Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Venue

 When we first got engaged we started thinking about different places we can have the wedding. We decided on having it at the Pasadena Stake center. It's the Church building JR grew up attending. He was baptized in that building so it had special meaning. About a year or so ago they started some construction on the building. It was supposed to be finished in December but it wasn't. We thought that by August 27th it should be done. No problem, right?? Well its still not done :( Jorge and I decided that we can't take the risk of sending out invites and having to call everyone and tell them things have changed if the building wasn't finished. The building might be done by August 27th we just can't take the risk. We were very sad about this choice we made but we had to do it. We have plenty of buildings in our area. We had made a back up list of our favorite buildings. We started calling them. They were all booked :( Can you believe it!! Our back up's were booked!!
We started searching online for different locations and options. I made a list and started e-mailing and calling them for prices and availability.  Most of them were already booked. We are less then 2 months away and I knew this would probably happen. The places that were not booked were about $100 a head and parking was about $10-$20 a person and don't forget about the tip! 
 I was becoming very stressed and nervous. How am I going to pull off this wedding with out a location.
 I called a few more places and found some better prices and then stumbled across this hidden gem! I had attended a wedding there once already and knew it was nice. We booked a same day appointment to meet with one of the consultants. We were very impressed and so happy because they were available and local! 
What started out as a wedding nightmare turned into a wedding blessing! 

Now the reason I say that is because before we were basically doing a DIY wedding. I also had a lot of different vendors to deal with. Chairs, Linens, Flatware,Glassware, tenting, Dance floor and a bunch of other things you don't realize you need until you are planning a wedding.  At our new venue they offer almost everything. I wont be worried if the dance floor guy arrived on time and if it is setting up correctly or is the chair people brought the exact amount I need.
 The venue has everything !!
 I can take pictures in peace :) 

I was in tears trying to figure out what we were going to do and now I feel relief.
This also means our guest list is getting a lot tighter which makes us very sad. We only are able to have so many people inside our venue. We can't exceed a certain amount and I won't be able to get great deals on stuff like cider.
 Can you believe a bottle of cider costs $18.00!!
Yes it's true.
How I wish I could just go to Costco and pay $10 for 4 bottles.
Our venue doesn't allow any outside food or drinks. 
with the exception of out wedding cake.

So this is partly why I've been bad about blogging. 
I hope you understand.

Here is another engagement picture.

JR would take me for rides on his motorcycle across this bridge.
I LOVE this bridge and was so excited to take our engagement pictures on it!
We hope to go back and have some more pictures taken maybe after our wedding.
Isn't JR so handsome?
How did I get so lucky?


  1. Thanks for the invite Diane they are so cute!! It's funny because reading your Venue story was our problem 4 years ago. The Stake Center was suppose to be done but we ended up having our reception @ the same spot you are having yours, crazy huh? We are trying our best to come to the Wedding but I'll be 2 1/2 weeks before my due date and worried about having a baby on the road so we will see. Hope everything else falls into place Good Luck with the next 50 days or by now I think 46 days!!Love ya guys!

  2. I've seen this picture's on your desk. Love it!