Sunday, June 12, 2011

Welcome to our woodland wedding!

Many of you were able to enjoy this wonderful day with us and many were not able to be there to celebrate with us. This blog lets you enjoy the preparations and what led up to this wonderful day as well as that lovely day we were married. All of this goodness took place in one year. I met my wonderful husband, a few months later was engaged and shortly after started the wedding preparations{or maybe before}. I was able to have so much support and help from my family. Especially my parents and my sister Natalie. My sister Natalie was there every step of the way and was such a great help. My sister Natalie has been an amazing Wedding Planner for a handful of weddings and this wedding was no exception. Many of the creations, prep and executing was by me, because of course this is what I love and do too, but Natalie was a great help in creating, prepping and executing as well especially since I just couldn't do it all myself. It is always important to have that one person who will tell you when you don't need something, a person who you can run ideas by, a person to give you a second opinion, a person to talk out ideas with, someone who will make that garland you really don't feel like making, a person to narrow down all the MANY ideas, a person to make felt mustaches, a person who is good at all the wedding preparations and ordering that you are not good at, someone to go shopping with, and to call when shopping alone and when you just can't decide on something. I am a graphic designer and artist so I had a lot of fun creating this celebration. For many months all I ever did was wedding "stuff"... creating garlands, collecting items, shopping{my favorite}, designing/printing/putting together my invites, making yarn balls, so much spray painting, painting deer, cleaning glass, finding fabric, planning, thinking, making homemade peanut butter cups, scouting flowers, creating, stacking wedding stuff in my room and backyard shed, finding a venue and so, so much more. So much of my life was wedding prep, that I really miss it now.  I am really happy so many came to help that day to set it all up. I was even there for a while setting up part of the wedding before the reception began. Every bit has the essence of me and am so happy it all turned out how my mind had envisioned it.

The day before our wedding, my friends from out of town came into town and along with my friends in town, we all went down to Pike Place Market to enjoy the likes of the beautiful Seattle. After, my husband went to dinner and Mariners game with my dad, brother and brother- in- laws. While he was there, I had some girl time with some of my closest girlfriends. We chatted and went to Teriyaki. Would not have wished for it any different. The next morning, I was up by 530am to be ready to leave the house at 830am. Wowza. Our ceremony at the Seattle LDS Temple began at 10am. It was a lovely ceremony where I felt very loved not only by my husband, but by my small group of family and friends that were at the ceremony with us. After the ceremony, family and friends were waiting for us outside in the beautiful weather to welcome us, the new couple. Pictures were taken at the temple with family and friends and then they were all off to start the setting up of Floral Hall. Jachen and I took pictures at the temple, went to 7-11, ate burgers and ice cream at Dicks and spent time in Fremont taking pictures with our photographer. It was such a pleasant afternoon, we really had fun. It was such a beautiful day and we had so much fun taking pictures. Our photographer is my friend Kristen{who is for hire}, from college who has graduated in Photography. Her and I took a few photography classes together, what a hoot. It was so great to have a friend taking pictures, she was up for anything and all my "lets take a picture here". At about 230pm we left Fremont for Floral Hall, we took some more photos there and I was able to help some wedding set up. It was such a fun and relaxed day. The party began and we were so grateful for all who came and were a part of it. The dinner was prepared by my mother and a few lovely ladies who helped in the kitchen. We had a variety of gourmet sandwiches, couscous, fruit salad, and spinach salad. There was also kettle chips, multigrain chips and jalapeno Pringles {the Pringles are Jachen's favorite American treat which actually inspired the whole meal} The desserts were all homemade by friends and family. One friend made our lime coconut cupcakes, one friend made all the mini cheesecakes/chocolate sea salt caramels{he is for hire}, my aunt made the cayenne gingersnaps and sea salt chocolate chip cookies, Natalie and I made the peanut butter cups, and a lady we know made 4 out of the 5 cakes which were all beautifully frosted different with white frosting, and were different widths and heights. My cousin Meredith made a family favorite for the 5th cake...Chocolate Cherry Cake which was disguised in white frosting. (you know cus its chocolate so normally brown). And of course there was my favorite Limonata drinks and other tasty drinks. There was also a "Sweetserland" table filled with amazing Swiss chocolate and European Haribo candy. It was a delicious way to celebrate.

Last week, June 15th, we received our wedding photos in the mail. Over 600 photos we received and I was able to narrow it down for you to a bit over 400. So many, many photos are posted on here. I have been working on this blog since I received the photos. I wanted to be able to tell you about the big day as well as show you all my favorite pictures from the day. I hope you take the time to look at everything. It was a pretty magical time and there are many, I think at least, magical pictures.

Since there is a lot to be found on the blog, you can navigate easiest using the sidebar called "Quick Find" that will take you to each section. How easy, right? I created the blog in order of events, so you can use the quick find in order...or you can hop around to where you want to visit, but make sure to not miss a thing. Or see it all in order by scrolling all the way down each page till you find "older posts".

Just look around, leave comments or ask questions. Please don't use photos unless given permission by moi. THANKS.


Dad said...

Like reliving the fun all over again. We had a great time and are so thankful for all of the festivities and all the help from all the helpers to make everything the best.

stephanie said...

I was wondering what you've been doing in Switzerland! :)

This is seriously so great - I agree with Dad, it's like reliving it. And I want to relive it again and AGAIN. It was such a fun time. Do you know that the setting up was one of the most fun times, actually!?

I have a lot of comments abt the pictures - some funny stuff I noticed (is Jachen dancing with a man?) but too many. I love the little moments, all the pics of the people. The detail pics are so good and you are so beautiful in so many pictures!

I just love it.