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!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wedding Pics: The First Look

For a long time, it has been tradition, 
that the groom must not see the bride before the wedding.
In modern times, I hardly know a single bride 
that DIDN'T see the groom before.

"The First Look" is touted as a time 
that the couple can share alone before the wedding begins.
Often, a sentimental and sweet photo session 
takes place if you opt for "the first look".

In our case, I was very happy we did these shots 
since our families HIJACKED, and YES, 
I do mean hijacked in all caps, 
our "after ceremony" photo time.
More on that later...

. . .

In Hawaiian tradition, the bride always gives the groom the first lei.
It's said that giving the groom the maile lei showed him and everyone
that this wahine (girl) wanted his hand in marriage...

* I left out "The Kiss" here... there are still somethings a little private ;)

This alone time, before the ceremony started, 
was really the only time we had to ourselves 
until much past midnight...

and some of the only portraits we got together...

This is one of my favorite photos...

but knowing what I know about photography now (which isn't much)
I would have expected the photographer 
to fix a few obvious blunders in the scene...

. . .

Overall, my advice is to go ahead and do "the first look" 
if your time and photographer allows.
Without it, we may have never gotten any photos of just the two of us.  

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wedding Pics: Getting Ready

Geez... practically 3 years later and I will finally post some pics for Rachel! ;)
I'm such a slacker - I still have my final wedding album layout 
sitting on our counter for over 7 months.

I didn't realize I never got around to posting any wedding pics.  
So here goes Part I!
(mind you, most of these pics qualities have been resized for lower memory)

My cousin was thoughtful enough to snap a shot 
of the day's newspaper and wedding related story.

Getting my veil pinned on.

I wish the photographer had hung the dress over the window.
We had an amazing view of the valley with floor to ceiling windows. 

***BRIDE TIP:  Despite everything I read about NOT giving photogs a "must take list", 
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do.  If I hadn't instructed for a few detail shots, I
 would not have got them.  This dress shot was just one of a few disappointments 
from lack of a list and trying not to be controlling.

I had read that a signature wedding perfume scent would be a great reminder
for the hubby.  The idea is that when you wear it, he will always relate the 
scent to our wedding day.  I think it worked (though Chloe became my daily perfume).

I couldn't afford Louboutins in the budget, but I did score these
sparkly Manolos for a good discount!  Again, I was disappointed by
the lack of creativity with my shoe shot.  

Surprisingly enough, we had to ask the photographer to take ring shots as well.
At least these came out nice.
In case you're wondering:

Hubby's Band is a Tungsten Carbide comfort fit ring. 
I originally wanted to get him THIS RING, but he ultimately 
fell in love with the one he chose (similar to THIS).

My e-ring is a 4-prong solitaire based on the Cartier 1895 Solitaire setting*.
* Cartier didn't sell Asscher stones, nor would they sell just the setting.  
So we had to go to a jeweler who did have the stone I wanted 
and could make the same setting. 

As some of you may know, I want to change my setting at some point.  
The band and setting are eternally classic, but they are much more of 
my hubby's style than my own.  Though, there are days when I love that the 
simplicity and elegance are timeless and go with anything.  

Getting ready with my girls!

Me and my MOH checking out the reception room as it's getting set up.
We didn't know the photog was behind us at first, and these 2 were some of my fave shots.

That's it for today...

More pics and posts to come!