Steal My Heart Away

This Sunday marks exactly one year since I walked down the aisle to Van Morrison’s Steal My Heart Away (only the best wedding song on the planet). 

For some reason this year has gone by faster than any other year I can remember.  Much faster than the year we spent engaged, planning the wedding. Much faster than any year I spent in high school, or college, and definitely faster than every year I spent waiting for my 21st birthday to come. This has been one of the best, worst, and hardest years of my life, yet it seems to have flown by.

The site above is from the Forest House Lodge in Foresthill where we got married. This venue was AMAZING, from the ceremony site, to the game room, to the food, and the exceptional service.

Over the past 12 months we have parted ways with old friends we grew apart from, and have made a few new friends. We sadly watched  some of our closest friends move to a different city, but were lucky to have my parents move back to the city we live in. We became an aunt and uncle (my husband has been an uncle for 10 years already) to the most adorable twin baby girls you’ve ever seen. We’ve traveled to New Orleans, Hawaii (twice), and taken many short trips to the Coast, Lake Tahoe, LA, and the Lake. We both had some-what major birthdays last year (I think major birthdays are ages ending in either zero or five). We have watched half of our bridal party get engaged in the last year, went to weddings and wedding events/parties and even threw some of those parties. We have both taken up new hobbies and interests (photography, blogging, and gardening to name a few) and have had fun pursuing them.

Although it may be obvious as to why this year has been the best (being newlyweds can be pretty great) it may sound weird to hear that my first year of marriage was also one of the hardest and worst years of my life. The reason is that my husband and I grieved three deaths of people extremely important in our lives. His grandfather, his aunt, and my friend of 20 years. Neither one of us had experienced very much death in our lives so this was really difficult for us. Without each other I don’t know how we would have gotten through the really tough days.

Despite the sadness we both experienced, I can still say it was one of the best years of my life . I love being married. I love my husband, and I love that we made such a huge commitment to each other. After what we’ve gone through together this year, I know that no matter how hard things get we will be there to get each other through whatever comes our way.

Now, I usually refrain from telling people this next part because I like to think of myself as a strong, independent woman, and I think it makes me sound sort of cheesy and sappy and like the only thing important in my life is being my husband’s wife. And although I do value that role, it is not my sole reason for living, regardless of what the next statement makes you believe.

So here goes…. Walking down the aisle was the happiest moment I think I have ever experienced to date. There was just something about it. Having my family and closest friends there was part of the excitement, walking down to (like I said before) the best wedding song on the planet, seeing the smile on my soon-to-be husband’s face and knowing we were about to make this statement together made that moment more special than any other time in my life. I’d like to say graduating high school, or college, or getting my driver’s license, or meeting the president (haven’t done that one yet) would top the list, but they don’t. And if that makes me pathetic, so be it. If I could relive one moment of the entire wedding (which was amazingly awesome and fun from beginning to end) it would be walking out of my little “holding tent,” and down the cobblestone pathway toward my husband. When I have bad days I sometimes think about that moment (again, please don’t judge me for my cheesy/sappiness) and when I listen to that song it can literally turn my mood around.

I am just happy I found the person I am going to spend my life with, through the good times and the bad.

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

All photos were taken by John Decker and Anne Chadwick Williams.

How to: Make the Most Amazing Shoes of Your Life

What girl doesn’t love a little sparkle?

Last year before my bachelorette party in Las Vegas, I decided I needed new shoes. Not just any shoes…. they needed to be amazing. I searched and searched for the perfect pair and was disappointed by my options. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money because I was saving every last penny for my wedding– so I decided on this little DIY project.

Okay, this was not as “little” as I thought it was… It took me HOURS…. I worked on them for months before they were finally finished.

Here is what I did– I found a pair of plain silver peep toe Steve Madden pumps at Nordstrom Rack and decided to glam them up.  I would come home after work and add a few more gems, one at a time. I tried super glue…that didn’t work. I tried fabric glue…and that didn’t work. So, I pulled out my handy hot glue gun and got busy.

All you need:

– hot glue gun

– about a million tiny clear rhinestones (I bought mine on Etsy for a steal!)

– tweezers (that you don’t mind ruining)

– silver or white pumps (peep toe preferred)

– newspapers or plastic to cover your table

– patience and lots of time!

All you do:

1- Squirt a tiny line of hot glue directly onto your shoe

2- Quickly use your tweezers to pick up and attach your rhinestones one by one until you cover the glue

3- Repeat steps one and two! It’s that easy!

Hot glue probably wasn’t the best choice I could have made, because you could see a little bit of the glue poking out around the gems but it did the trick. If you find a better option, please let me know!

Up close the shoes weren’t perfect, but from afar they ROCKED. I got so many compliments on these shoes at my bachelorette party that I wore them three weeks later at my friend’s bachelorette party in Vegas with a different dress. They don’t exactly work for going out in any old city– but they fit in perfectly in Vegas! They quickly became my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned and I always look forward to the opportunity to wear them again.  I decided to blog about them today because they’re coming back out of the closet this month! They will be sparkling on the strip in Vegas in T- 25 days. I can’t wait!

Showin’ a Little Love

My fellow up-and-coming makeup artist friend is going to start up her website soon and I thought I’d show a little love and let you know that she’ll be “coming soon!”

Larissa was one of my co-workers for years at one of the many cosmetic stores I worked at in my youth (ya know, cause I’m SO old now..). She is an incredibly talented artist (and great friend) and I even asked her to do the makeup for my own wedding!

So keep an eye out, her website should be live sometime in September and I will be sure to post the link here! She rocks! She did my makeup, plus eight bridesmaids and my mom all by herself!!

Photos by the amazing photographer John Decker.

Mimosas and Wedding Planning- Sunday doesn’t get much better than that!

I just attended the Love and Lust Blog Bridal Event on Sunday with two of my bride friends. We had Sunday brunch and mimosas and then walked around the bridal expo and even sampled a few of the yummy desserts!

Here are some of the photos of the table settings and floral arrangements that I really loved. There were so many fun and unique ideas!

The first two bouquets were done by the florist who did my wedding and I highly recommend her- she’s amazing! Check out more of her work at Design with Florae.

Beautiful Pink Bouquet by Design with Florae

Another Gorgeous Arrangement by Design with Florae!

Table Displays

Bling!

I love the vibrant colors on this display!

Vintage Brooch Bouquet

Nautical Themed Dessert Bar

So Cute!

Free Wedding Trends Event – Sacramento

This Sunday I am attending this Wedding Fashion and Decor Trends Event with two of my bride friends. Mimosas first- bridal event second..

Reasons to go-

It’s FREE! All you have to do is sign up for tickets online.

AND- you might come home with some good wedding ideas and maybe even win something!

Check out this link to register and print your tickets! loveandlustblog.