It’s officially the end of 2020 and though it’s been a challenging year, it’s ending with some exciting news for my family.
Our beautiful wedding ceremony location! Once I visited I knew instantly that this is where I wanted to say “I Do”.
There were certain things that I knew I wanted in a wedding venue. First I wanted the venue as outdoors as possible. We got married in August so it’s still very warm at that time of year in California. His venue was great because the ceremony was under this beautiful floral arbor and then the cocktail hour was outdoors as well. The reception was technically indoors but we had access to the courtyard where the cocktail hour was held which was outdoors. The courtyard was just through a double set of doors so you could still see the dance floor even if you were outdoors enjoying the nice evening weather.
Wedding Venue: Chaminade Resort and Spa
Location: Santa Cruz, California
The second most important thing was obviously cost. This venue was a little more costly than my original budget BUT the wedding coordinator did everything she could to make my dream wedding happen. We had an alternative menu and I diy’d most of the decor so I was able to stay on budget. I also didn’t do any upgrades that were offered in the wedding packages mostly because I didn’t think they were necessary but to also stay on budget.
Those were really my only two top priorities. Location was important but most of our family and friends are local or within a couple hours so I knew Santa Cruz was already a good location. Santa Cruz also offers so much and since we got married on a Friday that gave our guests the opportunity to make a mini vacation out of the weekend.
The staff, resort amenities and accommodations, and our overall experience at Chaminade Resort and Spa was phenomenal. I would do this day 1000 times over if I could!
My husbands mom never had a daughter of her own so once we got engaged she told me she is so excited to finally have a daughter. When it came time to plan our wedding she offered me this round box. I opened the box and it was a veil. Her veil that she wore 30 years ago. She said if I wanted I could wear it on my wedding day.
Since she got married in the 80’s, I showed the veil to my mother who is amazingly crafty and artistic and she was able to modernize the veil by taking off some floral beading to create a broach instead of a headband. The removed flower beading was put to good use. Take a look at husbands boutonniere on my previous post! My mother also added lace from her wedding dress that she also wore 30 years ago which added not just detail to the veil but a whole lot of symbolism. I was wearing 60 years of proof that a long and happy marriage can exist.
When people ask me what my favorite part about my wedding day the first thing I say is saying “I do” to the man of my dreams. The second would be to have worn a veil that meant a whole lot more than just enhancing my wedding dress.
Photography | Danyelle Dee Photography
When it came to picking out the men’s attire I knew I wanted my husband to wear something slightly different from his groomsmen. Originally I wanted him in a navy tux but since our table clothes were navy I didn’t want him blending in.
My now husband wanted to wear a classic tuxedo but because of his skin tone and height, I just didn’t like him in a classic black/white tuxedo. I saw this one picture of a gentleman in an all black tuxedo on Pinterest and I instantly fell in love with the idea (Johnny Cash anyone?!). I also like my husband in a bow tie more than a regular tie.
It took some convincing but my husband finally agreed to the all black and I think he looked fantastic! Groomsmen wore the same Calvin Klein tuxedos as my now husband but with a white shirt.
Groom in a Calvin Klein all black tuxedo rented from Men’s Wearhouse.
Photography: Danyelle Dee Photography