Archive | April, 2012

cameras & kisses

10 Apr

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 🙂

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recycle & reUse

2 Apr

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”

2 Apr

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

2 Apr

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!