When Saturday rolls around and John and I are looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon, Ventura often seems to top our list of places to go. And why not? It’s such an underrated little beach town so close to where we live. The weather is always nice, the parking is always plentiful and FREE (take note, LA!), and there are so many fantastic thrift shops on Main Street that we could spend hours wandering though. Oh, and we’re totally getting married there in October! Needless to say, we love it.
On the way home, we stopped at our wedding venue to see what it looks like at night. Despite my previous concerns that the lighting wouldn’t jive with my vision, I am happy to report, it looks SO GOOD! Warm, cozy, and ready for an all-night fiesta! Am I killing you with the wedding stuff yet? My apologies friends, but we’ve got a loooong (but not that long – ahh!) way to go! And speaking of wedding stuff, lately I’ve been sending e-mails with potential vow material to myself whenever a poignant thought crosses my mind. This includes, but is not limited to, grabbing my phone to write out my thoughts in the middle of the night while still half-dreaming (nightmaring?) about arriving at the ceremony only to realize that I forgot to write any vows…! (P.S. I woke up the next morning to some surprisingly decent work!) I am LITERALLY writing these vows with my eyes closed. If only the rest of the wedding planning could be so easy!
THE CREAM! Where do I even begin? So many talented vendors in such a stunning location. It was pretty much the best of the wedding blog scene mixed in with super stylish vendors + guests (wearing their “blogger’s best” as my partner in crime Janelle so aptly put it) topped with a killer soundtrack that had everyone moving + grooving. Those Bash, Please gals sure know to get things done right.
P.S. You can see our Vine videos from the event at @Ann-Marie Morris and @The Style Eater!
It was a good weekend.
After searching and researching the past few months until I couldn’t stand to look at one more outrageously expensive pricing sheet, we finally found our venue. It’s not in San Diego, like I imagined. It hasn’t (yet) graced the pages of every big wedding blog. But it’s a blank canvas with a Spanish-style flavor. There are barely any rules and our date is wiiiide open! In other words, it’s perfect.
We are so excited to finally have a place to build our vision around. This is where I get to put my Pinterest boards to work. This is where I get to hire an amazing photographer. This is where I get to dance all night long in my beautiful dress. This is where I become an Espinoza. This is where it all goes down.
Oh yes. It’s gonna be good.
(Photo by the talented Janelle Grodsky)
Our Valentine’s-themed engagement party went off without a hitch this past Saturday, thanks to all the wonderful worker bees who generously helped bring my vision to life. Yesterday I slept for nearly ten hours and then followed it up with a two hour nap! Needless to say, it was exhausting in the very best possible way. I also took hundreds of photos and can’t wait to share them with you soon! In the meantime, I’ll be writing thank you notes, drinking lots of homemade lattes, and getting my taxes squared away (blah!). Looking forward to a brand new week and a chance to start fresh!
The best part about being engaged (well, aside from the fiance, of course) is that for once in my life, I have a LEGITIMATE reason to shop! Every single day! For better or worse, I have become obsessed with tracking down + purchasing awesome pieces that can be used for decor or wedding-related craft projects. When I’m not trolling the interwebs for great deals + free shipping, you can bet I’m raiding Target, Michaels, or the Goodwill like the crazy person that I was born to be!
Here are a few of the thrifted items John + I scored last weekend:
glassware for food and flowers | coffee mug for attempting this project
wooden cassette tape holder for placecards | chalkboard globe for funky signage
Given that our budget is low, I’m looking for any and all ways to pull together our creative resources and DIY / thrift / repurpose as much as possible. (We’re both still paying off our fancy design educations, so we might as well get our money’s worth, right? Ha!) So far, so good. Now I just need to find a place to store all this wonderful – and inexpensive! – stuff before someone turns me in to Hoarders…
For as long as I’ve been dreaming of weddings, I always knew that I didn’t want to invest a ton of money in a dress I would only wear once in my life. Of course I wanted it to be something I would feel good in and would love seeing photos of for years to come, but never something I’d blow the whole budget on. (Photography + decor, on the other hand…all bets are off!)
With that said, when I found my dress last weekend at Anthropologie, I had no idea what kind of savings I was in for!
As the story goes, a local customer had ordered the dress online and then returned it to the store, so it was a rare opportunity for Anthro to actually have it in stock. It’s a beautiful layered + flowy dress in a light pink hue; not something I ever would have imagined choosing, but somehow so perfect. My future sister-in-law Jamie spotted it in the clearance section and convinced me to try it on. Once I did, all the salesgirls had to come see the BHLDN masterpiece for themselves…it turned into quite a party in the dressing room! And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, when I went to purchase it for the $80 clearance price listed on the tag, it rang up as FORTY DOLLARS. As in over $700 off the original price…! To say I was thrilled would be the understatement of the century.
To top it off, I scored the sequined gold flats and the cream jacket for a song, all in the same weekend. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a lucky fashion break (maybe it was all those days spent in my workout clothes / pajamas last summer?), but I am SO grateful!
Now if we could just find a venue at 95% off, I’ll be over the moon! (;