It really did live up to the hype of being 'the best day of my life'.

True love, whether it comes from a significant other, old friends, new friends or family, is an overwhelming feeling. We had SO many people who poured themselves into this event, there is no way I could have been anything but elated that entire day.

But let's start from the beginning. I have told you before that I am infatuated with Hugh, so my excitement towards actually getting married, put me ahead of the curve from the get go. I had dear friends, and coincidentally professionals, do my make-up and hair. My designer-sister made my dress, as well as the saucy bridesmaids dresses. I felt gorgeous (I think I'm allowed to say that, because it is a testament to my talented sister). She even sewed a patch inside that said "i love you sister". Yes, the heart swelling continues. I've never experienced as much giving and taking of love that I felt that day. I wish you were there, because words are tough.

We wanted a natural but put together look, and it turned out gorgeous. I had the creative juices of my mom and Whitney, to create the perfect ambiance. Hugh and his dad built the arch we stood under, my grandma and aunt sewed pillows, runners and couch covers. The list is long, but there were many hands involved in making it as gorgeous as it was. One of my favorite parts was the 'take a note, leave a note' wall I made instead of having a guest book. Hugh and I wrote notes to every guest, thanking them for coming and reminding them why they were important to us, and there were paper and pens to leave notes in return. It's going to be so neat to read those for years to come.

The dance party never stopped. Everyone had such a great time, that after we left, our friends... and some parents, jumped in the pool with their clothes on. First time in Ace Palm Springs history.

I must give shout out's to our team, because this is certainly not a project you pull off on your own:
- My sister, of Stone Cold Fox, for the dresses.
- James and Sergio for capturing every moment so well, and celebrating with us - we felt so lucky to have you both there.
- Whitney for being a flower and decorator mastermind.
- The man who made this party history, The Flashdance DJ.
- My supportive parents, who remain without a link, but have our utmost gratitude.

Reader Comments (86)

Wow- I could go on and on about how gorgeous you looked (your dress is BEYOND fabulous) and how amazing everything else about your wedding looked... but i'm most impressed by the genuine love you two seem to share. very inspired!

January 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate hart

Absolutely stunning!! You can see so much love in every face, in every photo! Congratulations times a million, and thank you for your continuing lovely posts! xx

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

Sara, everything about your wedding is just breathtaking! What a beautiful couple you are and what a talented sister you have! Everything is so simple yet elegant and that shot of you hugging Hugh from behind is so precious! Congratulations again and I pray these first weeks of married life have been pure bliss!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCoco

LOVE the photos! And you guys looked so good! Congratulations to the happy couple!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNina Designs

wow. wow. wow. everything: just lovely!
Congratulations, newlyweds!!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbec

Oh wow Sara! You guys are so lucky! I love everything from the dresses to the flowers on the table. And how brilliant isn't the 'take-a-note' thing! It's easy to understand that you had the best day of your lives. Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuise

What an amazing day! Absolutely stunning photos and your dress is just incredible.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How SweetJ

Looks like it was a phenomenal day! Congrats!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess (Sweet Potato)

These photographs are stunning. You can truly see the love in each one.

I hope that married life has been good to you and Hugh so far and I wish you happiness for years!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaken

the flashdance is amazing! i went to a party that he dj'd and it was awesome. the pictures are beautiful and i LOVE that people were having so much fun that they jumped in the pool with their clothes on. CONGRATS!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlesley graham

Perfectly and utterly lovely.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Beam

congratulations to you & hugh! these photos are breathtaking-- it is so apparent that your day was pure bliss. the decor & scenery is just perfect, and your sister is amazingly talented.. all of the dresses are beautiful! thank you for sharing.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterashley maureen

CONGRATULATIONS!! I too could go on and on about how gorgeous you look, the dress is PHENOMENAL, Hugh looks so handsome, the decorations - love the flowers and the small touches. Love everything about it (and that dance party and the pool?? NICE!) May your life be filled with this amount of joy and big smiles.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda @zomppa

beyond beautiful!!
i thought those were stone cold fox dresses!! THE BEST!!!
oh miss sara, everything looks so perfect. so happy for you.
big hugs!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

blogging is so weird in the sense that you feel like you "know" someone and you know a little hint of their background and what they're like - and it makes you really happy when you see two people like you guys together and just killin it in life. Congrats and good luck - marriage is the best thing you can do with two people and time.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrich

Sara, that smile! It tells a whole story of true love and happiness. I loved starting my day out with this post. Such beautiful details, and I really can't get over that dress. Here's to you and yours, dear!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

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Congrats again Sara & Hugh!! What a fabulous day. All the details are gorgeous. Love the dresses and the arch!! A happy happy married life as one to you both :)

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYumi @ Natsukashii

amazing, amazing wedding!
one to strive towards for a lot of people, im sure!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralana (at) the food

OMG, hottest couple.
This is my dream wedding.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason Hudson Dot Com

Sara your wedding pictures are gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing part of your personal day with all of us here in blogland.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

sooo pretty!!! i love the one with your hand on your hip and hugh's mile long stems! ;)

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercourtney

I've never seen a couple as in love as you and Hugh are. It is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

It was such a joy.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames Moes

Beautiful and lovely! Looks like an amazing day and event -- you can really feel the love in these photos. Congratulations!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicole

such a rad revisit to a lovely lovely day :)

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermatthew morgan

What a gorgeous wedding!! Congratulations to you both!!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

A gorgeous affair! The succulents are very popular right now, it would seem. They add to the clean, polished, elegant feel. Scouring the Internet for bridal hair ideas to test out for my wedding this Autumn, and I'm leaning toward the low, side-swept bun/chignon -- do you have a close-up photo of your hair? It's lovely.

Cheers and many blessings to you and your new husband,


January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterheather

Honestly, some of your pictures look like they belong in a spread in "In Style" magazine or something. And I love the "Give a Note; Take a Note" idea!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ The Cooking Bride

You're wedding pretty much puts all other weddings to shame. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. ALL of it!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEm

So many beautiful pictures! You look stunning and very very happy, both of you! The love you have for each other is so obvious in every picture! Congratulations again!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnika

frick! i just love you guys and i'm beyond thrilled for you both!

Sara- you look stunning, gorgeous, beautiful and you totally have the "AHHHHH, I'm getting married glow!"

Hugh- you're the man. (and you married such a babe!)

love you guys, dinner date soon. xoxo.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Sara, your wedding looks like it was as perfect as the love the two of you share. Congratulations dearest, and here's to your happily ever after! xo

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

congratulations!! Your wedding is absolutely dreamy. Thank you soooooo much for sharing! What a beautiful day.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

SARA!!!!!!!!!! AHH!!! Your dress, the flowers..everything! SOOO AMAZING!!! Congratulations! This makes me want to get married again! xoxooxxo

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Congratulations, you look so beautiful! The entire wedding looks fabulous!! oxo

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa (Hey, Lady Grey)

Just the occasional blog visitor here... but I just wanted to give you and Hugh a big congrats! Your wedding looks like a dream and we should all be so lucky to have what you and Hugh have together. I love that your family was so much apart of the makings of this wedding. That seemed to make it much more special. And I am a fan of succulence so I was glad to see that. :) Great photography as well, beautiful!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Both of your "I'm a fool in love" smiles say it all. HIGH FIVES to true love, love, love! And, is there a story behind that lil' camper by the pool?

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan G

Congratulations! I just found you through a wedding blog (forget which, oops!) so firstly, congrats on a BEAUTIFUL wedding, it looks like an amazing event & both bride and groom look stunning. Secondly, can't believe I haven't visited this blog before! Going through the archives now, procastination rules..

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy w - over&under

like a fairytale! indescribably beautiful. congratulations, a thousand times!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

You do look absolutely gorgeous - but it's a testament not only to your sister, but to the joy and love you and Hugh clearly share. What a beautiful, beautiful day!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

OMG i would love love love to feature your amazing wedding on hi-fi weddings, if you would be interested! :)

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHi-Fi Weddings

Wow those legs look fabulous in that bargain "exit" dress,seeing the pictures brings back a great day

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda morris

YOWZA! What a wedding. I love your photos... I have to pick up my TS more often.

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

What a beautiful day! You guys looked gorgeous!!

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaryn

Wow! I want a wedding like this. Thank you for the inspiration.

Dearest other daughter,
I am so happy that you posted these pics! Instead of recipes to nourish our bodies these reflect nourishment for our souls. Indeed, there was no way to describe with words the beauty of this wedding. At every turn, there was some magical "eye candy" as mom says. You turned a funky ol' desert inn into a blossoming testimony of true love. The notes that you wrote each guest was endearing and tender..had even the men in tears!
You are beautiful and exotic on any day, but you looked STUNNING on that day! Mostly, I think it was the ectasy of your love for Hugh..and he for you that left you both beaming. Sorry the post is so long..I just can't say enough about this experience...Thank you for the gift of including me...xo kp

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris Patton

Seriously looks like the most fun I've ever seen at a wedding. Congrats to you both!

Such a lovely photographs. Beautiful moments captured through the eyes of others, shining a light on your love for each other. How wonderful!

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSu

I loved seeing this Sara! Your smile is so infectious and it looks like such an amazing day. Gorgeous photos, gorgeous dresses & gorgeous location. Awesome!

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

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