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I've been quite a tease with our wedding photos, so thanks for hangin' in there. I think logically, it makes sense to do my Wedding Wednesdays in chronological order, but I haven't even shared my bridal shower or bachelorette party yet...So I'm going to do what I want, and post my wedding photos first, and then go back and do some of the pre-wedding posts. Because. :)

For this week's Wedding Wednesday, I'm sharing morning-of-the-wedding photos taken by the talented Emily of Anna Delores Photography. Our ceremony was at 11:30 am so the ladies had an early morning wake up call.

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Fact: Sometimes I still fantasize about putting my dress on again just for fun. I loved it.

Wedding Morning Of2One of my favorite pictures from our wedding day, a moment with my Mama.

Wedding Morning Of4It took a small army to hook all the buttons on my dress. What you don't see under my piles of hair is a sunburn of an "x" on my back from a shirt I had worn the day before, during set up. Lol Ah memories.

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Despite what a shoe fanatic I can be, I bought these no-name bad boys on Amazon. They matched the David's Bridal bridesmaid color "Oasis" perfectly!

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Rob and I wrote letters to each other to open on the morning of. Of course, I cried.

Wedding Morning Of8Lezbe-honest, I love this pic because my boobs look awesome. Also, I loved my bouquet but it was dead about an hour after the ceremony. Womp womp.

Wedding Morning Of7Emily can make any moment feel romantic. This was honestly the first time I sat down in my dress and I was certain I looked like a whale. Well done Emily, well done.

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I just love this one.

As you can see, there are no full group pictures of the bridesmaids in the robes I got for us from Etsy. Why? Because our morning was pure CHAOS. 8 women rotating in and out of 3 different hotel rooms, simultaneously doing hair and makeup in a rush. I'll be honest and say it wasn't my favorite part of our wedding day (by a long shot). I still cry a little thinking about how I never got a picture with all of my best friends in our robes, but in the end making it to the church on time was much more important. [Note to future brides: Make extra time for getting-ready pictures if they are important to you. I will forever mourn this.]

Meanwhile, let's get a peek at the men's morning:

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Yup, definitely off to an infinitely better start than our morning.

Wedding Morning Of13These goofballs.

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These really are Rob's best friends, I adore these guys.

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I love that Rob owns this suit and I can make him put it on any time. :)

Wedding Morning Of15My wedding gift to him via Etsy. It has our wedding date on the back.

Wedding MorningOf 16A wonderful Mother-son moment before the walk down the aisle.

A disclaimer on future wedding posts:

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved our wedding. The details, the people, the feelings, the photographs, all of it was exactly how I imagined it. What I didn't plan on was the intense amount of emotions I felt ALL DAY. I woke up the day of my wedding and cried for a good 20 minutes. Why? I don't know honestly. Maybe it was the overwhelming feeling of months of planning, coming to a head. Or the fact that I knew everyone we loved had traveled to be part of our day, just to see us. The pressure of having planned the entire day without being in control of all the moving parts was always in the back in the mind too, I think. And I'm sure most of the emotion was joy in finally getting to marry Rob and pure happiness at having all the people we loved in one room. But overall, the emotions of the day were utterly overwhelming (most of the time).

A good overwhelming though, the kind when only good things are about to happen. I mean, I cry when I see a sappy jewelry commercial, I should've know my wedding day was going to make me an emotional wreck. But nothing really prepares you for that either.

So don't be surprised, I'm crying in so many more photos to come. But they are happy tears.

Please feel free to comment (especially if you tell me that you too, were a blubbering mess on your wedding day or that you plan to be someday). Also, don't be shy about praising Emily's photography skills, she truly has an incredible gift of showing the best sides of people.

Love,

Evani

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One of my favorite things about having more than one best friend is having different things in common with each of them. With Eva, we share a foodie soul, a neverending love for trying new foods and dining experiences. For her 26th birthday, she reserved a table at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company where we ate our weight in oysters, cheese and charcuterie. Talk about a good day.

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So much good food and laughs shared amongst friends. Oh and the oysters... the oysters... I still dream of them. I love mine raw, with a good hearty squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of Tapatio. Shucking oysters is hard work, but well worth it. We were even able to bring our pups, who were a handful but a big hit with the kids.

If you plan on hitting up Tomales Bay Oyster Company (which is about an hour and a half north of San Francisco), make sure you've reserved a table in advance, pack an ice chest to keep your oysters cool and bring good food, friends and appetites. Also, don't bother dressing up too much if you plan on shucking oysters (which you should, it's fun!). It's a messy worthwhile activity.

Do you like oysters? Have you ever shucked an oyster? Better yet, where you live, is there an oyster destination I have to visit??

Love,

Evani

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I've been so out of it lately friends. First of all, having a puppy is no joke. I understand why puppies were made to be so adorable because otherwise, no one would sign up for this madness. We literally can't take our eyes off Hunter without him peeing or chewing on something. I haven't even watched a full TV show in weeks.

Hunter6Good thing he's adorable....

Like I mentioned before, there's a life change possibly happening soon for Rob and I which is leaving me with a bit of anxiety. If all goes well, we'll be moving again next month, if we can find a place that fits all of our specifications. I hate being so vague, but I don't want to jinx things by counting our chickens before they've hatched (and we should know by the end of this month). I've always struggled with change, so I've been spending extra quality time snuggling with Rob and our pup babies during the evenings, instead of blogging like I used to.

But I'm trying to get back to normal life (whatever that was, before the insanity that was planning a giant wedding). And the first thing on my mind is FOOTBALL SEASON BABY!!

2 years ago, I hosted a females only fantasy football league. I had dreams of turning fellow friends into fantasy football fanatics like myself, but to be honest, I slacked off and didn't tend to the league enough. This year, I'm ready! So I'm calling out to any and all of my friends, real life or blogging world, who wants to join a females only fantasy football league?!? It won't require much of a time commitment (less than a half hour to an hour a week) and I'll even provide weekly e-mails and tweets with helpful hints and reminders to set your lineups. If your husband, boyfriend or significant other is one of those guys plastered to the TV on Sundays and Mondays, joining a fantasy football league will make it exciting for you too, I promise.

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All females are welcome to join, regardless of how much football knowledge you have or don't have! I'll repost my old football tutorials and post some news ones too for learning sake. Don't fear if you have no football knowledge, as long as you're willing to learn, this league is for you!

So leave me a comment with your e-mail address below if you're willing to join the league! If not, leave me a comment anyways, just to say hi. :)

I promise I will have some wedding photos up for Wedding Wednesday next week, and hopefully an update on our female fantasy football league!

Love,

Evani

 

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I loved our Save the Dates and Invitations so I'm excited to share them today!

I ordered our Save the Dates from Wedding Paper Divas, which was very easy and they turned out exactly how we wanted them (with Emily's amazing photography of course).

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I knew I wanted a square shaped card but when it came to envelope, I ordered a rectangle because I heard square shaped envelopes cost more to ship. I thought there would be a weird gap in the envelope with the card sliding around but there wasn't, and I was very pleased.

Also, I wanted it to be two sided (with our wedding website on the back) so it couldn't be a full magnet. I went to a craft store and purchased small adhesive magnet squares to attach to the back of the Save the Date. That way, our guests could just stick them on the fridge, without needing a magnet of their own, and still be able to see content on the backside.

Overall, I highly recommend Wedding Paper Divas, the quality of their products (especially the paper and sheen) is truly beautiful and they have a great selection of products to choose from.


For our invitations, I had plans to DIY them from the beginning. But as time went on, it was clear that DIYing them would take too much time and ultimately cost more in labor to produce. Wedding Paper Divas didn't have a design we wanted and was too pricey for us for the invitations (we ordered a total of 130 invites). So I went hunting for the aesthetic I was looking for on other websites and stumbled upon Magnet Street. Not only were they super affordable, but they had the perfect design for us; simple, classic and casual.

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I LOVED the ease of customizing our invites on Magnet Street. They have an amazing editor program that gives you control of the colors, fonts, etc and there's capabilities to leave text comments for their reviewers to modify designs further, if need be. I was incredibly happy with choosing Magnet Street for our invites and I would do it again in a heartbeat. They came packaged in this beautiful teal box that I still use to this day!

Also, they are willing to send you a physical proof so you can judge in person how you like it. That was vital for me, I needed to see and physically feel the invite before I ordered 130 of them. The proofs process of this does take awhile so I recommend starting your invitation design process at least 1.5 months before you plan to send them!

Clearly I was no longer in blogging mode at this point of the wedding planning process so I didn't take nice photos of our Save The Dates or Invites but luckily Emily did!

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Magnet Street Wedding InvitesThe full collection of what we ordered from Magnet Street ^

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*Tip for any Brides-to-be: If you're following a timeline that says Save The Dates should be sent (for example) 6 months in advance, know that you should order them at least 7-8 months in advance. Both Save the Dates and Invitations often required a "proofs" stage where you approve it before it prints (which is crucial in catching mistakes), and it takes quite a bit a time to address all of them too. Just FYI.


 

And finally, here's a few wedding photos from the amazing Emily of Anna Delores Photography:

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores PhotographyWeren't our ring bearers the cutest?

There's A LOT more photos to come and I'm still trying to figure out how I want to post them... If I only post on Wedding Wednesdays, it's going to take 2 months until you see all of them so maybe next week, I'll do Wedding Week and spend an entire week posting them? What do you think, would that drive you crazy with too much wedding stuff? I'll have to brainstorm more about how to do this...

Sorry this is a dense post but I hope you enjoyed the photos! <3 Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Love,

Evani

** Also, I was in no way compensated for talking about Magnet Street, Wedding Paper Divas or even Emily of Anna Delores Photography in this post or any wedding post for that matter. If I say I love them, it's because I really do! Any and all vendors or companies we used for the wedding did not "sponsor" us in any way. Well technically, Wedding Paper Divas contacted me back in January 2013 to share their 15% of promotion but I wasn't compensated on my wedding order in 2014 for doing so. **