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Video Shot From my first video meeting Msdebramaye at Michael’s. (17 Days Before the wedding!)

Blog Post HERE. Video HERE.

I’m almost done with a with my Msdebramaye wedding series! I have a couple for videos to edit, but due check out my current channel which I have created a Styling Playlist for! That’s where you will be able to see all the decorative pieces I’ve used at #DelmundoVowRenewal. All from my personal inventory, highly rustic influenced, and some part of my household decor! Click the image or link to see more!

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If you haven’t yet, please do check out my YouTube channel! I

It’s a complimentary platform, perfect to my blog! Some posts, just work well with video footage, and other times I just don’t feel like writing! So come visit my channel! Give it a thumbs up, like and subscribe! It is in the early stage of my channel, but I strive to improve upon it, lighting, audio, and video editing! But so far, I’m having fun with the process of it all!

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I’m so excited to share the next upcoming videos! To be honest, the first couple of YouTube videos were uncomfortable for me to make. But, I’m trusting in my skills, and my creative energy I have to communicate and share my creativeness with all of you! Please do stay tuned for the upcoming Msdebramaye wedding day series!!

*Teaser: It’s a vlog!!!

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5K To Wedding Day: PLUS Surprises

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Today was my first 5K run of the year! The drive from my home to the regional park in Livermore was amazing. I had my morning dutch chocolate nutrimeal, received my morning before-run motivational texts from friends and family, and enjoyed the 50 Shades Of Grey Soundtrack on Spotify driving through beautiful vineyards.

Before the run, I did have a little bit of the butterflies from the park gate, to finding a parking spot, to walking up to the start line. I’ve been training for this, and know I can mentally and physically I can do this. My goal was to complete the 3mile race under 40mins. The last time I did a 5K, I was able to complete it within 34mins. So giving myself the extra 5-6mins was a great safety. Before start time, I took myself to a nearby picnic table and did some core warm-ups. 2 minute step-ups, lateral step-ups (both sides), then step-to balance and lateral step-to balance. Those are just a few warm up drills I do with my trainer, and on my own to keep my knees and ankles strong. All to prevent me from knee injury.

Since I’ve started back with my trainer, one of my biggest fears is getting injured, ESPECIALLY a knee injury. “If,” (knock on wood) I did go through a knee injury, that would put me months on sitting down, that leads to gaining weight, which leads me to the fear of not being loosing weight (again), and scared from another knee injury. And that is a complete no, no in my book. Having to “loose weight” again is a CLEAR-CUT no in my journey. Going through this entire fresh knew look on life, and staying fit, healthy and strong is a must, that I want to carry through my late 30s and on. In my head I’m like “I’m Asian, I get mistaken as a youngin’ all the time. Let’s keep it that way!!!!”  I know that sounds crazy, but growing old, sucks. And I don’t want it to be. I want to stay healthy and be healthy. For myself and for my family.

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Fast forward to the race, the race was amazing! While running I got to enjoy the green hills of De Valle Regional park in Livermore. Livermore is the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area, with a fantastic regional park, filled with green hills, great hiking trials, and a beautiful lake view. The weather was perfect during the race, cold, and brisk of the early morning, easy breathing weather, with warm sun shining down! Above, is a photo of the 5K start. Can you spot me? I’m wearing all black, which I always wear because while working out I like to celebrate my fats funeral. Heh, I know, but really though.

As I reached the tail end of my 5K, I charged towards the finish line, and headed straight to the water table. I was given my medal and huffed and puffed towards my car. Yes. My car. I didn’t stop to enjoy watching others cross the finish line, I drank up my water, and walked directly towards my car. Today was such a jammed packed day, of not only my 5K, but each of my boys had baseball games, and later on in the evening my friends wedding! Once returning home, and texting my family, I was able to see the very last part of my youngest son’s game. The team huddle where the coach announces who receives the game ball. And guess who got it?! My son did!!!! What an amazing morning!!! If I hadn’t gone straight to my car after my race, I wouldn’t be able to catch that moment of my son receiving the game ball! So proud of my little guy. Really.

Shortly after seeing my son experience his first game ball, he enjoyed his after game meal at the snack shack. While talking to my mom as she recapped the tball game, an older gentleman interrupted us saying that my son was on the front cover of the local bulletin paper. Shocked, I wasn’t sure if it was true, I told him I wasn’t aware that my son’s picture was on the paper. The older gentleman was certain, and kept saying he’s on it, “a great straight shot of him.” I’ll have to look into this later..

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After an afternoon of rest and celebrating a morning of milestones with my family, it was time to attend my dear friends wedding Monica & James. To let you know a little bit about this couple; Derrick and I were introduced to M&J by a mutual friend, David (who also did photography for their wedding day.) David introduced us in 2012 and we first met them as a couple at Derrick’s 26th birthday which we had hosted a house party at our old home. Beer pong tables under patio string lights, sangria, and a chocolate fondue is all I remember from that party. Good times. Time passed, and over the course of parties, hiking Half Dome, double date nights with J&M, antique fair shopping, and farmers market meet-ups this couple hit a home run with Derrick and myself. They are such an incredible couple to be around. They compliment Derrick and I as a couple, which similar – wait, like almost identical interests!! The balance and dynamics of the four of us together is simply amazing. So being invited to their wedding day truly meant something to me. I love James & Monica so very much, and I cannot say that about many people.

The evening wedding was hosted at an art collective outdoor patio warehouse in Berkeley, totally James & Monica. The details were cool and funky, and vintage. I actually provided the bridal party sign, all DIY, painted and thrifted my moi. I’ll post a tutorial on that soon. The wedding was so emotional. And I mean emotional. Take a look at the photo above captured by my friend David, The Photoriot. Simply amazing.

To Monica & James, you two have defined what true love really is. I send many positive thoughts with love and care to you two everyday. I love you guys! Cheers to the next chapter of your relationship.

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Wedding Bells

After month of preparation, planning, and coordinating, the day is here for my good friend Eureza. Since we were babies we’ve known each other, and attended elementary school together. I’m so happy that her special day has finally arrived! I checked into the hotel where the bridal party stays and gets ready for the joyous occasion later in the evening. It was around 7 I arrived with other bridesmaids trailing behind me.

I checked in, and arranged another bridesmaid to take the bride out of the room so I can start my bridesmaid slumber party. This task was quite difficult to get the bride out. She was tired, in her jammies, glasses and all. But somehow we managed after ganging up on her telling her we need a couple of things from the grocery store. Once she left, I was able to start decorating!!

Here’s a few pics you can enjoy seeing, including all the things I’ve gathered up from this weeks Target runs and crafts.

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The night was wonderful, sweet, simple, and relaxing. The bride was touched by the lovely decor and set up we all had displayed for her. Taboo, snacks, and the movie Bridesmaids was all there for her enjoyment. The glitter gold frames were such a hit as well! Each bridesmaid went home with their very own 5×7 picture of a memory from the bachelorette party.

Keepsake FramesThe keepsake frames were also a nice decorative personal touch to add to the hotel room, and came in great to video footage when the videographer and photographer came the following morning.Wedding Morning

Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale….

Happy wedding day Eureza!! I love you plenty!!

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Maid Of Honor Responsibilities

With only a few more days until my god-sisters wedding, I must go through my MOH list of to-do’s. Luckily, my god-sister the bride-to-be, has planned her wedding so far in advance many of the things I thought a maid of honor was suppose to do, has been already taken cared of.

In the past being a maid of honor, I’ve assisted the bride to every wedding related shopping, from the dress, bridesmaid dresses, accessories, to even a few alteration appointments and also her make-up trail appointment and engagement photoshoot! I’ve even stayed up the night before the wedding with the wedding planner, doing floral arrangements till the wee-hours of the wedding day! Seriously! Shouldn’t I be relaxing with the rest of the bridesmaids at the hotel?! That’s some MOH dedication right there.

From the Maid of Honor down to the Ring Bearer, there are laundry lists of responsibilities associated with each role. If you’re new to the whole wedding Maid of Honor or bridesmaid thing, here a list that you can follow. Various duties for all the lovely ladies that were hand selected by your special bride-to-be friend/sister/cousin/co-worker.

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The maid of honor has one of the most important (and demanding) jobs out of the bridal party. Not only does she need to be responsible, she must be very close to the bride as well and be able to keep her cool, calm, and collected throughout the entire process. Duties include the following:

  • Assists the bride with all wedding related shopping.
  • Helps organize hair and makeup for the bridesmaids
  • Plans and hosts the bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Witnesses and sign the Marriage Certificate
  • Attends the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Carries an emergency kit for the bride on the day of the wedding (although if you have a planner or day-of coordinator, they usually hold onto this)
  • Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Stays by the bride’s side at all times and oversee the bridesmaids
  • Holds onto the groom’s ring during the ceremony
  • Helps make favors and address invitations
  • Gives a speech and toast during the wedding reception
  • Acts as air traffic control for the bride, wedding planner, and family
  • Responsible for paying for her own travel, attire, and accessories
  • Gives the bride both a shower gift and wedding gift
  • Helps out however and whenever she can
  • Encourages guests to get on the dance floor during the reception

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids should be a dependable group of ladies consisting of the bride’s closest friends and/or family (sisters, cousins, etc.). Traditionally, if the groom has any sisters, they are included in the wedding as bridesmaids. Duties include the following:

  • Assists Maid of Honor however they can
  • Helps Maid of Honor plan and pay for the bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Greets guests at the reception and encourage mingling
  • Purchases their own attire, transportation, and accessories
  • Attends the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Assists the Maid of Honor in helping everyone get on the dance floor.
The following duties can be found on Lauren Conrad’s Blog: Wedding Bells: The Duties

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