Our Wedding Pictures!!!

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First and foremost, Nikki and I would like to thank each and every one of you for being a very special part of our wedding. Whether you read our blog posts leading up to, or were there on the day of, we truly thank you for your support.

Second, we’d like to apologize for the delay on posting content after our “BIG DAY.” The plan was to post our wedding photos soon after we received them but it didn’t happen. In fact, we tried to bundle all the images into a blog post months ago but the technology available did not make it easy to post nearly 1,000 photos on our blog. At that point, Nikki and I agreed that maybe we shouldn’t post pictures and we shouldn’t bother cluttering your news feed with more wedding news.

Today of all days, I felt that it was necessary to complete our digital love story and finally share our special day with you.

We hope that you enjoy all of the pictures taken by Studio Castillero, and please feel free to save, share and leave us comments.

Thanks for reading!
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Highlight Reel #OzandNik2012

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Hey guys! It’s definitely been a while since our last post… I guess you can say that we’ve just been enjoying life and each other since the wedding. But we write bearing great news. We finally received our wedding highlight reel!!! The footage came out great, and the final product was definitely worth the wait. We also have a longer format video of all the important moments, but this is just a teaser clip of all the fun. We hope you enjoy.

june 5th

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It’s been a minute since our last post, and boy have we been busy! Wedding day is upon us! 19 days to be exact. I can’t believe it’s already been 1 year to date that I said “yes!” We apologize for not keeping you all up to date on our blog, but at the same time, we want the last few details of the wedding to be a surprise🙂 But all wedding things aside, I wanted to share something…(for you bubbs)

Today is my favorite holiday (second to Christmas…and even better than my own birthday)! It’s our 11-year anniversary. Happy Anniversary to us!

To my heart…

Thank you for being the man that you are today. 11 years later, and I am still whole-heartedly in love with you. Over the years, we have both grown in ourselves and with each other, and I feel absolutely blessed that we can still hold hands and walk together in this lifetime. We’ve had our ups and downs, and at the end of the day, we are still 11 years strong. If ever soul mates existed, I thank God that you are mine. Everyday you still inspire me to be a better person. Thank you for being more humble and less selfish than I…thank you for your kindness, and for your prayer. I love that you are a God-fearing man who always thinks of others before yourself. With that said, you are the most considerate and generous person I know, and you deserve every good thing in this world! I could not ask for an ounce more of happiness with you, and I thank you for always meeting me half way.

Our life together, however imperfect, is perfect in every way. I love that I can’t wait to see you after work, and I love that even then, all I want to do is greet you at the door and breathe you in, and ask you how your day was. I love that you wake up way too early in the morning and think about what you’re going to do that day, never wanting to miss a beat (or even nap, in fear that you will lol). I love that you always pray, and tell me to “shhh” if you’re in the middle of it. I love our wrestle and playtime when I “accidentally” gouge your skin and I can always get away with it😛 lol. I love hitting your head with a water bottle and hearing the sound it makes LOL. I love snuggling. I love your smell. I absolutely LOVE our laughs!

I just love you. With all my heart! I want to scream from the top of my lungs for the whole world to know, and I want to sing all the cheesiest and greatest love songs ever made in the car. That’s all there is to it. There’s no defining it, no judging it. Just plain & simple, like you and I. I love you.

Today, I’m thanking our higher power for you.

And just like I said, I now want to sing and dance! let’s all click below and sing😉

cameras & kisses

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One of the best wedding decisions we’ve made so far? Choosing Studio Castillero as our photographers! Not only did we LOVE the way our pictures turned out, but we had a fantastic time shooting with the ever so awesome duo, Rachel and Rico Castillero. We had the opportunity to meet the pair a month ago, and they were absolutely the most down-to-earth, cool couple. We met them at their lovely home and hashed it up from the second we walked through the door. We couldn’t have asked for a better duo to capture our relationship through photo.

Our engagement shoot was done in San Diego at a state park recommended by lovely Rachel. We had communicated to her prior to the shoot that we wanted a natural setting, nothing too loud…nothing that would distract the eye, but rather capture US. And boy she did not disappoint! She found the perfect little location, the sun was setting, I loved my dress (lol)..it was perfect. We thought at first it might be awkward. You know…take our picture? pose? Uhhh…awkward?! lol But that wasn’t the case with these two at all! We felt completely comfortable in front of the camera…they made us laugh, a lot. And we kissed…a lot (sorry Rachel & Rico…lol). Thanks again for a lovely time…and without further ado, some of our favorites🙂

recycle & reUse

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I must, I must, I MUST internet blast the wonderful world of The Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUSe. For anyone who loves to craft, go there now! I walked into this place and I was immediately obsessed. The Depot is just what it sounds like…any and everything you can think of that might be thought of as junk, can be re-used, and it WILL be found in this place. Anything from old pen caps, to buttons, to old sewing patterns, and bottle caps, etc. The store recycles random materials for the creators re-invention. Super eco-friendly. Not only can you find the most random materials for sale, but you end up paying little to nothing for any project imaginable. We came here to look for vintage materials to use for wedding decor, and I will admit that I was a bit distracted. With that said, I did find what I was looking for, and I will be back in the future to rummage through all their riches🙂

a “painting party”

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Still playing “catch up” with these blogs! Back in January, both Oz and I had a week off from work to get a head start on some of our handmade projects. We both knew we couldn’t do it alone, so we conjured up a bunch of our friends and family to join in on the action and called it a “painting party!” God only knows what they got themselves into, LOL. We had a little sweatshop going in my parents front yard😉 Everything from sanding, to breaking windows/glass, to painting, then sanding again…you name it, we did it. While we didn’t get to finish everything all in one day, we definitely made progress. And we couldn’t have done it without the best team in the world…check out some of the day’s events.

no ones hard work goes un-noticed…we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you guys….

Mom, thanks for feeding the hungry and tired
Dad, thanks for supervising and getting your hands dirty too
Leroi, thanks working magic with the chicken wire
Thuy, thanks for painting and telling me everything looks cute! lol
Camille, thanks for literally getting down in the grass and helping with EVERYTHING!
Kristoffer, thanks for doing everything I say lol
Sherry, thanks for always being down for whatever
Jennie, thanks for wanting to be creative with me all the time
Dustin, thanks for sanding all the doors despite a broken arm =/
Jessica, thanks for helping us paint even in ur cute clothes lol
Ryan, thanks for snapping some pics and the home depot run
thanks to everyone who helped behind the scenes so far!

to my bubbs…thanks for being you, and for allowing us to have our dream wedding🙂

save the date

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It’s not anything new that I love to craft. This is also a late blog, but posting it anyway. If you can remember back, we asked our bridesmaids and groomsmen to be a part of our wedding party by taking pictures and sending them as postcards. To be consistent, this is also what we planned to do for our ‘save-the-dates’. In fact, we originally took pictures at our neighborhood park and had them edited and ready to go for printing. I’m still kind of getting the hang of playing around with photoshop, but I tried my hand at creating something that incorporated our fun pictures. I tried a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but ended up creating something completely different and fell in love. Did we use any of our pictures? Nope. But I love the outcome anyway. This is what we came up with, and this is what our loved ones received in the mail. Enjoy!

Oh, and just for fun…check out some of the pictures we didn’t get to use, but adore anyway. Maybe we’ll hang them up in our hallway, our bathroom…we’ll make good use of them, I’m sure!