On June 16th, 2009, I introduced myself to you for the first time: a new blogger, recently engaged, and brimming with wacky ideas for our (two) weddings. Since then, you may have heard about what happened when our first wedding venue got sold, how we picked our diamond free wedding rings, seen the gorgeousness of Hawes & Curtis button-ups for women, giggled over our REAL UK Civil Partnership withme, and had the chance to meet my wife.
You’ve been alongside me while we prepared to get married in England on April 17th, 2010, and I’m back again to plan our second wedding on October 16th, 2010–this time in California, USA!
Another wedding, you say? Like you did the legal bit and now you’re throwing another party? Sort of. You see, Alex and I weren’t content just to get legally hitched with a little ‘do’ over here in England with most of my family and our college high school/college friends not being able to witness the ‘real’ deal, so we’re doing it all over again in Northern California this fall. And by doing it all over again, we mean throwing a second, full-blown pre-reception/committment ceremony/cocktail hour/BBQ/dancing kind of wedding American-style.
If it wasn’t overtly difficult planning a wedding between London and Cornwall, planning a wedding internationally requires some serious creativity and teamwork. For instance, my red wedding dress by Jenny Yoo ‘Jocelyn’ ships to my mom’s house in August while the supplies kit for 300 white knots was sent to my maid of honor and are now complete in a storage box somewhere in her house; I’ve been corridating with the caterer my mom found in Siskiyou County via email and Alex’s friend is designing our email save-the-date and invitations in Napa; and neither of us will see the wedding venue before the week before the wedding (although I did grow up around there so I kind of have an idea!).
What makes the preparation for the second time all worth it though is that once we’re hitched in California, our union will have been blessed by everyone we love from all over the world. Plus, it’ll be one heck of a party. With a theme like ‘country kitsch,’ you just can’t go wrong! I promise to keep you up-to-date on everything from the redesign of our wedding website to the writing our own ceremony (including renewing of our vows and an Irish hand binding ceremony).
Thanks for reading so far!