Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mexico 2008: Honeymoon Pics!

We've been back from vacation for almost a month and I have yet to blog or post photos of any kind in that time. We had grand plans of sharing our honeymoon comings and goings as they happened, but we grossly underestimated our access to decent wi-fi while in Mexico. Nonetheless, we have officially posted our honeymoon pics from both Puerto Vallarta and Yelapa.

Many of the initial pics are from in and around the Hacienda San Angel which hosted our symbolic ceremony and where we stayed for the first five days. The hacienda was so amazing we hardly left for three days.

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I think on our fourth day we ventured out to Joe Jack's Fish Shack for some ceviche and some "famous for" fish tacos. I have to say the joint didn't disappoint...the tacos were awesome, the ceviche delicious and company divine!

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The following day we went on the Canopy Tour with Los Veranos Adventures which was a lot of fun. The last line shoots you into the tequila bar, where of course we had to partake of our new favorite Don Julio 1942. We received a bottle as a wedding gift from our planner, and let's just say the bottle didn't survive to see two good days.

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That Saturday we traveled from Boca de Tomatlan to Yelapa where we continued our stay at Verana. This place truly was in the jungle and honestly nothing could have prepared me for the 8 minute hike up the hill, in 90% humidity and temperature. Can we just stay it kicked our a**s! Anywho, we did everything we promised and more. This city girl was totally out of her comfort zone but I thoroughly enjoyed it...beyond the sickness*, I was good.

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While in Yelapa, we went horseback riding, swimming, snorkeling at the Marietas Island's and hiked a ton. We also enjoyed November 4th in the most memorable way. Beyond it being one of the most significant days in world history, we had the fortunate opportunity to spend it with several great couples and awesome staff. We took over the bar, hooked up a laptop to the sound system and anxiously watched and listened as the results came in and McCain's concession speech went out. Oh, what a glorious day it truly was!


We ended our trip with a farewell to our new friends and a bumpy water taxi ride back to Boca. Overall, we had an adventerous and eye-opening trip and we hope the images captured communicate what an amazing time we had.

Our deepest and warmest thanks to all of you who helped make our honeymoon dream a reality. We are eternally grateful and appreciative!


Dinner at Kurtwood Farm...Long over due!

Okay, let me first begin by mentioning that this is the hardest dinner reservation I've ever tried to get. You literally have to know someone, who knows someone to get a seat at this table. Held every Sunday evening at Kurtwood Farm, the home kitchen of Kurt Timmermeister seats only 20 and serves up a 10 course meal for the ages!

Everything from the carrot soup with browned butter to the handmade pasta and roast pork it was all too much to handle! But ooh so worth it!

Monday, October 13, 2008

What Will It Look Like?

Honestly, this is the only inspiration I've seen of our upcoming ceremony at the Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our planner, Lisa had an image in her head of what she envisioned and "poof!", florist Mindy Rice sketched it out! How great is that? I'll follow up with actual pics after our other big day, October 29th.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My Heart Belongs To Him

We finally made it official! On Friday, October 10th Ray & I were married in a small civil ceremony at the King County Courthouse in Seattle, WA. With our family by our side and in our thoughts we exchanged our vows which were officiated by Judge Charles Mertel. It was a wonderful ceremony with lots of laughter and yes...I did cry!

We spent our afternoon wine tasting at the Tasting Room in Pike Place Market and then moved on to a wonderful dinner at Canlis.

Thank you to everyone who had us in their thoughts and have supported us over the last 13 years! Your love means more to us than you can possibly imagine. Okay, enough with the mushy stuff. Enjoy the pics!

We're off to Puerto Vallarta on the 27th for our symbolic ceremony & honeymoon with the fancy clothes and all the fixins! Check back around the first of November for pictures. I'll be blogging from sunny Mexico.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Best A Girl Could Ask For!

I feel so blessed to work with such a wonderful group of women! Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers. Everyday it was a sweet reminder of the big event and Itruly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity. You guys are the best!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

1 Hour To A Slimmer You?

Is it too good to be true? Suddenly Slender SlenderTone Body Wrap may be the perfect way to drop those last few wedding day inches. "So how does this miracle treatment work? After a brief consultation, trained technicians take your measurements and then wrap you in bandages soaked in Suddenly Slender’s exclusive “mineral solution.” The bandages are applied around your entire body—firmly to areas needing contouring and more loosely where only skin tightening is desired. Once wrapped, a light exercise routine such as walking or dancing is encouraged to promote circulation and to enhance results. After 60 minutes, the bandages are removed and you are then re-measured." According to their site " clients look 10 to 30 inches slimmer, on average, immediately after treatment." Though I've never used the service, there are many toughting their benefits and results. With features on shows such as The Tyra Banks Show, and The Rachel Ray Show to name a few their popularity is growing. But the wraps have just as many naysayers as there are believers. Many feel the wraps are just another scam to pull on the purse strings of those looking to loose weight without the use of good old exercise. Ranging in price from $120-180 per treatment, at least it's cheaper than lipo!

Let me know, is this something you are willing to try? Have you tried it previously? If so, I would love to hear your feedback.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nie Nie Dialogues: An Update

Today Stephanie Nielson's siblings were featured on the Today Show to discuss the medical status of their sister and her husband Christian. Both are still in critical care but the family is positive, upbeat and in excellent spirits.

What I found most amazing about the piece, beyond their love for their sister and her husband, was her energy. Although Stephanie was not there in person, her joyfulness and energy for life was very present! Additionally, there has been an overwhelming amount of support from their local community, online friends and family; since the accident over $100K has been raised in support of the family and their medical care.

Please continue to keep the Nielsons in your thoughts and prayers!

To donate to the Nielson family during their recovery, you can do so below or visit their recovery site Nie Recovery.

To send your well wishes or donations via mail:

c jane
2250 N. University Parkway #4876
Provo, Utah

Custom Cocktails

From engagement parties to wedding day cocktail hour to day-after-brunches, a signature cocktail is the perfect way to customize your event. Let your imagination run wild!

Planning a destination wedding? Why not use your location as inspiration. Inspired by my fellow brides over at the Best Destination Wedding Forum, let some of my favorite (and personally tested) drinks inspire you.

Lemonade Margaritas
1 (12 oz.) can frozen lemonade
1 (12 oz.) can frozen limeade4 cans water
2 cans of premium Tequila ala no Cuervo or Sauza
1 can Triple Sec
*Serves one. For larger groups multiply receipe by number of servings desired.

Thoroughly stir all ingredients together. Fill blender carafe with ice cubes and pour approximately one-fourth of mixture over ice. Blend until frozen slush is formed. Continue with remaining mixture. Serve in a chilled sugar rimmed margarita glass with a sprig of mint and a small pinch of cayenne pepper. Recipe can be served on the rocks as well, just skip the blender.

Hawaiian Barbie
2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
3 oz of pineapple juice
3 oz tonic water
pineapple ring (halfed)
*Serves one. For larger groups multiply receipe by number of servings desired.
*Works as a Jamaica drink as well

Pour coconut rum into a collins glass filled with ice. Add pineapple juice and tonic water. Garnish with a plumeria blossom and serve with a straw, swizzle stick or for fun, top with an umbrella!

Jamaican Hummingbird (I lived off of these while on vacation in Jamaica!)
1 oz bananas

1 oz coconut cream
1 oz creme de bananes
1 oz rum
1/2 oz of Tia Maria Coffe Liquer (Kaluha works as well)
1 oz fresh strawberries
crushed ice (to equal preffered consistency)
*Serves one. For larger groups multiply receipe by number of servings desired.
*Works as a Hawaii drink as well!

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Roberta Chiarella Jewelry! I Could Die...

Happy Monday everyone!

Today's post is dual purpose, first to feature the jewelry of Roberta Chiarella and second as a BIG thank you to Roberta and Elizabeth for the fabulous gift card. Roberta's work can be see all over from top celebrities and models, to brides and party girls. Chic and totally affordable her jewelry is regularly featured in national magazines such as Instyle, InStyle Weddings, The Knot, Brides, Essence and Lucky.

Recently voted a Best Web Site by InStyle Weddings you are sure to find all that you need at From casual to luxe and everything in between that perfect piece is waiting for you! And, with a 15% discount on 4 or more bridal purchases you can deck out your entire bridal party as well. If your in the New York area contact them directly for an in studio appointment at (212) 535-5639 or email them at And, while your at it check out her blog A Girl From Queens.

So, what did I purchase with my gift card ? A great multi-strand necklace to wear on my honeymoon!

{image courtesy of Roberta Chiarella}

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

It's Not Just A Blurb

Today's post features a wonderful online service, Blurb which provides bookstore-quality books As a bride, I can think of a million and one ways to utilize this site. Let's see...shower gift, bridesmaid gift, your very own budoir book...ooh la la, but best of all a wonderful bound text of wedding day memories. Not only is Blurb a great resource; with their custom program BookSmart you can actually create your own book from the comfort of your own couch! It's a top-to-bottom site where you can turn personal images into last memories and save you money to boot! So, "What will your book be?"

As always feel free to leave comments! I love to hear from you!

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