With help from our family, friends and a couple of vendors we were able to pull of an amazing wedding that reflected our style.
Let me start by introducing us
How it all came together:
Step 1: get your family and close friends agree to help you throw one heck of a party.
Step 2: assign roles, with such a small wedding it felt like a real community affair. We borrowed décor from my stepsister Ashley, who got married last summer, and made just about everything else.
- Officiant: Tim, dear friend and triathlon buddy
- Ceremony Music: Nate, Brae's cousin
- Ceremony Readings: Annie (dear friend), Jezra (my sister), and Bryan (Brae's brother).
- Flower Girl and Ring Bearer: Kira and Titus, Brae's niece and nephew
- Pictures: Jeanne T. and Jolie Margulies. Jeanne is my stepmom and Jolie is her friend she met doing photography. Jolie is an amazing photographer and did a wonderful job with our pictures. Here is a plug for her website: http://joliemargulies.com/Home/Page_1.html
- Flowers: Lily (cousin), Jezra (sister), Philleen (mom), and Aunt Jean
- Many craft projects: Sharon and Bruce (Brae's mom and dad), and Philleen (my mom)
- Day of Coordinator: Galadriel (my sister)
- DJ: Tony, brother in-law
- Master of Ceremonies: George, another dear friend and triathlon buddy with the best most welcoming southern style.
- Hair and Makeup: Lily Armstrong, my very talented cousin who professionally does wedding hair and makeup. And here is my plug for Lily: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lily-Armstrong-Hair-Makeup/122255627825900
Step 3: let the good times role...
Here we are signing our marriage license a week or so before the wedding. I was worried about having too many moving parts the day of. Our amazing friends Annie, Tim (officiant), and George (master of ceremonies) met us at Cholada's Thai in Malibu for a casual dinner and to help us sign our official paperwork.
Tim showing his official certificate.
I couldn't sleep Friday morning, so I just got up and took Peanut for a sunrise hike up the trail.
Nothing like five miles round trip and seeing a sunrise to help calm the wedding weekend nerves.
Good Morning Conejo Valley
Then a little Friday set up at the Stagecoach Inn
What the porch looked like before Lily and Jezra added their touches
I always wanted an August summer wedding. And guess what, we got a hot one
Aunt Jean and Riley trying to stay cool on the porch
Hanging the globes in the tree...
And that's it for now...more post to come when I get a few more photos.