I’ve been trying to think back and evaluate. Would I have changed anything? Done anything differently? Hm. I might have thrown in a flower girl or ringbarer, for cute factor. But seriously, beyond that, I think I have no regrets.
We were AMAZINGLY fortunate to have a wonderfully generous friend with a beautiful home she was willing to share, so the setting was fantastic–had I all the money in the world I couldn’t have done any better than LA in the hills surrounded by all my favorite people.
I spent a lot of time on the food: it ran the spectrum from vegan-friendly (done perfectly by Food!) to totally meat-centric taco options and included gluten-free and vegan cake from Lark Bake Shop as well as crazy traditional floral wedding cakes from our favorite, Sweet Lady Jane and the amazing Amanda at Food. (I have quite a sweet tooth and love to bake, so I feel like I had my bases covered as far as engaging LA’s finest baking spots). It was, despite the hustle of the day, really gratifying to have people with dietary restrictions (or just strong opinions like me) express their thanks. And, for my midwestern family who’d never had the experience of “real” tacos, our taco cart made their night.
But, ultimately the music and wedding party and guests made the experience. Moses worried I’d made my bridal party too big–but I chose just right. I needed everyone of those ladies with me, whether it was helping me become the bride (I spent half the morning in pjs, no makeup and bright blue socks with red ballet flats–the transformation took EVERY BIT of the help of everyone who so graciously did), to just being there to share that with us–it made the day totally perfect.
Our friend Mark played music–a lovingly chosen array of All Things Must Past George Harrison, Wings and Beatles (I walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun”), and our fantastic and newly married pal Sean made the ceremony and vows seem that much more important with his totally tangible honesty and goodness. Seriously, we have some totally remarkable people in our lives, and having them all there to share made it SO the magical day it was supposed to be.