The Couple: Carrie and Richard Putnam
Wedding Date: May 1, 2010
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met on eHarmony in 2007 and had our first date at Bella Bru. We had a lot in common and soon were traveling back and forth between Sacramento and Auburn. We both work in Roseville and decided to buy a house in Lincoln to be close to work and our families. We love to travel, spend time with family, go wine tasting, ride quads and take drives to the coast.
What was the most amazing part of your day? For Richard it was seeing Carrie walk down the pathway to the oak tree and seeing the wind lift her veil as she walked down with her dad. For Carrie it was reciting their own vows that they wrote for each other and the emotion that comes with reading them out loud.
What else would you like to share about your big day? We were surrounded by fun, supportive friends and family in our wedding party and had a great time. We told Emily, our wedding photographer, that we wanted to have fun with taking pictures and it showed…especially with the pictures we took on the golf course.
We wanted to cut costs where we could and decided to print our own invitations, programs, name tents and table names. Even though the task of putting together all of the items took time and effort, we were so happy with the outcome.
We wanted our guests to have fun so while we were taking photographs, our friend Aaron Deter had a trivia game contest about us as a couple. The winners of the trivia were the first ones to start the buffet line.
Ceremony Site: Serrano Country Club
Reception Venue: Serrano Country Club
Photographer: Emily Heizer Photography
Caterer: Serrano Country Club
Cake: Bella Bru Cafe
Favors: Wine Glasses
Wedding Dress: Bridal Mart
Bridesmaid Dresses: The bridesmaids used their own dresses
Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Gilchrist
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Matt Brys with Extreme Productions Entertianment
Honeymoon location: We spent 18 days in Italy. We took a 14 day cruise around Italy and also spent time in Rome touring on our own. It was an amazing vacation and something that we have always wanted to do.
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? We had family friends Janet Arnold and Ann Ince of Ann’s Flowers put together the centerpieces and other side table decorations. They incorporated flowers that were in my bouquet into the decorations and also purple lights to match the colors we had infused throughout the wedding. The decorations were amazing and we loved them!
First Dance Song: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Research and price out different locations for your event. We wanted a place that we could feel comfortable and be the only wedding that day at the facility. The staff at Serrano was amazing and accommodated each and every request we had.
We also created a wedding Web site that gave information about us and our gift registry. We wanted gift cards or bon voyage gifts we could use on our cruise. We had information on the Web site on how to contact the cruise line to give us a gift. It was a great tool in getting out information for our guests.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? We wouldn’t do anything different however we would’ve liked to have a longer reception. With an open bar and an adults only reception, the party was just getting started when everything came to an end.
Photos courtesy of Emily Heizer Photography
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