The Couple:  Amy and Doug Muraki
Wedding Date:  October 10, 2010
Photography by Stellasweet Photography
Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  We met at work and had no idea that we actually lived only a block away from each other. We became friends and out of that our love grew. Doug proposed at the most unexpected time — while watching Scrubs on the DVR and eating popcorn! It was perfectly “us.”
What was the most amazing part of your day?  The never ending party. Rather than the bride and broom heading off and leaving the party we kept it going all night. Our close friends and some family brought tents. We pulled the center out of the stage we built and had a fire pit. We made hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. The next morning we all woke up and continued the celebration! Breakfast the morning after with your best friends and closest family — it was amazing!!
What else would you like to share about your big day?  We had a laid back and low budget wedding that turned out beautifully. Many of our friends have said it was the best wedding they have ever attended — but then again, who doesn’t love Beer Pong? We wanted our wedding feel like “us,” not a formal event planned by someone who didn’t know us. We did everything ourselves from the manual work in the yard, flower arrangements and all setup, to cooking breakfast the next morning!

Ceremony and Reception Site:  Private residence
Photographer:  Stellasweet Photography
Caterer:  California Catering in Auburn & Corralitos Market & Sausage in Aptos
Cake:  Fruit basket for cutting from Freeport Bakery and Cupcakes from Icing on the Cupcake
Flowers:  Mom’s Wholesale Florist. Floral arrangements by myself, Doug, family & friends.
Favors:  Homemade Lemon sugar cookies made by myself, my maid of honor and mother-in-law.
Wedding Dress:  La Soie (formerly Bella Donna). Veil was from my mother-in-law’s wedding.
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Nordstrom-already owned.
Hair:  Sarah Sherman from The Garage in Roseville.
Makeup:  Teshara Pobric from The Garage in Roseville.
Invitations:  Handmade by the Bride! Supplies from The Paper Garden.
DJ/Entertainment/Band:  Rented Speakers & PA from Live Sound Audio–ipod!
Honeymoon location:  El Dorado Maroma in Mexico planned by April Schmitt from All About Honeymoons.
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out?  One of my best friend’s, John Peterson, who’s father owns Corralitos Market BBQ’d the meat for our event and it was AMAZING!
First Dance Song:  Forever” by Ben Harper
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Take a breath and relax! Make the event feel like YOU — not what a wedding is supposed to look like. You can plan a beautiful wedding on a tight budget by DIY projects and staying focused.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  Nothing. It was the most amazing day of my life!

Photos courtesy of Stellasweet Photography.

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