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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In memory...

Yesterday we said our final goodbye to Steven's beloved grandmother, Josephine Cortez. A beautiful, soft-spoken, deeply faithful woman who was surrounded by love up until her final minutes. I had the honor of spending time with her over the course of my 6+ year relationship with her (self-proclaimed) favorite grandson, Steven, and I feel incredibly blessed to have been in her presence. Always warm, always smiling, always praying. I can't help but feel grateful for the huge role she played in Steven's life and that he was able to spend so much time with her. I know she'll hold a special place in his heart that I hope one day can be shared with our children.

Thank you for your patience this past week as I was a bit slower in responding to emails and messages. And a huge thank you to everyone who sent prayers and condolences our way. They truly did not go unnoticed. xoxo

Visiting Grandma a few months ago, he gave her lots and lots of hugs and kisses. And she enjoyed every second of it. :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just talkin' : My Wedding

Hey party people! I know it's been a while since my last post (14 days, but who's counting?) and I have to be honest, I've been consumed by our wedding! I've been waiting for this to happen. I have been nothing but relaxed most of our 20-month engagement, getting things done slowly, telling myself I had lots of time, blah blah blah. Well, it has all finally caught up to me and let's just say I've been knocking things out like a mad woman. With invitation mailing dates, engagement shoot locations/outfits, dress fittings (and frequent gym visits so it fits), all looming over my head, it's been quite a busy time.

On top of all that, this week I unfortunately caught that ugly flu bug that's been going around and I sound like a croaking frog at best, plus my body feels like I'm 93 years old. I apologize if it's taken me a little longer to respond to emails this week and I really thank you for your patience. I blame the flu!

Since I have a lot to catch up on, here are 2 sites that I have found super helpful and fun over the course of planning our wedding. I was planning on sharing my vendors with reviews thus far, but I figured it'd be more helpful to save those until after the wedding when our work and communication is complete. Hopefully I can help at least one future bride out there who hasn't already heard of these fantastic sites that can literally change your planning experience, not to mention help you achieve beautiful things even if you don't consider yourself creative. - If you're engaged and you haven't heard of the knot, you may have been living under a rock. But thankfully, I'm here to help you out! This site is very resourceful giving brides ideas from elegant to funky, local locations to destination locations, formal to casual, the list goes on and on. It also provides you with a custom wedding checklist, a budget tracker, and can manage your guest list. Anything and everything involved in weddings is right here in this fantastic site and I promise you'll spend a few hours your first visit just browsing and browsing the beautiful eye candy.

But what's even better than all the ideas and inspiration this site provides, and is often overlooked, is theknot's message boards. Early on in our engagement, I discovered the boards and was intimidated because I had never participated in online forums before and I wasn't sure how it all worked. Let me just say, I wish I had jumped in sooner! This is theknot's biggest resource - other brides! On the boards, several other brides (or knotties) are trying to plan a wedding just like you and everyone is very helpful and open. Whether you need ideas, help on a DIY project, a review on a vendor, you name it, these ladies are all there for the same reason - to create the most beautiful event for one of the most important days of their life. I haven't been on in a while because of the packed schedule but I do know that if I need help, I can go there and the ladies are fabulous! - Etsy is a place where you can buy and sell handmade goods, vintage items, crafting supplies, all things unique! If you're a bride that's tired of seeing the same garters or the same "bridal" jewelry, or you want to add a little flair to your wedding day look, etsy is your answer! This site is so well made and simple. You can search by category, color, price, location, etc. And everything is unique and handmade.

1. Hair Flower, beetleandbloom, $18
2. Rosewater Earrings, BijouxOdalisque, $160
3. Ruffle Bolero, englishdept, $185

A lot of the sellers even offer custom orders if you have something in mind that you don't see. And the best part of it all is that everything is so affordable! A veil I tried on in the bridal salon was about $350 and I found one on etsy that was more beautiful and custom for half the price! Need I say more?

Happy Thursday! Get a flu shot or something!