The Couple: Jamie and Nick Esposito
Wedding Date: May 20, 2011
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We have been dating for eight wonderful years and it has been the best eight years anyone could ask for. We have the cutest chihuahua named Tank. We love to be adventurous, we love to travel and experience new foods and wine. We also enjoy having friends and family at the house for bbqs and parties.
What was the most amazing part of your day? The most amazing part of our day was looking around and having all of our closest friends and family all in one room. Our friends and family had waited a long time for this day and you could really feel the love in the air. Everyone was so happy and supportive of us on our big day; it was absolutely amazing.
What else would you like to share about your big day? Nick and I wrote our own vows and it made the ceremony so special and intimate. There was not a dry eye during the entire ceremony including both Nick and myself.
Ceremony Site & Reception Venue & Caterer: Brookside Golf & Country Club
Photographer: The Goodness Photo & Design
Cake: One of our favorite parts of the wedding was our cannoli cake. Nick is Italian and we wanted to do something different that we had never seen before. Giovanni Toccagino from Palermo Ristorante spent hours hand stuffing more than 150 cannolis for our cannoli tiered wedding cake. It was truly one-of-a-kind and looked absolutely amazing!
Flowers: We had Amy Erman from Elk Grove High School FFA Floriculture do our flowers and she made all my dreams come true. My bouquet was gorgeous and was just what I had dreamed of! It was filled with dark red peonies, roses, tulips and callas.
Favors: Elite DJ Entertainment came and set up a photo booth during the reception. This was by far the biggest hit from our wedding. It was so funny to see our friends and family dress up with props and have a great time taking phtotos. Each guest got to take their photos home and we have a scrapbook of all the photos from the evening.
Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom
Hair: My MOH, Megan Bollinger, did my hair and Rebecca Kelley did the bridesmaids hair.
Makeup: Spotlight Makeup Artistry
Invitations: The Goodness Photo & Design
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Fretty’s DJ Service & Limousine Service
Photo Booth: Elite DJ Entertainment
Honeymoon location: The Royal Cancun in Cancun, Mexico
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? Giorgi Khokhobashvili played the violin during the ceremony and cocktail hour. I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton and it was perfect. Nick would always play this song for me as I got ready to go out, so it meant a lot to walk down the aisle to it and it was something we had never heard before.
First Dance Song: “Faithfully” by Journey. All of the guests were standing up and our bridal party began to sing the song and hold the votive candles in the air. Before we knew it everyone was singing along as we danced. We wish we could repeat this moment over and over again.
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Enjoy every moment of the planning process because it goes by so fast. Also, take some time during the reception to really have a special moment with your spouse. The day goes by in an instant so enjoy every minute of the day and experience.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I would have hired a videographer. I wish I could watch the ceremony and first dance, etc. over and over because it all happened so fast. After the wedding Nick and I were wanting to relive every moment and by having a video we would be able to do that much easier.
Photos courtesy of The Goodness Photo & Design.