Thursday, July 5, 2012

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaaack. Did you miss me? I know you did.

Le sigh.  Where to begin, let's just say it has been an eventful past 3 months.  Since, I like my blog posts short and sweet- (like me- most of the time) I will try to give you a VERY abridged version of the major life-changing moments over the past couple of months.

So, let's start with my husband, (yep, HUSBAND now- but fiance at this time) graduated from the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business.  Yeah Van! His lovely parents and sister, Whitney, came to town for graduation which was fun.  We always eat and drink a lot with them- and of course did some Pittsburgh sight-seeing. Below is Van with his honor cords!

Next up- we MOVED BACK TO LOS ANGELES.  Yeah!! Hence, the name-change in my blog, what do you guys think?  It works, right?  Van received an awesome job offer at a finance tech start-up in Hollywood- so we moved back.  We found a really cool apartment in the East Hollywood, Silverlake/Los Feliz area where Van can literally ride the Subway/bike to work.  And as some of you probably know- this is UNHEARD of here.  So that's exciting.  I will continue with my current job in health/wellness consulting and work remotely in LA- which is a great set-up for me too.

Then there were the bachelorette and shower festivities.  My incredible bridesmaids threw me a wonderful party that consisted of all of my favorite activities: wine-tasting, eating, dancing, walking barefoot down Hollywood Blvd. at 2am. Wha?! Well, everything except the last one.  Thank you ladies- you're amazing, all I can say is that when you aren't born with sisters, your friends really are your sisters.  Thank you. Here are some of my favorite pics- please note the random sea creature I met at the Supper Club.

The next day, literally the day after my bachelorette party, my Aunt Beth had a beautiful shower for me in Orange County.  Thank you Beth- it was so lovely and perfect in every way!  I'm not going to lie, it was a little hard getting up in the morning, but the bridesmaids and I rallied and were A-OK.  Ha.  I look a little tired.
 Love, Love, Love these ladies! xx

Me and the Moms <3

Aren't my Swedish cousins beautiful?
Counting down the days here...then there was the rehearsal dinner- where I FINALLY got to wear my beautiful Herve Leger dress- yeah! We chose this French/Vietnamese restaurant named The Brodard Chateau, and Van's uncle provided the wine from his own label- Mason. Thank you Shelley and Mark for bringing it down!

I have to throw in the amazing Korean liquor tasting that happened in the hotel after the dinner.  Thank you again Ms. Granger.  So fun to hang out with the girl's that night- they helped keep my nerves at bay. ;)  I've known these ladies since either elementary school or middle school.  Pretty incredible.

Since neither Van or I got cold feet- the next day was WEDDING DAY!!
We chose The Hacienda, in Santa Ana, CA to be our venue- and it was absolutely perfect for us.  So special in every way, from our family and friends that celebrated with us to my brother's band playing and the DJ was awesome too.  At the risk of sounding cheesy, it truly was the happiest day of my life. 

Here are some getting ready pics.

Look at those fierce shoes my maid of honor wore ALL NIGHT LONG.  I may have taken mine off at the end of the night, which I have been known to do, but she was a trooper all the way through.

Then headed to the venue-I don't have any pics of Van since there were all before "the first look." But once I get the professionals back, I'll share a few of those.

So yes, after 5 years of being together, Van and I are officially married.  YEAH!! Also, my flowers were insane- thanks again Cyin Sistas!!

Next up was our honeymoon- but I'll save that for another post because there were A LOT of food pics.  Imagine that.  After my 3.5 month hiatus it feels really good to me back.

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