Ceremony Location: KAL Estates Mariposa, CA
Reception Location: 1850 Restaurant
Season: November 2014
Event Coordinator - Hanna Wackerman Mariposa, CA
Florals - Mountain Flowers Mariposa, CA
Photographer - Steed Photography Mariposa, CA
Lighting & Rentals - Broadway Parties Atwater, CA
Catering - 1850 Restaurant & Catering
Cake - Caroline Pederson, Family Friend San Luis Obispo, CA
Hair - Lindey Williams of Simplicity Salon Mariposa, CA
Make Up - Jessica Roberson Mariposa, CA
Live Music - The Jespersons Mariposa, CA
DJ - DJ Damian Camacho San Luis Obispo, CA
Photobooth - John Bendall Templeton, CA
Wedding Dress - Premier Bride Fresno, CA
Okay, so my favorite wedding to plan was obviously MY OWN! Every girl dreams of planning their own wedding someday, but after catering and working so many... I had to find a way to make mine unique, and simply my own.
Being a girl from a small town (Templeton, CA) I grew up with the same girlfriends my entire life, so it made it difficult to choose a bridesmaids. So instead of picking and choosing... I asked them all. I ended up with 10 maids, but I wouldn't of had it any other way!
Every bit of our wedding was created by our family and friends. From our friend's wedding and event venue (Caroline and Jeremy Briese's KAL Estates), to our friend James Steed our incredible wedding photographer, and our amazing staff at 1850 Restaurant that cooked an awesome Burger bar for us... we couldn't have pulled it off without them! Our friend Caroline Pederson made our gorgeous red velvet naked wedding cake, our family friend John Bendall brought up the photobooth. I mean, how does a girl get so incredibly lucky to have such amazing friends?
Our family and friends spent days cleaning the parking lot at our restaurant in town to put up the wedding tent. We wanted to get married at KAL, but wanted our reception to be conveniently located in town for our guests. So, we chose to have our wedding reception at our restaurant, 1850 and invite our guests into our home away from home that we had spent the last 2.5 years creating.
My mother in law kicked off the weekend with a welcome/rehearsal dinner at her amazing restaurant down the street, Savourys (We are a family of restaurant people if you couldn't already tell) where guests still rave about the chicken marsala, beef ossobucco, and vegetarian stacked portabella mushrooms. The wine overflowed and we were showered with love from our friends and family that had traveled from across the US to help us celebrate our marriage. (And this was just the night before the wedding!)
Our staff, friends, and family spent hours in the kitchen hand forming 250+ grass fed burger patties, and hand making EVERY dish that we served. From the smoked gouda mac and cheese, to the chicken and waffles... everything was hot, and delicious.
We served ten different flavors of margaritas (my favorite was the ling hung mui passion fruit from Hawaii), and our guests demolished over 50 bottles of tequila... hey, we had to repay them for all of their hard work somehow, right? I guess, needless to say, our friends had a great time.
Now I look back on the day, and there isn't one thing that I wish I would’ve done different. Our day was full of love, friendship, teamwork and bringing two families together as one.
I hope that with my help, every one of my brides will be able to feel the same way about their wedding day. Now if only my husband would let me make plans to do a 5 year vow renewal!