Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Post hair and pre makeup
|Work in progress|
|Adding the finishing touches|
|Mother and daughter|
|Bride with Chantelle (BM) and Vanessa (MOH)|
After an extensive session of family photos, it was time to head to Holy Family Catholic Church for our wedding ceremony.
Sometime between 12 and 1pm: My dad and I had to get into our 1962 white Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. It was a production to get me into the car with my dress. It was not the most comfortable task, but it was worth the struggle.
2:00pm: The ceremony began and walking down the aisle with my dad was surreal and gone in a blink of an eye. While walking down the aisle with my dad, I remember seeing familiar faces, but excited to be able to see my groom at the altar. Once I was able to see him, he was the only person I could lay eyes on.
The ceremony itself was wonderful and unforgettable. Father Nagel, Lauren (our jr. bm and cantor), LJ (first lector), Chantelle (second lector), Kelly (third lector), and the presence of the rest of our wedding party, family, and friends, made out ceremony better than what we could have ever asked for.
Around 3pm: Mike and I got into our Rolls-Royce to head to Sahalee Country Club. While Mike and I and the wedding party were having picture taken, our guests enjoyed cocktail hour. For cocktail hour, there was wine, beer, and Caipirinhas. Caipirinha was our signature drink, our favorite cocktail, which our guests enjoyed to the fullest and some were victims of their ninja effects (silent, but deadly).
Sometime around 5pm: It was interesting to see how roles had switched. After having planned our wedding for more than a year, I magically, did not care about the little details anymore. the only thing that mattered to me was that it was our wedding day and regardless of whether all the little details would be perfect or not, it was the happiest day of my life because I wad marrying my best friend. At that moment, no program, no cake, no centerpiece would take away from the perfection and the meaning of our wedding.
Surprisingly, Mike would be the one concerned about the little details and addressing them with our wedding planner.
Mike and I made our grand entrance to the reception. I had never been the focus of so many people and felt privileged to see that so many people who care about us where there to share with us, the most important day of our lives supporting "us".
When we sat down at our sweetheart table, we thought the decoration arranged by Janel was perfect! Merchant Designs, AA Party Rentals, Anna's Flowers, and BBJ Linen did an excellent job and it would not have looked as perfect without Janel.
As any other traditional wedding, we had a first dance (By your side - Sade), father and daughter dance (Daddy's Little Angel), son and mother dance (Para tu amor - Juanes), cake cutting (The Way You Are - Bruno Mars), bouquet (Put a Ring on It - Beyonce) and garter toss (Bottoms - Pussycat Dolls). Our DJ, Braden Landon was AMAZING! Without knowing the Latin music genre, he mastered it. Our Spanish-speaking guests complimented his natural talent. We had so much fun partying it up.
Our wonderful and tasty cake by Creme de la Creme had 2 flavors: Red Velvet cake (Bride's favorite) and Dark and White Chocolate Raspberry gateau - The Bottom And Top Layers Are White Cake, Filled With Belgian Dark Chocolate Mousse. Middle Layer Of Chocolate Cake And Belgian White Chocolate Mousse Sprinkled With Raspberries. The cake was so good that some of our guests HAD to try both flavors or have seconds. Mike and I were thrilled that all our guests enjoyed the cake.
11:00pm: Our last dance (At Last - Beyonce) had unfortunately come very fast.
11:30pm: We were saying goodbye to all our family and friends, who came from Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Canada, California, and Oregon, for our wedding.
12:00am: We arrived to our hotel suite
In perspective: There are little details that come to the wedding day, are not perfect. There will be something that goes wrong or not as planned. However, in my experience, those little mistakes that only people who are involved in the wedding planning notice, do not matter. The only thing that matters or the only thing the bride and groom focus on, on the day of your wedding, is the overwhelming feeling of love for each other and joy.
Special thanks for all our family and friends who sincerely support us on our step of our evolution as individuals and as a couple.
Thank you to all our vendors and Janel for putting up with me :)
***Thanks to our wedding party, specially to Vanessa, Chantelle, and Ann for being there ;). Thanks for sharing my joy and frustrations with me. I love you girls very much!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
"She would be prettier if she were thinner" is the phrase I have been hearing throughout my life, specially when I lived in Peru.
If your question is why I care so much to post about this is because the adversiting industry has shaped how our society feels and reacts toward body image and what society perceives as beautiful or ideal. Having been exposed to the Latin American (Peruvian) and American culture, I can say that the Latin American culture holds appearance to a higher regard than the American culture.
Even if we do not agree with society's view about beauty, as social beings, all we look for is: To Be Liked, To Be Right, and To Be Like Others. Even if we want to break the cycle, how far would you be willing to go? Would you be willing to give up shaving, tanning, getting your hair done, getting a hair cut, buying fashionable clothes, or watching your weight/start eating whatever you want whenever you want?
Some of you might know how difficult it has been for me to lose weight throughout the years or know from experience how hard it is to shed the unwanted pounds. Some of you might have been witnesses to different versions of me, I have been everything from 117 - 165 lbs.
Since we got engaged, I was determined to lose weight. Like most brides, I want to look my best for myself and for our wedding photos. So, I began my weight loss regimen on Jan. 1st, 2011 with the goal to reach of at least 120 lbs., which has been my goal weight for at least 4 years.
I am proud to say that today, July 16th, 2011, I have reached my goal. It was not easy, specially having my coworkers bring doughnuts and fanning the box at my desk and not having any! But, I was able to do it with my fiance's support and for those who are wondering how I did it....Nutrisystem. Now, the new goal is to maintain the weight.
Thank you for all your love and support.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
So far, we have accomplished:
Reserving the venue
Found a Catholic church and priest willing to marry us!!!
Have a great planner
Have an awesome photographer
Have the DJ
Have the florist
Have the musicians
Have makeup artist for hair and makeup
Got the wedding dress
Ordered the veil and headpiece
Got THE shoes
Ordered all bridesmaid dresses
Ordered jr. bridesmaid dresses
Got the wedding bands
Purchased bridesmaid gifts
Invitations ordered and received
Mother of the bride dress ordered
Hotel block and bridal suites reserved
Engagement picture session done
Scheduled hair and make-up trial
Scheduled 1st wedding dress fitting
Lost 17 pounds
Music for cocktail hour
Signature drink selected
Honeymoon to Tahiti booked!!!!!!!
Cake tasting, choosing, and ordering
Get another dress for a mom
Choose the flower girl dress
Choose and order jr. bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts
Gather list of music for wedding and meeting with DJ
Plan and hold rehearsal
Music for dinner
Nonetheless, I am extremely excited about our wedding day, all the intricate detail planning and energy that has and will go into the planning of our most unforgettable day. Most importantly, I am looking forward to the most special and important moment during our great day when I will marry my wonderful fiance.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
10. Bride Wars
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
|Badgley Mischka, Humbie II |
Nice, but poor quality for the price
|RSVP, Carol |
Did not like the flowers
|RSVP, Lovely |
Nice, but hard and the quality not very high
|Jimmy Choo, Crown|
Great looking, but $$$. I will need to try them on once again to make sure I am not taller than groom
|Enzo Angiolini, Sully|
Extremely similar to the Badgley Mischka shoes, more affordable and much higher quality.
However, I am taller than the groom.
Jimmy Choo, Clue
To try on, but $$$
I am excited to read what you guys think about these shoes and any recommendations that you might have.