Lichy & Ken’s Wedding in the Golden Hills of California

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Lichy and Ken chose the stunning venue of The Ranch at Little Hills in San Ramon, CA for their gorgeous June wedding.  The venue provided so many fun backdrops, including a beautiful forest for their ceremony!  It was the perfect fit for the couple who love the outdoors.  They love it so much that they even got engaged on a 30 mile backpacking trip!

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Their beautiful forest ceremony was straight out of a fairytale.  Bridesmaids shone in mint, and groomsmen were dapper in their navy suits.  Instead of an arch or statement piece at the front of the altar, the couple chose to let nature be their decoration – and we loved it!  They also put a piece of pallet art at the entrance to the ceremony space, which was the perfect minimalistic touch.

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When we learned that one of their favorite activities is rock climbing (and noticed there was a rock climbing wall at the venue), we mentioned posing with the wall to “stage” a climb.  We should have known these two would want to actually ROCK CLIMB IN THEIR WEDDING CLOTHES!  We were blown away when Lichy kicked off her shoes, and started climbing!  Needless to say, that was a first!

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Lichy and Ken made sure to make their guests feel at home with a great reception.  Guests danced under the stars and bistro lighting and enjoyed Gelati Creation popsicles.  The minimalist decor was perfect and well-suited to their laid back style and personalities.  The wood slices, succulents, baby’s breath, and tea lights looked great with the natural backdrop of the venue.  We loved everything about it!

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Photography:  ShootAnyAngle Wedding Photography

Venue:  The Ranch at Little Hills

Hotel:  Hyatt House San Ramon

DJ:  The Day Entertainment

Videography:  Reel-Motions

Cake:  The Olde Towne Danville Bakery

Flowers:  Repetto’s

Wedding Dress:  David’s Bridal

Makeup/Hair:  iMagic Beauty

Popsicles:  Gelati Creation

 

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How to Change Your Name After Marriage: Step-by-Step (What You’ll Need, and the Costs)

Changing your name after marriage is a bit of a complicated process.  The main thing is knowing what to expect and, specifically, knowing what order to change it in.  It took me quite awhile to change everything over (actually, I’m still finding areas that I haven’t changed yet), but as long as you have the time (no big international trips coming up), it’ll be fine and relatively stress-free. Get the major ones done first, and then the rest can be changed as needed.

Also, make sure to change your name after the honeymoon.  Otherwise, you probably won’t have everything ready in time!

(Note: the below prices are based on what I encountered while changing my name in the state of California late 2014 to early 2015.  Also, note that I’m not an expert on the topic, just a fellow bride who has gone through the process.)

Step One: Get your Marriage Certificate

In the California county I was married in, it cost me $15 per certificate.  I bought three just in case.  It’s usually ready about a week or so after the wedding.  Call in first if you want to make sure.  You don’t need an appointment.

What You’ll Need:

     ID

Cost: $15 each

Step Two: Change Name with the Social Security Agency

You’ll need to go into your local SS branch with your old card and the marriage certificate. They’ll have you fill out some paperwork. You don’t need an appointment.

What You’ll Need:

     Marriage Certificate

     Original SSN card

Cost: Free

Step Three: Change Name at the DMV

I made an appointment, but it’s really hit and miss as to if that helps or not.  They’ll take a new picture of you, so look your best!  They require you to fill out a form that must be done on-site.

What You’ll Need:

     Marriage Certificate

     New SSN card

Cost: $27

Step Four: Change Name at the Bank

I was told I could have done this prior to the DMV, but then when vendors ask to see your ID to verify you are the cardholder, it wouldn’t match.  So, I did it after I received the new license.

What You’ll Need:

     Marriage Certificate

     New SSN card

     New Driver’s License or Interim license (may be optional for some banks)

Cost: Free

Note: this is an area I am STILL struggling with. For some reason, my bank can’t figure out how to send me the new cards and checks in my new name. Also, my bank only allows 21 characters on the cards/checks. My legal name is over that, so if that’s the case, the bank will work with you to find a way to represent your name.

Step Five:  Passport

The application can be filled out online (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english.html), but you’ll have to mail in the documents.

What You’ll Need:

     Application form

     Recent Passport photo

     Fee

     Most recent passport

     Marriage Certificate

Cost: $110

Step Six: Other

This list will change per person, but here are the common areas where name changes are needed:

—HR at work (sending them a quick email should do it, but each company will probably be different)

—Mortgage

—Car Registration (If you have AAA, just visit your local branch)

—Medical (If you have health insurance from your company, the HR department will have to handle this for you. If you take care of your own insurance, contact them directly.)

—Library cards (handled at the local branch)

—Membership cards

—Pet tags

—Subscriptions

—Insurance

—Utilities and bills

—Loans/leases/contracts

—Voter Registration

—PayPal (You’ll need to send a picture of your new license and marriage certificate.)

—Email addresses and signatures

—Voice mail message

—Social media and other online accounts

—Organization/Clubs

Good luck!

Photos by ShootAnyAngle Wedding Photography.

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