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We’re Maui’ed!!!

No Comments | Written by Joe on Oct 17 2009 in Uncategorized

Sorry we haven’t updated this in a long time….but….WE’RE MAUI’ED and Cat and I had the greatest time ever with all of our friends and family that could make it out to celebrate. Thank you to all our loved ones for such an unforgettable experience!

I know you’re probably eagerly waiting for updates (or just forgot about this site since we’re already married) but if you want to check out some pictures from our wedding check out:

Cat & Joe’s Wedding: Photo Collection from Friends & Family

Cat & Joe’s Wedding: Photo Favorites

Cat & Joe’s Wedding: Frank Amodo Photography (coming soon!!!)

We could go on and on and try to describe such an amazing and perfect day, but we think the photos really speak for themselves!

For those of you who went and took pictures and haven’t uploaded yet, please do so. It’s always great to see our wedding from another person’s point of view!!!

Also….just b/c we’re married now, don’t dismiss and forget this site. It’s going to be our blog/website with all our goings ons and stuff. We’ll try to update it as much as possible!


Mr. & Mrs. Joseph and Cat Carlos


No Comments | Written by Cat on Jul 27 2009 in Uncategorized

Ahh yeah…it has been feeling like summer lately…the continuous days of heat. That makes me sweat. All the wedding planning we’ve been doing. That makes me sweat too. Let’s see, since the last time I blogged an entire month has almost passed. I can’t believe the beginning of August is this weekend! Yikes! But another productive month has kept me on my toes and checking things off my never ending list of to do’s. Well, the weekend after BFFs wedding, we were up north for brudder and seester’s engagement party; our ring bearer’s 10th birthday; and my cousin’s baby shower — what a busy weekend, but so happy to be able to attend so many things and see so many people! The weekend after that we hit up Downtown LA to find outfits for our ring bearer and flower girl. Boy was it hot there. Walking around down Santee felt like being in a huge sauna with fumes of street meat ha ha. But we accomplished our search and excited to give them their outfits soon! As our reward we hit up our favorite burger bar, Father’s Office. Delish. Salivating as I’m typing. Joe was off on a man night for Jevon’s upcoming nuptials as I continued to shop for wedding stuff and had some craft time at home. Another productive weekend. Last week we were busy finalizing our paperwork with the Church and Father Tim so we can send all our stuff to the Diocese of Honolulu. So glad to get that done with. We had a great last meeting with Father Tim and can’t wait for our church ceremony. I never realized how much paperwork the Catholic Church requires. It kinda stressed me out, making sure we had our own diocese requirements checked off and also for Hawaii. But yay, its all good!

This past weekend was also another productive weekend. Joe was off on his own man weekend with his buddies, brother and cousins in San Diego for Comic-Con and the usual bachelor debauchery. I on the other hand hung out with the BFF — we enjoyed an overnight stay at the Renaissance ClubSport which was a really cool hotel that’s near our house. Really modern room and facilities and awesome gym! They have this cafe that has menu items under 485 calories! It was pretty cool. Saturday was spent shopping at the Spectrum and the Rack, then at night we focused on wedding stuff while sipping on yummy pisco sours. Over the course of 2 heavy handed cocktails, we were able to make the reception seating chart, cut ribbon, and plan games for the upcoming wedding showers. Sunday was spent eating delicious dim sum, window shopping at Costco and hearing all about Joe’s man weekend in SD.

Today, its back to the daily grind at work and I’m already looking forward to this weekend — our Bay Area wedding shower and my bachelorette party in the city. I can’t wait! My turn for quality time with the girls — yahoo! Seriously….is it Friday yet?

focus, focus, focus!

No Comments | Written by Cat on Jul 7 2009 in Uncategorized

Hello! I’m back. We’re back. Miss us? I’ve put wedding planning on the back burner so I could focus on my MoH duties to the BFF. Her wedding last weekend, was AWESOME! So honored to see the two Danny’s become man and wife…twice! And yes, just as I’ve always imagined, I was a crybaby throughout — but happy tears of course. Wedding day goes by so fast — its crazy. What great memories — a FUN time at rehearsal and especially at dinner…BEST rehearsal dinner ever! Ha ha. Got to see FUN Daniel and FUN Elson. Which was one of the highlights of the weekend. Good times, good vodka too, LOL. Wedding day was great fun, the Bella Victorian Vineyard is such a pretty setting for a wedding. I didn’t even realize it was America’s birthday ha ha. Had so many emotions running through me — excitement, joy, happiness, anticipation, nervousness (whew I survived my speech — now its your turn Dani =P ) One of the souvenirs I kept from the wedding is the white glove that the DJ was passing out while he spun good ol Michael Jackson hits (RIP MJ!). Definitely memories we will all keep forever and show our kids how crazy fun their parents are, ha ha!

Well, now our first wedding of the year is now in the history books…the next one is days before our own! Crazy! But it is finally time to focus, focus, focus on our wedding planning and get back into the grind. With only 3 free weekends from now til our departure to Maui, things will be nutty — but I cannot wait to hop on that plane! I know, everyone thinks I’m done planning since I’ve been planning for over a year now and its my career — but surprisingly enough there are a lot of little things that need to be done that keep running through my head. A lot of finalizing, re-confirming, designing, printing, practicing, shopping, organizing, partying, showering, fitting, packing, applying, sending, booking that we need to do. I have no doubt that it will all be done on time, my fear is forgetting something major back here on the mainland before jetsetting off to tropical paradise. I will fight the “bride brain” fever and remember everything – writing things down is key for me!!!

Yesterday we spent about 10+ hours planning (yes, no rest for the weary!) Really it was helping my parentals finding something to wear…and that took most of my day. But it was a success, after 8 hours of shopping, we found outfits! Then when Joe came home we realized we needed new dress shirts for the groomsmen, so we went out and searched for others and that was a success! Finally, once we got home, we sat down and figured out church logistics (thanks to my godmother for helping us out with the templates! that was a life saver!)

Now I’m waiting on the last of the RSVPs — come on everyone RSVP if you haven’t yet!!! Then I can start finalizing things for our reception. Yes, excitement is beginning to bubble within me — just 57 more days before being ‘mauied’!!!

weekend mode

No Comments | Written by Cat on Jun 18 2009 in Uncategorized

Yes, I’ve been in weekend mode all week. Why you ask? Last weekend was a fun filled weekend in Las Vegas celebrating my cousins’ 21st birthday. And tomorrow I’ll be heading out to Santa Barbara for the BFF’s bachelorette weekend. So I’m in no condition to have my mind on work stuff. What have I been up to since the last time I blogged…well, not too much exciting stuff…we’re getting RSVPs in on our site (thank you to all who have already replied, we’re so excited!), booked our musical entertainment for the reception, ordered our shower invitations, booked our wedding rehearsal dinner and now working on church ceremony logistics. Oh!!! For all you spa crazies — some of us girls are planning to relax and unwind after the wedding at the Spa Grande at Grand Wailea the day after the wedding. So if you want to join in on the R&R and experience an amazing spa, we are planning to book our appointments a month prior to the wedding.

I can’t believe its only 16 days away until Danielle’s wedding…I’m really excited to see her tie the knot and celebrate! And I’m relieved that my MoH dress finally came in – phew! Then I think after, I’ll be ready to focus on my own nuptials although I think we’re in a pretty good place right now planning wise. That’s probably why I haven’t blogged in awhile, I don’t have anything to say!

But if you want to really keep up with me…follow me on Twitter…that’s right I’ve finally joined the social networking world. Track me – cattiejen.

the 90 day mark

1 Comment | Written by Cat on May 29 2009 in Uncategorized

Tomorrow marks 90 days til we fly out to Maui — WOW! And on Sunday it’ll be exactly 365 days since Joe proposed. 1 year as zipped by — amazing. Times does fly by so quickly. Three more months to go — but I feel like these are going to be the best months of planning…seeing it all come to fruition, all the little decisions that are being made, all coming together to create the most important day of our lives. Last weekend we spent the beginning of summer in La Quinta at my MoH’s wedding shower — so relaxing, I didn’t want to leave. I could have sat in that pool all day. The summer heat out in the desert felt good and made me darker shade of brown. On our way out to the desert, we couldn’t resist a stop at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets (not to be confused with the Cabazon outlets, ha ha). Amongst the foreigners, tourists and non-English speaking crowds, Joe and I did some window shopping and some minor damage to the pocketbook. I haven’t been to those outlets in years, those have to be my #1 outlet stores of all time. And yes its because of the Gucci outlet. The only one that’s driving distance and not in Italy. LOL.  I scored on some pretty Gucci wedges for my wedding…yes my something new! I am tempted to break them in, but am holding back to wait until we are closer to actually walking down the aisle. I’m glad to check that off my list and have my ‘outfit’ for my nuptials pretty much set. Now I just need to find something blue and something old. Or something that’s blue and old. Ha ha. Actually, I might have something old. Hmm…[wheels turning in my head]…

Had another productive call with my wedding planner…we are putting together our playlist and do not playlist…listening to music samples for the reception…starting our preliminary seating chart…planning the rehearsal day/dinner…ahh my list never ends.

Last week I was at Macy’s and bumped into some accessories for my bridal party — I literally was there for an hour untangling, trying them on myself, and in the end I just bought a bunch of stuff. I couldn’t really concentrate in the store and without the dresses on hand. So I took them home and was in the guest room last Saturday morning before Joe woke up trying to coordinate and researching other possibilities online. I just want to say the power of the internet was amazing. I found the manufacturer’s website, where they had a holiday promo and they were cheaper than at Macy’s! Yes! I love it. Finding deals I swear is one of my top feel good moments. Ha ha. Whew another ‘outfit’ done. Now we just need to find ring bearer/flower girl outfits and pants for the groomsmen.

More recently, this week I got my invitations back! So Joe and I turned on craft time while watching the NBA playoffs these past couple of days to assemble them together. I feel like we’ve been working on them for awhile, so yesterday when I mailed them off at the post office I felt so good that our mission was accomplished. I love them, they’re so pretty! So look out for them in the mail friends and family — and RSVP!

This week we also met with our parish priest, Father Tim. He wanted to meet with us after our Engaged Encounter weekend. He is sooo nice, but I swear its like 50 First Dates with him. I don’t think he remembers us. I felt like I had to retell my story again. Ha ha. But he’s super nice. I have a feeling he doesn’t really care to get to know us too much since he’s not the one who’ll be marrying us in Hawaii. Joe and I told each other that we have to say hi to him every Sunday so he can remember us LOL.

Well that’s pretty much my weekly update…even though I have to work tomorrow for a little bit, I’m glad that we’ll be home to relax and do stuff around the area and at home…I feel like I haven’t had a weekend home in awhile! And yes, I must get back to the gymnasium…I haven’t worked out in 2 weeks, argh!!!

engaged encounter

1 Comment | Written by Cat on May 19 2009 in Uncategorized

Whoa. For all you out there that experienced Engaged Encounter before your Catholic wedding nuptials…I’m sure you’ll understand where I’m coming from when I say, whoa. What an amazing experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this weekend, we both had no idea what was in store these 2.5 days at St. Mary’s Seminary in Santa Barbara. All I had anticipated was going to mass each day. Without being all sappy (we’ll save that for the wedding day ha ha) let’s just say that we are more in love than ever before…it’ll probably make you want to throw up how sick it is, =P — but we are sooo very excited for our wedding, I can’t stand it! This weekend was full of wedding duties (ha ha) — Friday we took half days off work and heading up to downtown LA to see our jeweler and our waxes for the bands. We were pleasantly surprised when we opened our boxes and they were the actual bands! Whohoo — they turned out beautiful…we kinda wanted to just walk down to City Hall and get married that day! Since we were downtown, we also picked up the bridesmaids dresses, which turned out great! We headed to the Danny’s home in Thousand Oaks where we then had a fashion show of the dresses to make sure they matched the shoes (which they did!) and I was happy that it all turned out good. Then in the evening the four of us headed out for our drive to Santa Barbara for our Engaged Encounter weekend up in the hills. We got up there and saw first hand the fire damage all around the seminary. Saw homes saved, saw homes not saved. It was sad to see the reality of the disaster. But when we got there, it was still a beautiful setting. Once we arrived, checked in and registered, settled into our dorm style rooms (gender separated), we began the 44 hour experience that completely changed our lives. We really wish that other couples could go through the same experience, it was great! And if you are one of those that do end up going, beware of the meals they serve and the huge snack table that’s left for the picking — its danger! I think I gained 5 pounds!

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend — we got so much done for our wedding and our marriage! Now I’m off planning the BFF’s wedding shower this coming weekend, I can’t wait to relax in the Desert! And yes, hit up the Gucci outlet at Cabazon…zing!

all the small things…

No Comments | Written by Cat on May 6 2009 in Uncategorized

So last weekend I had some alone time to do wedding stuff without Joe. [He was MIA having a man weekend for a friend’s bachelor party] I started looking at bridal shoes — I’m debating if I should wear a fancy pair of shoes or just say screw it and wear some nice flips. Still an undecided decision. I spent 3 hours in the mall just looking around at all my options. I’m in no rush so I was just perusing every store since I was alone and I wasn’t pressed for time! After the mall, I hit up Tallmouse where they had a jewelry show which got me thinking about jewelry for the wedding. But I was able to pick up some metal pieces to create my memoriam photos for my bouquet and some adhesive for our seating arrangements. Crafty time here I come. We also finalized our invitations, which I’m really happy and excited about putting together when they’re done. Note to self: Don’t proof when buzzed or had too many drinks. Ha ha. Target date of completion: End of the month. So I have to get my sweatshop ready for invitation assembly…yah! I ordered our embosser and also the fabulous Midori ribbon. Midori Hummingbird ribbon was the initial inspiration of our wedding colors…its such a pretty color. It was the perfect shade of peacock blue I was looking for. Who knew a single ribbon color could transform a wedding…but it can! Brudder just finished the RSVP element on our website, it looks awesome — we’ve decided to go green and techie with our wedding RSVPs. Should work out nicely. Last week I went with the BFF to her hair/makeup trial for her wedding…she’s going to be such a beauty! That of course got me thinking of what I want my hair to look like for her wedding and my own. All these small things just get me really excited about the big day. Less than 4 months to go…tick tock, tick tock.


No Comments | Written by Cat on Apr 24 2009 in Uncategorized

Yes, thank god its Friday! This week kicked my you know what. I am pooped. Work has picked up again. Had a crazy deadline yesterday — what crazy requests for a full program proposal with a 24 hour turnaround time for a program in April 2010? Seriously, what is wrong with people? I know, they’re Canadian! Ha ha. But I am glad that the weekend is almost here. Last weekend we had a nice 3 day-er, spent last Friday in LA with Dani and our moms as we met with my mom’s friend that manufactures bling. I got my design for my band and Joe picked his out. I feel a bit naked without my ring that I’ve gotten used to wearing. They need it for 2 weeks so they can match my band. I’m excited to see both our waxes when they’re done and of course the real thing! Its really neat to see how a ring gets made from start to finish — a whole new world for me. Joe thinks I’ll start wearing the band when I get it. Ha ha. After that, we had lunch at a great place that Auntie Aida recommended – the French Garden. Sandwiches were delish!

Since we stayed at the Danny’s place in Newbury Park, we hit up the Camarillo outlets on Saturday while they were doing their own wedding to-do’s. I think these outlets are my favorite outlets ever. Seriously. Well maybe b/c they had great deals this visit, but they just have all my favorite stores. And its not crazy big and crowded like Vegas (or in the blazing heat) either. After shopping for a few hours, Joe was really craving some Popeye’s — so we mapped one on our phone and headed straight to fried chicken and yummy buttery biscuit heaven.

We got back to the Danny’s casa and helped them put together their new BBQ grill. Let me just say that people from another country should not be writing out instructions in English…we couldn’t understand any of it! So we just let the two brainiacs (Danny & Joe) figure it out — and after about 2 hours, it was done, yay! We tested it out and grilled up some shrimp, it was yummy! I made some mac salad — which ended up to be a huge bucket full (I seriously have the filipino-ness of making way too  much than I need). I played RockBand for the first time — I’m a drums girl. Nothing else. Won’t sing b/c I don’t really know the words and can’t play the guitar at all.

Then Sunday was the Danny’s wedding party BBQ — good times with friends, food and fun games! Its always nice to get away from the OC bubble — feels like a mini vacation!

Then it was back to the the grind…and it hit hard this week. Monday wasn’t too bad at work but afterwards I had a conference call with my wedding planner over in Hawaii…whew, it was a long one (he he). Lots to talk about and go over which was good, especially logistics and stuff. Gotta make time this weekend to give her feedback on some things. [Mental note] But after Tuesday, it was all crazy at work. I still have work to do this weekend, ugh…plus they are re-painting my office and putting down new carpet over the weekend which means on Monday not only do I have 3 programs to deal with, I have to put my office back together. I am already not looking forward to next week. It will kick my ass. But at least its good to be busy at work = companies are meeting/planning/partying/traveling again. Come on economy, pick back up…please! Highlight of this Friday: attending a business meeting in one of the bungalows at the Resort at Pelican Hill. Very cool rooms. They’re standard rooms are basically cottages. No wonder they’re $800/night. But for a resort, I think its kinda stupid that you have to take a tram/van to get from your bungalow to the main part of the hotel. So California. We don’t like to walk. That’s what I told my UK clients today. We’re spoiled. But I love California!

Ahh…let the weekend begin!

back to planning!

No Comments | Written by Cat on Mar 22 2009 in Uncategorized

Hola! So I was on a break with wedding planning — Danielle and I took a trip to South America to visit her brother, Mark in Quito, Ecuador. Check out our photos from the trip. A well deserved break from life, although I think we could of used a few more days of relaxation…who doesn’t, right? In the end, a great time with my BFF and last hurrahs to our single days…until of course the girls’ weekend aka the bachelorette party. After my vacay withdrawls, I’m back to wedding planning and work, often times mixed interchangeably with each other. This week’s action items: reviewing preliminary invitation mock ups, finding Midori ribbon in 1.5″ width (alleluia they just released their 1.5″ line), and finalizing our photographer. We decided to go with Frank Amodo (thanks Sherwin for the referral!) We figure with Frank plus all of our other friends that will be shooting with their DSLRs, we’re bound to have a gajillion shots to remember our big day!

happy valentine’s day

No Comments | Written by Cat on Feb 14 2009 in Uncategorized

Ahh…another Hallmark holiday! Happy V-day everyone! Joe and I have a lunch date at The Cannery…here we come Lobster Rolls – delish! So last weekend was a very productive one and a fun mother/daughter bonding day! So my mom and I went bridesmaid dress shopping with the Asuncion girls, Dani and her Mom. We hit up Fashion District in LA, a lunch stop in Chinatown and also checked out Las Tunas. All in all, I think I found what I’m looking for, yahoo! And I’m so glad that our mothers were with us. They get an A+ in dealing with crazy salesmen. Ha ha. This week I also received awesome phone confirmations from our little helpers — flower girl and ring/coin bearer. Makaylee and Ethan, we can’t wait to have you in our wedding!

We hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day and President’s holiday!