Monday, July 21, 2014

June 14, 2014: Our Wedding Day

Where has the time gone??  Seriously!  The wedding day was, as many past brides have told me, a complete blur of love.  It was not as chaotic as I had imagined it might be and i didn't get any butterflies in my tummy in preparing the morning of like I'd expected I would. I was so fortunate to have Cherry of Cherrydollface YouTube channel do mine and my bridesmaids hair and Nikki Napalm did our beautiful make up.  These girls really know how to make you look and feel special.

The morning of the wedding myself and the bridesmaids got ready at my home.  It was actually a nice relaxing morning.  The only upsets we had was that the AC broke the night before but luckily the weather was perfect and we got along just well without it.  I'm still waiting to sort out a few more details until we recieve our official wedding photos from our photographer so all of the pictures in this blog are from friends and family.  I love social media.  I seriously don't know how people planned a wedding before the Internet.  Below is a picture of me posing in my very beautiful wedding dress which was gifted to me by a dear friend Lisa's Mom.  I actually found the pattern years ago on Ebay.  When it came time to start thinking about a dress, I knew I already had the perfect pattern.  She did such a wonderful job and I couldn't have been happier with the outcome.  It was elegant and so comfortable!

The bridal party was driven over to the venue in a fabulous 1950 Ford shoebox, or shinebox as our friend and owner likes to call it, by Dave's friend and best man Paul.

It was quite funny because the cars going by were reacting to us as we were driving by.  We got a ton of car horn honks and "Congratulations" shout outs as we drove to the venue.  One passerby even congratulated Paul thinking he was the groom.  He told them "Thanks, this will be my fifth marriage!".  Oh Paul!!!

We had our mini car show in the parking lot of our venue at Tango Del Rey located in San Diego, CA.

My first view of Dave and the venue all decorated were at the same time.  My friend Rosalynn did such a wonderful job of orchestrating all the flowers and table settings.  My friend Lindsay did an excellent job of coordinating the day making sure we were on schedule.  

I was so honored to have my dad walk me down the aisle as he has been a huge example of the man I had hoped to find and marry and have by my side.  Dave sure does match up pretty equally to him if I do say so myself.

During our ceremony we used a huppa which was actually used in our friend's Devin and Darlene's wedding last summer.  It is a Jewish tradition to symbolize the two houses of love joining as one.  Neither one of us are Jewish but we really liked the symbolic notion and decided to include it in the ceremony . My mom and dad held up my side and Dave's mom and sister held up his side.  

After the ceremony we took family photos and had a small chance to greet guests.  

We had our grand entrance to get the party started.

A few weeks before the wedding I had been attending practice with the band Fanny and the Atta' Boys as they were planning on performing at our wedding.  They gave me the awesome opportunity to sing for my new husband!  I sang "I Love you Honey" and "Today, Tomorrow, and Forever" both covers by Patsy Cline.

We dove right into the toasts next.  This is the selfie my sister took with her iPad as a part of her wedding toast.

Dave and I danced our first dance to "These Foolish Things" by Sam Cooke.

I then did the father daughter dance to the song "Warmth of the Sun" by The Beach Boys.

We did all the traditional things including cutting of the cake (no make up or clothes were ruined in the process), the flower toss and the garter toss as well.  We even threw in the limbo and the chicken dance. The cake was so good!!!

After the cake cutting I changed into a dress I came across at Unique Vintage.  It was for a really affordable price and I couldn't pass it up.  I also wore flowers made and gifted to me by my dear friend Angie and wore pearls that belonged to my great Aunt Lucille.  I then proceeded to lead the ladies, with help from my friend Tiffany, in the ladies stroll.  It was so much fun!

I feel like there is so much more I could write about but I feel like that could become a novel.  It was truly a wonderful, beautiful, loving day!  Dave and I are truly blessed to have all the friends and family in our life right now and were so grateful for their show of love and support on our big day.  I leave you with our photobooth pictures from the day.

Till' Next Time,


P.S. I finally have a smart phone!!  Which means I have an instagram account.  Come follow me at thesweetiesuz. Honeymoon photos from Hawaii and a thrift blog to follow soon.


  1. Congrats! It looks like an amazing wedding and reception. You look beautiful! The dress and color look great on you.

    1. Thank you Mariela! We fell in love with the venue almost the first time we set foot in it. It was so beautiful and required minimal decorations. The fabric for the dress was purchased at $5 a yard from the Los Angeles garment district. I was going for the that art deco aged vintage wedding dress look :)

  2. Congrats my dear! I seriously can't express enough how much I ADORE your gown and the dress you changed into after the ceremony is darling!


  3. I'm so happy for you guys! It looks like the perfect day for two people who truly deserve it! Best wishes in the big move and all that the future holds!!!

    1. Thank you Chris! The big move is truly right around the corner. I feel like we still have so much we want to do and see here in southern California before we move but I have a feeling this is not the last this town will see of us ;)

  4. Congratulations! Your wedding looked amazing! And your wedding dress..perfect. Glad everything went well and I look forward to the honeymoon photos :)


  5. Thank you Liz! I'm honestly have a hard time narrowing down the honeymoon photos. So much to share!

  6. What gorgeous photos!! I'm so jealous of the fact that you had Cherry do your hair. You, Cherry and Janey have inspired me to embrace my inner vintage!!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm happy I could be a help in helping you embrace your inner vintage. It's a fun obsession to have for sure ;)

  7. What a spectacular wedding! Your theme inspirations are all adorable, especially the hairstyling. Also, the venue looks really cool. You guys really did well with the arrangements and all, which is really evident by how much fun everyone was having. Of course, you look the loveliest of all, with your gorgeous styling and gown. Congratulations and all the best!

    Matt Fisher @ Nomad Events