Our wedding weekend was absolutely perfect.
Chris and I arrived in San Francisco around 8pm Thursday night. After checking in at the front desk of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, we went upstairs to our room where we found a few surprises waiting for us!
The strawberries and chocolate were from the hotel, the bottle of champagne was from my boss, and the gift, gift basket, and flowers were from my dad’s girlfriend. So sweet! Chris and I immediately helped ourselves to the strawberries and champagne. Talk about a great way to start the weekend!
Once we were done snacking and drinking, Chris and I exchanged wedding gifts. I gave him four leaf clover cuff links (because he’s Irish) and a few pairs of socks with a tag that said “Just in case you get cold feet, with love from your bride”; he gave me a dress and a skirt from H&M that I’ve been eyeing for a while now. He also wrote me a letter that was so sweet it made me cry! That guy.
Friday morning was a relatively stressful and nerve-wracking. I was nervous about something going wrong to ruin our big day: running late, not being able to get our marriage license, traffic, etc. Despite my stress over everything running smoothly, I was able still able to enjoy the morning with Chris before all the family chaos ensued: we helped each other get ready while simultaneously enjoying a delicious room service breakfast.
Once we were ready, Chris and I took a taxi to San Francisco City Hall where we met Emily, our wedding photographer and one of my closest friends. Emily greeted us with the most beautiful handmade bouquet and boutinerre for me and Chris! This is the part where I mention that Emily is not just a wedding photographer, but a crazy-talented WEDDING FAIRY.
The process of applying for our marriage license was easier than I had anticipated; no problems arose and we were in and out in 30 minutes. We spent the next 45 minutes taking pre-wedding photos with Emily until it was time for the ceremony.
The ceremony was kind of a blur for me (it was only about 5-10 minutes long). What I remember most from the ceremony was being so excited for the marriage officiant to pronounce us as husband and wife. I remember feeling so grateful that our closest family members were there watching us say our vows and proclaim our life long love to one another. I remember crying tears of pure joy the entire 5-10 minutes. There really is nothing quite like the emotions and feelings you get right before you marry your lover, your best friend– your everything.
After I kissed my groom and everything was said and done, we shot the family photos and walked over to Absinthe Brasserie and Bar for our lunch reception. This is the part where I finally got to RELAX! Chris and I ate delicious food, drank wine, spent time with our families, and celebrated our new marriage. We smashed wedding cake in each other’s faces, had a champagne toast, and danced our first dance to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” It was perfect, and I can’t say that enough.
We didn’t go on a honeymoon right after the wedding because Chris just started a new job and wasn’t able to take time off right away because of training, so we just spent the rest of the weekend in San Francisco eating, drinking, shopping, dancing, sightseeing, and relaxing. We’re still planning on going on an official honeymoon sometime next year, so that’s something else to look forward to!
In a way, I’m happy the wedding is over because that means I don’t have to spend all of my free time planning it, working out details, coordinating, etc. (Planning a wedding for 20 people was relatively stressful and tiring– I don’t know how I could have planned one for 200 people!) But on the other hand, I’m sad it’s over and wish I could relive it: it was a small, intimate, amazing, fun day filled with so much love and happiness– exactly how Chris and I wanted it. Our wedding day was The Best Day, and we wouldn’t trade or change it for anything.