okay. No more wedding least not for a good while!

For Billy's wedding gift I gave him these awesome cufflinks I bought off of etsy. On the trip we got engaged on we went down to Lego Town and I bought Billy a Lego keychain as a reminder of the fun times we had there, and then right before the wedding it broke :( (rip batman!) SO I knew this would be a perfect gift...not to mention that Colby and Billy are Lego feens!

For my wedding gift, Billy got me this vintage camera. I had been wanting some ever since I saw a crewcuts photo shoot where the kids had them. He sent it over to me with a little note that said "i can't PICTURE my life without you". Isn't that cute (he had to tell me later because for some reason that went right over my head! :))

Finishing Up... as far as the wedding I am just about finished! whew!

Here's some more details:

We got married at Crossroads Community Church where my family were founding members and I grew up at...instead of having rice thrown at us, we had our guests throw over 500 pink and brown pom poms as a nod to my love for crafts!

We held our reception at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club where I finally got to put that family membership to use!

The mason jar centerpieces were inspired by Billy. He used to (and still does on occasion) drink out of them when I first met him and I thought he was an unclassy weirdo! (sorry Billy!) :)

We did Jones Soda as our favors because rootbeer is Billy's favorite drink. Every table was littered with them but the children's table. The children went home with pink goody bags filled with silly glasses, crayons, drawing paper, memory/oldmaid/gofish cards, princess crowns, "diamond" rings, and pretend lizards for the boys.

It was important for us to keep the children occupied being parents ourselves!

Instead of a sign in book we had a big mason jar that served as our "wish jar" which by the way, we received some really interesting notes!!!! (William!). The table also had over 100 paper origami cranes for our guests to take as our "well wish" to them (cranes represent good luck in Japan). The table also held framed pictures from my mother, her mother, and my other grandmother all on their wedding days.

The cake was delicious! Infusion by Cakes By Request (tastes a bit like tiramisu with a little hint of chocolate) and buttercream frosting. It was a big hit! We cut the cake to Cake "I Want To Love You Madly" and had our first dance to "Come Away With Me" by Nora Jones.

All in all, it was a perfect day! There were a few people who wanted to be party poopers, but nothing could have made that day bad for us! It was so wonderful, and now it's official! :)

Shopping Queen.

It helped that I Billy and I picked our wedding colors right away because I was able to snag the bridesmaid dresses at the J.Crew after Christmas sale (9 months before the wedding!) Except Tamiko (jr. bridesmaid) being the skinny minny she was got a dress from the prom department of Nordstrom at a reasonable price.

I also scored their shoes for $10 by Isaac Mizrahi. Seriously. It pays to be an internet shopper! To polish off the dresses everyone wore one of a kind, custom pieces by Myra over at Twigs and Honey. It gave them the retro feel that I wanted to carry throughout the wedding as well as it helped to show my love for etsy!

Josh and Josh both wore expresso ties by Isaac Mizrahi found online at Target.

Billy's tie was by Original Penguin and we both decided that a skinny tie was the way to go for him! And the converses went without saying. We wanted the day to be as personal as possible. Piperlime delivered all 3 pairs right to our door step :)

Erin Chan directed me where to go to find the cute summer tuxedos that Colby and Micah wore.

Overall, I think everyones look pulled together nicely.

Sneak peak...

So Janessa offers the couple a "sneak peak" the day after their wedding. Needless to say I couldn't get home fast enough (to Billy's annoyance) to take a look!

I used my Grandma Akiko's wedding band that she passed down to me for the ceremony since my engagement ring did not have a band to go with was my "something old" (along with our vintage 1920s kewpie cake topper!)

My "something new" was my wedding attire: dress by Oleg Cassini, shoes by Colin Stuart, clutch by Isaac Mizarahi, and my jewelery was all hand made from Miabeads.

"Something borrowed" came from my cute mom. Billy and I toasted at the reception from the same glasses that she and my dad toasted to over 25 years ago! (picture to come!)

And at last, my "something blue" came from Grandma Frances who gave me the light blue garter she wore at her own wedding to my grandfather way back when! :)

It was nice to have so many meaningful pieces incorporated into our day and not just a bunch of mass produced crap-ola!

Can't Buy Me Love... The Beatles. That's what we walked down the aisle together to :) Our wedding was just 10 days ago and it only felt right to blog about this first! I had a rough morning but it was sprinkled with some good memories as well. For every rude vendor I dealt with that morning (hello Troys & Troys) I had really great vendors (Leilani) that helped me get through and make it to the church on time!

Billy and I were engaged for over a year and with 2 kids and being in school full time it was nice to not feel rushed in the planning process and really get to sink into every little detail!

Isn't the banner cute? I had originally wanted Ann to make us one out felt but I just never got around to finishing out the details of it in my head, so last minute I put together this one from Land of Nod and I think it turned out darling!