Why I Renewed My Vows

Have you ever thought about renewing your vows? Or wondered if it’s too hard or worth it? I did on my one year anniversary (weird, I know) and it was the best decision I ever made. And here’s why:

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As a wedding designer/coordinator, I’m constantly dreaming up new scenes and concepts for clients to proclaim their love to one another. It was my job. It was my job now, and it was for years before I got married. I think I struggled in planning my own wedding for a couple reasons. After some serious heartache in my past, I didn’t really ever see myself getting married. and planning events for brides was easier than for myself – turns out. I was so fickle with ideas I almost just didn’t care in the end. I just wanted it to be over. Sounds so negative, I know. I also let others’ opinions of the day take over my own. I felt like it was just more work. But in the end, I had a beautiful wedding and at the end of the day, I got married to a man I truly love – and that’s the point, right? Right.

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Costa Rica Recap

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Well, I’m officially back from the most amazing vacation ever to Costa Rica and back in full work mode! And while I miss the tropical paradise that I called home for a couple weeks, I’m happy to be ¬†home and back to work. I really do love what I do and I think that’s the ultimate dream, right? Now, I’ve gotten quite a few request from friends and readers asking if I had any tips and recommendations, so I thought I’d put everything on here to share with you lovelies. I’m no travel expert, but I did learn a few things this time around and I’m happy to share!

First of all, YES we went during the “rainy season” and NO it wasn’t pouring rain all day everyday and miserable =) Unlike California rain. The rain we experienced (early Sept) was not everyday and didn’t start until about 5-6pm when it did. And it was a warm rain. More thunder and lightening than pouring rain. I thought it was totally awesome to be perfectly honest! One thing I learned though – apparently the water is crystal clear during the high season (Jan, Feb, March), and the water was a bit murkier for us. But we still snorkeled and it seemed fine to me!

We stayed in a small town called Uvita, located in the Southwest region of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Super close to several beaches and waterfalls. 1 hour from epic surfing, zip lines, and mangrove tours. Several high end restaurants and several local places that are super yummy! (more on those later!) We rented the most amazing home from Airbnb. We stayed for 11 days. Which was perfect for adventuring and beaching (snorkel/surf) 1 day, and then relaxing and beaching (swimming & reading & napping) in between. It was a great fit for us.

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California Fall Wedding (My Best friends Wedding!)

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Last Fall was such a special time for me. Mainly because I got to attend a wedding (that never happens!) but MOSTLY because the wedding I got to attend was my best friends. I’ve known Lauren since I was 15 years old. We were there for each other for our tennis matches (we were kick ass doubles partners) first boyfriends, chemistry tests, slumber parties, thousands of hours of SVU marathons while pounding bags of cherries =) And last November, I got to see my best friend marry the man of her dreams and it was amazing. And lucky for you, her wedding was captured by the talented Shannen Natasha and was featured on 100 Layer Cake a couple days ago – so I get to share it with YOU! Everything about this wedding was so gorgeous – I’ll let the photos just speak for themselves =)

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Blurry Times…

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Some of you may know that this past month has been a doozy for me and my family. Sometimes it just feels like things keep getting worse and worse. Like just when you thought the worst has happened… the next day my phone rings with something almost unbearable to hear. It’s been a hard thing to digest a family struggling so much and me, in another town, starting my own family. Wanting to do the best thing for both situations: being a good daughter/big sister and being a good wife. Not to mention, I’m in the middle of wedding season trying to run a small business all by myself. So, with that said – I’ve made some big decisions in the past few days. I’ve been trying to seek some clarity in my very blurry world. I’ve decided to spend more time with my family in my hometown. Like for days maybe weeks at a time to really help out and be there for those that are hurting. And I’ve decided to take¬† a step back from the blog for awhile. Just until I figure this crazy new going back and forth schedule.

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