2018 has been an amazing year. After a year and a half of planning, we finally got married!! It was such a magical day and more than we could have asked for!
Like many, I was looking forward to the hunt for the perfect dress. And after about what felt like a million dresses…I thought I had found the perfect dress. I had all my favorite girls, my mom, and stepmom with me and I tried on all types of dresses at several different locations. My original dress was a lace, trumpet-style dress with a chapel-length train and a plunging neckline. I loved it from the moment I put it on. But it was not meant to be. After purchasing the dress, the company (Alfred Angelo) went bankrupt and to my dismay I was not going to receive my dress. It was probably one of the best things that could have happened. My sister-in-law recommended that I try Stella’s Bridal Boutique. It was where she bought her dress and she loved them. As did I! After trying on another dozen or so dresses I put this dress on and it felt perfect. It was classic, yet sassy and had the most beautiful color. It was a pearl white with satin and crystal buttons all down the back.
I have always had an obsession with shoes and I knew that I wanted to wear blue shoes for my wedding. We had decided to do a 1920s speakeasy themed wedding so I wanted my accessories to have a vintage vibe. These shoes were the perfect color and height…and I found out…so comfortable.
Long before we got engaged I had my eye on one of my aunt’s rings and had my hopes that one day it would be my engagement ring. But the setting wasn’t right and turned out not to be the morganite stone that I thought it was. Instead E proposed with a spectacular morganite ring that I love (see below)! Instead my mom (and Aunt) took her ring and had the stone reset into this vintage looking necklace. It matched my theme perfectly and has so much meaning. A piece that I can hopefully pass down to my kid one day.
Like I said above….my engagement ring was perfect! Exactly my style and what I was hoping for. He chose well. Finding a perfect wedding band to fit pair with my engagement ring was a challenge. Surprisingly, Zales didn’t have a wedding band that fit with the engagement ring. I tried on several different options, but ultimately fell in love with this champagne diamond vintage looking band. E found his wedding band on Amazon and he loved the color, material…and of course price!
E and I aren’t really flower people. The thought of paying thousands of dollars for something that is just going to die was not something that we wanted to do. The only flowers that I wanted at the wedding were Calla Lilies. So I bought fake ones and made all of the arrangements myself. They turned out better that I could have hoped. I loved the warmth and depth of color that they brought to the day.
These earrings! AMAZING. They fit our vintage theme so well. They pulled together my look. They had an Art Deco vibe that I died for when I saw them. They were shipped quickly from the UK. I would highly recommend this Etsy shop.
Well it’s official…I get to marry the love of my life. This was truly unexpected. We had been talking about it, but it was always “soon”. It had been “soon” for quite some time that I wasn’t think that it would happen soon. Here’s what happened…
Since it had been a while since we had taken a vacation, we decided to use my cousin’s wedding as an excuse to get away. We attended my cousin’s wedding in Santa Barbara and continued up the coast to San Francisco. The trip was amazing…even before the proposal. On our last day in San Francisco we woke up to a very gloomy, rainy day and all I wanted to do was stay in bed and cuddle for a bit. But E woke up and forced me to get ready. We started out the say at the magical Japanese Tea Garden…if you are ever in the San Francisco area you need to go!! Next we headed for the Sutro Baths. These ruins have the prettiest scenery even on such a gloomy day. We spent some time exploring the area and climbing around the ruins. Stopping to take a million pictures, most of which I lost when my phone crashed…thanks iPhone update!
So there I am soaking up all of the feels while looking at this stunning view and tell E that this view is perfect. And he says “So is this view” so I turn and there he is on his knee with this beautiful ring. I was absolutely stunned…to say the least. It only took a second for me to find my words to say YES!!! But for him, it must have seemed like an eternity. It was the perfect moment and the perfect proposal. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. What a perfect ending to a wonderful vacation!!
Lola. What can I say. It has been a little over two years since we have lost our precious angel. Though it does get easier, it is never easy. I feel the loss of her every day. I have had many family pets throughout my 35 years, but Lola was mine and only mine. She got me through some tough times and helped celebrate some great times. She was my fur baby, my best friend, my pillow, and one of the sweetest dogs.
Life for her wasn’t always easy. At 6 years old she developed an autoimmune disorder that almost killed her. Due, most likely, to the vaccines that she was getting her body started started to shut down and her platelet count dropped from 150,000 to 19,000. I rushed her to the emergency vet where they gave her a 10% chance of survival. We did gave her meds and a few blood transfusions and after a few days she came home!
We were lucky. She was able to spend almost 5 more years with us. She was there when I bought my own house, when I found the love of my life, and when we adopted Tank (our other fur baby). In the spring of 2016, Lola had her first seizure. We found ourselves back at the emergency vet. They weren’t sure what was causing it, but thought that it was probably a brain tumor. At 10 years old, my baby was losing a battle that she couldn’t win. They sent us home with anti-seizure meds which helped her through the rest of the spring and summer. In the fall, the seizures were becoming more frequent and she had lost her appetite and control of her body. It was time. It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make, but it was one that brought her peace. We spent one last day with her taking pictures and surrounded by the people she loved. On October 15, 2016, we gave Lola the peace she deserved. She is forever in our hearts and no longer suffering.