Forgive me if I have ever complained about being broke in these posts – because Chad and I received such an overwhelming truckload of wedding gifts from all our friends and family – that really, neither of us have any grounds to whinge for at least a century. Not to mention that I have recently been gifted with my first real Louis Vuitton purse and a brand-new Orla Kiely messenger bag – not even wedding related!

And before I launch into an effusive thank you – I have one unclaimed gift that I want to bring to your attention.

We received a lovely $100 gift certificate to a fancy steak, seafood, and martini restaurant called The Falls in Palm Springs and we have no idea who it is from. Was it you? Please speak up, so I can quickly send you one of our appreciative homemade thank-you cards.

This wedding was my first proper wedding – I don’t count being married over the kitchen counter and being offered a tattooed wedding band as proper – and boy oh boy, these wedding deals are really about sending the newlyweds off in style. We have been extravagantly and fabulously gifted! We thank you all so much for your generosity and good wishes.

Thank you for helping us set a new and very proper house with all your gifts: glass water pitcher; kitchen hand towels; a week’s stay at a Hilton; crystal wine goblets; engraved silver goblets; photography; artwork; marble cheese board; 12 Gourmet place settings; Gourmet sauce ladle, pastry server, serving soup and fork; 12 table settings of Pure (plate, salad plate, rimmed soup bowls, teacups, and saucers); 12 matching Pure soup bowls; home-made paver; Chef’s pan; stock pot; 5-qt sauteuse (all by Caphalon); stainless steel colander; picture frame; surround sound system; cutting board; 12 fancy place mats; 12 linen napkins; 2 tablecloths; towels; salad bowl; salad servers; pepper grinder; porcelain storage containers; Pure serving bowls and platters, large and small; tea and milk servers; framed photograph of Joshua Tree, a dozen glass storage containers; a packable camping table; hand-embroidered pillow cases; leather sofa and matching chair (!!); extraordinary amounts of help planning, buying and sending monogrammed candy from Australia, making flower bouquets, doing everybody’s hair, photographing, setting up, cooking, serving, and moving; over a thousand dollars in gifts cards to Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, and Lowe’s; and too much cash to list here politely, but let’s just say that we have enough to put a down payment on a new house.

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

Photograph by Stephanie Fowler of RosewaterStudio.com.

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