Friday, October 30, 2009

Updates Coming Soon!

We promise we'll update you all on something fun soon. Althought right now we are mostly doing some waiting to get some answers from our preferred venue...

For those of you marking dates on your calender even before we send our our save-the-dates (which we have an awesome idea for) here are the two prime candidates;

August 28, 2010
September 18, 2010

August was our first choice, but our current preferred venue has indicated to us that the prices will drop and the rules will be more flexible in September. So if we end up going with them, we will be chosing the September date.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

We Has Colors!

Okay, today's wedding accomplishment was colors!

Moss/Olive Green
Navy Blue
Chocolate Brown (apparently blogger has no brown font color, but think somewhere in between milk and dark...)

And maybe we might throw in some Orange here and there, but not sure yet about that.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Still Planning

Found some interesting color combos and some other fun ideas :-)

-- Posted from my iPhone

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Search For Venues

Today we went to look at our first possible ceremony/reception site!

Costanoa is located in Pescadero, just about 30 minutes from where we live in Capitola. It's sort of a "luxury" camping lodge/resort type place that also happens to be a "green certified facility." They actually recycle and reclaim all of their water, they have a kitchen farm, and all of their seafood purchases are based of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Guide. We were so excited while we were on our tour, we forgot to take any pictures :-(. But we came away absolutely in love with the reception site, a field looking at the hills, and the after hours site, the resort restaurant. Another high point was that they were very much willing and happy to work with us on the many food allergies I have and they also make pie! The lodge was also really beautiful and if we decided to go with Costanoa we would have to buyout the entire lodge for our guests. This is probably the only thing that might prove to be difficult for us as there are 39 rooms and we are trying to keep our guest list at no more than 100. So the next step is for Zeke and I to look through a packet they gave us, pick out the things we would want, and then they will do an estimate for us!

We are still planning on looking around a bit more, but we do want to settle on a site and date as soon as possible. We might check out Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma, because we love the Garden Barn for the reception. I just sent them an e-mail today for more information on that site. I also just sent another information request to Calistoga Ranch up in the same area. So we'll see what come from these possibilities...

We are also still on the lookout for any sites down in the Carmel or Big Sur area, but so far no luck for anything in a reasonable price range. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas on sites down there, we would really appreciate the input!

Friday, October 16, 2009

More websites :-)

Lots of stuff in the works! We started putting our registries together, though we still need to go in to the stores and add a bunch of stuff. So check out the "official" web site here and keep checking back because we've only started working on it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The toughest secret I've ever had to keep

Two months ago I found myself in little fifth floor office on the corner of Geary and Market in San Francisco. It was a tuesday around 1pm and Adina was at work thought I was running errands in Capitola, or more realistically, lazing around on the couch putzing the day away. Before me was what amounted to an amphitheater of rings in all shapes and sizes. The next tuesday I was back and had a plan of what I wanted. Beth, the gemologist that was helping me, had a fancy shmancy photoshop type mock up of the ring that we had designed and we went over the finishing touches and placed the order. A month later I was back, picking up the ring - and then I actually had to figure out what to do with the damn thing!

After a few sleepless night spent just thinking about taking the ring out and asking right then and there I finally remember that I owed Adina a Valentines Day because I had been working on actual Valentines and the plan began to take form. I got off duty that morning and it was all I could do not to speed (excessively) just to get the day started! After a shower we made breakfast together and headed down to Monterey. The plan was to spend the day just the two of us hanging out and ended up taking a walk that we always used to when Adina was in school there along the harbor and then had a picnic on a lawn overlooking the bay.

We had done this before and it was one of my favorite dates that we had been on (a picture from that one is above). It was a little cloudy and overcast this time, but still beautiful out and picnics are always fun. Afterword we headed over to Adinas friend Jennys house to change. Adina knew a suprise was coming, that were had to be a little dressed up and that it was going to be outside, and that was it. She had been spending the entire day trying to guess what it was, or atleast trying to figure a little out about what might be happening. I spent the entire time hicuping because I was so nervous and trying to come up with witty ways to deflect her questions without giving away the actual surprise.

Out to Asilomar State Beach we went, parking in a little turn out on the side of the road and following a sand path out to a little gazebo on a bluff overlooking the rocky beach. We took in the view for a couple of minutes and I told Adina to close her eyes and, attempted, to stealthily take the ring out of my jacket that I had placed on the bench. After having what must have been the quietest panic attack in all of history because I couldn't remember what pocket I put the ring in and it wasnt in the first one I checked I finally found the ring and kneeled in front of my fiancé to be, took a deep breath and told her she could open her eyes. She looked like an Atom bomb of excitement just went off inside of her and I could tell as I started to speak that there was no time for the cheesy speech I had planned on giving because in the next few seconds she was either going to say "yes" faint or spontaneously combust and she was definitely going to make me ask. Hoping to avoid the faint or spontaneous combustion paths blurted out 'WILL YOU MARY ME!!@#!@!" and the next couple moments happened pretty quick but I do remember series of (incredibly) cute noises that had a "YES!!!" in there somewhere, a whole lot of jumping up and down and a really big hug (oh yeah, and some tears :-p) - I'm still on a high from it and hope to never come down.

After all the phone calls were made to assorted family and friends we went to dinner at Passionfish, a nice restaurant in Pacific Grove that had excellent food and cater to any food allergy or need and highly suggest it to anyone thats going down there. After we drove back up home and spent our first night as an engaged couple before going back to work in the morning.