Summer on the Grove: Amanda & Anthony

The last two weeks had been a stressful one; a turnaround trip from here to San Francisco for a conference, meetings filling her Outlook Calendar, calls to make, a to-do list for the next week and a half without her to leave behind and, oh yeah, a wedding to plan. Such was the case for my co-worker, Amanda, who is truly one of the sweetest and funnest people I’ve ever worked with.

Shortly after she joined our department a year ago, Amanda got engaged, and though a potential date was 11 months away, she knew that her wedding planning days were numbered. Each week, we’d have an impromptu discussion of her progress, from printing invitations on a new computer that she hadn’t quite mastered, to the search for candy-covered walnuts. A few times, when the workday had us spent, we’d take a break and gawk at wedding photographer blogs (Jasmine Star’s was a favorite). But even in the craziness of planning her wedding, working and, oh yeah, she also bought a new house, Amanda was hardly ever without a smile on her face. Maybe she just knew how to hide the stress and frustration well. Maybe she was never really worried about any of it. Or maybe, she found comfort in knowing that she had Anthony.

Amanda and Anthony celebrated their wedding ceremony and reception at Walnut Grove in Tierra Rejada Ranch. Having only known Amanda for about a year, this day was the perfect reflection of her – simple elegance. 

Lined on either side of a brick aisle were white folding chairs atop the greenest grass that summer could provide. .. 

On a tree hung picture frames which spelled LOVE, and in it were wedding photos of the bride and groom’s grandparents…

A 5:30 pm ceremony on that August Saturday provided the perfect weather for an outdoor ceremony – sunny and breezy.

As the guests were seated, and the entourage walked up the aisle, two guitarists strummed love songs, creating an even more relaxing, and poignant atmosphere.

Amanda’s mom, who could seriously be mistaken for her sister, said a most touching speech later that evening. She thanked Anthony’s parents, his family, and everyone in his lineage who came before him, for making him the man that he is today; a man worthy of her daughter. I listened to her and before I knew it, my eyes were welling up. What beautiful sentiments she shared.

Amanda and Anthony were as gorgeous a bride and groom as you can get. And with the officiant muddling through (barely) their history, they couldn’t help themselves, laughing for a good part of the ceremony at all the misinformation the priest was providing their guests. I’d only known Anthony through Amanda’s stories, and the only bit of concrete information I had was that he was a huge Laker fan so you know how highly I thought of him already =) But other than that, it wasn’t difficult to see how happy he and Amanda were and would be.

Quick disclaimer – I decided that, for once, I’d be a guest at a wedding and nothing more, so I left my DSLR at home and opted for a point-and-shoot that could fit in my small purse. I know it seems silly, but even when I have no active part in a wedding, when I carry that big camera, I feel compelled to take more pictures than should be necessary for any guest. But when I saw all the wonderful details of this day, how I wanted to smack myself for settling. Lesson learned, however, because despite the absence of the better camera, I still managed to eke out some fun images of my favorite parts of weddings – the details.

In place of cocktail-high tables, the reception area was surrounded by barrels and small vases of flowers…

Here we are, parts of the Advertising Dept, glad for once to be gathered for something other than a staff meeting.

On tree branches hung a clothesline, and on it were pinned from end to end with place cards…

How cute is that?!

Round tables of 10 were adorned with white table cloths, low centerpieces, surrounded by white chairs and above hung strings of light that hung across the entire reception area.

Rather than a multi-tiered cake, Amanda and Anthony opted for a bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, decorated with flowers.

Rather than cutting up a big cake to share with their guests, we were treated to an array of cupcakes from Missy’s Cupcake Creations. All I can say is YUM YUM YUM!

Doesn’t this scene scream Snow White?! So beautiful!

The newlyweds just got back from their honeymoon in Maui and, despite the 200 emails in her inbox, Amanda is, as always, all smiles. And who wouldn’t be after a wedding as beautiful as theirs?

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. & MRS!! Best wishes for a happy married life!

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