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i’ll be the one in white

20 Feb
First off, am I really going to give you all a sneak peek of what my wedding dress looks like….? Of course NOT! lol but enjoy the blog post and some of the silly dress pictures 😛
So I have to note that this is kind of a late blog entry, only because I actually bought my wedding dress in October. Nonetheless, I’m still ecstatic about it and I have to share my ‘say-yes-to-the-dress’ story with you all.
I know that most of the time, when women get engaged, one of the first things they want to do is go look for the dress. This was actually the opposite for me. When Ozzie and I first got engaged, I tried to avoid the ‘white dress’ for as long as I could because I was always afraid that I would never find one that was perfect for me…maybe I wouldn’t look right in this, or that…or maybe the ones that I loved so much in the magazines would disappoint me…you name it, I had an excuse. Not to mention I wanted to lose a little bit of weight first. Don’t we all, ladies? I also think I was still a little in denial that I was engaged. It’s the moment we girls all wait for our whole lives, and it was my turn, and I guess I kept thinking, ‘really? I get to go try on a wedding dress?…no, it can’t be!’ Anywho, October rolls around, and I figure it’s time.

I will say that I had THE most fun with my first wedding dress experience! I brought along my mom, my sister, and my maid of honor for my first experience and we went to the most adorable little wedding dress boutique in Anaheim called Mariposa Boutique. I truly felt like a princess! First of all, my appointment was for 11am and the whole store was mine. Yup! The whole store and all the dresses at my beck and call. We met with the sales rep and she basically said to look around and I could try on any dress I wanted. So here we are…my mom, my sister, my MOH, and myself, wandering around the store picking and choosing what I should try on. So much fun! I think I tried on a total of 8 dresses, some just for fun and other ones that I loved. Potentials! The fitting area had a little wooden runway with mirrors and romantic lighting, just for me to parade around with dresses. Even the music was cute…everything was just so perfect. With all the dresses I tried on, I narrowed it down to my top 3. Two of the three dresses were very similar, but both were missing a little something. Either there was no flower on it, or the flower was too big. Something was missing. The third dress, I absolutely loved, and so did the girls. It was a very romantic, vintage lace dress with a cathedral train. It was also almost 3 times my dress budget. womp! womp! Although mom said we’d be able to do it, there was something inside me that kept telling me that this dress still might not be the one (although, it definitely was the front runner up, hands down). So we left Mariposa…no dress, but definitely not discouraged. In fact, it only made me more excited to go try on more dresses.
A couple weeks passed, and I received a postcard in the mail for the Fabulous Bridal Affair Wedding Gown Sample Sale at the Hilton in downtown Long Beach. I had the day off, so my mom and I decided to check it out. This experience was a little different. We were put in a room with hundreds of wedding dresses and other women, and it was first-come, first-serve. And you basically try on the dresses together with all the other ladies in the same room…so everybody is looking at her dress and my dress, and everyone’s dress. Not as personable of an experience, but definitely affordable and worth the look. We found a couple of dresses that I liked. But didn’t love.
It was still early when we decided to leave, so we decided to still continue my wedding gown shopping that day. We decided to check out Las Tunas drive in Temple City, which I had heard had several wedding dress shops and other miscellaneous wedding shops. We stopped by a couple boutiques, and they had beautiful designer dresses that were very affordable, including dresses by designers Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Melissa Sweet, Watters, Pronovias, etc. I think I had exhausted my wedding dress count for the day, and decided to head home, but we drove passed another little boutique called Love Boat and decided to pass by. Perfect idea!

Love Boat is a very small wedding dress boutique, but also a wedding photography studio. It’s very quaint, and we didn’t need an appointment to look around. I must’ve tried on 5 more dresses that mom and I had chosen, when the consultant finally picked one that she thought I should try on just in case. Then it happened! The moment I had been waiting and hoping I would have…my ‘say-yes-to-the-dress’ moment! Ahhh! I was in LOVE with this Watters Too dress! I literally stepped out of the dressing room, onto centerstage, all lights on me…and had THE biggest smile on my face 🙂 I was literally twirling around in this dress like a little princess, that even the consultant had a laugh at me. To make the moment even more perfect, as I was looking at myself in this wedding dress, Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be…” started playing overhead and I started crying tears of joy…this was my dress. Even mom had to wipe away a few tears (sorry mom!) lol. Sounds cheesy, but this was by far one of my favorite moments of wedding planning. After trying on probably over 20 dresses, I didn’t know if I was going to have that moment, and I did. And it was tailor-made for me. Even still, I’m feeling so smitten, and can’t wait to have Ozzie see me walking down the aisle in it for the first time 🙂

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Valentines Day

16 Feb

We’ve been busy this month and we have lots of great content to post soon for your viewing pleasure.

But first, I (Ozzie) want to share a very special Valentines day post to honor my fiance. Here it goes…

Every year for Valentines Day we plan to go out for a nice dinner and we buy one another gifts etc. I think it’s awesome that we always find the time to celebrate Valentines Day, but this year I felt the need to show Nikki that she deserved more than just one day out of the year. I always tell her how beautiful she is and how much I love her, but I’m sure even that can get stale after 10 years. To spice things up this year, I decided to ditch the traditional dozen of red roses and instead I bought her a different color rose every day this month leading up to Valentines day. I wanted her to know that I love her and acknowledge her everyday and not just on Valentines Day.

I wasn’t able to take pictures of all of the roses but I was able to snap a few without her knowing. Either way this post should come as a total surprise to her. Babe, when you read this, I want you to know that I love you 24/7 365 and that you deserve the world. I hope you had a very Happy Valentines day.

a happy new year, indeed!

7 Jan

First off, Happy New Years to ALL of our friends & family! We hope your holidays were just as joyous as ours. We got to spend a lot of time with our families during this time, and it just makes us more excited to continue on with our journey ahead. 2011 was a wonderful year…traveled to Costa Rica with great friends, conquered Disney World, beach-bummed in Miami, got engaged!, two of my best friends got hitched, and Oz got a great new job opportunity! Now we’re so excited to kick off the new year because in about six months, we will officially be a ‘Mr. & Mrs.’ That also means CRUNCH TIME, and yes, we’re already starting to feel the pressure. Again, we’re so luckily to have our family and our friends around to help us with the little bit of planning we have left to do. 2012 has already gotten a great start…

Since our last post, we were able to welcome Studio Castillero and Rainbow Fish Cinema into our family of vendors. First off, I will say that I am super excited about our photographers and their unique, editorial style of shooting. Rachel Castillero has been nothing but down-to-earth and easy to contact, and for that we are so thankful. We can’t wait to meet them, and have a fun little engagement shoot before the big day! Secondly, our cinematographers over at RainbowFish Cinema rock!  Before we got to sit down and meet with them over a cup of coffee, I did my share in research of wedding videographers. I swear I must’ve watched over 100 wedding videos during this time, and almost each one of them made me cry! This is really the reason why we wanted a unique cinematographer to capture our day…we want to remember the sounds, the emotion, the laughter, and the love that goes on on our wedding day. When I found RainbowFish Cinema, I immediately noticed their travel resume through video, and I thought ‘oh man, these guys are right up my alley…!’ One of my favorite videos of theirs, is a wedding they shot in Bali, Indonesia…so beautiful! Well after a cup of coffee, and  meeting with Mike & Kenny, we were hooked. Mike and Kenny are so down-to-earth, and made us feel so comfortable and excited about our wedding day. They reminded us that above everything else that goes on during the wedding, to remember that the day is about us and about our love for each other. We can’t wait to have these two awesome vendors capture our day! Here’s just a sneak peek of our photographers work below, which was recently featured in Style Me Pretty’s Best of Weddings of 201 1 🙂

lost & Found

7 Dec

We’re about half-way there, it’s nearing the end of 2011, AND it’s Christmas time. This has definitely been the busiest year ever, but all in the name of love! Nearing the six-month mark, we pretty much have most of our major vendors booked, and are hoping that in the next few months we will be able to focus solely on our DIY-projects. No procrastinating! As we mentioned before, we are going for a vintage-romantic look for the wedding, and we are hoping that every little piece we bring into our celebration doesn’t go unnoticed. With that said, we have been very detail-oriented as far as planning the decor. This has been the most fun so far!

We’ve been scouring thrift shops and flea markets, and have a great collection already, but for bigger pieces, we considered an alternative to buying and storing in our own home. Big couch in the dining room? No, thank you :P. That’s where Found Vintage Rentals comes in. Located in Fullerton, Found is a rental company that rents everything from vintage glass jars and crates, to old doors, to vintage wingbacks and couches for all events. However, their specialty is weddings and wedding design, and they have been featured over and over in several bridal magazines and blogs. Ozzie and I visited their warehouse a couple months ago, and I swear I wanted to move into it! Either that, or stuff everything in my pocket lol. Check out some of our iphone-ography from our visit 😉

It was very easy to make an appointment to talk about design and to take a glance at their vast collection. Ozzie and I definitely used our meeting as inspiration, and are still in the process of doing our own “finding.” When the time comes, we definitely know who to go to for extras. Here are a few photos of Found’s featured design and collection for you to drool over…

sweet november

11 Nov

A long and wonderful year of laughter, tears, and planning, turned into nothing short of a perfect wedding day at Disney! On November 6, 2011 my best friend got hitched, and it’s a bittersweet November to see it all come and go. It’s been such a blessing to be a part of this wedding, not only because Liss is my best friend, but also because I was also friends with Ray, and was able to be part of and witness their growth from the very beginning. From the moment they got engaged, it’s been a fun rollercoaster of planning. Check out some of the DIY elements of the big day, everything from the place cards, to the programs, to the fun homemade Mickey Mouse cakepops. Days like these are the best 🙂

Weeks before the wedding, here we were embossing away, and testing the Mickey Mouse cakepops 🙂

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The Day

November 6, 2011, forecast: rainy. Ahh! Getting ready early in the morning, looking out through the balcony doors at Disney’s Grand California hotel was not easy. It rained all morning! Liss and Ray’s ceremony was set to be outdoors in the Rose Court Garden of the Disney Hotel, but being Disney…there’s always a back-up plan, of course. Although Liss is a lover of the rain, this is not how she imagined her wedding day to turn out. And although almost in tears, Liss’ final decision: the show will go on outdoors. I will say it was a little fun trying to text 120 people to let them know that the ceremony would continue outdoors with the postscript: “please bring your umbrellas.” I loved Liss’ persistence and determination throughout the mornings events, and I’m so proud of her. Even in the last seconds, the poor bride was seen peeking through the hotels curtains, praying for a miracle. In the last 20 minutes before the ceremony, by a miracle of God, the rain stopped and the sun even started to peek through the clouds. I’m getting teary-eyed writing this because it was truly God shining down on Liss and Ray this day, and everything turned out so perfectly. In fact, it was more than a beautiful, crisp, & sweet November day.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Villasin! The fairy tale is yours…

Check out this fun slideshow by Ryan of VISUALPROSPECT. So cute! We might have to use you, Ry! 😉

sunday funday :)

30 Oct

Just wanted to…correction, I just HAD to post a quick blog before work about this video I found! I LOVE love stories, and I especially LOVE when they make me cry. Ozzie knows this and will roll his eyes about how many wedding/engagement videos I watch daily. But I can’t help it…my favorite emotion is the one that can make me cry and cry (happy tears, ok guys?! lol). I especially enjoy how love can bring out the creativity in someone. With that said, check out this suuuuper cute proposal video made by inFocus Cinema, for musician Jason Min’s proposal. He totally wrote this song for her, and I’m so in love with it. Enjoy!

eat, drink, be married.

13 Oct

Ahhh!! The last 2 months have been crazzzzy busy! But it’s definitely keeping us on our toes. In reference to hubby’s last post, I am absolutely blessed to have him as my backbone. He is so involved in the planning process, and it definitely helps to keep me pushing forward. Isn’t he so cute? 😛

So what’s been going on? Well in a nutshell…in the last 3 weeks, I’ve managed to celebrate Ozzie’s birthday, plan a bachelorette party, contact our wedding caterers, and begin the search for our photographer and my wedding dress! Easy, yes? No! In the in-between, I’ve managed to work an extra shift or two at work, and work out with my trainer on my off days. Am I giving myself kudos and a pat on the back? Well as of now while I’m writing this blog, yes I am! We’ll see about tomorrow 😉 .

We’ve got our venues, so now it’s time think: eat, drink, and be merry. I don’t know about most people, but when I go to a wedding, one of the main things I bring back as a memory is the grub…the food…the sustenance! With that said, we really want to treat our guests to some lip-smacking, finger-lickin’ comfort food. Here we go again, trying to get a little creative, while still keeping our budget in mind. We’re not giving away any details on the main fare, but we will say that we’ve narrowed our second caterers down to three different companies, and have already had the opportunity to go to one food tasting. I LOVE food tastings! Compliments to the chef at Contemporary Catering for filling our belly with some gourmet goodness! One tasting down…two more to go!

We’ve got so much to blog about…our DIY projects, our thrift store collection (which is quickly turning our home into an antique junk storage :)), my dress search (I’ve finally begun my search!), and my best friend’s wedding (which is coming up in three weeks)! Let’s go!