The Couple:  Erin and Ben Benson
Wedding Date:  August 5, 2011
Photography by The Goodness
Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  Erin is a first grade teacher at a brand new charter school that recently opened in Roseville,  John Adams Academy. She lives and breathes teaching! She also loves her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Dottie), and Rudy the boxer, too. Ben has worked at Northrop Grumman for the past two years. He loves playing golf and tennis. We enjoy going to country concerts, taking small road trips and spending time with family. We share a love/hate relationship with the Red Sox and Patriots! Lastly, we enjoy walking the dogs (even though they are NOT trained)!
What was the most amazing part of your day?  Every part and detail of the day was simply amazing, it’s nearly impossible to choose just one! For Erin, it had to be walking down the aisle and seeing Ben (and his reaction) for the first time. For Ben, it had to be seeing Erin for the first time and knowing everything was perfect!
What else would you like to share about your big day?  Where to start? From the gorgeous weather to the beautiful colors; the candy bar to the root beer floats; the dancing down the aisle to the photo booth; we could go on forever! Overall, we were just in awe at all the love and happiness that filled the day and being able to share all of that with our family and closest friends! Nearly half of the 180 guests were family and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Ceremony Site & Reception Venue & Caterer:  Whitney Oaks Golf Club
Photographer:  The Goodness
Videographer:  Phillip Alan Films. View our short film here. Even more amazingly, we only booked him weeks before the wedding yet he wildly exceeded our expectations!
Wedding Planner:  The bride and her mom, Ellen, did all of the planning; along with great support from Lindsey Qualley at Whitney Oaks Golf Club in addition to all of the vendors.
Cake & Dessert Bar:  Sweet Cakes by Rebecca
Flowers:  Galeazi’s Floral
Favors:  Customized Jones Soda bottles
Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses:  De La Rosa’s Bridal and Tuxedo
Hair:  Arlene Culbreth
Makeup:  Arlene Culbreth & JoJo Culbreth
Invitations:  Scarlett Designs
DJ/Entertainment/Band & Photo Booth:  Encore Entertainment
Honeymoon location:  Las Vegas (only after cancelling the cruise because Erin landed her dream teaching job)
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out?  We’d like to thank four more Roseville/Rocklin vendors that helped pull the weekend together: Picasso Nails, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Springhill Suites and Hyatt Place.
We would also like to use this space to sincerely thank each vendor again. We truly believe we could not have made better choices! They were all extremely responsive, trustworthy, and overall…professional!
First Dance Song:  “Everything” by Michael Buble
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Don’t sweat the small stuff. Focus on what’s truly important — your future spouse and your families. Be sure to take in every moment as the day will be over before you know it. Lastly, don’t let anyone or anything ruin your day.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  If anything, we wish we would have started the day a few hours earlier as it goes by so quickly. Also, it would have been nice if the Red Sox would have beaten the Yankees that day!

Photos courtesy of The Goodness.

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