I have to document this day so that I can look back one day and laugh. Well sort of...
Morning went smoothly! Jeff picked up stephanie up in the morning and I went to get my nails done! Then after she got here we were off to get our makeup done. again things going pretty smoothly! But I failed to mention that that morning I ended up taking Debbie's car instead of my own, bummer only because it wasn't full of gas, and I guess Jeff had just filled mine up the night before to be sure I was ready for my day :) awe... so we got our make up done and steph and I were Thousand Oaks bound to get our hair done... left Beverly Center with 1 hr to get to Thousand Oaks... figured it was plenty of time, but no!!!! We sat in traffic :'( and had to stop to get gas... which turned out to be a 20 min stop because we 1st couldn't figure out how to open the gas tank (duh!!!) then second the pump wasn't working ... needless to say we showed up at our hair appointment pretty much 45 min late.... luckily we were the last appointments and the gal was SUPER SUPER SWEET!... left the salon just with 15 min to throw our clothes on and be ready for the party! PERFECT! But where was my honey! Apparently he didn't get the memo... he though the party was at 5:30, can't blame the guy because that was the actual wedding time! AND he spent a big portion of the morning delivering the gorgeous flowers. that's a whole other topic of conversation... because I wasn't super happy he was in charge of that delivery.. but everything looked beautiful, and he was so sweet to go out of his way!! :)
Mom's house looked absolutely incredible, every detail was covered... appetizers drinks you name it; went seamlessly! She had lots of help! The biggest annoyance was the DJ... oh boy... she honestly meant well... but she had absolutely no class. she took about 10 smoke breaks during the party! WHO DOES THAT?????? and things didn't flow quite as well as planned..... but part way through mom just asked for my list I gave her and she told her the songs to play for the rest of the evening... GREAT THINKIN!!!!!
Our amazing photographer Braedon snuck us away from the party after I put my dress on and before everyone saw me to take some pictures up in the hills.... we pretty much hiked all the way up to catch the light! My honey carried me some of the way! We were laughing so hard! I am pretty much dying to see those photos!! They should be incredible!!
After we got back to the party! I came out in my gown! Everyone seemed rather excited! and I was too actually. the party dress I was so anxious to wear was falling off GRR..... I guess I can't complain~ he he! We did the dances and slide shows and ate dinner..... went well
Part way through the evening my Aunt Alice fell/passed out on the dance floor. She wasn't responding well immediately after her fall and luckily there were nurses and doctors at the party that quickly attended to her. She began responding a little better but they still decided to take her to the hospital. On their own dime, ambulances can be so darn expensive! A couple days later she was still in the hospital. I guess she had a minor hemorrhage in her brain :( our heart just goes out to her and the rest of the family! and she is doing much better and is resting at home now!
The night wasn't over at that point! We all picked up where we left off a little shocked at what had just happened. Finished with the cake cutting garter toss and flower tosss... all went pretty well! Then the DJ played the mom designated list the rest of the night! WHEW! and I just have to say thank goodness the Ramirez families were there!! They were all over the dance floor! It was AWESOME!!!
When I look back at this post I realize I was focusing on the stupid horrible DJ after the event and not all the good things that came of the evening. We got to see many friends and family we hadn't in awhile and it was so lovely to visit! Mom's house was incredible and our slideshows were superb!! and photographer PERFECT! Ahhh... but either way by the end of the evening I was BEAT! steph jeff and I spent the next two days in Thousand Oaks unwinding! :) it was like staying in a resort! Breakfast when you wake up! Pool and laying out in the sun during the day! AMAZING!!
I have to thank my amazing Mom for all her hard work! She was the brains behind this party and It couldn't have happend with out her attention to detail and devotion !!! XOXO There were many many people who helped out that were instrumental in the process... Cindy(mother in law) was there every step of the way and Debbie with the flowers Oh wow! and Susie in the kitchen... and Rosa cleaning the house... and Ralph helping with the slideshow... see the list goes on!!!! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! These memories will last a lifetime!!!
I will post more photos of the day when I get them back from the photographer!!