This Guy...


is a bike riding, guitar strumming, plastic chewing, t.v. series watching, funny face making, super hero believing, food loving, booty shaking, watch wearing, cuddle needing, orange peel leaving, British sounding, massage giving, idea creating, wife doting, 27 turning hubs (technically it was yesterday but we are celebrating today!) of mine... and I wouldn't change a thing! Happy Birthday love!!!

***Today am thankful for this guy... happy 27th hubs!!!***


Wedding Series: Photo Session...


Trying to organize some portrait and family shots after the wedding was harder than I expected... and mainly because hubs and I were on cloud nine from the ceremony! I think in an ideal situation, if we could have, we would have stopped time and just gazed into each others eyes for at least a good hour... then resume with the festivities...

***Today I am thankful for family, friends, and loved ones... that is all***


Wedding Series: A Celebration...


*I had mentioned in my previous post that we found it very hard to find a ready made ceremony that worked for us since we wanted it to feel customized while still having some traditional aspects to it. I decided to share ours in hopes that it might help inspire you. Feel free to take what you like, adapt and mold it to suit you and your fiance. I think the most important part of it all is to make sure it feels natural and easy, that way you both will be able to relax and enjoy it all!

The Marriage Celebration of Ben and Jackie, 11.14.10 

"Canon in D Major" by Johann Pachekbel, performed by Music For Anything
(Bridesmaids walk in followed by the Maid of Honer, then the flower girl, and lastly my dad and I.) 

The Celebration and Blessing of Marriage 
Priest: Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony. The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people.

The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God's will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.

Into his holy Union, Benjamin Harry Beale and Jackeline Lugo now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they may not lawfully be married, speak now; or else forever hold your peace. 

(Turning to us)

I require and charge you both, here in the presence of God, that if either of you know any reason why you may not be united in marriage lawfully, and in accordance with God's Word, you do now confess it. 

The Declaration of Consent 
Priest to me: Jackeline Lugo, will you have this man to be your husband; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live? 

Jackie: I will. 

Priest to Ben: Benjamin Harry Beale, will you have this woman to be your wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live? 

Ben: I will. 

Priest to family and friends: Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage? 

Family and friends: We will. 

The Ministry of the Word 
Priest to family and friends: The Lord be with you. 

Family and friends: And also with you. 

Priest: Let us pray. Oh gracious and everliving God, you have created us male and female in your image: Look mercifully upon this man and this woman who come to you seeking your blessing, and assist them with your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep the promises and vows they make; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. 

Jessica DesPlaines: (Corinthians 13:4-7)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

Katherine Lugo: (Colossians 3:12-14)
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And above all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 

Priest to family and friends: The Gospel of the Lord. 

The Marriage 
Ben (facing me and holding my right hand):
Personal vows, followed by- In the name of God, I, Benjamin Harry Beale, take you, Jackeline Lugo, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day foreword, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow. 

Ben (facing me and holding my right hand):
Personal vows, followed by- In the name of God, I, Jackeline Lugo, take you, Benjamin Harry Beale, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day foreword, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow. 

(dropping hands) 

Priest: Bless, O Lord, these rings to be a sign of the vows by which this man and this Woman have bound themselves to each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Ben (placing ring on my ring finger):
Jackie, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have I honor you. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

Jackie (placing ring on my ring finger):
Ben, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have I honor you. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

The Unity Candle
"Ave Maria" by Bach/Gounod, performed by Music For Anything  

Both sets of our parents come up and light a pair of taper candles, then hand them to Ben and I. We then turn towards the Unity candle and light it together. Our parents then sit back down. 

Declaration of Marriage 

Priest (joining our right hands):
Now that, Ben and Jackie have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder.

You may now kiss the bride.

(Ben and I kiss) 

Blessing the Marriage 
(Everyone standing)

Priest: Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your tender love in sending us Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of a human mother, and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life. We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of Man and Woman in his Name. By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessings upon this man and this Woman. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and and a crown upon their foreheads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their walking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast forever in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen. 

"Back in Black" by AC/DC, performed by Music For Anything
(Ben and I exit, followed by the flower girl, and then the bridesmaids escorted by their groomsmen.)

 ***Today I am thankful for the chance to re-read through this lovely ceremony... even a year later it still touches my heart and I hope it always will***


Wedding Series: The Ceremony...

As far back as I can remember, I have always pictured myself getting married in a garden outdoors. Sure some of the details like the husband and such were blurry, but the rose garden (influences of The Secret Garden I'm sure) part were definitely not. Only one major problem stood between my dream and I... Miami is ridiculously hot, and therefor rose gardens just do not exist! Still little k and my mom insisted (bless them!) on finding me the ideal outdoor setting... and in their hunt they discovered this gem of a location, Schnebly Redland's Winery. While it wasn't an English rose garden to be exact, the winery did have a rustic charm to it's beautiful outdoor grounds... hubs and I were enchanted! And the best part about it, minimal decor needed... just a few dozen roses!

It was a perfect November day... in that being in Miami it was sunny, bright, and just cool enough to be outside without sweating all over your fancy attire. The winery had only hosted a few weddings up until then and so they were just as excited as we were to see the potential in the event. Hubs and I really liked the idea of having a not too traditional wedding and just focusing on us, our love, and the coming together as a new family (not to mention a merging of cultures!). With my family mainly being Spanish speakers, Hubs and his family obviously being English speakers, and me being more comfortable expressing myself in English, it was really important to have both languages covered throughout the ceremony... and our lovely pair of priests did just that!


When choosing the music for the ceremony, hubs and I compromised... myself being the romantic and him being the goofball... I got the entrance song while he got the exit one. We had a lovely string trio from Music For Anything play Canon in D Major as the bridesmaids, flower girl, and I accompanied by my dad walked in. I felt the song was perfect... not overly stuffy but still soft and slightly formal. So what did my dear hubs chose to counter balance my number? He chose Back in Black by AC/DC as our get away song... still played by the string trio for a refreshing take on an old classic! His feelings were that we had just entered into this amazing journey of marriage and should go out with a bang to match our emotions. Everyone loved it and our bridal party got dance, twirl, and runway walk after us.

When it came to the actual ceremony, we searched online through endless templates, some that our priest had given us, and referenced F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (no I'm not even kidding and yes there are a lot of them!) to kind of help us decide what was right for us. We ended up compiling our own version and kept the bits of tradition we felt strongest about. I asked little k and my best friend to do a reading of their choice, again focusing on love. Hubs and I decided to keep some of the familiar verses but opted to say our own vows instead... spur of the moment, speak from your heart, no pre-written ones! To be honest, I can't even remember what I said exactly, just that it almost made hubs cry... almost but no luck! And did you know that you don't ever actually say "I do"... there is an "I will" and it is not followed by "You may now kiss the bride"... Hollywood filling our heads with lies... Another important part of the ceremony that I absolutely loved was the lighting of the unity candle. Both sets of parents were asked to come up and light two taper candles that we then used to light our unity candle. This symbolized the union of not just hubs and I, but of our families coming together as well.

***Today I am thankful for everyone that was involved in making this day as special as it was... perfect without perfection if you know what I mean***


Wedding Series: Some Serious Men...


Inspired by Valentine's, I thought why not pick up where we left off on the Wedding Series right? Right! One of my favorite moments, that oddly enough I wasn't even a part of, was the guys right before the ceremony. Thanks to our brilliant photographers, each one of the shots below have made me smile as if I were witnessing this all for myself. The amount of nervous smiles and sideways glances... the extremely serious faces... for a group of guys that can never be taken too seriously for anything, I just loved being able to see this other (much rarer) side to them. You can tell by their expressions that they knew, this was bigger then them all... a moment to reflect, take it all in, and support their best friend in one of the most life changing decisions he was about to embark on. I think as a whole, this somber period lasted a total of about 10 minutes... and then they were back to their usual goofy selves... but I know it happened and even better, I have photographic proof!

***Today I am thankful for this particular group of Brits... not only did they fly all the way over the pond for hubs and I, they have also embraced me and made my like one of the guys***


DIY: Glitter Nails...


Tools: Essie Luscious Lips, Essie No Chips Ahead, & very fine loose glitter

  1. Gather tools needed. I used loose makeup glitter from a drugstore but you can use craft glitter too. Also experiment with glitter of different textures and sizes for extra fun!
  2. Paint two coats of base color desired. I would recommend using a color in the same family as the glitter in case any shows through... unless you are going for a contrasting look.
  3. Sprinkle loose glitter on wet nails. Apply as lightly or as generously as you want. I chose to completely cover my nails for a disco ball effect.
  4. After cleaning loose glitter from, well probably all over your hands, seal glitter in by covering nails with a clear top coat. Let dry and be mesmerized by the shine!!!
***Today I am thankful for pink and glitter... the perfect combo I think***


A 90's Love Mix...

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!! Here's a little 90's love mix for you all to enjoy... these tunes were the soundtrack to my youth and let me tell you, it was hard narrowing down the selection to just 10! In case you are wondering, yep I find myself drift off into the vast memories that were first loves (min and my friends), crushes, friendships, heartbreaks, and much more... each song linked to a time in my life that I will cherish forever. And yep, I may also have had my very own little sing along party today... lucky neighbors of mine!

image via my pinterest

my fave 10...
*Click through to the blog to view actual music player...

***Today I am thankful for notion of love mix tapes... I wonder who was first romantic that came up with sch a  brilliant gift???***


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