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I have to admit, I fell in love with my dress as soon as I saw it… in a magazine.

In my eyes, I knew this would be it and nothing can top this dress.  As I mentioned in my very first post, I grabbed monthly bridal magazines on the stands and subscribed to Brides and Martha Stewart Wedding.

I called every bridal store in San Diego. No luck. So I called up North and visited Mary Me Bridal in the City of Orange.  It was the first dress I tried on and I was right.. it was MY dress! I should have tried the other dresses I brought into the dressing room so that I can pretend I was on the show “Say Yes to the Dress.” haha!

Taken April 9, 2011 [BM, MOH, ME, MOM, BM]

Without further ado, my dress:

Jasmine Couture – Spring 2011 Collection

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Photos: Bauman Photographers

Details: Ivory / Satin Faced Organza & Lux Organza / Chapel train length

Alterations: Removed straps, made into a sweetheart top, shortened length. [Thanks to 2000 Dreams Bridal]

What attracted me to the dress: Feather details, the cut and drop of the back of the dress, and the giant bow.

I felt so pretty wearing this!


A couple of years ago I found a vintage luggage at the Kobey’s Swap Meet, our local outdoor market.  I wanted to incorporate this luggage as our card box.  But when it came down to it, I didn’t want to ruin the luggage.

So I found this decorative cardboard luggage box at Michaels.  Fitting, since we planned our honeymoon in Europe.

Since I had extra muslin bags from our favors, I used it for our card box.  I split the bags so it would be lighter and that way I did not need to sew the top.  I stenciled the letters C-A-R-D-S with the same paint I used for the key ring bags.

I punctured a hole on each side of the luggage and strung the above bags with the same twine I used for our invites.  And Voilà!, our wedding card box:

above photo by: Bauman Photographers

I used my vintage luggage for stacking purposes.  This turned out better than I imagined.

“The money dance, dollar dance, or apron dance is an event at some wedding receptions in various cultures. During a money dance, male guests pay to dance briefly with the bride, and sometimes female guests pay to dance with the groom. The custom originated in Poland in the early 1900s in immigrant neighborhoods.

Sometimes guests are told that the money will be used for the bride and groom’s honeymoon or to give them a little extra cash with which to set up housekeeping.


We did this honeymoon / money dance at our reception.  It was fun!  Our DJs didn’t play typical slow songs during our honeymoon / money dance but they played fun, non-explicit, music. The kids loved it.. they danced in between Patrick and myself. It was cute!

At a couple of weddings I have been to, there would be a person (usually a bridesmaid and/or groomsmen) standing near the dance floor passing out pins to the guests to pin the cash onto the bride and groom’s clothing.  I didn’t really want anyone to be doing this at the reception so I came up with an idea of having the pins on each table.  However, I didn’t want to just place a box of pins on the tables so I came up with this:

I purchased the purple pin cushions at JoAnn’s Fabric Craft and on Ebay,  and the mini clay pots and pins from Michaels. We printed the tags on the same paper we used for all our stationary.

They sat cutely with the muslin bags on our tables like so:

above photo by: Bauman Photographers

My husband now understands why I was obsessed with the little details of the wedding.

One of the first details we purchased were the favors.  Honestly, I had no idea what favors we would have for the wedding.  But I came across these by accident around April of last year.  I was actually looking for mini skeleton keys for the escort cards and came across these awesome skeleton key bottle openers:

Bella Wedding Co.

They sat in our guestroom closet for a couple of months until we figured out what we wanted our tags to look like.  After figuring out what we wanted our stationary design to look like (post about that soon), here is what we came up with:

For presentation purposes, I did not want to attach the key rings to the key because I thought it made it look tacky.  So what I did was placed muslin drawstring bags on each table with the key rings in them.  I stenciled the words “P.S. Rings for your Keys” on each bag.

Thank you to my husband, Leah (sister/MOH), Melanie (bridesmaid), and Eleanor (cousin) for helping me with the favors!


Desiree, my best friend, got engaged in Maui last December! It was the hardest secret I could keep from her. I’m very proud to say that I never spilled the beans.

Sarah (aka Sticky), Des, and I went to have sushi for dinner two weeks ago. Des surprised us with the cute little boxes shown above, asking us to be part of her wedding! But by October I’d be labeled as her “Matron” of Honor. How exciting!


What the heck?!? Where did January go? We’ve been so busy that I didn’t get to blog anything! We have been running all over to get things knocked off our list. We have been successful!

[side note: I’m blogging via my new iPhone, my fiancé gave me for Christmas! Hopefully this will get me to blog more often. /end side note]

Anyway I’m on my lunch break at work. I better get goin!

60 more days till the big day!

/background on the cord ceremony/

The traditional wedding cord is a piece of wedding paraphernalia used in some Catholic wedding ceremonies. This is actually a representation of a loop of rosary beads made out of white satin or silk. During the wedding proper, this is traditionally formed into a figure-of-eight shape, and then placed around the neck areas of the bride and the groom after they have made their wedding vows, and are already kneeling on pillows for the pronouncement of a wedding prayer. This cord symbolizes lifetime unity or the everlasting union of the bride and groom when they officially become husband and wife, as well as a symbol of marital protection; while the loops formed signifies their love for one another. After the wedding, this marital twine is typically kept by the bride as a wedding souvenir. Use of the traditional wedding cord for weddings is common in Hispanic countries such as Mexico, the Philippines, and Spain. (via Wikipedia)


As my parents were cleaning out my grandparents’ garage, they came across my passing aunt’s wedding cord she used at her wedding.  Because my mom knew how close me and my aunt were, she decided to give me the cord for me and Pat to use.  However, my aunt has a daughter.  And it truly belongs to her.  So I messaged her and below is the thread that made me us cry.

I don’t know how I’m going to survive my wedding day with all the love, meaning, and sentimental value surrounding me.  In all honestly, I look ugly when I cry! haha.

/Auntie Banana’s (Imelda) beautiful cord/

Bingo! We stumbled upon a suit he loved at Theory! We were out shopping for shirts and ties for the groomsmen and left with his suit!

Finally booked! Phew. On to the next task.

As of today, we have four more months to go! yeee!

I’m not going to lie. Getting alterations done for MY wedding makes me nervous.  I have YELP‘d alteration shops around my place and I found one that got good reviews!  I felt confident in my decision.  So, I take my MOH there to get her dress altered.  Okay, nice.. this place looks like they work with a lot of bridal gowns and dresses.  The young lady working the front asks one of the seamstress to come out to help us and wow.. rude.  She asks, “What’s wrong with it?”  I kept my comments to myself but we wouldn’t be there if we didn’t want something fixed, right?!  I could of just took the dress and found another place but I didn’t. We are picking it up next week.  I’m crossing my fingers!