OUR WEDDING | the rehearsal.

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i still remember our wedding weekend like it was last weekend.

my family arrived in santa barbara late thursday night and it was nice to relax a little bit before the craziness began.  i had fun delivering welcome boxes to the hotels our guests were staying at, grabbing coffee at the daily grind (my favorite sb coffee shop), and doing some last minute projects (like making an itinerary for the weekend!).

i remember being SO giddy and excited to see everyone all together for the first time on friday afternoon!  our bridal party (yes, all EIGHTEEN of them!) came from multiple cities and states including north carolina, hawaii, and up and down the coast of california.  i was also really excited just for our wedding festivities to finally begin and to enjoy the weekend from that point on.  no more crafting, no more planning, no more DIYing, no more stressing!  i couldn’t wait to spend time with our closest friends and family in one of my favorite places in the world and to marry my best friend.

our venue, rancho dos pueblos, blows me away every time i see photos.  it is just so beautiful!  we had our rehearsal dinner on the charming patio of the bay roadhouse restaurant on state street in santa barbara.  it was such a perfect night and a great start to the weekend!

*THANK YOU so much to janelle who took most of these amazing photos!  i will treasure them always!

happy valentine’s day (+ a wedding photo)!

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we received our wedding photos this week and we are SO thrilled with how they turned out!  that annie mcelwain is pretty amazing.  can’t wait to share lots more with you all!  in the meantime, i’m off to enjoy my first valentine’s day as a married woman!  reis has secret plans for us tonight and i’m kind of excited :)  hope you all have days full of love (and lots and lots of chocolate)!

our wedding video.

our wedding day really was the best day of our lives — so cliché, but so true.  and we are so ecstatic that the entire day was captured on film by ryan mcduff of mcduff productions.  he is a truly amazing videographer and we highly recommend him!!  he made us feel really comfortable the entire day, is super professional (and not to mention extremely talented!!), and is just the nicest guy.  he was so kind to have edited our video in less than 2 weeks so we could show it at our hawaii reception!  we love everything about it.  and i have definitely watched it in the triple digits by now…i can’t help but re-live that day over and over again!

we hope you enjoy!

we’re married and back from italy!

what. a. month.  (the best month of my life!)

we had the most incredible wedding day on november 11 (i will be sharing our wedding video on thursday!!), spent an amazing 10 days on our honeymoon in italy (i am so in love with that beautiful country), got back to hawaii the night before thanksgiving (which we celebrated with my entire family that flew out here to the islands), and concluded our wedding celebrations with a beautiful north shore reception on saturday!  we have been hanging out with my family for the past week and i am sad to say bye to my parents and grandparents who leave today.  it has been such a sweet and exciting month for us newlyweds and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the people in our lives who have made this time so very special.  i am excited to share with you all that has been going on this past month via lots and lots of photos!  and now that christmas is around the corner, the excitement really never ends!

an unforgettable bridal shower.

there are really no adequate words to describe the unbelievably AMAZING bridal shower my sister, sister-in-law, and two best friends threw for me a few weekends ago in california.  like, seriously.  just look at these photos!  what!?!  i still look through them and am just amazed by every single detail and beauty of it all AND the fact that they did it all for me!  i am blessed beyond measure, that is for sure.  they all know how much i love little details so they went over-the-top in every. single. aspect of the night with intricacies that i appreciated more than they will ever know.  when i first walked out into the yard, i’m pretty sure my jaw just about hit the floor.  i was seriously in awe at everything in front of my eyes that i immediately ran back inside to grab my camera because light was escaping us and the beautifulness NEEDED to be captured on my camera before it was too dark.

the table settings were impeccable and glamourous (so in love with the green bottles/vases and black & white striped runners).  the gorgeous market lights were strung just for my shower by heather’s dad!  the escort table (yes, they had an escort table!) had custom designed name tags for every guest.  the appetizers and dinner (mostly made by the talented janelle) were insanely delicious.  the food presentation was incredibly detailed (how cute are those little glittery pom poms?!).  they had an italian soda bar, a bellini bar (complete with black & white striped straws), a candy station (with a ridiculously cute backdrop that heather made!), AND a dessert bar (with hundreds of homemade goodies & an ombre cake)!  they had customized mint favors at every place setting, beautiful and classy balloons (of which the hanging garlands were slaved over by my sister for 3 days!), matching sugar paper napkins, customized labels for every dish/drink/dessert (taylor did ALL of the design for the night and i loved that it was all cohesive from the invitation to the signage to the name tags!)…i really could go on and on and on about everything.  it was a truly unforgettable night and i am forever grateful to my hostesses (and everyone else who helped!) for going to great lengths in planning this event and for making me feel so special in this exciting time of my life!  love you guys SO. MUCH.

for more deets on this “bridal shower of a century” as my good friend ann-marie has coined the event (and quite accurately so!),  janelle’s recap is  here and you can also check out ann-marie’s post here — she helped set up and took a ton of beautiful photos!

1st photo by my sis, photos 3&4 by ann-marie