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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!!!

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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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#fbf to our vacation a couple weeks ago. Today Wilder stopped mid-bite at dinner, gasped, and said "where did my friends go?!" I asked him their names, and he said "Elsa and Faye!" I reminded him they are his cousins, and he just looked down sad and said, "yeah. I miss my cousins. I miss #beanheadfarm." 😔 So darn sweet. Wish we lived closer, @lyraburch & @elliotb13! Some amazing family memories were made this past week! Thankful we were able to take the time away! ❤️ #wildercobalt #beanheadfarm We just got back to LA from a truly rejuvenating family vacation. Off the grid (mostly), living in nature and spending every moment with some dearly loved family. Wilder got to experience camping in a tent for the very first time, and spent day in and day out chasing his big cousin Elsa around copying her every move. We couldn't have asked for a better week away! And we topped it off with this plane ride off the island before getting back to the mainland to head on home. #wildercobalt #beanheadfarm Wilder and @_derekhansen built a "farm" on the beach yesterday (with Elsa, who was much more helpful than Wilder). Wilder was mostly a "little pig" or "little cow". He begged to go in the freezing water, and we cooked out our dinner on the beach. A perfect evening with our family! #wildercobalt This boy just finished his 2nd (& final) week of swim classes (yesterday). I wouldn't say he "can swim", but I would say that he is more confident, and loves the water even MORE than before (if that's possible???)...
He's a little 🐟! #wildercobalt When we woke up this morning, our neighbor was just getting home with some fresh donuts. Wilder said through the screen door, "good morning Mr. Joel!" And he offered Wilder a donut, to which he promptly said "I LOVE TREATS! I LOVE DONUTS!" So so nice of Mr. Joel to share his Saturday morning treat with us! #wildercobalt [In case you don't look at IG stories...this. 👆🏻]
Wilder says "my" instead of "I" when speaking about himself, and it's the cutest thing. I never want to forget some of the stuff he says right now. The way he says "momma, what's that?" about EVERY LITTLE THING to learn new words is heart melting. 💙🍦 #wildercobalt For all the stressful momma-days I have, moments like this make up for it all. Happy 4th of July weekend from this little munchkin! (Please just pretend that his shirt has red stripes instead of orange, & I will have achieved the perfect all-American boy photo...at our favorite Swedish store. 😂👌🏻🇺🇸/🇸🇪 ) #wildercobalt Oh boy oh boy did we have a ROUGH afternoon trying to achieve a nap. We were both exhausted, and it resulted in a less than lovely exchange between us. I'm ashamed of how I was acting, and I can tell he was too. The moment I said, "want to take your nap with me?", he lit up and ran into my bed, Dina in tow. He fell right to sleep and so did I. An hour later I woke up, and he's still snoozing, so peaceful. There have been a lot of days lately that I feel so out of touch with him, and it breaks my heart. This kid is my everything, and to spend an hour+ of my afternoon screaming "STAY IN YOUR BED" at him just doesn't seem right. I'm praying for wisdom and understanding on how to keep my strong and beautiful connection with my boy as he grows and matures. For now though, I'm basking in the unproductive naptime and getting my snuggles in. #wildercobalt #momtalk Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband and Wilder's amazing dad, @_derekhansen. I love being a parent with you! .
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