Oh. my. goodness.
Now, I don’t play favorites with my couples, honestly I don’t. And I’m sooo excited for next year because I have some amazing weddings coming up. BUT, if I DID want to chose a fave couple award for 2007… well, K&B would be in the running. I looooove them. They’re like the kind of infectious you want to keep. :)
The wedding ceremony took place at St. Pius V Church, which was literally around the corner from Kris and Bry’s house! Their on-site coordinator, Kathy, was AWESOME! Since we had a huge wedding party, I was a bit worried [10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, 5 flower girls, 3 ring bearers, and…. well, a TON of sponsors!] about getting everyone’s attention in regards to walking down the aisle. Kathy worked it, and helped me out so much!
Since Kristine and Bryan were expecting nearly 300 guests, Kristine was a trooper to go all out the way she did in the details. You’ll see more later, but I think she must have made at least 150 to 200 of these super cute programs alone!!
Presenting the bouquet to Mary…
Married! I LOVE this picture!
And equally, this one too!!
After the ceremony we did some quick re-enactments for Harvard Photography to get “the big stuff” at a better angle. A few snaps for you:
And, onto the reception I went!! The main festivities were held at the Sheraton Hotel Cerritos. I love, love, LOVE the on-site coordinator there, Amanda [how funny, right!!]. Since K&B booked me for month-of coordinating, I got to talk with her lots, which was so fun! This was my first time working there and I’m already dying to go back!! You’ll see her later. :)
We made this ballroom [already gorgeous and fairly newly renovated] SHINE with glamour!! Satin linens from Dress My Chair, chair covers and sashes by Chair Covers by Angie, Eddie at Commerce Flowers was incredible and their arrangements were huge and full and gorgeous!! To top it off we had Ryan of Fly By Night killing it with music, microphone, and much more [he even helped us figure out our little glitch in the slideshow, which took almost 20 minutes but was SOOOOOO worth it!!!]. The whole thing caught on film by 29 Frames [who also, might I add, were responsible for the amazingness of the slideshow, which they put together!]. We had a dream team.
Favors were carmel apples, CDs, and mini wine bottles. It was a busy table, full of love! I adore the way it all turned out!!
Let me just say that I LOVE these place cards and with 30 tables of guests Kristine is a freaking miracle worker for these. Even the vendors had them!!!
Some shots of the cocktail hour.
See that puffy hydrangea arrangement [hydrangement??] in the background? Yep, I threw that together. :) I did the flower girl baskets too [as the church was a “no toss” church], but I didn’t get any pictures. Lame.
Since K&B wanted to do something fun with their bar budget, we decided to host a “signature drink” only for them. We chose apple martinis to go with their color scheme, green and brown. The hotel [Amanda the amazing I should say] went full force and rimmed the glasses with brown sugar. So. cute. And this display?? To die for! The guests loved it!
Back into the room for a minute…
Rossmoor Pastries is responsible for this. I am thankful!
A little bling hasn’t killed anyone, right??
I loooooove candles and how they transform a room!
These are Kristine’s “reception shoes”. I am in love with them.
This one is “for the blog”, just before the grand entrance:
The group walked in to the Rocky theme!!
And straight into their first dance [which, the bridal party crouches around the dance floor and blew bubbles during]:
Sooooo in love! [Even if Bryan didn’t cry during the ceremony, I know he really wanted to, and that’s how I know they’re really in love…]. Haha!!
A quick hello and thank you from our groom before dinner!
The groom’s cake was a tuxedo. So cute!! We dressed up the table a bit with an engagement picture, candles and petals.
Our cake, all lit up from the back!!
And more on why THIS is on the cake table later:
The slideshow I mentioned before. Well, it was actually more like a video/picture montage. It was SO candid, SO personal, SO cute. They told their love story… and I was hooked!!
Their speeches were warm and heartfelt!
I grabbed a quick shot of Kris’s bouquet. It was incredible! I’ve come to find out that I don’t LOVE single-flower bouquets right now in life. But, this was serious perfection!!!
And the bridesmaid bouquets weren’t so bad either. I looooove the deep green hydrangea that Eddie used. Swoon!!
After the toasts, Bryan had a special surprise for the group: he sang to Kristine in front of everyone! The song was Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You” and he did SO well! I was blown away! It was too, too cute!!
So in love!!
Oh yah, THIS is Amanda @ The Sheraton. Who rocks my face off. Amanda, now that you’ve seen my blog I expect weekly comments!! :)
A close up of their low centerpieces:
And into the Father/Daughter dance!
Of course, Bryan and his mom weren’t forgotten either!
And NOW, it’s cake time!! Thanks to my amazing and tall cousin Miriam for most of these shots! She held my camera over the crowd and over her head and just snapped away!!
It got a LITTLE crazy, but thankfully the dress had napkin-protection.
Awe, love IS sweet!
Let’s ask Kristine how she REALLY feels about the taste of champagne… this one killed me!!
Time for the toss.
And the garter. I love that Bryan threw Kris’ shoes like halfway across the dance floor!!
And now, for the football. Bryan HIKED the garter to one of the single guys!!
A little money dance that the guests got sooo into!!
Though I will say this- Bryan took a pin to the head and there WAS some blood loss. All well worth it!
Since this was a big guest count, I brought along the hubs for extra hands. This is me struggling to get a cute background pic for MiPhone.
Back out to the cocktail hour. Their guest book had this sweet little poem sign in front:
And as we packed up items into Kris and Bry’s room, we stumbled upon these:
Since K kicked those shoes OFF for dancing, I snagged a pic of ’em:
Cuteness central. I am LOVING this colorful, funky shoe trend!! These are classy!
And of course, my absolute favorite image of the night because it’s the one that I carry with me in my heart long after the party ends…
K&B: you know it! I am SO excited that you’re married! You will love it. Marriage is the ultimate joy-bringer. You two are built for it! I see it in the way you touch, in the way you laugh, in how your hearts are so connected. Truly, you two are BEST friends, and have grown up together. If you can make it through that, you can make it through anything!! Have SO much fun this week but come back well-rested and refreshingly in love!!