SATURDAY - HASTINGS HOUSE
On Saturday, Vinh & I had an appointment to check out our possible wedding location at 11am. We headed out around 9am & got to Half Moon Bay way too early so we stopped in at McDonald's for breakfast. We then decided to head over to Hastings House to see where it was located. Once we arrived at the location, we were blown away since the beach was literally right across the street from our wedding location. In addition, it was like the perfect weather out with the sun shining, the ocean was super blue & we weren't freezing our tooshies off! Since we were still early, we decided to take a stroll along the beach. To my surprise, I found an intact sanddollar shell :D
Lovely stroll on the beach before our appointment
We headed back to Hastings House to meet Linda (the owner & coordinator) outside in the front sweeping. Linda showed us around the garden & talked about how inside the garden is 20 degrees warmer than the front of the house due to the trees protecting the garden from the wind. Neat fact & it was indeed warmer in the garden than it was in front. She showed us photos of previous weddings & told us that rent was between $1,500-$1,850 for 50-80 people. The rent includes the location, the cottage (where the bride gets dressed up in), chairs, arch, musician & coordinator (wedding only, no reception). I think both Vinh & I pretty much decided we want to book this place as our location. Now it's just figuring out how we want everything done there :)
*click to enlarge wedding ceremony area*
View as you leave Hastings House
Afterwards, Vinh wanted to go horseback riding, but we couldn't find the place. We ended up giving up & heading home *giggle*
SUNDAY - WEDDING DRESSES
On Sunday, I had an appointment at David's Bridal at noon to try on wedding dresses in hopes of finding THE dress. I brought along Vinh, Steve & Sonya for my appointment. My consultant was Judy & she was a sarcastic lady, but she did what she had to do to get me into these over-sized gowns. Originally, I thought I would like the simple dresses...
My second choice: Short Printed Organza Gown with Floral Sash :)
Every princess needs her tiara ;)
My consultant found me size 5.5 heels to wear during my appointment
Look @ my gorgeous maid of honor (not the color I want btw)!
My third choice :)
However, I ended up saying YES! to the second dress I put on, which was elaborate, strapless & had a train, all things that I thought I did not want for a dress. Thank you to my bestie Louise for telling me to try this dress on because it was the perfect one for me & it was a unanimous vote for my audience, too! Vinh ended up buying the dress along with the tiara right then & there. I got to ring a bell for the whole store to know I found THE DRESS! We ordered a size 0 for me & it'll arrive in about 15 weeks, yay :)
The winner: look @ the details, eek!
I think our faces say it all :)