( how to very nearly not have a wedding: part II )

May 18, 2010

. . .
our family and friends gathered at vinotecca, a small wine bar,  for our reception.
{ patrick and i have been going there since the beginning of our relationship
and are friends with most of the staff... it was the perfect place for us. }

our guest book, our initials in letterpress blocks, a beautiful vintage cake topper { a gift from kim of trampoline }, and change for the parking meters in case our guests ran out!

 . . .
about halfway through the reception,
we turned to our family and said,
we decided we couldn't do this without you
and we're getting married right here.

one of our close friends was ordained just for the occasion,
another friend took over the duties of best man,
and another friend came all the way from seattle to be our photographer!

my dress was a last minute vintage find. 
{ i had ordered this one and loved it,
but was so unhappy with the cost of a dress i could only wear once!  }
the flowers in my hair were from my mother's & grandmother's headpiece at their weddings.
and my earrings were my grandmother's.
and patrick wore the tie my father was married in.

it was the perfect wedding for us, 
and our family as well.

there were tears all around.
{ and a bit of finger-wagging for our little lie! }

but it was beautiful, and simple
and i couldn't be happier to be:

mrs. regina groleau

13 notes:

  1. yay!
    i'm such a sap...
    i got all teary eyed reading this.

    again, congratulations.


  2. p.s. you're so stinkin' cute...and have a gorgeous smile...
    & the two of you make an absolutely lovely couple.

  3. Ahhhhh! This is so so so perfect! I'm sooooo happy for you two :) best wishes regina, you look adorable!

  4. Yay! Super congrats again! I second what Keri said. You guys are such a cute, sweet couple!

  5. congratulations!! its perfect...you certainly know how to do things!

  6. i am weeping... you two are beautiful! congratulations regina, you deserve every happiness

  7. Jennifer Groleau CoonMay 18, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    so lovely. the pictures really do justice to the beautiful surprise.

  8. I love all the little details! Especially your friends playing their parts (and the change for the parking meters). Such a mischievous little tricksie you two played on all your friends and fam. Sneaky sneaky :) Congrats to both of you!!!

  9. this is beautiful!
    congratulations :)

  10. thank you so much everyone. i was so excited to share the pictures! happily. ever. after.

  11. You were a beautiful bride. It was a wonderful surprise. We were all happy to share in your joy. Love you!

  12. I don't know if I'm more impressed with your sneakiness or how lovely the wedding was! I also love how you thought of every detail, and the beautiful, simple, serendipitous dress! May your lives together be filled with as much fun and simple beauty!

  13. sounds amazing! congrats lady!!