Real Wedding: Alison & Eddie

I have two sweet weddings to share with you today, starting with Alison and Eddie’s lovely Southern California celebration. Alison is a Snippet & Ink reader, and you know how much I love featuring reader weddings! She was kind enough to share all kinds of details about the day:

We had a little over a year to plan our wedding, and committed to ourselves and each other this deal breaker: Southern California Catholic church ceremony followed by outdoor wedding, preferably with sand beneath toes. (The unofficial deal-breaker: a band that rocked the house to which I could dance all night long.) We wanted the wedding to feel like it was a backyard dinner party – on the beach – with the ocean as our centerpiece, where neutrals were preferred to color.

Some advice from Alison that I’m definitely keeping with me for my own wedding day: I practiced yoga on the beach the morning of my wedding – it was the best start to a very balanced and harmonious day, and when I couldn’t sleep a wink the night before, som morning cleansing breaths and centering was just what I needed. I highly recommend doing something ‘centering’ the morning of your big day, whatever that means to you… writing a letter, reading your favorite poem, talking a walk, watching your favorite movie… whatever that is for you, do it. It will give you the best start to one of your best days.

My husband and I have worked in the events industry for over 10 years (and met on the job!) and though we were certain of planning every little detail ourselves, we enlisted Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings soon after our engagement to help guide us through the process and make the day-of a breeze – and she did. She’s an angel and I’m so thankful my best friend found her a year earlier for her wedding. (I like to steal good ideas and good people!)

We tackled a handful of DIY projects, and my mom was a huge help. She made all the table runners with the green and white fabrics. My dad made the drink menu chalkboards; my aunt made the bridesmaid’s necklaces and helped my mom stamp ‘hugs and kisses’ stamps on 200 take-home candy bags we used for the dessert buffet; my godmother was the unofficial behind-the-scenes photographer and right-hand to my mom; my uncle played with the band for a set that completely rocked the house.

Photography: Amy & Stuart

Ceremony venue: American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach, California

Reception venue: private club in Santa Monica, California

Event coordination: Duet Weddings

Bride’s dress: Pronovias

Flowers: Magical Blooms

Stationery: Little Miss Press

And one last tip from the bride: Marriage is about the process by which two people arrived on one particular day to say “I do.” It’s a journey. Treasure your engagement, and once you get to the big day, take it all in, soak up every last detail, memory, tear, laugh and dance with all the people you love on that one special day. (And then go to the Bahamas.)

Thank you Alison! Congrats to you and Eddie! Find out more about their wedding and planning process over on Alison’s blog, paper{whites}. And don’t forget to stop by in a bit for another charming wedding.

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