The Story of Us: Serna Ever After
THIS IS IT!
I have finally started my own lifestyle blog and have begun writing once again! For quite some time, I had been needing some sort of creative release, where I could unwind and just focus my thoughts and energy elsewhere, outside of my day-to-day routine. After careful consideration and reflection on what brings me joy and happiness, I decided it would be best to start a new hobby to help with this, which led me to create this blog, Notes by Cin. I truly enjoy writing and sharing the beautiful opportunities and treasures I come across, so blogging just seemed like the most obvious and best choice!
And as you may have guessed it, this has been long overdue...so lets get right into it!
When deciding what my first ever blog post would be about, (I know, super exciting!), it was only fitting to write about the person who inspired and motivated me to create Notes by Cin – my backbone and love of my life, my husband Anthony.
Below is the story of us and how we came to be, along with a description and photos of our memorable desert wedding in September 2016.
This is our Serna Ever After.
Anthony and I have known each other since we were 16 and 17 years old – meeting during the end of our junior year together at Cathedral City High School. He was the funny and charming guy, and I was the girl that was involved in almost everything in our class. Despite the fact that we were both social butterflies in our youth and had several friends in common, we had never met! Once we did though, it didn’t take long before we became inseparable. We talked everyday that summer of 2007; telling each other our wildest dreams and aspirations in life, and forming a friendship that was unlike anything I had ever experienced or had before. He understood me, and I understood him, and that was enough for the both of us.
Very shortly after meeting and becoming friends, we began dating during the start of our senior year, and since then, my life has never been the same. He is all the happiness and all the good things in my life. He is my best friend.
Upon graduating high school, I went away to college to purse a degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, and he stayed in our hometown of the Coachella Valley to pursue a degree in Horticulture and begin his career. Four years later, I graduated from college and I moved back home to the Palm Springs area, starting my new "adult" life with my Anthony. We talked about getting married early on, but decided that waiting was the best decision we could make, as we wanted to work on our careers and further establish ourselves.
Finally, after seven years of dating, he surprised me and proposed in front of family and friends during his surprise 25th birthday party that I organized for him. He got down on one knee, with his parents and grandmothers by his side, to ask for my hand in marriage, in front of about 200 of our loved ones.
As any bride will tell you, planning a wedding is not an easy task, especially when you don't have a wedding coordinator to do all the hard work for you. With that said and being the overachiever and lover of event planning that I am, I decided to plan our own big day and take on all the adventures of wedding planning by myself! I do admit that although it was a lot of hard work, and at times very stressful, it was all worth it and turned out just liked we always hoped and imaged it would be.
In the end, after about a year and a half of planning, and a total of nine years together, we tied the knot in the cathedral we grew up in and celebrated and danced the night away in the desert we call our home.
Inspiration & Details
One of the biggest inspirations for our wedding came from our loved ones. For us, family is everything, and because of this, we decided to celebrate with everyone we love and had approximately 450 guests attend our nuptials.
Everything we did, from our décor and favors to our food and entertainment, encompassed our Mexican heritage and our cultural upbringings, as well as all of the beautiful traditions that we instilled in us growing up. Our love was in the details that day, and everyone who shared it with us, witnessed it through the delicate elements we incorporated.
One special element we incorporated was a remembrance table that included photos of our grandparents who are no longer with us, and Anthony’s best man and best friend, who passed away before our wedding date. We honored him and pinned his boutonniere to the frame that held his photo, and had my sister/Maid of Honor walk down the aisle holding his portrait. No matter the difficult circumstance, he was still our best man that day. He stood up there, right beside us, as we said our vows to one another.
Another element that played a large role in our wedding decor was the desert itself. We wanted to incorporate as many local elements as we could, contracting and working with as many local vendors as possible. This was visible in our ceremony and venue selection, floral and decor choices, food and dessert goodies, entertainment options, and day-of assistance.
After all, the desert is where we met, fell in love, and got engaged. It was only fitting to begin our new chapter here too, where it all began. Plus, the desert is a GORGEOUS time of the year in late September, so that helped a lot, too!
After all was said and done, it felt so good to be married, and knowing that no matter what, someone else has your back and is willing to share in all of life's unexpected moments with you, hand in hand, for the rest of your life together.
This is our Serna Ever After.
Photography: Jes Workman
Venue: Indian Wells Country Club
Florals & Decor: Arrangements Floral & Party Design
Videography: TrumpetBird Productions
Bridal Shop: Blush Bridal Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Hair & Makeup: Jen Plus Colour
Photo Booth: Mr & Mrs Selfie
Wedding Decor/Paper Goods: Etsy