Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Erica.
Put on a wedding for little ol’ us? How much?!
Howdy, partners! We’ve made it!
Ok, sorry, I lay off the country-isms for a while (at least until the end). This is the final of my recaps for our California wedding–second-time-around, just-like-new-all-over-again-wedding. As this wedding was US-based (i.e. I won’t have to convert pounds for dollars for a lot of you) and we were on a somewhat-tighter budget (and we contributed more), I thought I’d end with our budget.
How much we were spending frightened me continually throughout our year and a half planning for our 2 weddings. We were incredible grateful to have both sets of our parents fund the majority of both weddings combined. We also had few aunts/uncles/cousins flat out give us cash–without any strings attached–or have family or friends gift us everything from 5 jars of jam to a black and white photo booth. (Let alone, on top of that, contribute to our honeymoon-to-come on our registry through Deposit a Gift, SYE vendor.)
Posted on March 16th, 2011 by Erica.
Can’t touch this…
Our guest book was a black and white photo booth. Like a proper photo booth with the black curtains, funny hats and a (digital) start button… It was so much fun!!!
When Alex and I were wedding planning we really got our hearts set on a photo booth. Both of us loved the old time-y feel of the photos themselves and have the nostalgia for some of our favorite photos taken together in the (now deceased) dip & dunk photo booths at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. The question then was two-fold: How can we find one? And can we afford it?
Posted on March 9th, 2011 by Erica.
White Knot ribbons + customized buttons by ButtonEmpire = corsages.
(Photos clockwise by Button Empire, K. Ono, and Wyatt Olson Photography)
A wedding with two brides should be gay enough right? Well, yes, but… sometimes you just want to make sure everybody’s getting the message: We’re Here, We’re Queer, and this is a Big F**king Deal! For that, sometimes you need to add a little gay detailia to your wedding, rainbow or otherwise…
To begin our gay detailia, we ordered a White Knot kit and sent them to my maid of honor for assembly. (Thank you, KT!) Next, we found our sassy wedding buttons to complete the ‘corsages’ for ourselves, the bridal party and our family from ButtonEmpire on Etsy. The corsages were comprised of a white knot + a London map button (20 buttons made from one map of London) + an ‘I’m with the bride(s)’ button (later used expertly by Julie & Jacqueline in their La Jolla wedding as well!). As an extra perk for Alex and me, ButtonEmpire created 2 special buttons that read ‘Those whom Love hath brought together let no Prop put asunder.’ — a fantastic button-with-bite pointing to the fact that we couldn’t legally marry in my home state of California because of Prop 8.
Posted on March 2nd, 2011 by Erica.
Toasting us with some almond ‘champagne’
(…technically sparkling wine for those of you connoisseurs….)
Bubbly, Tri-Tip BBQ, grilled portobellos, rainbow cake and dancing, oh my! I can tell you right now, we had fun, ate well, and danced our boots off at our reception…
One of the things that my mom came up with was the idea to have Almond ‘Champagne’ (Sparkling Wine)–a bubbly you can only grown in California from the acres and acres of almond groves. It’s slightly sweet and available at Trader Joe’s for a reasonable price! This fit perfectly in with our overall theme and want to keep things ‘local’–whether it was local to Siskiyou County or local to California. Our almond sparkling wine complemented the ales from Mt Shasta Brewery, Hunter Orchard’s apple cider and home-brewed iced tea.