I think every couple experiences their fair share of triumphs and turmoil and it is through these experiences that you determine if you can stay together as a united team or if you should part your separate ways. We are a very unique couple that expresses our love and admiration for each other in our very own special way. Given the various things my husband and I have experienced over the years along with being blessed with our wonderful son, Roman Alexander, we felt that the best gift we could not only give ourselves but give Roman was to show how much we loved each other and that our commitment as husband/wife and as Roman's parents was stronger than ever.
Herlindo and I were originally married on July 28, 2001. We had our ceremony at the Carmel Mission Basilica and a formal day time reception at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. It was a magical day filled with lots of fun and joy. As I reflect back to the preparation for our wedding and although we felt we had properly planned for all that life had to offer - I realized that as I was walking down the aisle - I had no idea what I was getting into. 10 years later after all that we experienced both separately and collectively I realized that although times have been difficult I was willing to do it all over again and when I walked down the aisle for the second time to the same man (and now to our son) I knew exactly what I was getting myself into and was willing to adhere to all the happiness and adversity for the next 10 years.
Given all that we experienced from career changes, personality differences, crazy work schedules and deciding to make Roman an only child (I will blog more about this subject later and boy do I have a lot to say about this) we felt strongly about reaffirming our commitment to one another. Through the course of planning our renewal celebration we knew we wanted to have the following - make it fun, colorful and festive with a latin flair, bring back our original priest, photographer and videographer and incorporate some jaw dropping elements. As a wedding coordinator for the last 10 years I have seen so many of the same things played out and wanted our guests to walk away experiencing something different.
My childhood priest and close friend of the family, Reverend Don D. Flickinger conducted the ceremony. Two of our good friends performed readings, followed by Herlindo and I reciting our own written vows to one another and concluded with a testimony to our son Roman Alexander. After the ceremony cocktail hour was in full force with folklorico dancers, mango margaritas, watermelon mojitos and various Spanish infused appetizers. Once cocktail hour whined down the guests made their way up to Cielo for a night of tapas, drinking, desserts, dancing, cigars, razpados (shaved ice) and endless props to take fun photos in our live photo booth area. I hope you can feel and see all the love and fun we had during our 10 year anniversary celebration. Thank you to all of our friends, family and vendors who made this day truly memorable.
|I ironed the phrase Still Do on my tank top. I thought it would be fun to play off of this and in turn jazz things up a bit! Of course Herlindo had to be a part of it too - it only seemed fitting to write Me Too|
on his shirt.
|This was such a special moment before we left for the ceremony. |
The way he looked at me made me so happy. I hope Roman is as proud to my son as I am to
be his mommy.
|We could not stop laughing - he said I smelled like cake :)|
|My two men. They both wore beige suits with turquoise ties. So handsome! They look so much alike.|
|I love how Deanna Graham incorporated my shoes with our invitation. We wanted our invitation to play off of the latin colorful feel of our event. Thank you Jeri from Only the Best in Los Gatos for making such a beautiful invitation.|
|We also put pink rhinestone stickers that said Still Do Me Too at the bottom of our shoes. Another creative way to be different and make the Still Do Me Too phrase our very own.|
|We had our wedding album from July 28, 2001 out for our guests to view.|
|We had a guitar for guests to sign in lieu of a traditional guest book. The sign read: "Please sign the guitar so we can continue to make beautiful music together." The guitar was a perfect way to incorporate the latin element of our event.|
|Our guests were so sweet with their little love notes. Thanks Gabi :)|
|Francois and Rodrigo from Spanish Beat conducted the music for the ceremony and cocktail hour.|
They were fabulous!
|Herlindo's vows were perfect! He always makes me laugh. I must admit I had no idea what he was going to say and after he recited his vows I was even more proud to be his wife (again).|
|Roman was such a good boy during the ceremony and also did a fantastic job with holding the sign that Herlindo made just for him.|
|Thank you again Father Don. Father Don originally married us back on July 28, 2001. He is a dear family friend and appreciate his love and support over the years.|
|My beautiful family - I just love Roman's shoes.|
|Herlindo made these signs for us. I wanted to have something different other than the typical Mr. and Mrs. signs.|
So we decided to have Esposo, Esposa and Hijo.
|We had so much fun holding these signs.|
|I love my Roman cakes!|
|Can you say father and son?|
|Festive mango margaritas accompanied by limes and colorful umbrellas for cocktail hour... yum!|
|Watermelon mojitos - these were delicious and tasted so good with the Spanish flair appetizers.|
|Right after the ceremony we had folkorico dancers from Ballet Folkorico Las Estrellas come out to entertain our guests. They were an absolute hit!|
|In addition to the folkorico dancers we also had other styles of Mexican dancing to entertain our guests.|
|More views of the reception, tapas and dessert area of Cielo|
**Please go to the next blog posting titled Still Do...Me Too Take Two - I did not have enough room to have everything on one blog.