Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wedding Festivities Galore!

In continuing with my Thursday wedding posts leading up to August 14th...I thought I'd share some of the fun parties that were thrown for us before the big day.  

First things first, I'm sharing the little bridesmaid invitations I put together for my girls.  I mailed these out when I asked them to be in the wedding.


I got them fun books on what to prepare for.  Each of the bouquets had a personal message written inside about how special they were to me.  It was so fun to get the phone calls when the girls received these in the mail.  Here's a close up of the little poem I wrote:


My childhood friend and mom threw us a beautiful engagement party down in Newport Beach...of course, you know the drill with me, I am TOTALLY kicking myself for not taking more pictures.  But her mom's backyard is stunning...like something out of Homes & Garden magazine...and there were three areas set up...one for Newport, one for Tahoe, and one for San Luis Obispo {where we met!}...all with coordinating drinks and food.  It was awesome.  Here is the backyard during the day...stunning:


Here's a shot of us from that night:


My maid of honor threw me the perfect Bridal Shower for the moms and daughters down in Newport as well.  It was a luncheon at the yacht club and super chic and elegant.  You can't see it, but this is right on the water and really "the place" to get married in Newport.  Super fun!  :)


We also had a tea in San Francisco for my friends and family up north.  It was a teat at the Ritz and was truly fabulous!



Since Hubs and I met during college, most of our wedding party were already close friends, so we decided to have a joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Scottsdale.  It was a great opportunity to bond before the wedding and spend time together.


The first night, we all went to a cowboy bar...ate good grub and line danced all night!


The second night, the boys and girls went their own ways! 



I had to wear a shirt full of dares...oh boy!


Needless to say...it was a lot of fun!

To round out this post {have you had enough already?!}, I thought I would share some pictures from our rehearsal dinner.  It was held at my in-laws beautiful home...and it was very sentimental as it was the house my husband grew up in.  It was great to have our family and wedding party there the night before the wedding.


My dad and MOH.

Pretty centerpieces.

And we're ready!

Next Thursday...I'm planning to highlight the details from the big day!

Did you have any fun parties leading up to the big day?!

Speaking of parties...catch me over at Naptime is the New Happy Hour, where I'm dishing on the perfect outfit to wear to a kid's birthday party!  Lots of fun...don't miss it!  :)

xo natasha

30 comments:

  1. fun and beautiful memories!

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  2. so beautiful! I love the way everything was planned! the rehearsal dinner location looks so pretty, what a great house!
    xoxo, Haley

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  3. I love your letters to your bridesmaids, it's such a cute idea! :) It looks like you have a great group of girls!

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  4. How fun to go back and remember all these wonderful memories! I did something similar with my bridesmaids when I asked them to be in the wedding. Super cute idea and pics girl!

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  5. I love that you sent invitations to your bridesmaids to ask them to stand by you! Thats so sweet. Looks like you guys had a blast celebrating! Love the TEE-Shirt too!

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  6. Oh that picture reminds me that I was out of town for your bridal luncheon :( Sad = me. Gorgeous as always love the poem to your most special ladies!!

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  7. These are such great photos. Looks like such a fun time leading up to your wedding!
    xo
    Alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  8. Love how you asked your bridesmaids! What a great idea. Also loved looking at all your pictures!

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  9. What a lovely way to ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding! I received that book as well a while back and it was very helpful! Your party looked so much fun, love the little peek into your wedding festivities.

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  10. I lvoe the way you asked your bridesmaids to be in your wedding, too cute!!

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  11. Wow, that looks like so much fun! I love your cowgirl outfit, perfect for a night out like that!

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  12. Looks like so much fun, Natasha!!! I love that you guys did a joint bachelor/bachelorette get-together. I can't wait to experience all of that fun over the next year :) xoxoxo brynn

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  13. Wow everything is gorgeous! I love all of the outfits, centerpieces and parties! Everything was so classy and pretty!

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  14. Too cute! And such beautiful pictures!

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  15. AWE, I love your poem! Great invites, Im sure your bridesmaids were touched.

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  16. Great pictures! Love the bridesmaids invite and the joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Scottsdale!

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  17. I love the poems that you wrote for all your bridesmaids, so personal and special! Your parties before the wedding looked so fun, you look so happy in all the pictures. That time right before a wedding is always so exciting. :)

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  18. ah, what fun memories :) so lovely

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  19. How fun!! I love SLO btw. We vacation in Avila all the time.
    Not to be weird...I seriously can't remember what I did 12 years ago for our wedding!!! Omg..am I crazy?! I know I had a bridal shower! Ha I DO know one thing...I married a wonderful man. ;) we celebrate our Ann. In aug. We can't wait to get away!
    www.moddybee.blogspot.com

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  20. gorgeous photos!! that backyard is beyond words!! :) and i love the cards that you sent to your bridesmaids!! so sweet

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  21. Those had to be THE sweetest bridesmaid invitations! What a perfect way to ask those dear to you to be part of your special day! Looks like you had remarkable events and friends to lead you to your big day!

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  22. awww, every detail is absolutely perfect and beautiful! this must be such an exciting time! :)

    p.s. that backyard is gorgeous! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  23. Your poem/invitations you sent to your bridesmaids is so wonderful! How special! I love this idea. How fun to see all of your photos! You are gorgeous, Natasha.

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  24. So picture perfect...I swear, I had absolutely *no idea* what I was doing when I got married (not about the getting married part, but all the events leading up to it!)...we just kinda "got married"...we had a reception and everything, but we totally skipped some of the other really fun things, like a rehearsal dinner and bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc...I guess we will just have to call a re-do! (c:

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  25. What beautiful events! So fun to see after we met last night too! I will be up in Tahoe for most of August. It would be fun to meet for lunch at Sprouts :)

    xo,
    cristin

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  26. How fun, girl! Those little cards to ask your bridesmaids are precious. And oh hey- love that dress you're wearing in that one picture! I think I recognize it (;

    Your damaged cork board is safe with me until the end of August, don'tcha worry!! xo

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  27. It was awesome meeting you last night! These parties look amazing and you looked beautiful on your big day. I can't wait to see the pics from it!!!

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  28. Your rehearsal dinner dress is gorgeous. And so are you.

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  29. That Dares to Do shirt is such a fun way to make sure you check it all of the list!!!!

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  30. I love that you had a joint bachelor/bachlorette party (with split evenings out). A great way to combine all the gang!

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