Monday, January 24, 2011

Let the Recaps Begin!!!

Getting ready for the most important day of my life....

I'll begin the recaps with us girls getting ready for my big day.

To fill you in on some happenings of the morning, we got off a little behind schedule but that worked out for the better initially because it meant the photographers were there when my mom was doing my hair and originally that wasn't supposed to happen. Secondly I got sick...VERY sick, just after I had a little something for my breakfast. I've had problems with my stomach for years and the doctors can't seem to pinpoint exactly what the problem is so I was concerned that I might have trouble with it the day of. Well, I did and ended up throwing up on my big day. I was so sick, it was terrible and it took over an hour before I even felt like I could get in my dress. There is no doubt in my mind that if my Uncle Bernice (who is a doctor) hadn't been there nursing me and giving me medicine to help that I would have never made it in my dress. During this whole ordeal, my poor hubby-to-be was so worried something was wrong. That put everything way behind and our portrait time scheduled before the wedding got cut a lot. And unfortunately that means that I don't have many pictures with my ladies on my big day. :( But at least we were able to get the ceremony started at 3pm as scheduled. Anyways, on to the pictures!

Mom doing my hair.

My bridesmaid Javi getting ready.
My matron of honor getting ready.
Me getting beautiful for my big day!
The only dress shot I got. Not gonna lie, I'm was and still am a bit disappointed with it but it was the only picture (or lack there of) that I was disappointed with from the whole day so I guess that's not so bad. But after drooling over so many amazing dress shots I felt like mine didn't even begin to compare. Oh well.
The lace and crystal detail.

Can you tell this is about when I started feeling sick? My poor ladies ended up getting kicked out of the room so I could have peace and quiet, I felt so bad about that.
Post throwing up. The kleenex box was used for me to breathe into so I wouldn't hyperventilate.
That's my Uncle Bernice the doctor who went above and beyond to help me feel better!!

Our flower girl Maggie taking a look at herself in the mirror.
Finally in the dress and trying to breathe and not get sick again!
I really wish I hadn't been feeling so awful, these pictures would have been much better.

Covered in prayer and surrounded by love.

Mom placing my hair comb above my veil. This is the comb I made, for details check this out.

I'm a bride!!!!

Heading downstairs for our first look!
(All photographs courtesy of Hope Photography)

Hope you all enjoyed this recap! Up next: The Guys Get Ready

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Chance to Win A FREE Vacation!!

Charles and I have entered a contest that's hosted by the company that we rented our Condo from for our honeymoon. Through the contest, we have a chance to win a free vacation...this would be perfect for a 1yr. anniversary trip in May! Will you help us??? It's oh so easy!

Just follow this link and vote for us!!!!!!!

Thanks by the way. :)

The contest ends 3/30/11 and the couple with the most votes wins!

Keep an eye out for upcoming wedding recaps! I finally have all the wedding pictures resized. Here's a teaser image for you....

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our First Christmas

We were so excited to celebrate our first Christmas as a married couple and really enjoyed our time together starting what will be our family traditions. Here are a few pictures...
Our stockings were hung on the wall with care. Oh how we wish we had a fireplace!
And the gifts were all under the tree waiting to be opened.
How cool is it that our first Christmas was a WHITE Christmas!? We loved it and when all was said and done, we had 10" of snow! It was beautiful!!
The spread!

So a little info about our Christmas traditions...
Charles's family didn't have any traditions when it came to Christmas so we adopted a lot of traditions that my family had in place ever since I can remember. They are things I've always loved and I can't wait to share them with our children when that day comes.

- Christmas Eve growing up and all through the years, my brother and I were allowed to each open one gift...Charles and I continued this tradition as well and will when we have kids.
- Another tradition from my family: Christmas morning while breakfast is cooking, we open our stockings. Then when breakfast is done and the stockings are open we eat breakfast.
- Next we open the presents under the tree.
- For lunch and dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I will not cook (just as my mom never did). I do not want to be in the kitchen away from my family during such a special time. So instead we have snack foods that can stay out all day long and when someone is hungry they can go help themselves.

The other tradition that we will have once we have kids is that on Christmas Eve once the kids are asleep in their beds we will place on gift at the foot of their bed that they can open immediately when they wake up in the morning.

The other thing Charles will do is sign the letter the kids leave for Santa with the cookies and milk. He will sign it "S.Claus" in red ink.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Daisy Gail

So this is late but due to the craziness of the holidays, I just wasn't able to get it posted sooner.

Daisy Gail was born on December 17th, 2010 at 12:24 AM. She weighed 6 lbs 13 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. It was a very long night for us all but so worth it after seeing her beautiful face!

Congratulations to my baby brother and his wife on their little Christmas blessing baby!
Waiting for Daisy to arrive.
Daisy Gail looking up at her mommy.
My mom, Jessica, my brother Daniel and me holding Daisy!

She is seriously the most beautiful baby I've ever seen and I'm not just saying that because I'm her Aunt! :)