Happy Anniversary Ronnie & Christina!

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Photo by Lori Rittinger Photography

Those of you who are parents will understand that, when you first welcome a new baby into your home, you go through what I can only describe as a storm.  It’s certainly a good storm, but you have to rearrange everything in your life to work around your new little addition.  I feel like that’s what the last six months have been for me.  And before you know it, you realize that far too much time has gone by without a blog post!

I’m currently on vacation with the family (our first as a family of four) and being away has given me a much-needed breather to be able to plan some of the things I’ve been trying to get to since the baby arrived.  There is so much to catch you up on including my first wedding of 2013 on April 27 (congrats Chris and Nicole!), a ton of new DIY wedding projects and a few other exciting things to come later this year.  All that will be on the blog very soon!  But for now I just wanted to take a few minutes to wish one of my favorite couples of all time a happy anniversary.

Ronnie and Christina were married three years ago at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol, CA.  They live in Florida and planned everything from afar via phone and internet, not even having the chance to see the venue in person before the big day.  So imagine my fear, as their venue coordinator, when I was heading to meet them for their rehearsal.  I just kept repeating to myself…I pray they like it, I pray they like it, I pray they like it.  And thankfully they both did!

Ronnie and Christina are honestly two of the nicest, most gracious and caring people you will ever meet and it was such an honor for me to be part of their wedding day. And as you can see from the picture above, they’re adorable!  Congrats to you both and cheers to many more!

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Photo by Lori Rittinger Photography

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Happy Anniversary Steve and Kim!

Photo credit: Octavia Hunter

Steve and Kim were married on October 11, 2009 at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol, CA.  I honestly feel that Kim was a wedding planner in a former life and I knew from the moment I met her that we were a perfect fit!  Every detail of her wedding was so well thought out, from the Vermont chocolate favors (Steve is from Vermont), to the sweet lavender heart wreath hanging on the tree leading up to the ceremony, to the “fortune” bouquet of lottery tickets and good luck charms which strategically broke apart as it was tossed so that each girl got something.  (I must give partial credit for that idea to her DJ, Kevin from Fantasy Sound!)

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K&L – Elliston Vineyards, Sunol, CA

K&L’s wedding has the distinction of being my very last wedding as a venue coordinator at Elliston.  It’s hopefully not my last wedding there ever, since it’s such a beautiful venue with great staff and a great feel to it.  (I’m not biased at all!)  I was with this couple from the moment they first toured the venue and I did their planning and two menu tastings (they’re both self-confessed foodies), so there wasn’t any way I wouldn’t see this wedding through to the end!

It amazes me how I discover something special and unique with each wedding that I work on.  This wedding was no different.  K recently graduated from a master’s program in music.  She loves the movie The Princess Bride and used that to set the theme of her wedding.  L is an engineer at Facebook.  They are both very witty, smart, fun and completely perfect for each other.  The wedding details most important to them were the food, wine and of course the music.

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