Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Love Story: Jess & Russ

The most gorgeous graphics and the sweetest lli love story ever!

It's a must-read and a must save for a soft, mushy romantic such as myself!

Check it out!  You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trash The Dress: Part 1

Sis T asked me yesterday to see some of my Trash The Dress pictures.
I usually forget I even took these.  You see, I actually took my Trash The Dress
pictures BEFORE we even got married.  There was a group of photographers that
got together and organized this event.  

Trash The Dress sessions (as well as Boudoir Sessions) were something 
COMPLETELY NEW in my wedding days.  If you Googled it, you would
only get maybe 3 pages of pics?  So all us brides and photographers got together 
to do a session for the benefit of all.  They would get portfolio pics.  
We would get FREE pics! Win-win!

Personally, I was in a rush.  Missed half the session because I got lost 
trying to find this dam in SoCal somewhere in the middle of nowhere.   
I didn't have my hair done.  Slapped on some make-up in the car.
And here's what you get.  So I forgot about them for the most part.  
Until T asked to see them.

I had about 5-6 CDs from different photographers and settings, 
but wouldn't you know I can't find most of my wedding related 
photo CDs now?  Eek... this has me cleaning like you wouldn't believe
for these two days.

So, PART 1 - these photos are from the same photographer 
who did our Engagement Pics.  That's how I actually got to do these pics 
(because he invited me afterwards...)


More to come if I can ever find the CDs!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Monique Lhuillier: Katarina

Sis T's engagement and trek to the Monique Lhuillier Sample Sale today got me thinking about dresses and my own wedding dress.  After a bit of googling for the dress my sister fell in love with, I decided to search for some images of my dress, the Katarina, as well:

The print ad photo.

The runway photo.

I was amused to find out (on Once Wed) that Ali Landry also wore
the Katarina dress in her wedding to Jose Alejandro in Mexico.

It was fun to see dress twins in a "Same Dress, Different Ways" kind of way.
A few pics I found while browsing listings for selling the dress.

This bride has an amazing figure and paired it with a coveted
jeweled belt.  Love this combo!

And a couple of me in my Katarina ... oh how I still love my dress.

I love how you can see the ruffles kinda swirl in this pic...

... and see the train in full effect here.

Sometimes I think about selling my dress, but then I get sad at the thought of
not having it anymore.  What about you?  If you're married, have you
sold your dress or are you keeping it?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Happiest Proposal On Earth!

LOVING this sweet marriage proposal, 
which happened recently at Downtown Disney, CA....
heart of the Happiest Place On Earth!

It's completely upbeat, happy, and sweet!

Hope this made you smile today!


Monday, September 26, 2011

I Wish...

 ... for a lifetime of love and friendship with my dear hubby...

... that we may always love and laugh together ...

... and always be thisclose...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Inspired by Mrs. Kutcher

Demi sure is inspiring!

Talk about keeping it HOT for your hubby!
Can you believe she's 47?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Feeling Married

I just wrote a behemoth of a comment in response to Rhi's rhetorical question about "feeling married":

"...I completely understand where this post comes from 
and I truly think it IS a confusing thing. 
People don't really have good explanations for it, but always bombard you with these vague type of questions "How does it FEEL now that you're married?".  

Ask ANYONE (mostly women) in the FIRST year of marriage, and MOST women I know will be a bit confused.  Like, "not much has changed".  
They still feel the same, if not more love towards their husband.  
But you already loved him SO much before you were married too right? 
Personally, I had a lot of weirdness with changing my last name, 
and hung on to it until probably the 1 1/2 yr mark.  
Saying it was very awkward.  Using it, more so.  
It felt like I was giving up myself to become a wife.  
But, gradually, slowly, and unconsciously, BEING a wife became natural. 
Second nature.  I forgot about the I and the ME and corny as it sounds, everything became a WE and a thinking about us collectively and more selflessly about my husband.  Not to say I didn't before, but something was different inside of me.  And I think the only way that comes is over time.  
You can't pinpoint a moment in which it happened.  But it does.  
(Side note:  we've been married 3 yrs now).  
And I notice it in my friends too.  
You see a subtle change in everyone after about a year.  
You can see the difference of "married love".  I think it's why they call it the "honeymoon stage".  Besides all the endorphins and adrenaline from getting married, when everything settles in a bit, that feeling comes from knowing that you have this partner that holds your heart.  
And you realize that you hold his too.  
From the other side, I think that many husbands feel the change much sooner after the actual marriage than the wives do.  I'm convinced it has to do with the fact that men often do put themselves first and foremost when they are single, pursuing their careers and their dreams.  Then, once they get married, they become less selfish and more comfortable about being responsible for someone else's well-being, support system, and emotions. 
Oy vay - just a generalization and I wrote such a book.  
But it's just my very very humble opinion based on my observations."

What do YOU think if you are married? 
I'd love to hear different viewpoints, opinions, and stories!


Beach Bound Bride