welcome spring!

2 Comments | Written by Cat on Apr 6 2009 in randomness,wedding planning

Spring is here! Which means 149 more days to go…yes this wedding countdown clock that Karen gave me stares back at me with the days/hours/minutes/seconds that we have left until our big day. Ha ha. Thanks Karen for the ultimate reminder! I’m just curious to see if it ticks like a time bomb when its crunch time. Let’s see…what have we been up to? Well we have another bonding day with the Danny’s in store for us…we’re going wedding band shopping later this month! Whooop whoop! Time to design our jeeewwreees! Thanks Mom for letting us use your hookups at the LA Jewelry Center. Joe wants his band to be a large round diamond that has a hole cut out in the center to slide his finger through, ummm yeah buddy…you have a crazy imagination! We’ve secured the location of our OC wedding shower, Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Save the date SoCal’ers…August 8th! View our calendar for other updates on important events leading up to the wedding. Like Joe’s bachelor party weekend in SD — get ready for ComicCon! Dr. Manhattan anyone? Ha ha. I know he’ll have a great time, he LOVES his comics. I also secured a cosmetologist to do my hair and makeup along with the other girls in my wedding party. Hi Marci!!! (if you’re reading my blog! =P ) Oh yes, we also finalized our song list for the church ceremony. Yippee! So things are moving along…I’m also busy helping the BFF with her some of her wedding plans…I can’t believe it’s only 3 months away, I can’t wait…so excited, its going to be so beautiful and crazy fun! I really need to start thinking about my MoH speech. I’m not a great speaker (although I know a lot of you may think just because I’m loud and sometimes crazy I should be) — butterflies will be fluttering for sure! Oh yes, and how can I forget…I’ve been trying to be consistent with my wedding diet…ha ha ha, yeah right! Well I am trying to work out more and because I’ve given up fried foods for lent, that has also helped me eat better…but I know once Sunday hits, I will be feening for some yummy fried goodness at my family party! Mmmm, I hope there’s lumpia!

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!

deal of the century

1 Comment | Written by Cat on Mar 1 2009 in groomsmen,wedding planning

So another month has flown by yet again! February, the short month, makes time fly by like a turbo jet. This weekend was actually quite productive which makes me so happy. Friday we booked all our air travel for Hawaii — yippee! We’ve been comparing so many different deals, trying to wait it out to see if airfares would drop anymore, scared that the next day they would skyrocket…but as I was comparing on AA.com, I said heck I wonder if I can book our inter-island travel for our honeymoon with AA too (initially thinking we were just going to book with an inter-island airline b/c it looked cheaper) — so I re-entered or flight requests and BOOM! it came back with the same price it was originally giving me for just our flights to/from Hawaii without our inter-island flights…whhhhaaa???? Joe and I kept looking at the computer screen to look for our mistake, that we entered something wrong, but low and behold…we didn’t! So cha-ching! We booked immediately! It was a no brainer, it was like getting our inter-island travel for free! And I thought that was the deal of the century…but wait there’s more…

So yesterday, Joe being the best fiance in the world — accompanies me to make the drive out to Temple City so I can get fitted for my maid of honor dress for Danielle’s wedding. I rewarded his bravery with a lunch date to Din Tai Fung Dumpling House (thanks BFF for the recommendation…it was delish!) Our day was planned afterwards to hit up the mall and check out different styles/outfits for our groomsmen and dress options for our bridesmaids. So on our way back, our first stop was David’s Bridal. Joe, still the best fiance in the world mans up and walks into this crazy mess hall with me to check out dresses and to see if their Juniper color online was anything close to my wedding color. It was fairly close, but the dresses were not what I was looking for. So we walked out and took a detour to Nordstrom Rack…got a deal on a new pair of trail shoes, then headed out to the motherland — South Coast Plaza. We spent a fair amount of time there — trying to put together different coordinates to see if they match, how it looks on a real person and not a hanger, and just walking into random stores in the hopes of a miracle that a peacock blue spring/summer dress was just sitting on the rack waiting for us to buy. And nothing. Feeling a little defeated in our search, we head over to the Irvine Spectrum. I wanted to stop by Macy’s to show him a possible groomsmen outfit I saw when I was there the other day. He tried it on, and I immediately told him to take it off. Definitely did not look good on. Ha ha. So we were starving at this point and about to call it a day when I came across a rack of chocolate brown vests on our way out…and OMG, they were perfect. So we grabbed a bunch and headed over to the dress shirt section to find one that would compliment…and OMG, we did! While I was hoarding all of the stock in my hands, Joe was trying to contact his groomsmen for their sizes. As we collected all their info, we noticed that the store only had one Medium vest and we needed a total of three. Damn! Of course, a hurdle to the finish line. So we walk up to the cashier to pay and pray that another Macys near us has the last 2 vests we need. The sales rep tells us that yes there are 4 mediums at Mission Viejo Macy’s. Puuuurfect! So as the sales rep is ringing us up, he asks us if we want to pre-sale our items for an additional 25% off on top of the current sale. We say sure! If you are a frequent shopper at Macy’s, you know that they have a crap load of sales, coupons, etc. Its crazy! The one day sale is like everyday! So anyways, he rings up all our stuff — 4 vests and 6 dress shirts, and tells us our grand total is $200. Say what? Joe was thrown off and asks how much are the vests? The sales rep tells us, $7.49 each. US Dollars? Without complaint, Joe hands him over his charge card and we look at each other with our ‘best deal ever’ faces, take our receipt and walk out the door. You know your a shopper if you find happiness and glee with a deal of the century. This immediately prompted me to blog this morning.

Our night wasn’t over quite yet. We still needed the 2 Medium vests to be complete. So we drive over to Mission Viejo mall and we insist on making it a contest — person to find the vests wins! We love pretending to be on Supermarket Sweep which is what it felt like ha ha. So we look, and look, and look, and I’m getting that defeated feeling again in my stomach. Couldn’t find it — so I ask a sales rep to help us find them. And she can’t find it either. So basically they could be any where on the first floor. Determination fueled an hour long search, every rack, all the fitting rooms, our gut is telling us they are here….and Eureka!!! Joe finds them on the other side of the store, right after I walk right past them. He calls me back to the rack he was standing at and there they were a full rack of the chocolate brown vests we needed. We hit a freeze frame high-5, grabbed what we needed and were on our way. After 7 hours of shopping, our mission was complete. We celebrated our deal of the century with drinks and pizza at BJs.

Its the greatest feeling to snag a deal of the century — but its even a greater feeling to have the best fiance in the world who is also the best shopper.

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!

212 days and counting…

2 Comments | Written by Cat on Feb 2 2009 in Uncategorized

Hello February! So 2009’s first month has come and gone…yikes! When I look at those two hundred and twelve days ahead of me I feel like I still have loads of time. Or translated into 7 months. Yup, let’s stick with counting down in days. Well, we’ve booked our condo…yippee! Room 112 where the playas dwell! Remember that song? Ha ha. And no that wasn’t on purpose, it just so happens its Room 112. Thanks to my Auntie Beth for helping us figure out where we should stay. Now we’re just waiting to see how good airfare rates can get…come on, keep going down! Let’s see, what else have I been up to? We met our priest that we’ll be doing our prep with locally, Father Tim…signed up for Engaged Encounter with the Danny’s (whohoo!)…started the invitation creating…and trying to find the perfect peacock blue dresses for my bridesmaids. Ran into my first road block…the dresses I thought would work, totally were not the right color in person — damn you internet and computer colors! Oh well, it wasn’t meant to be. How hard can it be? Let’s hope this short month will be as productive as the last!

happy holidays!

1 Comment | Written by Cat on Dec 26 2008 in Uncategorized

Joe and I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season! We can’t wait to see everyone in the New Year!

say yes to the dress…

No Comments | Written by Cat on Nov 16 2008 in wedding planning

…which I did yesterday! Never realized how excited it was going to make me feel when you find the ‘one’. And I’m not talking about Joe sillies, I’m talking about ‘the dress’. So I made an appointment five weeks ago for Danielle and I (background check: Danielle is getting married on July 4th, whohoo) to try on wedding gowns at One Night Affair, this designer gown rental place that my co-worker Kellie told me about (thanks Kel!!!) We both woke up bright and early for our appointments, anxious, excited and a little nervous! If you know me and the way I shop for clothes, I’m really not a time waster…if I see some shoes or a top that I like, its like love at first sight and joins the rest of my wardrobe instantly. I’m not the type of person to sift through every rack of clothes, shelves of shoes or piles of accessories. If I don’t find it within 5-10 minutes of walking into a store, its not meant to be and I get the heck out of there! My wedding dress experience was much like a normal day at the mall out shopping…I hung 6-8 dresses to try on and I said yes to the dress I was holding the first 10 minutes I began searching through the store. It was the 2nd one I tried on, a beautiful Vera Wang runway designer gown that made me and my best friend want to cry. I didn’t want to take it off because my short search was over and all I wanted to do was stare back into the mirror to really start envisioning my big day with my beautiful dress……but knew I should keep trying on more to make sure that was ‘the one‘. So after 6 or 7 more dresses I tried on and rejected, the sales manager asked if I wanted to put the Vera I loved back on me. And when I came back out with it on again, I was absolutely, 100% certain my moment realized, Vera and I were meant to be.

intro

1 Comment | Written by Cat on Oct 2 2008 in randomness

hello world! if you’re reading this right now, thanks so much for stopping by our website! not only did we want our site to contain important info about our wedding, but we also wanted all our guests to come along for the roller coaster ride we like to call ‘wedding planning’. this also gives us a chance to look back and remember our journey to the beginning of the rest of our lives together. so check back often and read how all the craziness will unfold until we tie the knot on 9/3/09!

p.s. anyone out there has full rights to put me in check if i turn into ‘bridezilla’ during this process! =P

this is a test…

No Comments | Written by Cat on Oct 2 2008 in randomness

…hey is this thing on? hello? can anyone hear us?

thanks to brudder james for putting our website together! we love it and you!

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