- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
Well ladies, our wedding was this past Tuesday, July 5th, and it was AMAZING. All I have to say now is don’t sweat the small stuff. Or even the medium stuff. Really, don’t- just relax and enjoy your day.
Some of the “small” and “medium” things that went wrong and that I sweated over and wish I wouldn’t have:
- Flowergirl/daughter getting physically sick an hour before the ceremony (okay, yes, this one needed to be sweated over, but when she’s surrounded by aunts and grandparents, it didn’t have to be me doing the sweating!)
- No scissors to cut the fishing line to hang the lanterns I bought for the wedding
- Also forgot the (carefully, thoughtfully typed out) reception decoration instructions and as a result everyone kept running to me as I’m getting my hair done asking what needed to be done (should have sent them to someone else!)
- The DJ played the wrong song as I walked down the aisle, and so for half of the (very short) aisle all I was thinking about was that it was the wrong song…
- We both got up there, standing in front and realize… we don’t have the rings!!! Someone told me she had them in her pockets, but when I got up there, she asked me if I had them!!!! As a result one of our bridesmaids quietly went running off to get them… phew! (Stressful then, funny now).
As for vendors… I hate to do it, but based on my experience with Smokehouse Catering Company in San Diego, CA I would NOT recommend them. The food was wonderful and the servers and set up staff were great but the entire process of planning with them was horrid. I was on the phone with them in tears up until the day before the wedding, trying to get everything straightened out… if you saw my last post (vent) about the catering company.. well, it turns out the guy we were given the contact number for and had been talking to the entire time didn’t even WORK for the company anymore- he was let go! He hadn’t been keepng track of our payments, nothing… even when I spoke to him the day before the wedding, he promised to call me right back with details of XYZ and never said a word about not actually working for the company anymore. Ugh. So that was a nightmare to get straightened out. I did eventually get in contact with the owner of the company, who was very helpful and polite. Initially they thought we still owed them more than $600 (let me mention, again, that they were telling us this THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING). Then they went back and checked their books and found the lost payment records and we had actually overpaid them by $50 (we let them keep it). So needless to say it was a stressful process… but their food, at least, was delicious.
Our wedding was held at The Powerhouse Community Center in Del Mar, Ca. It was a WONDERFUL venue. It has a cliffside patio that overlooks the ocean, and you can see waves crashing and gulls flying and it was just breathtaking. Inside, is plenty of open space, lots of windows, and beautiful stone and wood setting. I loved it.
Our DJ was DJ MZ located in San Diego, CA and apart from playing the wrong song on my way down the aisle, they also did a great job.
Our photographer, Kelley Hudson, was a friendor who did our pics pro bono to build her portfolio, but I highly recommend her… she’s very talented! You can find her at http://www.studiosequoia.com which, incidentally, is the source of all the pro pic sneak peaks I’m about to show you!!! We also did a trash the dress shoot with Evan Bishop of Evan Bishop Photography and even though I haven’t seen any of those pics yet, I know they’re going to be amazing!!! Highly recommend him.
So there you have it! Any questions about a San Diego wedding, ask away, and for now I leave you with these sneak peek pics… can’t wait for the rest of them to show up!