7 Years

In honor of our 7-year dating anniversary and 2-year wedding anniversary, I thought it would be fun to have a mini-timeline of photos of us throughout the years.

September 12, 2007 – CJ and I met.

September 2007

September 27, 2007

October 4, 2007 – Our dating anniversary!

October 4, 2007

October 4, 2007

October 12, 2011 – CJ proposed on Avila Beach.

We're engaged!

October 12, 2011

October 7, 2012 – We became husband and wife.

Just married!

Just married! October 7, 2012

So many important dates are coming up in the next few days. Happy anniversary to us! It’s amazing that we met when we were 18 and 19 years old and have gone through so much together already. We experienced college together, started our careers, got engaged and married, bought a house and a car, remodeled our house, and now are the parents of a beautiful baby girl. Even with all we’ve been through, I still feel like it was just yesterday that we met at the bonfires at Avila Beach. I’m so lucky to be going through life with my best friend and love of my life and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!

Cheers to finding your other half. I know I have and I am thankful every day for this beautiful gift called love.

Just married!

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Happy 1st Anniversary to Us!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we got married!!!

Our first dance as husband and wife

Our first dance as husband and wife

The weekend leading up to our wedding was the best weekend of our lives and our wedding day was simply perfect. Part of me would love to have a yearly reunion with all the people that made our day so special while the other part of me just wants to enjoy the day without having to plan something. 🙂 What made it so special was not just the obvious part – marrying my best friend – but also being surrounded by all the people that we love the most in the world. It meant so much to us to have everyone there to support us and celebrate with us.

So much has happened in the past year – we bought a house, bought a car, remodeled our house (and furnished it!), CJ started a new job, started working on our yard, traveled to New York to visit one of our favorite people, visited our dear friends in Northern California to meet their adorable son, went to a wedding, and so much more! We loved every minute of it and can’t wait to see what’s in store for us for the next year (and the rest of our lives!). We know it will be filled with happiness.

To celebrate our anniversary, we took last Friday off and drove up to Mendocino for a relaxing weekend. But first, we stopped to pick up our 1st anniversary wedding cake and stopped by V. Sattui. It was quite a detour but totally worth it!

V. Sattui Anniversary Trip

We rented an adorable cottage in Little River that overlooked the ocean and spent time exploring the area. Neither of us have really been to Mendocino before (okay, so maybe CJ has when he was teeny tiny but too long ago for him to remember) so it was a lot of fun to see a new area. We went hiking around the cliffs, explored the cute little shops, and just enjoyed being together without any distractions.

Beautiful view!

Beautiful view!

Mendocino 2013

Mendocino 2013 Mendocino 2013

Tonight, we are going out to a fondue restaurant in Livermore to celebrate more. We’ve never been to this place but hope that it’s as delicious as The Melting Pot (my favorite restaurant in the world).

Happy 6 Month Anniversary to Us!

CJ and I celebrated our 6-month anniversary on Sunday! Unfortunately, CJ had to work the whole day but we were able to go to a nice dinner in Danville to celebrate. The restaurant was an adorable little place in downtown Danville called The Peasant and the Pear and they had amazing food! We highly recommend it.

It’s amazing how fast these past 6 months have flown by! We’ve renovated our kitchen, refinished our floors, moved into our adorable little home, started decorating, and so many more little things. Tomorrow marks exactly two months since we’ve officially moved into the house and four months since we officially became homeowners. Our contractor kept assuring us during the construction that we would forget all the hiccups once we moved into the house and that it would all be worth it. I definitely believe him now, it was all so worth it. For those wondering about a housewarming party, we still have a few more pieces of furniture to get before we start planning it but it will happen. 🙂

Tomorrow, we’re having a tree guy come over to tame the monster tree on our front yard. It is ridiculously large so we need to get it under control.

As promised, below is a picture of our new table lamp for our bedroom. I loooove the print on it and how it contrasts with the stripes on the duvet cover.

Our Wedding Video!!!

Great news!!! Our wedding video is complete and we absolutely love it!! Weddings on Film (technically Video Basico) did such a wonderful job filming the event and making the footage into short film. HUGE thanks our amazing friend Ally for helping us find them!

You should be able to watch the video below. Enjoy! 🙂

One of the hardest decisions that we had when planning our wedding was whether or not to hire a videographer. Some people are adamantly opposed to it saying that they never watch theirs, and others are gung-ho about it saying that they are so glad they got it. In the end, we decided that if we didn’t hire one, we would definitely regret it. Also, a picture may be 1000 words but a video is even more. It brings so many wonderful  memories back from the big day and reminds us of small moments that we may have forgotten about or didn’t even notice when it first happened.

One of my favorite parts of the video is when CJ and his groomsmen are getting ready!  Then again, let’s be honest, every part is my favorite. 🙂

They gave us the option to choose the music for the video but we really weren’t sure what would work so we told them we were open to whatever music they thought would be fitting as long as our first dance song (“Better Together” by Jack Johnson) was included. The songs they chose are so perfect for the situation, we’re glad we gave them the freedom to choose the music.

Another thing that’s awesome is that we will get a DVD of this mini-movie as well as the full ceremony, speeches, and formal dances! We will definitely watch those once we receive the DVDs in the mail. I’m especially excited to see the full ceremony because, as the bride, I really only saw the second half of it since I was the last one to arrive.

Bridal Bouquet Project

My beautiful bouquet

After our wedding, I did a bunch of research on what could be done to preserve my bridal bouquet. There are plenty of companies that do some sort of bouquet preservation technique to freeze dry it so it looks exactly the same as it did on the day of the wedding (for a shadow box or dome), or press the flowers and frame them. Unfortunately, I started doing this research a week or so after the wedding because it didn’t even occur to me before the wedding. If you want to do one of those preservation techniques, you need to ship off your bouquet within a day or two of the wedding to ensure that it can be properly preserved. So, you should contact the company way before the wedding to see what needs to be done. Some companies need to ship something to you before the wedding to put the bouquet in so it doesn’t get damaged in shipping.

I decided that I would just press all of the flowers and then try to do something with them when they were all flattened out. I pulled apart the bouquet flowers one by one and placed them in CJ’s college textbooks (glad we could make use of them one more time!). Once they were all put in the textbooks, I weighted them down with a ton more books to make sure they were as squished as possible. Then, I just left them there for several months.

Last weekend, CJ and I were running a bunch of errands and decided to venture into HomeGoods for the first time. As were were wandering down one of the aisles, we spotted the perfect shadow box for my flower project and it was only $12.99! I was sooo excited to bring it home and get started on my bouquet project.

When we got home, I took out all the flowers from the textbooks and started to place them in the shadow box to see how I wanted them to look.

I also rewrapped the fabric from the bottom of my bouquet so it was nice and neat.

Once I got the flowers where I wanted them in the shadow box, I laid the fabric base on top of the stems of the flowers and started pinning the base into the cushioned shadow box backing. Luckily, I had some extra pearl pins from my bouquet and the shadow box came with about a dozen of them. I kept pinning the fabric until the base was as flat as it could be and then lifted it up to make sure nothing moved. I closed the front of the shadow box and, VOILA! I was done.

Super easy project and it looks so professional. I’ve already had two people tell me that it looks like I bought it from a store. 🙂

Step by Step

Because the house is ready for us to move in, I’ve been loading up my car and dropping the items off each time I stop by the house. It’s so exciting to start bringing things in! I’m really starting to imagine everything in the kitchen and can’t wait to unpack all the wedding gifts and to FINALLY start using them.

I’m madly in love with all of our wedding gifts (particularly the KitchenAid mixer, thanks Mom! Such a dream come true) but there are a few items that are especially meaningful because they were made for us. Normally, I’m not a fan of receiving home decorations as gifts because, as most people who know me well would testify, I’m very picky about style and would rather pick things out for myself. But these items are the exception to the rule and I really can’t wait to find a place to put them on display in the house.

The first one is the most beautiful painting I have ever seen. Our family friend is an incredibly talented painter and painted this scene of CJ and I on our wedding day. It’s amazing how he was able to capture our feelings on our wedding day and make it look exactly like us (even down to the flower on my sash)! This was given to us at our reception so he painted this all even before seeing us. He had a little help from my mom so he knew what my dress was going to look like and I’m so glad my mom showed it to him. This is something that we will keep the rest of our lives and can’t wait to put it on display.

The second one is an adorable cross-stitch (I think that’s what it’s called) of a wedding dress, our names, and our wedding date made by my lovely mother-in-law. It’s SO cute and I love that she personalized it with our names and wedding color (purple, duh). I’m still brainstorming where to put it but I’m thinking that maybe we can do one of those picture collage walls (like this one on Young House Love) and include this in that medley of frames. It really depends on how everything looks when we move in but I think that would be a fun way to incorporate it into our decorations.

Wedding Photos!!!

We finally received our photos and they are amazing! It’s hard to choose favorites but we will definitely want to print and frame some of their for our home. Below is the link so you can look through all of them:

http://shawnee78.zenfolio.com/emilywedding

I love this one of us right after our ceremony!
And this one during our First Look:
And this one during the ceremony:
We just love all of them!!! We’ll continue to post more of our favorites. 🙂

Sneak Peak of Wedding Photos

We got to see our first wedding photo from Shawnee today!!! We are madly in love with the photo!

She said the rest should be ready by tomorrow. WE CAN’T WAIT!!!!

HOUSE UPDATE: There is no update for today. The bank just asked us for more information so we’re taking that as a sign that it’s not closing just yet. Still more processing for them to do.