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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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Weeks before the wedding, here we were embossing away, and testing the Mickey Mouse cakepops ๐Ÿ™‚


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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

jennie + dustin get married!

1 Sep

Yes, it’s been a minute since our last blog post, but it’s been a busy month for me because one of our good friends just got married! Congratulations, Dustin and Jennie!!

Weย had to post the details about their wedding because it was beautifulย and perfect for the lovely pair. I had the honor of being a part of the wedding party, so I got to see a lot of the details that goes behind the planning, and everything turned out flawless and so smooth. The theme of the wedding was ‘vintage travel’ which I absolutely fell in love with, since day one of the bride’s planning. So details include everything from maps on the invitation to a huge luggage cake…so adorable. The ceremony was held in Long Beach at St. Cornelius Catholic Church and the reception was in Newport Beach at the Turnip Rose. Oz and I had so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

I can go on and on about all the beautiful details, but I’d rather show you! I think everyone at the wedding would agree that one of the highlights was the awesome same day video edit by the extremely talented Loyd Calomay. This video pretty much sums it up, and I absolutely love this idea, so I wanna share it. Future couples to wed…you are gonna love this!

heritage museums

8 Aug

We love the idea of using state parks, museums, or natural/historic centers for our wedding venue because it’s very eco-friendly and green. With that said, any of the above mentioned venues take a portion, if not all of the proceeds and donates it for preservation and/or education, etc. On top of that, all national and state parks, museums, and historic centers are super budget-friendly, just fyi for future brides. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In fact, we looked at two outdoor heritage museums, one being in Orange County, and the other being in greater Los Angeles.

Heritage Museum of Orange County

This museum is located in a quiet pocket in Santa Ana, and is surrounded by lots of trees, perfect for an outdoor ceremony/reception. The site hosts up to 250 people, and what we loved most about this place are the options! Besides having a gorgeous backdrop of trees and historic houses, there are several open garden spaces to choose from whether you choose to have your ceremony under the garden gazebo, or just your reception in the canopied brick patio.

Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles

If this museum wasn’t so far of a drive for us, it would definitely make my TOP TWO choices for our wedding venues! I absolutely fell in love with this outdoor location. It is very similar to the above mentioned Heritage Museum of Orange County, except the scenery is a little more colorful and vintage-looking. It has all the components I love, including the romantic under-the-trees setting, along with the quirky, colorful vintage backdrop that makes it so much fun. I totally saw a lot of creative potential for this venue, and still keep it in mind. ๐Ÿ™‚