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The moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Photos of our engagement and wedding!  We got engaged on June 11th, 2009, and got married on August 8th, 2009!  Yes, that’s only 2 months of planning…but somehow, our wedding could not have been more perfect, even if we had had a year to plan!

Derek lured me into a photobooth to take some fun photos, little did I know, that he had already taken pictures with proposal notes!  When he handed me the photobooth strips for safe keeping, he had slipped the proposal in there.  When I looked at it I just about fainted.  First of all, I had never told him that before I ever even met him I used to say that a photobooth proposal would be the BEST way to get engaged!  And second of all, how stinking romantic.  I mean, my goodness. Does he know me, or what?!  Truly a dream come true.  After much screaming and crying (all happy), I said “YES!!!”

Quickly thereafter the engagement, we scheduled an engagement photo session with Vasna Wilson.  A friend and incredible photographer, who we were lucky enough to have photograph our wedding also.

Our ceremony and reception was held at Radonich Ranch in Los Gatos, California.  Under the tall, beautiful trees, on a perfect August afternoon, we were married with 70 of our closest friends and family present.  It really was magical.

We were married by our friend Mark Scandrette, who conducted a beautiful and creative ceremony.  Our closest friends were our attendants.  (My little sister, and maid of honor, Janelle Gates, handmade my headpiece for me.)

Details!  From the top left:  1. Our guestbook, which was also made by hand by my sister, was filled with photobooth strips from our engagement and the wedding. 2. Jars filled with flowers and candles were hung from the trees by ribbon.  These jars were all recycled and collected for the 2 months prior to the wedding.  3. Flags made by my mom, Jennifer Gates, from her plethora of beautiful quilting fabrics.  4. These were packets I made that were the escort cards, and a favor; filled with California poppy seeds.  5. A friend of ours, the fabulous Anna Bond, designed our invitations, and gave me the flexibility to hand screen print them myself, which allowed me to use the screens for other purposes as well, such as for our programs!  I am obsessed with her work…I find myself lucky to know the lovely lady!  6. My beautiful bouquet, which I assembled myself, from the flowers that our wonderful wedding coordinator, Marky Carr, got for us.

WE’RE MARRIED!!!  Vasna got some amazing photos of the two of us together, rejoicing that the day had finally come for us to be husband & wife, partners for life.

The photobooth.  This was one of the best things about our wedding.  We rented a photobooth from Classic Photobooth Rentals to make up our guestbook, and double as a fun take-away gift for our guests.  The result was an INCREDIBLE guestbook, and some insane photos of people having a great time in it.  We also had an old typewriter for people to type their notes to us with, and photo corners to adhere the scraps of paper and photobooth strips to the book.  We thought this detail to be only fitting of us, considering our engagement (not to mention my obsession with photobooths)!

My beautiful friend, Amy Ross, made our cupcakes for us:  Lavender cupcakes with lavender cream cheese icing.  Yummm!  I made the toppers out of styrofoam letters from Michael’s, which I painted to match our decor.  My dad assembled the AMAZING tiered tree cake stand for us.  I have it in my home now as decor!  I love it.  Derek and I chose to serve our cupcakes together, since we didn’t really have anything to “cut” (seems kind of silly to cut a cupcake).

Our first dance was to the song “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson.  I would suggest listening to it if you haven’t heard it before…super sweet.  :)  Since I LOVE dessert, we had a SECOND dessert during dancing:  ICE CREAM CONES!  Woo!  We served Balsamic Strawberry ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery, out of San Francisco.  Marky (our wedding coordinator)’s husband was kind enough to make us that nifty serving box thing for them.  Soooo cool, right?

I hope you love our wedding.  It is still so magical for me to even think about.  It was truly a PERFECT day.  Thanks to everyone who helped out!!!

xo

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A small taste of the wedding…

Here are a few photos from my fun, hand-crafted wedding.  It was planned in about 2 1/2 months!  All thanks to Marky Carr from Vignette Events, who is the on-site wedding coordinator at Radonich Ranch where we held the event.

At our wedding, pretty much everything was hand made.  My friend Anna Bond (Rifle Design–Featured as an invitation designer in the current Martha Stewart Weddings) designed our invitations, and allowed me to have the files and I screen printed the invitations myself (and the programs, and the cocktail napkins, using the logo she designed for us)!  My dress and Derek’s vest was made by my best friend’s mom, Luba Golin.  She copied a dress that I had fallen in love with, and I’m pretty sure that no one would be able to tell the difference.  It was perfect.  My mom sewed hundreds of feet of cloth carnival flags, made up of mis-matched fabric; she also sewed table runners for all of the tables.  My sister made my hair piece and my guestbook.  My good friend Amy made our cupcakes (lavender cream cheese flavor!) from scratch…and boy were they delicious.  Our friend Dani was the fabulous DJ.  Vasna Wilson was our photographer (and one of my favorite Bay Area wedding photographers! http://www.vasphotography.com).  Oh my oh my…I’m sure I’m leaving out so much.  But there were a lot of hands involved to create the perfect day!

I love planning events, so this was a joy for me to do.  If anyone needs wedding planning help…I’m your girl!  Especially if you like hand made details.  Below are some images including: my inspiration board, the Carolina Herrera dress that was copied for me, and a few photos taken by guests during the wedding.

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Today Wilder had his first swimming lesson. It wasn't quite as I had envisioned it...he screamed and cried basically the entire time. 🙈 I've heard that's not abnormal, but I somehow thought we would be different... #yeahright #wildercobalt Today on the way to his 15 month appointment at the pediatrician, he dumped all his water on his lap, totally soaking his shorts (& carseat). 😂 So, pantsless it was! #wildercobalt #15months Last weekend, Wilder turned 15 months old. How in the world is he already 15 months?! He is so curious and loves exploring everything and examining every little detail to see how things work. He is such a sweet-hearted guy. I'm lucky to spend my days with him. ❤️ #wildercobalt My dearest Wilder, how are you already 14.5 months old? You are growing every day, every moment, before my very eyes. You are becoming a human I am so proud of - sweet, funny, loving, determined, observant, adventurous. Last night you were having a hard time sleeping, so I sat with you in my arms for a while. You fell asleep hard on my shoulder, and I could feel your heart beating with mine, the weight of your body getting heavier and heavier, and your breath slowing as you fell deeper into dreamland. In that moment I felt more connected to you than ever before, and I felt deep in my bones and in a soul-wrenching way the complete blessing that you are. On good days and on bad, I am your momma, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was made for you. I love you to the moon and back, little bug. #wildercobalt Happy Easter, y'all! 🐣🐰💐 #wildercobalt Another from the wedding yesterday:
Just taking a quick break from all the playing, dancing and eating!
#lazysundaywedding #wildercobalt We had some good times tonight celebrating our good friends gettin' hitched! Wilder was pumped to explore this new space and play with new friends (& eat cake & burrito & crackers...😛). #lazysundaywedding #wildercobalt 
[PS: look at those lips! 😍] We took Wilder to our friend's first little league game today to cheer him on (good game, Ian!), and Wilder watched all the big kids with such fascination. #wildercobalt Oh, hello pretty flower. We are back in LA after a long weekend away in Phoenix with friends, mostly watching SF Giants baseball. Between going to Wilder's first Giants games, Wilder had a lot of really awesome "firsts": he tried ice (is now obsessed), ate BBQ (literally by the fist full), tried ice cream (he cried when it was gone), started walking (!!!!!!!), and went to the zoo with new friends!
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To that last point, I met up with an Instagram-friend turned real-life-friend, and we took our sweet boys to the Phoenix Zoo. Thanks for showing us a lovely afternoon, @mommasociety & Brody! I loved watching our boys interact. Can't wait to do it again sometime!

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