You guys!!! Spring has officially sprung, and while it looks like it’ll be nice in my little neck of the woods for the next couple of days, spring usually means at least two months of rain and mud. With that in mind, how about a Real Wedding that highlights the fact a little rain never hurt anyone and can actually make for some pretty great photos? Reba and Andy got married at a really cool YMCA in California. It did, indeed, rain on their parade, but didn’t dampen their spirits. And they got a visit from wildlife! Let’s check their innovative, DIY-filled rainy event, shall we?
Name: Reba and Andy
Occupation: Yoga teacher
Wedding location: YMCA Point Bonita, Sausalito, Calif.
Wedding Date: 11/5/11
How would you describe your wedding: Casual, relaxed, in nature. The officiant helped us write our own vows, which included anecdotes about us meeting for the 1st time.
What was your favorite part of your wedding? Saying “I do” of course! Kissing my husband in the rain and feeling surrounded by love and support from our friends and family.
What did you splurge on? Photographer, cake, shuttle buses.
What did you save on? Coordinator, venue (price included dinner), invitations, booze, dress.
Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? Not a thing
What was your biggest challenge in planning? We really didn’t have too many. Even the wedding dress, I bought the first one I tried on. Maybe the biggest challenge was doing so much of it on our own. We really took DIY to the extreme. The day of, the groom was buying non-alcoholic drinks, and dropping them off. A few days before, I realized I needed to have some plywood to cover a very ugly fire pit where we would stand to get married. So I was at Home Depot, getting the plywood, and finding a way to make it fit into our Volkswagen, and delivering it to the Y, and making sure the tablecloth would cover it.
What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? Friends are so helpful. Three of my girlfriends did the flowers for the tables and the bouquet. Some other friends delivered the alcohol. Having a coordinator (and her two sisters) was the best suggestion, made by my mom. They took care of everything, even cut the cake for us. And the coordinator realized just in time that the officiator had left without signing the marriage license, and called her to get her to come back.
What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding? Everyone talked and had fun, the toasts were spontaneous and funny, the food was delicious, the views of the ocean so beautiful. We had a clothesline of photos of us, friends and family, and I loved seeing people look at them and laugh.
Top 5 least favorite? Well, it rained, so there was no sunset. But it really didn’t matter.
The best? Enjoy every minute of the day, it goes by fast! And for the groom, his friend told him not to drink too much.
If you’ve been married for more than a year, what have been some challenges? Wanting to go on a honeymoon, but not having the money to do so, but it’ll happen.
Any other bits of wisdom? If you are planning an outdoor wedding, and it rains, don’t worry about it. It makes for beautiful photos, and people don’t really care. Also, it’s nice to have casual events around the wedding day. We had a yoga class and pizza party the night before at the hotel, which was inexpensive and fun. Everyone brought their own drinks and got to know each other. We also did a walk in Muir Woods the day before.
Budget breakdown? Click to view spreadsheet.
Photography: Alison Yin
Coordinator: Andrea Frenkel of Lily and Mint
Venue: YMCA Point Bonita
Submitted via Two Bright Lights.
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