Wedding Words: 6 Months

Wow. 6 months really just flew right on by. 6 months. That’s 182 days. Half a year of utter joy and bliss. My first six months of officially being a wife.
When people ask me, “So? How does it feel now that you’re married?”, I can’t really say much. Nothing has really changed. Joe and I went the less traditional route (if you can even call it that these days) and lived together for a year even before tying the knot, so our living arrangements have remained the same.
Our feeling of love and happiness are still as strong and so the official document stating our nuptials is more paperwork than anything else. (Well, at least it was a call for celebration, giving us an excuse to dine, dance, and party with family and friends.)
I love this moment Joe’s uncle (who’s my uncle now, too!) captured when my bridesmaids were helping me down the stairs, on our way to our outdoor photoshoot despite the crummy weather. It’s a true reflection of how my friendships remain stable, consistent, and more true than ever… even with the change in my marital status.

Happy 6 months to my wonderful husband.

I Love Salads

I Love Salads

In the kitchen, a book I keep at arm’s reach is called Salad Love by David Bez. Bez provides over 200 salad recipes that are not only easy to prepare but are also incredibly delicious.

David Bez turns plain-old salads into pieces of edible art. He works with bases of leaves, pastas, or grains and elegantly layers vegetables, fruits, and meats on top. Also, to add more flavor, Bez provides recipes for mixes of oils and spices to serve as dressings. At first, I was intimidated by the idea of having to conjure up my own sauces. However, with Salad Love, less is more, and it encourages readers to use quality ingredients to ensure a tasty sauce without getting too messy in the kitchen.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Salad Love will have you re-think your next trip to the grocery store. If you’re in need of satisfying meals that consist of fresh ingredients, colorful combinations, and full-blown tastes and textures, then go ahead and pick it up. Salad Love is a must-have in every kitchen!

Engagement Photos

Engagement Photos

When Joe and I announced our engagement, we received the kindest congratulatory messages. Most importantly, my newly married girlfriends gave me their personal wedding tips. One of them told me: “Enjoy this special time and take it all in. These are the precious moments in life.” Simple and true, I took this advice to heart, and decided that we should capture our wedding adventure as much as we could.

Last week, my dear friend and fashion photographer, Alexandra Côté-Durrer (the girl behind the camera for Alex C.D. Photography) offered her talents to help us create an unforgettable engagement photoshoot.

Alexandra manages to capture the beauty and story behind every one of her subjects. No need to explain further – I’ll let the results speak for themselves.

Thank you once again to Miss Côté-Durrer – photoshoots never feel like work with you (in our case, actually, it is an opportunity to play catch up despite our busy schedules). Also, don’t think you’re off the hook yet… we’ll be using your talents for many more occassions, I’m sure!

You can follow her on Instagram @alexcdphotography and on Facebook (trust me, your newsfeed will start looking phenomenal).

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…and of course, I said “yes”

...and of course, I said "yes"

Here you have it, my biggest news of 2014: I can now refer to my better half, Joe, as my fiancé. You guessed right: I said yes to one of the most important questions ever asked to me. Yes!

The emotions are sometimes overwhelming. Depending on the family member, sharing the news either enhanced my giggle fits or caused me extreme sweating. Whatever the side effect, it always wore off. At the end of it all, everyone celebrated and shared their excitement with us.

While the news is still fresh (and still sinking in, even for me!), I have noticed a few changes:

I am constantly staring at my left hand …and of course, with the biggest smile. While some women prefer taking part in the ring selection, I shine with pride knowing that Joe chose mine based on his interpretation of my tastes and what would best represent our union.

During shopping escapades, I have only been eyeing the neutral palettes. Between ivories and whites, I am researching bridal stores across the city to keep my options open. But be aware folks: the dress for the engagement party has already been chosen!

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