Saturday, August 18, 2007

Location, Location

We're having a "destination wedding" in California's wine country. Why? Because we both have large families and lots of friends, and hosting a wedding close to home would be very expensive unless we did it at the local Elks Lodge or something like that. I've learned that the average Orange County wedding runs about $40k these days. I think that's insane! So, we wanted to have a lovely wedding with all the bells and whistles, but on a smaller scale. The best way to do that was to move it out of town. We are anticipating about 60 guests to attend that day.

We found this lovely, lovely place (which shall remain nameless until after the wedding) that offered us an affordable package. All our vendors are contracted through the site, and they are top-notch! We met with them earlier this week and we are so impressed with the caliber of service they provide. Furthermore, we were just so impressed with how talented, knowledgeable, and down-right nice everybody was. It is our hope that the weather will be pleasant that day, and that we will be able to have an outdoor ceremony. That's one of the charms of this location - its garden. But the inside of the facility is also beautiful, and if we have to move things indoors, it will still be very nice.

12 comments:

wzgirl said...

I'm sure that it will be gorgeous up here in November, J!!

Terri @ In His Hands said...

Beautiful!! What a lovely place to have a wedding. :)

redmaryjanes said...

That is so beautiful! I'm here. I updated my link.

David said...

How exciting!

Kathy and Joel said...

Having seen the Sonoma Valley, I think it is the perfect space in which to share your vows. It sounds like a dream come true!

Shannon S said...

Sounds perfect. Gardens, wine, loved ones...

Lisa and Tate said...

You did get your new sight up and running!!! I have been waiting! What fun to follow your journey on a wedding, marriage and family!

Lisa

Glinda said...

My SIL was married in Sonoma Valley and has since traveled around the world and has said consistently that it is the most beautiful place she has ever been.

A beautiful venue for a beautiful bride-to-be!

Shelley said...

Sonoma is one of my all-time favorite places. You couldn't have picked a more beautiful setting for your big day.

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

I can't wait to see pictures. I can only imagine how beautiful it will be there in November. Again, so many congrats to you!

Kelly & Todd said...

I'm so very happy for you and Michael. We wish you all the best as you begin this new journey and life together. I'm looking forward to following along with you.

Best wishes!

Doris & Dan said...

Sounds lovely and elegant. What a wonderful place to start your life together.

Keep smilin!