earias
Champion December 2017

Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS)

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DESCRIPTION OF THE WEEKEND AND GENERAL ADVICE

Friday, the day before the wedding, I woke up with a cold. Fortunately my excitement for the wedding helped me keep my energy up, but my throat was pretty sore and my nose was a little stuffy. We arrived in Sonoma at the Fairmont around 2:30 p.m. and were pleasantly surprised to be given the honeymoon suite for both nights. I had initially thought that I wanted to sleep in separate rooms the night before the wedding, but after reading about other couples here on WW spending the night together, I really liked that idea and am glad we did it. ADVICE: if you are staying in a hotel for your wedding, I recommend sleeping in the same room as your FH. It not only helps save money, but you can use this time to calm each other down and enjoy spending this alone time together, especially if your guests are also staying at the hotel.

We had our rehearsal Friday evening at the church with the wedding party, and then met everyone else at the hotel lobby to walk over to the BBQ place next to the hotel for our welcome dinner. We had a casual, relaxed dinner because I wanted something different from the formal dinner we had planned for the wedding. ADVICE: the rehearsal/welcome dinner doesn’t need to be expensive or formal, but it is nice to kickstart the weekend with good food and booze. There were a lot of people who didn’t know other people and seemed a bit awkward/tongue-tied initially, but as the night got later, people began relaxing and having a good time which carried over into the wedding reception the next night. For a small guest list of 40, this really was noticeable.

Saturday morning: WEDDING DAY! The Fairmont had a bridal suite where my girls and I got ready. It had salon chairs and lots of natural light for makeup. We were given our own food server who prepared a beautiful breakfast spread with coffees, teas, juices and mimosas. Later we were served a tray of sandwiches and champagne for lunch. The suite had a private patio that had a grassy area and pathway that was perfect for the pictures we took with the wedding party and VIPs. ADVICE: Make sure your wedding party has plenty of food and drinks while getting ready. My DH and his GM didn’t get the same spread as me, so I had my DOC take food and beverages to their room.

FIRST LOOK: We initially weren’t going to do a first look because my DH wanted his first time to see me as I walked down the aisle. But as we discussed the timeline and our desire that we really wanted to join cocktail hour, we thought it made sense. Plus, my DH has extreme social anxiety so was really worried how he would handle being in front of people during the ceremony. Seeing each other beforehand helped alleviate some of his anxiety and calmed his nerves, and didn’t take away from the special moment of seeing me walk down the aisle. He still teared up when I came down the aisle. ADVICE: I highly recommend having a first look for the reasons described above, especially if either of you have anxiety.

The day exceeded my expectations. Even though my cold was worse, I was so happy and excited that it didn’t get me down. I drank hot tea and took Advil during the day so that also helped. The only real bummer was that I couldn’t really enjoy the open bar. I had a little wine and some champagne but that was about it. The rest of my guests really enjoyed themselves so that was all that mattered.

When we planned this wedding, our number one priority was our guests’ experience. We already knew that we were asking a lot of our guests to spend Christmas weekend with us in a location 1.5-2 hours away. As a result, we wanted to pay for their accommodations for Friday and Saturday night, give them an amazing dinner, top shelf open bar, live music, lots of food all weekend including a big brunch the morning after the wedding, and make them feel like their every need was considered.

Some extra touches to make our guests feel pampered: More apps at cocktail hour than our venue usually served: 4 different passed apps and 3 different cheese/charcuterie stations for cocktail hour; a firepit with Adirondack chairs and lumbar pillows; S’mores, hot chocolate and cider bar, grilled cheese sandwiches as a late night snack, a photo booth, and personalized ornaments that served as escort cards. ADVICE: Along the way, I would ask myself what I would want to see or experience as a guest.

FIRST DANCE: My DH has extreme social anxiety and wasn’t sure he felt comfortable doing a first dance where everyone watched him. We decided to leave this decision until after dinner was over to see how he felt and had the DOC and bandleader on standby regarding this decision. We did it and came up with a compromise where we danced the first 30 seconds and then had the bandleader invite everyone to join us. This was one of my favorite memories from the wedding. ADVICE: If either of you have anxiety about everyone watching you dance, only dance 30 seconds alone and then have everyone join you.

LAST DANCE: I requested the last song of the night be “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and just like the First Dance, we had everyone join us on the dance floor where it was a perfect way to end a beautiful day with lots of love. There weren’t many dry eyes when it was over.

GENERAL ADVICE: Even though this wedding was as close to perfect as possible, things still went wrong. I was sick. I ran behind with getting ready but fortunately had given my photographer a detailed “must have” shot list so she was able to get all the required shots in the time allotted. I forgot to get my ring bearer a boutonniere. My flower girls were supposed to wear ivory but their grandmother made their dresses in white. When I gave my “welcome toast” I forgot to actually offer a “toast.” My bustle ripped and we had to use the safety pins I put in the ladies’ bathroom basket to pin the train, but I still shredded the hem of my train by the end of the night. As seen, something will go wrong, but don’t even think twice about these things. Let the love and happiness from your new spouse and loved ones be your focus and nothing else will matter. Also: I learned this from another bride on WW, you and your girls should carry your bouquets “bush to bush.” This way the bouquets don’t cover your dresses and make for better pictures.

BEST ADVICE: Hire a wedding planner/DOC. For me, this was all about how much my peace of mind was worth. We all want to have the perfect, stress-free wedding day, but without having a DOC to make that happen for you that vision probably won’t become a reality. My DH and I made sure to take care of all our guests, and she made sure to take care of us.

NOW HERE ARE THE PRO PICS!!

DETAILS AND GETTING READY

Bridal Clutch - Etsy shop LeelaPurseEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 1Benjamin Adams "Princess Catherine" Wedding ShoesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 2Custom Made Ring Box - Etsy shop FullFramesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 3The wedding bands from JaredEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 4Custom Designed Invitation Suite - Etsy shop PrettyLilNotesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 5Custom Made Wedding Dress by Old Country Tailor and wedding hanger from Etsy shop hangersbymaeEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 6Wedding jewelry: Bracelet from JC Penney; Earrings from NordstomEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 7Custom Made Wedding Veil by Old Country TailorEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 8Getting readyEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 9Victoria's Secret Christmas Plaid PJsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 10.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 11Help with the dressEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 12.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 13Putting on the earringsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 14Putting on the braceletEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 15Putting on the shoesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 16.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 17Putting on the veilEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 18.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 19The full bridal lookEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 20

Walking to meet DH for the First LookEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 21.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 22.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 23I loved his reaction!Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 24.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 25.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 26.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 27.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 28On our way to meet the Wedding Party and his familyEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 29.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 30

DH's mom pinning his boutonniereEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 31.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 32Corsage for his daughterEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 33.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 34My new parentsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 35DH's brotherEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 36I just advised the girls to keep their bouquets "bush to bush" - got quite the laugh!Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 37.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 38My biological father's locket he had of my brother and me when he died. I was 6 last time we saw each other.Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 39My bridesmaidsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 40.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 41My adorable flower girls and ring bearerEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 42Time to drive to the church for the ceremonyEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 43

The church before the ceremonyEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 44The garland that served 2 purposes: ceremony decor and reception centerpiecesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 45Christmas tissues for those happy tearsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 46Youngest flower girl escorted ring bearer carrying sign "Here Comes the Bride"Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 47Even though we did a First Look, DH still cried when he saw me walk down the aisleEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 48Here Comes the BrideEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 49.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 50Our minister was very interactive with the guestsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 51The Blessing of the Rings - Violin/Cello Duet of The PrayerEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 52.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 53We began the reverse unity candle lighting - Cello solo of O Holy NightEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 54.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 55.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 56Group shot of all our guests after the ceremony outside the churchEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 57Time to drive back to the Fairmont to join our guests for the reception. We loved this '47 Packard and enjoyed a little alone time as Mr. and Mrs. with some champagne on the drive back.Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 58

Vintage stole from Etsy shop LaModeVogueEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 59.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 60One of my favoritesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 61Ready to join cocktail hourEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 62Attendants greeted our guests with champagne as they arrived for the cocktail hour/receptionEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 63Adirondack chairs and blankets around the firepitEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 64Yummy appsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 65Passed champagneEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 66Our Welcome Sign - Etsy shop TheRusticEarthEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 67Selfie!Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 68Cool pic of friend taking a pic of me with my coworkersEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 69I met these girls here on WW!Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 70

Personalized Ornaments that served as favors and escort cards - Etsy shop TpcDesignStudioEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 71Place settingEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 72"Day of" paper custom designed - Etsy shop PrettyLilNotesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 73Candy bags - Etsy shop MyCosyShopEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 74.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 75.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 76.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 77.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 78Hot Chocolate and Cider BarEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 79Vintage reindeer cake topper - Etsy shop MoonFacesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 80Blankets (Purchased from Walmart after Christmas last year - on clearance!)Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 81Our card box - exact replica of our house - Etsy shop mulberrylanefolkartEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 82.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 83Guest Tree - Etsy shop bleudetoi (DH DIY'ed the frame)Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 84A small memorial to my mom who passed away last January and one of our e-picsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 85Our ringsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 86

The beautiful Christmas treeEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 87Overview of the roomEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 88Sweetheart tableEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 89Gingerbread sponge cake with eggnog buttercream icing - semi-nakedEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 90Garlands from the ceremonyEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 91.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 92Custom reindeer used as table number/sign holders - Etsy shop TinyTaxidermyDesignsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 93Escort "card" display - ornaments arranged alphabeticallyEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 94No grand entranceEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 95Dinner band performed Rat Pack and jazz tunesEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 96My welcome toast on behalf of DH and me - I forgot my champagne glass and forgot to actually "toast"Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 97Cutting the cakeEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 98Candy Bar - a variety of chocolates, gummies, and hard candyEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 99Christmas pillows around the firepitEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 100First Dance - Can't Help Falling In LoveEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 101We invited everyone to join our First Dance after 30 secondsEarias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 102One of my favorite memories of how our First Dance ended - look at his mom and dad!Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 103The dance party kicked off with this amazing lady - she was a hit! We had them perform swing, 50's, motown/funk and a few fun holiday songs.Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 104.....Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 105We only had 40 guests but they really enjoyed themselves and the ambience was fun and festive.Earias' Pro BAM: a Christmas Wedding in Sonoma (Pic and Advice Heavy - VENDORS AND COST BREAKDOWN IN COMMENTS) 106

71 Comments

  • Lacy
    Super December 2018
    Lacy ·
    Oh my, your pictures are so lovely! I'm having a Christmas wedding as well and your wedding makes me so anticipated for it! Such a gorgeous and romantic wedding!

    Thank you so much for the advice. Like your DH, I have terrible social anxiety and was considering a first look and even walking down the aisle with my FH because the idea of everyone looking at me is so uncomfortable.

    Also, I LOL'ed at "bush to bush."
  • plangalCG
    VIP May 2018
    plangalCG ·
    Your wedding is easily the most beautiful wedding ever and I never tire of hearing about it! I only wish I could have experienced it!
  • Stephanie
    Super March 2018
    Stephanie ·
    It is all so gorgeous!!! I love all the personal touches!
  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·

    Here are our vendors and a cost breakdown for those who find this helpful in their planning. We decided to postpone our honeymoon so we could splurge on our guests for the wedding.

    Venues:

    Ceremony at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church; $1,500

    Reception at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

    Catering: $14,900

    Accommodations: $6,300

    Wedding Planner/DOC:

    Events by Christina; $1,000

    Photographer:

    Kearston Vargas Photography; $1,200

    Videographer/Photo Booth:

    Direct Entertainment; $1,700

    Hair/Makeup Artist:

    Christi Reynolds Beauty; $1,700 *included bride’s hair/makeup trial, wedding day hair/makeup, travel and 3 bridesmaids’ makeup plus stay with me until after the pictures are done for touch ups

    Wedding Dress/Attire:

    Custom made silk chiffon with imported lace and matching cathedral veil; $2,500

    Vintage stole from Etsy store LaModeVogue; $145

    Benjamin Adams “Princess Catherine” shoes; $250 (used)

    Jewelry from Nordstrom (earrings; $150) and JC Penney (bracelet; $50)

    Groom and Best Man’s Attire:

    Theblacktux.com; $344 for two complete tuxedos

    Flowers:

    Fieldstone Florals; $2,362

    Invitation Suite and “Day of” paper items:

    Etsy shop Pretty Lil Notes; $800

    Ceremony Musicians:

    Eloquence String Quartet of Napa (cellist and violinist only); $650

    St. Andrew Presbyterian Church pianist, included in fee

    Reception Musicians:

    2 bands provided by Laurent Fourgo and a solo guitarist for cocktail hour; $3,650

    Lighting:

    A-Touch Lighting; $772

    Event Rentals:

    Encore Event Rentals; $960

    Transportation:

    Classic Convertibles; $820 (’47 Packard)

    Rehearsal Dinner:

    Cochon Volant BBQ; $700

    Favors:

    Customized ornaments from Etsy shop TpcDesignStudio $285

    Wedding Party Gifts + Wedding day items (3 BMs, 3 FGs, 1 RB and 1 GM):

    Customized Land’s End Totes, VS pajamas, faux fur stoles, pearl and diamond jewelry, personalized compact and makeup bag, personalized gift box, stuffed football for RB and bottle breacher bottle opener for GM

    BM: $400 per girl + accommodations and makeup (included above)

    FG: $70 per girl

    RB: $30

    GM: $40 + accommodations

    Etsy Misc. Items:

    Card box from mulberrylanefolkart; $310

    Vintage reindeer for cake topper from MoonFaces; $60

    Welcome Sign from TheRusticEarth; $105

    Custom reindeer sign/table number holders from TinyTaxidermyDesigns; $80

    Reindeer candy bags from MyCosyShop; $167

    Guestbook alternative tree sketch with ink pad and pens from bleudetoi; $70

    Custom made ring box from FullFrames; $42

    Bridal Clutch from LeelaPurse; $83

    Here Comes the Bride Sign from TheRitzyRose; $40

    Custom Welcome Boxes and Itineraries from PreppingParties; $65

    Hangover Kit Bag from PaperArtScissors; $28

    Bridal Hanger from hangersbyMae; $23

    Faux fur stoles and brooch fasteners for flower girls from TionDesignBridal; $98

    Customized bridesmaids’ thank you cards from DesigningMoments; $40

    Christmas cards for hotel guests from PikakePress $28

    MISC. TOTAL: $1,239

    GRAND TOTAL: $45,457


  • Mrs.W.
    VIP June 2018
    Mrs.W. ·

    What a gorgeous day. Congratulations.

  • Sara P.
    VIP October 2018
    Sara P. ·
    Beautiful wedding and beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!
  • CarrieAndBert
    Expert June 2018
    CarrieAndBert ·
    Your pictures are gorgeous. Everything was perfect.
  • J
    Expert May 2018
    J ·
    This is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!
  • Anna
    Expert June 2019
    Anna ·
    Holy cannoli! Absolutely breathtaking. Looks like a dream wedding and money well spent. Thank you so much for including the budget breakdown, since my total is about the same. Seriously, this is a job VERY WELL done.
  • Rachel
    Super May 2018
    Rachel ·

    Wow!! This is amazing! Definitely Pinterest-worthy! Your attention to detail is so evident, and I can only imagine how loved and spoiled your guests must have felt. And you look like a literal Victorian princess (or queen!)! Thank you for sharing. Especially thank you for sharing such a complete breakdown in cost too, I always find that helpful!

  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
    View Quoted Comment
    Best wishes on your Christmas wedding! I have a friend who walked down the aisle with her husband. I think this is a sweet idea! Glad I could make you laugh - now you won't forget how to carry your bouquet, lol!
  • Cheers to you.....????????
    Dedicated February 2020
    Cheers to you.....???????? ·
    Beautiful.....💖
  • Brianna
    VIP May 2018
    Brianna ·

    So beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Nemo
    VIP August 2018
    Nemo ·
    Absolutely beautiful!!!!
  • Lex
    VIP September 2019
    Lex ·
    I love this so much! You did a beautiful job and I hope you’re enjoying married life! Congrats 🎉🎊
  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
    View Quoted Comment
    That is very kind of you to say! Thank you very much!
  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
    View Quoted Comment
    Thank you! I'm glad my cost breakdown is helpful. Best wishes on your wedding day!
  • KPTheCheeto
    Devoted December 2019
    KPTheCheeto ·
    We're having a Christmas wedding as well and this just made me soooooooo much more excited! I love the simple elegance with the subtle accents of Christmas decorations! And I LOVE the fur shawls for the girls. LOVE IT
  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
    View Quoted Comment
    Wow, that is so sweet, thank you! My photographer said I looked like I stepped off the front of a Victorian Christmas card, lol! I was definitely addicted to Pinterest and Etsy during the planning! Best wishes on your wedding!
  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
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    Thank you, and I'm enjoying married life immensely! Best wishes on your wedding!

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