Our wedding weekend -- behind the scenes
We're married! We just had our wedding over the weekend and overall it was an incredible, wonderful day. I feel like I am coming down from a high right now, and I keep looking at pictures and texting my friends and family to relive it. Even my now husband, who is a very practical and non-sentimental person, said that it went really smoothly and that it was everything we could have hoped for.
However, the wedding planning process itself was incredibly stressful. This was something I did not expect, as I am a low-maintenance person. I never grew up dreaming about my wedding or having a clear vision for the day. Most of my wedding vision came from the last year of planning looking at blogs, Instagram/FB, Reddit, and listening to podcasts. Even the week/weekend leading up to the wedding, I was anxious and uptight. I feel like I had butterflies in my stomach and didn't have an appetite. It wasn't until I arrived at the wedding venue, the sun shining on a gorgeous Southern California day, with my bridesmaids and saw my makeup artist that I was able to let out a huge sigh of relief and think, there's literally nothing I can do to change things from now on!
As it will be months before we get professional photo and video back, I wanted to document some of the behind the scenes images from our wedding weekend and share some tidbits from the planning process which consumed our lives for the past few months. I am sure the professional photos and video will make things look absolutely perfect and beautiful, however they didn't capture some of the un-perfect but equally memorable parts of the day!
I wanted to have a Welcome Party to welcome all of our guests who flew in and travelled to our wedding. We held our wedding in Orange County and nearly all of our guests had to travel to join us. The welcome party was held at my uncle's clubhouse in Irvine, CA which provided a naturally beautiful setting however was entirely a blank slate. It did come with a great lawn, tables, chairs, and a kitchen however no tablecloths/table ware, catering, or staffing so I decided to DIY the party to save money as we were already spending a pretty penny the following day. I realized later that this basically required me and my family to plan a 2nd backyard wedding. My mom and I disagreed on the degree of decorations for the party as well, as I wanted to keep things casual to save on stress and expenses. In the end, our families rallied and got to the venue 6 hour early to set up the tables, chairs, and my mom Amazon-ed tablecloths, and fancy serving dishes and utensils to make a beautiful party. I rented additional cocktail and bar tables, we bought all the alcohol from Costco, and family and friends rallied to go pick up take-out food and we set up a full Chinese buffet. I even made an Aperol Spritz bar, my one DIY element. Everyone was remarking how nice the welcome party was and definitely enjoyed themselves. We even ended up with a bunch of leftover food and alcohol even though I thought I underordered!
New cousins (and niece)!