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Wedding For A Cause

June 16, 2017

Marrily Manas

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Registry Note

In honor of our "Wedding For A Cause" we are asking for donations to the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) in lieu of gifts.


Please see below for the link to the donation platform ...


http://support.lymphoma.org/goto/manasmatrimony


Thank you in advance for your generous donations and for helping us support a cause so close to our hearts!

Donating Vendors
Donating Vendors
To all of our incredible vendors for helping us raise money for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)!

Rani Hoover, Inspired Weddings & Events LLC

Justine Milton Photography

Blue Kite Cinema

Blue Kite Cinema

Catering Connection

The Flori.Culture

JP Hunten Music

Sunstone Villa

Town & Country Rentals

La Tavola Linen

Archive Rentals

Solvang Bakery 

Bella Luna Luxury Restroom trailers

RCD Dance Floors

Gainey Vineyard

El Canito - Cigar Rollers

Spark Creative Events

Perfect Fete Designs

Fields Pianos

Santa Barbara Airbus

Jeff Lambert

Events
Key People
Officiant
Jeff Lambert
Jeff Lambert
Officiant
Jeff and his beautiful wife Kim were the first of Michelle's friends to meet AJ. The four of them took a Duffy boat ride during AJ's first trip to California and they've been doing double dates ever since! Jeff got to know AJ's true character right off the bat and they shared so many laughs on that first outing. He has watched their relationship grow from the very beginning and he's been there for so many special moments along the way. He's known Michelle for years #FHS and he caught up very quickly with AJ. They are so excited for Jeff to tell their story on the wedding day and lead everyone through an incredible ceremony with the perfect recipe of laughs, joyous tears, and everything else Jeff deems necessary to sprinkle in along the way! #preachpreacher
Bridesmaids
Jordan Mahoney
Jordan Mahoney
Matron of Honor
WE MET IN 2005 when my freshman year roomie at CU introduced us (they were high school friends). We immediately bonded ... she made a trip out to CA that summer even though we didn't really know each other well ... and the rest is history! In addition to being my best friend, she is also my Kappa sister #KKG! She is beautiful on the inside and out and has the biggest heart! I am beyond lucky to have her in my life!! 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Jordan: 1. She was the one that literally pulled me off of AJ and out of the bar the night I kissed (and met) him #truefriend 2. She has some of the best dance moves - keep an eye out for her on the dance floor! 3. She has early on-set hot flashes! 4. She has incredible strength when she drinks ... watch out! 5. She's allergic to Mango - random but true!
Joelle Goldman
Joelle Goldman
Bridesmaid
WE MET IN 2011 when my brother brought her to a party I was having. I knew from the second we met that she was the one for him and now she is the sister I always wanted and never had!! She may be pint size, but she has a huge heart and a smile that lights up the room. I'm so lucky to have her as my "sister-in-love." 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Joey: 1. She used to be Matt's boss! 2. She is a fellow Buff #GoCU 3. She is a beer connoisseur and she has a pretty big beer belly right now (JK - she's prego - yay!) 4. She hates cilantro ... despises it! 5. She's got jokes!
Allison Welk
Allison Welk
Bridesmaid
WE MET IN 2014 when I did my first trip back to Chicago to see AJ. We met at The Fishers' annual Christmas party (shout out!) and she was so sweet and welcoming. She is a no nonsense kind of girl, which I love, and she is an incredible mom to my little nephews! I am so lucky to have her as my future "sister-in-love!" 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Allison: 1. She's allergic to shellfish ... Don't tempt her! 2. She loves a good monogram! 3. She recently moved to Charlotte so she's a Southern girl now! 4. She's a Theta ... but I still love her! 5. She studied Midwifery in London.
Kim Lambert
Kim Lambert
Bridesmaid
WE MET IN 1998 when I moved to Tustin and transferred to Hewes Middle School in 6th grade. Our friendship has grown over the last 19 years (wow - we are old) and it's gotten stronger every year! She has a heart of gold and a quick wit that always keep a smile on my face! I love our coffee dates #Alta, and every moment we spend together singing Celine Dion and dancing like butterflies. 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Kim: 1. She's a card shark! 2. She loves a good "treat yo'self" day 3. She started her own company called SHE - ask her about it! #girlboss 4. She loves dark chocolate ... like ... loves it! 5. We were born one day apart!
Kari Rader
Kari Rader
Bridesmaid
WE MET IN 2003 in our photography class Junior year, but got really close after we both graduated from college and moved back home #TTown. As some of the only high school friends back in Orange County, we became thick as thieves! Our friendship knows no boundaries #NewZealand and continues to evolve:) She is incredibly loyal and always has my back no matter what. So lucky to have her as my true friend. 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Kari: 1. She thinks she can do different accents really well (but they all sound English) #yousoundlikeyou'refromLondon 2. She pretty much only wears black. 3. She hates bangs - but for some reason - decides to have them about twice a year (it's a vicious cycle)! 4. She and I share an affinity for a good photo booth session! 5. When she drinks, she thinks she's a professional gymnast, singer, dancer, etc. #icandothat
Mere Epp
Mere Epp
Bridesmaid
WE MET IN 2006 when Mere came through differed recruitment. I was one of the first girls to meet her and I knew she was Kappa material from the second we met! She quickly became my "sister" and one of my best friends! Even though she's been living in Australia for awhile, FaceTime keeps us close. She has the biggest heart and an incredibly contagious laugh! She is one-of-a-kind and a beautiful spirit inside and out. 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Mere: 1. She loves Cinnamon Bears ... LOVES them! 2. She is currently living down under! #missyou 3. She makes your face hurt from smiling so much when you are around her! 4. She loves the ocean and helping to protect all of it's beauty! 5. She is all about a good theme party. Ask her about that one time she dressed up as a "scary toothbrush."
Groomsmen
Dave Welk
Dave Welk
Best Man
WE MET IN 2011 when he was courting my sister while we all lived in Chicago. Now they are married with 2 adorable boys and living in Charlotte, NC. Dave has always shared words of wisdom, acted as a mentor, been there to discuss worldly issues over bourbons and cigars, and now he's going to be my best man while I marry the women of my dreams. Cheers to you my brother!! 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Dave: 1. He loves Cool Ranch Doritos! 2. He writes the best Facebook posts - you should follow him! 3. He's an Eagle Scout #lonesurvivor 4. He's great in the kitchen, but even better on the grill #greenegg 5. He never turns down a good Bourbon!
Justin Bushweiler
Justin Bushweiler
Groomsman
WE MET IN 2007 while on senior year spring break in Acapulco. Lets just say our friendship grew as we both matured. Picture something like...from bottle service in the club... to bottles of wine at our houses. Justin and I enjoy golf, country music, fine dining, discussing our career goals over a great manhattan, and just about everything else two gentlemen in their retirement ages fancy!! 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Justin: 1. Sometimes he's referred to as "Big Bird"; he's 6' 8'' with an incredible hairdo. 2. He has an extensive collection of jean shorts aka "jorts" 3. Conversely, he has a wardrobe with every suite accessory you can fathom (ie tie clips, suspenders, pocket squares, cuff links and an impressive sock game). 4. He's one of THOSE people that takes pictures of his food and post of Instagram. 5. He drives a pretty sweet Harley.
Michael D'Agostino
Michael D'Agostino
Groomsman
WE MET IN 2003 on our first day living in the dorms at Marquette University. Michael was a fellow Chicagoan and was down to party. From that day on, he's lived life to the fullest and I've been fortunate to share many great experiences with him. We've attended countless Chicago sporting events, shared a passion for the Colorado slopes, and have always enjoyed the gratification of finding a "deal." 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Michael: 1. He was with me the 2nd night I ran into Michelle after she kissed me and ran out. We were having dinner at a country bar in Chicago (Bub City). 2. He was a ski bum in Colorado for a short stint in his 20's. 3. He's an annual participant in the Chicago Polar Plunge (Full body plunge into frigid Lake Michigan to support athletes of Special Olympics). 4. He is the oldest of 6 brothers and sisters 5. He broke his rib while attempting to bare foot at his parent's lake home #amateur
Ben Weiland
Ben Weiland
Groomsman
WE MET IN 2005 during my junior year at Marquette University. Ben is a Wisconsin native and he was kind enough to befriend a fellow Illinoian. We both studied Commercial Real Estate and have enjoyed talking shop ever since. Ben has always provided great advice to me over the years on my professional life, personal life, and how to have a work-life balance. 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Ben: 1. He's the father of a beautiful daughter (Claire) and has another on the way. 2. He's a middle child. 3. Prior to married life, he used to be referred to as "Bottle Service Ben." #BSB 4. He enjoys an occasional bourbon Old Fashion while catching up with his social circle. 5. He was born with exceptional athletic abilities, and despite the fact that his work out routine has gone dormant, he'll outperform people half his age.
Jake Marquardt
Jake Marquardt
Groomsman
WE MET IN 2013 while we were both living in Chicago. Jake and I became fast friends as we both shared a strong love of family, all things food and wine, and deep discussions while savoring a bottle (or two) of vino. Jake's selfless nature and his ability to charm others through his quick witted persona, are just a few reasons why I'm excited to have him as one of my groomsmen. 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Jake: 1. His alma mater is "The Ohio State University," so this Buckeye has an affinity for college football. 2. Last year he completed the famous El Camino de Sanitago, a 500 mile walk from southern France to the northern Spanish coastline. 3. He is the youngest of 5 siblings. 4. He has a passion for water sports, as he spent almost every summer of the past 32 years at his family lake home in Green Lake, WI. 5. He was a ski bum in Park City Utah in 2012.
Matt Goldman
Matt Goldman
Groomsman
WE MET IN 2015 when I attended his Ketubah signing ceremony, officially marrying his wife Joelle. It was a fun filled weekend in San Diego and I quickly realized I was going to gain another great brother-in-law. Matt is a craft beer connoisseur, he's active in the tech start-up community in San Diego, and he enjoys all outdoor activities with his dog (Kahlua). He will soon be "dad" to a baby boy and I'm excited to meet my new nephew. 5 RANDOM FACTS you should know about Matt: 1. He has an odd obsession with eggs. 2. Ask him to do his Russian accent - it's killer! 3. He has an incredible falsetto voice and loves to sing "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly! 4. He's a wiz on computers. I'd tell you more but I don't really understand. 5. Olives are the way to his heart ... Black olives to be precise!
Santa Ynez, CA
Flights

Airport Options:


LAX (Los Angeles)

- Distance: 2 hours & 15 minutes

- Scoop: Be mindful of traffic. The earlier you can fly in the better - to avoid it.


SBA (Santa Barbara)

- Distance: 45 minutes

- Scoop: This is a smaller airport, so flights tend to be more expensive than LAX.


SUGGESTIONS:

We recommend that you fly in earlier in the day on Thursday, to miss traffic and attend the Welcome Reception at 4pm. Due to cost, we estimate most guests will fly into LAX, however, you could always do LAX on the way in and SBA out of town for a little more convenience.

Things to Do

Solvang

The town of Solvang where everyone will be staying is a charming Danish Village. There are plenty of things to do, all within walking distance, plus there are other charming towns within a few minutes of town if you wanted to venture out (Los Olivos & Santa Ynez).


There are tons of tasting rooms in town, which makes it easy to enjoy some wine and not worry about driving. You can also venture out to local wineries for a more authentic tasting. There is also a lot of shopping and plenty of wonderful places to eat too!


Below are some dining options ...

Breakfast

Paula's Pancake House

One of the best places in town for breakfast. They fill up fast though! Make sure to try their Danish pancakes!

Lunch

Succulent Cafe

Comfort cuisine with a gourmet twist!

Panino

Great for sandwiches, salads, and soups - easy and super delicious!

Happy Hour Etc.

Root 246

Located at Hotel Corque, they have a great patio and atmosphere with yummy bites! Good for anything you want, but their happy hour is fantastic!

Dinner

Mad & Vin

Delicious restaurant located in one of the chicest new hotels in town. They have a great bar adjacent for happy hour too! Try their cheese fondue - yum!

The Hitching Post II

This is an iconic steakhouse just outside of town, made famous by the movie Sideways! They are open for cocktail hour and dinner.

First & Oak

Intimate, cozy, and Chic with an award winning chef. Located in the Mirabelle Inn.

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