Archive | July, 2011

Bride World Expo

31 Jul

Today Nikki and I attended our first bridal expo. She thought it would be a good idea for me to tag along and I agreed. There were about 180 vendors total; everything from catering businesses to bridal couture. Since we’ve done a lot of research on our own, we found ourselves skipping quite a few of the vendor booths to spend more time at the places where we still had lots of questions. We spent the most time among florists, wedding gown vendors and unique photography booths (we had our share of food samples too). In all, we thought that the expo was both useful and fun and would definitely recommend both bride and groom attend while in the planning phase for The “Big Day.”

Ps. This was also our first time blogging from a cell phone.

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craven’s estate

25 Jul

We visited the Craven’s Estate in Pasadena and not only is the location beautiful, but the neighborhood surrounding the estate is gorgeous! Definitely, a hidden gem in this quiet neighborhood. The estate itself can be used for smaller, intimate weddings indoors, and larger weddings outdoors. It has several medium-sized rooms, which can accommodate about less than 100 people/seated in each room. Outdoors, the lot accommodates about 250 people/seated. As a whole, the estate is very versatile, which we loved. It’s definitely a blank canvas, worth considering as one of our options!

marvimon and smogshoppe

23 Jul

So the official hunt for a wedding venue has already begun! It’s only been a month and a half, but we’ve already visited several possible venues, and although we have “the one” in mind, we want to keep our final decision a surprise until it’s “finalized.” ūüėČ

One of things we decided early on was that we are not a traditional couple, and we want to be a little different, keeping budget-friendly venues in mind. With that said, I still want something very romantic and vintage-inspired, while Ozzie likes a little bit of a modern and urban swing. Can it be done? Yes, it can! Anything is possible, and I think we did a good job with our venue-hunt. So we will be posting several of the sites we’ve already visited, and will also keep you updated on our final decision!

The Marvimon and Smogshoppe

We LOVED these two sister venues, which are perfectly set in the heart of Los Angeles. We were lucky enough to visit both during wedding rehearsals, and¬†the venues really speak for themselves. While these two venues don’t quite fit into a “low-budget” wedding category, it is not too out-of-this world either. You wouldn’t have to do much decorating, and they are both very urban, vintage, and eco-friendly. I loved all the little details from the brick walls, to the potted succulents (I’m a sucker for succulents!), and old wooden tables, which are provided by the venue. The venue is very reminiscent of an intimate family gathering or a fun cocktail party with all your closest friends.¬†Marvimon accommodates about 120 guests/seated, while Smogshoppe is a little bigger and can accommodate 175¬†guests/seated. Not sure if that fits our guestlist of about 225, but you never know. Nonetheless, these venues are so fun and unique! Let us know what you think!

Marvimon

Smogshoppe

Will You Marry Me?

11 Jul

So I bet you’re wondering how I popped the question. Well here’s the story…

Last year, Nikki and I celebrated our 9-year anniversary in Italy. Nikki has taken a few international trips with friends but this was my first BIG trip across the globe. We experienced all that Italy had to offer and overall had the time of our lives. But as perfect as our vacation was, something was missing. It seemed as if this big trip was just calling my name for THE BIG PROPOSAL. Italy was not a cheap trip and I wasn’t in a financial position to afford both the trip and an engagement ring.

After our return from Italy, I spent the next year researching engagement rings. I had a good idea of what I wanted but I didn’t find anything that I liked. I found a couple of rings that I thought to be decent but those turned out to have a price tag that was beyond my reach. ::#RingHuntPause::

This year, Nikki and I planned on taking a trip down to Florida to celebrate our 10-year¬†anniversary. As soon as our trip details were solidified, I resumed my hunt for the perfect engagement ring. ::#RingHuntResume:: I’d heard of this place in Downtown LA called Icing on the Ring. This place comes highly recommended from friends and YELP so I decided to check it out. Side Note: At times I can be highly indecisive. I walked into the store and was greeted by the owners daughter Ani. I told her that I had a good idea of what I was looking for and began browsing their selection. While I was looking, I began to give her requirements for the perfect ring so she could help me find what I was looking for. But before I was able to finish explaining what I was looking for, I saw it…the most beautiful ring that I’d seen in my year long search. I asked could I see the ring and she gladly removed it from the display case. While I admired the ring, she offered to show me others, but at this point I was sold and refused her offers to explore other options. I then sat down with her to pick the perfect center stone. I normally have trouble making these types of big decisions but on this day, I couldn’t have been more sure that this was the perfect ring for my wife-to-be.

So then comes our vacation. We spent the first half of our week in Orlando at Walt Disney World and the second half relaxing on South Beach, Miami. Disney World overall was amazing and everything about Miami was beautiful. We planned to spend our actual anniversary in Miami so I called a month in advance to make reservations at the best Italian Restaurant in South Beach called Casa Tua.

I figured since I wasn’t able to pop the question last year in Italy, I would try the next best thing this year. I requested to sit outside on the private outdoor patio (which by the way was gorgeous) where Nikki discovered¬†a table covered with rose petals waiting for our arrival.

We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and enjoyed some tantalizing Italian cuisine. Nikki even swore it was the best meal she had ever had. Well just¬†when she thought the night couldn’t get any better I asked her…

“So what did you get me?” She replied with, “Nothing! I helped pay for our trip.” I followed with, “Well, I got you a little something. Close your eyes…”

I grabbed the ring from my jacket pocket and got down on one knee. I grabbed her left hand and said something along the lines of, “Babe, this has been a wonderful 10 years with you. I love you with all my heart and I want to spend the rest of my life with you and I hope you want to spend the rest of yours with me. You can open your eyes. Nikki Dejesa, I want to know “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” Nodding her head, while in tears she replied, “Yes!”

our love journey, our blog…

5 Jul
Today marks exactly ONE month since we’ve been engaged, so how perfect to have today be our first blog entry. Yay! I’m so excited to share this time in our lives with everyone. It’s been a¬†short and AMAZING 10 years since we’ve been together. And since I can’t shout it at the top of my lungs to the world, what better way to continue to share, than to BLOG! This is Nikki, by the way ūüôā

I’m soo¬†elated and blessed to be marrying my best friend, and really the man of my dreams…he’s such a hottie! =P Every girl says they’ve planned their dream wedding since they were a little girl, and I swear I thought I had this wedding planned out since before we even graduated high school lol. I have the wedding magazines to prove it! I loved the anticipation¬†of waiting to get engaged and¬†I dreamed it would happen soon. Now one month into our engagement, I¬†suddenly find myself saying “what do we do next?” A LOT. Really?! My dream came true, and now I’m almost clueless? what the?! lol. Well it’s time to do some real planning now. And it’s going to be so much fun (and I’m sure a little stressful at times).

That’s where this blog comes in. Ozzie and I¬†both like to¬†think that we are¬†a pretty creative twosome,¬†and we have so many fun ideas for our wedding! We wanna share everything from the decisions, the venue-hunting, the fabulous vintage finds, the DIY-wedding projects, and the collaboration amongst our friends and family whom help us create this special day. We hope you enjoy our journey ūüôā