and so it begins

I’m going to tell you now that the hardest thing about posting these photos will be not giving a commentary on each one. Instead I will try to let them tell the story on their own.

Starting with the preparations…

Hair by Tina Lasker
Makeup by Jennifer Luna
Dress designed by me, made by Rebecca Dominguez
Garter by Jennifer Luna
Shoes from Beyond Skin
Images by the wonderful Liesl of Photo Pink

coming soon

Well my dears, it’s been a strenuous weekend of packing and unpacking, but I couldn’t not share just one of the many amazing photos from our wedding which I now have in my possession.

Normally I jump the gun and share things before I probably should, so just know this it is extremely difficult to not just post everything. There are a lot of photos though, so I wouldn’t do that to you. Mainly though, the photos are basically the last little bit of surprise I have left about the wedding before it’s really over.

So I’m going to hold out just a little bit longer (but not too much longer, don’t worry).

Look forward to: dinosaurs, elephants, ghosts, vintage outfits, crazy outfits, my goofy faces, terrariums, moss, marble, lots of lace and possibly some shirtless dancing men (and by possibly I mean definitely).

Photo by Photo Pink

wedding sneak peek

I just couldn’t contain myself and had to share this photo from our wedding.

It’s up on the Photo Pink Blog. Go look. Seriously.

I am dying to see the rest.

In other news, we spent the weekend painting our dining room & living room and ironing curtains and making our new place extra awesome.

Did you go look at the photo yet?

For Japan with Love

Every day we are inundated with new tragic news of the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. With thousands of people missing still and countless without shelter, food and water it feels as if we have to do something. The scale of the tragedy is overwhelming though.

I was compelled when I found out about For Japan with Love, a site put together by Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged. The fund will donate to the organization Shelter Box which will provide basic living necessities such as a tent, water purification tools, blankets, a stove and other items that can help a family get by when everything has been demolished.

I will be participating in the bloggers day of silence out of respect for all those who have been so deeply affected by this disaster. I keep having the feeling that it just does not seem right to blog or tweet about every day things when Japan is in such crisis. I urge other bloggers to participate.

Obviously there are many ways to donate and help and hope this will serve as a small reminder that even a little from a lot of people will go a long way for the people who have lost everything.

Night before the wedding

Let me set the scene. It’s Friday February 18th. It’s raining, a lot; an uncommon occurrence in Los Angeles. It’s the weekend of the NBA all star game and the city is packed with visitors and traffic. It’s also the day before our wedding.

I’ve been in the kitchen all day putting final, albeit rushed, touches on our wedding cakes and Shawn has been running around taking care of last minute preparations. We find ourselves exhausted just a short time before the rehearsal, but pull everything together and make the trek to the Natural History Museum.

While we’ve visited the museum numerous times in preparation for the wedding, this was the first time going after hours, when it was empty except for a few staff. Walking into the museum on this night, with all of our wedding party and family, I realized what a crazy wedding we were about to have. It was about this time that most of the stress and frantic feelings I’d been having for months began to subside.

We walked through what would happen on the following evening and you could feel the excitement from everyone there. Then, in the rain, we all piled into a bus and headed across town to my mom’s house for a little party.

bunnies & flowersEarly on, we decided we didn’t want to have a formal rehearsal dinner. Instead we were able to host all of our out of town guests and spend time with everyone.

IMG_3598The coolest part was that we hired Seabirds Truck to cater the party. They pulled into our driveway and everyone had their choice of vegan tacos and sandwiches.

stephanieEverything was so yummy and fresh. Stephanie from Seabirds picked out some seasonal fruits and vegetables for salads and was great to work with. Everyone loved it and gobbled up tacos till they were stuffed. We got so many compliments on how good everything was, especially the beer battered avocado tacos.
IMG_3596Check out the menu!

IMG_3602Here is the part where you can get mad at me for not taking any photos of the food. Everything was just too overwhelming. I totally had exactly this plate again though.

the guys

It was awesome to just get to hang out with people in a more relaxed way and eat and chat. Not to mention, our friend Alicia decorated my mom’s house beautifully. I was so surprised when we arrived to see such pretty centerpieces, lights and banners.

She strung up felt streamers with bunnies and foxes and our names as well as hand making each little mushroom and moss centerpiece. It was amazing to see the house transformed in the few hours between when I left from my cake making extravaganza to when we all arrived at the party.

Shawn’s sister and brother-in-law, Missy & Mark, came early and helped out arranging flowers and setting up candles.

table decor We borrowed hurricanes from Jannatha & Kyle who used them in their own wedding. Wedding recycling!

bottles & jars Many of the glass bottles were from Alicia & Baxter’s personal collection. They were so pretty.

IMG_3608 Everyone was so happy and you could really feel everything building for the next day. Big smiles from my parents and Shawn (which is serious, Shawn rarely smiles in photos).

IMG_3621After the party we headed to the Standard Hotel downtown for some craziness. There was a giant foot in our room!

IMG_3635 There was dancing in the bathtub.
IMG_3654 There was a huge orange couch, with room for everyone. I want this couch for my own.

IMG_3703 And best of all, late at night, I got to stuff my face with Bella sandwich that I’d saved from Seabirds. Most satisfying sandwich ever I think.

Gosh that turned into an epic post, and I left so much out! More importantly, so much more to come.