Happy Wednesday guys! 😃
Today, I wanted to dive back into my Wedding Bells series and talk about all the vendors that Stephen and I used for our wedding. Since things got very hectic during the last month before the wedding, I never got the chance to get this post up for you guys. Better late then never, so here we go!
- Photography 📸
Since I will be posting photos of my wedding, I figured I would start with my photographer!
The way we came across our photographer was actually through a friend! We went to a wedding in May of 2016 and when Stephen and I saw their wedding photos, we instantly fell in love with this style of photography. And yes, our photographer’s name was also Stephen. He and his wife were so awesome to work with and honestly so genuine. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. I asked for an all-day service and that’s exactly what we got. Friendly, genuine and fun.
I will leave a link to his website down below if you guys are interested!
2. Ceremony ✝️⛪️
It’s really important to note that Stephen and I really wanted a traditional Catholic/Mexican wedding, so we did get married in a church and had the whole mass celebrated. We got married at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. We decided to get married in this church because it was the church where we met, and went to during our relationship, so it had some sentimental value to it. Before getting married in the Catholic Church however, there are sacramental requirements that need to be met first. Along with that, Stephen and I were required to do a marriage retreat, marriage counseling and take natural family planning classes. All which were great experiences and important aspects towards becoming a married couple under God.
Leave me a comment if you wish to know more about the requirements if you wish to get married in a Catholic Church.
3. Venue 🥂
Originally Stephen and I wanted a wedding outdoors until we started to see the cost. An outdoor wedding can get pretty pricey when you’re planning a huge wedding. We had to consider the cost of tables, chairs, AND catering… etc. And it was just not within our budget for 350 guests. Instead, we had an indoor wedding. That way we could also control the AC since the wedding took place towards the end of May. It was definitely getting hot. We had our reception at Tornino’s Banquets. They supplied tables, chairs, napkins, plates, cups, utensils, SECURITY… literally EVERYTHING. The only cost was the food, of course, which was fine with us because they would cater. It easy to manage your money that way so you can control how much you want to spend depending on what you decide to order for your main dish.
Check out their website for the menu and for more info if you’re interested.
4. Videography 📹
Like our photographers, our videographers were AMAZING! Photography by MJD is a husband and wife company that specialize both in photography and videography. Since we had already booked our photographer, we just decided to use their videography services. And may I say, they did a fantasy job! They were so fun to work with and so nice. I’ll admit, I was a bit camera shy at times when they were video taping, but they did a great job at making you feel comfortable for the shots. Plus, they gave us the idea to do the “Mannequin Challenge” with our bridal party… I mean, how cool is that… Right?
I linked their website below. Check them out!!
5. Flowers 🌺 💐
Our wedding flowers were GORGEOUS! I decided to work with In Full Bloom for my floral arrangements. They were actually recommended to me by my aunt. My aunt’s sister uses them for parties and events and had many nice things to say. When I met with the owner of In Full Bloom for my consultation, he was very nice and eager to help me get what I wanted. I tend to be a pretty picky person. I was very specific of what I wanted and showed him multiple inspo pictures from Pinterest to him, and he made sure to do my arrangements that way. I showed many pictures of flowers that I didn’t know and he would clarify them, he was so easy to work with. I provided my own vases for the flowers, and all he asked was for was for me to bring them to him a week before the wedding. Other than that, everything else was taken care of. Simple as that.
Link to their website is down below.
6. CAKE, CAKE, CAKE! 🍰🎂
Two words, CHIFFONOS BAKERY! Seriously, our wedding cake was by far one of the best cakes I have ever had! Chiffonos was another recommendation by my aunt. Honestly, when it was time to look for a place to buy the cake, I didn’t bother to look elsewhere. Chiffonos was the first and last place we decided to look. And boy oh BOY am I glad we got it. Stephen and I didn’t hesitate to schedule a consultation to go try out some cakes, and when we did, we fell in LOVE. If you live in the Fresno area, I would STRONGLY encourage you to go try them out! You won’t regret it.
Click below for pictures of their delicious treats!
7. Music 🎤🎼🎹🎻🎺🎷
As mentioned before, Stephen and I really wanted a traditional Mexican wedding. And in my family its traditional to have a Mariachi during the wedding ceremony and in the reception during the dinner ceremony. So unfortunately, we weren’t able to have the Mariachi during the reception due to time complications but we did however use it for the ceremony. We decided to go with Mariachi Cachanilla. They were awesome and easy to work with. Along with that, we contracted a banda called Banda Sol Alegre! Seriously, such a great banda, Stephen and I couldn’t stop dancing! These bands, along with the DJ were all recommended from other bands that were already booked for our day. Let me know if you guys are interested in knowing more.
8. Makeup/Hair 💆🏻💋💄
Thanks to Stephen’s sister, Cynthia, (yes, her name is also Cynthia… Haha) she was able to do my makeup for the wedding since she is a professional makeup artist. And through her, she found a hair stylist, Stacey, that works in her bridal team for me. Both my hair and makeup came out perfect! I will link their instagrams below.
Overall, Stephen and I had great experiences with all of our wedding vendors. After looking back at our wedding day, it seems easy to think about the things that didn’t go as planned and maybe regretting why we did or didn’t do things a certain way… but thats how weddings are. We don’t regret anything that happened that day, things happened, things didn’t happen… and that’s what made our wedding special to US. All that mattered was that we were getting married, and that all the people who we wanted to be there, were there.
Well… I hope this was hopeful to some of you who are planning on getting married this year, or the next. Leave me some comments about what you think.
**Thanks again for reading… until next Wednesday**
– oxox, Mrs. Avila💕