Recap: Unforgettable that’s what you are…

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I know I have been a terrible blogger lately but please excuse my absence. I’ve been very busy with school and with getting over a cold that lasted more than a month. I promise that next year will be full of more post and inspiration.
Until then here is one more pictures from our wedding:

Recap: The Younger Side of Our Wedding…

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Remember the ring pillow that I talked about here well this is how it looks with our handsome ringbearer. This is my little cousin/godson that volunteer to be the ringbearer when he heard we were getting married. Doesn’t my little man look absolutely handsome?

The flower girls consisted of my hubby’s nieces and aunt’s daughter. Two of our little flower girls were 2 years old and the youngest one was 1.
This is a close up of our flower girl dresses and the flower baskets that I made and I shared with you here. The girls walked down the aisle with the flower baskets in hand without really destroying the baskets or the flowers which was really amazing.

Our ringbearer attempting to get one of my hubby’s niece back to her seat.

My bridesmaids did try to keep the situation under control by distracting the other flower girl with coloring books and candy.

Just one more flower girl photo.

How was the younger side of your wedding?

Where to Begin?


As I previously mentioned here my best friend/moh is engaged and I was speaking to her about all that will be coming her way I began to think of what good advice I could give her so that things don’t seem so overwhelming. I soon realized that if someone would have given me some advice about the process then I would have saved myself a lot of time trying to figure them out. So here is the knowledge that I gave her or somewhat what I call a road map of where to begin the planning process.

1. Create an email account strictly for the wedding. (This helped me stay organized when I needed to refer back to something a vendor said.)
2. Use search engines like Here Comes the Guide to begin to look for a venue. (This is where I found our venue and its great because you are able to find different types of venues and email them.)
3. Use a website like Wedding Wire to get yourself organized and keep things together. (Since she has an Iphone it works great because she can use their application. Oh and this way you can begin to organize your guest list and your budget. The more organized you are the less chaotic things will be. If you keep a clear head and have a way to tract things then they won’t get out of control. )
4. Begin to think about your budget and set a realistic goal not what you think it should cost but what you can afford to spend. ( Just because different magazines say that the average wedding cost is $20,000 don’t be fooled and set it that high unless you can truly afford it. You don’t want to start off your marriage being in debt. Oh and be prepared to negotiate/compromise with your fiance. For those of you that are interested yes we did go over our budget by about 1% but since we paid for almost everything using our American Express card and we received 1% cash back things evened out. One of the things that helped us out was locking in a CD at 5% a year before our wedding. Don’t hesitate in negotiating with your vendors, for example we were able to get a 10% discount when we paid cash for one of our vendors. I am a firm believer that if you can’t afford to pay for it in cash then you don’t really need it. If you know someone that just got married don’t be afraid to ask them if they can either lend you some items or if they wouldn’t mind donating them to you. Debt free is the way to be!)
5. Use your resources. (What I mean by this is if you have a friend that recently got married ask them for some pointers or for some recommendations for vendors. If you have a friend that knows calligraphy let them know ahead of time that you might need their help. If your friend is a photographer ask them for their skills, a discount, or some tips in finding your wedding photographer. If your great aunt bakes amazing cakes well guess what let her know you’re engaged and that instead of a gift you would like a cake. Things of this sort will help you out later when you truly need these individuals. Odds are if you let people know ahead of time they might actually be inclined to help you out.)
6. Pick a theme and what is important to you. (Our wedding was mainly about food and sweets. Once we realized what we wanted it was easy to find a venue and everything else seemed to flow from there. One of my cousins wedding was mainly party based so they opted for a huge hall where they could have a band, a mariachi and a dj.)
7. Choose your bridal party carefully. (You shouldn’t just pick your best friends to be part of your bridal party but individuals who you know won’t add to your stress level. I’m so thankful to all my bridal party because they were simply amazing. Think about it if you pick some of your friends who you know are always late, “flakers”, or simply irresponsible what are the odds they are going to change their personalities just for your wedding. You don’t want to be stressed on the most important day of your life. If you don’t want to exclude a particular friend but know that they have some skill then give them a special assignment.)
8. Have fun and remember its your wedding and no one else’s. (This is your wedding you’re planning and everyone is going to want to give you their two cents but the good thing is that you don’t have to listen to them. If you’re family can afford to and offers to pay for it tell them that things have to be done your way otherwise figure out a way to pay for it yourself. Enjoy yourself and the time you have planning it. Have fun and try not to stress out so much. If you’re feeling overwhelmed take a break away from the planning process.)
9. Plan early. (The sooner you begin the less stress you’ll have trying to finish everything. Time passes by fast so as you’re attempting to enjoy everything start early. I found our venue a year before we booked it and I kept in constant contact with the management theme making sure our date was opened.)
10. Weddings are one day but marriage is forever. (Just keep this in mind as you’re planning and maybe you’ll save yourself some fights.)
Well ladies this is my list but by no means is this the only advice I will be giving my moh. Please feel free to let me know what I have left out or any other words of wisdom I should pass along to her.

Recap: On this day…

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Since its Veterans Day and everyone is giving thanks to all the men and women that have given so much for our country I would like to do the same. As you can recall from here and here we set our wedding date upon the return of my cousin from his tour in Iraq. I’m so glad we waited for him to come home because it wouldn’t have been the same without him there. He is so cute the day after the wedding he came up to me and said that when he saw me come down the aisle he shed a tear. Our family is so close and tight knit that he is more like a brother than a cousin. On this day I would like to commend my cousin Sgt R. for doing something that I would never be able to do.

These are my cousins who are more like my brothers. I love this photo of us.

This is my cousin as we are greeting everyone outside the church.

My cousin and my friend walking down the aisle.
To all the men and women who have served and will serve over seas I want to say thank you for all your hard work and your sacrifices.

Recap: Guess what…?

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My best friend and maid of honor just got engaged. Yay! I’m so excited. What does this mean to you guys well more wedding inspirations coming soon. I’m so happy for her fiance and her that I just couldn’t help but share the news with you guys. Once we start the planning process I will glady share with you guys the details of that wedding.

I met my MOH about 10 years ago at a Disney orientation and we have been inseparable ever since. When they say dreams can come true at Disney they really do mean it. Well, I think I might a tad bias since I met my husband and one of my best friends there.
I don’t know yet if I will be her MOH since she hasn’t asked me officially yet so I won’t jump the gun but whatever position I am needed in I will gladly help her out. She did such an amazing job helping me out that I just can’t wait to repay the favor. I seriously feel like I was the one proposed to because I am extremely happy for her.
She was such a great help during my wedding especially when it came to doing all the bustles on my dress.

Here is one of my favorite photos of her and I during my wedding. This photo makes me really happy and I love it. My MOH was and is more like a sister than a friend because in the past ten years we have gone through a lot together.

Congrats to the newly engaged couple!

Recap: Oh Mama…

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The day of our wedding my mom and my mother-in-law went bright and early to get all dolled up. My mom looked great when she came back but once she began to help me finish up clean up the apartment she began to sweat. By the time I came back from the salon her makeup was ruined. I told her not all was lost because I could fix it and as I attempted to do that our photographer came into our apartment. One of the things I learned on our wedding day was how important it really was to get a great makeup artist. My mom’s makeup wasn’t the only one messed up and I’m really glad I choose the right stylist/makeup artist.

This photo is of my mom and I as she is giving me her blessing before we left the apartment.

Both of my parents were extremely helpful on the day of the wedding and I would love to thank them.

This is a photo of my mom and I right before I walked down the aisle. She needed to make sure I looked great.

I love this photo of my mom and I because I am never able to catch her with her real smile. When I took my mom and mother-in-law shopping for there dresses my mom saw hers and fell in love with it. Her favorite color is burgundy and there was no way of changing her mind.

All photos taken by Studio 7 Photography

I love all these photos of my mom and I am grateful to our photographers for doing such a great job.

Recap: Ode to my Father…

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On the day of our wedding my father was such a great helper and I just want to thank him for all his hard work.

I woke up on our wedding day with a cold which is not the greatest position to be in on that day. My mom and mother-in-law where out getting dolled up and I still needed to finish up some last minute details. I began to clean the flowers for the bouquets on my own as my father walks in and asks how he can help me. I told him that I was fine and didn’t need any help but he refused to listen. Before I knew it he had finished cleaning the flowers and was asking for more tasks. I asked him if he could help me out with the bouquets and he agreed. Let me just tell you that my dad is not the type of father that does those kinds of things and that’s what makes it amazing. I loved being able to work alongside my father on my wedding day. We both didn’t really say much while we were workingbut I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better start to my day. There was such a calm in the air and the rose fragrance just added to the perfect father daughter moment. At that point I wasn’t a bride but merely his little girl needing help arranging flowers. Let me just tell you that I didn’t really get too emotional the day of the wedding as I did at that precise moment. I don’t know if he realized how much it meant to me or if he felt the same way about it but what I do know is that my father the one who says he can’t express emotion gave me more that day than any I love you’s can ever say.

As the day progressed and with the bouquets finished I realized that my father on my wedding day was not the Latino chauvinist macho male who always had it under control and never cried but a sensitive, sweet man that was giving away his little girl at the alter. When it came time to place my hands in my now hubby’s hands my daddy shed a tear.

This is a photo of my dad getting ready for the wedding. My goddaughter Julissa is helping him put on his tie.
My father is telling me he wants 3 grandchildren as he is giving me his blessing before we leave the apartment.
Its almost show time.

My daddy giving me away to the love of my life. I love this photo.

{All photos were taken by Studio 7 Photography.}

Recap: Only if the Price is Right…

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I just wanted to share with you that I just saw the mariachi we hired for our wedding play during the show case of the Price is Right. I guess they really are that good. If anyone is still looking for one you should really look into getting Mariachi Espuelas de Mexico. Here is the review I wrote for them.

{All photos Studio 7 Photography}

Have you found out that one of your vendors has participated in something different after you hired them?

I Love the L.A. Times…Free Announcement!!

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I love to read the L.A. Times but today as I happened to scroll down I saw something that caught my attention.

“For a limited time, place a free wedding, engagement or commitment
announcement in the new Together section.”

Are you serious free announcement? Of course I had to look into this right away and it’s true I created a basic wedding announcement for FREE. You ladies need to run not walk over there and put in your announcement. The deal ends on November 30th and it usually cost $195.

I decided to use this as a way to further thank our guest for being part of our wedding. I have also decided not to share this great find with they hubby until it comes out on print since he is avid L.A. Times reader I think he might get a kick out of it.

Go here to see what I’m talking about.

Oh and let me know if you placed your announcement too.

Recap: Where’s the Cake?

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Remember these? As I mentioned here the hubby and I met at Disneyland and since I worked there for almost 10 years I decided that we needed something to represent that part of our lives. I didn’t want things to be too Disney like so I went with something simple and plain.

Once we had a topper we had to decide what we were going to put it on. Since we had our reception at the Cheesecake Factory it was only fitting that we have cheesecake for our dessert instead of cake. We opted to have 1 Godiva Cheesecake, 3 Fresh Tiramisu Cheesecakes, 3 Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake, and 35 individual size Fresh Strawberry Cheesecakes. I’m telling you I was completely in heaven with all the cheesecake too bad that I wasn’t hungry to enjoy them all.

Thanks to my MOH I was able to actually go to Disneyland and purchase a porcelain piece.

So what do you think of my cake topper? Did you have wedding cake or something different?